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LADX Three-of-a-Kind heart.png LADX Three-of-a-Kind diamond.png
LADX Three-of-a-Kind spade.png LADX Three-of-a-Kind club.png
Sprites of a Three-of-a-Kind in all its symbols in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch version) (2019)

Three-of-a-Kind[1][2], also formatted Three of a Kind[3] is an enemy which appears in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. They appear in groups of three. Three-of-a-kinds have a round body with a white circle in the middle containing a symbol which switches between a heart, a diamond, a spade, and a club. In later versions, the symbols are associated with red, orange, green, and blue, respectively.

Three-of-a-Kind LA sprite.png

They walk around and then stop for several seconds. In the Nintendo Switch remake they hop to move instead of walking, and laugh while moving. Hitting a Three-of-a-Kind causes it to stop moving and its symbol to stop changing until the other Three-of-a-Kinds are hit. When all of the Three-of-a-Kinds are hit, if they all display the same symbol they are defeated and an event is triggered. If not all of the Three-of-a-Kinds display the same symbol when they are all hit a beeping noise is played and the Three-of-a-Kinds move again. If all of the Three-of-a-Kinds are defeated while displaying the heart symbol, each Three-of-a-Kind drops a heart, and if all of the Three-of-a-Kinds are defeated while displaying the diamond symbol, each Three-of-a-Kind drops a Rupee. In the Nintendo Switch remake, Three-of-a-Kinds retract their feet when hit.

Three-of-a-Kinds appear in the Tail Cave and the Eagle's Tower.


Zelda Universe[edit]

  • "Link encountered Three of a Kind while exploring the Tail Cave and Eagle's Tower on Koholint Island. The Three of a Kind was made up of three individual monsters, each with flashing symbols on its chest. The only way to defeat this unusual team of attackers was to strike each one when the same symbol was displayed on their chests."

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

  • Player's Guide: "Hit each of these card creatures to stop the display on a suit: hearts, Clubs, Diamonds or Spades. Match all three to defeat the trio."

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX[edit]

  • Prima's Official Strategy Guide: "When you strike one, it freezes with a card suit (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) on its chest. Match three to defeat them. Match three hearts or three diamonds to receive three Recovery hearts or three Rupees respectively."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ベガス
Spanish trío igualado matched trio
French Brelan -
Dutch Vegas -
German Trikard
Italian tris three-of-a-kind
Russian тривмасть
Korean 베가스
Chinese (Simplified) 维加斯
Chinese (Traditional) 維加斯


  1. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Player's Guide, page 98.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Source (February 5, 1998). How to Complete Eagle's Tower. Nintendo: Legend of Zelda Strategy. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  3. ^ Zelda Universe ( - The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia (T's) (Wayback Machine)