|First Game Appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|
The Ampilus is an enemy exclusive to Skyward Sword. They are an ancient creature resembling a crustacean, featuring a large shell on their back and the ability to generate electrical energy within their body.
 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
A major inhabitant of the Lanayru Desert, the Ampilus is a creature that is said to have existed there for eons. This incredible lifespan can be examined via use of the Timeshift Stone which, when struck nearby, will revert the creature back to a previous state that resembles a small rock which periodically releases bursts of electrical energy. Link makes use of this previous state by utilizing them as a power source to gain entry to the Lanayru Mining Facility. They can be moved without taking damage via use of the Beetle.
In their fully grown form, however, the Ampilus is a dangerous and swift enemy. Surrounding themselves with a field of self-produced electricity, they tuck into their shells and attack by rolling into the target. They can be stunned via a Shield Attack or by the Slingshot, and are also highly susceptible to the Bomb. When defeated their shell will fall down onto its side, which can be used as an effective platform for Link to safely cross shifting sands but will only last for a short period of time.