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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Skull Kid - Twilight Princess

The Skull Kid is what becomes of children getting lost in the Lost Woods and appears in Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess.

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 Zelda 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.

One may note that his eyes and face look very similar to those of the Moon from Majora's Mask, although with a mischievous smile instead of the Moon's trademark scowl. Due to the fact that he knows Saria's Song, it is possible that he is the same Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Strangely enough, the horn with which he plays the aforementioned song bears somewhat of a resemblance to Deku Link's Pipes of Awakening both in its appearance and sound. The lantern he carries is also similar to that held by Poes.

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