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Dead Hand

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Dead Hand
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Dungeon(s)Bottom of the Well
Shadow Temple
Ganon's Castle (MQ)

Dead Hand is a Sub-Boss in Ocarina of Time. It resides at the Bottom of the Well in Kakariko Village as well as the Shadow Temple in the Graveyard.


Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Dead Hand

Watch out for its infinite hands! Aim for its head!

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Dead Hand's Hands (OoT) / Dead Hand's Hand (OoT3D)

If it grabs you, tap any button to escape! (OoT)
If it grabs you, rapidly tap A Button to escape! (OoT3D)

Dead Hand has a zombie-like head with a large jaw. Its blood is a green color, and purple blotches (thought to be bloodstains) cover its body. Multiple seemingly disembodied hands, usually four to six, circle the chamber in which Dead Hand resides. The creature uses these hands to snag prey, at which point its main body emerges from the ground to consume the captured meal.

The Dead Hand at the Bottom of the Well can be overcome by intentionally letting oneself be grabbed by the hands, then breaking free and slashing the Dead Hand in the face when it appears. The hands can also be destroyed, and although they regenerate after about 20 seconds, destroying enough of them inevitably forces the Dead Hand to emerge, giving Link an opportunity to strike without leaving himself vulnerable. Once the Dead Hand has been defeated, it collapses and Link is rewarded with the Lens of Truth.

The same strategy can be used for the Dead Hand in the Shadow Temple (multiple Dead Hands in Master Quest), but there is an easier method in which Link can use the Lens of Truth, acquired from the Well, to look on the ground for the shadow of the Dead Hand moving about underground, and place a Bomb on top of it. Once the Bomb explodes, Dead Hand proceeds to come out to attack Link. The wave of earth created by a Dead Hand's emergence or burrowing can injure Link. If Dead Hand is unsuccessful in retaining Link with one of its hands, it will bury itself again. Upon the monster's defeat, Link acquires the sacred Hover Boots as a reward.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese デドハンド (Dedo Hando) Dead Hand
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 死亡之手 Dead Hand
French-speaking countries French Poignant
Canada FrenchCA Main mortelle (OoT3D) Deadly Hand
Federal Republic of Germany German Hirnsauger Brain Sucker
Italian Republic Italian Smaniosso
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Mano Muerta (OoT3D) Dead Hand


See Also

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of SeasonsOracle of AgesFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between WorldsTri Force HeroesBreath of the WildLink's Crossbow Training