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Gold Skulltula

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Gold Skulltula
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Habitat(s)Around Hyrule
Swamp Spider House
Oceanside Spider House
Effective Weapon(s)Bow

Gold Skulltulas, also known as Spiders of the Curse,[citation needed] are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.

They are special, gold-backed spiders related to Skulltulas. When a Gold Skulltula is defeated, a Gold Skulltula Token,(OoT3D)[1] also known as a Gold Skulltula Spirit,(MM)[2] is left behind to be collected. Gold Skulltula Tokens are known for their ability to undo a curse made by a Gold Skulltula.


Ocarina of Time

A Gold Skulltula Token as seen in game from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

In Ocarina of Time, Gold Skulltulas are hidden all throughout Hyrule and are known to curse people. One family was once fabulously rich, but were cursed due to their greed and have taken the form of Skulltulas.[3] When Link visits the House of Skulltula in Kakariko Village, he speaks to the Cursed Rich Man, who explains that the only way the curse on him and his sons will be lifted is if all of the Gold Skulltulas around Hyrule are destroyed and if their spirits are collected.[4]

Link must collect Tokens from the 100 Gold Skulltulas in Hyrule, freeing each family member from the curse one by one by collecting a certain number. By doing so, the young hero will receive rewards from each of the father's sons.

Number of Tokens Reward
Adult's Wallet
Stone of Agony

Shard of Agony (OoT3D)

Giant's Wallet
Piece of Heart
200 Rupees for each visit

Gold Skulltulas can be located by listening for their distinctive scraping sound. They can be found anywhere, from fields to dungeons, although they will only appear above ground during the night.[5] Gold Skulltulas like soft soil, and can be drawn out by baiting them with small bugs.[6] Some Tokens can be collected by just walking up to them, but some require ranged weapons to be reached.

A small Gold Skulltula icon will appear next to an area's name on the map once all the Gold Skulltulas in that area have been defeated and their Tokens collected.

Majora's Mask

A Gold Skulltula Spirit icon from both Ocarina of Time 3D and Majora's Mask 3D

In Majora's Mask, Gold Skulltulas appear in the two Skulltula Houses, the Swamp Spider House and Oceanside Spider House, which contain 30 Gold Skulltulas each. Rather than collecting Tokens, the Gold Skulltulas drop Gold Skulltula Spirits. By obtaining the 30 Gold Skulltula Spirits in the Swamp Spider House, Link obtains the Mask of Truth from the Cursed Rich Man, who was cursed when he entered the house in search of clues to become rich.[7] In the Oceanside Spider House, Link can obtain the Giant's Wallet if he collects all of the Skulltula Spirits during the First Day, with a Silver Rupee being awarded for completing it again on the First Day in subsequent cycles. On the Second Day, he will receive a Purple Rupee, and a Red Rupee on the Final Day.

In Majora's Mask 3D, the Giant's Wallet can be obtained on any day. If the Adult Wallet has not been previously obtained, Link will instead receive it, while the Giant's Wallet will now be obtained from the Banker. Collecting all the Gold Skulltula Spirits a second time at the Oceanside Spider House will award Link with a Fishing Hole Pass.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

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In Hyrule Warriors, Gold Skulltulas appear throughout many battles in the game, in both Legend Mode and Adventure Mode, and behave similarly to their previous incarnations. A total of 100 Gold Skulltulas (with at least 60 more added through DLC) appear in the game,[8] and appear only after certain criteria have been met. When a Gold Skulltula appears, a spider web appears on the HUD map, indicating their general location.[9] The exact locations of the hidden Gold Skulltulas are indicated by the noise of their scratching legs. However, after a certain period of time, the Gold Skulltulas will disappear and will not reappear until the battle is reset and the requirements are met again.

Gold Skulltulas drop Illustration Pieces when slain, which then appear in the Gallery menu. Collecting Illustration Pieces helps toward unlocking new content, including new upgrades at the Bazaar. Completing an Illustration unlocks a new battle in the Rewards Map.

Upon completing all of the Legend Mode Scenarios the first time, Hero Mode is unlocked along with additional Gold Skulltulas. These Gold Skulltulas require the difficulty setting be set to Hard or Hero Mode, and require certain characters or weapons to be present before they may appear. The criteria for their appearance in Legend Mode Scenarios is visible on the Select Scenario screen.[10]

The Legend Mode and some Adventure Mode scenarios have two Gold Skultulas to find. However, only one can be found during a single playthrough of the scenario, even if the conditions for both Gold Skultulas are met.


  • Although Gold Skulltulas cannot be Z-targeted, unused comments from Navi and Tatl exist within the coding of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask,[11][12] respectively. However, Tatl's comment was not translated and was removed from localized versions, except for Majora's Mask 3D.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Gold Skulltula Golden Skull Token Gold Skulltula Spirit
Japan Japanese 黄金のスタルチュラ 黄金のスタルチュラ しるし
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 黄金骷髅蜘蛛 黄金骷髅蜘蛛徽章
Canada FrenchCA Skulltula d'or
Skulltula dorée (OoT3D)
Jeton de Skulltula dorée (OoT3D) Âme d'une skulltula d'or (MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Skulltula d'or
Federal Republic of Germany German Goldene Skulltula Skulltula-Symbol Geist einer goldenen Skulltula
Italian Republic Italian Aracnula d'oro (OoT3D)
Aracnula Dorata (HW)
Teschio d'oro (OoT3D)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Skulltula de Oro
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Skulltula dorada Símbolo de skulltula dorada (OoT3D) Espíritu de skulltula dorada (MM3D)


External links


  1. "We also reveal the locations of secret Pieces of Heart, Gold Skulltula Tokens, and more." (Ocarina of Time 3D Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 2)
  2. "You got a Gold Skulltula Spirit! This is your [x]th one!" — N/A (Majora's Mask)
  3. "Folks around here tell of a fabulously rich family that once lived in one of the houses in this village... But they say that the entire family was cursed due to their greed! Who knows what might happen to those who are consumed by greed..." — Old man in Kakariko Village (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "We all look like this because of the spider's curse. If every Spider of the Curse in the entire world were destroyed, the curse would be broken." — Cursed Rich Man (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "First of all, you'll have to hunt at night." — Cursed Rich Man (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Secondly, keep in mind that they love soft soil... Pay close attention to your surroundings!" — Cursed Rich Man (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "You see, a while back, someone told me I could become rich and he gave me this mask. He said the instructions were inscribed somewhere in here, but when I went to look, I was cursed!" — Cursed Rich Man (Majora's Mask)
  8. "There are 100 Gold Skulltulas hidden around the world. By defeating them and gathering the illustration pieces they drop, you will be rewarded with certain perks." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  9. "Gold Skulltulas will only appear within the spider's web on the map once you fulfill certain battle conditions. They flee after a set period of time has passed, so move quickly!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  10. "You can check information on Gold Skulltulas hidden on a given battlefield from the Select Scenario screen. However, some only appear when using specific warriors or weapons." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  11. "Gold Skulltula
    This is also known as a Spider of the Curse. If you defeat it, you'll get a token as proof!"
    — Sheeza, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Unused text, The Cutting Room Floor, published September 23, 2012, retrieved October 22, 2014.
  12. "黄金のスタルチュラも知らないの? 呪いのクモと恐れられ、呪われた人は 全部倒さないと元に戻らないの" — Rightman, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask/Unused text, The Cutting Room Floor, published September 3, 2014‎, retrieved October 22, 2014.