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Skulltulas are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[2][3][4][name reference needed]


Navi's Comment
Navi says:

Its soft belly is its weak point!

Tatl's Comment
Tatl says:

What?! You don't even know about the Skulltula? It's protected by a hard shell, but its stomach is soft!

Fi's Comments
Fi says:

Target lock: Skulltula

This giant species of spider inhabits the deepest areas of forests. It attacks with highly adhesive webbing in order to prevent its prey from escaping.

It has a tough outer carapace, but its stomach may be vulnerable to attack.

I am currently conducting additional analysis into its movement patterns.

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I have observed that it has a tendency to move with its back toward its prey to prevent its weak point from being exposed.

Therefore, you must find a way to flip the beast over to access its weak point.

Its lone weak point is the center of its abdomen, but it is surrounded by tough chitin. This leads me to conclude that a fatal blow will be most effective.

Although the Skulltula's specific appearance varies from game to game, it is always depicted as a large spider with a skull-like abdomen. In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, these foes hang from the ceiling and surprise Link by dropping down and attacking him. If Link comes too close to them, they will spin around quickly, injuring him and tossing him backwards. Their hard, skull-shaped exoskeletons can deflect many attacks. They are however far from intelligent, and often leave their defenses open by exposing their soft underbellies when they briefly turn. The Bow can also pierce its armor instantly with an Arrow. A Hookshot can also be used to pierce their defenses, however it loses its efficiency in Majora's Mask. They are occasionally also invisible, and require the use of the Lens of Truth to be seen.

Twilight Princess incorporates larger Skulltulas that can crawl across the landscape, fighting Link one-to-one instead of keeping to their webs like in previous incarnations. White and orange varieties appear, with the orange kind only appearing in the Forest Temple. They are somewhat more intelligent than their previous incarnations, as they will actively block Link's frontal attacks and do not expose their underbellies. Link however can counterattack it when it rears back to attack; Link can slash back or dodge its bite attack and hit it while it recovers. Other strategies, such as using a Spin Attack followed by an Ending Blow, using a Shield Attack to knock the arachnid off balance, or use a Back Slice to circumvent its defenses entirely while attacking its abdomen, are also efficient.

Akin to the Ocarina of Time incarnation, the species seen in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks like to hang from a single strand of webbing, only after ambushing intruders. Other than that, these creatures do not have much offensive strategy. In the former, the spiders exist exclusively in dungeons, and in the latter, Link can encounter them only deep in the expanses of the Forest Realm while riding the Spirit Train. Only in Spirit Tracks do Skulltulas come in standardized colors: the rudimentary white form can be simply destroyed with one hit, while the stronger red version takes a couple strikes to dispel.

The variants seen in Skyward Sword will jump and hold onto Link if he is nearby and proceed to bite him until he breaks free. They also will constrict Link with silk shot from their mouths. While they are grounded, Link can swing upwards to flip them on their back. This exposes their underbelly, where they have a round, purple spot that Link can stab. They are often found clinging to webs or hanging on threads, which the Beetle can easily cut away, causing them to fall to the ground.


Big Skulltula[]

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Big Skulltula
Its soft belly is its weak point!

Big Skulltulas are large species of the Skulltula. They are virtually the same as the normal variety, but are considerably larger and therefore have a wider range of attack. They are less common than their smaller varieties but can be defeated using the same tactics and can withstand and deal the same amount of damage. The primary difference between Big Skulltulas and regular Skulltulas is that the Big Skulltula descends from the ceiling to attack, while the regular Skulltula is constantly close to the ground.

Gold Skulltula[]

Main article: Gold Skulltula

A special type of Skulltula that appears in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask is the Gold Skulltula, which drop Gold Skulltula Tokens when defeated that can be traded for useful items. In Ocarina of Time, Link collects the Tokens to free a family from a curse. Once freed, the family will reward Link if he visits them in the House of Skulltula in Kakariko Village. In Majora's Mask, they can be found in both the Swamp Spider House and the Oceanside Spider House, which Link can also defeat to collect their Tokens for awards. They also appear in Hyrule Warriors, where they drop Illustration Pieces instead.


Main article: Walltula

A smaller version of the Skulltula, the Walltula, also exists. It usually clings to vines that Link must climb, and charges at him if it spots him. To advance, Link can either sneak past while their back is turned, or defeat them with any ranged weapon.

Other Appearances[]

Link's Crossbow Training[]

In Link's Crossbow Training, Skulltulas appear in the "Skulltula Forest: Ranger" Stage. They crawl on walls and hang on tree branches. Skulltulas attempt to attack Link when close by and can be taken out with two shots of the Crossbow, or one shot with an Exploding Arrow.

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)[]

A Skulltula has a brief appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Himekawa), crawling on a wall of the Forest Temple while Link and Mido are exploring it.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Skulltulas appear as Stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
SSBB Skulltula Sticker Icon
Ocarina of Time [Arm] - Attack +7 All

Nintendo Land[]

Skulltulas appear as enemies in Battle Quest of Nintendo Land, first appearing in Level 4: Road to the Goron Mines. They act the same way as in Skyward Sword, and can be freely slain on their underbellies, since they do not have their crystal weak points. If they latch onto a player, that player will only have 6 seconds to shake them off until they take damage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[]

Skulltulas appear as a Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

# Trophy Appears in Description How to unlock
3DS Logo WiiU
226 SSBfN3DS Skulltula Trophy Model N/A Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time 3D
These spidery foes from The Legend of Zelda series have skull-like abdomens. In Ocarina of Time, there are 100 Gold Skulltulas to be found in Hyrule's towns and dungeons. Link can collect tokens by defeating them, and a man in Kakariko Village's House of Skulltula will happily trade rewards for the tokens. Random

Cadence of Hyrule[]

Skulltulas appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule.


  • In Phantom Hourglass, the Cubus Sisters are deathly afraid of these spiders when walking with them on the Ghost Ship; their screams not only prevent them from progressing forward, but alert nearby Reaplings to Link's position.


Skulltula is a portmanteau of "skull" and "tarantula."

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseスタルチュラ (Sutaruchura) (OoT | SS)[5][6]Staltula
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See Also[]


  1. "Ah, it's a Gold Skulltula."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 203 (OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | TP | TPHD | PH | ST | SS)
  3. "Skulltula" (Cadence of Hyrule v1.0.0, Nintendo Switch (United States of America))
  4. "Skulltula Forest: Ranger
    Move using the Control Stick, and defeat the 18 Skulltulas.
    " — Stage Select (Link's Crossbow Training)
  5. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 144
  6. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 179