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Golden Bug
TP Male Ant Render.png
Male Ant
Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)
Upgrading the Wallet
Obtaining Rupees

Golden Bugs are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are insects scattered all around the overworld of Hyrule. A girl in Castle Town named Agitha fancies these bugs and sends invitations to 24 of them for her ball. She asks for Link's help in bringing all the bugs to her castle.[2]


Golden Bugs glow and make a shimmering sound. They can be attracted with the Lantern. Some bugs are out of reach, so Link must use the Clawshot or Gale Boomerang to collect them. There are 12 types of Golden Bugs, including a male and female of each type, for a total of 24. Both male and female variations of a single bug can be found in the same general area.


After giving Agitha the first Golden Bug, she will reward Link with the Big Wallet.[3] From then on, giving Agitha a bug will reward Link with 50 Rupees. Giving her a pair of the same bug will reward him with 100 Rupees.[4] Once Link gives a bug to Agitha, it will be marked on the collection screen with a butterfly. After giving all 24 Golden Bugs to Agitha, Link will be rewarded with the Giant's Wallet.

In Twilight Princess HD, she will also give Link a Miiverse Stamp of herself upon delivering half of the Golden Bugs.


The complete collection of Golden Bugs
A male Beetle resting on a tree in the Faron Province
Name Location
Ant Ant (M).png
Kakariko Village Graveyard
Ant (F).png
Kakariko Village
Mantis Mantis (M).png
Great Hylian Bridge
Mantis (F).png
Great Hylian Bridge
Butterfly TP Butterfly Male Icon.png
West of Castle Town
TP Butterfly Female Icon.png
West of Castle Town
Phasmid Phasmid (M).png
Bridge of Eldin
Phasmid (F).png
Bridge of Eldin
Dayfly Dayfly (M).png
Gerudo Desert
Dayfly (F).png
Gerudo Desert
Stag Beetle Stag Beetle (M).png
North of Castle Town
Stag Beetle (F).png
North of Castle Town
Ladybug Ladybug (M).png
South of Castle Town
Ladybug (F).png
South of Castle Town
Grasshopper Grasshopper (M).png
North of Kakariko Village
Grasshopper (F).png
North of Kakariko Village
Beetle Beetle (M).png
Hyrule Field (Faron Province)
Beetle (F).png
Hyrule Field (Faron Province)
Pill Bug Pill Bug (M).png
Kakariko Gorge
Pill Bug (F).png
Kakariko Gorge
Snail Snail (M).png
Sacred Grove
Snail (F).png
Temple of Time
Dragonfly Dragonfly (M).png
Zora's Domain
Dragonfly (F).png
Zora's River


After giving a Golden Bug to Agitha, she recites a verse about it.

  • Ant: Li'l ant, li'l ant, I might mistake you for a grain and put you in my cereal...
  • Mantis: Li'l mantis, li'l mantis, if I had sickles like that, I could slice onions better...
  • Butterfly: Li'l butterfly, li'l butterfly, I want to be wrapped up in that powder, too...
  • Phasmid: Li'l phasmid, li'l phasmid, I want to tie your long antennae into bows...
  • Dayfly: Li'l dayfly, li'l dayfly, I want to take your colorful tail and make the loveliest braid ever...
  • Stag Beetle: Li'l stag beetle, li'l stag beetle, your spiky pinchers are so sharp! They must feel so good...
  • Ladybug: Li'l ladybug, li'l ladybug, if I was smaller, I would get on your back and we'd fly around...
  • Grasshopper: Li'l grasshopper, li'l grasshopper, I'd love to tickle your belly all day long...
  • Beetle: Li'l beetle, li'l beetle, I want to use that shiny shell as a pillow and fall asleep...
  • Pill Bug: Li'l pill bug, li'l pill bug, I wish I was smaller so I could roll you around like a ball...
  • Snail: Li'l snail, li'l snail, just once I'd like to take a bath in that slime...
  • Dragonfly: Li'l dragonfly, li'l dragonfly, when you look at me with those great big eyes, I...

Non-Canon Appearancess

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Golden Bugs appear as part of Agitha's attacks. She can summon swarms of Golden Bugs as well as giant ones. She specifically uses female Golden Butterflies and male Golden Beetles for her insect related attacks.


  • After capturing a Golden Bug, it does not disappear; rather, another one takes its place even though Link can not bring back more than one, as it will be released after collecting it again. After Link releases a bug he already captured, it will release a Heart.
  • If Link has Golden Bugs in his possession that he has not given to Agitha and tries to leave her castle, she will angrily mutter to his back.[5]
  • The menu description for the male and female snails mention that possibility that they might actually be the opposite sex.[6] This is a reference to the fact that snails are actually hermaphrodites, so there are no male or female snails. In the French version of the game, the description refers to the snail as "A golden-bodied ♂♀ snail."


See here for the translations of each particular bug.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
French-speaking countries French Insectes Dorés
Federal Republic of Germany German Goldinsekt
Italian Republic Italian Insetti dorati


External links


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 125 (TP)
  2. "I've invited the 24 golden bugs of the world to the ball, but... I don't know if they got lost on the way or what...but they're not here, that's for sure. [...] Oh, boy, if you have a bug with you now, please give it to me. The ball must begin!" — Agitha (Twilight Princess)
  3. "...You actually went bug hunting for me, didn't you? To be honest, I doubted you would... I guess some might consider me a poor- mannered princess...From now on, if you bring me insects, I'll share my happiness with you. You can keep it in this!" — Agitha (Twilight Princess)
  4. "If any bug becomes part of a pair, I think I'll be able to share GREAT happiness with you!" — Agitha (Twilight Princess)
  5. "I know you have bugs..." — Agitha (Twilight Princess)
  6. "A golden-bodied ♂ snail. It was found in the Sacred Grove. (...It might actually be a ♀.)" — Inventory (Twilight Princess)