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This article is about the enemy also known as Hoarder, not to be confused with Spiked Beetles.

Spiny Beetles,(LA | OoS | OoA | FS | TMC)[1] also known as Hoarders,(ALttP)[1] are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.


Spiny Beetles are usually found sheltering under stones or bushes. In early appearances, they are harmless creatures, though in later appearances they will actively attack Link. While Link can destroy them with his Sword, if he removes the object that they are hiding under, they will scurry around wildly, bumping into Link and either knocking him back or causing damage.

A Link to the Past

Hoarders in A Link to the Past are harmless creatures that will move away from Link when he gets near, revealing their location. While Link can destroy them with his Fighter's Sword, if he removes the bush or stone that they are hiding under by lifting it, they will scurry around wildly, dropping green Rupees and bumping into Link. If they come into contact with him, they will not cause damage, but will knock him back. If Link picks up a Rupee they drop, they will drop another. They will continue to dash around for a short while before disappearing, leaving behind a single Rupee. If Link obtains a certain number of Green Rupees, they will drop a Red Rupee.

Link's Awakening

Spiny Beetles in Link's Awakening hide beneath bushes and rocks, attacking Link when he approaches. They do not continually drop Rupees as in A Link to the Past, though they are likely to have Fairies hidden in the object they are underneath, and may drop them when defeated.

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

The Minish Cap

Spiny Beetle (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Spiny Beetle
Appears in various areas.
They hide under common rocks and
grass. Be careful, because they can
pop out when you least expect it!

Spiny Beetles in The Minish Cap hide beneath bushes and Rocks, charging at Link when he approaches. They are found in the Minish Woods, in the Trilby Highlands, and on Mount Crenel, as well as within Caves across Hyrule. If they hide beneath a Rock, Link cannot use his Sword to harm them until he has learned the Rock Breaker technique.

Other Appearances

Ancient Stone Tablets


  • Despite their name, they do not appear to have any spines or spikes on their bodies at all. The name may stem from the spike-like appearance of a bush on top of these creatures in Link's Awakening, or potentially from their spike-like feet.
  • The Nintendo Power Player's Guide for Link's Awakening confuses these enemies with Beetles and Spiked Beetles, stating that they can only be defeated by flipping them over with a Shield. This information is inaccurate, and may also be the cause for their seemingly inaccurate name, as Spiked Beetles are based on Spinies from the Super Mario series.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseヘイジー (Heijī)[2]Heijī
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 206 (ALttP | LA | OoS | OoA | FS | TMC)
  2. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1 (Shogakukan 1) pg. 126