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Crossbow
Links crossbow zapper.png
The Crossbow from Link's Crossbow Training
Game(s)
Other media The Legend of Zelda TV series
A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors Legends
Use(s) Shooting from a distance
Comparable Item(s) Bow

The Crossbow is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

Link's Crossbow Training

The Crossbow is a long-range weapon capable of taking out targets from a distance and functions much like a regular Bow. It has unlimited Arrows.[1] Throughout stages, temporary upgrades can be obtained. The Exploding Crossbow fires Bomb Arrows.[2] Bomb Arrows do more damage, but limit the succession of shots by requiring a charge up time between them.[3] The Automatic Crossbow allows firing many shots in rapid succession.[4] This enhancement is obtained by defeating enemies flashing green. Once all Automatic Arrows are exhausted, the Crossbow reverts back to normal Arrows.[5]

Non-Canon Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

A Crossbow in The Legend of Zelda TV series

In The Legend of Zelda TV series, Crossbows appear in three episodes, wielded by a different character each time. They fire beam-like Arrows instead of the usual Arrows. In "The White Knight", a defeated Tinsuit leaves behind a Crossbow, which Link gives to Princess Zelda so that she may help him fight off the rest of the Tinsuits. Although the princess is successful in defeating several of the monsters, the Crossbow runs out of ammo and leaves Link helpless. However, soon after, Prince Facade arrives and uses his Crossbow to defeat the remaining foes.

Princess Zelda is seen once again wielding a Crossbow in "Fairies in the Spring," in which she uses it to defeat an eel that was electrocuting Link. In "The Moblins are Revolting," two Moblins use Crossbows as they try to defeat Link; however, they eventually end up defeating themselves and their Goriya companions with it.

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Roam uses a Crossbow as one of his weapons, although he is never seen using it in battle. Roam's Crossbow is first seen in chapter 8, where he shows it off to Link and claims he is looking for the Silver Arrow to defeat Ganon with it. After Roam dies saving Princess Zelda from a specter of Agahnim in Ganon's Tower, Zelda picks up Roam's Crossbow and aims it at Ganon. She then begins to ask for the aid of the maidens and fires an ordinary Arrow from the Crossbow. As it approaches Ganon, the power of the maidens, Zelda, Link, and Roam, turn the Arrow into the Silver Arrow,[6] destroying the King of Thieves.

Hyrule Warriors Series



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Linkle wielding the Crossbows

In Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Crossbows are a class of weapon used by Linkle. It is associated with Fire. Linkle wields a pair of dual Crossbows, which glow green when firing shots in rapid succession, and glow red when firing Bomb Arrows.

Variations

The default Crossbows are the Simple Crossbows. The second form of the Crossbows are the Hylian Crossbows, which are based on the Crossbow that Link uses in Link's Crossbow Training. The third form are the Legend's Crossbows.

Weapon Power
Weapon
Number of Stars
Tier Icon Element(s) 0 1 2 3 4 5
Lv.1 HW Simple Crossbows.png
Simple Crossbows
HW Fire Element Icon.png Fire 80 88 96 104 112 120
Lv.2 HW Hylian Crossbows.png
Hylian Crossbows
HW Fire Element Icon.png Fire 150 165 180 195 210 225
Lv.3 HW Legend's Crossbows.png
Legend's Crossbows
HW Fire Element Icon.png Fire 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.4 (HWL) HW Legend's Crossbows.png
Legend's Crossbows +
HW Fire Element Icon.png Fire 500 550 600 650 700 750
Lv.4+ (HWL) HW Legend's Crossbows.png
Luminous Crossbows
HW Fire Element Icon.png Fire
HW Light Element Icon.png Light
500 550 600 650 700 750

Attack Combinations

Attack Pattern Effect
Y Y Y Y Y Y
Y Y Y Y X
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Y Y Y Y Y X
Special Attack
Main article: Special Attack

Linkle shoots once with her two Crossbows pointing forward, then once with one pointing forward and the other back, and then turning around to fire both of them forward again. She then performs two spins while firing both Crossbows rapidly, and ending the attack in a huge, fiery explosion. This attack hits enemies in a mid range around Linkle.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Canada FrenchCA Arbalète (LCT)
Arbalètes (HW)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Ballesta (LCT)
Ballestas (HW)

Gallery

Video Gallery

Crossbow gameplay from Link's Crossbow Training
Crossbows gameplay from Hyrule Warriors Legends

References

  1. "You have an unlimited number of arrows." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 7)
  2. "Exploding Crossbow Press and hold B until cross hairs flash, and then release B to fire an exploding arrow." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 7)
  3. "It has more power and does more damage, but it takes a little while to charge up, so you can't fire it as frequently." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 7)
  4. "If you defeat an enemy that's flashing green, your weapon will turn into a rapid-fire crossbow, able to fire many shots in rapid succession." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 7)
  5. "Once you run out of automatic arrows, your crossbow will revert to normal." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 7)
  6. "It was the enchanted arrow..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)