Shovel

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Shovel
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Shovel artwork from A Link to the Past
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
Four Swords Adventures
Phantom Hourglass
Other media Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Use(s) Dig
Comparable Item(s) Mole Mitts
Digging Mitts

The Shovel is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series. It can be used to dig up treasures and even enemies from underneath the soil. The Shovel can also be used to unearth air vents that Link can use to get to higher elevations, or secret holes that lead to other unreachable areas.

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Appearances

A Link to the Past

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In A Link to the Past, the Shovel is given to Link by the Flute Boy in the Haunted Grove.[1] Its primary use is to find his hidden Flute.[2] After finding the Flute, it will replace the Shovel. It can still be used in the Dark World's Digging Game located southwest of the Village of Outcasts.[3]

In the Game Boy Advance version, the Shovel has its own item slot and is thus usable throughout the game.

Link's Awakening

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In Link's Awakening, the Deluxe Shovel can be purchased from the Town Tool Shop in Mabe Village for 200 Rupees. It is used find the Slime Key at the end of the Pothole Field. It can also be used to find some of the Secret Seashells which are scattered across Koholint Island. It, among other items, can also be traded at the end of the games Trading Sequence to obtain the Boomerang.

Oracle Series

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In Oracle of Ages, Link obtains the Shovel from a worker inside the Black Tower. He can use it to remove dirt piles. In Oracle of Seasons, Link obtains the Shovel from Holly after entering her home from the chimney. He can use it to remove the snow around her house.

The Shovel is required to find the Star-Shaped Ore needed to enter the Summer Tower of the Temple of Seasons in Oracle of Seasons. Link can also dig up enemies such as Podoboos.

Four Swords Adventures

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In Four Swords Adventures, the Shovel can be upgraded to the Level 2 Shovel by throwing it to a Great Fairy. The upgraded Shovel differs from the original in that it chimes whenever Link stands over treasure, a hidden passage, or other hidden secrets.

Phantom Hourglass

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In Phantom Hourglass, the Shovel can be found inside a cave in Molida Island. It is mostly used to uncover hidden passages. It can also unearth air vents that can elevate Link to high ledges. The Shovel can also be used in the Digging Game on Harrow Island, where Link can dig up ten treasures for the price of 50 Rupees.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Freshly Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

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In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, Tingle can buy the Shovel from Duke in the Lon Lon Meadow. When equipped, the weight of the Shovel will cause Tingle to walk slower. To dig, Tingle must be tapped on the touch screen. Only soft ground can be dug. Items, chests, and secret passages can be found by digging.

Trivia

  • In Link's Awakening, equipping both the Sword and the Shovel and pressing both buttons makes Link attack while digging.

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References

  1. "Then I will lend you my shovel. Good luck!" — Flute Boy (A Link to the Past)
  2. "Before I came here I buried my flute there, along with some flower seeds. Will you try to find it for me?" — Flute Boy (A Link to the Past)
  3. "Welcome to the treasure field. The object is to dig as many holes as you can in 30 seconds. Any treasures you dig up will be yours to keep." — Digging Game Owner (A Link to the Past)
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Language Name
Japanese Japan シャベル (Shaberu)
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Pala
French French-speaking countries Pelle
German Germany Schaufel
Italian Italy Pala