Unforgettable: The Aliens of Majora’s Mask

I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite games lately, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and though the game is near and dear to my heart, I realize now that I had forgotten about a lot of the things that made the game special.  I had forgotten just how dark the game could be, just as I hadn’t remembered there being so many strange, but unique, individuals inhabiting the land of Termina.  I had also nearly forgotten one of my favorite side quests in the game.

Yes, most people cite the Kafei and Anju side quest as being one of the best, and it is, but it’s not exactly “unforgettable” in the manner I typically mean when I write these posts.  Rather, there is one side quest that is just so bizarre and out of place in the Zelda universe that it is the most deserving of this special mention.

When you think about The Legend of Zelda games, you think of fantasy, magic, dungeons, and fairies.  You don’t think about science fiction.  And you most certainly don’t think about aliens attempting to abduct cows.  Or do you?  If you visit Romani Ranch on the first day, the girl there (also named Romani) will tell you that she believes “ghosts” are going to visit the ranch that night and steal their cows.  While I don’t believe the term “alien” is ever mentioned in the game, her tale is clearly based on real-world stories of aliens abducting cows from farms.  What aliens could possibly want with Earth’s bovine residents, I know not, but I think it’s safe to say that the “ghosts” that come down in a “bright, shining ball” are, in fact, one of the only, if not the only, alien sightings in any Zelda game thus far.  The fact that this little girl seems to be the only one aware of them, seeing as her older sister doesn’t believe her, makes her tale just a bit more chilling.  Imagine being the sole person responsible for defending your home from a small alien invasion at the tender age of…ten or so.  She’s a brave, young lass, I’ll give her that.

After Romani tells you her tale and has you practice using your bow from the back of Epona, she asks you to meet her at 2 in the morning to help her protect the cows from the impending…“ghostly” invasion.  And let me tell you, this is one of the most exciting parts of the game for me.  The aliens appear all over the ranch and slowly advance towards the barn, and you must shoot them with arrows to keep them away.  Their otherworldly appearance is certainly unsettling, as these aliens hover above the ground with eyes like spotlights, and the futuristic music makes the entire event that much more epic.  Admittedly, this has become far too easy for me over the years, but defending a barn from aliens until sunrise is just a super awesome experience.  This side quest is just so out of place, and that’s what makes it stand out to me as the most unforgettable side quest in this decidedly unforgettable game.

Video from Youtube User: CountBleck2009

Interestingly enough, I recently found that the aliens in this game were actually inspired by a real-world UFO sighting that took place in West Virginia in 1952, which involved a creature later known as the Flatwoods Monster.  Whether or not you believe in UFOs, it is clear that this creature bears a striking resemblance to the aliens from the game, and the sighting even comes complete with a glowing ball of light and a barking dog.  Quite intriguing.  If you’re interested, why not check out this short video below?  Though, I’m not sure I buy the whole “it was just a barn owl” story.  My theory is that the Flatwoods Monster was actually one of the aliens from Majora’s Mask, on the hunt for some more cows.  I think they just really value the merits of calcium.

Video from Youtube user: UFOCaseReview

Extraterrestrial Duck

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Matt says:

    I am not sure it is my favorite sidequest from the game, as the Kafei and Anju one is absolutely masterful, but this one is certainly more remarkable because of how unique it is, as you have mentioned.

    Those aliens creeped me out when I was younger, and I had a very hard time defeating the damn things. When I played the 3DS remake the quest turned out to be relatively easy, but it was still quite chilling.

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      Those aliens are indeed creepy, especially since they are inspired by a lesser-known alien sighting. Now that I’ve been playing the game for years, the aliens are pretty easy for me to beat, too. To make it harder, I recently tried the side quest without slowing down time. That certainly made things challenging again.

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      1. Matt says:

        Yeah, I had no idea they were inspired by that alien sighting you mentioned. That’s pretty cool!

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      2. duckofindeed says:

        It is indeed. I always love when I learn something new about an old game.

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  2. Hatm0nster says:

    This has long been one of my favorite sequences in Majora’s Mask, or really any Zelda game. It’s that music; it’s downright chilling!

    How do you usually take it on? I always take up a position on the hill that’s right next to the house and take ’em down with precision!

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      That music is definitely spooky. Plus, sci-fi music in a Zelda game is just an awesome combination.

      I usually hang out in front of the barn, and then I run off to take out the nearest aliens whenever they start getting closer. It’s funny because the game seems to want us to do this on horseback, considering we had to train on Epona, yet I wonder if anyone actually does it that way. It’s easier on foot.

      By the way, have you ever tried this side quest without slowing down time? The aliens are so fast when you let the time go by quickly. It’s quite stressful!

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      1. Hatm0nster says:

        I tried it once or twice in normal time. It was definitely more intense! However, I don’t think I like it as much. It’s a harder challenge, but I think it loses some of its eeriness. It feels more like a brief attack rather than this unstoppable onslaught. It’s easier with slowed time, but it’s also creepier.

        Yeah, I’m sure they meant for us to us Epona to complete the challenge, but trying to hit anything on horseback is a tall order. I’d much rather stand in one place and snipe them rather than trying to both manage the horse and be accurate with the bow.

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      2. duckofindeed says:

        That is true about the challenge being less creepy when the time is fast. It doesn’t last as long, plus you’re so busy trying to keep the aliens away from the barn that there really isn’t time to think about the situation you’re in.

        This challenge would definitely be tougher with Epona. Plus, there’s no need to run around the ranch, as it makes much more sense to just let the aliens come to us.

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  3. Mr. Panda says:

    This is also memorable for me, as being one of the parts I loathe most when replaying it. I’m just not a fan of the “defend your base” mission in any game, and this was not only creepy, but you had to start the whole 3-day cycle over if you lost. I wasn’t particularly good at this portion when I was younger, so I lost quite a few times, frustratingly enough. Even worse, there was an additional shooting section with the Gorman Bros. that you had to successfully do after getting this part down, which made that slightly more stressful.

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      These aliens have always creeped me out, too, especially that one behind the house. That one’s a sneaky bugger…. Oh, yeah, and that part with the Gorman Bros was indeed stressful, too. Getting chased by two crazy, pitchfork-wielding guys in hoods is not a pleasant situation. I usually get too stressed to aim properly at them, so I pretty much just start shooting like crazy and hope I hit them.

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