Deku Baba

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Deku Baba
A Deku Baba's appearance in Mario Kart 8
A Deku Baba, as it appears in Mario Kart 8
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, sticker cameo, Super Mario-related media)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2021, The Legend of Zelda series)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017, Super Mario-related media)
Piranha Plant

Deku Babas are carnivorous plant enemies from The Legend of Zelda series that first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Deku Babas have made a few Super Mario-related appearances, making a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker and later appearing as an obstacle in Mario Kart 8's The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 downloadable pack and the base game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Deku Babas are a Venus flytrap-like species, like Piranha Plants, although Shigeru Miyamoto has once mentioned that Deku Babas were designed by crossing a dog with the Super Mario 64 enemy clam.[1]

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, two Deku Babas appear as enemies in a section of Hyrule Circuit, after the exit of Hyrule Castle near the end of the course. They are designed after their appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and they behave the same as Piranha Plants do in GCN Yoshi Circuit. If a racer drives near a Deku Baba, it lunges at them, attempting to bite them, knocking them over should they be hit. The Deku Babas periodically switch between four different positions.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Deku Baba A sticker of Deku Baba Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Arm, Leg] - Attack +4

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Baba Mojo[2] Baba Deku
"Mojo" is the French name for "Deku" due to the latter being possibly mispronounced as "de cul" (meaning "of the ass").[3]
Italian Baba Deku -


  1. ^ IGN Staff (December 2, 1997). The Z-Files. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  2. ^ Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker
  3. ^ Ocarina of Time Ft. Seth Everman - Did You Know Gaming? (The Legend of Zelda) - DidYouKnowGaming

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