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OoT Bari Biri art.png
Artwork of a Bari with two Biris from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (2016)
Notable member(s)
Parasitic Tentacle

Baris, originally localized as Onoffs,[1] are large jellyfish capable of charging their bodies with electricity. Additionally, they can sometimes float through the air or split into smaller jellyfish called Biris.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Onoffs appear primarily in Dark World dungeons, though they can also be found in a cave at Hyrule's Death Mountain. They float around, periodically stopping to emit electricity. They come in two colors, being blue, which is defeated automatically after taking enough damage, and red, which splits into two Biris.

In the Temple of the Four Sword found in the Game Boy Advance enhanced port, dark green Baris replace blue ones, acting the same but being more durable and immune to damage from the Hookshot, which simply pulls them. Along with being found floating freely, they cover the new version of Arrghus, replacing its typical Arrgi. These ones do not zap until after being removed with the Hookshot.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Baris appear alongside Biris solely inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly as parasites to Lord Jabu-Jabu, where Baris are the less common of the two. They have been redesigned with a pair of club-like tentacles, a pair of fangs, and round internal nuclei, giving them a somewhat Metroid-like appearance. Baris fall from the ceiling in certain areas before rising from the floor to about Link's shoulder height while spinning their tentacles, pausing the spinning every so often. Both Baris and Biris are constantly charged in this appearance, and as such they must first be stunned with Deku Nuts or the boomerang before being attacked normally, causing them to split into three Biris. Alternatively. the electricity can be bypassed with bombs, a Spin Attack, or Ruto, but they still split. The boss of the dungeon, an enormous, parasitic, electrical anemone placed there by Ganondorf named Barinade seems to be their leader and directly controls several large, Bari-like jellyfish during its battle.

In Master Quest, only one Bari is present in the dungeon, shortly after the Bigocto fight, and never respawns. However, a respawning one been added to the Gerudo Training Ground, showing them to also be defeatable by arrows and the Hookshot.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, Baris appear in Mermaid's Cave, Jabu-Jabu's Belly, and the Hero's Cave, where they now solely appear underwater; when the water level is lowered in the middle location, they are replaced with red Zols. They resemble their appearance in A Link to the Past in both appearance and behavior and are all blue, though they split into two Biris upon defeat. The boss of the latter dungeon is a giant Bari called Plasmarine.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Baris are tall with long tentacles and muffin-shaped bells and only appear in the Lakebed Temple. They again only appear underwater, where they float slowly after Link and periodically charge with electricity. They can be defeated by using the Clawshot on them when they are not charging, thus removing the nucleus from the bell; the bell itself repels sword strikes. Biris are absent from this appearance.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Baris look and act as they do in A Link to the Past, though the blue ones are now a dark turquoise. They first appear n the House of Gales. Additionally, stronger variants also appear, with a light gray type replacing the turquoise ones and a yellow type replacing the red ones in latter appearances. Giant Baris called Gigabaris appear as minibosses in yellow and purple, splitting into fifteen Biris upon defeat.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バリ
Bari, alternatively romanized as Vali
French Bari -
German große Zappelqualle
Chinese (Simplified) 寄生巴里虫
Chinese (Traditional) 寄生巴裡蟲


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past Player's Guide. Page 127.