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This article is about the regular Boomerang. For other variants, see Magical Boomerang, Gale Boomerang, and Nice Boomerang.
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Main appearance(s)
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300 Rupees (TMC)
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Stunning enemies
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Boomerangs are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Location and Uses

The Boomerang is an item that Link can throw, at which point it will return to him. It can be used for both combat and Puzzle solving. It can be used to stun enemies, although a single hit will defeat weak enemies, such as Keese.[3] It can also be used to retrieve items that are out of Link's reach.[4] The Boomerang first appeared in The Legend of Zelda and has gone through several design changes since then. In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, Link can draw the path that the Boomerang will take, allowing a more direct control of it.[3] Moreover, the Boomerang can also be used to turn Sparks and Anti-Fairies into Fairies in certain games.

The Legend of Zelda

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Link can use these to inflict damage on weak enemies. He can also stop most of the enemy in their tracks if he throws the boomerang on target. The magical boomerang flies further than the wooden boomerang.

In The Legend of Zelda, Link can acquire a Boomerang by defeating all of the red Goriyas in a certain room within Level-1 of both the First Quest and the Second Quest. Goriyas attack Link with Boomerangs. Link can use the Boomerang to stun certain enemies for a brief period of time.[5] He can also use it to instantly defeat Keese and Gels.[6] The Boomerang can also be used to collect items from a distance. The Boomerang can be replaced with the Magical Boomerang, which can be thrown further.[7]

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A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Link can obtain a Boomerang in Hyrule Castle. It is contained in a Treasure Chest a few rooms before the prison where the Ball and Chain Trooper holds Princess Zelda captive. It appears as a Big Chest on the Map, but is in fact a Small Chest. If Link fails to collect the Boomerang in the Hyrule Castle, he can find another one in the house of the Sweeping Lady in Kakariko Village. If Link does not open either Chest, he can obtain a Magical Boomerang from a Chest in the Village of Outcasts. Link can also obtain a Magical Boomerang as an upgrade to the Boomerang at the Waterfall of Wishing. The Boomerang is blue, while the Magical Boomerang is red, faster and can be thrown farther.[8] Both varieties can be used to stun enemies, hit Switches, and collect items from a distance.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Link can obtain the Boomerang by completing the Trading Quest and using the Magnifying Lens inside a hidden Cave at the eastern side of Toronbo Shores. Here Link will meet a Goriya who will offer to give Link a Boomerang in exchange for an item. The Boomerang can be used to stun enemies, hit Switches, collect items from a distance, and cut bushes. The Boomerang is one of the two items able to destroy Anti-Faeries, the other being the Magic Powder. It is also the only weapon able to defeat a Spark. It can also defeat certain enemies in one hit, such as Ghinis. The Boomerang is the most effective weapon against the final form of Nightmare, as it can be defeated in one hit.

Ocarina of Time

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If you throw it, it comes back! The Boomerang can stun or defeat enemies. Use Z Targeting to improve your accuracy. Some enemies can only be defeated with the Boomerang.

In Ocarina of Time, the Boomerang can only be used by Link as a child. It is the main item Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly. The Boomerang is needed in order to defeat Tailpasarans, Parasitic Tentacles, the Big Octo, and the Boss of the Dungeon, Barinade. It also allows Link to collect distant items such as Gold Skulltula Tokens. It can be used to stun and defeat certain enemies. Before being thrown, the camera shifts to a first-person perspective, allowing Link to aim. The camera will remain in a third-person perspective if Link is Targeting something. When Targeting, the Boomerang will follow its target until impact.

Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, the Boomerang can be found in Subrosia as a prize from the Dance Hall. The Boomerang is a required item in Oracle of Seasons. It is upgraded to the Magical Boomerang in the Ancient Ruins. The Magical Boomerang is faster, can fly higher distances and can be controlled at will.

Oracle of Ages

In Oracle of Ages, the Boomerang can be found in the Rolling Ridge as a prize from the Goron Shooting Gallery. It is an optional weapon in this game.

Four Swords

In Four Swords, the Boomerang appears in various Stages. It can only be used in the Stage where it was obtained. It is useful for collecting Rupees.

The Wind Waker

The Boomerang is the main item of the Forbidden Woods in The Wind Waker. In addition to stunning and defeating enemies, collecting distant items, and activating Switches, the Boomerang can lock on to up to five different targets.[9] This ability can be used for solving puzzles involving Switches or for collecting multiple items in one throw. The Boomerang is needed in order to defeat Kalle Demos, the Boss of the Forbidden Woods, and Puppet Ganon.

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, the Boomerang can be held in place before returning to Link. This is useful for retrieving moving Force Gems. The Boomerang can be upgraded to the Level 2 Boomerang, which is faster and has a longer reach.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the Boomerang can be bought in Stockwell's Shop for 300 Rupees. It can be upgraded to the Magical Boomerang by Fusing Kinstones with the Tingle Siblings?.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, the Boomerang allows Link to to draw a specific path for it to follow. The Boomerang's path has a range limit.[3] It can be used to stun and defeat enemies, hit Switches, and collect items from a distance. It is the main item of the Temple of Fire.

Spirit Tracks

The Boomerang's flight path can be drawn in Spirit Tracks. It can be used to stun and defeat enemies, collect distant items, and hit Switches from afar. It can also fly through Fire to light Torches or fly through ice to freeze water. It is the main item of the Snow Temple.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, the Boomerang can be obtained from Ravio's Shop. Like all items in the game, it uses Link's Energy Gauge with each use. The Boomerang can be rented for 50 Rupees and bought permanently for 800.[note 1] The Boomerang can be upgraded to the Nice Boomerang by bringing 10 Lost Maiamais to Mother Maiamai. The upgrade improves the speed and range of the Boomerang and allows Link to throw three Boomerangs at a time. The Boomerang can be thrown in any direction according to which way Link is facing.

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, the Boomerang can be used to grab another Link and pull him toward the wielder, and has the ability to hover in place for several seconds at its furthest point by holding the Item button. While wearing the Boomeranger Outfit, the Boomerang becomes larger and gains the ability to carry two Links, pass through enemies, and deal damage to them.

Boomerangs first appear in the Blazing Trail where all three Links acquire one, then reappear in Hinox Mine (two Boomerangs), Den of Flames, Fire Temple, Snowball Ravine, Sealed Gateway (two Boomerangs), The Lady's Lair, Stone Corridors, Desert Temple, Illusory Mansion (three Boomerangs), Grim Temple, Dragon Citadel, and Sky Temple (one Boomerang per Stage). They also appear in the Forest Zone, Frozen Zone, Shadow Zone and Baneful Zone of the Den of Trials, as well as the Coliseum's Volcano and The Ruins arenas.

Breath of the Wild

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Boomerangs are a throwing Weapon in Breath of the Wild originally used by Koroks.[2] Several other varieties of Boomerangs can also be found, including Lizal Boomerangs, Lizal Forked Boomerangs, Lizal Tri-Boomerangs, and Giant Boomerangs. The Sea-Breeze Boomerang, which is based on the Boomerang from The Wind Waker, can also be obtained at random after using either the Super Smash Bros. or 30th Anniversary series Toon Link amiibo. After being thrown, Link must manually catch the Boomerang when it returns to him. If the Boomerang flies into an object or wall, it will fall to the ground and will not return to Link.

Other Appearances

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The Legend of Zelda TV Series

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The Boomerang is one of the most used items in The Legend of Zelda TV series, and one hit from this weapon is capable of defeating most of Ganon's minions. It is mostly used by Princess Zelda, although Link, Moblins, and Goriyas wield it as well. The Boomerang first appears in "Cold Spells", where Zelda defeats various magically-possessed cleaning supplies with it. Later, in "Sing for the Unicorn", Zelda once again uses it to defeat an Armos Knight and Ganon, rescuing Link and her father in the process. The Boomerang shown in "That Sinking Feeling" is given to Zelda by Link so that the two of them can fight off several Tektites that have ambushed them. Link is not shown wielding this item until the "Stinging a Stinger" episode, which he uses it to defeat a Gohma with the help of Zelda's Magic Rope. Although the series mostly exemplifies the use of the Boomerang for fighting enemies, the "Doppelganger" episode demonstrates how Zelda uses the Boomerang to break free from the ropes that Ganon had tied around her hands.

The Legend of Zelda Game Watch

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The Boomerang appears in The Legend of Zelda Game Watch. One appears in each room, and Link must collect it and use it to defeat all the Iron Balls.

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

The Magic Boomerang from The Legend of Zelda makes an appearance in the Day of the Triforce story of The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics comic. After Princess Zelda and Cassiopia arrive to the Water Town of Saria to fight off the monsters that have attacked the town, Cassiopia uses the Magic Boomerang to free her husband, the River Man, from the chains that bind him.[10]

Zelda's Adventure

In Zelda's Adventure, the Boomerang appears as a Spell which lets Zelda cast Boomerang projectiles with her Wand. It can be found in a small area in western Plain of Andor with a lone Goriya, which drops the Spell after being defeated. The Spell costs 1 Rupee to use.

Super Smash Bros.

See SmashWiki's article on Boomerang for more information.
Toon Link using the Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Boomerang functions as Link's Neutral Special Move in Super Smash Bros.. The Boomerang is based on its iteration from Ocarina of Time.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

The Boomerang is Link's Side Special Move in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Young Link also wields the Boomerang as his Side Special Move. Both Boomerangs are based on their Ocarina of Time iteration.

Soulcalibur II

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In Soulcalibur II, the Boomerang from Ocarina of Time is part of Link's fighting style. To get into the Boomerang Stance, the player must press the horizontal attack button and the kick button at the same time. Pressing the horizontal attack again will cause Link to release the Boomerang towards his enemy. The Boomerang attack is considered to be a high attack, dealing 25 HP worth of damage to the opponent.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Boomerang is Link and Toon Link's Side Special Move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Link's Boomerang resembles the Gale Boomerang from Twilight Princess whereas Toon Link's Boomerang resembles the Boomerang from The Wind Waker.

The Boomerang from The Wind Waker also appears as a collectible Sticker.

Sticker Information

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Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa)

As Link battles Blaaz in the Temple of Fire, Ciela points out the location of a Treasure Chest.[11][12] Link opens the Chest to find the Boomerang.[13] With Ciela's guidance, Link uses the Boomerang to defeat Blaaz's split form and eventually destroys the monster.

Hyrule Warriors

The Boomerang appears as an item in Hyrule Warriors. It can be upgraded temporarily to the Gale Boomerang by collecting the Boomerang power ups. The Boomerang is able to slice through vines that block pathways. Manhandlas and their Stalks are weak to the Boomerang and it is also one of the items used to fight Ganon with. In the Master Quest DLC pack, the 8-Bit Boomerang from The Legend of Zelda appears as a weapon for Impa. It is statistically identical to and part of the Biggoron's Sword weapon type.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

The Boomerang is Link and Toon Link's Side Special Move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. Like in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Link's Boomerang resembles the Gale Boomerang from Twilight Princess and Toon Link's Boomerang resembles the Boomerang from The Wind Waker.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Boomerang is used by Link, Toon Link, and Young Link as their Side Special Move. Link uses the Boomerang from Breath of the Wild whereas Toon Link uses the Boomerang from The Wind Waker, and Young Link uses the Boomerang from Ocarina of Time. A Boomerang also appears as an item that can be used by Spirits in Spirit Battles.

Cadence of Hyrule

The Boomerang appears as an item in Cadence of Hyrule, where it can be wielded by Cadence, Link, and Zelda. Its primary use is to stun enemies, though it can be used to break open Treasure Chests and retrieve their contents from afar.[14]


  • Though Link cannot obtain a Boomerang in The Adventure of Link, Goriyas use them as weapons.
  • During development of Skyward Sword, a Remote Boomerang was planned to be included. With it, Link would have been able to drop anywhere after grabbing it and controlling its trajectory. The idea was later abandoned as it might have led to the skipping of important items and areas. This idea eventually evolved into the creation of the Beetle.[15]


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JapanJapaneseブーメラン (Būmeran) (TLoZ | ALttP)[16]
木のブーメラン (Ki no Būmeran) (TLoZ)[17]
Wooden Boomerang
NetherlandsDutchHouten boemerang (TLoZ)[18]Wooden boomerang
FranceFrenchEUBoomerang en bois (TLoZ)[19]
Boomerang (OoT3D)[20]
Wooden boomerang
ItalyItalianBoomerang (BotW) 
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See Also


  1. The first item purchased from Ravio always costs 400 Rupees


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 118 (TLoZ | ALttP | LA | OoT | OoS | OoA | TWW | FS | FSA | TMC | PH | ST | ALBW | TFH)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Boomerang
    This throwing weapon was originally used by the forest-dwelling Koroks. Its unique shape allows it to return after being thrown.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 11
  4. "If you hit an enemy with this, it will be stunned for a short time (some enemies will sustain damage when hit by the boomerang). The boomerang can also retrieve distant Rupees and Hearts." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 37)
  5. "He can also stop most of the enemy in their tracks if he throws the boomerang on target." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 24)
  6. "Link can use these to inflict damage on weak enemies." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 24)
  7. "The magical boomerang flies further than the wooden boomerang." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 24)
  8. "You got the Magical Boomerang! You can throw this faster and farther than your old one!" — N/A (A Link to the Past)
  9. "You got the Boomerang! Set it to and throw it with [Y], [Z], or [X]. Target specific objects by holding the button you set it to and aiming at something until the red targeting cursor changes to a [Target lock mark]. You can target up to five objects at once." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  10. "Wait till I have freed you with the magic boomerang!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 4)
  11. "Look!"  (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 56)
  12. "A Treasure Chest?!"  (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 56)
  13. "A Boomerang!"  (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 56)
  14. "Boomerang -- Assign it to A Button B Button X Button Y Button
    Throw this at enemies to stun them. It always finds its way back to you.
    " — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
  15. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 297
  16. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (Shogakukan) pg. 13
  17. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 23
  18. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 24
  19. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 24
  20. "Boomerang
    Une arme qui revient vers son lanceur. Elle permet aussi de récupérer des objets hors de votre portée.
    " — Inventory (Ocarina of Time 3D)