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Skull Kid in Twilight Princess
|Game(s)||Ocarina of Time|
Link's Crossbow Training
|Notable Member(s)||Masked Skull Kid|
Music Session Skull Kids
Skull Kid (Sacred Grove)
A Skull Kid is what a child becomes after getting lost in the Lost Woods; at least one Skull Kid appears in Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess. They first interact with Link in Ocarina of Time, and later a Skull Kid plays a major role in Majora's Mask. Skull Kids dress in a red cloak and hat covering an underlayer of clothing comprised of a straw-like material (much like scarecrows), and play a flute, which they can also use as a weapon to shoot projectiles.
Appearances and Biography
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, a Skull Kid can be found in the Lost Woods, in the area directly to the left of the entrance room. Whenever Link approaches, the Skull Kid will disappear from the area. To circumvent this, Link can befriend the Skull Kid by playing Saria's Song while standing on top of the stump across from the Skull Kid's position, and he will receive a Piece of Heart as a gift. Another two Skull Kids can be found in the area directly to the right of the entrance, where there is a mini-game in which Link repeats a sequence of notes on his ocarina to win a Piece of Heart.
While Z-Targeting, Navi mentions that the Skull Kid seems unhappy to have no face. Some of the Kokiri remember hearing him complaining about his face, as well. Upon first seeing Link wearing the Skull Mask, the Skull Kid comments that he would like it to make him appear a little tougher. Link is able to sell him the mask as part of the Mask Trading Sequence, but the Skull Kid pays just ten rupees when the wholesale price is twenty, leaving Link to cover the difference.
It is said that non-Kokiri who enter the woods become Stalfos upon getting lost. However, there is speculation about whether or not Kokiri or Hylian children turn into Skull Kids. It is more plausible that the Kokiri turn into Skull Kids, due to the fact that they stay children for their whole lives, but also because Stalfos never appear within the Lost Woods, as well as that there already exist Stalchildren.
If Link encounters the Skull Kid as an adult, he will be attacked with poison needles shot from the Skull Kid's flute. Navi says that he is attacking because he does not like adults. If Link kills him, the Skull Kid will collapse and disappear, leaving behind an orange Rupee.
In Twilight Princess, the Skull Kid leads Link through the Lost Woods portion of the Sacred Grove until he reaches the resting place of the Master Sword. Along the way, the Skull Kid plays a cruel game of hide-and-seek with Link, and Link must find him several times before he will lead him to where he needs to be.
When Link returns to the Sacred Grove area later in the game, the Skull Kid will help him navigate the Lost Woods a second time, this time leading him through different areas to take him to the Temple of Time dungeon. His hiding spots will be more difficult to find. However, two factors give away his location: the light of his lantern and the sound of his instrument playing Saria's Song. Although the Skull Kid never physically attacks Link, he will summon Puppets to do the job. Every time he is hit in battle, he will summon more puppets, but he can be beaten quickly with the bow and arrows. After defeating him the second time, he will tell Link that was fun and vanish.
There is no confirmed relation between the Skull Kid of Twilight Princess and the others of its kind. However, the fact that it knows Saria's Song, which Link taught to the Skull Kid in Ocarina of Time, suggests that there is indeed a connection.
- Skull Kid shares many chracteristics with the Flute Boy from A Link to the Past: both are kids who play music with a flute in the woods and both disappear when Link approaches them. The Flute Boy may have served as a prototype or concept for the Skull Kid.
- Skull Kid's instrument in Twilight Princess is reminiscent of the Deku Pipes from Majora's Mask. In addition, its facial features bear a slight resemblance to the Moon.
- In Twilight Princess, the lantern Skull Kid carries is similar to the one held by Poes.
- Like Skull Kid in Majora's Mask, Kamo from The Wind Waker developed a fascination with the moon after having been disappointed by his best friend.
- In most versions of Ocarina of Time and the Japanese Nintendo 64 version of Majora's Mask (and official artwork), Skull Kid has a plain black face. In Ocarina of Time 3D and international versions of Majora's Mask, however, his head has a wooden texture.
- Moreover, Skull Kid has a beak in Majora's Mask, unlike his counterpart in Ocarina of Time, who simply has orange lips. In the remake, Ocarina of Time 3D, all Skull Kids were given beaks.
Skull Kid without Majora's Mask
Skull Kid steals from the Happy Mask Salesman
Skull Kid taunting from atop Clock Tower
Concept art of Skull Kid from Hyrule Historia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Skull Kid - Is this what happens to kids who wander into the forest? It looks like he doesn't like grownups." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "You know Saria's Song! We should be friends! Here, take this!" — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Follow along with our song on your Ocarina. We'll lead you into it." — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "That was quite a nice session. As a token of our friendship, please take this." — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Skull Kid - Is this what happens to kids who get lost in this forest? He seems unhappy to have no face..." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "What a weird face! Speaking of weird faces, one of the forest kids was complaining about his face...." — Kokiri (while wearing the Skull Mask) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Quite an unusual mask you have there. Hee hee! I like it! It may make me look a little bit tougher. Hey, why don't you give it to me?" — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "He just gave you 10 Rupees for this 20-Rupee mask! You lost money on that deal!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "That guy isn't here anymore. Anybody who comes into the forest will be lost. Everybody will become a Stalfos. Everybody, Stalfos. So, he's not here anymore. Only his saw is left. Hee hee." — Fado (Ocarina of Time) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "The power of the mask made him do it. It was too much for the Skull Kid to handle." — Tael (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "[Tatl], carelessly abandoned by the Skull Kid who never thinks about how his actions affect others . . ." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 "I was turned into this by a strange imp wearing a mask..." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 "During my travels, a very important mask was stolen from me by an imp in the woods." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "I'm sure it was because he was always playing tricks, so nobody wanted to play with him." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Eh-hee-hee...You have the same smell as the fairy kid who taught me that song in the woods..." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "The imp was a friend of the giants since before they had created the four worlds." — Anju's Grandmother (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "On the day of the festival that celebrates the harvest, the giants spoke to the people... "We have chosen to guard the people while we sleep..." "100 steps north, 100 steps south, 100 steps east, 100 steps west." "If you have need, call us in a loud voice by declaring something such as, 'The mountain blizzard has trapped us.'" "Or 'The ocean is about to swallow us.' Your cries shall carry to us..."" — Anju's Grandmother (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Now then... There was one who was shocked and saddened by all this. A little imp. The imp was a friend of the giants since before they had created the four worlds." — Anju's Grandmother (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "The childhood friend felt neglected, so he spread his anger across the four worlds. Repeatedly, he wronged all people." — Anju's Grandmother (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Overwhelmed with misfortune, the people sang the song of prayer to the giants who lived in each of the four compass directions." — Anju's Grandmother (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 "The giants heard their cry and responded with a roar. "Oh, imp. Oh, imp. We are the protectors of the people." "You have caused the people pain. Oh, imp, leave these four worlds! Otherwise, we shall tear you apart!"" — Four Giants (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 "The imp was frightened and saddened. He had lost his old friends. The imp returned to the heavens, and harmony was restored to the four worlds." — Anju's Grandmother (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "He told us that he had been fighting with his friends and that they had left him all alone..." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "The three of them became fast friends when the Skull Kid was feeling cold and alone." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 31)
- ↑ "It is an accursed item from legend that is said to have been used by an ancient tribe in its hexing rituals. It is said that an evil and wicked power is bestowed upon the one who wears that mask." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "The two fairies are the accomplices of the devilish Skull Kid, and the three of them ambush Link as he gallops his horse, Epona, out of Hyrule and into an uncharted region of the Lost Woods." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
- ↑ ". . . Catch up to them by hopping your way into the tree trunk passageway." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 22)
- ↑ "What's with that stupid horse of yours?! It doesn't listen to a word that's said to it... There's no point in riding a thing like that, so I did you a favor and got rid of it... Hee, hee..." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Possessed and overcome by the evil powers of the mask [... ] the Skull Kid jinxes Link and imprisons the boy within the body of a wooden, plantlike creature called a Deku Scrub." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
- ↑ "Whoa! Whoa! Skull Kid, wait for me! I'm still here!!! Tael, you can't leave without me!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ ". . . Link the Deku Scrub must also deal with his newly forged allianced with Tatl, [who] reluctantly guides her new partner through a portal to a parallel world." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
- ↑ "I am begging you! You must get that mask back quickly or something horrible will happen!" — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "There's a rumor that the ocean is getting weird 'cause there's trouble off shore at Great Bay Temple." — Tijo (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "It all happened after somebody thrust open the doors of that Stone Tower." — Igos du Ikana (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Young one! Please hear my plea! I have been broken and shattered to pieces by the masked Skull Kid." — Great Fairy (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "I was turned into this by a strange imp wearing a mask... But I'm not hiding because I look this way." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Your manners seem much better than those of your mischievous friend from the other day. Hrnf, hrnf, hrnf! That ill-mannered troublemaker from the other day said he'd break my instruments..." — Professor Shikashi (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "You guys... You hadn't forgotten about me? You still thought of me as a friend?" — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Friends are a nice thing to have... Heh, heh. Could you be my friend, too?" — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Huh? This guy... ...Well, that shouldn't be a problem." — Skull Kid (Majora's Mask)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||スタルキッド (Sutaru Kiddo)||Stal Kid|
|Italian|| Skull Kid
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