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The Grappling Hook from The Wind Waker
|Game(s)|| The Wind Waker|
|Use(s)|| Retrieve treasure from the ocean floor|
Swing from one place to another using grappling posts
|Comparable Item(s)|| Whip|
The Grappling Hook is an extremely useful item that appears in The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass. It enables Link to latch on to cantilevered ledges called Grappling Posts, and use them to swing across large distances to otherwise unreachable platforms.
Appearances, Location and Uses
The Wind WakerThe Wind Waker is given to Link as a gift from Medli after defeating the Moblins that had captured her at the summit of Dragon Roost Cavern. A separate function of the Grappling Hook is in the stealing of enemy spoils, i.e. a Joy Pendant, a specific foe carries along with them, and the addition of those small treasures to Link's own Spoils Bag. The Grappling Hook was said to have been used by the Rito people before they obtained wings to navigate the heights and upper levels of the mountain on Dragon Roost Island.
When equipped aboard the King of Red Lions, the Grappling Hook becomes a mechanical crane, which allows Link to pull up Treasure Chests from the seabed. These sunken chests can be found beneath the clustered Light Rings scattered across the Great Sea, or by using Treasure Charts.
The Grappling Hook reappears in Phantom Hourglass. Here, it can be used like a Hookshot, as well as a walkable tightrope, and as a slingshot capable of blasting Link across large holes. As a Hookshot, it acts as a kilter of weight, pulling Link towards heavy objects while bringing light objects to him. As a tightrope, it also allows Link to use items while he's over it. As a slingshot, it can also redirect arrows like an Arrow Orb does, which is useful for shooting certain types of eye switches that close when Link looks at them.
The Grappling Hook is obtained in the Temple of Ice. It is used to defeat the boss, Gleeok, for which all possible ways of use will be required. The Salvage Arm replaces the Grappling Hook's crane feature at sea.
- This item may have helped pave the way for the Clawshot in Twilight Princess, which has some capacity of both the Grappling Hook and Hookshot. An even more comparable item, however, would be the Whip, which first appeared in Spirit Tracks with a function very much like that of the Grappling Hook in The Wind Waker, even more so than the Grappling Hook itself as it had appeared in Phantom Hourglass, the predecessor to Spirit Tracks. The Whip later went on to appear in Skyward Sword functioning even more similarly to the Grappling Hook of The Wind Waker, as it could even be used to steal treasures from certain enemies.
- ↑ "Grab this branch with the Grappling Hook and you can swing over there to get out of this area!" — Medli (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "When you aim at a branch that you can latch onto, [Target lock mark] will appear. Remember that!" — Medli (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Here, Link! Use this to get out of here! It's what I used to get this far. It's a device we Rito used before we evolved wings." — Medli (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "I hear the bird-people who live on Dragon Roost Island east of here have invented an incredibly useful device that they call a Grappling Hook... No lie, fry!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "I hear you can throw that thing at monsters and use it to grab treasure they've hidden in their pockets. Talk about cool." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "You can use your Grappling Hook to steal their Golden Feathers." — Kargaroc Figurine Description (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "After that, all you need to do is use the same thing we use to haul up treasure: one of those Grappling Hooks that the Rito tribesfolk of Dragon Roost Island use." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "Then, you just use your Grappling Hook while in your boat to haul up treasure!" — Salvage Corp (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "In the King of Red Lions, the Grappling Hook becomes a salvage crane that hauls up sunken treasure chests marked by rings of light on the surface of the Great Sea." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 16)
- ↑ "You search for treasure by comparing the specific Island Charts on the left with the Treasure Charts on the right. Then, you just use your Grappling Hook while in your boat to haul up treasure!" — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "The secret to hauling up treasure is to go toward the area marked on the map, and once you think you've found the right spot... Use your Grappling Hook while in your boat! Trust me, it'll work, bub!" — Salvage Corp (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "Light objects will be pulled toward you. You will be pulled to heavy objects!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
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