Location and Uses
Floor Switches normally take the form of a large button or plate, which can be activated by being stepped on by Link, or sometimes by placing a heavy object on top. Some Floor Switches are less sensitive than others. Some rusty or malfunctioning Floor Switches may need to be forced with the Megaton Hammer or similar Item.
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Deku Link is notably too light to depress some Floor Switches.
The Minish Cap
Floor Switches appear mostly in Dungeons in The Minish Cap, though a handful also appear in the Overworld. Many puzzles involve Link pressing down multiple Floor Switches at once by using Jars or copies of himself created by the Four Sword. Other Floor Switches simply light up Torches to produce various effects.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, Floor Switches have several appearances. Most Floor Switches appear as a circular orange button on a metal panel similar to those in A Link to the Past, while others are less conspicuous, taking the shape of the floor's tiles. Gimos Statues can be used to hold down Floor Switches in areas where more than one Switch must be pressed.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, Floor Switches appear as small, circular buttons. Most Floor Switches appear in groups of two or more, and will only activate when the Links depress all of the Switches in the group simultaneously. In some cases, an extra Floor Switch must be held down by a Totem Armos or a statue.
Larger, square-shaped Floor Switches also appear frequently, requiring the weight of all three Links to depress, as indicated by their etchings depicting three sets of footprints.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Floor Switches can be distinguished if they stay pressed once activated or need to be held down. This is indicated by the latches on the border of the Switch.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 16