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Bow of Light

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Bow of Light
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The Bow of Light from Breath of the Wild
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Other media
Use(s) Shooting Light Arrows
Strength 100
Durability 100
Comparable Item(s) Twilight Bow

The Bow of Light is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Location and Uses

The Minish Cap

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The Bow of Light is obtained alongside the Light Arrows in The Minish Cap. To obtain them, Link must fuse Kinstones with the Stranger, a man who lives in a house in western Hyrule Town. This will open a portal in South Hyrule Field that leads to the Tower of Winds in the Cloud Tops.[2] Here, Link must use the Gust Jar to suck in the ghost circling Gregal, who will thank the hero with the Light Arrows and the Bow of Light for saving his life.[3] If Gregal is not saved by the time Cloud Tops is reached via Veil Falls, he will have passed away and the Bow of Light will be impossible to obtain. Holding an Arrow with the Bow of Light will charge up the Light Arrow; if the Light Arrows are not charged, they will act as normal Arrows.

Twilight Princess

The Bow of Light appears in the horseback phase of Ganondorf's battle in Twilight Princess. After Princess Zelda asks the Spirits of Light for a weapon against Ganondorf, she receives Light Arrows for the Bow of Light. When riding on Epona, Link must lock on to Ganondorf so Princess Zelda can fire the Bow of Light at Ganondorf to stun him, allowing Link to attack him with the Master Sword.

Spirit Tracks

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The Bow of Light is obtained after defeating Skeldritch in the Sand Temple in Spirit Tracks. The Bow was once wielded by the Spirits of Good during their War against the Demon King, Malladus.[4] Following the Spirit War, the Bow of Light was placed in the depths of the Sand Temple deep in the heart of the Sand Realm.[5] If the Bow of Light is held down long enough, Light will be infused into an Arrow, turning it into a Light Arrow. If released quickly, the Bow will shoot a normal Arrow.

In the battle within the Dark Realm, Link must use the Bow of Light to shoot Malladus while Princess Zelda holds him in place, banishing Malladus' presence from the Princess' body. When Malladus takes over the body of Chancellor Cole, Link must distract the Demon King long enough for Princess Zelda to shoot a weak spot on his back with the Bow of Light, eventually creating an opening for Link to destroy Malladus' two horns protecting a crystal on his head.[6] This leaves the crystal exposed, allowing Link to destroy it with the Lokomo Sword.

A Link Between Worlds

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The Bow of Light is obtained during the fight against Yuga Ganon in A Link Between Worlds. After being successfully struck, Yuga Ganon merges into a wall, thus becoming invulnerable. At this point, Princess Zelda, speaking through her Painting, gives Link the Bow of Light. While wall merged, Link must shoot Light Arrows into Yuga Ganon's back to stun him, at which point he is forced to emerge from the wall and is left vulnerable to Sword strikes. Once this process is repeated twice more, Yuga Ganon is defeated.

Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

319 (324) Bow of Light
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Description
Princess Zelda gave you this bow and arrow for the battle with Dark Beast Ganon. When wielded by the hero, it fires arrows of pure light strong enough to oppose the Calamity.
Common Locations
Unknown
Properties
Bow 100

The Bow of Light is given to Link by Zelda before the final battle against Dark Beast Ganon in Breath of the Wild. It has an attack power of 100, fires infinite Light Arrows, and has infinite durability. Once obtained, Link must wait for Zelda to weaken Ganon's power, then shoot Light Arrows with the Bow of Light in the weak spots Zelda creates. Once Ganon is sufficiently weakened, an eye representing its very core and essence will appear on its forehead. If Link shoots Ganon's core with the Bow of Light, it will totally destroy Ganon's physical form.

The Bow of Light used by Princess Zelda in Twilight Princess can also be unlocked as a weapon by using the Super Smash Bros. series Zelda amiibo.[7] However, it is refered to as the Twilight Bow.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Main article: Light Arrow

The Bow of Light appears as part of Zelda and Sheik's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It also appears as a Sticker, although it is referred to as the Hero's Bow instead.

Sticker Information

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
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Hero's Bow
Twilight Princess [Slash] - Attack +8 All

Hyrule Warriors



The Bow of Light appears as a weapon in Hyrule Warriors. It can be summoned as part of Zelda's combos and special attacks while wielding her Rapiers. Tetra is capable of doing the same in Hyrule Warriors Legends as her Special Attack when in Focus Spirit mode.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

The Bow of Light appears once again as part of Zelda and Sheik's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 光の弓 (Hikari no Yumi) Same as English
French-speaking countries French Arc de lumière Same as English
Federal Republic of Germany German Licht-Bogen Same as English
Italian Republic Italian Arco di luce (ALBW) Same as English
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Arco de Luz Same as English
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Arco y flechas de luz (ALBW) Bow and arrows of light

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References

  1. "In Twilight Princess, Zelda summons Light Arrows and the Bow of Light from the Light Spirits. They are essential in the fight against the King of Evil, Ganondorf." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 89)
  2. "Goodness! We rarely get visitors here. Tell me, how did you get here?" — Girl from the Wind Tribe (The Minish Cap)
  3. "Oh, it's Link! Thank you for your help earlier! I've got something else good for you, so here, please take it!" — Gregal (The Minish Cap)
  4. "In the battle between the Demon King and the spirits, there was a weapon called the Bow of Light... Perhaps it can drive his spirit from your body." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  5. "Go to the final temple, the Sand Temple. The Bow of Light is located deep inside." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  6. "You distract Malladus, Link. When I see an opportunity, I'll shoot him in the back with the Bow of Light." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  7. "A bow used by the princess who fought the beasts of twilight alongside the hero. It's said to contain the spirits of light's power. It fires arrows straight and true, as if beams of light." — Inventory Description (Breath of the Wild)
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