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Tektites are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[3]


Tektites are jumping, one-eyed mites or spider-like creatures in all aspects pertaining to appearance and behavior, changing little between games. Due to their carapaces and spindly legs, some iterations of Tektites closely resemble the Japanese spider crab. These foes tend to appear in small groups, and have the tendency to leap around the landscape. These creatures normally inhabit mountainous areas, Dungeons, and sometimes lakes. Despite their wide range of mobility and adaptability to various surroundings, they are usually fragile enemies that can be defeated with one or two Sword attacks. Projectile weapons, such as the Slingshot, Bow, or Hookshot, are also useful, especially for defeating Tektites that may be out of reach. Some incarnations are able to skim and leap across the surface of water like pond skaters. Tektites typically come in two colored varieties; red or orange Tektites and blue Tektites. These colors are often used to signify their strengths and behavior.

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Descriptionhide ▲
The Legend of Zelda logo
These spidery things jump about all over the place. Red ones move about a lot and blue ones move only a little. Tektites have little fighting power.

Tektites in The Legend of Zelda can jump and scale normally impassable mountain walls. They come in a red and a blue variety, with the red variety leaping around more frequently than the blue. When defeated, red Tektites may drop either a Heart, a Fairy, or one Rupee, while blue Tektites may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees, or a Clock.[note 1]

The Adventure of Link

Tektites in The Adventure of Link are heavily armored, resisting nearly all attacks save for the Fire spell. They can shoot fireballs from their eyes.

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

Tektites in Ocarina of Time are able to skim the surface of water, and can be found at Lake Hylia and Zora's River, as well as within the Water Temple. They are immune to Din's Fire, though the Megaton Hammer is able to flip them over.

Majora's Mask

Tektites in Majora's Mask are able to skim the surface of water. They can be flipped over by Goron Link's Goron Pound.

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Tektites appear in three variants in The Minish Cap, all of which can be found on Mount Crenel. Red Tektites also appear on Mount Crenel's Base, while the sole Blue Tektite appears at Mount Crenel's summit. Three Golden Tektites appear in the game, all as the result of Kinstone Fusions (with Hailey, a Mountain Minish, and Tingle).

Twilight Princess

Tektites in Twilight Princess can be found in the Goron Mines and the Lakebed Temple.

Phantom Hourglass

Tektites in Phantom Hourglass can be found on the Isle of Ember.

Spirit Tracks

A Link Between Worlds

Tri Force Heroes

Tektites in Tri Force Heroes can be found in the Secret Fortress, the Cove of Transition, and the Water Temple.

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Tektites as seen in the animated series

Tektites make an appearance in two episodes of the The Legend of Zelda TV series. In "The White Knight", various Tektites arrive at the castle and attack Prince Facade. While Facade is taking care of the Tektites, Moblins come in and kidnap Zelda. In "That Sinking Feeling", Tektites are shown to be capable of shooting spider webs out of their mouth. As Link and Zelda are enjoying a picnic, they are interrupted when an Underworld entrance begins to raise and a gang of Tektites come out from it.[5] Link and Zelda are successful in defeating a few of them, but then several Tektites wrap the princess up in spider webs while the young hero loses his Crissword to one of the foes that sneaked up behind him. Link eventually manages to defeat all of the foes and rescue the princess.

The Shadow Prince

In The Shadow Prince, Link encounters various Tektites if he chooses to hide behind a boulder to prevent from being seen by Charles of Moria. Link races up a hill to hide behind the boulder, and just as he dives to hide, he turns around to find a pack of Tektites have surrounded him. He easily defeats one, but is then grabbed by the rest of the monsters. The page ends with a Game Over with the young hero getting killed by the Tektites.

Zelda's Adventure

Nintendo Land

Battle Quest Prize Tektitehide ▲
Monita says:

Tektites have built-in gyro-sensors that prevent them from ever getting dizzy. Their shells are highly resistant, so try to slice through the gaps or shoot straight for the eye.

Tektites appear in Nintendo Land in Battle Quest. They have highly resistant shells, thus requiring that the sword be sliced through the gaps of their shells. The gaps can be either horizontal or vertical, and requires different directional strikes.

The Tektite also appears as one of the 200 Prizes that can be won with Coins. Interacting with the Prize animates the Tektite, and Monita will comment on it.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Tektite — Spirit Battle Information
Primary Spirit
No. 181
Team Power Shield | 1600 Rank ★ NOVICE Fighter(s)
Stage Hyrule Castle (Battlefield) Theme "Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda" Ivysaur
Rule(s) Hazard(s)
 • The enemy loves to jump
Tektite — Spirit Information

No. 181
Lv. 1
Type SHIELD Strength 382
Rank ★ NOVICE Defense 431
Slot(s) Power 861
Trait Jump 🠅
Increases jump height.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tektite appears as a Spirit with the ability, Jump Up, which increases the jump height of a Fighter.

Cadence of Hyrule

Tektites appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule where they move to the beat of the music. They can only move diagonally onto any tile, including up and down short cliffs and objects. They move every three beats, crouching on the second beat before hopping onto another tile on the third beat.


  • In the entire Overworld of The Minish Cap, there is only one blue Tektite.
  • As both have the same amount of health, the same vulnerabilities, and the same movement patterns including floating on water, red and blue Tektites in Twilight Princess appear to be a rare case of purely cosmetic variants of an enemy.


Names in Other Regions
テクタイト (Tekutaito) (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP)[10][11][12] 
The People's Republic of China
  • 玻石虫 (Bōshíchóng) (TLoZ)[16]
  • 玻石虫 (Bō shí chóng) (TAoL | LA | LADX | OoS | OoA | FS | FSA | ALBW)[17]
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Spinners (TLoZ)[13] 
Araknon (CoH)[20] 
The French Republic
The Federal Republic of Germany
Roter Arachno (CoH)[19]Red Arachno
The Italian Republic
Tektite (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | LADX | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | FSA | ALBW | CoH)[6][7][8][9]
Latin America
Tektite (CoH)[18]
The Kingdom of Spain
Tektite (CoH)[21]
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See Also


  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Flute, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.[4]


  1. "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too"The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial , YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. "Tektites!"The Legend of Zelda US commercial , YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  3. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 208 & 209 (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | ALBW | TFH)
  4. n.a., Forced Drops , redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. "It's an underground entrance. We're being attacked!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6)
  6. The Legend of Zelda manual, Italian localization, pg. 29
  7. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 208
  8. L'arte di una leggenda, Magazzini Salani, pg. 390
  9. "Causa della sconfitta: Tektite" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  10. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., pg. 187
  11. Famicom Dojo of Victory 13—Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987), Kodansha, pg. 6
  12. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 126Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 19
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29
  14. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 209
  15. "Défaite causée par: Araknon" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, European French localization)
  16. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 169
  17. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 168
  18. "¡Fin de la partida! Causa: Tektite" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Latin American Spanish localization)
  19. "Besiegt von: Roter Arachno" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, German localization)
  20. "Défaite causée par: Araknon" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Canadian French localization)
  21. "¡Fin de la partida! Causa: Tektite" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, European Spanish localization)