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The Gale Boomerang from Twilight Princess
|Game(s)|| Every Legend of Zelda game except The Adventure of Link and Skyward Sword|
The Legend of Zelda Game Watch
Super Smash Bros. series
|Other media||Animated series|
|Use(s)||Used to retrieve distant items, stun and often kill enemies, hit switches.|
|Comparable Item(s)||Slingshot, Bow, Beetle|
The Boomerang is a projectile weapon that has appeared in almost every Zelda game. It is generally acquired early in the game.
In general terms, the Boomerang can be used for both combat and puzzle solving. It is useful to stun enemies, although a single hit will kill frail enemies such as Keese. However, it is more commonly used to retrieve items that are out of Link's reach or to solve puzzles. The boomerang first appeared in The Legend of Zelda and has gone through several design changes since then. Recently, even the way it is used has been altered: in Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass, the player can draw the path that the boomerang will take, allowing a more direct control of the boomerang. Moreover, this item can also be used to turn Sparks and Anti-Fairies into Fairies in specific Zelda games.
Appearances and Locations
These Boomerangs function only to stun and retrieve out-of-reach items. Note that some of these incarnations of the item can be upgraded as well, but that will be covered in another section below.
The Legend of Zelda
The Boomerang is one of the first items that can be acquired in The Legend of Zelda. In both the First and Second Quests, it can be obtained by defeating a large number of Goriya in a room of the first dungeon in the game, the Eagle dungeon. Interestingly, it and the Magical Boomerang are the only major dungeon items to not be contained in an underground treasure room.
Adventure of Link
While Link cannot obtain a Boomerang as a weapon in this game, Goriyas continue to use them to attack Link.
A Link to the PastA Link to the Past, the Boomerang is again found early in the game, this time in Hyrule Castle. Its exact location is a few rooms before the prison where the Ball and Chain Trooper holds Princess Zelda captive, and it is the Dungeon Item, contained in a chest that is listed as a Big Chest on the map but is in fact a regular small chest. If Link fails to collect the Boomerang in the dungeon, he can also find another one in the house of the Sweeping Lady in Kakariko Village. If Link does not open either chest, he can obtain a Magical Boomerang from a chest in the Village of Outcasts later in the game, although he can also obtain this item by taking the regular Boomerang to the Waterfall of Wishing.
Unlike most other games in the series, the regular Boomerang is blue, while the Magical Boomerang is red.
Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time marks the first time the Boomerang is placed in a tridimensional space. It is found inside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly, in a room infested by enemies, and becomes Young Link's most powerful ranged weapon. It provides Young Link's counterpart to Adult Link's hookshot, allowing Young Link to finally capture those out-of-reach Gold Skulltula Tokens. Although Jabu-Jabu's Belly is the last dungeon Young Link goes through before entering the Temple of Time, the Boomerang still proves invaluable when Link returns to the past to go through the Bottom of the Well and the Spirit Temple.
Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
The Boomerang returns as a useful weapon in Oracle of Ages, and is found in Rolling Ridge as a prize from the Goron Shooting Gallery. Oracle of Seasons includes a boomerang identical to the one in Oracle of Ages, but this time, it is found in Subrosia as a prize from the Dance Hall. The Boomerang is a required item in Oracle of Seasons, but not in Oracle of Ages.
Four Swords and The Minish Cap
The traditional Boomerang makes another appearance in Four Swords. Because Four Swords is a competitive game, it is most useful for collecting Rupees before opponents but can still be used as a weapon as well. In The Minish Cap, the Boomerang can be bought in the shop at Hyrule Town for 300 Rupees.
Boomerangs with Added Characteristics
The Boomerangs listed below have other characteristics besides and along with those of stunning and item retrieval.
In Link's Awakening, the Boomerang is a very useful but optional weapon. It is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. In order to acquire it, Link must first complete a long trading sequence in order to receive the Magnifying Lens. Link must then visit Toronbo Shores and find a hidden cave on the eastern side. Inside, he will meet a tiny creature (who cannot be seen without the magnifying lens) who will offer to trade Link a boomerang for a weapon of his choice.
The Boomerang can again be used in the traditional way, but it now has a few more uses. Though minor, it can be used to cut bushes. It's simply a faster way to get the job done. Its usefulness as a weapon has also been greatly improved. In this game, few weapons will get the job done faster than the boomerang. It is one of the two weapons able to kill an Anti-Fairy, the other being the Magic Powder and the only weapon able to kill a Spark. It can also defeat certain enemies in one hit that no other weapons can, such as Ghinis. In other cases, it is surpassed slightly by weapons such as the Bow and Magic Rod. The Boomerang is perhaps most useful in defeating the final form of the Final Nightmare, Dethl. It can be a very difficult fight, but if Link has the boomerang, it is much easier. A single hit to the eye with the boomerang will defeat Dethl.
The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks
The Wind Waker adds another new feature to the Boomerang. The item, found in the Forbidden Woods and guarded by a winged Mothula, can now lock on to up to five different targets. This feature is often used for solving puzzles involving switches or for collecting multiple items at the same time. It is relatively weak as a weapon.
Phantom Hourglass, while showing the Boomerang with a mildly similar look as in The Wind Waker, once again reinvents its use, allowing the player to draw a specific path for it to follow using the stylus; the Boomerang in this game is found in the Temple of Fire. In Spirit Tracks, the Boomerang can be found inside the Snow Temple. It functions in the same way that it did in Phantom Hourglass with one exception: when the boomerang flies through a flame or ice flame, it will become the fire or ice boomerang.
Four Swords Adventures
The second cooperative competitive Zelda title, Four Swords Adventures, has the Links searching for Force Gems rather than Rupees, but the boomerang is still very useful for getting to the Force Gems before opponents. Unlike the original multiplayer game, the boomerang can now be held in place before returning to Link. This can be useful for retrieving moving force gems or attacking some enemies and is a great weapon at sea.
The following incarnations of the item have even more extra features, including a change in name.
In The Legend of Zelda, an upgraded version of the Boomerang, the blue Magical Boomerang, could also be obtained later in the game. In the first quest, it could be found in the second dungeon, the Moon Labyrinth. However in the second quest, its location was moved to the third dungeon. The only main difference between the Boomerang and the Magical Boomerang is the distance they can be thrown. The Magical Boomerang will fly twice as far when thrown before returning to Link. A Link to the Past incorporates a Boomerang that can be upgraded to the Magical Boomerang by visiting the Waterfall of Wishing. The Great Fairy there will upgrade it if Link tells her the truth.
Oracle of Seasons also has a second Boomerang that is not found in the other Oracle game, the Magic Boomerang. Rather than being simply a distance upgrade, the Magic Boomerang is completely under Link's control. Link can guide its path around obstacles in order to solve more complicated puzzles. When the Boomerang is upgraded to a Level 2 Boomerang in Four Swords Adventures, it will have a longer reach and speed out of Link's hand faster. The Magical Boomerang also appears The Minish Cap and is acquired by fusing Kinstones with Tingle and his brothers to reveal a hidden chest underground. This Boomerang has a longer range, can change direction mid-flight, and will destroy some enemies the regular Boomerang only stuns.
In Majora's Mask, the boomerang does not appear as an item but as an ability of Link in his Zora form. The fins in the forearms of Zora Link become boomerangs when the "B" button is charged. At this point, the actions of Link are the same as if he were holding the boomerang button in Ocarina of Time with the exception of this version being two boomerangs. The attributes of these weapons are basically the same as their previous incarnation. In the Zora Fight Song, Mikau calls these boomerangs his "double cutters".
Twilight Princess further reinvents the Boomerang. The Gale Boomerang is a special boomerang inhabited by the Fairy of Winds who allows it to summon small gales in order to attack or retrieve objects. It was originally held by the possessed Ook, the leader of the Faron Woods monkeys. It is found in the Forest Temple after fighting Ook and can be used to transport objects from one area to another, solve puzzles, and put out torches. This is also the first boomerang to house the spirit of a fairy, in this case the Fairy of Winds.
The biggest difference is the mini-tornado that is produced when the Boomerang is launched. It works similarly to the boomerang in The Wind Waker, giving Link the option to lock onto up to five targets. It is used for many purposes throughout the game such as spinning fans, turning the direction of bridges, and catching Golden Bugs located across Hyrule. The Gale Boomerang is the key item needed to defeat the Forest Temple's boss, Diababa.
- The Adventure of Link is one of the few Zelda games where Link does not acquire the boomerang. Even so, it does make an appearance. The Goriya return and still use the boomerang as their weapon of choice.
- Although the Boomerang was introduced in The Legend of Zelda, has appeared in nearly every game since, and is usually a dungeon item, it was not a required item to complete the game until Ocarina of Time. It is also optional in Oracle of Ages and The Minish Cap.
- In the Super Smash Bros. fighting series and in Soulcalibur II, one of Link's Special Attacks hurls a boomerang at the opponent.
Artwork of Link throwing a boomerang at an Octorok from The Legend of Zelda
Link using a boomerang; action figure from The Legend of Zelda
- ↑ "If you hit an enemy with this, it will be stunned for a short time (some enemies will sustain damage when hit by the boomerang). The boomerang can also retrieve distant Rupees and Hearts." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 37)
- ↑ "You got the Boomerang! Set it to and throw it with [Y], [Z], or [X]. Target specific objects by holding the button you set it to and aiming at something until the red targeting cursor changes to a [Target lock mark]. You can target up to five objects at once." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "For my deadly move, press and hold (B). Now release! It's the final blow. My double cutters!" — Mikau (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Wait till I have freed you with the magic boomerang!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Boomerang||Magical Boomerang||Gale Boomerang|
|French||Boomerang||Boomerang Magique||Boomerang Tornade|
|Italian||Boomerang||Boomerang magico||Boomerang ciclone|
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