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Sand Rod
ALBW Sand Rod.png
Artwork of the Sand Rod
from A Link Between Worlds
Game(s)
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors Legends
Location(s) Sand Temple
Ravio's Shop
Use(s) Creating walls of sand

The Sand Rod, known as the Sand Wand in Spirit Tracks, is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series. It allows the wielder to construct walls of Sand to act as barriers.

Location and Uses

Spirit Tracks

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In Spirit Tracks, the Sand Wand is obtained after beating three Stalfos Warriors in the Sand Temple. It can raise walls wherever the green orb of the Sand Wand touches, which is controlled by the Stylus.[1] Each cube-shaped segment of the sand walls will stay intact for four seconds. Link can use it below his feet to raise himself to higher ground, as well as to roll boulders, flip puzzle blocks, trap certain enemies, find items hidden beneath sand, and allow Phantom Zelda to move across sand where she would normally sink. The Sand Wand's utility is also quicksand-proof, allowing the young hero to avoid sinking in deep-rooted sand. The Sand Wand is also extensively used to solve various block puzzles in the Ends of the Earth Station located in the Fire Realm.

A Link Between Worlds

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In contrast with its incarnation from Spirit Tracks, the Sand Rod can only allow Link to make solid walls of sand rise in a straight line front of him. Additionally, Link cannot create sand beneath him. Consequently, the Sand Rod is useless on any other type of terrain, but invaluable on patches of sand. It is useful for creating passageways for Link to cross, both by walking on top of them and by merging with their sides; unearthing sand-dwelling enemies and stunning them; revealing buried Treasure Chests and hidden Maiamais; and elevating enemies. It is notably mandatory for both reaching and subsequently traversing the Desert Palace.

ALBW Rented Sand Rod Icon.png

The Sand Rod can be obtained as soon as the Thieves' Hideout is cleared. The Rod was originally rented from Ravio by Osfala,[2] who intended to use it to traverse the Eastern Palace.[3] The Rod remained with him after he was turned into a painting by Yuga, until Link saved Osfala after traversing the Thieves' Hideout. Osfala returns the Sand Rod to Link, asking him to bring it back to Ravio's Shop.[4][5] From this point on, the young hero can rent it for 50 Rupees or buy the Sand Rod himself for 800 Rupees.

ALBW Nice Sand Rod Icon.png

If Link has bought the Sand Rod and has located 10 Lost Maiamais, Mother Maiamai can upgrade the Sand Rod to the Nice Sand Rod. Unlike the regular Sand Rod, the sand pillars from the Nice Sand Rod will not disappear over time. Instead, the Rod has to be used again in order to collapse them.

Non-Canon Appearances

Hyrule Warriors Series



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Toon Link wielding the Sand Wand

In Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Sand Wand is a class of Weapon used by Toon Link, and is available in the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks DLC Pack. It is associated with Fire. Toon Link can use it to summon sand pillars and the Spirit Train to attack enemies.

Variations

The default form of the Sand Wand is also named the Sand Wand. The second form is the Jeweled Sand Wand, taking its appearance from A Link Between Worlds. It is followed by the Nice Sand Wand, also from A Link Between Worlds. In Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Nice Sand Wand + can also be obtained.

Weapon Power
Weapon Number of Stars
Tier Icon 0 1 2 3 4 5
Lv.1 HWS Sand Wand Icon.png
Sand Wand
80 88 96 104 112 120
Lv.2 HWS Jeweled Sand Wand Icon.png
Jeweled Sand Wand
150 165 180 195 210 225
Lv.3 HWS Nice Sand Wand Icon.png
Nice Sand Wand
280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.4 (HWL) HWS Nice Sand Wand Icon.png
Nice Sand Wand +
500 550 600 650 700 750

Attack Combinations

Attack Pattern Effect
Y X X X
Y Y X X X
Y Y Y X X X
Y Y Y Y X
Weak Point Smash
Main article: Critical Point

Against an elite enemy, Toon Link strikes the foe by summoning a sand block from the ground beneath them, sending them into the air. He then summons another sand block over their head and slams them down to the ground. Against Giant Bosses, Toon Link raises a large sand block beneath them as an uppercut. He then jumps onto the Spirit Train as it falls from the sky and crashes into the monster's weak spot in a fiery blaze.

Special Attack
Main article: Special Attack

Toon Link calls the Spirit Train from a portal behind him and sends it crashing into the enemies in front of him.

Focus Spirit
Main article: Focus Spirit

Upon activation, Toon Link momentarily puts the Sand Wand away and gives his enemies a salute before drawing back the wand, bursting in energy as he does so. When deactivating, Toon Link conducts the Spirit Train with his wand to appear from warp portals and crash into his enemies three times; he jumps onto the Spirit Train as it comes in behind him during the finishing blow and strikes his enemies in a fiery blaze. When his Focus Spirit is depleted, the Spirit Train parks right by Toon Link's side and blows its whistle loudly as its conductor gives a yell, subsequently bursting in fiery energy.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Sand Rod Rented Sand Rod Nice Sand Rod
Japan Japanese サンドロッド (Sando Roddo) 借りたサンドロッド ナイスサンドロッド (Naisu Sando Roddo)
Canada FrenchCA Baguette des sables Baguette des sables louée Baguette des sables de luxe
French Republic FrenchEU Baguette des Sables Baguette des sables de location Great baguette des sables
Federal Republic of Germany German Sandstab Leih-Sandstab Super-Sandstab
Italian Republic Italian Bacchetta delle sabbie Bacchetta delle sabbie a noleggio Super bacchetta delle sabbie
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Báculo de las Arenas Báculo de las Arenas alquilado Báculo de las Arenas chulo
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Báculo de las Arenas Báculo de las Arenas alquilado Báculo de las Arenas mejorado

Gallery

References

  1. "You got the Sand Wand! Tap any sandy area to raise the sand into a wall!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "Someone else is already renting the Sand Rod. He rented it when I was in the village seeing if that was a good place to set up my shop. He was in such a rush that I didn’t get his name. Said he had important business somewhere. Anyway, I’ve got only one of each item, so you’ll have to wait for that item to come home to roost." — Ravio (A Link Between Worlds)
  3. "I even got myself a Sand Rod, so I’m more or less invincible. Bold talk, you might say, but it’s simply the truth. I’ll get to the bottom of all this Yuga nonsense. Now, farewell to you, Link." — Osfala (A Link Between Worlds)
  4. "Ah, and I suppose if you’re the hero, then you have more need of this Sand Rod than have I. I wish I could give it to you as a gift, but truth be told, it’s not mine. It belongs to a merchant named Ravio. I rented it, and the deal was that if I fell in battle… Well, never mind. I need to get it back to him, but I seem to be…stuck here." — Osfala (A Link Between Worlds)
  5. "You got the Sand Rod, but you’ll have to return it to Ravio. At least then you can find it at his shop!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)