- This article is about the enemy. For the boss, see Moldorm (Boss).
Mogma Mitts (SS)
One Rupee (TLoZ)
The Moldorm is a large, segmented annelid that inhabits dungeons and other large, enclosed rooms where it can roam about freely. Moldorms can usually be defeated in one or two hits, although those that appear in Four Swords can take several strikes to be defeated. While most Moldorms generally look alike, in Phantom Hourglass and Skyward Sword they appear to embody a more centipede-like look, while in Twilight Princess they tend to look more like Lanmolas or Swamolas. They originally appeared in The Legend of Zelda as simply gigantic worms seen within the labyrinths.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment
In The Legend of Zelda, Moldorms slowly slither around the ground in a random pattern. Link can defeat them by hitting them with his Sword. When defeated, Moldorms may drop either a Heart, a Fairy or one Rupee.[note 1]
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
|Moldorm (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
|Appears in various areas. These guys move quickly and randomly. Trap them in a corner and take them out quickly.|
In Twilight Princess, Moldorms are seen jumping from the sand in the Gerudo Desert and the Arbiter's Grounds to attack Link. To defeat them, he must Clawshot their shadows, pulling them from the sand and towards him, where he can subsequently attack them. After defeating enough of Moldorms,[how many?] a larger Moldorm will leap from the sand. This variation must be struck down with two hits instead of one.
Moldorms in Skyward Sword reside out of sight underground. They are encountered only when Link enters an underground tunnel with the Mogma Mitts. Striking their tail segment with the Mogma Mitts will destroy the rear segments and increase their movement speed, with three strikes required to defeat them. It first appears as a Mini-Boss in the Fire Sanctuary.
- Moldorms' weak spot was inspired by the honey ant, while the fluid that sprays from the spot when struck by a Sword was based on an obsession of the effects designer.
Moldorms are known as テール (Tail) in Japanese. Swamolas are known as モルドアーム (Morudoāmu) in Japan, just like the Moldorms from The Legend of Zelda. In Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, Moldorms are known as Moldworms in Japan.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||モルドアーム (Morudoāmu) (TLoZ)
テール (Tēru) (FS | TMC | PH)
モルドワーム (Morudowāmu) (TP | SS)
|From the Japanese word 尻尾 (Shippo)|
|Korean||꼬리리 (Kkoriri) (LANS)||Tail-il; from 꼬리 (Kkori)|
- 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.
- "Moldorms scurry around erratically, running into walls." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 193)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 193 (TLoZ | FS | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | SS)
- "The huge worm living in the labyrinths. It grows smaller as Link attacks. Not too strong." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "The weak spot on Moldorm's rear end is modeled after a honey ant. The juice that sprays out from the weak spot when struck by a sword was based on an obsession of the effects designer's." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 63)