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Puppets are odd, wooden creatures that appear in Twilight Princess.

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Eee hee hee! See you later!


These must be the things that were after the monkey... Could this all be the work of that little guy with the horn? I don't know my way around here too well, so try not to get lost.

No matter how many times you defeat these things, they keep coming back, Link! We ought to lay down a field of dark energy and beat them all at once!


Puppets follow Link wherever he goes in the Sacred Grove. Link originally encounters them when he enters the Sacred Grove to retrieve the Master Sword, and they are summoned by the Skull Kid to chase him, as they move quickly. The Skull Kid also summons them while he is fighting Link personally. After fighting the Skull Kid, they can be found by rolling into trees and knocking them down.

These enemies attack by flailing their arms and bodies against Link. They tend to cluster together, enabling Link to hit many of them with one attack. They usually appear in groups of four, and can be defeated using the sword or the Ball and Chain. Their primary mode of transportation is an eerie dance as they float towards Link. Interestingly, the Puppets will float over water if Link dives under.

Non-Canon Appearances

Hyrule Warriors series

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, puppets can be summoned in some of Skull Kid's attacks. When summoned by the imp's strong attack, the Puppet will move forward, swinging its arms around to attack enemies. It will also appear when Skull Kid empties an enemy's weak point gauge, attacking the enemy rapidly before vanishing as Skull Kid lands a final blow with a blast of dark energy.


  • Similar enemies, called Puppits, appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They debut in the level where Link is also playable for the first time, which happens to look similar to the forest where Link draws the Master Sword. This may be a reference to the Puppets, though they are known by an entirely different name in the Japanese version.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese パペット (Papetto) Puppet
Federal Republic of Germany German Marionette Cognate with English marionette
Italian Republic Italian Marionetta
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Marioneta Marionette