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Blessed Butterfly from Skyward Sword
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Phantom Hourglass
Spirit Tracks
Skyward Sword
A Link Between Worlds
Breath of the Wild
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Cost(s) 50 RupeesTriforce piece.png
Use(s) Unearth Gold Skulltulas
Transform into Fairies or BombsTriforce piece.png
Sell to Beggar or Strich
Obtain the Deluxe Picto BoxTriforce piece.png
Give to Agitha for Wallet upgrades
Upgrade Potions

Bugs, or Insects, encompass a group of enemies, animals, and collectibles found in various games throughout the The Legend of Zelda series. With the exception of Shadow Insects, Bugs do not have plot-relevance; their role is usually limited to sidequests.

Appearances as Collectibles

Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

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In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, generic Bugs can be stored in Bottles.[1] They can be found under small Rocks or be purchased at the Medicine Shop for 50 Rupees. Each Bottle holds three individual Bugs which, when released, will scatter around for a few seconds, and then dig underground, never to be seen again. Their preferred breeding grounds are mounds of soft soil.[2] These seemingly insignificant Bugs benefit Link greatly while he searches for Gold Skulltulas. If Link finds a mound of soft soil to drop them on, they will burrow into the soil and in so doing may reveal a Gold Skulltula.[2][3] Since three Bugs appear every time they are released, this can be useful to increase or maintain Bug supply by releasing and re-catching Bugs in new Bottles. This trick can also be used for quick money in Ocarina of Time, as they can be sold to the Beggar for 50 Rupees per Bottle.[4] In Majora's Mask, if Link releases a Bottle of Bugs near a mound of soft soil, different items such as Rupees, Arrows, and Bombs will come out. This happens everywhere, with the exception of the Swamp Spider House, where a Gold Skulltula is released instead, much like in Ocarina of Time.

Twilight Princess

Main article: Golden Bug
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The Bugs of Twilight Princess, Golden Bugs, are found all over Hyrule. A child in Hyrule Castle Town, Agitha, fancies these Bugs and sent invitations to 24 Bugs around Hyrule for a ball. Unfortunately, it seems none have arrived, and she asks for Link's help in bringing all the Golden Bugs to Agitha's Castle.[5] She will reward Link generously upon finding and giving her the Bugs.[6] Collecting them all leads to two Wallet upgrades, each with a higher maximum Rupee capacity. The collection of Golden Bugs is an optional Sidequest and is not required for completion of the game.

There are 12 types of Golden Bugs, and a male (♂) and female (♀) of each type, for a total of 24 to bring back to Agitha for her Bug ball. Both male and female variations of a single Bug exist in the same region, relatively nearby, thus making the hunting for a pair easier.

Skyward Sword

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In Skyward Sword, Bugs are a collectible item found in both the The Sky and on the The Surface. At night, they can be sold to Strich, who is particularly fond of them,[7] or used to upgrade Potions at Luv and Bertie's Potion Shop. Insects are abundant on Bug Rock in the Thunderhead. Here, Stritch runs a mini-game called Bug Heaven during the day, which involves catching specific Bugs within a certain time limit.

Beedle owns a pet Bug called the Horned Colossus Beetle. At some point during the game, Beedle loses his Bug. Link must regain it from Stritch by completing Bug Heaven. For returning the beetle to its rightful owner, Link receives 5 Gratitude Crystals and a 50% discount on all items at the Beedle's Air Shop for the remainder of the game.

Bugs are caught either by rolling into a wall or a tree with the Bug on it, to make it fall to the ground (this is unlikely to work if the insect has a high level of evasiveness), or by using a Bug Net purchased at Beedle's Air Shop for 50 Rupees. The Bug Net can be upgraded to a Big Bug Net at Gondo's Scrap Shop for 100 Rupees, three Tumbleweeds, two Ancient Flowers and an Evil Crystal. The larger Big Bug Net makes it easier to catch insects.

Bugs in Skyward Sword
Name Icon Description Location(s)
Deku Hornet Deku Hornet (Skyward Sword).png A forest insect that delivers a painful sting. If you spot a hive, watch out! Faron Woods, Deep Woods and Bug Rock
Blessed Butterfly Blessed Butterfly (Skyward Sword).png A common bug found throughout the world. Highly prized as an ingredient in potions.
Across the surface and the Sky
Gerudo Dragonfly Gerudo Dragonfly (Skyward Sword).png A desert insect that will fly far to escape capture. Creep up on it to catch it.
Lanayru Desert
Starry Firefly Starry Firefly (Skyward Sword).png A glowing Skyloft insect that only comes out at night. Its beauty is said to calm the mind.
Skyloft and other sky-islands at night or in caves
Woodland Rhino Beetle Woodland Rhino Beetle (Skyward Sword).png A slow forest bug that is easy to catch. Roll into trees to knock it down.
Skyloft and Faron Woods
Volcanic Ladybug Volcanic Ladybug (Skyward Sword).png A volcano-dwelling insect often spotted in groups. It moves little and is easy to catch.
Eldin Volcano
Sand Cicada Sand Cicada (Skyward Sword).png A desert insect that is quick to fly away. Deemed the most difficult insect to catch.
Lanayru Desert
Sky Stag Beetle Sky Stag Beetle (Skyward Sword).png An insect native to Skyloft. It's very popular with children.
Faron Grasshopper Faron Grasshopper (Skyward Sword).png A valuable and hard-to-catch forest insect that will leap away when in danger.
Faron Woods
Skyloft Mantis Skyloft Mantis (Skyward Sword).png A Skyloft insect that's fairly easy to catch. Its powerful forelimbs give a painful pinch.
Lanayru Ant Lanayru Ant (Skyward Sword).png A desert insect that is often found in swarms. Has a face that's so ugly it's cute.
Lanayru Desert
Eldin Roller Eldin Roller (Skyward Sword).png A rare volcano-dwelling bug that rolls a ball of unidentified material everywhere it goes.
Eldin Volcano



Main article: Bee
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Bees, also sometimes known as Hornets, are a recurring enemy and Bug The Legend of Zelda series. They are usually hidden in trees and sometimes grass, and come out when Link disturbs their territory, but they are easily defeated with almost any weapon.



Butterflies first appear in Link's Awakening, and similarly in Oracle of Seasons, however Link cannot interact with them. In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, if one butterfly touches a Deku Stick, it will turn into either a Fairy or a Bomb. In The Minish Cap, Joy Butterflies appear as a result of certain Kinstone Fusions.

In Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, butterflies are collectible items with different uses. In Twilight Princess, there are the ♂ and ♀ varieties of the Golden Butterflies, and in Skyward Sword, there are the Blessed Butterflies.

In Hyrule Warriors, Goddess Butterflies appear. One Goddess Butterfly appears in "The Land of Twilight" Scenario under Agitha's ownership, and is used to find the era's Gate of Souls. Goddess Butterflies also appear as an obstacle in certain Adventure Mode Maps, and can be removed by using the Goddess's Harp Item Card on them. Agitha also attacks with giant Golden Butterflies in her Parasol moveset, as well as with giant Golden Beetles.


Dragonfly from Majora's Mask
Main article: Dragonfly

Dragonflies are enemies in Majora's Mask, and appear in the Southern Swamp.They possess electric tails that can electrocute Link and pose as threats that make flying with a Deku Flower difficult.


Main article: Forest Firefly

Fireflies are prevalent in certain Forests and forest-themed areas, namely, Kokiri Forest and the Lost Woods in Ocarina of Time, as well as Forest Haven and the Wind Temple in The Wind Waker. Regular fireflies are merely for ambient effect and cannot be interacted with. In Skyward Sword, collectible Starry Fireflies appear at night on Skyloft and other islands in The Sky.

In The Wind Waker, there is a special firefly called the Forest Firefly indigenous to Forest Haven that glows in seven colors.[8][9] The Forest Firefly can be caught in a Bottle and placed inside a Picto Box to create a Deluxe Picto Box,[10][11] which can capture Pictographs in full color. In The Wind Waker HD however, it is no longer required to obtain the Deluxe Picto Box.


Main article: Moth
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Moths are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series, and are usually summoned by bosses or mini-bosses. They are also seen flying around lit torches, posing no threat to Link until he burns a Deku Stick with said torch.

Shadow Insects

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Main article: Shadow Insect

The Shadow Insects are enemies in Twilight Princess.[12] Created by Zant, they attached themselves to the scattered light stolen from the four Spirits of Light.[13][14] Link must track down and kill these insects in order to collect the lost Tears of Light in a Vessel of Light.[15][16] They are invisible, but Link can use his Senses as a Wolf to find them.[17][18]


  • The Bugs in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask resemble miniature Blue Tektites.
  • In Skyward Sword, Bugs can be stunned by Link using Glittering Spores.
  • Bugs of Skyward Sword, namely the Deku Hornets and Gerudo Dragonflies, pay homage to two races that do not appear in the game.
  • The Deku Hornet is a unique breed of Bug for a number of reasons:
    • Rather than fleeing at the sight of Link, they will actively come to him, in swarms, making them the easiest Bug to catch in batches.
    • They are also the only Bug that can hurt Link (even though both the Skyloft Mantis and Sky Stag Beetle are mentioned to have powerful appendages that one should be aware of), and will attack him if he comes near their nest.
    • Deku Hornets are the only Bug that cannot be Z-Targeted. Therefore, it is unknown what Fi has to say about them.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
link= Japanese 虫 (Mushi) Insect
link= SpanishLA Insecto (OoT3D, MM3D)
French-speaking countries French Insecte Insect
link= FrenchCA Insectes (MM3D) Insects
link= German Käfer (OoT)
link= ChineseSI 虫 (Chóng)
瓶装虫 (Píngzhuāng Chóng)
Bottled Insect

See respective pages for translations, see here for the translations for the Bugs in Skyward Sword.


See Also


  1. "You put a Bug in the bottle! You can release it by pressing (C). This kind of insect prefers to live in small holes in the ground." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "They say that the small holes in the ground that you can find all over Hyrule make perfect breeding ground for bugs." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "There are some tricks to finding them all! First of all, you'll have to hunt at night. Secondly, keep in mind that they love soft soil..." — Cursed Man (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Oh, it's a cute little Bug! I'll buy it for 50 Rupees! All sales final, OK?" — Beggar (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "I've invited the 24 golden bugs of the world to the ball, but... I don't know if they got lost on the way or what...but they're not here, that's for sure. [...] Oh, boy, if you have a bug with you now, please give it to me. The ball must begin!" — Agitha (Twilight Princess)
  6. "...You actually went bug hunting for me, didn't you? To be honest, I doubted you would... I guess some might consider me a poor- mannered princess...From now on, if you bring me insects, I'll share my happiness with you. You can keep it in this!" — Agitha (Twilight Princess)
  7. "Link, here's the plan. If you find a bug, come sell it to me. When it comes to bugs, Rupees are no object." — Strich (Skyward Sword)
  8. "Northeast of here is the Forest Haven... They say a truly unique kind of firefly is indigenous to that place. You heard of it, small fry?" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  9. "It emits bursts of light in seven colors! Supposedly it's as beautiful as a rainbow!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  10. "You caught a Forest Firefly in your bottle! A strange light emanates from this mystical creature..." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  11. "For ages, it has been said that the Forest Fireflies possess a mystical power. For your efforts, I shall place this one inside your box! Come on now, hand me your Picto Box, if only for a moment..." — Lenzo (The Wind Waker)
  12. "In this shadowy twilight...the shadow insects are invisible, much as the people from your light world are..." — Eldin (Twilight Princess)
  13. "Gather...my scattered Tears of Light...that were stolen by shadow... Gather them...in this..." — Eldin (Twilight Princess)
  14. "In the shadows of twilight...the dark insects are as...invisible...as normal beings are here..." — Faron (Twilight Princess)
  15. "Look...for my light... Retrieve the light stolen by the dark beasts...and keep it...in this vessel." — Faron (Twilight Princess)
  16. "All you have to do is find the dark insects and reclaim all the Tears of Light, right?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  17. "To see these evils that hold the Tears of Light, use your [X] senses." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  18. "In this shadowy twilight...the shadow insects are invisible, much as the people from your light world are.." — Eldin (Twilight Princess)