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Craniocs are enemies in Skyward Sword.[1]


Fi's Comment:
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Target lock: Cranioc
"This fishlike monster is said to settle disputes with another of its species purely by the magnificence of its bulbous crowns.

When this creature chooses its prey, it will turn red with excitement and charge head-on. Stopping such an assault could prove difficult."

Craniocs inhabit underwater environments, such as Lake Floria, Lanayru Sand Sea and the flooded Faron Woods. Their heads bear large, bulbous crowns which they use to attack prey, as well as to settle disputes between others of their species by tackling one another.[2] If a Cranioc spots Link, it will turn orange and charge at the young hero. To defeat them, Link must spin into them, which will stun them and cause them to flip over, exposing their scarred underbellies. After this, Link only needs to spin into them once more to kill them. Craniocs in Lanayru Sand Sea can be shot with Skipper's Cannon.

In his assault on Lake Floria, Ghirahim had commanded Craniocs to attack the Water Dragon Faron and the local Parella.[3][4] A lone Cranioc can be found guarding the door to the Water Dragon's lair in the Lake's waterways, which Link must defeat before Jellyf can open the door.


Cranioc is derived from cranium, referring to their large heads.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Canada FrenchCA Cranioc
Federal Republic of Germany German Hammerfisch
Italian Republic Italian Ittosiluro From "ittio-" (prefix meaning "fish") and "siluro" ("torpedo")
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Tumcétalo



  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 171
  2. "This fishlike monster is said to settle disputes with another of its species purely by the magnificence of its bulbous crowns." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "Eeep! Don't eat me! Whaaa? You don't want to gobble me up? Oh, that's a relief. I've been hiding here for a while. Ever since that school of scary-looking fish swam through." — Parella (Skyward Sword)
  4. "Yikes! Oh, they're back! That's one of the fish that weirdo brought in here and used to attack Her Excellence. Watch out--they're mean as they come!" — Jellyf (Skyward Sword)