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PH Eox art.jpg
Artwork of Eox in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Eox, also known as Mazaal, is a giant golem who acts as a recurring boss. His design and behavior has varied drastically in both of his appearances, though he is always the boss of ruins for an ancient civilization.


The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap[edit]

Mazaal TMC sprite.png

In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Mazaal is a large stone head with two giant hands, and thus is similar to the previous bosses Ramrock and Gohdan, though he has a more Mesoamerican design. He is the boss of the Fortress of Winds, and according to his figurine was constructed as a security measure by the Wind Tribe. When Link enters his room, Mazaal's head is on a large gold pedestal. The red and blue portions light up, he begins levitating, the pedestal disappears, and his hands suddenly fade into existence before clenching threateningly.

To attack, Mazaal lifts one of his fists high above Link before slamming down. While this is done, an eye in the palm of the other hand is open and vulnerable to arrow shots, knocking it out and allowing sword strikes against it. Once enough sword strikes have been given, the eye disappears and the hand becomes dull and lifeless, along with that whole side of Mazaal's body. Once this has been done to both hands, Mazaal will fall to the ground, deactivated. Link must go into a portal to become Minish-sized, allowing him to enter Mazaal like he would an Armos. Inside Mazaal, he will find several pillars, one of which is blinking red and has eye-like protrusions. Link must attack it several times to destroy it. Once he does so, a claw will descend from the ceiling and throw him out. Mazaal will come back to life, hand eyes restored, and Link must quickly get back to normal-sized. Then, the process must be repeated.

When going into Mazaal for the second time, the pillars will be restored and his insides will be full of dirt, necessitating the use of the Mole Mitts. Once the second hit is done, Mazaal will begin using more attacks, shooting a shrinking beam out of his face's eyes and pounding a fist extra hard to rain Beetles down. When going into him the third time, he is again full of dirt, and destroying the pillar causes his whole body to begin exploding. Link leaves and is returned to normal size, while Mazaal explodes.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Eox, Ancient Stone Soldier now has a titanic full body. He is seemingly a creation of Bellum who invaded Mutoh's Temple on the Island of Ruins, angering the ghost of King Mutoh greatly. When Link enters its arena, Eox is just a giant pile of rubble. He quickly assembles himself once Link approaches, however, and stomps his foot while roaring. To attack, Eox can shoot the spikes in its face out one at a time like arrows, which regrow all at once a few moments later. He can also slam a fist down if Link is in front of him to knock Link into the pit around the battlefield with the shockwave. However, he is very slow to turn his body and loses track of Link completely if he gets behind him. To damage him, Link must use the hammer one one of the seesaw pillars located around the battlefield. Once in the air, he must repeatedly attack the many large red stakes scattered across his body with the hammer as well. Every time one is hit, the corresponding section of Eox's body becomes more cracked, crumbling on the fourth hit, exposing the wooden rigging underneath. There are ten total stakes: two on his front, two on each arm, one on each leg, one on his rear, and one on the back of his head.

Once all stakes have been driven in, four black hexagonal buttons on his body glow red. Two are on his front where the corresponding stakes were, while two more are on his shoulders. When pressed, they turn blue. Link needs to hit all the buttons in one jump with the hammer, or they will push back out. Once they are all blue, Eox's body will crumble, leaving him as just a head.

For the third phase, the camera shifts from its side-oriented view to the typical bird's-eye view, as Eox's head begins slowly hopping around while firing all its spikes at once repeatedly. Link must use the seesaw pillars to bounce onto Eox, allowing him to hit the blue jewel in the center with his sword, turning it from blue to red repeatedly. After several hits, Eox will roll around on the rim of its head rapidly to throw him off, and the process must be repeated. A few hits later, Eox is defeated, and its head bounces around before moaning and falling lifelessly to the ground. It then turns into Sand of Hours for the Phantom Hourglass, adding two minutes. The camera returns to the side view, while a stairwell to King Mutoh's resting place opens.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese オーイス

Eox, Ancient Stone Soldier[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 古代巨岩兵オーイス
Kodai Kyogan-hei Ōisu
Ancient Giant Soldier Oisu


  • On his artwork, the stakes on the middle and bottom portions of his body are opposite from what they are in the game itself, with the middle seemingly being on the back and the lower one on the front. This may have been altered during development to avoid looking like the player is attacking his groin.