Beetle (Item)

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Beetle Official.png
Game(s) Skyward Sword
Other media Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Use(s) Pick up faraway items
Comparable Item(s) Hyoi Pear

The Beetle is an item in Skyward Sword.


Location and Uses

Beetle Icon.png

The Beetle is located in Skyview Temple. Link obtains it after defeating a Stalfos in the central room located in the northern chamber, accessible after opening a door by pressing a nearby switch with a shot from the Slingshot.

As its name suggests, the Beetle is a small, flying, insect-like item that can be used to pick up far away objects such as Rupees or Hearts, or even drop things onto enemies, such as Bombs. The Beetle can also be used to sever the stems of Deku Babas, defeating them. Any items that the Beetle picks up will be returned to Link.

When Link uses the Beetle, the camera will follow behind the insect. The Beetle can then be steered by tilting the Wii Remote in the desired direction. If the insect bumps into a wall or is hurt by an enemy, it will be knocked down and return Link.[1] The normal Beetle flies for 30 seconds unless it goes too far away from Link, in which case the time will be cut short and the Beetle will return.

The Beetle can be upgraded in the Lanayru Desert, adding a mandible so that it is able to pick up items. An optional upgrade at the Scrap Shop in the Bazaar allows the Beetle to fly faster. Another upgrade enables it to fly much farther than before.

In the same area, the Beetle is revealed to have been created by the same company that manufactured the LD-Series robots.[citation needed]


Name Image Uses Flight Duration Upgrade Cost Upgraded By
Hook Beetle Hook Beetle (Skyward Sword).png Uses jaws to grab and carry objects
Drops items on enemies and objects
30 seconds Free Ancient Robot
Quick Beetle Quick Beetle (Skyward Sword).png Flies at higher speed
Flies further
30 seconds Ancient Flower (Skyward Sword).png 2 Ancient Flowers
Hornet Larvae (Skyward Sword).png 2 Hornet Larvae
Golden Skull (Skyward Sword).png 1 Golden Skull
Rupee (Skyward Sword).png 50 Rupees
Tough Beetle Tough Beetle (Skyward Sword).png Retains the speed boost
Flies further than previous beetles
40 seconds Ancient Flower (Skyward Sword).png 3 Ancient Flowers
Amber Relic (Skyward Sword).png 4 Amber Relics
Blue Bird Feather (Skyward Sword).png 1 Blue Bird Feather
Goddess Plume (Skyward Sword).png 1 Goddess Plume
Rupee (Skyward Sword).png 50 Rupees

Non-Canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the Beetle appears as an item. Once grabbed, it can be launched towards an opponent, grabbing and then flying upwards with them. A player grabbed by the Beetle can set free by shaking the Control Stick. If attacked, it reverses its direction, going back to its thrower. It also appears as a Trophy.

Image Description How to Unlock
BeetleTrophyWiiU.png A remote-controlled item shaped like a little bug, Link used this item in his adventures to collect far-off items. In Smash Bros., tossed Beetles will fly straight ahead, grab foes, and carry them into the sky. If one grabs you, wiggle with all your might to break free! Random


  • Bokoblins are afraid of the Beetle and will run away from it. Archer Bokoblins will attempt to shoot it at first sight.



Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name
Beetle Hook Beetle Quick Beetle Tough Beetle
Japanese Japan ビートル (Bītoru) フックビートル (Fukku Bītoru) スピードビートル (Supīdo Bītoru) スタミナビートル (Sutamina Bītoru)
Spanish Latin America Escarabajo Escarabajo con gancho Escarabajo veloz Escarabajo tenaz
French French-speaking countries Scarabée Scarabée à crochet Scarabée rapide Scarabée endurant
German Germany Käfer Greifkäfer Flinkkäfer Kraftkäfer