Shy Guy

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Shy Guys are enemies in Link's Awakening.[1][note 1] Their appearance and name are directly based on the Shy Guy enemies from the Mario series.


Mask-Mimics behave identically to Arm-Mimics, in that they mirror Link's movement in the opposite direction; when Link moves up, they move down, and when Link moves right, they move left, and vice versa. Mask-Mimics wear a protective mask on their faces, which protects them from Sword attacks. Only their backsides are vulnerable to attack. Since Link cannot face their backside as a result of the enemy mirroring his every movement, they can only be attacked by charging and releasing a Spin Attack when the hero's and enemy's backs are turned against each other. Alternately, they can also be defeated by throwing Bombs or shooting two Arrows at them. The Magic Rod and Boomerang can also be used to defeat them. Although while Arm-Mimics can be defeated by dashing into them with the Sword and Pegasus Boots, this does not work on Mask-Mimics. They appear in the Bottle Grotto and Face Shrine.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
ヘイホー (Heihō) (LANS) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
Shy Guy (LANS)
The Italian Republic
Tipo Timido (LA | LADX | LANS)[3]Shy Guy
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See Also


  1. Shy Guys were referred to as Mask-Mimics and Mask Mimics in Encyclopedia.[2] However, as these contradict the name given in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, they are not considered Canon.


  1. "You got a Shy Guy figure! Just don't ask what's underneath the mask." — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 191 (LADX)
  3. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 203