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Switch Hook

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Long Hook redirects here. Not to be confused with the Longshot.
Switch Hook
Switch Hook.png
Location(s) Skull Dungeon
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Comparable Item(s) Clawshot
Grappling Hook

The Switch Hook is an item in Oracle of Ages.[1] It is a grappling, claw-like item that will shift places with Link with whatever it grabs.

Location and Uses

The Switch Hook is obtained in the Skull Dungeon. The item functions similarly to a Hookshot, however, when Link fires the Switch Hook, it will switch places with whatever it grabs onto. The Switch Hook is able to grab onto most objects and enemies, including objects such as pots or large diamonds, the latter of which only reacts to the Switch Hook. After grabbing onto the object or enemy, Link and the grabbed thing will momentarily disappear before switching to opposite sides. Because of this, the Switch Hook is mainly used to cross areas by switching sides, as well as solving puzzles, usually by moving an object over. Some enemies are especially susceptible to the Switch Hook, such as Iron Masks, whose masks can be removed by using the Switch Hook.

There is also a L-2 Switch Hook upgrade called the Long Switch, also known as the Long Hook in the inventory screen. It is found within Jabu-Jabu's Belly, and shoots further than the Switch Hook (similar to the Hookshot and the Longshot).


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Switch Hook Long Switch/Long Hook
Japan Japanese 入れ替えフック ロング入れ替えフック
French Republic FrenchEU Grappin Grand Grappin/Inverseur
Federal Republic of Germany German Tausch-Haken Fern-Tauscher
Italian Republic Italian Gancio Scambio Gancio Lungo
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Gancho
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Gancho Largo

See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 140