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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening artwork
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993, Zelda franchise)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2021, overall)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) (2019, Zelda franchise)
Variant of Koopa
Snapper (Majora's Mask)
Not to be confused with Spiny Beetle.
“Turn aside the spined ones with a shield...”
Stone slab, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Spinies, also known as Spiked Beetles, Togezos,[1] or Spiny Beetles,[2] are a spiked turtle species that appear in several of the early handheld installments of The Legend of Zelda series, starting with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening up to The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. They have black or blue shells, charge at Link to attack, and are primarily defeated by first flipping them with a shield and then attacking the exposed underside. Spinies made their debut and are common enemies in the Mario franchise, where they generally have red shells and are thrown by Lakitus.


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

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In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Spinies first appear in the first dungeon, the Tail Cave. They waddle around slowly until they are on the same x- or y-axis as Link, at which point they will charge into him. In the original versions of the game, they have four spikes and no visible head, gaining green highlights in Link's Awakening DX. In the Nintendo Switch remake, they have seven spikes as with contemporary Mario appearances and tan heads with black dot eyes. Additionally, the remake adds a Spiny figure as a prize in the Trendy Game, which can be placed on a stand in the northern household of Mabe Village.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages[edit]

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In both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, Spiked Beetles appear as they do in Link's Awakening, but with blue highlights. They first appear in Poison Moth's Lair in the former game and the Wing Dungeon in the latter game, and are overall more common in the former. They can be defeated instantly by making them fly away with Gale Seeds or Mystery Seeds using Gale Seeds' effect.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, Togezos appear in a few encounters in the randomized room layouts. They now have an additional, more prominent spike in the center and their heads are shown to be withdrawn into their shells with glowing eyes visible. Additionally, they now withdraw into their shell and perform a spin attack towards Link from any direction. They can appear in many places, appearing in a scripted encounter in the Chambers of Insight and appearing randomly in the Sea of Trees, Death Mountain, and Vaati's Palace. In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, they additionally have scripted encounters in the Realm of Memories and the Hero's Trial.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Spiked Beetles look and act as they do in Four Swords, first appearing in the Cave of Flames. Aside from the shield, the Cane of Pacci can be used to flip them over.


The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

  • Figure bio: "It's a Spiny figure. If only you had armor this hard and this sharp."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲゾー
From toge (spine) and , an obsolete suffix for a masculine name.
Spanish (NOA) picudo spiny
Spanish (NOE) Pinchón From "pincho" (spike)
French Hériss From "hérissé" (bristly)
Dutch Spiny -
German Stachi From "stachel" (spike)
Italian koopistrice From "Koopa" and "istrice" (porcupine)
Russian колючкин
From "колючка" (kolyuchka, spike)
Korean 가시돌이
From "가시" (gasi, thorn) and "-돌이" (-dol'i, a friendly suffix for "guy" )
Chinese (Simplified) 刺刺龟
Cì Cì Guī
Spike Turtle
Chinese (Traditional) 刺刺龜
Cì Cì Guī
Spike Turtle


  1. ^ Stratton, Bryan, and Stephen Stratton. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 176.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Source (February 24, 1998). How to Complete Tail Cave. Nintendo: Legend of Zelda Strategy. Retrieved March 25, 2021.