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Habitat(s)Desert of Mystery
Desert of Doubt
Desert Temple
Effective Weapon(s)Various

Geldman are desert-dwelling sand-men that appear in A Link to the Past, Four Swords Adventures and A Link Between Worlds.[1]

A Link to the Past Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


This sand-man lives beneath the shifting desert sands. He will jump out at you from the sand and strike at you unexpectedly.


Hiding just beneath the shifting sands, Geldmans quickly surface and pursue when a foe approaches, only to retreat back under the sand. They are surprisingly fast, and can withstand a couple of blows from Link's sword.

In Four Swords Adventures, they can get caught in quicksand, where they will then sit in the center of the sinkhole and cause damage to Link if he gets pulled in. On the other hand, they can also be destroyed by Devalants living in these sinkholes.

They also appear in Tingle's Tower during the Mole Melee game. Playing the role of the moles, Geldman appear in a field and must be hit with Hammers. Certain Geldman will appear in green, red, blue or purple colors and will give the respective Link three points for hitting them. Black Geldman will also appear who will explode when hit, stunning Link.

In A Link Between Worlds, when the Sand Rod is used on Geldmans, it launches them from the sand, revealing legs and stripping them naked of their sand aside from red thong briefs. They then proceed to run away from Link. They can be struck while attempting to escape and will drop Rupees.


  • Its name is similar to that of the Geldarm, another desert-faring creature. In Japanese, "Geld" is written and read the same as "Gerudo", suggesting a connection between the sand monsters Geldarm and Geldman, and the desert or beach-dwelling Gerudo race featured in later games. This connection is lost in translation.
  • Gerune are also known as Sandmen, and are very similar monsters to the Geldman.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゲルドマン (Gerudoman) Geldman
Federal Republic of Germany German Geldmann



  1. "This sand-man lives beneath the shifting desert sands. He will jump out at you from the sand and strike at you unexpectedly." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 45)