Beetle (Item)

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Beetle
Beetle Official.png
The Beetle as seen in the game
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
Boomerang

The Beetle is an item featured in Skyward Sword.

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Location

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.

Uses

Beetle Icon.png

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.[1]

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. [2] 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.[3]

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

Upgrades

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
Gondo
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
Gondo

Relationship to the Boomerang

Theory Warning hide

As Skyward Sword is the first Zelda game since The Adventure of Link to lack the Boomerang as an item, it becomes plausible that the Beetle is an evolution of the Boomerang. A simple thought process can uncover this evolution:

  • The designers want the Boomerang to be controlled by aiming the Wii Remote.
  • The Boomerang moves too fast to be controlled reliably; it has to be slowed down.
  • The Boomerang now moves too slowly to be reasonably capable of flight. It must be turned into something else that can fly at slow speeds.

Non-canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide
The Beetle item from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

The Beetle is set to appear as an item. Once grabbed, it can be launched towards an opponent, grabbing them and flying off with them.

Trivia

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

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References

  1. Zelda Dungeon: Skyward Sword Items
  2. E3 2010: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions
  3. "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.



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