Artwork of a ReDead from Ocarina of Time
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
|Appearances||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
|Location(s)||Kakariko Graveyard |
Royal Family's Tomb
Hyrule Castle Town
Bottom of the Well
Ancient Castle of Ikana
Cave of Ordeals
ReDeads are zombie-like creatures from The Legend of Zelda series. They act much like other zombies from the world of gaming with some notable differences. ReDeads are considered one of the most frightening enemies of the series due to their screams and way of attacking.
ReDeads move slowly, as is typical for Zombies, but when they spot a human, they shriek loudly, stunning or paralyzing their target, and promptly shuffle toward their target where they will proceed to grab their victim. They then proceed to drain their life force, apparently by biting them. Paralysis in Ocarina of Time can occur even in midair, implying supernatural power. These ReDeads apparently will feast on their destroyed brethren, flinching with each destruction as it occurs.
Hitting ReDeads from afar is preferable, to avoid their shriek. A skilled and experienced fighter, however, can hit them up close before the creature has a chance to shriek. This can sometimes be achieved by finding an alternate route and sneaking behind them to strike. In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, ReDeads can be found "inactive" and "active", the latter of which only occurs if the player causes it. Whilst inactive, ReDeads are harmless, which can be maintained by taking no actions beyond a slow walk. However, aggressive actions or targeting them will cause them to react violently. It is advised that the player move away from the body of a destroyed ReDead, as it will attract more ReDeads and cause them to become active.