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Stalchild
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Stalkin from Twilight Princess
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Hyrule Field
Oceanside Spider House
Ikana Graveyard
Arbiter's Grounds
Cave of Ordeals
Hyrule Castle

Stalchildren, also known as Stalkin in Twilight Princess, are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Stalchild

Stalchild
Don't be afraid of the Stalchild! Just attack it repeatedly!

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Stalchild

It's a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana...What are you gonna do?

Characteristics

Ocarina of Time

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In Ocarina of Time, Stalchildren are common enemies found in Hyrule Field. Their attacks deal 1/4 damage.

They spawn only at night while Link is a child, and disappear immediately at sunrise. They will not appear while Link is wearing the Bunny Hood, nor will they appear while Link is on the road. They attack in pairs, and if one falls before the other, another Stalchild may spawn in its place, but only if Link takes too long to destroy the surviving Stalchild. Each time ten Stalchildren are defeated, a larger one will spawn alongside a regular sized Stalchild, much like Guays and Leevers. Due to the time it takes to spawn pairs of Stalchildren and the time from dusk till dawn, Link can only defeat two of the larger Stalchildren. The second large Stalchild will be larger than the first, and offers a larger Rupee reward for its defeat. Once Link becomes an adult, Poes haunt the field in their place.

These skeletal warriors bear no armor other than a Cingulum militare. Each Stalchild, regardless of size, can only take two hits. If Link attacks the Stalchild from the front, it will lose its head and begin wandering around blindly without aim.

Majora's Mask

A Stalchild's picture in the Bombers' Notebook from Majora's Mask 3D

In Majora's Mask, Stalchildren are of the Ikana race. They haunt the Ikana Graveyard and are the fallen soldiers of the Ikana Kingdom.[1] Their general is Captain Keeta, but they will mistake anyone that wears the Captain's Hat for their leader.[2] By wearing the Captain's Hat, the Stalchildren will ask Link whether they should open or guard the grave, mentioning that they already had an order from Captain Keeta to guard it.[3] While this is their most major role in the game, they also have a slight role in the Oceanside Spider House, where each of the Stalchildren in there will reveal the solution to the house's puzzle, ultimately leading to a Piece of Heart.[4]

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, they are known as Stalkin. They are miniature skeleton enemies similar in appearance to Stalfos found in the Arbiter's Grounds and the Cave of Ordeals. Stalkin emerge from the ground in large groups and attack with small spears. While individually they are weak, they can be quite bothersome in groups. They can be destroyed with almost any weapon, though Link's Sword is arguably the most effective for dealing with their large groups, especially when the Spin Attack is utilized.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

Stalkins from Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Stalkin appear in the "Gerudo Stalfos: Defender" level of Stage 1 and "Hyrule Castle: Defender" level of Stage 4. Like their Twilight Princess appearance, Stalkin rise from the ground to attack Link with their spears, along with their skeletal brethren, the Stalfos. Stalkin can be taken out with one hit, but will swarm in massive numbers as time runs out.

Hyrule Warriors Series

In Hyrule Warriors, Stalchildren appear as foot soldiers that group in large numbers. In Legend Mode, they appear in the Scenarios "The Sheikah Tribesman," "The Water Temple," "Liberation of the Triforce," and "Darkness Falls."

Helmeted Stalchildren with broken armor appear in occupied Keeps and Outposts. Summoner Stalchildren also appear as a variant that summons reinforcements, and wear purple hoods and carry staves. Unit troops are led by Stalchild Captains, which are actually Stalfos in appearance. The same type of Captain also appears as a Keep Boss variant that guards Keeps and Outposts. Stalchild Captains occasionally drop the Monster Tooth Bronze Material when defeated.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スタルベビー (Sutaru Bebī) Stalbaby
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 骷髅宝宝 (Kūlóu Bǎobao) Skull Baby
Canada FrenchCA Sakdoss (MM3D) Potentially a play on "sac d'os", meaning bag of bones
French Republic FrenchEU Sakdoss
Stalchild
Potentially a play on "sac d'os", meaning bag of bones
Same as English.
Federal Republic of Germany German Knochengänger Bonewalker
Italian Republic Italian Stalfosso
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Stalchild

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References

  1. "It's a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana...What are you gonna do?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  2. "Huh? Oh, Captain! E-excuse me, sir!" — A Stalchild (Majora's Mask)
  3. "Aah! Captain, sir!!! Excuse me, sir! Everyone, give the captain your attention! We haven't seen you in some time, captain, sir! As per your orders, sir, we've been guarding these graves closely. We have all been expecting your next order, sir." — A Stalchild (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Ah! Captain, sir! It's been a long time since we've seen you! As you have ordered, sir, we are investigating the secrets of this place." — A Stalchild (Majora's Mask)