Skull Mask

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The Skull Mask is a Mask in Ocarina of Time.[1][2]

Location and Uses

The mask can be obtained from the Happy Mask Shop after paying for the Keaton Mask. As part of the Mask Trading Sequence, the Skull Mask is sold to the Skull Kid in the Lost Woods, who easily sees through Link's disguise and recognizes him.[3] He remarks that it is a strange mask, but that he likes it and thinks it will make him look tougher, before asking Link to sell it to him.[4] However he only pays 10 Rupees for it, 10 less than the mask's actual price, meaning that Link will have to make up for the difference himself.[5] After selling the Skull Mask, Link is able to receive the Spooky Mask from the Happy Mask Shop.

Like other masks in the game, the Skull Mask will solicit different reactions than normal when talking to people. It also has the added effect of preventing Keese and Guay from attacking Link while he wears it. The mask is required to obtain a Deku Stick capacity upgrade in the Forest Stage in the Lost Woods. If Link stands in front of the young Deku Scrubs while wearing the Skull Mask, they will swarm around him happily. The elder Deku Scrub will explain that Link resembles their "sacred forest totem," and reward him with the upgrade.[6]

Other Appearances

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

Mido holding the Skull Mask

The Skull Mask also makes an appearance in the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa, in the bonus story, The Skull Kid and the Mask. As part of the annual festival honoring the Great Deku Tree, Mido carves a mask almost identical to the Skull Mask to wear in a play put on by the Kokiri, in which he plays the main villain. In the same play, Link plays the main hero, and carves a mask of his own. However, following the rescue of Saria and Skull Kid, and the defeat of the evil Baga Tree, Link agrees to switch roles with Mido in the play, leaving Link as the villain with the Skull Mask. After the play ends and Skull Kid prepares to leave, Link offers Skull Kid the hero's mask as a parting gift. However he declines, taking the Skull Mask with him instead.

Cadence of Hyrule

The Skull Mask appears as an obtainable mask at the start of Symphony of the Mask, after Skull Kid defeats the Black Lynel guarding it in the Deku Tree. When worn, Skull Kid attack with a spear that can instantly kill enemies, making it useful against harder foes like Darknuts and Lynels. Towards the end of the story however, the mask was using the imp for the purpose of wanting to be with Ganon, giving the Demon King a power boost in the form of Skull Ganon. Despite this, Ganon is defeated and Link, Zelda, and Cadence use the Triforce to destroy the evil mask.

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
ドクロのお面 (Dokuro no Omen) (OoT)[10]Same as English.
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Maschera Teschio (OoT | OoT3D)[8][9]
  • Maschera del teschio (CoH)[7]
  • Skull Mask
  • Same as English.
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References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 138
  2. "You got the Skull Mask! This mask can be worn by Kid. A mysterious aura emanates from it." — N/A (Cadence of Hyrule)
  3. "Hee hee! Under that mask...aren't you that Kokiri kid?" — Skull Kid (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  4. "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 3D)
  5. "He just gave you 10 Rupees for this 20-Rupee mask! You lost money on that deal! Go back to the Mask Shop and pay 20 Rupees for the mask. The difference will have to come out of your own pocket." — Game Screen (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "All of the young Deku Scrub brothers agree...you look exactly like our sacred forest totem! As an offering from us, please accept these Deku Sticks. We will also enhance your carrying skills! Abracadabra! Alakazaaaam!" — Deku Scrub (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  7. "Maschera del teschio" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  8. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 138
  9. "Maschera Teschio - 20 rupie" — Happy Mask Shop (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  10. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 150