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Bows of Light are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3][note 1]

Location and Uses

The Minish Cap

The Bow of Light is obtained alongside the Light Arrows in The Minish Cap. To obtain them, Link must Fuse Kinstones with Strato, a man who lives in a house in western Hyrule Town. This will open a portal in South Hyrule Field that leads to the Home of the Wind Tribe in the Cloud Tops.[5] Here, Link can use the Gust Jar to suck in the ghost circling Gregal, saving his life; if Link visits Gregal again after reaching the Cloud Tops through Veil Falls, Gregal will thank him with the Light Arrows and the Bow of Light.[6] If Gregal is not saved before the Cloud Tops are reached via Veil Falls, he will have passed away and the Bow of Light will be impossible to obtain. Holding an Arrow with the Bow of Light will charge up a Light Arrow; if the Light Arrows are not charged, they will act as normal Arrows.

Twilight Princess

The Bow of Light appears in the horseback phase of Ganondorf's battle in Twilight Princess. After Princess Zelda asks the Spirits of Light for a weapon against Ganondorf, she receives Light Arrows for the Bow of Light. When riding on Epona, Link must lock on to Ganondorf so Princess Zelda can fire the Bow of Light at him, stunning him and allowing Link to attack him with the Master Sword.

This version reappears in Breath of the Wild as the Twilight Bow. It has 30 base Attack and 100 base Durability. It is one of only 2 bows that fire Light Arrows the other of course being the BotW Bow of Light received in the final battle. Neither can fire the other arrows, and Light Arrows are generated by the bow itself, so they are infinite. This version can only be acquired when scanning the Smash series Zelda amiibo. It's randomly in the chest that drops, and can only appear if you've defeated at least 1 Divine Beast.

Spirit Tracks

The Bow of Light is obtained after defeating Skeldritch in the Sand Temple in Spirit Tracks. The Bow was once wielded by the Spirits of Good during their war against the Demon King, Malladus.[7] Following the war, the Bow of Light was placed in the depths of the Sand Temple deep in the heart of the Sand Realm.[8] If the Bow of Light is held down long enough, Light will be infused into an Arrow, turning it into a Light Arrow. If released quickly, the Bow will shoot a normal Arrow.

In the battle within the Dark Realm, Link must use the Bow of Light to shoot Malladus while Princess Zelda holds him in place, banishing Malladus' presence from Zelda's body. When Malladus takes over the body of Cole, Link must distract the Demon King long enough for Princess Zelda to shoot a weak spot on his back with the Bow of Light, eventually creating an opening for Link to destroy Malladus' two horns protecting a crystal on his head.[9] This leaves the crystal exposed, allowing Link to destroy it with the Lokomo Sword.

A Link Between Worlds

The Bow of Light is obtained during the fight against Yuga Ganon in A Link Between Worlds. After being successfully struck, Yuga Ganon merges into a wall, thus becoming invulnerable. At this point, Princess Zelda, speaking through her Painting, gives Link the Bow of Light. While wall merged, Link must shoot Light Arrows into Yuga Ganon's back to stun him, at which point he is forced to emerge from the wall and is left vulnerable to Sword strikes. Once this process is repeated twice more, Yuga Ganon is defeated.

Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

319 (324) Bow of Light
BotW Hyrule Compendium Bow of Light.png
Princess Zelda gave you this bow and arrow for the battle with Dark Beast Ganon. When wielded by the hero, it fires arrows of pure light strong enough to oppose the Calamity.
Common Locations
Bow 100

The Bow of Light is given to Link by Princess Zelda before the final battle against Dark Beast Ganon in Breath of the Wild.[2] It has an attack power of 100, fires infinite Light Arrows, and has infinite durability. Once obtained, Link must wait for Princess Zelda to weaken Ganon's power, then shoot Light Arrows with the Bow of Light in the weak spots she creates. Once Ganon is sufficiently weakened, an eye representing its very core and essence will appear on its forehead. If Link shoots Ganon's core with the Bow of Light, it will destroy Ganon's physical form.

The Bow of Light used by Princess Zelda in Twilight Princess can also be unlocked as a weapon by using the Super Smash Bros. series Zelda amiibo; however, it is referred to as the Twilight Bow.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Main article: Light Arrow

The Bow of Light appears as part of Zelda and Sheik's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It also appears as a Sticker, although it is referred to as the Hero's Bow instead.

Sticker Information

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
SSBB Hero's Bow Sticker Icon.png
Hero's Bow
Twilight Princess [Slash] - Attack +8 All

Hyrule Warriors

The Bow of Light appears as a weapon in Hyrule Warriors. It can be summoned as part of Zelda's combos and special attacks while wielding her Rapiers. Tetra is capable of doing the same in Hyrule Warriors Legends as her Special Attack when in Focus Spirit mode.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

The Bow of Light appears once again as part of Zelda and Sheik's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapanese光の弓矢 (Hikari no yumiya) (BotW) 
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTR光之弓箭 (Guāng zhī gōngjiàn) (BotW) 
NetherlandsDutchLichtboog (BotW) 
CanadaFrenchCAArc de lumière (ST)[10]Bow of Light
FranceFrenchEUArc de lumière (ST | BotW)[11]Bow of light
GermanyGermanLicht-Bogen (ST)[12]
Lichtbogen (BotW)
ItalyItalianArco della Luce (ST)[13]
Arco della luce (BotW)
South KoreaKorean빛의 활 (Bitui hwal) (BotW) 
RussiaRussianЛук света (Luk sveta) (BotW)
N/A (ST)
SpainSpanishEUArco de Luz (ST)[14] 
Latin AmericaSpanishLAArco de Luz (ST)[15]
Arco de luz (BotW)
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  1. The Bow of Light is called the Light Arrow in The Minish Cap.[4] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 89 (TP) & 118 (TMC | ST | ALBW)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bow of Light
    Princess Zelda gave you this bow and arrow for the battle with Dark beast Ganon. When wielded by the hero, it fires arrows of pure light strong enough to oppose the Calamity.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Bow of Light
    Princess Zelda created this bow and arrow for the battle with Ganon. When wielded, it fires arrows of pure light strong enough to oppose the Calamity.
    " — Allies (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  4. "You got the Light Arrow! Now, you can fire arrows filled with sacred light!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  5. "Goodness! We rarely get visitors here. Tell me, how did you get here?" — Hailey (The Minish Cap)
  6. "Oh, it's Link! Thank you for your help earlier! I've got something else good for you, so here, please take it!" — Gregal (The Minish Cap)
  7. "In the battle between the Demon King and the spirits, there was a weapon called the Bow of Light... Perhaps it can drive his spirit from your body." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  8. "Go to the final temple, the Sand Temple. The Bow of Light is located deep inside." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  9. "You distract Malladus, Link. When I see an opportunity, I'll shoot him in the back with the Bow of Light." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  10. "Arc de lumière" — Collection (Spirit Tracks)
  11. "Vous obtenez l'arc de lumière!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  12. "Licht-Bogen" — Collection (Spirit Tracks)
  13. "Arco della Luce" — Collection (Spirit Tracks)
  14. "Arco de Luz" — Collection (Spirit Tracks)
  15. "Arco de Luz" — Collection (Spirit Tracks)