When fans of Ocarina of Time recall the scariest moment of the game, it’s usually the first encounter with ReDeads. It’s a haunting memory and for good reason, but there’s also something to be said about the Wolfos.
Having consumed endless hours of playtime of Ocarina of Time in the last 20 years, it’s easy to forget how fearsome the Wolfos enemies were the first time I saw them. They have demonic eyes, huge claws, and a piercing howl. Thanks to a stunning animation by Reddit user Txikimorin, I am reminded again of just how terrifying these things are.
Ocarina of Time was first released in Japan on November 21, 1998. This month, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most beloved games of all time. Two decades on, Ocarina of Time is still widely regarded as not only the pinnacle of The Legend of Zelda series but as one of the greatest achievements in video game history. Throughout Ocarina Month, we’re going to be looking back on the game that shaped childhoods, defined the action-adventure genre, and introduced a generation to how magical exploring a 3D world could be.
Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favorite artwork from The Legend of Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favorite characters and moments.
The animation is almost a minute long, which is impressive considering the amount of effort that clearly went into each frame. It sees Link facing off in a deadly encounter with two Wolfos at the entrance to the Forest Temple. The flipbook-like style and the fluidity of movement make this look amazing; I haven’t been able to stop watching since I found it.
Besides Link satisfyingly kneeing one of the menacing mutts in the face, there are a lot of details in the fight that
I love the subtle details, too. Navi can be seen flying around in a frenzy, as though she’s in full panic mode. There’s a real sense of exhaustion from Link after the encounter, too, which serves as a reminder that this is simply one of many hardships our hero has to face on his journey.
It’s the close call Link has when pinned to the ground, inches away from the gnashing, hungry, saliva-spewing teeth that really hammered back home for me how scary the Wolfos can be.