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Shy Guy

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Shy Guy
Mask-Mimic LADX sprite.png
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX sprite
First appearance Yume Kōjo: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993, Zelda franchise)
Latest appearance Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (2020, overall)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) (2019, Zelda franchise)

Shy Guys, formerly referred to as Mask-Mimics[1], are mask-wearing enemies in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and its Game Boy Color port, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX. They are from the Mario franchise. In Link's Awakening DX, they wear a red robe, which the default clothing worn by many Shy Guys. They appear in Bottle Grotto and Face Shrine.

Shy Guys have an entirely unique behavior in the game. They behave similar to another enemy, Arm-Mimics, and unlike them, Shy Guys wear a mask that protects them from Link's frontal attacks. Shy Guys do not directly attack Link, and instead mimic his movements in reverse. If Link hits a Shy Guy, he loses half of a heart in health.

Link can defeat a Shy Guy from behind, though to do so using his Sword, he must use a Spin Attack. Alternatively, Link can instantly defeat a Shy Guy with either the Boomerang, the Magic Rod, or by throwing a Bomb at it. He can also defeat a Shy Guy by firing two arrows at it. Link can temporarily freeze a Shy Guy with the Hook Shot.

In the Nintendo Switch remake, a Shy Guy figure is a prize in the Trendy Game, and can be placed on a stand in the northern household of Mabe Village.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘイホー
From 「歩兵」 (hohei, foot soldier) and/or "Hey-Ho," a common working or marching chant.
Spanish (NOA) shy guy -
Spanish (NOE) Shy Guy -
French (NOA) Maskache From "masque" (mask) and "cacher" (to hide)
French (NOE) Maskass From "masque" (mask)
Dutch Shy Guy -
German Shy Guy -
Italian Tipo Timido Shy Guy
Russian скромняга
Korean 헤이호
From Japanese name
Chinese (Simplified) 嘿虎
From Japanese name
Chinese (Traditional) 嘿呵
From Japanese name


  1. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Player's Guide, page 98.