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Location and Uses
Found in dungeons, an arrow orb's function is to redirect an arrow towards a determined direction when Link hits it with said arrow. The direction of the shot depends on the position of the curved golden pointer that surrounds the orb. When hit with a sword, boomerang or whip, the orb moves the pointer clockwise to a new direction. Sometimes this can be done to hit switches that unveil secret Treasure Chestss.
When an Arrow Orb is in use, the game shows the shot arrow's motion through a cutscene; this is done so that one can see what the arrow will hit in the end. It is possible to guide a shot arrow with multiple Arrow Orbs and, in Spirit Tracks, they can be carried by either Link or Princess Zelda to customize a new shot trajectory. This is important to solve otherwise impossible puzzles.
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks — PRIMA Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 20