Darknut (Twilight Princess)

A Darknut from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Series The Legend of Zelda series
First game The Legend of Zelda
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Darknuts are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They have appeared since the first Legend of Zelda game. They resemble a gigantic knight. They are inter changeable with Iron Knuckles and vice versa.


Darknuts are very powerful and can be difficult to defeat. They are thought by many to be (along with Iron Knuckles) to be the hardest to defeat non-boss.

It is obvious from just one fight with a Darknut that they are masters of sword fighting, able to block almost any sword strike Link can throw at them. Darknuts are also very smart and resourceful picking up other weapons if they lose theirs.


Darknuts are always shown in heavy armor, usually inspired by Medieval French armor. They also carry large broadswords and shields sometimes even carrying a thinner lighter sword.


The best strategy for a Darknut is to get behind him and repeatedly strike him before he turns around. this will cause him to lose his armor making him take more damage with each hit. In Twilight Princess, the best strategy is to repeatedly use the Back Slice or the Helm Splitter. It is notable that shooting a Fire or Ice Arrow at the Darknut's cape in Wind Waker is a quick easy way to kill the knight.

Notable Darknuts

  • Mighty Darknut: a red armored darknut captain
  • Black Knight: The strongest Darknut and the miniboss of Dark Hyrule Castle