Head Thwomp

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“The red face fears smoke.”
Owl Stone, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Head Thwomp

Animated sprite for The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
General information
Species Spiked Thwomp
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001)

Head Thwomp is the boss of the Wing Dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and the second boss encountered overall. It is a Spiked Thwomp with four differently colored faces. Like other Thwomps, Head Thwomp is found and fought in a side-scrolling location. Just like its parent species, Head Thwomp has not made any appearances in the Mario franchise.

Head Thwomp has four faces (an evil grinning blue, a grumpy purple, an angry green, and a surprised red), which it rotates through rapidly. During its boss fight, Head Thwomp occasionally launches Podoboos and collectible bombs from its top. Two tall ladders with various landings and three small rotating platforms placed 90 degrees from each other appear around it, and from either the upper landings or the moving platforms, Link can throw a bomb into Head Thwomp's top. This will cause it to spin around in a roulette-like fashion, eventually stopping on the face that was showing when the bomb entered. To damage it, it needs to land on the red face, releasing a heart. The other three cause Head Thwomp to perform a unique attack. If it lands on the green face, it releases a flurry of Podoboos; if it lands on the blue face, it releases a chain of small fireballs which spiral outwards, going through the moving platforms, and then going onto the upper landing of whichever side they are spiraling towards before going off-screen and if it lands on the purple face, it slams the ground, causing several boulders to fall from the ceiling. All of these attacks can be avoided by climbing to the middle landing. For every hit of damage it takes, it spins faster. After it lands on red four times, Head Thwomp falls to the ground and explode, leaving behind a Heart Container.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グルン
From グルグル (Guruguru, rotation) and ドスン (Dosun, thud)