- See also: Floormaster
|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
A Link Between Worlds
|Non-canon Appearances||The Legend of Zelda comic|
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Wallmasters, or Wall Masters, appear in many Zelda titles, however, their claim to fame as one of the most horrifying and frustrating enemies in the series stems from their inclusion in Ocarina of Time.
Wallmasters are monstrous hands that hang from the walls and ceilings of dank areas and dungeons, attempting to grab Link. If they grab him, he is taken back to the beginning of the dungeon or the specific room, making them one of the most infuriating, not to mention creepy, enemies in the series.
In its debut, the original The Legend of Zelda, the Wallmaster would come out of the walls to ambush Link on-screen, a trait that the foe has kept throughout the series. Furthermore, these enemies, in certain circumstances, were required to be defeated in order to progress in a dungeon. Beginning in A Link to the Past and continued in later titles such as Oracle of Seasons and The Minish Cap, a warning sound accompanies the presence of the Wallmaster, and they are able to rapidly regenerate themselves after defeat.
Ocarina of Time is the game in which Wallmasters meet their greatest acclaim - the growing shadow they create upon dropping, the rushing, eerie sound before the ambush, and their extended vitality makes this enemy one of the most fearsome in the series, after just one title. Navi even warns Link upon entering an area with Wallmasters, stating "watch for the shadows of monsters hanging from the ceiling." In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, no more than one Wallmaster is fought at anytime. The Wallmasters usually drop a lot of Rupees when killed.
|Wall Master (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears in dungeons. If these guys grab you, they'll send you back to the start of the dungeon. Dodge them as they fall, then attack.|
The best strategy is to stun them with an item, like the Boomerang as in The Minish Cap, and then slash them to their doom while they can't fight back. In Ocarina of Time, four slashes from the Kokiri Sword, two from the Master Sword, or one slash from the Biggoron's Sword will slay the monster; however, a fully charged spin attack from any sword is usually the easiest way to dispatch them. Din's Fire is also a fast, safe way to vaporize these creatures. In the Oracle titles, they can be defeated with three hits from the standard sword, and one hit with Master Sword or Biggoron's Sword. In A Link Between Worlds if Link merges into a wall when one is trying to grab him, it will immediately slam into the floor and become stunned.
- In every game after The Legend of Zelda, Wallmasters are known as "Fallmasters" in Japanese.
- A glitch in the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past occurs if Link leaves a room while a Wallmaster is dropping. It will continue to drop into the previous room, then return to the roof, crossing the screen again.
- Wallmasters in The Minish Cap behave like the Floormasters of The Wind Waker. They also take their design and appearance from the art style of The Wind Waker, as most things in the game do. However, The Minish Cap's Wallmasters are blue and red as opposed to the Floormaster's purple.
A Wallmaster as seen in BS The Legend of Zelda
The sprite of a Wallmaster as seen in the Oracle series
- "A monster hand that appears out of the labyrinth wall." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
- "If it catches Link, it takes him back to the entrance to the labyrinth." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
- "That Wall Master will put you outside where it's safe! I'll take a raincheck on the kiss!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3 [The Power])
- "Ha! Ha! Ha! Princess Zelda no longer exists! She is gone...forever!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
- "Miff! NO! It's a trap!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
- "A Wall Master! He was lying...trying to make me mad enough to attack him! That means Zelda is still alive!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| ウォールマスター (Wōrumasutā)
|French|| Wall Master
|French||Main du mal|
|Italian|| Mano rapace
| Rapacious hand|
|Chinese||天魔手 (Tiān Móshǒu)|| Magic Hand in sky|
Antonymous to 地魔手 (Floormaster)