The Hookshot from Majora's Mask 3D
|Game(s)|| A Link to the Past|
Ocarina of Time
The Wind Waker
A Link Between Worlds
|Other media|| Ancient Stone Tablets|
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
|Use(s)||Reaching faraway areas and objects|
|Comparable Item(s)|| Clawshot|
The Hookshot (pronounced /ˈhʊkˌʃɒt/ HUUK-shot) is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series, first appearing in A Link to the Past. It is a machine consisting of a chain and hook. When used, the chain extends and sends then hook which is attached to it. If the hook latches onto certain objects, Link is projected towards that object. Link can also use it to pull enemies and objects towards him.
In nearly all games, the Hookshot is almost always found inside dungeons. A recurring trend in the series is that the Hookshot is typically found inside water-themed or flooded dungeons, such as the Swamp Palace in A Link to the Past, or Catfish's Maw in Link's Awakening. The Hookshot is usually guarded by the dungeon's mini-boss, and often becomes necessary to navigate the remainder of these dungeons it is found in. It is also often required to defeat the dungeons' bosses.
In some games however, especially Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, the Hookshot is instead not found inside a dungeon, but can rather in Dampé's Grave and Pirates' Fortress, respectively. However, while these two Hookshots are not found in water dungeons, the Longshot in Ocarina of Time, which is the upgrade to the original Hookshot, can be found in the Water Temple. Whereas in Majora's Mask, the Hookshot is located within an oceanic region. Other exceptions include The Wind Waker, where the Hookshot is found in the Wind Temple, and A Link Between Worlds, where the Hookshot can be rented for 50 Rupees or bought for 800 Rupees from Ravio's Shop.
|A Link to the Past||Swamp Palace|
|Link's Awakening||Catfish's Maw|
|Ocarina of Time||Dampé's Grave||Upgrades to Longshot|
|Ocarina of Time||Water Temple||Upgraded from Hookshot|
|Majora's Mask||Pirates' Fortress|
|The Wind Waker||Wind Temple|
|A Link Between Worlds||Ravio's Shop||Upgrades to Nice Hookshot|
|A Link Between Worlds||Ravio's Shop||Upgraded from Hookshot|
The Hookshot is used most commonly to grapple onto far away objects so that Link can reach previously inaccessible areas. In addition, the Hookshot can also be used as a replacement for the Boomerang by allowing Link to grab far away objects (like hard to reach Rupees or out of reach switches) and attack enemies. In most cases, attacking an enemy with the Hookshot will only stun them, but some weaker enemies such as Keese will be defeated when hit with the Hookshot. Other enemies, such as Like Likes, will instead pull Link towards them when hit by the Hookshot, which can potentially hurt Link or threaten his other items.
In 2D Zelda games, the Hookshot will latch onto specific solid objects that stand in either of the four cardinal directions, and can include blocks, chests, specific stones, or pots. It is often used to pull Link over pits and unsafe hazards. In the 3D console games, the 3D environment makes greater use of the Hookshot as it can also be used to reach higher or lower heights. In these games, objects that can be grappled onto are usually marked with a bulls eye target. In Ocarina of Time, the Hookshot also produces a laser light used for aiming the Hookshot. In Ocarina of Time 3D, the laser dot is surrounded by an extra red ring when the Hookshot is pointed at a viable object. In said game, the Hookshot can also be aimed by moving the Nintendo 3DS. In A Link Between Worlds, the Hookshot gains some additional use as it can also be used to grapple onto switches as well as wooden walls, which Link can then quickly merge with.
Over the years, the Hookshot has been redesigned many times, but the concept remains the same. A few games include upgraded variations to the regular Hookshot. Ocarina of Time includes the Longshot, which has a much longer chain and can therefore reach farther objects. In A Link Between Worlds, the Hookshot can be upgraded to the Nice Hookshot by Mother Maiamai, if Link has purchased the Hookshot from Ravio's Shop and has found at least 10 Lost Maiamais. The Nice Hookshot deals more damage and extends farther.
In a few other games, however, the Hookshot is replaced with other similar items. Oracle of Ages replaces the Hookshot with the Switch Hook. The Wind Waker includes the Hookshot, but also the Grappling Hook. Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword replace the Hookshot with a very similar item, the Clawshot.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Hookshot||Longshot||Rented Hookshot||Nice Hookshot|
|Japanese||フックショット (Fukkushotto)||ロングフック (Rongufukku)||借りたフックショット||ナイスフックショット (Naisu Fukkushotto)|
|Spanish||Gancho||Gancho alquilado||Gancho chulo|
|Gancho (LA, OoT3D, MM3D, ALBW)||Supergancho (OoT3D)||Gancho mejorado|
|French||Grappin||Grappin de location||Great grappin|
|Grappin (OoT3D, MM3D, ALBW)||Supergrappin (OoT3D)||Grappin loué||Grappin de luxe|
|German||Enterhaken (ALttP, LA, ALBW)
Fanghaken (OoT3D, MM3D)
|Italian||Arpione||Arpione a noleggio||Super arpione|
- "Climb up walls with the Hookshot" — Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.