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Stalchild

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Stalchild
TP Stalchildren Render.png
Stalchildren from Twilight Princess
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Hyrule Field
Oceanside Spider House
Ikana Graveyard
Death Mountain
Vaati's Palace
Arbiter's Grounds
Cave of Ordeals
Talus Cave
Hyrule Castle

Stalchildren are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][note 1]

Characteristics

Ocarina of Time

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Stalchild

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

Stalchildren appear in Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time. They spawn only at night while Link is a child and disappear at sunrise. They will not appear if Link is wearing the Bunny Hood or if he walks on the a Road. Stalchildren attack in pairs, and if one falls before the other, another Stalchild may spawn in its place if Link takes too long to destroy the other. Each time 10 Stalchildren are defeated, a larger one will spawn alongside a regular sized Stalchild. Stalchildren can be defeated with two hits, regardless of size. If Link attacks a Stalchild from the front, it will lose its head and begin wandering around blindly.

Majora's Mask

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?
MM3D Stalchild Notebook Portrait.png

Stalchildren are of the Ikana race in Majora's Mask. They haunt the Ikana Graveyard and are the fallen soldiers of the Ikana Kingdom.[3] Their general is Captain Keeta, but they will mistake anyone that wears the Captain's Hat for their leader.[4] 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.[5] In the Oceanside Spider House, Stalchildren will reveal the solution to the house's puzzle, ultimately leading to a Piece of Heart.[6]

Four Swords

Stalfos appear in various stages in Four Swords. They attack by throwing their bones at the Links. Their movement is slow but they are able to leap out of the way of attacks. Stalchildren commonly appear in small groups.

Twilight Princess

Stalchildren appear in the Arbiter's Grounds and the Cave of Ordeals in Twilight Princess. They emerge from the ground in large groups and attack with small spears. They can be destroyed with almost any weapon, though Link's Sword is the most effective, especially when the Spin Attack is utilized.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

Stalchildren appear in the "Gerudo Stalfos: Defender" Stage of Level 1 and "Hyrule Castle: Defender" Stage of Level 4 in Link's Crossbow Training. They rise from the ground to attack Link with their spears, along with Stalfos. Stalchildren can be taken out with one hit, but will swarm in massive numbers as time runs out.

Hyrule Warriors

Stalchildren appear as foot soldiers that group in large numbers in Hyrule Warriors. 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.

Trivia

  • The laugh of Stalchildren in Ocarina of Time is actually a sped up version of Phantom Ganon's laugh.[7]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
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) A play on "sac d'os", meaning bag of bones
French Republic FrenchEU Sakdoss
Stalchild
A play on "sac d'os", meaning bag of bones
Federal Republic of Germany German Knochengänger Bonewalker
Italian Republic Italian Stalfosso
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Stalchild

Gallery

Notes

  1. They are referred to as Stalkins in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide by Prima Games.[2] However, as the enemy's name was officially stated in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.

References

  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 206 (OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | FS | TP | TPHD)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 20
  3. "It's a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana...What are you gonna do?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Huh? Oh, Captain! E-excuse me, sir!" — Stalchild (Majora's Mask)
  5. "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." — Stalchild (Majora's Mask)
  6. "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." — Stalchild (Majora's Mask)
  7. SavestateYT, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Stalchild Laugh Slowed Down, Youtube (Video), published August 14, 2013, retrieved November 28, 2018.