Shock Switches,(MM) also known as Crystal Switches,(ALttP | LA) are recurring Objects in The Legend of Zelda series. Shock Switches go unnamed in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, A Link Between Worlds, Tri Force Heroes, and Breath of the Wild.
Location and Uses
Shock Switches are small sphere- or obelisk-shaped Switches that can be activated by being slashed by a Sword or hit by another weapon. They will then change color. Shock Switches are usually a two-position toggle with effects that last until they are hit again, but single-use and timed varieties also exist. Sometimes several Shock Switches will be connected to the same puzzle, each one acting as a toggle. They frequently move barriers and walls into new positions and affect everything in the Dungeon, rather than just the immediate area like other Switches. In some cases, a Bomb must be used to activate a Shock Switch after a time delay so Link can get ready for its effect.
A Link to the Past
The Minish Cap
Two varieties of Shock Switches appear in The Minish Cap, often in Dungeons or cave systems in areas such as Mount Crenel and Veil Falls. Both can be activated if Link strikes them with a Sword, a Bomb or Remote Bomb, an Arrow or Light Arrow, the Boomerang or Magical Boomerang, or by firing a Sword Beam or Peril Beam at them. The gray variety, once struck and activated, turn yellow and their effects are permanent. While some appear on their own, they often come in groups and must be struck simultaneously to activate their effect. The colored variety are either blue or red, and act as a toggle that alternates between the two colors as they are struck. Both varieties of Shock Switches often activate bridges or cause various Objects to appear, such as Minish Portals.
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, many Shock Switches contain protective metal flaps which close around the Switch if any of the Links approach them, forcing the heroes to activate them from a distance using their Items.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, striking Shock Switches with a Weapon does not damage the Weapon.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||クリスタルスイッチ (Kurisutaru Suitchi)||Crystal Switch|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- "Canyon, #3: Shock Switch A" — Sheikah Stone (Majora's Mask 3D)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 63
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 36
- A Link to the Past manual