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Magical Key
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The Magical Key is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] It allows Link to unlock any Locked Door.[2] Unlike a normal Key, it is reusable, meaning that regular Keys are rendered useless once obtained.

Location and Uses

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, the Magical Key can be found in Level-8. It is golden and has a bow shaped like the head of a lion. Once obtained, the Key count is replaced with the letter "A",[3] which stands for "almighty."[4]

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, the Magical Key is found after using the Spell at the edge of Hidden Kasuto.[5] It is also gold-colored, but the lead shape resembles a coat of arms.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, The Magical Key appears as Ganondorf's 8-Bit Weapon for the Great Swords.


  • In the original Japanese release of the first game, one of the old men in Level-8 tells Link to search for the Magical Key within the dungeon.[6] However, the Western releases changed this line to a vague reference in exploiting enemy spoils.[7]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese マジカルキー (Majikaru Kī)
ライオンノカギ (Raion no Kagi) (TLoZ)Triforce piece.png
Magical Key
Lion Key
Federal Republic of Germany German Magischer Schlüssel
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Llave mágica Triforce piece.png Magical key



  1. (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 383 (TLoZ) & 386 (TAoL)
  2. "A magical key that can open several of the locked doors." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 46)
  3. "Once he's got this magical key, "A" will be displayed showing he's unstoppable!" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 22)
  4. "When you have it, the display will show an "A" (for "Almighty")." (The Legend of Zelda manual)
  5. "THERE IS A SECRET AT EDGE OF TOWN." — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
  6. "Search for the Lion Key." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  7. "10TH ENEMY HAS THE BOMB." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)