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- "A Skyloft insect that's fairly easy to catch. Its powerful forelimbs give a painful pinch. "
- — In-game description
Skyloft Mantises are creatures from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. They can be found throughout Skyloft both on the main island and in the Waterfall Cave. They can also occasionally be found at Pumpkin Landing or on Bug Rock inside the Thunderhead.
Skyloft Mantises are perceptive and will hop away quickly if Link approaches too fast. The easiest way to net them is to sneak up on them from behind with the Net raised. Mantises can be crushed if stepped on or rolled over, so Link must be careful where he steps. Mantises are also in danger of killing themselves by hopping into water or over a ledge. Given their proximity to water sources and their flighty demeanor, they are rather difficult to catch in tight spaces. If disturbed too much they will fly away out of range.
Like the other insects in the game, Skyloft Mantises are a Potion Infusion component, used by Bertie to upgrade the stock potions Luv sells at the Bazaar. Mantises are one ingredient in the Air Potion and the first stage of the Revitalizing Potion upgrades.