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A Stalfos from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Series The Legend of Zelda series
First game The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
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Stalfos are skeletal creatures found in The Legend of Zelda series, originating in the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES and appearing in every main game in the series since. It is the only species to have appeared in every Zelda video game since the original, beating out the Octorok with the release of Twilight Princess. It's even appeared in spin offs such as Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland and Link's Crossbow Training, they have since continued to appear in every game released after Twilight Princess.

Their appearance greatly changes with each video game, though the essence remains the same - skeletons with a desire to thwart Link, the series' protagonist.


The Legend of Zelda

Stalfos only appear in Dungeons, and in the first quest walk around aimlessly and only take a few hits before bieng defeated. But in the second quest they shoot thier swords at you, much like the overworld Lynels.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Stalfos are found in various palaces, this time they use a sword and a shield. There are two varieties of Stalfos in this game one being red and the other blue, the blue is the strongest and can jump and perform a downthrust while the reds are unable to do so.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

In this game the regular Salfos throw their bones at Link rather than using a Sword and they can jump to avoid his attacks. There are also larger Stalfos called Stalfos knights that use a sword and can be only damaged by a bomb.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Stalfos have no attacks other than the ability to jump into Link. A large Stalfos, Master Stalfos, appears as the mini-boss of Catfish's Maw.He must be battle four time to be defeated.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

IN this game Stalfos have once again swords and shields as their weaponry but are frequently battled in pairs. In the Forest Temple and while escaping Ganon's Castle, Link must slay the second Stalfos within a certain amount of time after beating the first. If he defeats one but fails to fell the other quickly enough, the beaten Stalfos will be revived and must be defeated again, only the one targeted by Link will strike.In this game it is said that an Hylian who lost his way in the Lost Woods will become a Stalfos

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Igos' Servants are Stalfos knights. Aside from them, no other Stalfos appear in the game.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Regular Stalfos appear throughout both games, similar in appearance and attack method to those from Link's Awakening, there is also a Stalfos known as Cap'n who was once the husband of Queen Ambi and was transformed in Stalfos after being lost at sea.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

They are larger than their previous incarnations, and as such, much slower. They are swinging around Gigantic Maces this time and can loose balance while using them.After dealing them enough damage they will be shattered into several fragments and the head can be targeted.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

There are two types of Stalfos in this game. The first type walks around and only damages the Links by contact, but the second type attacks by jumping around and throwing bones at him like their A Link to the Past incarnation.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

In this game there are standard-sized Stalfos as well as larger ones. Some merely walk around, while others throw bones at Link and jump away when he attacks them. Other Stalfos wield swords, Additionally there are four giant Stalfos fought during the battle against Ganon.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

In this game there are two type of Stalfos, blue and red. The blue ones will try to dash toward Link in hope to hurt him or will try to crush him by jumping over him, while the red ones will only throw their bones at him.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

They carry once again a sword and a shield as weaponry but their shield can be metalic or wooden and they resurrect if their bones aren't bombed once they are defeated.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

There are two varieties of Stalfos in this games: the ones that throw bones and the ones with a hat that use a sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, they are the same as their Phantom Hourglass incarnation but they are more agressive and seem to attack more often.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

In this game Stalfos have two swords at the same time which are used offensively but also defensively, the player must slash in the spot left open by their swords with the motion controls to defeat them.A variation named Stalmaster is also seen in the game, this Stalfos has four arms and weapons rather than two and is more difficult to defeat.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, they are the same as their A Link to the Past incarnation.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

They are also the same as their A Link to the Past incarnation

In game description

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Lure it close to you and watch its movement carefully! Attack it when it drops its guard! -Navi

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

These skeleton warriors attack by violently swinging their gigantic maces around. Even if they're shattered to pieces, they'll reform unless their heads are destroyed.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Appears in dungeons. Blue ones jump, and red ones throw bones. See what happens when you remove their heads with the Gust Jar.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

What is this thing?! No matter how much we tear it apart, it just comes right back together again... Are we gonna have to bash his bones into bits to keep him from reforming?! -Midna

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

This skeleton soldier is born of the dead. In its previous life, it was an ordinary knight, but undeath has improved its combat abilities. It is possible to overpower it with a well-timed shield bash during the creature's attack. -Fi

List of games

Main games



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