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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD


Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) A Stalmaster in the Ancient Cistern.

A Stalmaster in the Ancient Cistern. (left), Later on, the Stalmaster will fight with four swords. (right)

A stronger version of the Stalfos. At first, it fights with two swords; after taking significant damage, it will pick up two extra swords, for a total of four.

Location Spoils
Ancient Cistern, Sky Keep None

How to Defeat

Initially, you can fight the Stalmaster in a similar manner to the Stalfos. It will use its two swords to guard its body–carefully slash in the direction where it’s unprotected. For example, if it’s holding its swords in a L-shape, you need to slash diagonally into the L.

When the Stalmaster is holding four swords, the strategy remains unchanged. It will always hold the swords in a square shape, usually leaving one side unprotected. If all four sides are protected, that means the center is unprotected, so perform a sword thrust.

While you’re fighting, be wary when the Stalmaster slows down and starts to raise its swords up. It’ll follow with multiple sword swings, depending on how many swords its holding. So if it’s got four swords, expect four sword swings.

If you anticipate an attack from the Stalmaster, shield bashes are very effective, as they make its arms fall off. Bombs also achieve the same effect, although they’ll take a while to go off.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
  • Platforms,
    Switch, Wii
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    16 July 2021
  • Last Updated
    20 August 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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You are Link, a resident of Skyloft–a floating village in the vast sky. For ages, you’ve been training at the Knight Academy and, today, the day of your graduation has arrived. While your life thus far has been peaceful, soon nothing will be the same again, when your beloved friend, Zelda, is stolen from you…

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