Ocarina of Time
- Main article: Skullwalltula
Skullwalltula is the first variant. It is a small, white spider that crawls on vines. They can be taken out with the Sword, but most of the time, they will be beyond Link's Sword's reach. The best way for Link to defeat them is to use a ranged weapon, such as the Slingshot or Bow. If Link tries to climb on the vines without defeating the Skulltula first, it may see him and charge, causing Link to fall back to the ground.
- Main article: Big Skulltula
The Big Skulltula is a large spider that hangs down from the ceiling. It spins from its armored front to its exposed underside and backs every few seconds. There are multiple methods of defeating a Skulltula. As a child, Link must wait for it to reveal its back side and either rush in with a sword attack or shoot it with the Slingshot. As an adult, Link has more powerful weapons, so he can shoot them with the Bow or Hookshot while facing their armored side.
- Main article: Gold Skulltula
The third variant is the Gold Skulltula. There is an entire side quest dedicated to them where Link searches for the Gold Skulltulas to free the Fabulously Rich Family that lives in the House of Skulltula in Kakariko Village. When Link defeats a Gold Skulltula, he gets a Gold Skulltula Token. When Link gets a certain amount of tokens, (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100 tokens) the curse will be broken on one more family member, and Link will be rewarded with a prize (Adult's Wallet, Stone/Shard of Agony, Giant's Wallet, Bombchus, Piece of Heart, Unlimited Rupees, respectively).
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In Majora's Mask, Skulltulas have the ability to perform a spin attack which can damage Link. They do not take damage when struck from the front side by the Hookshot like Ocarina of Time, but the Bow is still effective in eliminating them.
- Main article: Gold Skulltula
Gold Skulltulas return in Majora's Mask, but they are no longer spread out across the entire land. There are two Skulltula Houses, located in the Southern Swamp and in Great Bay Coast, that contain 30 Gold Skulltulas each. Collecting all 30 in a house frees someone from a curse, and this person gives Link a reward. The Mask of Truth is found in the Swamp Spider House in the Southern Swamp, and the Giant's Wallet (on the First Day) and a Piece of Heart (on the Second and Final Day) are found in the Oceanside Spider House in the Great Bay Coast.
Skulltulas have similar properties to their ancestors of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask in Twilight Princess, with a shielded front side and vulnerable back side. However, they walk around on their own after being targeted or touched. Afterwards, they charge at Link until close enough to strike. If struck directly, Skulltulas typically deflect the attack, giving off a blue spark on contact; although, if attacked at the right time, they give a red spark, signifying a successful hit. Strategies on this enemy include: rolling around and attacking the back side, deflecting a bite attack and striking, or thrusting while they charge up an attack. Using the Gale Boomerang can be effective, as it momentarily stuns the Skulltula. These enemies can be found in the Forest Temple, as well as in various locations across Hyrule Field, specifically cavernous areas.
In Phantom Hourglass, Skulltulas are found around the Ghost Ship. They drop down from the ceiling and block Link's path. If Link escorts a Cubus Sister and gets close enough to the Skulltula for the Cubus Sister to see it, she starts to scream. If there is a Reapling on the same floor, it immediately goes to where the Cubus Sister screamed. To get rid of them, Link must attack them with any of his weapons.
Small Skulltulas require only a single shot to be defeated. Additionally, a train whistle can also get rid of the monster.
Large Skulltulas require two shots to defeat. A train whistle will not get rid of the monster.
Target lock: Skulltula
Skulltulas appear very much like their Twilight Princess predecessors. They inhabit the two dungeons in Faron Province: Skyview Temple and Ancient Cistern. They are spider-like creatures with eight legs whose main attack is to dash its body towards Link. Skulltulas appear in several different ways. Some drop down from the ceiling, others are hanging from a string, while some have full blown spider webs created to block Link's path. Link can knock down a Skulltula by breaking its string or spider web with the Beetle. Before Link obtains the Beetle, he must whack a hanging Skulltula until they spin around, revealing their weak spots.
Once a Skulltula is on the ground, Link can use his sword techniques to harm it. Once Link has sliced it with a sword attack, the Skulltula stands on its back legs, revealing its weak spot. Link can then stab the large purple jewel on its stomach to defeat the Skulltula. Alternatively, Link can flip it over by performing a Skyward Strike. At this point, Link can jump and deliver a Fatal Blow, stabbing right through its weak point.
- In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Skulltulas are one of the few enemies that can be invisible to the naked eye. Link can use the Lens of Truth to make them visible.