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Use(s) Reaching faraway areas and objects
Comparable Item(s) Clawshot
Grappling Hook
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Hookshots (pronounced /ˈhʊkˌʃɒt/ HUUK-shot)[1],(ALttP | LA | LADX | OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | TWW | TWWHD | ALBW | SSB | HW | CoH)[2][name reference missing], also known as Hook Shots,(ALttP | LA)[3][4][note 1] are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. They are machines consisting of a chain and hook. When used, the chains extend and send the hook attached towards their targets. If the hooks latch onto certain objects, Link is projected towards those objects. Link can also use them to pull enemies and objects towards him.

Location and Uses

In nearly all games, the Hookshot is almost always found inside dungeons. A recurring trend in the series is that the Hookshot is typically found inside water-themed or flooded dungeons, such as the Swamp Palace in A Link to the Past, or Catfish's Maw in Link's Awakening. The Hookshot is usually guarded by the dungeon's mini-boss and often becomes necessary to navigate the remainder of these dungeons it is found in. It is also often required to defeat the dungeons' bosses.

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The Hookshot is used most commonly to grapple onto far away objects so that Link can reach previously inaccessible areas. In addition, the Hookshot can also be used as a replacement for the Boomerang by allowing Link to grab far away objects (like hard to reach Rupees or out of reach switches) and attack enemies. In most cases, attacking an enemy with the Hookshot will only stun them, but some weaker enemies such as Keese will be defeated when hit with the Hookshot. Other enemies, such as Like Likes, will instead pull Link towards them when hit by the Hookshot, which can potentially hurt Link or threaten his other items.

In 2D Zelda games, the Hookshot will latch onto specific solid objects that stand in any of the four cardinal directions and can include blocks, chests, specific stones, or pots. It is often used to pull Link over pits and unsafe hazards. In the 3D console games, the 3D environment makes greater use of the Hookshot as it can also be used to reach higher or lower heights. In these games, objects that can be grappled onto are usually marked with a bulls-eye target. In Ocarina of Time, the Hookshot also produces a laser light used for aiming the Hookshot. In Ocarina of Time 3D, the laser dot is surrounded by an extra red ring when the Hookshot is pointed at a viable object. In said game, the Hookshot can also be aimed by moving the Nintendo 3DS.

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

The Hookshot is found in Dampé's Grave in Ocarina of Time after besting Dampé the first time in a race as an adult.

An upgraded version of the Hookshot, known as the Longshot, can be found in the Water Temple. The Longshot has a much longer reach than the regular Hookshot.

Majora's Mask

The Hookshot is found in the Pirates' Fortress in Majora's Mask.

The Wind Waker

The Hookshot is found in the Wind Temple in The Wind Waker.

A Link Between Worlds

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The Hookshot can be rented for 50 Rupees or bought for 800 Rupees from Ravio's Shop in A Link Between Worlds. The Hookshot can be upgraded to the Nice Hookshot by Mother Maiamai, if Link has purchased the Hookshot from Ravio's Shop and has found at least 10 Lost Maiamais. The Nice Hookshot deals more damage and extends farther.

The Hookshot can be used to grapple onto switches as well as wooden walls, which Link can then quickly merge with.

Non-Canon Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Series

Link using the Hookshot in Super Smash Bros. Melee
See SmashWiki's article on the Hookshot for more information

The Hookshot is Link's grab in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, it was replaced by the Clawshot. Link, Young Link, and Toon Link can use this move as a tether recovery to grab the edge of the stage and pull themselfs back up to it. Young Link and Toon Link's versions of the Hookshot have a shorter range compared to the adult Link version.

The Hookshot also appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Sticker Information

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
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Hyrule Warriors

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In Hyrule Warriors, the Hookshot appears as an item obtained in the "The Shadow King" Scenario. The Hookshot is used to grapple onto ledges, indicated by a bulls eye target overhead and a glowing space when the Hookshot is selected. It can also be used to grapple onto enemies and quickly move towards them, sometimes also while performing an attack on certain enemies in some instances, such as on Aeralfos when it is in flight. The Hookshot can temporarily be upgraded by finding a item upgrade power-up in battles, which increases its strength for its duration. In this state it can also be used to pull and crash a tiny Moon onto enemies. Its duration can be increased by crafting Whip Badges. The Hookshot is also used to pull down and stun Argorok when its tail glows blue, as well as weaken a part of Ganon when his tail glows.

In Adventure Mode, the Hookshot is also an Item Card that allows to unlock a new area of the map upon completion.

Cadence of Hyrule

The Hookshot appears as a key item that can assist Cadence, Link, Yves, and Zelda in reaching areas that would otherwise be out of reach to them, along with stunning and knocking back enemies.[6] It can later be upgraded to the Longshot.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Hookshot Rented Hookshot Nice Hookshot
Japan Japanese フックショット (Fukkushotto) 借りたフックショット ナイスフックショット (Naisu Fukkushotto)
Canada FrenchCA Grappin (OoT3D | MM3D | ALBW) Grappin loué Grappin de luxe
French Republic FrenchEU Grappin Grappin de location Great grappin
Federal Republic of Germany German Enterhaken Triforce piece.png (ALttP | LA | TWW | ALBW)
Fanghaken Triforce piece.png (OoT3D | MM3D)
Leih-Enterhaken Super-Enterhaken
Italian Republic Italian Arpione Arpione a noleggio Super arpione
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Gancho Gancho alquilado Gancho chulo
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Gancho (LA | OoT3D | MM3D | ALBW) Gancho mejorado


See Also


  1. Hookshots were referred to as Hook Shots in a social media post for Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch on the official The Legend of Zelda Facebook page.[5] However, as this contradicts the name given in-game in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "Climb up walls with the Hookshot"Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 127(ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | TWW | ALBW)
  3. "BOING! This is the Hook Shot! It extends and contracts and... BOING! It can grapple many things!" — N/A (A Link to the Past)
  4. "You've got the Hook Shot! Its chain stretches long when you use it!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. "This is the Hook Shot in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Latch it onto something far away and ZIP, off you go! It's also great for stunning enemies if you hit them with it." — The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Hook Shot | Facebook, Facebook, published August 15, 2019, retrieved August 15, 2019.
  6. "Hookshot -- Assign it to A Button B Button X Button Y Button
    Use it to pull yourself to certain objects or stun and knock back enemies.
    " — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)