Players of The Legend of Zelda series are sharing the most terrifying moments in the game, highlighting how terrifying the Nintendo series can be. While Zelda games are far from horror, many of them contain spooky, bizarre, or downright creepy moments, with people like ghost hands, aliens, and unforgettable enemies.
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, stretching from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. The games are starring the hero of the time, Link, who is usually faced with exploration, dungeon crawling, puzzle solving, and lots of boss battles. While the series is home to some of Nintendos cutest characters such as the Koroks, there are plenty of terrifying NPCs, scenes, and moments that have stuck with players over the years, be it from the fantastic adventures of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or of pain. -Fill of Zelda: Majoras Mask. On the r / zelda subreddit, Redditor bxdl shared a compilation image of some of Zelda's scariest moments, asking players "What terrifies you the most in a Zelda game?" In addition to Majoras Mask's moon and Zora's mask transformation, Ocarina of Times ReDeads and Dead Hands are shown in the picture, but fans have gone even further. TextStreet and many other commentators remembered the Wallmasters, hands that fall from the ceiling and lead players to the beginning of a dungeon, as some of the most terrifying enemies in Zeldas. The user said: "I get a little anxious every time I hear the sound of a Wallmaster about to descend." Others, including howdoIcount, cited Like Likes, the anonymous tube-like creatures that inhale players and take in items, such as some of the scariest encounters in Zelda. As for the creepiest dungeons, CriticalCulture noted how Ocarina of Time's The Bottom of the Well and Shadow Temple provided some of the series' biggest scares, adding that Dead Hands and ReDeads "kept me up at night." Many agreed with user cosmicdaddy_, who stated, "Forest [Temple] instilled in me that deep, primal fear that comes from nature. The music felt creepy too."
While many enemies of Zelda can induce feelings of fear and horror, there are also many non-enemy encounters that can linger with a player long after they leave the controller. The Happy Mask Vendor, capable of changing from a smiling vendor to a monstrous being if irritated, is another Zelda icon capable of causing nightmares. The moon from Majoras' mask falling with its demonic eyes and bared teeth looming over the player is another horror that may have driven younger players away from the game, while a ghost's hand found on a toilet in Skyward Sword it's funny, but hints at a darker story.
The latest game in the main Zelda series, Breath of the Wild, doesn't have as many scary moments as previous games in the franchise. Many Redditors have lamented the less creepy route the games seem to have taken in recent years, but this could change with the upcoming Breath of the Wild 2. While the details of the story have yet to be revealed, the sequel is already teasing. From a darker, Link and Princess Zelda will have a more tense adventure. The most recent trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 seems to suggest that some of the series' original horror may well be making a comeback, but fans will have to wait until the game launches in 2022 to learn more.