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Iron Boots are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][name reference needed]

Location and Uses[]

Ocarina of Time[]

The Iron Boots can be found in the Ice Cavern near Zora's Fountain in Ocarina of Time. When equipped, they make Link walk slower due to their extreme weight,[2] but he can descend to the bottom of lakes and other sources of water.[3] Link must wear the Zora Tunic in order to stay underwater; otherwise, a timer will appear and, if he does not take off the boots and resurface before time runs out, he will drown. They are required to traverse the deep water in the Water Temple, and are also useful in the Shadow Temple, as they enable Link to walk against the fan currents.

In Ocarina of Time 3D, the Iron Boots are changed from equipment to an item, simplifying their use.

The Wind Waker[]

The Iron Boots are found inside a cave in the Ice Ring Isle in The Wind Waker. Link can use the Iron Boots to avoid being blown away by the wind,[4] making them required for the Wind Temple. They also allow him to activate springboards by wearing the boots and then taking them off. Additionally, wearing the Iron Boots and using the Hookshot on some statues allows Link to pull them down. Unlike in Ocarina of Time, the boots cannot be used to sink beneath the water, as they are automatically unequipped should Link enter deep water.

Twilight Princess[]

In Twilight Princess, the Iron Boots are given to Link by Mayor Bo in the latter's house in Ordon Village after defeating him in a Sumo match. They are an item assignable to specific buttons. They are used to ward off the Gorons while ascending Death Mountain,[5] to prevent Link from being knocked about by steam jets and to defeat Gor Coron, Dangoro and Fyrus.

In the Goron Mines, the Iron Boots are needed to allow Link to walk on magnetic roofs and walls,[6] to weigh down large platforms that open gates and to depress Floor Switches. They are also required to complete the Lakebed Temple, as they allow Link to use Water Bombs while underwater. In the City in the Sky, they can be used to hold Link steady in strong gusts of wind. Link can also roll with them equipped and hurt enemies.

Other Appearances[]

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess[]

MNPTP Iron Boots Sprite

The thirteenth puzzle in the Picross series and the twelfth puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict Iron Boots.

Cadence of Hyrule[]

The Iron Boots appear in Cadence of Hyrule as a temporary item that can be found in random locations, which negates the effects of icy surfaces and shallow waters, allowing the user to walk over them as though they were regular floors. Upon being defeated, or the gauge of its usage being depleted, the boots will wear out and be lost to the player until they can find a new pair. They can be bought from a Shopkeeper for 80 Rupees or found as loot from red Treasure Chests.


  • A pair of boots called the Water Boots were set to appear in The Wind Waker.[7] They were possibly an earlier version of the Iron Boots or a separate version which would allow Link to sink underwater.[8]
  • In Twilight Princess the Iron Boots will remain equipped during certain cutscenes (such as Zant's attack at Lake Hylia), and will continue to making their loud clanging sound whenever Link walks.
  • In Hyrule Warriors, the design of Linkle's Winged Boots and Roc Boots are based on the Iron Boots from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, respectively.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseへビィブーツ (Hebī Būtsu) (OoT)[9]Heavy Boots
FranceFrenchEUBottes de plomb (OoT3D)[10]Lead boots
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See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 128 (OoT | TWW | TP)
  2. "You got the Iron Boots! So heavy, you can't run. So heavy, you can't float." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Those Iron Boots look like they weigh a ton! If you wear those boots, you may be able to walk at the bottom of a lake." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "You got the Iron Boots! These boots are so heavy you can hardly walk, but the wind can't blow you around when you wear them!" — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  5. "You got the Iron Boots! Wear these and you'll become so heavy, not even a Goron will be able to move you!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  6. "If you could wear something metal that would be attracted by the magnet, you'd be in for quite a ride." — Princess Midna (Twilight Princess)
  7. "The icon spells out the English words "Water Boots" in hiragana (oddly, since foreign words are almost always written in katakana)."The Wind Waker/Unused Textures and Models, The Cutting Room Floor.
  8. "Notably, the water is transparent, an exception to the opaque blue of the water in the final game. There is also walkable terrain at the bottom of the pool. This may have been used to test the Water Boots, an item akin to the Iron Boots from Ocarina of Time that was ultimately cut from the game."The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker/Unused Rooms/Page One, The Cutting Room Floor.
  9. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 151
  10. "Bottes de plomb
    Elles sont tellement lourdes qu'il est impossible de courir avec. Si vous les portez dans l'eau, vous coulerez.
    " — Inventory (Ocarina of Time 3D)