The Terrifying Tremor of the Sands-A Guide to the Molduga


The vast Gerudo Desert of Hyrule holds many secrets, both beautiful and terrifying. Among its dangers lurks the Molduga, a monstrous creature that burrows beneath the sand, ready to snatch unsuspecting prey. This formidable foe has become a recurring challenge for Link in recent Legend of Zelda titles, particularly “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and its upcoming sequel, “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.”

This article delves into the world of the Molduga, exploring its origins, behaviours, combat strategies, and everything you need to know to conquer this desert dweller.

A Sand Dweller with a Savage Appetite

The Molduga resembles a gargantuan, four-legged fish with a serpentine body. It spends most of its time hidden beneath the desert sands, only revealing itself when it detects movement or vibrations on the surface. This makes traversing the Gerudo Desert a tense experience, as any careless step could draw the Molduga’s attention and trigger a ferocious attack.

The Molduga’s origins remain shrouded in some mystery. While not directly linked to any previous Zelda enemies, it shares some characteristics with other burrowing creatures like Twinmold, Moldorm, Lanmola, and Molgera, suggesting a possible connection to the “Mol” family within the Zelda bestiary. Some theories suggest inspiration from the iconic sandworms of Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece, Dune.

Unveiling the Molduga’s Fury

When the Molduga senses movement, it erupts from the sand with a mighty tremor, its gaping maw ready to devour anything in its path. Its primary attack involves lunging at its target with surprising speed and power. If it manages to grab you, it will thrash you around, inflicting significant damage. Additionally, the Molduga can spin rapidly on its body, creating a sandstorm that can knock Link off balance and leave him vulnerable to further attacks.

Despite its fearsome appearance, the Molduga’s reliance on detecting movement presents a strategic weakness. By remaining perfectly still or standing on a stable surface like a rock, you can avoid alerting the beast to your presence. This tactic can be particularly useful when first approaching a Molduga to assess the situation and plan your attack.

Conquering the Colossus: Strategies for Success

Taking down a Molduga requires a combination of cunning and well-timed attacks. Here are some effective strategies to emerge victorious from this sandy showdown:

  • Remote Bombs: These are your best friends when facing a Molduga. Roll a bomb across the sand to lure the creature out of hiding. When the Molduga lunges for the bomb, detonate it at the right moment to stun the beast, leaving it vulnerable for a short period.
  • Two-Handed Weapons: Once stunned, unleash your most powerful two-handed weapon on the exposed Molduga. Greatswords, hammers, and even the ferocious Urbosa’s Fury from the “Champions’ Ballad” DLC for Breath of the Wild can inflict significant damage during this window of opportunity.
  • Strategic Positioning: Be mindful of your positioning during the fight. While attacking the stunned Molduga, ensure you’re not standing too close, as it will recover quickly and attempt a devastating spin attack. Maintain a safe distance and repeat the process of stunning, attacking, and retreating.
  • Shielding and Dodging: While the offence is important, don’t neglect your defence. Use your shield to block the Molduga’s lunges and be prepared to dodge its spin attack. Be mindful of your stamina while dodging, as getting caught without enough stamina can leave you open to further attacks.
  • Environmental Advantages: The Gerudo Desert can offer some tactical advantages. Use the large rocks scattered throughout the desert as platforms. By standing on these rocks, you can avoid alerting the Molduga to your presence while planning your attack.

The Rewards of a Desert Duel

Defeating a Molduga is no small feat, and your perseverance will be rewarded handsomely. Here’s what you can expect to gain from your victory:

  • Molduga Fin and Guts: These monster parts can be sold to merchants for a good sum of Rupees. They can also be used to upgrade certain armour pieces.
  • Medal of Honor: Molduga: Defeating all four Molduga scattered throughout the Gerudo Desert earns you this special medal from Kilton, the Monster Parts Merchant. This medal serves as a mark of your prowess against these formidable desert dwellers.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: Conquering a Molduga is a challenging yet rewarding experience. The strategic planning and skilful execution required to emerge victorious provide a great sense of accomplishment for any Zelda player.


Q. What is a Molduga?

The Molduga is a massive monster that lurks beneath the scorching sands of the Gerudo Desert. Resembling a four-legged fish, it spends most of its time hidden, only erupting from the sand to attack unsuspecting prey.

Q. How do I find a Molduga?

Since Moldugas dwell underground, you won’t see them readily. However, they can sense vibrations caused by movement. Running or walking on the sand will likely attract one. Alternatively, you can use the Sheikah Sensor to identify monster locations, with Moldugas showing up as red blips.

Q. How do I beat a Molduga?

While intimidating, Moldugas have a weakness. They can’t detect you if you’re perfectly still or standing on a rock. Use this to your advantage! Here’s a battle strategy:

  1. Remain motionless until the Molduga emerges.
  2. Lure it out: Roll a bomb strategically across the sand to grab its attention. Detonate the bomb when it surfaces, stunning it momentarily.
  3. Attack window: This is your chance to unleash a flurry of attacks with strong weapons like two-handed swords or Urbosa’s Fury (Breath of the Wild). Be quick, though – the Molduga recovers fast!
  4. Watch out for the spin attack: After regaining composure, the Molduga will unleash a devastating spin attack. Dodge or parry to avoid heavy damage.
  5. Rinse and repeat: Use this hit-and-run tactic to bring down the Molduga.

Q. Are there different types of Moldugas?

Currently, there aren’t different variations of Moldugas. However, Breath of the Wild features a stronger Molduga variant called Molduking, encountered in the DLC.

Q. What do I get from defeating a Molduga?

Taking down a Molduga rewards you with Molduga Fins and Molduga Guts, which can be used for crafting or sold to merchants. Additionally, defeating all four Moldugas in Breath of the Wild earns you the Medal of Honor: Molduga from Kilton.

Q. Will Moldugas be in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

Yes! Recent footage from Tears of the Kingdom confirms the return of Moldugas. Expect a similar fight mechanic, so the strategies discussed here should still be effective.

Q. Where can I find more information on Moldugas?

For a visual guide on battling Moldugas, you can check out gameplay videos on YouTube ([YouTube Molduga breath of the wild]). The Legend of Zelda wikis also offers detailed information on Moldugas, including their lore and in-game stats. 

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