Lizalfos are armored lizards that fight a lot like their close cousins. However, it usually attacks with a partner. Lizalfos will switch out with their partner after taking a lot of damage, so it can be thought of as a tag team bout. These enemies are not shy to retreat during the battle either so you will have to constantly pursue them. Beating them is simply done by blocking and countering when their guard is down. Though making them an exceptionally formidable opponent is their ability to jump over Link’s head and surprise him with a quick stab attack. If it’s your first time playing the game it will almost certainly catch you off guard.
4. Gerudo Thief
Four Gerudo Thieves guard jailed carpenters in the Gerudo’s Fortress. Z-Targeting is a must for these enemies as their circular pattern makes it tough to attack them otherwise. A Gerudo Thief will attack with normal sword swipes, but also utilize a jumping attack that will instantly defeat Link. Unique to this battle is that when Link is defeated, he will be jailed and have to challenge the thief again. Defeating the Gerudo is a little tough and can be extremely frustrating if you fall to their instant defeat attack repeatedly. Find an opening after avoiding their jump attack and slash away to prevail!
Gibdo’s are similar to ReDead, but are by far the scariest and most difficult of the two. Gibdos can use multiple scream attacks to paralyze Link making the escape much harder. After lumbering toward you, they will wrap around Link and continue to bite his neck until you escape. The longer they are attached, the more health you will lose. Using the Sun Song can make these guys chumps, much like ReDeads.
2. Dark Link
Dark Link makes his ominous return in Ocarina of Time and is one of the toughest enemies in the game. Dark Link is found in a misty swamp inside the Water Temple. He has many of Link’s attacks and will primarily mirror your attack. Dark Link will even mock you by standing on your sword during a stab attack. Persistence is the key to defeating Dark Link, don’t let up and you will eventually damage him. Once he is damaged, he will drop and re-appear behind you. Z-Targeting will make this battle a lot easier. Regardless, this is one of the more epic battles in the game and earns its number two spot easily.
1. Iron Knuckle
Iron Knuckle is the deadliest enemy in Ocarina of Time that isn’t a boss. These armored enigmas can deal four hearts worth of damage to Link, as well as send him flying across the room making the battle quite tough. Being unable to block their attacks makes the battle even tougher. Dodging will likely become your number one strategy. As the battle continues and you manage to damage the armored beast, its armor will begin to fall away making it more vulnerable to your attack, however, the enemy also gets faster. If you continue to dodge and attack intermittently you will take the beast down.
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