|First appearance||Skyward Sword (2011)|
|Attack method||Various weapons|
Triforce of Courage
- "This is an elite captain of the undead soldiers. When provoked, it has the ability to strike with all four of its sword-wielding arms."
- — Fi
Stalmaster is a mini-boss from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It is a more powerful version of Stalfos that uses four arms to wield more weapons. Two Stalmasters are found in game. One is the mini-boss of the Ancient Cistern where it guards the Whip, and the other is found in the Sky Keep, guarding the Triforce of Courage. The second Stalmaster is assisted by six Cursed Bokoblins.
Initially, the Stalmaster will attack Link using only two swords, while keeping its two unoccupied arms crossed. Link must attack from precise angles like he would against a normal Stalfos in order to penetrate the Stalmaster's defense. After sustaining enough damage, it will unfold its arms and draw two more weapons, boosting its defense. Occasionally, the Stalmaster will parry Link's attacks. Link can disarm the Stalmaster by using a well timed Shield Bash just as it is about to attack, or by luring it into a bomb blast. This will leave the Stalmaster stunned for several seconds, although it recovers much more quickly from bombs than normal Stalfos. As the Stalmaster takes damage, pieces of its armor will gradually drop off.