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Watchers are a variety of Enemy in Skyward Sword,[1] consisting of Earth Watchers and Sky Watchers. Along with the Earth Guardians, they protect and patrol the Silent Realm.


Fi's Comment:
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Target lock: Silent Realm Information
"Two types of Watchers patrol the realm, looking for intruders. I highly suggest you take caution.

So long as you do not step into their light, you will remain undetected by flying Sky Watchers. However, the Earth Watchers, who hover near the ground, will give chase if you come too close to them, so stay alert and maintain a safe distance. "

Watchers, along with Earth Guardians, patrol the Silent Realm from outside intruders. Unlike the Earth Guardians, the Watchers will not actively hunt Link and are not affected by the Sacred Tears, and thus will not be stunned by its power. The Watchers patrol the Realm in a set path by shining a beam of light produced by the lanterns they carry. If Link passes through this light, the Watcher will emit a loud shriek that will awaken and alert the Earth Guardians to Link's location, canceling the effects of the Sacred Tears no matter how much time Link has remaining.

Watchers come in two similar variations: Sky Watchers and Earth Watchers. Sky Watchers patrol the air with a light focused on the ground in a fixed route. They are relatively easy to avoid, though they can be difficult in narrow areas or when in large groups, such as in the Pumpkin patch of Skyloft's Silent Realm, where four of them encircle a solitary Sacred Tear.

Earth Watchers hover near the ground and will chase Link if he comes too close in range to them; however, the young hero can outrun them by dashing. Earth Watchers give away their position in ways that give Link warning so he is not caught off guard. A visual cue is that the Earth Watchers have dimmer, larger light radii, and it is safe for Link to be caught in this light, as long as their brighter direct light does not touch him. They also have an audible cue, as Earth Watchers will give off a jingling sound upon noticing Link.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Watcher Sky Watcher Earth Watcher
Japan Japanese 監視者(Kanshi-sha) 空の監視者(Sora no Kanshi-sha) 大地の監視者(Daichi no Kanshi-sha)
Canada FrenchCA Veilleurs Veilleurs volant dans le ciel Veilleurs patrouillant au sol
Federal Republic of Germany German Hüter Hüter des Lichts
Italian Republic Italian Osservatore
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Vigias Vigias aéreos Vigias terrestres



  1. "Watcher final version"  (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 58)