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Grappling Hook
Artwork of the Grappling Hook from The Wind Waker
Location(s) Dragon Roost Cavern (TWW)
Temple of Ice (PH)
Use(s) Reach new areas
Retrieve treasure (TWW)
Steal Spoils (TWW)
Swing (TWW)
Reflect attacks (PH)

The Grappling Hook is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] It enables Link to latch on to cantilevered ledges called Grappling Posts or Pegs,[2] as well as Treasure Chests in Phantom Hourglass,[3] and use them to swing across large distances to otherwise unreachable platforms.[4][5]

Location and Uses

The Wind Waker

Grappling Hook.png

In The Wind Waker, the Grappling Hook is given to Link as a gift from Medli after defeating the Moblins that had captured her at the summit of Dragon Roost Cavern.[6][7] It can be used to cross gaps by latching at specific targets. A separate function of the Grappling Hook is in the stealing of enemy Spoils.[8][9] Link can also use it to retrieve three Hearts from Princess Zelda during the final battle against Ganondorf.

When equipped aboard the King of Red Lions, the Grappling Hook becomes a crane, which allows Link to pull up Treasure Chests from the seabed.[10][11] These sunken chests can be found beneath Light Rings scattered across the Great Sea.[12]

The Grappling Hook is said to have been used by the Rito people before they obtained wings to navigate the heights and upper levels of the mountain on Dragon Roost Island.[6]

Phantom Hourglass

Grappling Hook PH.png

In Phantom Hourglass, the Grappling Hook can be used in several ways. It can be used as a walkable tightrope,[13] which also allows Link to use items while he is over it. However, if Link uses the Grappling Hook again, the previous tightrope disappears.[14] Similar to a Slingshot, it is capable of blasting Link across large holes.[15] It can also be used as a kilter of weight, pulling Link towards heavy objects while bringing light objects to him.[16][17] Furthermore, it can also be used to reflect attacks. This is useful when redirecting Arrows when shooting certain types of eye switches that close when Link looks at them.

The Grappling Hook is obtained in the Temple of Ice. It is used to defeat the boss, Gleeok, for which all possible ways of use will be required. The Salvage Arm replaces the Grappling Hook's crane feature at sea.


  • In The Wind Waker, if Link misses the spot where a Triforce Shard can be hauled up, he will sometimes pull up a Vase, spawning an Octorok afterwards.[18]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ใ‚ซใ‚ฎใคใ‚ใƒญใƒผใƒ— (Kagi Tsume Rลpu) Grappling Hook
Canada FrenchCA Grappin (PH)
French Republic FrenchEU Grappin-griffe Grapple Claw
Federal Republic of Germany German Greifhaken Grappling Hook
Italian Republic Italian Rampino Grapple
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Garra Claw


See Also


  1. โ†‘ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 126 (TWW | PH)
  2. โ†‘ "However, after you acquire the Grappling Hook, you can use these pegs to cross gaps and access previously unreachable areas." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
  3. โ†‘ "The Grappling Hook can latch onto more than just pegs. See a treasure chest across the water? Hit it with the Grappling Hook and Link is pulled right to it." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
  4. โ†‘ "Grab this branch with the Grappling Hook and you can swing over there to get out of this area!" โ€” Medli (The Wind Waker)
  5. โ†‘ "When you aim at a branch that you can latch onto, Target lock mark will appear. Remember that!" โ€” Medli (The Wind Waker)
  6. โ†‘ 6.0 6.1 "Here, Link! Use this to get out of here! It's what I used to get this far. It's a device we Rito used before we evolved wings." โ€” Medli (The Wind Waker)
  7. โ†‘ "I hear the bird-people who live on Dragon Roost Island east of here have invented an incredibly useful device that they call a Grappling Hook... No lie, fry!" โ€” Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  8. โ†‘ "I hear you can throw that thing at monsters and use it to grab treasure they've hidden in their pockets. Talk about cool." โ€” Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  9. โ†‘ "You can use your Grappling Hook to steal their Golden Feathers." โ€” Kargaroc Figurine Description (The Wind Waker)
  10. โ†‘ "After that, all you need to do is use the same thing we use to haul up treasure: one of those Grappling Hooks that the Rito tribesfolk of Dragon Roost Island use." โ€” King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
  11. โ†‘ "Then, you just use your Grappling Hook while in your boat to haul up treasure!" โ€” Salvage Corp (The Wind Waker)
  12. โ†‘ "In the King of Red Lions, the Grappling Hook becomes a salvage crane that hauls up sunken treasure chests marked by rings of light on the surface of the Great Sea." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Official Strategy Guide (Prima Games), pg. 16)
  13. โ†‘ "You can also create a tightrope between two pegs by equipping the Grappling Hook and then drawing a line from one peg to the other. Link can then cross the gap by walking along the taut rope." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
  14. โ†‘ "The next time you use the Grappling Hook, though, the previous tightrope disappears." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
  15. โ†‘ "With the Grappling Hook, you can also fashion a slingshot out of two pegs. [โ€ฆ] Link puts his back against the rope and makes the rope taut. When you release, Link flies up and across the screen." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
  16. โ†‘ "Light objects will be pulled toward you. You will be pulled to heavy objects!" โ€” N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. โ†‘ "You can also use the Grappling Hook to grab loose items and pull them back towards you." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
  18. โ†‘ NJ Riley, Weird easter egg in Wind Waker, YouTube (Video), published October 6, 2015, retrieved May 12, 2018.