Dead Hand

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Dead Hand
OOT DeadHand.png
Game(s)Ocarina of Time
Dungeon(s)Bottom of the Well
Shadow Temple
Ganon's Castle (MQ)
Weakness(es)Sword, Bombs (when underground)

The Dead Hand is an undead mini-boss found in Ocarina of Time. It resides at the Bottom of the Well in Kakariko Village as well as the Shadow Temple in the Graveyard.


Whether this monster was created by Ganondorf or a natural occurrence is unknown, but many consider it to be a part of Ganondorf's group. Dead Hand has a zombie-like head with a large jaw. Its blood is a green color, and purple blotches (thought to be bloodstains) cover its body. Multiple seemingly disembodied hands, usually four to six, circle the chamber in which Dead Hand resides. The creature uses these hands to snag prey, at which point its main body emerges from the ground to consume the captured meal.


The Dead Hand under the Kakariko Well can be overcome by intentionally letting oneself be grabbed by the hands, then breaking free and slashing the Dead Hand in the face when it appears. The hands can also be destroyed, and although they regenerate after about 20 seconds, destroying enough of them inevitably forces the Dead Hand to emerge, giving Link an opportunity to strike without leaving himself vulnerable. Once the Dead Hand has been defeated, it collapses and Link is rewarded with the Lens of Truth.

The same strategy can be used for the Dead Hand in the Shadow Temple (multiple Dead Hands in Master Quest), but there is an easier method in which Link can use the Lens of Truth, acquired from the well, to look on the ground for the "shadow" of the Dead Hand moving about underground, and place a Bomb on top of it. Once the Bomb explodes, Dead Hand proceeds to come out to attack Link. It should be noted that the wave of earth created by a Dead Hand's emergence or burrowing can injure Link. If Dead Hand is unsuccessful in retaining Link with one of its "hands", it will bury itself again. Upon the monster's defeat, Link acquires the sacred Hover Boots as a reward.


See also

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan デドハンド (Dedo Hando) Dead Hand
Spanish Latin America Mano Muerta (OoT3D) Dead Hand
French French-speaking countries Poignant
French Canada Main mortelle (OoT3D) Deadly Hand
German Germany Hirnsauger Brain Sucker
Italian Italy Smaniosso
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 死亡之手 Dead Hand

Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between WorldsTri Force Heroes