Iron Boots

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Iron Boots
The Iron Boots from Twilight Princess
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
The Wind Waker
Twilight Princess
Use(s) Weigh down switches, sink in water, walk on magnetic surfaces, maintain footing in strong winds

The Iron Boots are recurring items in the The Legend of Zelda series.



The Iron Boots can be equipped to make Link extremely heavy, enabling him to walk along lake bottoms,[1][2] force his way through tough wind currents,[3] and walk along walls and ceilings using magnetic forces.[4]


Ocarina of Time

Iron Boots sprite from Ocarina of Time 3D

The Iron Boots can be found in the Ice Cavern near Zora's Fountain. When equipped, they make Link walk very slowly due to their extreme weight, but he can go at the bottom of lakes and other sources of water. Link must wear the Zora Tunic in order to stay underwater; otherwise, a timer will appear and, if he does not take off the boots and re-surface before time runs out, he will drown. They are required to traverse through the deep water in the Water Temple, and are also useful in the Shadow Temple, as they enable Link to walk against the fan currents.

In Ocarina of Time 3D, the Iron Boots were changed from equipment to an item, simplifying their use.

The Wind Waker

Iron Boots as seen in game from The Wind Waker

The Iron Boots are found inside a cave in the Ice Ring Isle. Link can use the Iron Boots to avoid being flown away by the wind, making them required for the Wind Temple. They also allow him to activate springboards by wearing the boots and then taking them off. Additionally, wearing the Iron Boots and using the Hookshot on some statues allows Link to pull them down. Unlike in Ocarina of Time, the boots cannot be used to sink beneath the water - they are automatically unequipped should Link enter water deep enough to swim in.

The Iron Boots are an item assignable to X, Y, or Z, making equipping and removing them much simpler than in Ocarina of Time.[5]

Twilight Princess

Iron Boots as seen in game from Twilight Princess

The Iron Boots are found in Mayor Bo's house in Ordon Village after defeating him in a Sumo match. Similar to The Wind Waker, they are an item assignable to specific buttons. They are used to ward off the Gorons on the way up Death Mountain, and to defeat Gor Coron[6] and Fyrus.

The Iron Boots also allow Link to walk on magnetic roofs and walls in Goron Mines. They are also required to complete the Lakebed Temple, as they allow Link to use Water Bombs while underwater.[7] In the City in the Sky, they can be used similarly to the Iron Boots in The Wind Waker to hold Link steady in strong gusts of wind. Link can also roll with them on and hurt enemies.


  • A pair of boots called the Water Boots were set to appear in The Wind Waker.[8] They were possibly an earlier version of the Iron Boots or a seperate version which would allow Link to sink underwater.[9]



  1. "You got the Iron Boots! So heavy, you can't run. So heavy, you can't float." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "Those Iron Boots look like they weigh a ton! If you wear those boots, you may be able to walk at the bottom of a lake." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "You got the Iron Boots! These boots are so heavy you can hardly walk, but the wind can't blow you around when you wear them!" — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  4. "If you could wear something metal that would be attracted by the magnet, you'd be in for quite a ride." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  5. "Set these heavy-duty boots to a button and press it to wear them. Press the button again to remove them. With these on, you can stand in the face of the fiercest winds." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  6. "You got the Iron Boots! Wear these and you'll become so heavy, not even a Goron will be able to move you!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  7. "You got water bombs! Use these bombs underwater, but not while swimming!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker/Unused Textures and Models — The Cutting Room Floor
  9. Test Map 01 with transparent water and some walkable ground below — The Cutting Room Floor

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ヘビィブーツ
Heavy Boots
Iron Boots
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Botas de Plomo
Botas de Hierro
Lead Boots
Iron Boots
French French-speaking countries Bottes de Plomb
Bottes de Fer
Lead Boots
Iron Boots
German Germany Eisenstiefel Iron Boots
Italian Italy Stivali di ferro
Calzari di Piombo
Iron Boots
Lead Boots
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 重铁靴 (Zhòng Tiéxuē) Heavy Iron Boots
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