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Ancient Arrows are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Location and Uses

Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

349 (354) Ancient Arrow
BotW Hyrule Compendium Ancient Arrow.png
Description
An arrow created using ancient technology. To be struck with one is to be consigned to oblivion in an instant. It deals devastating damage—even against Guardians.
Common Locations
Hyrule Field
Additional Effects
The ancient arrowhead deals massive damage.

Ancient Arrows are a special type of Arrow designed specifically for defeating Guardians. They are daggers made from Ancient Technology that were repurposed as Arrows.[2] Robbie created the Ancient Arrows about 40 or 50 years after the Great Calamity.[3]

There are a total of nine Treasure Chests containing Ancient Arrows, all found at Hyrule Castle. Three of them contain one Ancient Arrow, five of them contain a bundle of 3 Ancient Arrows, and one contains a bundle of 5 Ancient Arrows.[4][5] Link can also create them in exchange for Ancient Materials, Arrows, and Rupees by using the Ancient Oven, Cherry, at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab. They can purchased individually, or in bundles of three or five. Link can also receive one from Beedle at any stable, during what he calls Customer Appreciation Day. It is triggered when Link frees his first Divine Beast.

Ancient Arrows deal moderate damage to Bosses, but heavy damage to Guardians. If an Ancient Arrow strikes a Guardian directly in the eye, the Guardian is instantly defeated. If used on enemies other than Guardians and Bosses, the Enemy and its Weapons will completely disintegrate. Enemies that disintegrate due to the Ancient Arrow will also not drop any Materials.

Ancient Arrows do not disappear after being shot at an object, allowing Link to retrieve them if he misses an Enemy. Ancient Arrows will penetrate and stick to certain objects, such as wood, and certain Materials, such as Hylian Shrooms. Ancient Arrows can cause ice blocks made from the Cryonis Rune to break, and will instantly blow up Remote Bombs. Ancient Arrows can also be used to instantly dispatch Divine Beast Vah Medoh's Cannons. Ancient Arrows are one of the only means of defeating Dark Beast Ganon, alongside the Light Arrows from the Bow of Light and Twilight Bow as well as Sword Beams from the Master Sword.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

An Ancient Arrow, alongside the Ancient Bow, appears as Link's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When activated, Link pulls out the Ancient Bow and shoots an Ancient Arrow, launching with great knockback any opponent trapped in its range.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNameMeaning
JapanJapanese古代兵装‧矢 (Kodai heisō: ya) 
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTR古代兵裝‧箭 (Gǔdài bīngzhuāng: jiàn) 
NetherlandsDutchGeavanceerde pijl 
FranceFrenchEUFlèche archéoniqueArchaonic arrow
GermanyGermanAntiker Pfeil 
ItalyItalianFreccia ancestrale 
South KoreaKorean고대 병기‧화살 (Godae byeonggi: hwasal) 
RussiaRussianДревняя стрела (Drevnyaya strela) 
Latin AmericaSpanishLAFlecha ancestral 
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References

  1. Creating a Champion pg. 175
  2. "Ancient Arrow
    An arrow created using ancient technology. To be struck with one is to be consigned to oblivion in an instant. It deals devastating damage—even against Guardians.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. Creating a Champion pg. 385
  4. "Ancient Arrow x3
    A bundle of three ancient arrows. Daggers created using ancient technology have been repurposed for use as arrows. Extremely effective against Guardians.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Ancient Arrow x5
    A bundle of five ancient arrows. Daggers created using ancient technology have been repurposed for use as arrows. Extremely effective against Guardians.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
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