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Spiked Beetle

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Spiked Beetle
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Game(s)
Habitat(s)Caves
Dungeons
Effective Weapon(s)Bomb
Cane of Pacci
Gale Seed
Shield
Shovel

Spiked Beetles are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Characteristics

Spiked Beetles are turtle-like creatures with pointed spikes on their shells. Their appearance, as well as their Japanese name Togezō, are based on the Spiny enemies from the Mario series. They normally crawl around rooms, charging towards Link and attempting to crash into him with their spiked shells. These shells block most attacks; however, if a Spiked Beetle is flipped over, its vulnerable underbelly is exposed. Their charges can be defended against with the Shield, which also flips them over;[2] however, a number of other items can also be used to flip them over, such as the Cane of Pacci and the Shovel.

Link's Awakening

Spiked Beetles in Link's Awakening inhabit Dungeons; they are found in Tail Cave, Bottle Grotto, and Angler's Tunnel. They slowly crawl about the room, immediately dashing towards Link in a straight line to attack when they spot him. When they are upright, they are completely invulnerable to all attacks. Only by blocking their attack with the Shield can they be flipped over, exposing their weak underbellies. If left alone, they will eventually flip back onto their feet.

Oracle of Seasons

Spiked Beetles in Oracle of Seasons appear identically to their appearance in Link's Awakening. When Link comes into their view, they will charge at him in a straight line. They can be flipped over with the Shield as before; however, they can also be flipped over with the Shovel. Link can also use or shoot Gale Seeds at them, warping them out of the room. They are found in Poison Moth's Lair, Dancing Dragon Dungeon, the Ancient Ruins, the Sword & Shield Maze, and the Hero's Cave.

Oracle of Ages

Spiked Beetles in Oracle of Ages appear identically to their appearance in Link's Awakening. When Link comes into their view, they will charge at him in a straight line. They can be flipped over with the Shield as before; however, they can also be flipped over with the Shovel. Link can also use or shoot Gale Seeds at them, warping them out of the room. They are found in the Wing Dungeon and the Hero's Cave.

Four Swords

Spiked Beetles in Four Swords behave similarly to their previous incarnations, though they withdraw into their shells and spin at the Links while homing in on them rather than charging in straight lines. The Shield remains the only item that can flip them over, and is typically provided near areas where Spiked Beetles can be found. They appear slightly more reminiscent of Spinies from the Mario series, being shelled reptilian creatures. They are found in the Chambers of Insight, the Sea of Trees, Death Mountain, and Vaati's Palace, as well as the Realm of Memories and the Hero's Trial.

The Minish Cap

Spiked Beetle (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Spiked Beetle
Appears in dungeons.
Covered in hard, spiny shells.
Few attacks work on them. You have
to flip them over to hurt them.

Spiked Beetles in The Minish Cap appear identically to their appearance in Four Swords. They will withdraw into their shells and hurl themselves at Link in a spinning attack. While the Shield can still be used to block and flip them over, the Cane of Pacci can also be used to turn them onto their backs. The explosions of well-placed Bombs can be used to flip them over, as well. They appear in the Cave of Flames and the Palace of Winds.

Trivia

  • Beetles and Spiny Beetles were confused with Spiked Beetles in the enemy roster of the Nintendo Player's Guide for Link's Awakening, both being given the same method of defeat (by flipping them over) despite not having any relation to this enemy.

Nomenclature

The name Spiked Beetle refers to the enemy's spiny shell. The name may be derived from Buzzy Beetles, another turtle-like enemy in the Mario series that are similar to Spinies, but without spiked shells. Their Japanese name, "Togezō", comes from the word toge, meaning thorn.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese トゲゾー (Togezō) From toge, meaning thorn.
French Republic FrenchEU Carapique
Federal Republic of Germany German Käfer-Stachi
Italian Republic Italian Spinosi
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Pinchón

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See Also

References

  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 205 (LA | OoS | OoA | FS | TMC)
  2. "Good defense is the best offense against spikes." — Owl Stone (Oracle of Seasons)