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Big Key
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Location(s) Dungeons
Use(s) Unlocking the boss door
Comparable Item(s) Puzzle Key

Big Keys,(ALttP | TWW | TMC | TP | ALBW)[1] also known as Boss Keys,(OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | PH | ST)[1] and Nightmare Keys,(LA)[1] are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

Boss Keys are one of the three standard dungeon items, the other two being the Compass and the Dungeon Map. They are generally harder to find than Small Keys and are used to open the big door leading to the boss' chamber.

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Big Keys are also used to open the Treasure Chests containing the dungeon's item. Also, doors unlocked by the Big Key may not necessarily lead directly to the boss.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Nightmare Keys open access to the Dungeon's Nightmare.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, the Big Key from the Goron Mines must be put together by obtaining the three Key Shards from the Goron Elders. In Snowpeak Ruins, the Big Key is replaced by the Bedroom Key, as said dungeon is actually the mansion residence of Yeto and Yeta.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Link must carry the Boss Key in his hands rather than inventory, making him unable to attack and vulnerable to attacks.[2]

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, Link must carry the Boss Key in his hands rather than inventory, making him unable to attack and vulnerable to attacks. In some instances, Keys are electrified and Link must have Princess Zelda possess a Phantom in order to carry them for him.


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Language Name Meaning
Canada FrenchCA Grande clé (OoT3D | MM3D | PH | ALBW) Big Key
French Republic FrenchEU Grande clé (ALBW)
Clé du Boss
Big Key
Boss Key
Federal Republic of Germany German Großer Schlüssel (ALBW) Big Key
Italian Republic Italian Grande Chiave (ALBW) Big Key
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Gran llave (ALBW) Big Key
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Gran llave (LA | PH | OoT3D | MM3D | ALBW)
Llave del jefe (OoS | OoA)
Big Key
Boss key



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 118(ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | TWW | TMC | TP | PH | ST | ALBW)
  2. "You must carry the Boss Key overhead as you traverse the dungeon to the Boss Key block. While holding the key, you cannot attack or defend yourself." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 14)