Master Stalfos

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The Master Stalfos is a Guardian in Link's Awakening.[1]


It appears in the fifth Dungeon, Catfish's Maw. He is a big Stalfos Knight who steals the Hookshot from a Treasure Chest in the Dungeon after Link's first battle with him, leaving a note for Link to find.[2] He flees from Link after sustaining a certain amount of damage in battle.[3] Master Stalfos is fought four times in four different rooms in the Dungeon, each with a skull pattern on the floor. Each room is numbered with a block in the corner of the room, and he will flee from the first room to the second,[4] then from the second to third, before finally hiding in the fourth room deep in the Dungeon.[5] Like a Stalfos Knight from A Link to the Past he will crumble after hit by the Sword before reanimating. While crumbled, he must be hit with a Bomb to damage him, otherwise he will simply keep fighting. The easiest way to stun Master Stalfos is to charge the Spin Attack, use the Roc's Feather to jump towards him, and release the Spin Attack while in midair on the east side of Master Stalfos. Unlike Stalfos Knights, he actively swings his sword at Link and is able to send him flying, and defends himself with a large shield. Upon his final defeat in the fourth room, he drops the Hookshot.


  • It is possible to destroy Master Stalfos in the first three battles by using two Bombs on him during the final hit before he flees. This is easiest done by using Bomb Arrows. When destroyed, he will drop a Small Key. He will still return later in each subsequent room, allowing Link to collect three extra Small Keys.
  • The Japanese name for Master Stalfos is Master Stalfon. "Stalfon" is the Japanese name for Stalfos Knights.


Names in Other Regions
マスタースタルフォン (Masutā Sutarufon) (LA)[7]Master Sutarufon
The Italian Republic
Master Stalfos (LA | LADX)[6]
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See Also


  1. Dreamer Art Book, Nintendo Co., Ltd., pg. 81
  2. "'I've got what was inside this box. Come and get it, if you can!' Master Stalfos" — Master Stalfos (Link's Awakening DX)
  3. "Arrgh! I can't beat you! I'm outta here!" — Master Stalfos (Link's Awakening DX)
  4. "Gulp! You found me! You're a real pesky kid, you know that?!" — Master Stalfos (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. "You again?! You keep going and going... I can't outlast you! All right, let's do it!" — Master Stalfos (Link's Awakening DX)
  6. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 191
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Certain Victory Strategy Guide (1993), Futabasha, pg. 27