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Catfish's Maw

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Catfish's Maw
Catfish's Maw LA Switch.jpg
Link outside of Catfish's Maw in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019, Switch remake)
Greater location Koholint Island
Main item(s) Hookshot
Wind Marimba
Mini-boss(es) Master Stalfos
Two Gohmas
Boss(es) Slime Eel

Catfish's Maw is the fifth dungeon of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. It is accessed in the center of Martha's Bay, from the Catfish's Mouth[1], which is the head of a large catfish statue protruding from the water. Catfish's Maw takes place below the water surface, but despite this, not much water is found within the dungeon.

The Catfish's Mouth is surrounded within a circle of rocks, so Link cannot reach the dungeon without the Flippers. After obtaining the Flippers, Link must swim in between shallow rocks to the bottom-left of the Catfish's Mouth and dive. He must then swim through a short, sidescrolling underwater passage to emerge in front of the statue. In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, the Catfish's Mouth is blue, but in the Nintendo Switch remake, it was changed to have a gray, rocky texture. Link cannot access Catfish's Maw if the ghost is traveling with him.

The Hookshot is the main item of Catfish's Maw. Some time after Link obtains it, the first mini-boss, Master Stalfos, steals it from him after their first encounter. Link can only retrieve the Hookshot by defeating Master Stalfos on their fourth encounter. The second mini-boss is a pair of Gohmas. The boss of Catfish's Maw is Slime Eel, who Link must defeat to unlock a room with the fifth Instrument of the Sirens, the Wind Marimba.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナマズのおおぐち
Namazu no Ōguchi
Catfish's Big Mouth


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. The Legend of Zelda – Link's Awakening Player's Guide. Page 58.