Crab (The Legend of Zelda franchise)
- Not to be confused with Sand Crab, a recurring enemy that is sometimes named Crab.
A Crab is a real world animal and a species in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The most common type of Crab is a Sand Crab, an enemy often found at beaches and shores. This enemy debuted in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but regular Crabs have debuted in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and would later appear in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, crabs are primarily found on the beaches on the various islands, and simply scurry about. If Link approaches a crab, it buries itself in sand. If Link attempts to attack a crab with his sword, Rupees pop out from where the Crab buries itself.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, crabs appear as catchable seafood alongside Snails and Fish. There are three types of crabs: Bright-Eyed Crabs, Ironshell Crabs, and Razorclaw Crabs. They are collectible ingredients classified as "seafood" and can be cooked with monster parts and rhino beetles providing the same effect to make elixirs, or to cooked with certain compatible ingredients to create more elaborated dishes such as Crab Omelet with Rice, Crab Risotto, Crab Stir-Fry, and Salt-Grilled Crab. They can be roasted to create Blackened Crab or frozen to create Frozen Crab. Cooking them with monster parts alone generally results in the failed dish, Dubious Food. Beedle uses Bright-Eyed Crab as additional ingredients in the Energizing Elixirs he trades to Link for Rhino Beetles though he states they can be cooked with monster parts to create Energizing Elixirs failing to mention he used a Restless Cricket and Lizalfos Tail for the base recipe requirements adding in a Bright-Eyed Crab and a Stamella Shroom as additional ingredients. If Link tries to cook a Bright-Eyed Crab and monster parts as Beelde suggests without either a Energetic Rhino Beetle or Restless Cricket as part of the base recipe then the result will be Dubious Food. Crabs can only be used as additional ingredients for making Elixirs. Razorclaw Crabs can be used as additional ingredients to create Mighty Elixirs while Ironshell Crabs can be used as additional ingredients to create Tough Elixirs. Link can also take their picture to add them to the Creatures section of the Hyrule Compendium, though each crab has the same Hyrule Compendium description as their item description.
Lurelin Village fishermen hunt crabs to eat and sell. Mubs sells Ironshell Crabs caught by village fishermen at her Fish Market in Lurelin Village. The travelling merchants Chumin and Bugut sell rare Bright-Eyed Crabs. Link can also sell crabs to merchants and shops in exchange for Rupees. Razorclaw and Ironshell Crabs are both commonly found on beaches in the East Necluda and Necluda Sea regions. Bright-Eyed Crabs tend to appear when it rains in Lanayru Great Spring and non-volcanic areas of the Eldin Canyon region.
Most weapons allow Link to kill a crab, allowing him to collect them easily and preventing them from scurrying off, though Bows, Boomerangs, and spears such as Fishing Harpoons are considerably the most effective. Boomerangs can kill multiple crabs in a single throw. However, Link should avoid shooting a Crab with Ancient Arrows, which obliterates the crab completely, wasting a valuable Ancient Arrow and preventing Link from being able to obtain it. Hitting any crab with a Fire Arrow will roast it, turning it into a Blackened Crab. Likewise, hitting any crab with a Ice Arrow freezes it, turning it into a Frozen Crab. Arrows and Shock Arrows can kill a crab, allowing it to be collected raw.