A skeleton that's got a sword in each hand. Little attacking power.
The Adventure of Link Manual Comment
A skeleton warrior that can somehow use a sword, but is poor at handling a shield.
Lure it close to you and watch its movement carefully! Attack it when it drops its guard!
A Stalfos! Closely watch his movements and attack his head when he's down!
What is this thing?! No matter how much we tear it apart, it just comes right back together again... Are we gonna have to bash his bones into bits to keep him from reforming?!
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.
Stalfos are undead, skeleton warriors who can be found mostly in dungeons as mini-bosses. They tend to attack with either one or two Swords. Some of them also wield Shields to protect themselfs, although they can also use their Swords to block attacks. Stalfos from The Wind Waker wield clubs instead. Some Stalfos can also attack by throwing bones or their skull, or by jumping and then dropping above Link.
When defeating a Stalfos in Twilight Princess, it becomes a pile of bones. If Link does not get rid of the bones, the Stalfos will eventually regenerate. Link can drop a Bomb on the pile of bones to completely destroy the Stalfos. He can also throw the Ball and Chain to destroy the Stalfos, and then its bones when the ball comes back at him, or shoot a Bomb Arrow to defeat it with a single hit. In the Forest Temple from Ocarina of Time, Link fights a pair of Stalfos which must be defeated in quick succession. By not doing so, the first Stalfos that is defeated will eventually regenerate. When enough damage is dealt to a Stalfos in The Wind Waker, its body explodes, leaving its skull bouncing around the room. Link must then destroy the skull before its full body regenerates. Link can use a Bomb to quickly destroy the Stalfos body, and the Skull Hammer to destroy the skull in a single hit.
Habitat: Earth Temple Weakness: Its head These skeleton warriors attack by violently swinging their gigantic maces around. Even if they're shattered to pieces, they'll reform unless their heads are destroyed.
Appears in dungeons. Blue ones jump, and red ones throw bones. See what happens when you remove their heads with the Gust Jar.
In The Adventure of Link, Stalfos come in three varieties: white, red, and blue. White Stalfos are considerably weaker than their red and blue counterparts, both of which possess jumping and thrusting attacks. In Oracle of Ages, there are two types of Stalfos: blue and orange. The blue variety is a standard Stalfos that simply walks around. The orange variety tends to jump away from Link's Sword slashes, and have the ability to toss bones. In The Minish Cap, the blue variety only jumps, while the red one uses bones as their primary weapon. Furthermore, a special kind of Stalfos known as the Blue Stalfos is the mini-boss of the Ancient Tomb. In Oracle of Seasons, both the blue and orange Stalfos also appear, with red and green varieties appearing as well. Each of them have their own unique abilities.
In The Adventure of Link, Parutamu are armored Stalfos with horned helmets. They behave like their red and blue counterparts, but are more durable and deal more damage.
In A Link to the Past, a larger variety known as the Stalfos Knight appear in the Ice Palace. These Stalfos are much larger, tougher, and carry large Swords. Link cannot defeat them with his Sword alone, as he must use a Bomb to destroy ther remains. Stalfos from The Adventure of Link are known by the Japanese name of Stalfos Knights, Stalfon.
Link's Awakening and the Oracle series include Shrouded Stalfos alongside normal Stalfos. Shrouded Stalfos throw spears at Link, while Sword Stalfos fight with Sword and Shields in a similar manner to Darknuts.
In Link's Awakening, the Master Stalfos is a large Stalfos that appears several times in the Catfish's Maw, where he steals the Hookshot from a Treasure Chest. His appearance and behavior is similar to the Stalfos Knights from A Link to the Past.
In Majora's Mask, Stalfos are the long-dead skeleton knights of the Ikana Kingdom, Igos du Ikana and his two lackeys. To defeat both lackeys before they regenerate, Link must reflect light with his Mirror Shield onto their remains. Igos du Ikana is the largest and most powerful Stalfos in Majora's Mask. He can exhale a poisonous breath, detach his head which flies around the room trying to bite Link, and make his body invulnerable to attacks.
In the Game & Watch Zelda, Stalfos hide themselves below the platform Link is on and attack upwards. However, their attacks are slow and in a sweeping motion, making them easy to dodge. Between one and four Stalfos appear on each floor. They cannot be attacked by Link.
Game & Watch Zelda Manual Comment
Between one and four of these appear in each of the chambers. You cannot attack them.
Link's Crossbow Training
In Link's Crossbow Training, Stalfos appear in various Defender-type stages. Several of them hold Shields much like their Twilight Princess counterparts. Their Shields can be shot several times to be destroyed, allowing the Stalfos to be hit. The Shield can also be destroyed with a single Bomb Arrow.
In The Legend of Zelda animated series, Stalfos appear as one of Ganon's most common soldiers. For the most part, Ganon uses the Stalfos to carry him around on a platform since his teleportation powers are limited in the overworld. In "The Ringer," Ganon disguises several Stalfos in cloaks so that they may transport him to the Magician's Contest, and in "The Missing Link," Ganon arrives to North Castle with Stalfos carrying him once again. Unlike the games, Stalfos can be seen wielding a variety of weapons such as long rods, Bombs, maces, axes, Bows, and the usual Sword, out of which they can shoot Sword Beams from. Stalfos seem to be able to withdraw Bombs from their chest any time they please, as seen in "The Ringer" and in "The Missing Link." They usually attack in groups, although Link easily defeats them with just one Zap from his Crissword.
Stalfos appear in two episodes of Captain N: The Game Master. Like in the Zelda animated series, they are capable of speaking, although they are only heard in one episode. In "Quest for the Potion of Power," Link fights and defeats two Stalfos as he, Princess Zelda, and Kevin are making their way through the Parapa Palace. Stalfos also appear in "Having a Ball," where they confront Link, Zelda, Kevin, and Princess Lana while they are in the desert. However, they pose no real threat to the heroes since Kevin and Link easily dispose of them using the Zapper and the Sword, respectively.
The Legend of Zelda Comic
Stalfos make several appearances throughout the issues of The Legend of Zelda comic published by Valiant Comics. They first appear in "To the First Power" as one of the enemies that capture Link under the orders of a Wizzrobe. They appear again in "Queen of Hearts," where they battle against Link and Queen Seline to keep them from breaking the magic container that will give the queen her magical powers back. Stalfos are last seen as one of the monsters ambushing Princess Zelda after she fails in defeating Ganon in "Day of the Triforce."
The Shadow Prince
In The Shadow Prince, Princess Zelda, Link, and Charles of Moria encounter Stalfos when they accidentally fall into the Underground Tunnel, which is a maze infested with these skeletal warriors. After the fall, Link notices a piece of paper sticking out of a rock and tells Zelda and Charles he has found a map, hoping that it is not fake.
If Link thinks the map is fake, he will throw it away and tell Zelda and Charles to follow him. With the Stalfos pursuing them, Link tries to get the group out of the tunnel, but he trips on a Stalfos since the tunnel is so dark. The page ends with a Game Over as Zelda cries to Link saying that he picked the wrong path, claiming that they will die at the hands of the Stalfos.
However, if Link decides that the map is real, he will tell the Zelda and Charles to follow him after examining the routes just as the Stalfos begin to approach them. Eventually, they safely exit back out to the woods, leaving the Stalfos howling at the end of the tunnel.
In the A Link to the Past comic, two Stalfos appear in the Ice Palace. When Link asks Kholdstare that he let him see the map of the Dark World, Kholdstare refuses and unleashes two Stalfos to attack Link. When the young hero sees that they keep re-spawning even after defeating them, he begins to focus his power on the Master Sword, whose power causes for the Stalfos to be permanently defeated.
Ocarina of Time Manga
In the Ocarina of Time manga, one Stalfos (or, rather, the floating disembodied head of one) returns to Ganondorf to report an encounter with Link. Strangely, Ganon calls this Stalfos by the name of the Twilight Princess boss, Stallord.
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The Stalfos enemy from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Stalfos in their Ocarina of Time incarnation appear as enemies. In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, they appear in the Smash Run mode. In the Wii U version, shadowy Stalfos appear inside the Master Fortress. They are powerful enemies who can parry most attacks with their Shields and deal heavy damage with Sword slashes. They are vulnerable to attacks from above, below, and behind them. Stalfos can be grabbed in the Wii U version, but not in the 3DS version.
Stalfos also appear as a Trophy in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.
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These powerful enemies from the Legend of Zelda series block attacks with their shields, even while they're attacking, making them very difficult to deal with. However, when their attention is focused in front, they're vulnerable to attacks from behind...
Stalfos is both singular and plural. Their name is a portmanteau of "stal-" and "fos," meaning "skeletal humanoid."
According to Fado, a Stalfos is the result of someone getting lost in the Lost Woods in Ocaria of Time.
Stalfos artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Artwork of Link battling Stalfos from The Legend of Zelda
Blue Parutamu artwork from The Adventure of Link
Artwork of Link fighting Stalfos from Link's Awakening
Stalfos artwork from Ocarina of Time
Stalfos artwork from The Wind Waker
Stalfos from The Legend of Zelda
Red Stalfos from The Adventure of Link
Blue Stalfos from The Adventure of Link
Blue Parutamu from The Adventure of Link
Blue Stalfos fromA Link to the Past
Red Stalfos from A Link to the Past
Stalfos throwing its head in A Link to the Past
Floating Green Stalfos head from A Link to the Past
Orange Stalfos from Link's Awakening
Green Stalfos from Link's Awakening
Shrouded Stalfos from Link's Awakening
Stalfos from Ocarina of Time
Shrouded Stalfos from the Oracles series
Stalfos from Four Swords Adventures
Stalfos from The Minish Cap
Stalfos from Twilight Princess
Stalfos Sword from Twilight Princess
Stalfos Sword from Twilight Princess
Stalfos Sword from Skyward Sword
Stalfos Shield from Twilight Princess
Stalfos Shield from Twilight Princess
Stalfos from Phantom Hourglass
Stalfos Warrior from Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks
Stalfos from A Link Between Worlds
Red Stalfos from A Link Between Worlds
Early Stalfos from Ocarina of Time
Link fighting a group of Stalfos Warriors in Spirit Tracks
Link fighting a Stalfos in Skyward Sword
Stalfos Million Publishing guide artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Parutamu Futashiba guide artwork from The Adventure of Link
Stalfos from the animated series
Stalfos from the animated series
Stalfos from Captain N: The Game Master
Stalfos from The Legend of Zelda comic
Stalfos from BS The Legend of Zelda
Stalfos from The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon
↑"You cannot destory the Skeleton Knight with the sword alone. When he collapses, he is vulnerable to another weapon." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
↑"Trick the king into thinking he's seeing a child-sized version of Captain Keeta by wearing the Captain's Hat during your bone-rattling battle with the skeletal Stalfos knights and Igos himself." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 134)
↑"Captain Keeta—the giant skull captain in Ikana Graveyard—once served under the Ikana King, Igos du Ikana." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 134)
↑"Since my teleportation powers are limited in the upper world, I'll have to travel in style." — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 1 )
↑"You mean to disturb our masters?!" — Stalfos (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Having a Ball )
↑"This map has to be fake, Link says. Why else would it be in such an easy hiding place? Follow me! I'll get us out of here! But Link! Zelda cries. Maybe it's-- It's too late. Link has already disappeared down the nearest tunnel." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 80)
↑"Then Link looks up to see the pale bones of the Stalfos whipping toward them. Oh, Link! Zelda cries. You picked the wrong path. We're done for!" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 81)
↑"Link hears the howling of Stalfos rushing toward them. He takes a deep breath. Let's hope this map is real, he says to Zelda and Charles. Quickly, he unfolds it and searches for a route out." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 48)
↑"This way! he calls. [...] In minutes they're back outside. The skeletons stop at the mouth of the tunnel, howling." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 48)
↑"It's impossible to keep them down! Aaaargh!! I've had enough!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
↑"Anybody who comes into the forest will be lost. Everybody will become a Stalfos. Everybody, Stalfos." — Fado (Ocarina of Time)