Most of the enemies in Skyward Sword are returning enemies from previous games that have undergone some aesthetic changes. These enemies include Bokoblins not unlike the ones in The Wind Waker, Deku Babas similar to the ones found in Twilight Princess and of course the ever-present Keese.
These Bokoblins have made a return appearance from their previous games including The Wind Waker. In Skyward Sword they’ve received a facelift, as well as some new armor and weapons.
The picture to the left, as seen in the Skyward Sword trailer, depicts an orange Bokoblin with a large, blunt object and spiked helmet. These Bokoblins have appeared to become smarter since their previous appearances, as they have been shown in the official Skyward Sword trailer to be able to block Link’s attacks.
ChuChus once again make an appearance in Skyward Sword. Slashing these gelatinous monsters will split them into two smaller enemies, but after that they become rather simple to dispose of. They can also be completely blown to bits using bombs. Red ChuChus drop Red Chu Jelly, which can be used like a potion to restore Link’s heart life.
The Deku Babas are another returning enemy, depicted in the official trailer as having a very similar appearance to the Babas found in Twilight Princess. However, they are by no means as easy to kill – Deku Babas can open their mouths either vertically or horizontally, and the player must slash them in the direction their mouths open in order to vanquish these foes.
Similar to the Toadpoli seen in Twilight Princess, four types of Spume are found in Skyward Sword: Aqua Spume, Cursed Spume, Electro Spume, and Magma Spume. All types can swim and live in anything from water to magma to quicksand. When Link approaches, they rise up and then swell up before spitting a projectile (water, energy that stops Link using his items for a short time, electricity or fireballs). If Link gets too close however, they hide back underwater and may swim away. Bombs are the easiest way to defeat them.
More puzzle than enemy, it lives in the door and follows Link’s sword with its gaze. Shigeru Miyamoto himself demonstrated how to defeat these enemies during Nintendo’s E3 presentation; using Wii MotionPlus controls, the player can move his or her sword around in a circle to confuse and make the Eye Door dizzy, allowing it to be struck with the sword. If not confused, it will simply shut its eye when Link’s sword gets too close.
Another classic – and very annoying – creature has returned to Skyward Sword. Keese are looking more fierce than ever. These bat-like enemies are very easily defeated by a number of means, the easiest being displayed in the official trailer- by using the slingshot. The sword is also effective against them. Along with regular Keese, two variations exist: Fire Keese, which cause Link to catch on fire if hit, Cursed Keese, which will prevent Link using his items briefly, and Thunder Keese, which can electrocute Link.
Yes, the Octoroks are back, and in their first land appearance in a 3D Zelda title. These creatures are also back to their old habits of spitting nuts out at Link when he approaches. Octoroks dwell in the ground, hiding until someone or something arrives to contest their territory, at which point they pop up and begin projecting rocks and nuts in the general vicinity of the threat – Link, in this case. They are easily defeated by using your shield to deflect their projectiles back at them.
Stalfos are rather frightening-looking enemies. These large skeletons each wield two swords, which they can swing at Link with intense force. Stalfos will use these swords to block direct attacks from Link as well, so players will have to strategize and make good use of the Wii MotionPlus controls to maneuver an attack against these bad guys.