Boomerang

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Boomerang
ALBW Boomerang.png
Boomerang artwork from A Link Between Worlds
Game(s) All except The Adventure of Link and Skyward Sword
Other media Animated series
The Legend of Zelda Game Watch
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Soulcalibur II
Hyrule Warriors
Cost(s) 300 Rupees (TMC)
800 Rupees (ALBW)
Use(s) Used to retrieve distant items, stun or defeat enemies, hit switches
Comparable Item(s) Beetle

The Boomerang is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.

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Uses

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Link throwing the Boomerang artwork from Spirit Tracks

The Boomerang can be used for both combat and puzzle solving. It is useful to stun enemies, although a single hit will defeat weak enemies such as Keese. It is more commonly used to retrieve items that are out of Link's reach[1] or to solve puzzles. The Boomerang first appeared in The Legend of Zelda and has gone through several design changes since then. In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, Link can draw the path that the Boomerang will take, allowing a more direct control of it. Moreover, the Boomerang can also be used to turn Sparks and Anti-Fairies into Fairies in specific games.

Locations

Image Game Location Notes
BoomerangLoZ.png The Legend of Zelda Level 1Triforce piece.png Upgrades to Magical Boomerang
BoomerangSprite ALttP.png A Link to the Past Hyrule Castle Upgrades to Magical Boomerang
LAboomerang.png Link's Awakening Toronbo Shores
BoomerangG Large.png Ocarina of Time Jabu-Jabu's Belly Can only be used as Young Link
Boomerang OOX.png Oracle of Seasons Subrosia
Boomerang OOX.png Oracle of Ages Rolling Ridge
Boomerang(FS).gif Four Swords Various levels
TWW Boomerang.png The Wind Waker Forbidden Forest
Boomerang FSA.png Four Swords Adventures Various levels
BoomerangTMC.gif The Minish Cap Hyrule Town Shop Bought for 300 Rupees
Upgrades to the Magical Boomerang
Gale Boomerang.png Twilight Princess Forest Temple
Boomerangph.png Phantom Hourglass Temple of Fire
Boomerangph.png Spirit Tracks Snow Temple
ALBW Boomerang.png A Link Between Worlds Ravio's Shop Upgrades to the Nice Boomerang

Appearances

Standard Boomerangs

These Boomerangs function only to stun and retrieve out-of-reach items. Some of them can be upgraded.

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. It and the Magical Boomerang are the only major Dungeon items to not be contained in an underground room.

The Adventure of Link

While Link cannot obtain a Boomerang as a weapon in The Adventure of Link, Goriyas continue to use them to attack him.

A Link to the Past

BoomerangALttP.png

In A Link to the Past, the Boomerang is again found in Hyrule Castle. Its exact location is a few rooms before the prison where the Ball and Chain Trooper holds Princess Zelda captive, contained in a Treasure 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, although he can also obtain it 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

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In Ocarina of Time, the Boomerang is found Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly. It allows Link to get out-of-reach items such as Gold Skulltula Tokens. It can also be use to defeat weak enemies or stun bigger ones. When used, the camera shifts to a first person perspective. When targeting at an enemy, the Boomerang will follow its target until hit. If the enemy gets out of its reach, the Boomerang will return to Link. It can only be used by Young Link.

Oracle Series

In Oracle of Ages, the Boomerang can be found in the Rolling Ridge as a prize from the Goron Shooting Gallery. In Oracle of Seasons, it can be 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

In Four Swords, the Boomerang appears in various stages. It can only be used in the stage where it was obtained. It is useful to collect Rupees.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the Boomerang can be bought in the Hyrule Town Shop for 300 Rupees. It can be upgraded to the Magical Boomerang by fusing Kinstones with the Tingle Brothers.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds the Boomerang can be obtained from Ravio's Shop. Like other items in the game, it can be borrowed and bought permanently. The Boomerang can be rented for 50 Rupees and bought for 800 (unless it is the first item bought, in which case, it will cost 400 Rupees). It can be upgradable to the Nice Boomerang by bringing Lost Maiamais to Mother Maiamai. The upgrade improves the speed and range of the Boomerang and allows Link to throw three Boomerangs at a time.

Boomerangs with Added Characteristics

These Boomerangs have other added characteristics.

Link's Awakening

Link obtaining the Boomerang in Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, the Boomerang is an optional weapon. To obtain it, Link must first complete the 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, with the help of the Magnifying Lens, he will meet a Goriya who will offer to trade Link a Boomerang for a weapon of his choice.

The Boomerang can be used in the traditional way, but it now has more uses, such as cutting bushes. The Boomerang is one of the two weapons able to defeat an Anti-Fairy, the other being the Magic Powder. It is also the only weapon able to defeat a Spark. It can also defeat certain enemies in one hit such as Ghinis. The Boomerang is the most effective weapon against the final form of Nightmare, as it can be defeated in one hit.

The Wind Waker

Boomerang Icon TWW.png

The Wind Waker adds another new feature to the Boomerang. Found in the Forbidden Woods, it now can lock on to up to five different targets.[2] This feature is often used for solving puzzles involving switches or for collecting multiple items at the same time.

Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks

ST Boomerang.png

In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, the Boomerang allows Link to to draw a specific path for it to follow. In Spirit Tracks, the Boomerang can fly through fire and ice to light up torches or freeze water. It can be found in the Temple of Fire in Phanton Hourglass, and the Snow Temple in Spirit Tracks.

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, the Boomerang canbe held in place before returning to Link. This is useful for retrieving moving Force Gems.

Special Variants

These Boomerangs include even more added functionalities, including a change in its name.

Magic Boomerang

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In The Legend of Zelda, an upgraded version of the Boomerang, called the Magical Boomerang, can be obtained. In the First Quest, it can be found in the Moon Dungeon. In the second quest, it is located in the Manji Dungeon. The Magical Boomerang will fly twice as far when thrown before returning to Link.

MagicalBoomerangALttP.png

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 has a Magic Boomerang that is not found in Oracle of Ages. 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.

In Four Swords Adventures, the Boomerang can be upgraded to the Level 2 Boomerang, which is faster and have a longer reach.

In The Minish Cap, the Magical Boomerang can be obtained by fusing Kinstones with Tingle and his brothers, which will reveal a hidden Treasure Chest underground. The Magical Boomerang has a longer range, can change direction mid-flight, and will defeat enemies that the regular Boomerang only stuns.

Zora Boomerang

In Majora's Mask, the Boomerang does not appear as an item but as an ability of Zora Link. The fins in his forearms become Boomerangs when the B button is charged. The actions of Link are the same as if he were holding the a Boomerang, with the exception of this version being two. The attributes of these weapons are the same as their previous incarnation. In the "Zora Fight Song", Mikau calls them the double cutters.[3]

Gale Boomerang

Gale Boomerang Icon TP.png

In Twilight Princess, 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.

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 can be used to spin fans, turn the direction of bridges, and catch Golden Bugs.

Upgrading the Boomerang

In some games, the Boomerang can be upgraded to add extra features, such as a faster throwing speed, dealing more damage, extend its range, or throw various Boomerangs at a time.[4]

Image Game Name Uses Method of Obtainment
MagicalBoomerangLoZ.png Magical Boomerang The Legend of Zelda Increase range Obtained in Level 2Triforce piece.png
Obtained in Level 3Triforce piece.png
MagicalBoomerang ALttP.png Magical Boomerang A Link to the Past Increase speed and range Must throw it into the Waterfall of Wishing
Magic Boomerang OOS.png Magical Boomerang Oracle of Seasons Control its flight path[5] Obtained in the Ancient Ruins
MagicalBoomerangTMC.gif Magical Boomerang The Minish Cap Can change its path mid-flight[6] Must fuse Kinstones with Tingle and his brothers
Nice Boomerang.png Nice Boomerang A Link Between Worlds Increase range and speed
Fire three Boomerangs at a time[7]
Buy the Boomerang from Ravio's Shop
Find 10 Lost Maiamais

Other Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

The Legend of Zelda Game Watch

Boomerang GW.png

The Boomerang appears in The Legend of Zelda Game Watch. One appears in each room, and Link must collect it and use it to defeat all the Iron Balls.

Animated series

Boomerang Kangaroo (That Sinking Feeling).png
Zelda wielding a Boomerang

The boomerang is one of the most used items in the animated series, and one hit from this weapon is capable of defeating most of Ganon's minions. It is mostly used by Princess Zelda, although Link, Moblins and Goriyas wield it as well. The boomerang first appears in "Cold Spells", where Zelda defeats various magically-possessed cleaning supplies with it. Later, in "Sing for the Unicorn", Zelda once again uses it to defeat an Armos Knight and Ganon, rescuing Link and her father in the process. The boomerang shown in "That Sinking Feeling" is given to Zelda by Link so that the two of them can fight off several Tektites that have ambushed them. Link is not shown wielding this item until the "Stinging a Stinger" episode, which he uses it to defeat a Gohma with the help of Zelda's Magic Rope.

Although the series mostly exemplifies the use of the boomerang for fighting enemies, the "Doppelganger" episode demonstrates how Zelda uses the boomerang to break free from the ropes that Ganon had tied around her hands.

The Legend of Zelda Comic

The Magic Boomerang from The Legend of Zelda makes an appearance in the Day of the Triforce story of the Legend of Zelda comic. After Princess Zelda and Cassiopia arrive to the Water Town of Saria to fight off the monsters that have attacked the town, Cassiopia uses the Magic Boomerang to free her husband, the River Man, from the chains that bind him.[8]

Super Smash Bros. Series

See SmashWiki's article on Boomerang for more information.
Toon Link using the Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Boomerang functions as one of Link's, Young Link's, and Toon Link's Special Moves. In Super Smash Bros., it is Link's Neutral Special Move, while in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U the Boomerang serves as the Links' Side Special Move. While the Boomerang from Ocarina of Time appears in the series' first two games, the Gale Boomerang appears in Brawl and the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, replacing Link's standard Boomerang. Other than hitting and damaging the opponent, the Gale Boomerang has a wind effect that pushes or pulls players who get caught in the whirlwind it creates. The Wind Waker design of the Boomerang is used by Toon Link.

While performing this move, the player can tap the Control Stick to increase its range; moreover, tilting the Control Stick up or down will cause Link to aim the Boomerang in the specified direction. Both Young Link and Toon Link have greater control over the Boomerang than the adult counterpart. Despite this, their range is much shorter than Adult Link's.

The Boomerang from The Wind Waker also appears as a collectible Sticker.

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Boomerang Boomerang Sticker.png The Wind Waker [Weapon] - Attack +4 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link

Soulcalibur II

How to perform: Horizontal Attack ButtonPlusKick Button

In Soulcalibur II, the Boomerang from Ocarina of Time is part of Link's moveset. To get into the Boomerang Stance, the player must press the horizontal attack button and the kick button at the same time. Pressing the horizontal attack again will cause Link to release the Boomerang towards his enemy. The Boomerang attack is considered to be a high attack, dealing 25 HP worth of damage to the opponent.

Hyrule Warriors

The Boomerang appears as an item in Hyrule Warriors. It can be upgraded temporarily to the Gale Boomerang during missions. Certain badges increase the duration of the upgrade.

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References

  1. "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)
  2. "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)
  3. "For my deadly move, press and hold (B). Now release! It's the final blow. My double cutters!" — Mikau (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Nice! The boomerang is more powerful now! Try it out to see its stronger effects! You can now throw three in a row! Speed and flying distance are also improved!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  5. "Press while holding the button to control its flight path!" — N/A (Oracle of Seasons)
  6. "It's designed so you can change its direction after you throw it!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  7. "Nice! The boomerang is more powerful now! Try it out to see its stronger effects! You can now throw three in a row! Speed and flying distance are also improved!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  8. "Wait till I have freed you with the magic boomerang!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)



Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name
Boomerang Magical Boomerang Gale Boomerang Rented Boomerang Nice Boomerang
Japanese Japan ブーメラン マジカルブーメラン 疾風のブーメラン
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Bumerán
Spanish Latin America Bumerán alquilado Bumerán mejorado
French French-speaking countries Boomerang Boomerang Magique Boomerang Tornade
French France Great boomerang
Canada Boomerang loué Boomerang de luxe
German Germany Bumerang Sturmbumerang
Italian Italy Boomerang Boomerang magico Boomerang ciclone


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