- “The Stalklings are terrifying assassins with a valuable skill—they're the only trolls that can venture into sunlight. Once locked onto their target, these deadly trolls never give up, sometimes stalking their prey for years.”
- ―The Art of Trollhunters
Stalklings (or Vulture Trolls) are a race of dragon-like Trolls.
Besides Changelings, they are the only known species of troll that are immune to the effects of sunlight.
Stalklings are dangerous, unpredictable and uncontrollable. Once they choose a prey, they do not stop hunting until they have killed them. They prefer to attack their prey whenever they are alone.
A Stalkling is sent after Jim Lake Jr. by Bular to kill him. He evades its maneuvers for a while, but is soon caught. He uses his Sword of Daylight to attract a lightning bolt, electrocuting it and turning it to stone.
However, not all Stalklings are uncontrollable and irrational wild beasts, because a Stalkling is seen being a normal citizen of Trollmarket. Another Stalkling has been seen in the Darklands, being one of the minion beasts of Gunmar. During Jim's dream sequence created by Merlin, a Stalkling is seen carrying Steve away during the invasion of Gunmar.
Stalklings are giant vulture trolls with blood red eyes that give off a slight glow, bat-like wings, and razor sharp fangs and talons. They also have a mane made of feathers or (or scale-like feathers) at the stump of their neck.
Powers & Abilities
Besides Changelings, Stalklings are the only race of trolls immune to the effects of sunlight and can even fly at great altitude. Their inborn ferocity and razor-sharp claws and teeth are also formidable.
Despite their immunity to sunlight, they can still turn to solid stone when directly struck by a lightning bolt.
|Appearances in the Trilogy|
- According to Jim and Vendel, stalklings look less terrifying in books due to the fact that no one has actually seen a stalkling and survived.