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Shock Switch

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Shock Switch
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Shock Switches,[1] also know as Crystal Switches,[2][3] are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series.

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

Link's Awakening

Majora's Mask

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

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.


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Language Name
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Interruptores de cristal


See Also


  1. "Canyon, #3: Shock Switch A" — Sheikah Stone (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.), pg. 63
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc. , pg. 36