Artwork from The Legend of Zelda
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda (1986)|
|Latest appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (2023)|
Like Likes are upright tube-shaped monsters who appear in several The Legend of Zelda games, and make their debut appearance in the first game, The Legend of Zelda. They are capable of swallowing Link, whose shield they eat, just before spitting him back out. In some games, Link can recover his stolen armor by defeating them, and in some games can also avoid having his shield stolen by wiggling free. They are commonly either gelatinous or worm-like, and usually a dull earthy color.
The Legend of Zelda series
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, Like Likes are introduced in the later dungeons. They eat Link's Magical Shield if they touch him, and he will be unable to get it back, and as such must he must buy another if the player wants to have one.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Highly atypical Like Likes appear in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. They appear as long-tongued, hopping plants that are called Pikits or Tongue Flowers. They are capable of eating a large number of Link's items, including Rupees and the Red Shield. However, they cannot eat the Mirror Shield. They appear outside the Swamp Palace and the Ice Palace.
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Four Swords, more traditional Like Likes appear alongside Pikits, appearing right outside the new Shield Shop and in the Palace of the Four Sword. They are capable of eating every type of shield.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Like Likes appear like they do in the first game, and can eat his normal shield but not the unique Mirror Shield. If Link defeats a Like Like that ate his shield, he will be able to recover his shield from the beast. They first appear north of the Mysterious Forest. In Link's Awakening DX, they are shaded orange.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Like Likes are green and slimy, constantly wiggling their mouths around. When Link approaches, they will move their mouth towards him while undulating it. If they successfully swallow him, they can eat his Deku Shield or Hylian Shield and, in this game only, his Goron Tunic or Zora Tunic. Everything they eat can be recovered if they are defeated fast enough, though it will quickly disappear if not picked up off the ground. This can also be mitigated by quickly swapping to the Kokiri Tunic and Mirror Shield before Link is spit out, as the Like Like can only take currently equipped gear. When defeated, they will appear to melt and usually give Link 15 or 20 Rupees. They appear in the Bottom of the Well, Fire Temple, Spirit Temple, and Shadow Temple.
In Ocarina of Time 3D, they appear gray and much less slimy-looking, having a solid texture on their sides.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Like Likes are depicted as aquatic creatures, being found primarily in the waters of Great Bay. They are incapable of stealing anything except the Hero's Shield from normal Link. They use the same model and behaviors from Ocarina of Time, but come in two sizes, though they act exactly the same. One of the large ones stands in place in a waterfall basin, being placed directly over a Piece of Heart. At night, a few large ones can be found on the beaches. If Link wears the Stone Mask near these, they will still follow him, but not attempt to eat him. Once again, they give 15 or 20 Rupees upon defeat.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages
In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, Like Likes look and act as they do in Link's Awakening. Link can use the Like Like Ring to turn into a green Like Like. In the former game, the Lost Woods infinitely spawns Like Likes in one map square, with adjacent map squares having them slowly move in.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Like Likes are brown and found in tunnels accessible with the Mole Mitts. They pop out of the ground in areas with space and no tall dirt, and slowly follow after Link. If Link goes to an area that previously had tall dirt, they will go back under and wait for him. If one captures him, he can escape with his shield if he wiggles enough. A popular book in the Hyrule Library is apparently about how to keep them as pets. A variant from Four Swords called Rupee Like also appears, being smaller and more yellow than normal Like Likes.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
In The Legend Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Like Likes appear as brown, lumpy, worm-like creatures. They are capable of sucking Link towards them like a vacuum. This can also move bombs toward or even past them. Otherwise, they act about the same as previously. To escape, the player needs to rub the stylus back and forth across the screen rapidly. Depending on player choice, they may first appear on Goron Island or at a grappling hook-accessible area on Spirit Island.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Like Likes act as they do in Phantom Hourglass, though they can now be found hiding inside wiggling pots and even wiggling fake Treasure Chests. In this game, if they eat a shield, it cannot be recovered. Additionally, their inhaling is more powerful and the distance from them they begin at is much shorter. They first appear in the caves near the Trading Post, where a sign shortly into the first cave suggests buying another if it gets eaten. They are unable to eat the Shield of Antiquity.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Like Likes are primarily found in Lorule, specifically between the Vacant House and Blacksmith's Forge. They are yellow and made up of two stacks of four skin flaps.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Like Likes are found in the Underground Labyrinth and rarely from crates or barrels. They will eat any fighter to come near, damaging them once they spit them out. In one area to the lower left, one will fall from above. They resemble their Ocarina of Time appearance, but darker green and with more animated sliminess. Their English trophy claims that their name supposedly comes from an old, almost indecipherable Hyrulian proverb negatively comparing world leaders to them, "Shield-eaters and world leaders have many likes alike." The Japanese version, however, states that it is a reference to a Japanese proverb 「蓼食う虫も好き好き」 (To each their own tastes), substituting 「たて」 (shield) for the similarly-written 「たで」 (water pepper).
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda
In Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda, Like Likes appear as enemies, where they are tan and lumpy. They sometimes appear when digging through sand piles in Gerudo Desert, but can also be found aboveground in other places. If one catches the player character, it will eat a piece of equipment, like their shovel. Unlike most appearances, they can be attacked from inside.
Names in other languages
Raiku Raiku (Ashu)
Like Like (subspecies) (A Link to the Past GBA, Pikit)
|French||Pudding (Ocarina of Time)
|From "좋아하다" (joahada, to like)|
|Chinese (Simplified)||莱克 莱克 (Ocarina of Time)
|Chinese (Traditional)||萊克 萊克 (Ocarina of Time)
- M. Arakawa. The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past Player's Guide. Page 143.
- Stratton, Bryan, and Stephen Stratton. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 15.
- Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce / 4 Tsu no Tsurugi Shogakukan guide, page 21