In The Legend of Zelda, the Magical Rod allows Link to shoot projectile beams. The beams are similar to a Wizzrobe's and travel across the screen. According to the game manual, it is the same wand that Wizzrobes use to attack. In the first quest, the Magical Rod is found in Level 6. In the Second Quest, it is found in Level 8.
The Book of Magic can be found to increase the power of the Magical Rod. After obtaining it, the Magical Rod's attack leaves a fiery blaze, similarly to the Candle, when it makes contact with an enemy or wall. This also allows the Magical Rod to be used in lieu of the Candle to light up pitch dark rooms.
In Link's Awakening, the Magical Rod is used to expel blasts of magical energy in the form of fireballs. It is the main item of Turtle Rock. It is primarily used as a weapon and for lighting unreachable Torches. The Magical Rod is vital to defeating the dungeon's boss, Hot Head. The Magical Rod is one of the most powerful weapons in Link's Awakening, doing twice as much damage as even the Level 2 Sword.
There are some enemies the Magical Rod does less damage against, or cannot damage at all, such as Crows, Takkuri, and Stalfos. The Magical Rod is also notable as the only item other than the Magic Powder that can kill a Cucco and a Mutt.
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Link wielding the Fire Rod
The Magic Rod is a class of Weapon used by Link in Hyrule Warriors. It is associated with Fire. It can shoot wide-ranged projectiles and conjure pillars of flames to juggle enemies. The Rod is also capable of changing shape, such as forming a flamethrower, transforming into a larger staff to emit flame-based energy beams, and transforming into a fiery battleaxe.
The Lv.3 Magic Rod is the Magical Rod. It more closely resembles the Magical Rod from The Legend of Zelda.
The Lv.★ Magic Rod is the 8-Bit Candle, which is based on the Red Candle from The Legend of Zelda. It was added to Hyrule Warriors with the Master Quest Pack DLC. In Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, instead of appearing as a separate Weapon, the 8-Bit Candle replaces the Crackling Rod when the "8-Bit Weapons" Setting is turned on in Game Settings within the Settings menu.
The Lv.4 Magic Rod is the Magical Rod +, which is available in Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. It appears identical to the Magical Rod but is a much stronger Weapon.
The Lv.4+ Magic Rod is the Crackling Rod, which was added to Hyrule Warriors Legends with the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack DLC and is unlockable in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. As a Multi-Element Weapon, the Crackling Rod is also associated with Lightning. It has the same form as the Magical Rod but with an orange color scheme.
↑"Magic wand This is the wand that Wizzrobe uses. Wave it to let loose magical spells. What's more, if Link picks up the Magic Book and learns some new spells, he can chant some fiery spells and send out flames." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 26)