What is a Rope? Well..It’s a snake. An ordinary poisonous snake. Doesn’t do anything special. Doesn’t spit venom, breathe fire or shoot lasers out of its eyes. It just slithers back and forth being merely an obstacle for our hero Link. The only thing extraordinary about Ropes that sets them apart from other snakes are their red eyes which compliments their gold skin.

That’s pretty creepy; given how poisonous snakes are already genuinely creepy and fearsome.

They really pose a threat when in groups. And just like in real life; handling a group of poisonous snakes is worse than handling just one.
So I drew the idea of Link going through one of the many dungeons he treks through; and coming upon a huge group of Ropes slithering about.

Their eerie red eyes shining in the darkness and then rearing up bearing their dangerous looking fangs. And with only a candle lighting the area; they are just as threatening in the dark.
Now Link might be wise to back off. Except for one problem. There’s a vital key at the end of the hall where the Ropes are slithering. He needs to get past them in order to grab it. (Looks like the Master Key too.)

I don’t think there’s an area in the original game where a bunch of Ropes gather like this guarding the Master Key. But I wanted this to be more than just a picture of a Rope or two. I wanted them to look more threatening as they gang up on Link.

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!


Ropes are not actual ropes, but golden red-eyed snakes since the original Legend of Zelda. They slither in dungeons and are a classic trap for intrepid heroes to encounter. Luckily Link is no Indiana Jones and does not frighten easily of these snakes. A good slash or zap with the sword usually makes short work of them since they are among the weakest enemies usually.

Their strength comes in numbers as they hope to defeat Link by overwhelming him. The graphics of their fangs suggest they’re poisonous, but they just seem to harm Link the same as any other enemy. They were returning in almost all Handheld Zelda games so far.



Other Ropes in Link’s Blacklist:

Skullrope Zelda ALBW LB2015

Skullrope (ALBW)




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