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This article is about the enemy also known as a Mini-Moldorm. For the boss Moldorm, see Moldorm (Boss).
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Moldorm from A Link Between Worlds
Other Media
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Clawshot (TP)
Mogma Mitts (SS)
SpoilsHeart (TLoZ)
Fairy (TLoZ)
One Rupee (TLoZ)

Moldorms,[1][2] also known as Mini-Moldorms,[3] are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. Large members of the species have appeared as bosses in A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, and Four Swords Adventures. Regular Moldorms commonly appear in various Caves and Dungeons throughout the series, and in some games, have an affinity for sand.


The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda


The huge worm living in the labyrinths. It grows smaller as Link attacks. Not so strong.

The Moldorm is a large, segmented annelid that inhabits Dungeons, and otherwise large, enclosed rooms where they 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 until 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. Appearing originally in The Legend of Zelda as simply gigantic worms seen within the labyrinths,[4] they later appear as speedy dungeon protectors known as Mini-Moldorms in A Link to the Past and several titles afterwards.

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]

All Moldorms are ground-dwelling. In Twilight Princess, they live in the ground, jumping from the sand in the Gerudo Desert and Arbiter's Grounds to attack Link. To seek them out, he must Clawshot their shadows, pulling them from the earth and towards him, where he can subsequently attack them.

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.

Moldorm (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears in various areas. These guys move quickly and randomly. Trap them in a corner and take them out quickly.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Moldorms appear in the "Gerudo Moldorm: Defender" level of Stage 5.


  • In Oracle of Seasons, there is a Mini-Moldorm hidden on an island off the Western Coast. The sign there says that the Black Beast rests there.[6] If Link uses a Mystery Seed on the mysterious object buried there, it turns out that the Black Beast was a Mini-Moldorm. This is how Link obtains the X-Shaped Jewel.
  • In Twilight Princess, after defeating enough of Moldorms in the Gerudo Desert, a larger Moldorm will leap from the sand. This variation must be struck down with two hits instead of one.
  • As explained in Hyrule Historia, the Moldorm's 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 designer's.[7]


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.

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese モルドアーム (Morudoāmu) (TLoZ)
テール (Tēru) (ALttP | LA | FS | TMC | PH | ALBW)
モルドワーム (Morudowāmu) (TP | SS)
French Republic FrenchEU Tehl (TMC)
Federal Republic of Germany German Moldorm Moldorm
Italian Republic Italian Shippo
Moldorm (SS)
From the Japanese word 尻尾 (Shippo)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Tail Tail
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Moldorm (TLoZ) Moldorm


See Also


  1. 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.[5]


  1. "Moldorm" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 120 (TLoZ))
  2. "Moldorm final version" (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 63 (SS))
  3. "MINI-MOLDORM" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 390 (ALttP&FS))
  4. "The huge worm living in the labyrinths. It grows smaller as Link attacks. Not too strong." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  5. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. "The Black Beast rests here." — Sign (Oracle of Seasons)
  7. "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)
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