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Giant's Knives are recurring Items in the The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Location and Uses[]

Ocarina of Time[]

Broken Giant's Knife sprite from Ocarina of Time 3D

In order to obtain the Giant's Knife in Ocarina of Time, Link must open Medigoron's shop with his Bombs as a child. When spoken to as a child, Medigoron tells the young hero that he is working on "something really cool," but that it will take five to six years to complete.[3] When Link returns as an adult, the Giant's Knife will be finished,[4] and it may be purchased, but it is very expensive - at the cost of 200 Rupees.[5]

The Giant's Knife is a very large sword that looks identical to the Biggoron's Sword and shares the same raw power with double the strength of the Master Sword. However, due to the horrifically slow and cheap construction by Medigoron, the blade is extremely fragile in contrast to the Biggoron's Sword and will entirely break off after just 8 hits or immediately if Link strikes a solid wall,[6] turning it into the "Broken Giant's Knife." Unlike a broken Deku Stick, however, the Broken Giant's Knife can still be used in combat, but its strength is reduced to only 1/4 its normal amount, the same as the Kokiri Sword, and its reach will be drastically shorter. While wielding the Broken Giant's Knife, the Spin Attack cannot be used.

The Giant's Knife can only be used by Link as an adult and must be held with two hands, thereby precluding the use of a Shield, even when broken.

With all of the aforementioned downsides, the Giant's Knife is one of the most unreliable weapons in The Legend of Zelda series.

Other Appearances[]

Hyrule Warriors[]

The Giant's Knife appears as Impa's starting weapon in Hyrule Warriors. It does not resemble the Giant's Knife from Ocarina of Time, instead more resembling an actual giant-sized knife. It was crafted by the finest Goron smithy and is strenuous for other Hyruleans to use, despite its raw power.[7] It is obtained after completing the first chapter.

By pressing the Strong Attack button, Impa can dash into enemies.[8]


  • Strangely, if Link were to avoid ever obtaining a Giant's Knife and then were to instead skip to getting the Biggoron's Sword, Medigoron will still talk to Link as if he has a working, non-broken Giant's Knife even though it is in fact the Biggoron's Sword.
  • Ocarina of Time contains unused text for the Giant's Knife, meant to be displayed when it is exchanged for the Biggoron's Sword, provided that Link possesses the Giant's Knife. The final version makes no mention of the replacement, and instead the Giant's Knife text is simply discarded.[9] This text is used in Ocarina of Time 3D, however.
  • The Giant's Knife, alongside with the Deku Stick, are the first items in the series that will break or wear down after regular use. It is succeeded by the Razor Sword in Majora's Mask and the items Link can obtain in Breath of the Wild.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese巨人のナイフ (Kyojin no Naifu) (OoT)[10]Same as English.
FranceFrenchEULame des Géants (OoT3D)[11]Blade of the Giants
GermanyGermanLangschwert (HWDE)[12]Longsword
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See Also[]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 124 (OoT)
  2. "Giant's Knife" — Smithy (Hyrule Warriors) (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  3. "I'm working on something really cool right now! But I think it's going to take a while... If you can wait five or six years, it should be ready. OK?" — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "I just completed a small weapon. How about it..." — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "How about buying this knife for 200 Rupees?" — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "It looks like there is a problem with its durability... But still..." — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "A sword created by the finest Goron smithy who ever lived. It slices deep but requires immense strength to wield." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  8. "Press the Strong Attack button to quickly dash into enemies!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  9. "You traded the Giant's Knife for the Biggoron's Sword! This blade was forged by a master smith and won't break!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  10. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 148
  11. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 131
  12. "Langschwert" — Smithy (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)