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Devalants are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They both appear and behave similar to that of a larval Antlion.[2]


Devalants are giant, burrowing insects with large snapping pincers that live in desert regions. They create sinkholes in the sand as they burrow underneath, drawing in their prey.

A Link to the Past[]

In A Link to the Past, two varieties of Devalants can be found, a red one and a blue one. The blue variety will sit and wait for Link to fall into its sinkhole, while the red variety will spit fireballs over a long distance. Upon killing a Devalant, the sinkhole which it lived in will disappear, leaving unmoving sand where it once was.

Four Swords Adventures[]

A Link Between Worlds[]

Devalants hide within sand where they wait and form pits to draw in prey in A Link Between Worlds. Devalants can be drawn out of their pits with the Sand Rod, allowing Link to quickly kill them.


  • Devalants are named as Moldorms in the official Shogakukan guide for Four Swords Adventures.
  • The behavior of Molgera when submerged in the sand is very similar to that of a Devalant, but on a much larger scale.


The Japanese name for Devalant, "Debirando" might be a compound of デビル (Debiru) and ハンド (Hando), meaning "Devilhand".

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseデビランド (Debirando)[3]Devilant. Portmanteau of デビル (devil) and アント (ant).
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See Also[]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 174 (ALttP | FSA | ALBW)
  2. "砂の中から現われて火を吐く。見た目はアリジゴク、接近すると引き込まれるところなどは、まさにそれである。" (The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods Official Nintendo Guidebook Over, Shogakukan, pg. 130)
  3. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 23