Skull Kids are recurring creatures in The Legend of Zelda series. Navi implies that children who wander into the Lost Woods become Skull Kids. One first interacts with Link in Ocarina of Time, and later plays a major villainous role in Majora's Mask. Skull Kids dress in a red cloak and hat covering an underlayer of clothing composed of a straw-like material, and play a flute, which they can also use as a weapon to shoot projectiles.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Design Changes
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 Gallery
- 7 See Also
- 8 References
Ocarina of Time
A Skull Kid can be found in the Lost Woods in the area directly to the left of the entrance room in Ocarina of Time. Whenever Link approaches, the Skull Kid will disappear from the area. To circumvent this, Link can befriend the Skull Kid by playing "Saria's Song" while standing on top of the stump across from the Skull Kid's position. He will then receive a Piece of Heart as a gift. While Z Targeting, Navi mentions that the Skull Kid seems unhappy to have no face. Some of the Kokiri remember hearing him complaining about his face, as well. Upon first seeing Link wearing the Skull Mask, the Skull Kid comments that he would like it to make him appear a little tougher. Link is then able to sell him the Mask as part of the Mask Trading Sequence, but the Skull Kid pays just 10 Rupees when the wholesale price is 20, leaving Link to cover the difference. Another two Skull Kids can be found in the area directly to the right of the entrance, where Link can play a Musical Session with them on his Ocarina to win another Piece of Heart.
It is said that non-Kokiri who enter the woods become Stalfos upon getting lost. However, there is speculation about whether or not Kokiri or Hylian children turn into Skull Kids. It is more plausible that the Kokiri turn into Skull Kids, due to the fact that they stay children for their whole lives, but also because Stalfos never appear within the Lost Woods, as well as that there already exist Stalchildren. Additionally, Skull Kids appear to be made of wood, and later games make it clear Kokiri are related to the treelike Koroks (who also hide their faces with Masks).
If Link encounters a Skull Kid as an adult, he will be attacked with needles shot from the Skull Kid's flute. Navi says that they are attacking because they do not like adults. If Link defeats him, the Skull Kid will collapse and disappear, leaving behind an Orange Rupee.
A Skull Kid becomes a central character in Majora's Mask. Under the influence of Majora's Mask, which he stole from the Happy Mask Salesman, the Skull Kid becomes a powerful sorcerer. Using this newfound magical might, he wreaks havoc on the land of Termina, ultimately attempting to destroy it by sending the Moon on a collision course with the land. He appears to be the main antagonist through most of the game, though he himself is not evil and is merely being controlled by the powers of Majora's Mask. Skull Kid is self-centered and has an affinity for mischief. Due to his behavior and physical appearance, he is often called an imp. The Skull Kid is resented by most Terminians because of the tricks he plays on them, though he finds companionship in the Fairy siblings Tatl and Tael. He is strongly implied to be the same Skull Kid whom Link taught Saria's Song in the Lost Woods in Ocarina of Time.
Long ago, before the land of Termina was split into four regions, the Skull Kid befriended the Four Giants. On the day of the Carnival of Time, the guardian deities announced to the people of Termina that they would guard the land while lying dormant. With the world of Termina now split into four parts by the order of the Four Giants, each of the deities took one hundred steps towards their respective regions. They told their people that if trouble befell them, they could call the giants in a loud voice, declaring their plight. The Skull Kid, who had long been friends with the giants, was stricken by their departure. Feeling neglected and alone, he began to spread his anger and frustration throughout all of Termina. Fed up with the Skull Kid's misdeeds, the people of Termina called upon the Four Giants for aid. The giants answered with an infuriated roar. They ordered the Skull Kid to leave Termina, threatening to kill him if he disobeyed. Frightened by the giants' anger and saddened by the loss of his old friends, the Skull Kid returned to the heavens.
Whether the Skull Kid actually "returned to the heavens," or not is merely a hyperbole in this story told by Anju's Grandmother, Skull Kid somehow reappears in Termina prior to the events of Majora's Mask. The two Fairy siblings, Tatl and Tael, stumble upon the Skull Kid taking shelter from a storm in a tree hollow in Termina Field. He tells the Fairies that he has been quarreling with his friends and that they have abandoned him. Shivering from the cold, Skull Kid and the Fairies huddle for warmth, and a bond between them is formed.
Later on, the Skull Kid encounters the travelling Happy Mask Salesman at the crossroads of Hyrule and Termina. He steals the evil Majora's Mask, a powerful artifact once used by an ancient tribe for hexing rituals. Upon donning the Mask, a combination of the burdens in the Skull Kid's heart and the evil magic inside Majora's Mask transformed a world into the land of Termina. The world created had a distinct culture influenced by Majora's ancient tribe and was inhabited by races and people constructed from Skull Kid's memories and imagination. The Four Giants central to Termina's legends were originally friends of Skull Kid who, like Termina itself, were recreated by the Mask. The series of events that stem from this seemingly random occurrence constitute the plot of Majora's Mask.
In the prologue of Majora's Mask, Link appears riding on Epona in a mysterious forest. Along with Tatl and Tael, Skull Kid—now wearing Majora's Mask—ambushes the young hero in a similar way to that of the Happy Mask Salesman. Startled by their sudden appearance, Epona rears up and throws Link off, knocking him unconscious. While comatose, Skull Kid rummages through Link's belongings and finds the Ocarina of Time. Fascinated by the object, he plays with the Ocarina until Link awakens. Once he realizes that Link is awake, he jumps on Epona and rides away with the Ocarina. Link pursues him, falling into the hollow tree trunk that serves as the passageway to Termina. In a brief confrontation inside the Portal, the Skull Kid informs Link that he "got rid of" Epona, claiming that the young hero's horse was disobedient and that he was doing Link a favor by doing so. Using the powers of Majora's Mask, the Skull Kid traps Link within the body of a Deku Scrub. He then leaves with Tael while Tatl holds Link back. Tatl subsequently gets trapped with Link as a result. Link and Tatl forge an alliance and chase after the Skull Kid, crossing the threshold into Termina.
Deku Link finds the Skull Kid atop Clock Tower at the end of the Final Day. Tael tells Link and Tatl to summon the Four Giants to the Clock Tower, and the Skull Kid hits him aside in response. The Skull Kid then starts to bring the Moon down to Termina with a screech. Link makes the Skull Kid drop the Ocarina of Time by firing a Bubble Blast at him. With his Ocarina back in his hands, Link plays the "Song of Time," turning back time to the First Day before the Moon can destroy Termina. Link is then returned to his normal self after learning the "Song of Healing" from the Happy Mask Salesman, who urges Link to retrieve the stolen Majora's Mask from the Skull Kid lest the world be destroyed by its influence.
Granted tremendous power by the evil Mask, the Skull Kid had imprisoned the Four Giants within their temples. Without their guardian deities and their respective temples tainted with evil, each of the four regions of Termina succumbed to various disasters. The Skull Kid was also responsible for harming the Great Fairy, turning Kafei into a child, and informing the Gerudo Pirates of the Zora Eggs. He also threatened to break Professor Shikashi's instruments. After following Tael's advice and releasing the Four Giants from their respective prisons in the swamp, mountains, ocean, and canyon, Link returns to the top of the Clock Tower at the end of the Final Day to confront the Skull Kid once again. Link summons the Four Giants using the "Oath to Order" to stop the Moon. This knocks the Skull Kid unconscious, leaving Majora's Mask to detach itself from its puppet and rise into the Moon. Link and Tatl then follow it into the Moon to engage in one final battle.
During the ending sequence of the game, following the defeat of Majora's Mask and the subsequent restoration of the Moon's original orbit, the Skull Kid, Link, the Happy Mask Salesman, and the Four Giants come together on the outskirts of Termina Field. The giants reassure Skull Kid—now free of the Mask's influence—of their friendship with him. After the giants return to their resting places, the Skull Kid asks Link if they too could be friends, mentioning that he has the same smell as the "fairy kid" who taught him Saria's Song in the Lost Woods. This suggests that the Skull Kid is the one by the tree stump near the bridge in the Lost Woods in Ocarina of Time, to whom the young hero sells the Skull Mask. After saying their goodbyes, Link and Epona depart Termina while Tatl, Tael and the Skull Kid celebrate the Carnival of Time. The last scene shows a drawing on a tree trunk made by the Skull Kid showing him with Link, Tatl, Tael, and the Four Giants.
In Twilight Princess, the Skull Kid leads Link through the Lost Woods portion of the Sacred Grove until he is in the room next to the resting place of the Master Sword. Along the way, the Skull Kid plays a game of hide-and-seek with Link, as he must find him several times before he leads him to its destination.
When Link returns to the Sacred Grove area later in the game, the Skull Kid will help him navigate the Lost Woods a second time. This time he leads him through different areas in order to reach the Temple of Time. However, two factors give away his location: the light of his lantern and the sound of his horn playing "Saria's Song." Although the Skull Kid never physically attacks Link, he will summon Puppets to do the job. Every time he is hit in battle, he will summon more puppets, but he can be beaten quickly with the use of the Bow. After defeating him the second time, he will tell Link that their little game was fun and vanish. On future visits to the Sacred Grove, lights similiar to Skull Kid's lantern can be seen in tunnels, but will vanish if Link enters the tunnel.
There is no confirmed relation between the Skull Kid from Twilight Princess and the one from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. However, the fact that it knows "Saria's Song," which Link taught to the Skull Kid in Ocarina of Time, suggests that there is indeed a connection.
In all versions of Ocarina of Time, the Japanese Nintendo 64 versions of Majora's Mask, and official artwork, Skull Kid has a plain black face. In Ocarina of Time 3D and international versions of Majora's Mask, his head appears wooden. Moreover, Skull Kid has a beak in Majora's Mask, unlike his counterpart in Ocarina of Time who simply has orange lips. Skull Kids were given beaks in Ocarina of Time 3D.
- In the Japanese version, in the Skull Kid cutscene where he cries violently to have the moon collapse just before the boss fight against him, the cry is emitted from Skull Kid himself, which makes it quieter the further the camera moves away. This was changed to a global sound in the American version, which does not have this effect.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||スタルキッド (Sutaru Kiddo)||Stal Kid|
|ChineseSI||骷髅小子 (Kūlóu Xiǎozi)||Skull Kid|
|French||Skull Kid||Same as English.|
|FrenchCA||Skull Kid (MM3D)||Same as English.|
|Italian||Bimbo perduto (OoT3D)
Skull Kid (MM3D)
Same as English
|Russian||Черепыш (Cherepysh)||Skull son|
|Spanish||Skull Kid||Same as English.|
|SpanishLA||Skull Kid (MM3D)||Same as English.|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 239 (OoT) & 244 (MM)
- Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 297 (TP)
- "Sacred Grove: Defender
Skull Kid's creating havoc with his army of Puppets. Take them down!" — Stage Select (Link's Crossbow Training)
- "You know Saria's Song! We should be friends! Here, take this!" — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- "Skull Kid - Is this what happens to kids who get lost in this forest? He seems unhappy to have no face..." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "What a weird face! Speaking of weird faces, one of the forest kids was complaining about his face...." — Kokiri (Ocarina of Time)
- "Quite an unusual mask you have there. Hee hee! I like it! It may make me look a little bit tougher. Hey, why don't you give it to me?" — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- "He just gave you 10 Rupees for this 20-Rupee mask! You lost money on that deal!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "Follow along with our song on your Ocarina. We'll lead you into it." — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- "That was quite a nice session. As a token of our friendship, please take this." — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- "That guy isn't here anymore. Anybody who comes into the forest will be lost. Everybody will become a Stalfos. Everybody, Stalfos. So, he's not here anymore. Only his saw is left. Hee hee." — Fado (Ocarina of Time)
- "The power of the mask made him do it. It was too much for the Skull Kid to handle." — Tael (Majora's Mask)
- (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 4
- "I was turned into this by a strange imp wearing a mask..." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
- "During my travels, a very important mask was stolen from me by an imp in the woods." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
- "I'm sure it was because he was always playing tricks, so nobody wanted to play with him." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- "Eh-hee-hee...You have the same smell as the fairy kid who taught me that song in the woods..." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- "The imp was a friend of the giants since before they had created the four worlds." — Granny (Majora's Mask)
- "On the day of the festival that celebrates the harvest, the giants spoke to the people... "We have chosen to guard the people while we sleep..." "100 steps north, 100 steps south, 100 steps east, 100 steps west." "If you have need, call us in a loud voice by declaring something such as, The mountain blizzard has trapped us." "Or The ocean is about to swallow us. Your cries shall carry to us..."" — Granny (Majora's Mask)
- "Now then... There was one who was shocked and saddened by all this. A little imp. The imp was a friend of the giants since before they had created the four worlds." — Granny (Majora's Mask)
- "The childhood friend felt neglected, so he spread his anger across the four worlds. Repeatedly, he wronged all people." — Granny (Majora's Mask)
- "Overwhelmed with misfortune, the people sang the song of prayer to the giants who lived in each of the four compass directions." — Granny (Majora's Mask)
- "The giants heard their cry and responded with a roar. "Oh, imp. Oh, imp. We are the protectors of the people." "You have caused the people pain. Oh, imp, leave these four worlds! Otherwise, we shall tear you apart!"" — Four Giants (Majora's Mask)
- "The imp was frightened and saddened. He had lost his old friends. The imp returned to the heavens, and harmony was restored to the four worlds." — Granny (Majora's Mask)
- "He told us that he had been fighting with his friends and that they had left him all alone..." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 31
- "It is an accursed item from legend that is said to have been used by an ancient tribe in its hexing rituals. It is said that an evil and wicked power is bestowed upon the one who wears that mask." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 36
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 37
- Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 110
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 22
- "What's with that stupid horse of yours?! It doesn't listen to a word that's said to it... There's no point in riding a thing like that, so I did you a favor and got rid of it... Hee, hee..." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- "Whoa! Whoa! Skull Kid, wait for me! I'm still here!!! Tael, you can't leave without me!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- "I am begging you! You must get that mask back quickly or something horrible will happen!" — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
- "There's a rumor that the ocean is getting weird 'cause there's trouble off shore at Great Bay Temple." — Tijo (Majora's Mask)
- "It all happened after somebody thrust open the doors of that Stone Tower." — Igos du Ikana (Majora's Mask)
- "Young one! Please hear my plea! I have been broken and shattered to pieces by the masked Skull Kid." — Great Fairy (Majora's Mask)
- "Your manners seem much better than those of your mischievous friend from the other day. Hrnf, hrnf, hrnf! That ill-mannered troublemaker from the other day said he'd break my instruments..." — Professor Shikashi (Majora's Mask)
- "A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- "You guys... You hadn't forgotten about me? You still thought of me as a friend?" — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- "Friends are a nice thing to have... Heh, heh. Could you be my friend, too?" — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- "In the Skull Kid cutscene where he cries violently, the sound is emitted from Skull Kid himself in the Japanese versions. This has the side effect of becoming quieter when the camera is moving away from Skull Kid. In the American version his cry is a global sound. It makes for a much better effect this way." — The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask/Program revision differences, The Cutting Room Floor.