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Small Key
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Small Key from Breath of the Wild
Other media
80-100 Rupees (TLoZ)
Location(s) Dungeons
Use(s) Unlocking doors, blocks, and Treasure Chests

Small Keys, also known simply as Keys,[1] are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

Small Keys are commonly found inside dungeons, with most being rewarded after completing a puzzle. In The Legend of Zelda, Keys could also be purchased from Merchants and be used in any dungeon. Small Keys are used to open locked doors and Key Blocks. In every game, except for The Legend of Zelda, they can only be used in the dungeon where they are found.[2]

In Link's Awakening and the Oracle series, the Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Key.[3]

In Four Swords Adventures and Tri Force Heroes, Small Keys appear as objects that can be picked up, like Pots or stones. The Links must carry the Key to its keyhole, and will drop it if damaged. If the Key falls into a pit, quicksand, or water, it will reappear in its initial spot. Some enemies, such as Karat Crabs and Key Bandit Poes in Tri Force Heroes, will attempt to take the Key from the Links, in which case they must be defeated, stunned, or otherwise avoided in order to progress.

Breath of the Wild

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Small Keys appear exclusively in Ancient Shrines in Breath of the Wild. They are made from ancient Sheikah technology and glow with an orange light. While normal objects made from Sheikah technology are composed of non-magnetic materials, Small Keys are made from a metal that can be manipulated with Magnesis.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カギ (Kagi) Key
Canada FrenchCA Petite clé (OoT3D | MM3D | FSAE | PH | SS | ALBW) Small Key
French Republic FrenchEU Petite clé Small Key
Federal Republic of Germany German Kleiner Schlüssel (ALBW) Small Key
Italian Republic Italian Piccola Chiave (ALBW) Small Key
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Llave pequeña (ALBW) Small Key
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Llave pequeña (LA | OoT3D | MM3D | OoX | FSAE | PH | SS | ALBW) Small Key



  1. "KEY" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 383)
  2. "You found a Small Key! This key will open a locked door. You can use it only in this dungeon." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "You've got the Compass! Now, you can see where the chests and Nightmare are hidden! This Compass has a new feature-- a tone will tell you if a key is hidden in a room when you enter!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)