Posted in 2017, Fiction, gaming

Bokoblins: A Race of Hyrule

Bokoblins tend to get a bad rap. These creatures are the common foot soldiers of the antagonists in the Legend of Zelda series. Most commonly the villain who leads them is Ganon, the bearer of the triforce of power. Being one of the most common enemy types you have to fight throughout all the games Bokoblins and their cousins the Moblins and Bulbins are often viewed as nothing more than monsters with no human traits other than their rough body shape.

Of course if you look closely you can see that the Bokoblins are their own race within the world which contains Hyrule. In Skyward Sword you can find them in Eldin Volcano with a village of their own. They blow war horns at you and they drop ornamental skulls. In Twilight Princess King Bulblin surrenders to you and abandons Ganondorf after he sees how strong you are. He speaks Hylian to you much to the surprise of Midna. There is also a village in the desert filled with Bulblins and Bokoblins. They also ride boar-like creatures known as Bullbos. In the Windwaker they are found on boats alone which implies that the Bokoblins are steering them. In all the games they can be seen wielding weapons that they made themselves.

These creatures have material culture in the form of spears, arrows, skull ornaments, clothing, and other things. They build complex structures to live in. They wield fire. I think that the Bokoblins of Hyrule are their own race and that have a society where they always follow the side that they see as the strongest and who else would this be but the bearer of the triforce of power. Of course you probably already knew that as the evidence is obviou. Its just an interesting detail that could easily be overlooked as you are fighting your way through hordes of these creatures.

 

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