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The Clawshots from Skyward Sword
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Skyward Sword
Other media Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Hyrule Warriors
Use(s) Grappling, reaching far-away objects
Comparable Item(s) Hookshot
Grappling Hook
Switch Hook

The Clawshot is an item introduced in Twilight Princess, re-appearing in Skyward Sword.


Location and Uses



The Clawshot is based on the Hookshot, but instead of having a single point, it has three claws that are used to grab things to pull them closer to Link or pull Link to them.

In Twilight Princess, Link receives the Clawshot in Lakebed Temple at the bottom of Lake Hylia, after defeating the local mini-boss, Deku Toad. It is important for beating the temple's boss, Morpheel.

Double Clawshot

Double Clawshot.png

Later in Twilight Princess, Link finds another Clawshot in the City in the Sky, after defeating the mini-boss Aeralfos. Together, they are referred to in Twilight Princess as the Double Clawshots and in Skyward Sword simply as the Clawshots, and they enable Link to grapple onto an object while holding onto (or hanging from) another.

With the single Clawshot, Link's only option after grappling onto a target is to drop to the platform below. However, the combination of two Clawshots allows him to grapple and pull himself towards one target, then grapple another target without the need to drop down beforehand. This is vital, since many sections of the City in the Sky have pitfalls and holes instead of solid platforms.

The Double Clawshots are the key to defeating the boss of the City in the Sky, Argorok.

The Double Clawshots are found again in Skyward Sword, under the name Clawshots (since they're received at the same time, rather than separately). They are found by completing the Lanayru Desert Silent Realm challenge. Like most items in the game, they are controlled by the Wii MotionPlus, and can only latch onto special Clawshot targets and vines.

Clawshot vs. Hookshot

A typical Clawshot target
The Clawshot is a departure from the Hookshot, since it can no longer attach to the same variety of items and surfaces as previously possible. Where the Hookshot could latch onto wooden objects such as torches, chests, and rooftops as well as designated targets and climbable surfaces, the Clawshot is more limited in what objects it can grasp. These objects are typically a form of grating or vines, which somewhat diminishes the variety of different areas the Clawshot can cling to.

On the other hand, the Clawshot surpasses the Hookshot in other areas. The ability to cling to grates and use the second Clawshot to reach other areas opens up interesting new exploration abilities. The ability to move up and down along the Clawshot's chain (only in Twilight Princess) is also useful, and is reminiscent of The Wind Waker's Grappling Hook.

Non-canon Appearances

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

See SmashWiki's article on the Clawshot for more information.
Link using the Clawshot as a tether recovery

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Clawshot replaces the Hookshot as Link's grab move. Like its predecessor, the Clawshot serves as the young hero's tether recovery to grab the edge of the stage and pull himself back up to it. The Clawshot is actually more efficient since it automatically latches on to a nearby ledge instead of having to fire it at the precise time. Moreover, the Clawshot retracts faster than the Hookshot in Melee. Should the young hero miss his target after a grab move attempt, he will be left open to attack while the Clawshot returns to its original position.


Items in Twilight Princess
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Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name
Clawshot Double Clawshot
Japanese Japan クローショット ダブルクローショット
Spanish Spain Zarpa Doble Zarpa
Latin America Zarpas (SS)
French France Grappin Double Grappin
Canada Grappin (SS)
German Germany Greifhaken Doppelhaken
Italian Italy artiglio artiglio doppio