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Deku Nuts are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3]

Location and uses[]

Ocarina of Time[]

Deku Nuts are the dried buds of Deku Babas. Although defeating Deku Babas is the most common source of these items, they can also be found on certain other enemies, in trees, and in jars as well. In Ocarina of Time, they are usually for sale in shops at 15 Rupees for five units.[4] Business Scrubs will offer to sell some at a higher price than shops, at five Deku Nuts for 20 Rupees.[5]

Throughout Ocarina of Time, Link can use Deku Nuts to temporarily stun enemies (which is indicated by a blue skin that filters over the enemy). When a Deku Nut collides with the ground, it lets off a large flash which freezes enemies caught in the flash.[6][7] Oddly enough, even Ganon may be injured by Deku Nuts.

In Ocarina of Time, it is possible to increase the maximum number of Deku Nuts Link can carry in his inventory. The first upgrade increases the amount from 20 to 30.[8] The second raises it from 30 to 40.[9] These upgrades can be obtained in any order.

The first upgrade is obtained as a child by entering the Forest Stage while wearing the Mask of Truth (additionally, the Deku Scrubs will refill the supply of Deku Nuts).[10] In the Nintendo 64 version of Ocarina of Time, due to a glitch, if the upgrade is not acquired before Link obtains the Poacher's Saw from the Trading Quest, it becomes impossible to receive the upgrade. This was fixed in Ocarina of Time 3D.

The second upgrade can be purchased for 40 Rupees from a Business Scrub in the Lost Woods, just outside the Sacred Forest Meadow entrance.[11] The Bomb Bag is required.

Majora's Mask[]

Deku Nuts are the weapons of Deku Scrubs, which spit them from their snouts. However, the Deku Nuts utilized by Deku Scrubs do not explode on impact, and instead simply deal damage and crumble. That being said, Deku Link is able to drop Deku Nuts while flying using a Deku Flower, which have the same effect as throwing them. Besides being used for battle, Deku Nuts also hold aesthetic value for the Deku Royal Family in particular, as the Deku King's scepter is adorned with a large Deku Nut on top.

The Minish Cap[]

Deku Nuts appear in The Minish Cap as projectiles spit by Business Scrubs. Link can deflect them with his Shield, and they will stun the Business Scrubs who fired them.

Twilight Princess[]

In Twilight Princess, Deku Nuts appear as objects and can be picked up from deceased Deku Babas and thrown like jars or rocks.[12] They will not explode or produce a flash, but instead will yield Deku Seeds, which can be used with the Slingshot.

Spinoff appearances[]

Hyrule Warriors Legends[]

HWDE Deku Nut Food Icon

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Deku Nuts appear as Plant-type Food. They are imbued with the Lightning Element. When consumed by a Companion Fairy in the Dining Room of the My Fairy mode, Deku Nuts can increase the Fairy's Trust level and personality traits.

Crossover appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Deku Nuts appear as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When thrown, the Deku Nut explodes upon contact, stunning any nearby fighter for a few seconds. A Deku Nut also causes approximately 18% worth of damage. Deku Nuts also explode after a while if ignored while on the ground, so they can stun whoever is holding it. If a fighter gets caught in a Deku Nut explosion while in midair, they get blasted away.

Deku Nuts also appear in the form of a Trophy and a Sticker.

Trophy Information[]

# Trophy Significant Games Description How to unlock
192 SSBB Deku Nuts Trophy Model
Deku Nuts
Ocarina of Time Items that explode in a flash of blinding light shortly after they appear or when they take damage. Those caught in a blast will be dazed and immobile for a few moments. If the item is thrown, it has the same effect on whomever it hits. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Deku Nuts stunned enemies and were indispensable when Link was surrounded. Random

Sticker Information[]

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
SSBB Deku Nut Sticker Icon
Deku Nut
Ocarina of Time [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +4 All

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[]

Deku Nut SSB4 Wii U screenshot

A Deku Nut in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Deku Nuts reappear as throwable items in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. There is also a Trophy of Deku Nuts.

Trophy Information[]

# Trophy Appears in Description How to unlock
3DS Logo WiiU
SSBfN3DS Deku Nuts Trophy Model SSBfWU Deku Nuts Trophy Model Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time 3D
After a short wait, or immediately if it gets thrown or hit, these little objects will explode in a burst of light. The flash will daze those too close, stunning them and leaving them open to attacks. It's easy to overlook these, so don't accidentally set one off on yourself! Random
Deku Nuts

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Deku Nuts are Throwing Items in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They function identically as in earlier appearances in Super Smash Bros. games.


  • The Great Deku Tree's seeds in The Wind Waker resemble giant Deku Nuts.
  • The way the Sheikahs use the Deku Nuts is an adaption of the metsubushi techniques, used by real-life ninjas.
  • When Impa and Sheik use a Deku Nut after speaking to Link, a very small period of time passes before the impact's light vanishes and the Sheikah disappear, apparently implying that they go away instantly. It is possible, however, that Link stays stunned for longer, and only recovers consciousness after the item's effect fades away.
  • With the exception of the final blow with the Master Sword, Ganon can be killed using only Deku Nuts on his tail. While more are required than Link can carry at once (even with upgrades) several of the pieces of rubble on the battlefield contain Deku Nuts once Ganon smashes them open.
  • Deku Seeds in Skyward Sword are incredibly similar to Deku Nuts in that they come from Deku Babas and forest plants, produce a flash on impact and stun enemies that come close to the flash. In context, it is possible that without full maturity, the seed is a weaker version of the Nut.
  • In the Desert Colossus in Ocarina of Time and the Great Bay Region in Majora's Mask, Deku Nuts will occasionally drop from coconut Trees if Link rolls into them.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseデクの実 (Deku no Mi) (OoT)[13]Same as English.
GermanyGermanDeku-Nuss (HWDE)[14]Same as English.
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See also[]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 121 (OoT | MM)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 112
  3. "Deku Nut
    This little nut explodes on impact, dazzling fighters on the ground and launching those who are airborne.
    " — Items (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 42
  5. "I surrender! In return, I will sell you Deku Nuts! 5 pieces, 20 Rupees they are!" — Business Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Set it to C and try throwing it! It will flash and stun the enemy!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Upon impact, it makes a blinding flash, freezing enemies in their tracks!" — N/A (Majora's Mask)
  8. "Now you can carry many Deku Nuts! You can hold up to 30 nuts!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "You can now carry even more Deku Nuts! You can carry up to 40 nuts!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "All my young Deku Scrub brothers say... You have a horrible face! But don't worry! We will reward you with many Deku Nuts. Of course, we will also enable you to carry more of them! Abracadabra… Alakazaaaam!!" — Deku Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "I surrender! To make your quest easier, I can enable you to pick up more Deku Nuts! But, it'll cost you 40 Rupees!" — Business Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 9
  13. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 150
  14. "Deku-Nuss" — Dining Room (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)