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TLoZ Lanmola art.jpg
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1987)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) (2019)
Variant of Moldorm (The Legend of Zelda)
Moldorm (boss)
Moldorm (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)
Not to be confused with Moldorm (The Legend of Zelda), also referred to as Sandworm, or Shadow (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening), whose basic form is called Lanmola.

Lanmolas are giant subterranean centipede-like monsters. They are quite agile and are commonly shown living under sand. They appear primarily in early games, and many of their traits have since gone to their smaller relative, Moldorm.


The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda[edit]

Lanmola red TLoZ sprite.png

In The Legend of Zelda, Lanmolas are found in pairs in Death Mountain and come in orange and blue, with the speed being different. They move in cardinal directions, often several tiles at a time, but can turn at any time. Regardless of which way they are facing, their heads always appear to be wider vertically than horizontally. The segments must be defeated one at a time to destroy them.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[edit]

Lanmola ALttP sprite.png

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, three Lanmolas, alternatively called Sand Worms,[1] appear as the boss of the Desert Palace, and leap from under the sand to attack. Whenever they come up from the ground, a rock is shot in each of the four diagonal directions outward. They must be repeatedly attacked in the head to defeat, but each take a very large amount of hits. They later appear again in Ganon's Tower, where they are assisted by a Medusa. Moldorms from the first game (here called Swamolas) take a similar role in the Swamp of Evil in the dark world, but are much shorter.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

Desert Lanmola LA sprite.png

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a Lanmola, alternatively called a Desert Lanmola,[2] appears as a mini-boss in Yarna Desert, acting like the three in the previous game. However, the sand is quicksand, and has a hole in the middle. If Link falls into this hole before the battle is over, he will have to start over. Once the battle is over, the Angler Key will drop into the hole.

The basic form of the Shadows is also referred to as "Lanmola" in the Player's Guide. While it acts similar to the ones from the first game, it is less restricted in direction and has no further connection.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (comic)[edit]

In the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori, a single Lanmola appears from a sinkhole at the Desert Ruin, appearing from the end of Chapter 3 to the beginning of Chapter 4. It is depicted as a grayish purple and with a single large eye. It at first confounds Link with its movements, though once he manages to get the Pendant of Power from a nearby scorpion-shaped statue, he manages to damage it and it burrows back underground. In Chapter 11, the Lanmola, along with the Moldorm and Agahnim, appears as a ghostly apparition in Ganon's Castle, but Roam defeats it with an arrow.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda[edit]

In Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda, Lanmola appears as a rare miniboss found only in the Gerudo Ruins. Its design is similar to its A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening sprites, though its attack pattern is a combination of its movement in the first game and burrowing behavior, moving every other beat.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ラネモーラ
Spanish lanmora -
French Lanmola -
Dutch Lanmola -
German Lanmolas -
Italian lanmola -
Russian ланмола
Korean 라네몰라
From Japanese name
Chinese (Simplified) 拉内莫拉
From Japanese name
Chinese (Traditional) 拉內莫拉
From Japanese name


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Super NES Player's Guide. Page 83.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Player's Guide. Page 102.