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Fire Arrow
Firearrow.png
Artwork of the Fire Arrow from Majora's Mask
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
The Wind Waker
Use(s) Grants the power of fire to the bow
Comparable Item(s) Ice Arrow
Light Arrow
Silver Arrow

The Fire Arrow is an upgrade to Link's bow arsenal that has made several appearances throughout the Zelda series, first appearing in Ocarina of Time.

Contents

Uses

The weapon infuses Arrows with the power of fire, causing the spot it hits to burst into flame. This attribute makes it quite useful for lighting torches and dealing significant damage to ice enemies, among other things. They consume Link's Magic Meter, so they must be used sparingly.

Locations

Ocarina of Time

The Fire Arrows as seen in-game

In Ocarina of Time, the Fire Arrows are obtained in Lake Hylia as an adult. Link must stand in front or on top of a platform with writing on it (above the Water Temple's entrance) and shoot an arrow at the sun just as it is beginning to rise.[1] The arrow will freeze in mid-air and fall to the ground on an island in the lake, where Link can pick it up, granting him the ability to use Fire Arrows.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to complete the Water Temple to fill the lake and thus obtain the Fire Arrows.[1] Link can also play the Song of Storms, which is considered "filling the lake with water" and shoot an arrow at the sun before the rain stops. The young hero can collect the arrows by using the Scarecrow's Song and the Longshot or by using the Bombchu Hover glitch.[2]

The platform on Lake Hylia upon which Link obtains the Fire Arrow in Ocarina of Time

Though it may not seem so, the Fire Arrows are not necessary for completion of the game. A combination of Din's Fire and shooting an arrow through an already lit torch can be used to clear puzzles involving the Fire Arrows. Even so, the Fire Arrows are particularly useful for torches that are too far away for the Din's Fire spell to reach. However, Fire Arrows are indeed needed to complete the Master Quest version of the game, as they are needed to burn the webs on the ceiling of the Spirit Barrier room full of ReDeads and Gibdos in Ganon's Castle, which Din's Fire is unable to reach.

Majora's Mask

The Fire Arrows are more useful in Majora's Mask than in its predecessor. They are acquired in the Snowhead Temple after defeating a Wizzrobe.

They look the same and deal the same amount of damage as in Ocarina of Time, though they are used more often to complete various puzzles, particularly in the Snowhead area. These puzzles usually involve melting ice or lighting several torches at a fast pace. The Fire Arrows are also used to burn away the curtains blocking the sunlight during the battle with Igos du Ikana and his two servants in the Ancient Castle of Ikana.

The Wind Waker

The Fire and Ice Arrows in The Wind Waker
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Link can receive the Fire Arrows as well as the Ice Arrows in The Wind Waker at the Mother & Child Isles after learning the Ballad of Gales. He must warp inside the rock structure located in the isle in order to meet the Fairy Queen, who will grant him the power to wield these special arrows.[3] However, the Fairy Queen will not hand over the ability to use the Fire Arrows until Link has rescued his sister, Aryll, from the Forsaken Fortress.

The Fire Arrows are needed in the storyline when Link has to melt the ice surrounding Ice Ring Isle in order to obtain the Iron Boots. Like in Majora's Mask, they can be used to burn away curtains within the Earth Temple, and at one point it is required to do so.

Twilight Princess

The Fire Arrows are not obtained in the normal game flow of Twilight Princess. However, using a hacking device, it can be seen that item number fifty-three, in the list of items, is named "Fire Arrow," meaning that they were originally meant to be obtainable. The Fire Arrows are still used, but by enemies; Bulblin Archers use them against Link, which can cause problems for his wooden shields. The Bomb Arrows seem to make up for the lack of Fire Arrows used by Link.

Trivia

  • Despite being on fire, in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask the Fire Arrow does no more damage than a regular Arrow, giving it little value as a weapon except against enemies like Freezards that are specifically weak to fire, and also on rare occasions against dense clusters of targets like Wart's bubbles where the spreading flame hits several targets at once. In The Wind Waker, however, it does twice as much damage.
  • In Ocarina of Time, enemies may be harmed by Din's Fire but not by Fire Arrows, provided they are unharmed by regular Arrows. An example is the ReDead, which takes no damage from any variety of Arrow but is killed by two uses of Din's Fire. Alternatively, they may still be harmed by Fire Arrows even if regular Arrows do not affect them. The Freezard and the Anubis are unharmed by regular Arrows but take damage from Fire Arrows and from Din's Fire.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "When water fills the lake, shoot for the morning light." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  2. Getting fire arrows before beating water temple, YouTube, published January 8, 2010, retrieved August 9, 2010.
  3. "I like you. And so, I shall give new power to the bow that you wield. Ice Arrows can freeze the hottest flames, and Fire Arrows can melt the coldest ice." — Fairy Queen (The Wind Waker)


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 炎の矢 (Honoo no Ya) Fire Arrow
Spanish Spain Flecha de Fuego Fire Arrow
Latin America Flecha de fuego Triforce piece.png Fire arrow
French French-speaking countries Flèche de Feu Fire Arrow
French Canada Flèche de feu Triforce piece.png Fire arrow
German Germany Feuer-Pfeil
Italian Italy Frecce Fuoco Fire Arrow