When Link tried to find the hidden entrance to the sixth dungeon he disturbed the Ghini that were haunting the Graveyard…


“So here we are doing enemies from the very first Zelda game on the NES: a classic among video games if there ever was one!

And the monsters featured in this game are pretty classic too: knights, skeletons, dragons (under different names of course) and ghosts. The ghosts are what I chose for this project; or as they are called in Hyrule: The Ghini!

What are Ghini? Well they’re traditional looking ghosts with a single eye and they seem to hang around graveyards. With the exception of their single eye they’re pretty standard ghost designs.

So I decided to not only draw a few of them ganging up on Link; but also the setting to which I remember them being in the most. That one particular graveyard you visit to reveal a hidden dungeon passage. Well they’re not making the path any easier for Link here are they? XD

I didn’t go overboard with design here as this exemplifies classic Link to me: keeping it simple. And Ghinis are simple designs to begin with. More thought process went in the background to make it appear like it was leaping from the original game.”

by Shinragod

Shinragod from the USA is one of the most contributing members of the Game-Art-HQ Community now since years and now also an  author of many of the galleries in our recent art collaborations like the Street Fighter Anniversary and Link’s Blacklist V2 since he became one of the admins and editors of GA-HQ in 2016!

Beside contributing illustrations to almost all our art collaborations in the last years, he is also drawing a lot of other fan art as well as own characters. Have a good look at his complete portfolio on dA here!


Ghini are one-eyed ghosts that lurk in graveyards from the original Legend of Zelda on NES. They only hover but they move quite fast and in uneasy patterns when they do. Although not many appear at once their quick movements makes slash-and-dodge maneuvers essential. Ghini tend to show up in later portions of the game. This is a good indicator that there is a hidden area or dungeon nearby that is now made accessible.

The Ghini returned in the majority of the 2D Legend of Zelda games for handhelds while the Zelda games on TV consoles have the also ghost-like Poe creatures since Ocarina of Time (1998)


Other Ghini in Link’s Blacklist:


Giant Ghini (Link’s Awakening)




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