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Not to be confused with Floormaster.
Wallmaster
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TFH Wallmaster Model.png
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Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Dungeons
Effective Weapon(s)Sword
SpoilsHeart (TLoZ)
One Rupee (TLoZ)
Five Rupees (TLoZ)
Clock (TLoZ)

Wallmasters,[1] also known as Wall Masters,(TMC)[2] are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[name reference missing] Wallmasters go unnamed in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.

Characteristics

Wallmasters are monstrous hands that hang from the walls and ceilings of dark areas and Dungeons,[3] attempting to grab Link. If they grab him, Link will be taken back to the beginning of the Dungeon or the specific room.[4]

With the exception of The Legend of Zelda, Wallmasters drop down from the ceiling, which is indicated by their growing shadows and a warning sound as they prepare to grab Link.

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda

Wall Master

A monster hand that appears out of the labyrinth wall. If it catches Link, it takes him back to the entrance to the labyrinth.

Wallmasters emerge from the walls and attempt to grab Link in The Legend of Zelda. When defeated, Wallmasters may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees or a Clock.[note 1]

A Link to the Past

Wallmasters appear in A Link to the Past in the Skull Woods. Here, they drop down from the ceiling and try to grab Link. If they succeed, they take him back to the beginning of the Dungeon.

Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch

Wallmasters appear as a +Effect Panel that can be placed in any Chamber inside Chamber Dungeons in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch. When they appear, they drop down and bring Link back to the beginning of the Dungeon.

Ocarina of Time

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Wallmaster

Wallmaster

Watch out for its shadow on the floor. Destroy it before it goes back up to the ceiling!

Navi warns Link upon entering an area with Wallmasters in Ocarina of Time.[6] They are also able to rapidly regenerate themselves after defeat. There are usually no more than one Wallmaster in a room at any time.

Majora's Mask

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Wallmaster

It's a Wallmaster! Keep an eye out for it by watching for its shadow on the floor. Get it before it goes back up to the ceiling.

Oracle of Seasons



Oracle of Ages



Four Swords Adventures



The Minish Cap

Wall Master (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Wall Master Figurine Sprite.png
Wall Master
Appears in dungeons.
If these guys grab you, they'll send
you back to the start of the dungeon.
Dodge them as they fall, then attack.

Wallmasters appear in the Palace of Winds and Dark Hyrule Castle in The Minish Cap. Unlike their Floormaster counterparts, they hang from the ceilings of rooms, invisible except for their growing shadow before dropping down onto Link. If a Wallmaster touches Link, it will not deal any damage, but will return him to the beginning of the Dungeon.

A Link Between Worlds

Link can Wall Merge to avoid their attacks in A Link Between Worlds, which will stun the Wallmaster as it slams into the floor.

Tri Force Heroes

Wallmasters in Tri Force Heroes only appear as special enemies during the "Evade the Wallmaster!" Drablands Challenge. When one appears, it will choose a Link to follow and, after a period of time, will slam down onto its target. If one slams down onto a Link, it will result in an instant KO and a loss of a Fairy for all the Links. Destroying a Wallmaster will delay its attempts to grab a Link, reappearing moments later. The effect of a Wallmaster's slam can damage other enemies, flip Terrorpins, and cause damage to brittle ice floor panels. Wallmasters can be stunned if they are hit with certain items, such as the shockwave from the Magic Hammer, while close to the ground. They also appear in the Coliseum if only two Links are fighting. Their behavior there is the same as in the Drablands Challenges.

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

Link pushing Princess Zelda into a Wallmaster to keep her safe outside

Wallmasters also make an appearance in the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics published by Valiant Comics. They first appear in "The Power", where Link pushes Princess Zelda into a Wallmaster to let her escape from a dungeon while the young hero goes off to fight Ganon.[7] They later appear in both stories of Issue #5. In "Assault", when Ganon tells Link that Princess Zelda has died,[8] Miff charges at Ganon while at the same time, Link throws his Sword at him and warns the Fairy that it is a trap.[9] Upon striking Ganon with the Sword, a Wallmaster is revealed, which crushes Link's weapon in two and makes Link realize that Princess Zelda is still alive.[10] In their last depiction in "Choices", a Wallmaster grabs Link by surprise after he successfully defeats a four-headed Gleeok.

The Faces of Evil

Wallmasters appear as non-moving enemies that appear in certain Stages in The Faces of Evil, often in dark corridors. They often appear in large groups. Unlike their other incarnations, Wallmasters stay in one place and do not pursue Link. If they move close to him, it will grab and damage him, however the Wallmaster will not attempt to drag him outside the area. They are a difficult enemy to fight as they do not have many weaknesses, but can be defeated with a Bomb.

The Wand of Gamelon



Zelda's Adventure

Wallmasters only appear in the Shrine of Illusion in a single room later in the dungeon in Zelda's Adventure. Like their canonical incarnations, they drop down from the ceiling, but will not actively pursue Princess Zelda and instead fall at random. They will damage Princess Zelda if they touch her.

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Wallmasters serve a helpful purpose in Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. If Tingle brews the Hand Potion, he can use it on flaming hand statues deep inside Dungeons, and a Wallmaster will grab Tingle and toss him outside the Dungeon. This is actually helpful, as the game can only be saved at Tingle's House. Tingle cannot use his Balloon to return home unless he is outside the cavern.

Trivia

  • In The Legend of Zelda, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages, Wallmasters appear with only four fingers.
  • A glitch in the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past occurs if Link leaves a room while a Wallmaster is dropping. It will continue to drop into the previous room, then return to the roof, crossing the screen again.
  • Wallmasters in The Minish Cap behave like the Floormasters from The Wind Waker. They also take their design and appearance from the art style of The Wind Waker; however, The Minish Cap's Wallmasters are red as opposed to the Floormaster's purple.
  • An unused Wallmaster model exists in the files for Captain Rainbow,[11] indicating that it was planned to appear as a character at some point in development. Its wish would seemingly have been to become a TV celebrity.[12]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ウォールマスター (Wōrumasutā)
フォールマスター (Fōrumasutā)
Wall Master
Fall Master
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 天魔手 (Tiān Móshǒu) Magic Hand in sky
Antonymous to 地魔手 (Floormaster)
French-speaking countries French Wall Master (TLoZ)
Clapoir (OoT)
Grimpe-Mort (MM)
Fall Master (TMC)


Death-Climb
Canada FrenchCA Main du mal (OoT3D | MM3D) Evil Hand
Federal Republic of Germany German Deckengrapscher (OoT)
Todesgrapscher (OoT3D)
Ceiling Grabber
Death Grabber
Italian Republic Italian Mano rapace (OoT3D)
4 master (TMC)
Rapacious hand
Four Master
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Wallmaster Wallmaster

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See Also

Notes

  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Flute, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees; however, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.[5]

References

  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 211 (TLoZ | ALttP | OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | OoA | OoS | FSA | TMC | ALBW | TFH)
  2. "Wall Master" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  3. "A monster hand that appears out of the labyrinth wall." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  4. "If it catches Link, it takes him back to the entrance to the labyrinth." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  5. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. "Watch for the shadows of monsters hanging from the ceiling." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "That Wall Master will put you outside where it's safe! I'll take a raincheck on the kiss!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  8. "Ha! Ha! Ha! Princess Zelda no longer exists! She is gone...forever!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 9)
  9. "Miff! NO! It's a trap!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 10)
  10. "A Wall Master! He was lying...trying to make me mad enough to attack him! That means Zelda is still alive!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 10)
  11. キャプテン★レインボー 消された住人達その3 フォールマスター(前編), Niconico Video, retrieved June 17, 2019.
  12. キャプテン★レインボー 消された住人達その3 フォールマスター(後編), Niconico Video, retrieved June 17, 2019.