The Beetle as seen in the game
|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 featured in Skyward Sword.
The Beetle is located in Skyview Temple. Link retrieves 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 foes, such as Bombs. The Beetle can also be used to sever the stems of Deku Babas, killing them. Any items that the Beetle picks up will be returned to Link.
When Link uses the Beetle, the camera will switch to just behind the insect. Players will be able to steer the Beetle by just tilting the Wii remote in the desired direction; however, if the insect bumps into a wall or is hurt by an enemy, the Beetle will be knocked down and Link will be forced to re-equip it to try again, similar to how Link controls seagulls in The Wind Waker.  The normal Beetle may fly 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 is eventually upgraded in the Lanayru Desert to have a mandible so that it will be able to pick up items. An optional upgrade at the Scrap Shop in the Bazaar allows the Beetle to fly faster, and 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.
|Name||Image||Uses||Flight Duration||Upgrade Cost||Upgraded By|
|Hook Beetle||Uses jaws to grab and carry objects
Drops items on enemies and objects
|30 seconds||Free||Ancient Robot|
|Quick Beetle||Flies at higher speed
|30 seconds|| 2 Ancient Flowers
2 Hornet Larvae
1 Golden Skull
|Tough Beetle||Retains the speed boost
Flies further than previous beetles
|40 seconds|| 3 Ancient Flowers
4 Amber Relics
1 Blue Bird Feather
1 Goddess Plume
Relationship to the Boomerang
- Bokoblins are afraid of the Beetle and will run away from it. Archer Bokoblins will attempt to shoot it at first sight.
Link attacking Deku Babas with the Beetle
- Zelda Dungeon: Skyward Sword Items
- E3 2010: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions
- "The Beetle can be upgraded to have a mandible to pick up items. The Beetle can later be upgraded so that it moves quicker. Perhaps replacing the boomerang." — Skyward Sword: Tons of Hands on Impressions; retrieved June 8 2011, Zelda Dungeon.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Beetle||Hook Beetle||Quick Beetle||Tough Beetle|
|Japanese||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||Escarabajo||Escarabajo con gancho||Escarabajo veloz||Escarabajo tenaz|
|French||Scarabée||Scarabée à crochet||Scarabée rapide||Scarabée endurant|