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Floor Spikes
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Floor Spikes from Twilight Princess
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Floor Spikes,[1] also known as Spiked Floors,[2] are recurring traps in The Legend of Zelda series.

Characteristics

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Floor Spikes can be avoided by using the Magic Cape, as Link can walk right over them with no harm done. The Magic Cape is necessary to obtain the Cane of Byrna, as it is preceded by a number of Floor Spikes that Link would be unable to traverse safely otherwise.

Link's Awakening



Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, many Floor Spikes are found inside the Water Temple, typically blocking passage until the water level rises. In the Shadow Temple, certain Floor Spikes are invisible, requiring that Link use the Lens of Truth in order to see them. The Hover Boots can also be used to walk above spikes, momentarily avoiding damage, while the Goron Tunic causes Link to take damage less frequently from them.

Oracle Series



Link tossing Dodongo into a Spiked Floor in Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, in order to defeat Dodongo, the boss from Snake's Remains, Link must toss it to the Spiked Floor found in the center of the room after stunning it with a Bomb.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, Floor Spikes appear in the Forsaken Fortress and the Wind Temple, though in the former they are unable to damage Link and serve only to obstruct his path. In both Dungeons, the spikes can usually be retracted once a certain puzzle is solved or all enemies in the area have been defeated.

Four Swords Adventures



The Minish Cap



Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Floor Spikes appear within the Arbiter's Grounds, where they emerge from holes in the floor only when Link draws near enough. Several of their locations are also concealed by Quicksand, making it difficult to judge their position and maneuver around them. When they are above the ground, however, Link is able to destroy them permanently using Bombs.

Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks

In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, Floor Spikes appear inside numerous Dungeons, where they serve to impede Link's progress and will damage him on contact. Link can usually deactivate them by defeating enemies and solving puzzles. In both games, Phantoms are able to move over Floor Spikes without injury due to their heavy armor. As such, Princess Zelda can also harness this immunity when she gains the ability to possess Phantoms in Spirit Tracks, and use it to cross over the spikes and help solve puzzles normally out of Link's reach.

Phantom Hourglass also introduces spikes that move up and down intermittently, so that Link must be quick to pass over them safely during their brief periods of inactivity.

Skyward Sword

Floor Spikes in Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Floor Spikes appear within a single room inside the Lanayru Mining Facility, where they are stealthily concealed by large amounts of sand. They activate quickly when Link draws near, similar to Twilight Princess. This requires Link to work his way through the mazelike room by using the Gust Bellows to blow away the sand and find a safe path.

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, Floor Spikes appear in the Frozen Plateau level of the Drablands. Here, fireballs can be bounced across them using the Fire Gloves, which is used to light torches and defeat enemies that are otherwise out of reach.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Floor Spikes can usually be found around some enemy camps. They block Link's path alongside enemies, damaging him on contact. Spikes are usually made of wood, thus, they can be burned with Fire Arrows, an elemental weapon, or any other fire source.

Other Appearances

Zelda's Adventure



Floor Spikes appear in Zelda's Adventure.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Italian Republic Italian Pavimento appuntito
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Suelo de pinchos (ST) Floor of Spikes
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Suelo de púas (ST) Floor of Spikes

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References

  1. "I don't think you can get through these floor spikes, Link. Leave it to me! I'll figure something out!" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "1/2 damage from spiked floors" — Red Luck Ring description (Oracle series)