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Small Key
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Game(s)
Other media
Cost(s)
80-100 Rupees (TLoZ)
Location(s)
Dungeons
Use(s)
Unlocking doors, Blocks, and Treasure Chests in Dungeons[1]

Small Keys,(ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW)[1] also known simply as Keys,(TLoZ | TAoL)[1][2] 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 every game, except for The Legend of Zelda, they can only be used in the dungeon where they are found.[3]

The Legend of Zelda

Keys can be purchased from Merchants and be used in any dungeon in The Legend of Zelda.

The Adventure of Link

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

The Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys in Link's Awakening, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Small Key.[4] In Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, an icon of the Compass also appears on-screen when this happens.

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

Oracle of Seasons

The Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys in Oracle of Seasons, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Small Key.

Oracle of Ages

The Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys in Oracle of Ages, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Small Key.

Four Swords

The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

Small Keys appear as objects that can be picked up, like Jars. The Links must carry the Small Keys to their keyholes, and will drop them if damaged. If a Small Key falls into a pit, quicksand, or water, it will reappear in its initial spot. Some enemies, such as Karat Crabs will attempt to take Small Keys from the Links, in which case they must be defeated, stunned, or avoided in order to progress.

The Minish Cap

Twilight Princess

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

A Link Between Worlds

Tri Force Heroes

Small Keys appear as objects that can be picked up, like Jars. The Links must carry the Small Keys to their keyholes, and will drop them if damaged. If a Small Key falls into a pit, quicksand, or water, it will reappear in its initial spot. Some enemies, such as Key Bandit Poes will attempt to take Small Keys from the Links, in which case they must be defeated, stunned, or avoided in order to progress.

Breath of the Wild

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.

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda Game Watch

The Faces of Evil

The Wand of Gamelon

BS The Legend of Zelda

Ancient Stone Tablets

Cadence of Hyrule

Nomenclature

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

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 138(TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW)
  2. "Key" — N/A (Cadence of Hyrule)
  3. "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)
  4. "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)