Mothula (ALttP)
General Information
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Aliases ガモース Gamōsu (Gamoth)
Classification Gamoth skelettwald
Species Type Giant Moth
Homeworld Earth
Environment Skeleton Forest, Dark World
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lays eggs (presumed)
Locomotion Powered flight
Feeding Behavior Nectarivorous (presumed; has coiled proboscis)
Prey Honey (presumed)
Distinctive Features Six eyespots
Eye Color Orange
Fur Color Blue
Lineage Information
Subspecies Beecatcher Mothula
Cultural Information
Alignment Chaotic evil
Personality Aggressive
Organization Solitary
Sociocultral characteristics
Members Mothula
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet The World
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Ecdysozoa (Animals that grow by molting an exoskeleton)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Arthropods with six legs)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Subclass Pterygota (Winged insects)
Infraclass Neoptera (Insects that can flex their wings over their abdomens)
Superorder Panorpida (Reduction or loss of the ovipositor)
Order Lepidoptera (Moths and butterflies)
Suborder Glossata (Lepidopteran with a coilable proboscis)
Infraorder Heteroneura
(Lepidopterans with dissimilar wing venation between both sets of wings)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silk moths, emperor moths, sphinx moths, and relatives)
Family Saturniidae (Saturniids or Saturn Moths)
Subfamily Saturniinae (Emperor moths)
Supergenus Peloroskoros (Giant moths) (Somarinoa, 2019)
Genus Gamoth ("Eight eyed" Giant moths) (Somarinoa, 2019)
Species skelettwald (Somarinoa, 2019)
Other Information
Status Critically endangered (presumed)
First Sighting The Imprisoning War Era
Last Sighting The Imprisoning War Era

The Mothula, also known as the Skull Woods Mothula (Gamoth skelettwald) is a species of giant moth indigenous to the Dark World, a neighboring dimension adjacent to the kingdom of Hyrule. They are also a natural pest to bees, and bees will attack a Mothula on sight. This may indicate that they either feed on honey or perhaps bee larvae.

This species of Mothula likes to nest in deep cavernous regions, which can include dungeons. While aggressive by nature, they have little in the way of offensive techniques: They are only capable of swiftly fluttering around in an erratic pattern while projecting energy rings in a spread pattern. Adventurers forced into an encounter can use fire to burn away their combustible wing scales to deal fatal injury to the creatures. A sword is more useful but also puts the wielder more in harm's way.

Background historyEdit

One Mothula was encountered an incarnation of Link awoken after the Imprisoning War, where it had taken up residence within the Skull Woods, a labyrinthine dungeon deep within Skeleton Forest. Here, it took up roost in a room filled with conveyor belts and blade traps. When Link began to do battle with the creature, the room activated but it is unknown if this particular Mothula possessed mechanokinetic powers, the room was motion activated, or it was mere coincidence.

Legend states that this Mothula had once been a beautiful woman who had become jealous over another girl's appearance. This led her to enter the Dark World to find the golden power to become even more beautiful but entering the dimension transformed her into a Mothula due to her envious nature. However, this legend has not been proven to be true.


  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (First appearance)


  • Mothula is the boss of A Link to the Past's third Dark World dungeon, Skull Woods.
  • Mothula is the only boss in A Link to the Past that can be injured by Bees and Golden Bees.
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