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|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|
|Latest appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes|
Spear Soldiers are a type of Guard that charges at Link while carrying a spear. As such, they act quite similar to Sword Guards. There is also a type called Spear Throwing Soldiers, which instead of charging at Link, toss an endless amount of their spears at him.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, pike-wielding soldiers appear in green and red. Green ones appear in Kakariko Village if one of the two women who believe Link to have kidnapped Princess Zelda spot him, prompting her to call for a soldier. The summoned soldier will chase him incessantly until it is defeated or Link leaves the village. Red ones, which chase extremely quickly and aggressively, first appear in the upper levels of Hyrule Castle, and later appear throughout Hyrule once Agahnim sends Link to the pyramid.
Spear-throwing soldiers also have two varieties, both of which are red. One type hides in the tall grass around the outside of Hyrule Castle, where it jumps out and throws a spear at Link before hiding again. This type has basic armor. The other type is found in Hyrule Castle itself (with one also appearing in the cemetary), and chase after Link while throwing spears. This type uses the horned helmet design.
All four types have a trident-like blade at the end of their weapons. In the Dark World, Moblin Pikemen act as an analog to the charging type and Moblins act as one to the aggressive throwing type. In the Japanese version and all versions of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords, an indigo-colored spear soldier appears with Agahnim in the intro, though it is replaced with an indigo sword soldier in Western versions of the Super Nintendo edition.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the charging Spear Soldiers again appear in green and red. This time, the charging red ones have the horned helmet design. Both have trident-like spears and small shields. A group of red ones released directly by Yuga midway up inside Hyrule Castle charge far more aggressively than others, similar to the horned indigo Sword Soldiers from A Link to the Past, though on revisits to this room they act as normal. Green ones are fairly common across Hyrule, while red ones only appear at Hyrule Castle.
Spear Throwing Soldiers have a single variety in this game, which has red basic armor but is found out in the open. It is less aggressive than the ones in A Link to the Past, backing away from Link like the Bow Soldiers. The spears they throw slowly descend, limiting their range when on Link's level. As such, they are sometimes stationed on high platforms over him. The spears they carry have only a single wide point. They also only appear around Hyrule Castle.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
In The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, red Spear Throwing Soldiers appear, and appear as they do in A Link Between Worlds. They usually appear on tall or distant platforms or on top of Totem Armos to make them more dangerous. Like the other Soldiers, they are found in the Fortress area. In the Sky Realm, Sky Spear Soldiers appear, which are stronger.
Names in other languages
Yari Heishi (Totsugeki)
Yari Heishi (Yarinage)
Yari Heishi (Kusamura)
Spear Trooper/Soldier (assault)
Spear Trooper/Soldier (spear throw)
Spear Trooper/Soldier (grass)
- Stratton, Steve, and Cory Van Grier. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Prima Official Game Guide. Page 84.
- Rocha, Garitt. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Strategy Guide. Page 10.
- Kamigami no Triforce Shogakukan, page 123