Deku Stick

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Deku Stick
OoT Deku Stick Artwork.png
Deku Stick artwork from Ocarina of Time
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Cost(s) 10 Rupees
Use(s) Lighting torches
Comparable Item(s) Boko Stick

Deku Sticks are items in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Location and Uses

MM3D Deku Stick Icon.png

Deku Sticks are most commonly acquired by harvesting the stalks of Deku Babas, but are said by shop owners to be long branches gathered from the Great Deku Tree.[1][2] Business Scrubs will sell Link a Deku Stick for 15 Rupees, 5 more than a shop.[3] Though most commonly used as a makeshift torch to solve puzzles, Deku Sticks can also be used as weapons. They are to a child what the Giant's Knife is to an adult, however, seeing as how they break after just one swing.[4] Deku Sticks deal twice as much damage as the Kokiri Sword. However, their strength was halved in Ocarina of Time 3D.

To prevent burning out a Deku Stick, Link can quickly put it away or swing his sword, thus preserving the Deku Stick.[5]

If Link can manage to have a butterfly land on the tip of a Deku Stick, it will transform into either a Fairy or a Bomb.[6] However, this is very impractical and difficult to achieve.


In Ocarina of Time, it is possible for Link to increase the maximum number of Deku Sticks he can hold in his inventory. The first upgrade raises the amount from 10 to 20 and the second to 30. Both these upgrades are only obtainable as a child, as Adult Link cannot equip the Deku Stick. If Link enters the Forest Stage while wearing the Skull Mask, the Deku Scrubs will reward him by both refilling his supply of Deku Sticks and raising their capacity to 20.[7][8] The second is bought for 40 Rupees from a Business Scrub in the same area as the bridge between Hyrule Field and Kokiri Forest.[9][10]

Non-Canon Appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, the Deku Spear used by Lana is similar to and inspired by the Deku Stick from Ocarina of Time. It is able to transform into the Deku Leaf and Deku Shield, and can summon the Great Deku Tree and sprouts. It is also of the Water element, and can conjure splashes of water and icicle spikes.

In the Termina Map, Deku Sticks appear as Item Cards. They are used to light Torches, revealing hidden enemies.


Its Japanese name, デクの棒 (Deku no Bou), derives from the Japanese idiom, 木偶の坊 (Deku no Bou). Both phrases have the same pronunciation but with different spelling and meaning. 木偶の坊 means "the wooden puppet," which is a metaphor for an incompetent person.



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
link= Japanese デクの棒 (Deku no Bou) Deku Stick
link= SpanishLA Palo deku (OoT3D, MM3D)
French-speaking countries French Bâton Mojo Deku Stick
link= FrenchCA Bâton mojo (MM3D)
link= German Deku-Stab Deku Stick
link= Italian Ramo Deku (OoT3D, MM3D)
link= ChineseSI 德库木棒 (Dékù Mùbàng) Deku Stick


See Also


  1. "Deku Baba-Hit it when it lunges at you, and it will stand upright. Cut it quickly to get a Deku Stick!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "A long branch gathered from the Great Deku Tree. You can use it as a weapon, but it will break." — Kokiri Shop Owner (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "All right! You win! In return, I will sell you Deku Sticks! 1 piece, 15 Rupees they are!" — Business Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "This long stick can even be used as a weapon. It's our best-seller." — Man from Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  5. "I know a trick to conserve sticks! If you light a stick on fire, it will burn to ashes. Press (A) to put it away before it completely burns!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "They say that if you get close to a butterfly while holding a Deku Stick in your hands, something good will happen." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "All of the young Deku Scrub brothers look exactly like our sacred forest totem! As an offering from us, please accept these Deku Sticks. We will also enhance your carrying skills! Abracadabra! Alakazaaaam!" — Big Deku Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Now you can pick up many Deku Sticks! You can carry up to 20 of them!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "I surrender! To make your quest easier, I can enable you to pick up more Deku Sticks! But, it'll cost you 40 Rupees!" — Business Scrub (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "You can now pick up even more Deku Sticks! You can carry up to 30 of them!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "Eh? What's that? You say if we had hot water, we could melt the ice off the hearth? Don't act like you know what you're talking about, you Deku Stick!" — Zubora (Majora's Mask)

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