Reaching faraway areas and objects
Hookshots (pronounced /ˈhʊkˌʃɒt/ HUUK-shot),(ALttP | LA | LADX | OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | TWW | TWWHD | ALBW | SSB | HW | CoH)[name reference needed], also known as Hook Shots,(ALttP | LA)[note 1] are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series. They are machines consisting of a chain and hook. When used, the chains extend and send the hook attached towards their targets. If the hooks latch onto certain objects, Link is projected towards those objects. Link can also use them to pull enemies and objects towards him.
- 1 Location and Uses
- 2 Non-Canon Appearances
- 3 Nomenclature
- 4 Gallery
- 5 See Also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
Location and Uses
In nearly all games, the Hookshot is almost always found inside dungeons. A recurring trend in the series is that the Hookshot is typically found inside water-themed or flooded dungeons, such as the Swamp Palace in A Link to the Past, or Catfish's Maw in Link's Awakening. The Hookshot is usually guarded by the dungeon's mini-boss and often becomes necessary to navigate the remainder of these dungeons it is found in. It is also often required to defeat the dungeons' bosses.
The Hookshot is used most commonly to grapple onto far away objects so that Link can reach previously inaccessible areas. In addition, the Hookshot can also be used as a replacement for the Boomerang by allowing Link to grab far away objects (like hard to reach Rupees or out of reach switches) and attack enemies. In most cases, attacking an enemy with the Hookshot will only stun them, but some weaker enemies such as Keese will be defeated when hit with the Hookshot. Other enemies, such as Like Likes, will instead pull Link towards them when hit by the Hookshot, which can potentially hurt Link or threaten his other items.
In 2D Zelda games, the Hookshot will latch onto specific solid objects that stand in any of the four cardinal directions and can include blocks, chests, specific stones, or pots. It is often used to pull Link over pits and unsafe hazards. In the 3D console games, the 3D environment makes greater use of the Hookshot as it can also be used to reach higher or lower heights. In these games, objects that can be grappled onto are usually marked with a bulls-eye target. In Ocarina of Time, the Hookshot also produces a laser light used for aiming the Hookshot. In Ocarina of Time 3D, the laser dot is surrounded by an extra red ring when the Hookshot is pointed at a viable object. In said game, the Hookshot can also be aimed by moving the Nintendo 3DS.
A Link to the Past
The Hookshot allows Link to explore many areas, both in dungeons and, primarily, in the Dark World. With the Hookshot, Link can grapple onto several objects to pull him over water, chasms, et cetera. These objects include pots, jars, skulls, and small chests. In addition, the Hookshot can stun certain kinds of enemies and instantly kill a few others. However, Link is briefly unable to move when using the Hookshot. As an added bonus, firing the Hookshot makes Link temporarily invincible (seemingly to avoid damage from enemies or spikes while grappling).
A Link to the Past was the first game to introduce the Hookshot.
The Hookshot is found in the fifth dungeon of the game, Catfish's Maw and behaves similarly to how it did in A Link to the Past. However, a notable difference is that the item can be used to grab various bridges to extend them toward Link to use as platforms.
In order to acquire the Item, Link must defeat the Master Stalfos mini boss, who has taken it from a treasure chest inside the dungeon. The Master Stalfos disappears multiple times during the fight, and the player must track him down before he is defeated.
Slime Eel is the Boss of the Catfish's Maw in Link's Awakening. It is a giant eel-like monster that opposes Link in an attempt to prevent him from waking the Wind Fish. Link can use the Hookshot to pull it’s head from the wall, making it vulnerable.
Ocarina of Time
The Hookshot is found in Dampé's grave in Ocarina of Time after besting Dampé the first time in a race as an adult. An upgraded version of the Hookshot, known as the Longshot, can be found in the Water Temple. The Longshot has a much longer reach than the regular Hookshot.
The Hookshot is required to enter the Forest Temple, as Link cannot access the Temple and must aim the Hookshot at a nearby tree to enter. The game utilizes this idea of grappling to nearby targets to move around the environment (such as crossing gaps and traps) for the rest of the game.
This was the first game in the series to introduce the item in a 3D game and can be aimed around the environment from a stationary point with a First Person perspective. When Targeting however, Link can aim up and down while moving side to side.
The Hookshot is the only item that can be used Underwater. (Except in the 3DS Version, where the Iron Boots and Hover Boots were mapped to buttons.) Certain enemies live underwater and can only be killed with the Hookshot.
Only Adult Link can use the Hookshot.
Unlike Ocarina of Time however, the Hookshot only has one chain length in the game. Despite this change, the item has quite a reasonable and long reach.
The Wind Waker
It acts similarly to how it did in previous 3D installments. However, notable changes to the item relate mostly to the Iron Boots. If Link equips both items simultaneously, he becomes so heavy and doesn’t get pulled towards his target, thus, can use the Hookshot to pull heavy stones off the wall, such as the one imprisoning Makar.
A Link Between Worlds
The Hookshot can be rented for 50 Rupees or bought for 800 Rupees from Ravio's Shop in A Link Between Worlds. The Hookshot can be upgraded to the Nice Hookshot by Mother Maiamai, if Link has purchased the Hookshot from Ravio's Shop and has found at least 10 Lost Maiamais. The Nice Hookshot deals more damage and extends farther.
The Hookshot can be used to grapple onto switches as well as wooden walls, which Link can then quickly merge with. Certain Floodgate switches in the Swamp Palace can only be grabbed with the Hookshot. These change the water level of the dungeon.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||フックショット (Fukkushotto) (ALttP | LANS | OoT)||Same as English.|
|FrenchEU||Grappin (OoT3D)||Grappling Hook|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- "Climb up walls with the Hookshot" — Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 127(ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | TWW | ALBW)
- "Hookshot: Use this on distant targets to pull yourself to them." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "BOING! This is the Hook Shot! It extends and contracts and... BOING! It can grapple many things!" — N/A (A Link to the Past)
- "You've got the Hook Shot! Its chain stretches long when you use it!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
- "This is the Hook Shot in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Latch it onto something far away and ZIP, off you go! It's also great for stunning enemies if you hit them with it." — The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Hook Shot | Facebook, Facebook, published August 15, 2019, retrieved August 15, 2019.
- "Hookshot -- Assign it to
Use it to pull yourself to certain objects or stun and knock back enemies." — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
- A Link to the Past manual, pg. 45 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1 (Shogakukan 1) pg. 25 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (Shogakukan) pg. 13
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 151
Une chaîne montée sur ressort qui se déroule puis se rétracte. Visez une cible pour vous y tracter." — Inventory (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "Du hast den Fanghaken erhalten! Krall dich an Gegnern oder Vorsprüngen fest. So hast du mehr Möglichkeiten, dich fortzubewegen!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)