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Habitat(s)Great Bay Region
Great Bay Temple
Pirates' Fortress
Lakebed Temple
Ocean Fishing Hole
Hyrule Field
Water Temple
Effective Weapon(s)Sword
Hook Shot
Zora Link (MM)
Water Rod (TFH)

Skullfish are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][citation needed][2] They are skeletal fish that are similar in behavior to piranhas.


Majora's Mask

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?


Isn't that a Skullfish? Look, don't ask me about everything, all right?

Skullfish live in the seas around Great Bay Region, as well as in the water just outside of the Goron Village after defeating Goht in Majora's Mask. They spawn at certain intervals within the Bay and swim towards Link, biting him if he does not raise his defenses. Zora Link's electrical shield attack can be used to defeat them. In Majora's Mask 3D, they can also be caught in the Ocean Fishing Hole by wearing the Captain's Hat.

Twilight Princess

Skullfish appear in the Lakebed Temple, as well as several secret Caves around Hyrule Field in Twilight Princess. They can be caught with the Fishing Rod, and will even drop a Heart when released, although they are forbidden fish and will not be recorded in the Fish Journal.[3]

Tri Force Heroes

Skullfish are found exclusively in the Water Temple in Tri Force Heroes. They viciously attack any Link they find swimming near them, and will leap out of the water to get to Links standing on raised platforms. To defeat them, they can be slashed with the Sword while they leap over a Link, or dredged from the water with the Water Rod. They can then be attacked as a normal enemy. In this appearance, they are green rather than bone-colored.

There is also a desert variant of this enemy called the Sandfish, which instead inhabits the sand of The Dunes, but behaves identically.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors Legends

HWDE Skullfish Food Icon.png

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Skullfish appear as Weird-type Food. They are imbued with the Darkness Element. When consumed by a Companion Fairy in the Dining Room of the My Fairy mode, Skullfish can increase the Fairy's Trust level and personality traits.

Cadence of Hyrule

Skullfish can be found swimming in deep pools of water in Cadence of Hyrule. They will typically try to attack Cadence, Link, Yves, or Zelda at close range. They can be lured into shallow water, where they will beach themselves and flop around helplessly for seven beats before they jump back into the water.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スカルギョ (Sukarugyo) Portmanteau of スカル (Skull) and  (Fish).
Canada FrenchCA Poissecrâne (MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Piran'Hargne
Federal Republic of Germany German Schädelfisch Skullfish
Italian Republic Italian Pesce teschio (TP)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Skullfish
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Pez cráneo (MM3D)

See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 203 (MM | MM3D | TP | TPHD | TFH)
  2. "Defeated By: Skullfish" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule)
  3. "You caught a skullfish! It looks stronger than it is... This fish is forbidden, so it won't be added to your fish journal." — N/A (Twilight Princess)