Stalfos

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Stalfos are a very common enemy in the The Legend of Zelda series. The only game they do not appear in is Majora's Mask. They appear as large skeletal figures, and are usually fairly difficult to defeat. Sometimes they are weaponless, and sometimes they wield large swords and shields (with the exception of The Wind Waker, where they wield large spiked clubs). Stalfos are usually found in dungeons.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda

The original appearance of the Stalfos is probably actually the easiest version to defeat as well. They are found right away in Level 1, they deal a half a heart of damage, and only take a few slashes to defeat. They wield two swords and often have keys embedded into their ribcage.[1][2] In the Second Quest, Stalfos shoot a beam sword, similar to that of Link's beam sword.

The Adventure of Link

The Stalfos of this game are armed with a sword and shield with no armor. They come in two colors, red and blue, blue being the stronger of the two. The red Stalfos attack simply by swinging their sword and can be defeated by a sword slash while crouching. The blue Stalfos has the same attack, but can also jump and down-thrust in mid-jump. Link defeats them the same way as he would a red Stalfos.

Game Data

Red Stalfos
StalfosRed-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 30
Item Drop Red Magic Jar or 200 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Parapa Palace
Combat Data
Red Stalfos
StalfosBlue-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 50
Item Drop Red Magic Jar or 200 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Midoro Palace
Palace on the Sea
Combat Data

A Link to the Past

Main article: Stalfos (A Link to the Past)
Main article: Stalfos Knight

Stalfos in A Link to the Past come in multiple variations and colors. Smaller Stalfos come in both Red and Blue and jump away from Link when he draws near. Some of these Stalfos toss bones toward Link if he strikes to attack them. The second type comes in the form of Stalfos Knights. These skeletons are significantly larger and first appear within the Ice Palace.

Link's Awakening

A change to the usual Stalfos, the type that appears in Link's Awakening wields no sword and prefer to jump or throwing bone-like projectile at Link. They come in two variants: A Green Stalfos and Orange Stalfos.

Green Stalfos

These skeletal enemies slowly travel around the room, ready for battle. When Link approaches a Green Stalfos, it launches itself into the air and tries to stomp down on him. Quickly dodge their stomp attacks by moving away, then turn around and try to attack swiftly with the Sword. Spin Attacks may be useful when trying to defeat this Stalfos.

Orange Stalfos

Orange Stalfos wander the room like the green variety, but instead of jumping on Link, they jump away from him. When it lands, it throws a bone club at Link. Be ready to avoid its club since it is one of the few projectiles that can travel diagonally. Attacking from a distance may be a good idea when fighting an Orange Stalfos.

Ocarina of Time

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Stalfos
Lure it close to you and watch its
movement carefully! Attack it when
it drops its guard!

Stalfos as they appear in Ocarina of Time

These skeletal warriors make their return from previous Zelda titles. Watch out for their jump attack, which can do a great deal more damage to Link than their regular sword attacks. Use Z-targeting to get close while using the Shield, then take a quick stab as soon as Link sees them let their shield down. Try to circle around them when they jump at Link. Also, if Link gets right in their face, he can easily "force them" to attack and get a quick stab in. If done right, Link can take them out very quickly this way. They are found in the Forest Temple, the Water Temple, the Shadow Temple, the Spirit Temple, and in Ganon's Castle.

Many of their sword techniques mimic Link's (i.e. the Jump Attack). This enemy can be prevented from jumping at Link with a sword slash by keeping the Shield up, holding Z and keeping as close to it as possible because it may jump and mid-air slash at Link if he is too far away.

A superstition exists with the Kokiri where if any adult becomes lost in the Lost Woods, they turn into one of these creatures. This supposedly happens to Grog in the Trading Sequence when Fado gives Link the Poacher's Saw.

Oracle Games

The Stalfos here appear in the same fashion as they did in Link's Awakening

Four Swords

The Stalfos follow the same attack pattern as A Link to the Past

The Wind Waker

These Stalfos that appear in The Wind Waker are large, skeletal enemies and they are probably larger in The Wind Waker than they are in any other Zelda title. To defeat Stalfos, Link has to hit them with the Sword to break their bodies into bones, then slash away at the bouncing skull. An easier way to defeat a Stalfos in The Wind Waker is to use a Bomb to quickly demolish their bodies, then stun the bouncing skull with the Boomerang and then finally finish it with the Skull Hammer.

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, Stalfos are found in red and blue varieties. The blue Stalfos walk toward Link and hop away when he swings the Sword at them. They can be defeated by cornering them and slashing at them or forcing them to jump down a hole. Red Stalfos usually stand a distance away from Link and hurl bones at him. They can be defeated by simply slashing them. An effective way to defeat Stalfos in The Minish Cap is to use the Cane of Pacci or the Gust Jar to suck or flip their heads off.

Twilight Princess

Stalfos Artwork from Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Stalfos are skeletons that wield a sword, shield, and minor armor, much like they did in Ocarina of Time. They can be found in the Arbiter's Grounds. In order to take them out, Link must first defeat them in a sword fight, then bomb their remains that they crumble into once he has hit them enough times. One good strategy for taking out multiple Stalfos simultaneously is to simply to fire Bomb Arrows at them from afar to instantly defeat them. Alternatively, Link can strike these enemies with the Ball and Chain to instantly defeat them.

Phantom Hourglass

The Stalfos that appear in Phantom Hourglass appear as a collection of bones on the ground. Once Link draws near, the bones form a skeleton enemy and begin to throw bones toward Link. Stalfos are quite agile and jump away if Link tries to strike them with the Sword. Use the Jump Attack with the Sword. Alternatively, the Grappling Hook, Bombs, and the Boomerang work wonders against these boney foes. There is also another variety that wears hats, uses a sword, and is much more difficult to deal with. The Hammer also dispatches Stalfos in one hit.

Spirit Tracks

These Stalfos have the same design as they did in Phantom Hourglass. The Stalfos that wield swords also return, now called Stalfos Warrior. Occasionally, they drop Stalfos Skulls when defeated.

Skyward Sword

A Stalfos from Skyward Sword
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Target lock: Stalfos

This skeleton soldier is born of the
dead. In its previous life, it was an
ordinary knight, but undeath has
improved its combat abilities.
It is possible to overpower it with
a well-timed shield bash during the
creature's attack.

The Stalfos in Skyward Sword are skeleton-like enemies that wield two large swords which they use both to block and to attack. Link must attack from specific directions that are unprotected, requiring good timing and accurate sword slashes.

Stalfos have three main attacks. They quickly swing one sword horizontally, perform a cross-chop with both swords, or raise both swords above its head in preparation for a powerful two-part attack. The Stalfos is defenseless while its swords are above its head, so this is Link's chance to run around behind it and slash away. There is also a more powerful version of Stalfos with four arms and more life called Stalmaster.

A Stalfos is the Mini-Boss of Skyview Temple. When Link returns for the Sacred Water, three appear in the room where he fought Ghirahim.

A Link Between Worlds

Stalfos return with a more traditional style of combat. Stalfos attempt to dodge a slash attack by jumping away from Link. If Link follows and slashes again fast enough, he lands a hit and can then move on to attack. If too slow, Stalfos jump away, and if Link makes no attempt to follow Stalfos, they attack by throwing bones at him. They return in two colors, but are the same in terms of combat style, simply dealing more damage and having more health. It is advised to attack with ranged items as they deal good amounts of damage and Stalfos rarely dodge item attacks, though some items (such as the Hookshot) have no effect. A Stalfos can be uncovered by setting a Gibdo on fire to burn its bandages off.

Non-Canon Appearances

Link: The Faces of Evil

These skeleton creatures wield two swords and will try to walk right up to Link, and slash at him with them. The attacks are incredibly slow and are very weak, making the Stalfos one of simplest enemies to defeat in the game. While they don't really travel in packs too often, they do tend to re-spawn. Link jusdt need to slash his sword once at the Stalfos and it will be defeated. Stalfos will almost always leave a single red ruby behind as a reward. They can be found in Goronu and Lupay.

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

Stalfos can be found patrolling the area of Sakado and Gohiyan Ship. They look like and act the same as the did in Link: The Faces of Evil.

Battle Quest

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These monsters are made of nothing but bones. Sometimes it seems like they vanish into the ground and warp through the earth. Did I mention that bones are scary?

Stalfos make an appearance Battle Quest. They come up from underground and hold a shield, similar to that of Moblins. Link will need to make precision sword attacks to defeat them. Stalfos will burrow underground and come up at another location.

Hyrule Warriors

Stalfos are a common enemy in Hyrule Warriors, with the Stalmaster being their tougher soldiers.

See Also

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References

  1. "These skeleton soldier will come at you with two-handed sword. They may look menacing, but they can easily defeated.", The Legend of Zelda Instruction Manual (US GBA Version), pg. 26
  2. "A skeleton that's got a sword in each hand. Little attacking power.", The Legend of Zelda Instruction Manual (US NES Version), pg. 35