The Beetle is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.
Location and Uses
The Beetle can be found inside the Skyview Temple after defeating a Stalfos in the central room located in the northern chamber. It is a small, flying, insect-like item that can be used to pick up distant objects such as Rupees or Hearts. The Beetle can also be used to sever the stems of Deku Babas, defeating them. Any item that the Beetle picks up will be returned to Link.
When Link uses the Beetle, the camera will follow behind it. The Beetle can then be steered by tilting the Wii Remote in the desired direction. If the item bumps into a wall or is hit by an enemy, it will be knocked down and return to Link. The Beetle flies for 30 seconds unless it flies too far away from Link, in which case the time will be cut short and the Beetle will return.
The Beetle can be upgraded to the Hook Beetle in the Lanayru Desert, adding a mandible that is able to carry items like Bombs and drop them onto enemies. The Quick Beetle, an optional upgrade available at the Scrap Shop in the Bazaar, allows the Beetle to fly faster. The Tough Beetle, another optional upgrade, enables the Beetle to fly much farther than before.
In Hyrule Warriors, the Beetle appears as a Badge which increases the duration of the Boomerang power-up.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the Beetle appears as an item. Once grabbed, it can be launched towards an opponent, grabbing and then flying upwards with them. If grabbed by the Beetle, the Circle Pad or L Stick must be shaken to set the Fighter free of its grasp. If attacked, it reverses its direction, returning to the Fighter who threw it. The Beetle also appears as a Trophy.
||How to unlock
||A remote-controlled item shaped like a little bug, Link used this item in his adventures to collect far-off items. In Smash Bros., tossed Beetles will fly straight ahead, grab foes, and carry them into the sky. If one grabs you, wiggle with all your might to break free!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Beetle appears once again as an item in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When launched, Beetles will fly in a straight line, attempting to ensnare any Fighters in its path. If they capture a Fighter, they will fly upwards and attempt to carry them offscreen. If Beetles encounter a ceiling while flying upwards, they will continue to fly up for a short time. If they cannot advance beyond the ceiling, they will fall to the ground, releasing any Fighter they captured and explode. Fighters can be knocked loose from a Beetle's grasp, though Beetles will continue to fly upwards as though they were carrying a Fighter. If Beetles are thrown at walls but do not come in contact with any Fighters, they will simply fall to the ground where they can be picked up and used again.
- Bokoblins are afraid of the Beetle and will run away from it. Archer Bokoblins will attempt to shoot it at first sight.
- During development of Skyward Sword, a Rocket Punch was proposed for grabbing items. This idea led to the creation of the Beetle, which also launches from Link's wrist.
| Names in Other Regions
||フックビートル (Fukku Bītoru)
||スピードビートル (Supīdo Bītoru)
||スタミナビートル (Sutamina Bītoru)
||Scarabée à crochet
||Escarabajo con gancho
The Hook Beetle from Skyward Sword
The Quick Beetle from Skyward Sword
The Tough Beetle from Skyward Sword
Link using the Beetle from Skyward Sword
Link using the Beetle from Skyward Sword
Link attacking Deku Babas with the Beetle from Skyward Sword
Pre-release screenshot of the Beetle carrying a Bomb from Skyward Sword
Pre-release screenshot of Link preparing to launch the Beetle from Skyward Sword
Developmental icon of the Hook Beetle from Skyward Sword
Beetle Badge from Hyrule Warriors
The Beetle item from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Link using the Beetle item from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Render of the Beetle from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Beetle as seen in-game from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Beetle advancing towards Scizor from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- ↑ "Beetle (Tool)
An ancient mechanical tool obtained in Skyview Temple. It can be freely controlled to aim at distant or hard-to-reach targets. Its small blades are sharp enough to cut stems and ropes." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 116)
- ↑ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 297