The Legend of Zelda TV series
Zelda (Game & Watch)
Captain N: The Game Master
The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)
A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
The Shadow Prince
The Faces of Evil
The Wand of Gamelon
Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa)
Link's Crossbow Training
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Cadence of Hyrule
|Effective Weapon(s)||Ball and Chain (TP)|
One Rupee (TLoZ)
Five Rupees (TLoZ)
|EXP Points||30 |
- 1 Characteristics
- 1.1 The Legend of Zelda
- 1.2 The Adventure of Link
- 1.3 A Link to the Past
- 1.4 Link's Awakening
- 1.5 Ocarina of Time
- 1.6 Majora's Mask
- 1.7 Oracle of Seasons
- 1.8 Oracle of Ages
- 1.9 The Wind Waker
- 1.10 Four Swords Adventures
- 1.11 The Minish Cap
- 1.12 Twilight Princess
- 1.13 Phantom Hourglass
- 1.14 Spirit Tracks
- 1.15 Skyward Sword
- 1.16 A Link Between Worlds
- 1.17 Tri Force Heroes
- 2 Other Appearances
- 2.1 Zelda (Game & Watch)
- 2.2 Link's Crossbow Training
- 2.3 Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
- 2.4 Cadence of Hyrule
- 2.5 The Legend of Zelda TV Series
- 2.6 Captain N: The Game Master
- 2.7 The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)
- 2.8 The Shadow Prince
- 2.9 Philips CD-i Games
- 2.10 A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
- 2.11 Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
- 2.12 Hyrule Warriors
- 2.13 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
- 3 Nomenclature
- 4 Gallery
- 5 See Also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
Stalfos are skeletal knights or soldiers common to Dungeons and tombs. They vary in appearance and behavior in each installment of The Legend of Zelda series, but generally share similar traits as undead enemies wielding Swords and sometimes Shields, or as skeletons that attack with their bones or even skulls.
In their two-dimensional appearances, Stalfos are usually depicted as common, weak enemies. They will often jump away to evade Link's Sword when he attempts to attack them, and others may even throw their bones at him in retaliation. In their three-dimensional appearances, Stalfos are instead depicted as elite enemies or even Sub-Bosses, who skillfully wield weapons and take much more effort to defeat.
Numerous variants of Stalfos, and other similar skeletal enemies and Bosses, have appeared throughout the series.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment
In The Legend of Zelda, Stalfos appear as common enemies in dungeons that wield dual swords. They appear in Level-1 and Level-7. In the Second Quest, they appear in Level-1, Level-3, and Level-8. They are weak monsters that wander in a random path, and can be killed in a single strike with even the weakest of Link's Swords. The Stalfos in the Second Quest are slightly different as they can shoot Sword Beams. When defeated, Stalfos may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees or a Clock.[note 1]
The Adventure of Link
The Adventure of Link Manual Comment
In The Adventure of Link, Stalfos appear wielding a sword and a basic shield. They use their shield to block Link's attacks from their upper body, however as they do not move their shields, their legs are vulnerable to attacks while crouching. Some Stalfos fall from above and attempt to attack Link with a Down Thrust. Red and blue Stalfos appear, with the blue variant being the stronger one. They appear in the Parapa Palace, Midoro Palace and Palace on the Sea.
An even stronger variant, called a Parutamu, also appears. These warriors look and fight identically to the Stalfos, but wear horned helmets. Red and blue Parutamu appear.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Stalfos appear in dungeons in both the Light World and the Dark World, with the earliest being the Eastern Palace. Stalfos differ from their previous incarnations as they no longer wield weapons, and instead, most are able to jump into the air whenever Link tries to swipe at them with his Sword, dodging his attack. Stalfos in A Link to the Past also vary with different characteristics, as indicated by the color of their skull.
Blue Stalfos are the most simple, as they will only attempt to jump away from Link's attacks. They can be defeated with very quick Sword strikes, especially when they are cornered to a wall, although it usually takes a couple strikes to defeat them. They can also be defeated instantly by picking up and throwing a nearby pot at them, which they will not dodge. They signal their movements by looking in the direction they are going to move next when they stop.
Yellow Stalfos are much different as they detach and throw their skulls at Link to attack. These skulls fly through the air and cannot be destroyed, and must simply be deflected away. These Stalfos will not attempt to jump away from Link's attacks, and will instead crumble to a pile of bones when hit. If let alone, their bodies will fly away. If these are crumbled before they can detach their heads, then they will fly away once they stand up, head and all.
Red Stalfos behave similarly to blue Stalfos as they will jump from Link's attacks, but will also retaliate by throwing bones at him. Green Stalfos are nothing more but floating skulls. They will slowly float towards Link, but unlike the yellow Stalfos, their heads can be defeated. In Turtle Rock, their heads appear yellow.
Stalfos appear in two distinct varities in Link's Awakening: normal Stalfos and Shrouded Stalfos, the latter which also comes in another variant known as Sword Stalfos. Ordinary Stalfos behave like the Stalfos of A Link to the Past, as they possess the ability to jump away. The most basic Stalfos will only dodge Link's attacks, but other types with different characteristics are later encountered. Other Stalfos will actively pursue Link and jump in an attempt to crash down on him from above. Another type throws their bones at him, in addition to jumping away.
In Catfish's Maw, a talkative Stalfos called Master Stalfos appears as one of the dungeon's mini-bosses, and is encountered four times. This Stalfos moves to a different room each time it is defeated, and drops the Hookshot once it is defeated the fourth time.
Ocarina of Time
Stalfos appear as armored soldiers carrying a sword and a shield in Ocarina of Time. They are skilled sword masters who are able to block Link's attacks with their shield and retaliate with a powerful Jump Attack. Often they are encountered in pairs or small groups. Link can attack Stalfos by striking their unprotected backsides, especially after dodging their attack which leaves the Stalfos vulnerable. Stalfos are also susceptible to Deku Nuts, which will briefly stun them and give Link an easy opportunity to strike. They typically take several hits of the Master Sword to defeat.
Stalfos appear in the Forest Temple, where Link faces a pair in one room, and later a group of three in another. The latter group will crumble into a pile of bones once defeated, requiring that Link defeat all of them before they can regenerate. Stalfos also appear in the Shadow Temple, Spirit Temple, Gerudo Training Ground, and Ganon's Castle. In Master Quest, they also appear in the Fire Temple, Water Temple, and the Ice Cavern.
Stalfos are the long-dead skeleton knights of the Ikana Kingdom in Majora's Mask. Link faces Igos du Ikana and his two soldiers inside the Ancient Castle of Ikana. Both knights fight similarly to the Stalfos of Ocarina of Time. However, when defeated, their bodies will crumble and eventually regenerate. To defeat both soldiers, Link must use Fire Arrows to burn the curtains that blot out the sunlight, and reflect the light that comes into the room with his Mirror Shield onto their remains. Once they are defeated, Igos du Ikana challenges Link himself.
Oracle of Seasons
In Oracle of Seasons, Stalfos, Shrouded Stalfos and Sword Stalfos all appear, and look and behave much like their Link's Awakening counterparts. The ordinary Stalfos are slightly more diverse, and are distinguished by their coloration.
Blue-colored Stalfos are the most basic Stalfos who simply walk around and pose little threat. Orange Stalfos, however, act more like their Link's Awakening counterpart as they will jump to avoid Link's attacks, and have the ability to toss bones at him. Red Stalfos will also jump to avoid Link, but do not throw bones. Green Stalfos are more aggressive and will attempt to jump and land on top of Link. The red and green varieties exclusively appear in Oracle of Seasons, which features all four colored Stalfos. Gibdos can have their bandages burned by Ember Seeds to reveal an orange Stalfos.
Oracle of Ages
The Wind Waker
|Stalfos (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|Habitat: Earth Temple|
Weakness: Its head
These skeleton warriors attack by violently swinging their gigantic maces around. Even if they're shattered to pieces, they'll reform unless their heads are destroyed.
Stalfos appear as large skeletons wielding heavy clubs in The Wind Waker. Stalfos attack by swinging their clubs around, but because of their weight, they are often left vulnerable while trying to lift it. After attacking them enough times with the Sword, they fall to pieces and their heads jump around. Their bodies will eventually regenerate, but if the head is struck enough times, they will be defeated. Once defeated, their clubs can be picked up and used against other enemies. Stalfos can immediately crumble if a Bomb is detonated near them, and they can instantly be destroyed by smashing their head with the Skull Hammer.
Four Swords Adventures
Four Swords Adventures features two types of Stalfos: ordinary Stalfos, as well Big Dark Stalfos; the latter being a significantly larger Stalfos carrying a sword, which are fought as bosses. Like previous incarnations, ordinary Stalfos will jump from the Links' attacks. They can be cornered by the Links to make fighting them easier. Big Dark Stalfos are in actuality the Knights of Hyrule, who were cursed and transformed by Ganon. A smaller variety of the Big Dark Stalfos is also encountered, which are ordinary Stalfos warriors who are not the Knights of Hyrule.
The Minish Cap
|Stalfos (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
|Appears in dungeons.|
Blue ones jump, and red ones throw
bones. See what happens when you
remove their heads with the Gust Jar.
Stalfos appear in blue and red varieties in The Minish Cap. The blue variety jumps to dodge Link's attacks, and will also attempt to jump onto him. The red variety throws bones as their primary weapon. If the Gust Jar is used on them, it will remove their heads and cause them to wander around blindly. They will stop attacking Link and will no longer jump away from his attacks. If a Gibdo's bandages are burned with the Flame Lantern, it is revealed to be a Stalfos underneath.
Like in Ocarina of Time, Stalfos in Twilight Princess wield swords and carry shields. They use their shields to block Link's attacks, leaving only their unprotected sides vulnerable. However, Link can perform a Shield Bash to leave them open for an attack. Once they are vulnerable, Link can perform a Helm Splitter to break them apart. When they are defeated, they become a pile of bones and will eventually regenerate if left alone. To completely destroy them, Link must place a Bomb near their remains to demolish them, or shoot a Bomb Arrow at them. It is also possible to destroy a Stalfos while it is whole by shooting a Bomb Arrow at it while it is open to attack. After the Ball and Chain is acquired, it can be used to destroy Stalfos instead of bombs. They are frequently encountered in Arbiter's Grounds, and later appear in Hyrule Castle and the Cave of Ordeals.
Stalfos appear in two variants in Phantom Hourglass. The common variety initially appear as a pile of bones on the ground, but emerge and become whole when Link approaches near. They attack by throwing bones at him, and will jump away when Link attempts to swipe at them. The Stalfos can be defeated by performing several quick Jump Attacks against them. Alternately, they can also be defeated instantly by throwing Bombs at them.
Stalfos appear as armed warriors wielding a pair of swords in Skyward Sword. Like the Stalfos of previous 3D console games, they are skilled swordsmen who, in absence of a shield, use their swords to block Link's attacks in addition to attacking him with powerful strikes and blows. Stalfos hold their swords either vertically or horizontally, and will block Link's sword if he attempts to strike them from adjacent angles. When held vertically, their swords will block attacks from the side, and when held horizontally, they block strikes coming from above or below. The Stalfos will alternate between the two. They can be damaged by striking them from an angle between their blades where their fronts are unprotected. Stalfos can also be attacked with a Shield Bash as they move to attack, which will break off their arms and briefly allow for several strikes before their arms regenerate. A Stalfos first appears as the mini-boss of the Skyview Temple. They also appear in the Sky Keep, and are summoned by Ghirahim during the Horde Battle.
Stalmaster, a four-armed Stalfos carrying an assortment of weapons, appears as the mini-boss of Ancient Cistern and as one of the mini-bosses of Sky Keep. LD-002G Scervo and Dreadfuse are robotic, skeletal-like enemies that are closely similar to Stalfos, and are fought in the Sandship and Sky Keep as mini-bosses, respectively.
A Link Between Worlds
Two types of Stalfos exist in A Link Between Worlds. Common Stalfos will repeatedly jump from Link's attacks. These Stalfos are a little more aggressive than their past incarnations, as they will also pursue after Link. In certain dungeon rooms where Link is required to fight them, they first appear as piles of bones and rise the moment Link enters. A different type of Stalfos, Red Stalfos, will throw bones at Link when he gets close.
Tri Force Heroes
Stalfos in Tri Force Heroes behave mostly the same as in A Link Between Worlds. They come in only the basic variety, but have the bone-throwing ability that was previously seen in Red Stalfos. When they see the Links, they will charge after them. A Stalfos will evade the Links' attacks, but will jump over them and land behind them as opposed to away from them, in an attempt to attack from behind. They are able to evade most weapons, with the exception of the Fire Gloves, which deals minimal damage against them. Stalfos can easily be defeated when cornered by the Links. They are common enemies to The Dunes and The Ruins. The bandages of a Gibdo can be burned away with the Fire Gloves or pulled away with the Gripshot to reveal a Stalfos.
In the Den of Trials, a "dark" variant of the Stalfos appears in the Desert Zone, Shadow Zone and Baneful Zone. These Stalfos throw balls of dark energy, which will briefly Curse the Links to prevent them from using their Sword or other Items if they are hit. Some of these Stalfos also ride "dark" Totem Armos as well.
Zelda (Game & Watch)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||スタルフォス (Sutarufosu) (ALttP | LANS)||Stalfos|
|Dutch||Magere Hein (TLoZ)|
|FrenchEU||Stalfos (TLoZ)||Same as English.|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- Big Dark Stalfos
- Black Stalfos
- Black Stalfos Knight
- Black Stalfos Knight Head
- Black Stalfos Mage
- Black Stalfos Rider
- Blue Stalfos
- Igos du Ikana
- King's Lackeys
- Master Stalfos
- Shrouded Stalfos
- Stalchild Captain
- Stalfos Knight
- Stalfos Knight Head
- Stalfos Mage
- Stalfos Rider
- Stalfos Warrior
- Yellow Stalfos
- Yellow Stalfos Knight
- Yellow Stalfos Knight Head
- Yellow Stalfos Mage
- Yellow Stalfos Rider
- If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armoses, Like Likes, Keeses, or Gels will not be counted.
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 207 (TLoZ | LA | OoT | OoS | OoA | TWW | FSA | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW | TFH)
- "Gerudo Stalfos: Defender
Shoot the Stalfos as they rise from the desert sand. Don't let yourself get surrounded!" — Stage Select (Link's Crossbow Training)
- n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "Anybody who comes into the forest will be lost. Everybody will become a Stalfos. Everybody, Stalfos." — Fado (Ocarina of Time)
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 134
- "Since my teleportation powers are limited in the upper world, I'll have to travel in style." — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 1 )
- Stalfos carrying Ganon in "The Missing Link"
- "You mean to disturb our masters?!" — Stalfos (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Having a Ball )
- "This map has to be fake, Link says. Why else would it be in such an easy hiding place? Follow me! I'll get us out of here! But Link! Zelda cries. Maybe it's-- It's too late. Link has already disappeared down the nearest tunnel." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 80)
- "Then Link looks up to see the pale bones of the Stalfos whipping toward them. Oh, Link! Zelda cries. You picked the wrong path. We're done for!" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 81)
- "Link hears the howling of Stalfos rushing toward them. He takes a deep breath. Let's hope this map is real, he says to Zelda and Charles. Quickly, he unfolds it and searches for a route out." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 48)
- "This way! he calls. [...] In minutes they're back outside. The skeletons stop at the mouth of the tunnel, howling." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 48)
- "It's impossible to keep them down! Aaaargh!! I've had enough!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 7)
- (Prima Games) pg. 249
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (Shogakukan) pg. 22 (ALttP)
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35