Sprite of an Eyegore in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)|
|Latest appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (2015)|
Eyegores, also known as Rocklops, Eye Guards, Cyclopes,, or Igors, are large creatures with a single eye. Aside from the eye, they are invulnerable. They lay dormant and wait for Link to approach, waking and pursuing when he does so. The name is a pun on one of the pronunciations of the name "Igor."
The Legend of Zelda series
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Rocklops appear in many dungeons of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. They appear in green and red, and both wear orange cloths and capes. The green ones can be defeated with a thrown jar or arrow in the eye, while red ones require three arrows. They move very fast and often appear in groups. Additionally, large Rocklops statues appear in the dungeons as well, often for decoration, and some holding Telepathy Tiles. Most are gold, but one Rocklops statue, colored green, reveals a secret passage if shot in the eye. Similar statues are seen without the creatures themselves in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and the Game Boy Color games.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, two Eyegores appear in the Stone Tower Temple, both on the same bridge. They are depicted as large and slate-colored, having a thin purple torso and limbs, blue armor, and a large, glowing eye on top. The first one stomps slowly after Link, occasionally pounding the ground with its fists while sending up rocks, which turns its cyan eye yellow. From here, it can be damaged with the Hero's Bow or Hookshot, turning its eye red briefly. If he attempts to walk around it, it will swipe him away with its claws. The second one is encountered when the temple is flipped. It attacks much the same, but it can fire explosive lasers from its eye as well, leaving it open to attack. Attacking it while it fires lasers does not damage it, but stuns it and turns its eye yellow, allowing it to be actually damaged. Neither Eyegore respawns until a new three-day cycle is started.
In the original game, the first Eyegore will stomp across their bridge if Link moves around underneath it, but in Majora's Mask 3D, it no longer reacts to him here. Additionally, the second Eyegore guards the Giant's Mask in the original, but no items in the 3DS version due to the mask being moved to the Twinmold fight.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords
In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, Igors appear in all four main worlds in various roles, though usually only on higher key difficulties. They are far more statue-like in this appearance, rarely closing their eyes and hopping slowly to move. Usually, they start out disguised as Igor statues, moving upon being approached or once a specific task is completed, including pressing buttons, opening Treasure Chests, or shooting them in the eye, which does not count in damaging them. Unlike Eyegores from previous games, these do not stop following the Links and close their eyes unless the Links leave the general area, instead constantly hopping after them. When this happens, they slowly return to their original spot before going dormant. They can be defeated with five arrows.
In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, all Eyegore Statues act as the Igors from this game, but are only ever identified as the statues.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Eyegores are encountered in three rooms of the Desert Temple, with the first and third having two and the second having eight. They act like their A Link to the Past appearance, but visually somewhat resemble their Four Swords appearance instead. When defeated, each drops a large green Force Gem, worth 100. Inanimate Eyegore statues are found in the Eastern Temple, which look the same as the ones in A Link to the Past, except gray.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Eyegores appear mostly as they did in A Link to the Past. They are slightly taller, and additionally appear in blue, being medium-strength. Eyegores can now be attacked in the eye with the sword. Their eyes also function as headlamps in dark rooms. A green Eyegore is first found in the House of Winds, and a blue Eyegore is first found in a water-filled room in Thieves' Hideout, being the only one of this color outside the Treacherous Tower. A quintet of red Eyegores appear as a mid-boss in the dark in Thieves' Hideout.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (comic)
In the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori, a Rocklops called Rocklops #1 appears in the Palace of Darkness, where it is depicted as a giant, black, one-eyed, humanoid robotic statue with a large mantle, possibly taking design cues from the otherwise-absent Armos Knights. It catches a disguised Link trying to blow up the stockpile of Firecorn, and sends a group of Hinoxes and Gleeocks after him. However, Link manages to detonate the stockpile, destroying all the monsters.
BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban
In BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban, Eyegores again appear in green and red, first appearing in the Eastern Palace. The green ones can now be defeated with the sword, though it takes a very large amount of strikes.
Names in other languages
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past TOP SECRETS - Messages from Sahasrahla, page 2.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Player's Guide, page 31.
- Stratton, Bryan, and Stephen Stratton. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 16.
- Stratton, Bryan, and Stephen Stratton. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 176.