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The Grappling Hook is a recurring Item in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] It enables Link to latch on to cantilevered ledges called Grappling Posts or Pegs,[2] as well as Treasure Chests in Phantom Hourglass,[2] and use them to swing across large distances to otherwise unreachable platforms.[3][4]

Location and Uses[]

The Wind Waker[]

In The Wind Waker, the Grappling Hook is given to Link as a gift from Medli after defeating the Moblins that had captured her at the summit of Dragon Roost Cavern.[5][6] It can be used to cross gaps by latching at specific targets. A separate function of the Grappling Hook is in the stealing of enemy Spoils.[7][8] Link can also use it to retrieve three Hearts from Princess Zelda during the final battle against Ganondorf.

When equipped aboard the King of Red Lions, the Grappling Hook becomes a crane, which allows Link to pull up Treasure Chests from the seabed.[9][10] These sunken chests can be found beneath Rings of Light scattered across the Great Sea.[11]

The Grappling Hook is said to have been used by the Rito people before they obtained wings to navigate the heights and upper levels of the mountain on Dragon Roost Island.[5]

Phantom Hourglass[]

In Phantom Hourglass, the Grappling Hook can be used in several ways. It can be used as a walkable tightrope,[2] which also allows Link to use items while he is over it. However, if Link uses the Grappling Hook again, the previous tightrope disappears.[2] Similar to a Slingshot, it is capable of blasting Link across large holes.[2] It can also be used as a kilter of weight, pulling Link towards heavy objects while bringing light objects to him.[12][2] Furthermore, it can also be used to reflect attacks. This is useful when redirecting Arrows when shooting certain types of eye switches that close when Link looks at them.

The Grappling Hook is obtained in the Temple of Ice. It is used to defeat the boss, Gleeok, for which all possible ways of use will be required. The Salvage Arm replaces the Grappling Hook's crane feature at sea.


  • In The Wind Waker, there is an Easter Egg that may occur if Link attempts to use the Grappling Hook crane near (but not directly on top of) a ring of light or a barrel: he will pull up a barnacle-covered pot and no musical fanfare will play. After discarding the pot, an Ocean Octorok will spawn nearby. These vases are most likely a reference to traditional Japanese octopus pots, or takotsubo, which are used to fish for octopus in Japan and the Mediterranean Sea.[13]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Latin AmericaSpanishLAGarra[19]
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See Also[]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 126 (TWW | PH)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 12
  3. "Grab this branch with the Grappling Hook and you can swing over there to get out of this area!" — Medli (The Wind Waker)
  4. "When you aim at a branch that you can latch onto, Target lock mark will appear. Remember that!" — Medli (The Wind Waker)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Here, Link! Use this to get out of here! It's what I used to get this far. It's a device we Rito used before we evolved wings." — Medli (The Wind Waker)
  6. "I hear the bird-people who live on Dragon Roost Island east of here have invented an incredibly useful device that they call a Grappling Hook... No lie, fry!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  7. "I hear you can throw that thing at monsters and use it to grab treasure they've hidden in their pockets. Talk about cool." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  8. "You can use your Grappling Hook to steal their Golden Feathers." — Figurine (The Wind Waker)
  9. "After that, all you need to do is use the same thing we use to haul up treasure: one of those Grappling Hooks that the Rito tribesfolk of Dragon Roost Island use." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
  10. "Then, you just use your Grappling Hook while in your boat to haul up treasure!" — Salvage Corp. (The Wind Waker)
  11. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 16
  12. "Light objects will be pulled toward you. You will be pulled to heavy objects!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  13. NJ Riley, Weird easter egg in Wind Waker, YouTube (Video), published October 6, 2015, retrieved May 12, 2018.
  14. "Vous obtenez un grappin! Touchez des objets pour accrocher le grappin." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  15. "Vous obtenez le grappin! Touchez des objets pour qu'il s'y accroche." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  16. "Du hast den Greifhaken erhalten!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. "Hai ottenuto il Rampino! Tocca qualcosa per afferrarlo!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  18. "¡Has conseguido la garra! Con ella podrás agarrar lo que toques." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  19. "¡Conseguiste la garra! Con ella podrás agarrar lo que toques." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)