All weapons in The Legend of Zelda series have a predefined amount of damage they cause to enemies. Each weapon's strength appears to be a simple multiple in strength of each game's weakest, basic weapon, which is usually the starting sword.
- 1 Attack Modifiers
- 2 Attack Modifiers Summary
- 3 Weapon Strength By Game
- 4 References
There are various items and actions Link can take that can modify the damage he deals with weapons. Multiple modifiers can potentially stack with each other for a combined effect. For example, a spin attack may, depending on the game, receive a boost from an item as well as maintaining its own boost.
- Main article: Spin Attack
The spin attack doubles Link's attack strength with whichever sword he is using. Since Twilight Princess was released it only deals 1.5 times more damage than a regular attack of Link's sword.
- Main article: Jump Attack
The jump attack has twice the damage with a sword as a normal attack. Since Twilight Princess was released it only deals 1.5 times more damage than a regular attack of Link's sword.
Piece of Power
- Main article: Piece of Power
A Piece of Power is an item that momentarily doubles Link's attack power. They are dropped by enemies every time Link defeats between 40 and 45 of them.
- Main article: Red Clothes
The Red Clothes are a permanent clothing item for Link in Link's Awakening that doubles the power of all of his attacks. It is a permanent version of the Piece of Power, which its effects stack with with Red Clothes.
- Main article: Magic Ring
Various Magic Rings in the Oracle series change the amount of damage Link's attacks have. Some rings lower it, some raise it. Usually in exchange for something else, such as lowering Link's defenses or damaging him with each attack. Certain rings increase the power of specific items such as bombs or the Boomerang.
- Main article: Razor Seed
Razor Seeds are items that double Link's power until the end of the stage in Four Swords. Razor Seeds can be found by cutting grass, breaking pots, and slashing bushes.
- Main article: Elixir Soup
The Elixir Soup is a drinkable bottle item in The Wind Waker with two helpings that doubles Link's overall attack power for as long as the effect is active. It is canceled once he takes damage.
Great Fairy Tears
- Main article: Great Fairy's Tears
Attack Modifiers Summary
Weapon Strength By Game
The Legend of Zelda
|Book of Magic Fire|
A Link to the Past
Determining the damage-dealing capacity of weapons in A Link to the Past is somewhat more complex than in many other Zelda games, as the game has a relatively large number of exceptions and special cases where weapons deal differing amounts of damage or have special effects depending on the target. For the sake of legibility, only the most common amount of damage dealt by a weapon (when it deals damage) is listed in the table below. This table should therefore be taken as a general guideline rather than as true in every respect for every possible target. Especially notable exceptions, such as those concerning bosses, will be mentioned.
Despite the complexity of the damage system, a "high-HP enemy" strategy similar to that used with Majora's Mask can be used to determine weapon strengths, although most enemies in the game have at least one weapon that affects them in a less common way, so there is no enemy quite as convenient as the Dodongo in Majora's Mask. The Hinox interacts normally with nearly all weapons, the exception being that it is instantly killed by Link's bombs and unaffected by bombs thrown by enemies. This can be remedied by comparing bomb damage with damage from other weapons on another sturdy target, such as a Gibdo.
Some general notes:
- As far as the programming is concerned, "instant kill" technically means that a weapon simply always deals an amount of damage greater than the target's total health. Thus, in the game's code it can be seen that "instant kill" translates to different amounts of damage depending on the weapon and the target, even though the practical effect is the same.
- Certain enemies will take no damage from the Fighter's Sword or from Sword Beams, despite being vulnerable to more powerful swords. They can be damaged with a Spin Attack from the Fighter's Sword, however.
- Effects of a weapon other than damage itself (e.g. stun or freeze) will invariably occur without dealing damage. Weapons that can have non-damage effects will either have the effect or deal damage, depending on the target. They never do both on the same target.
|Golden Sword[Note 1]|
|Sword Beam (any sword)|
|Boomerang, Magical Boomerang|
|Silver Arrow[Note 3]|
|Bombos Medallion[Note 3]|
|Ether Medallion[Note 3]|
|Quake Medallion[Note 3]|
|Cane of Somaria (block or projectile)|
|Cane of Byrna force field|
- Against most targets, a Spin Attack with the Golden Sword does no more damage than a regular attack with the Golden Sword.
- The Hookshot instantly kills any enemy that it doesn't stun and isn't immune to it altogether.
- These weapons instantly kill regular enemies, or sometimes freeze them in the case of the Ether Medallion or convert them to Slimes in the case of the Quake Medallion, and have no effect whatsoever on bosses. The only exceptions are found in Silver Arrows, which can instantly kill certain bosses (albeit ones that Link is likely to have already fought by the time the Silver Arrows become available) and can damage Ganon, and the Bombos Medallion being able to instantly thaw Kholdstare's initial "ice block" phase. Bosses are also unaffected by stun, freeze, or other non-damage effects, and with the exception of Mothula the Bee will not attack them.
- The Lantern only deals damage in the Game Boy Advance version of the game.
As with A Link to the Past, damage determination in Link's Awakening is complicated somewhat because not all enemies take the same amount of damage from a given weapon. (For example, Gibdos take significantly less damage from Arrows than many enemies do.) Thus, the listed values represent the most common damage output of the various weapons, relative to the starting sword. Good enemies to use to test weapons' strength are the Ghinis in the graveyard and any respawning minibosses, such as those in Turtle Rock.
|Level 2 Sword[Note 1]|
|Magic Rod[Note 2]|
- Sword Beams from this sword deal the same amount of damage as a direct hit.
- Certain enemies are killed in one hit from the Magic Rod even if they take multiple hits with other weapons.
- The Boomerang has highly irregular damage output, instantly killing most enemies (including the final phase of the final boss) while inflicting only 2 points of damage on others.
Ocarina of Time
Unlike in Majora's Mask, there is no enemy in Ocarina of Time that is universally affected by most weapons, has a low threat level, and that takes a lot of hits to defeat. Instead to determine the strength of various weapons, the amount of hits they each take to beat various enemies must be compared. The strengths of various swords and weapons found in Ocarina of Time, with the Kokiri Sword set at one, is as follows:
|Giant's Knife (Broken)|
|Fire Arrow[Note 1]|
|Ice Arrow[Note 1]|
- Assuming the target freezes or burns. Enemies that are invulnerable to freezing or burning will only take as much damage as they would from a regular Arrow.
The strength of the swords of Majora's Mask may best be measured by the amount of normal strikes it takes to kill a full-sized Dodongo. This method can be used to find the strength of almost anything that can be used as a weapon in Majora's Mask. Here is a table of the weapons, the number of hits required, and the weapons' strengths with the Kokiri Sword's being set at one:
|Great Fairy's Sword||3|
|Fierce Deity Sword[Note 1]||3|
|Energy Disk[Note 1]||3|
|Goron Spikes[Note 2]||12|
|Goron Punch[Note 3]||4|
|Powder Keg||3[Note 4]|
|Normal/Fire/Ice Arrow[Note 5]||6|
- The sword and the disk may both hit an enemy at the same time. This naturally results in the enemy taking twice the damage. Some normal enemies will resist the disk because the Fierce Deity's Mask was not intended to be used against normal enemies.
- These are the spikes that Goron Link has when he is using magic while rolling.
- A Goron Punch will not damage a Chuchu.
- Determining this value takes logic. First drop a Powder Keg on a Dodongo. It will then take eight hits with the Zora Fins to kill it. This means that the Powder Keg took off four hits worth, meaning that three Powder Kegs would have killed it.
- Unlike in Ocarina of Time, enemies frozen with the Ice Arrows in Majora's Mask take no damage, not even the damage they would take from a regular Arrow. Enemies that cannot be frozen take a regular Arrow's worth of damage, as before.
Unlike their counterparts in most Zelda games, the weapons in the Oracle Series have strengths that are integer multiples not of the strength of the starting sword but of the strength of the basic punch, an attack that Link can only use if he is wearing the Fist Ring. (A stronger version is available if Link wears the Expert's Ring.) Listed below are the strengths of the weapons of the Oracle Series relative to the strength of this punch. Ghini are a good choice of enemy to test the relative strengths of weapons on, as they have a large amount of health, are normally vulnerable to nearly all weapons, and can only deal damage through direct contact.
All weapons or weapon-like items not found in this table generally do not do damage (although they may stun enemies or have other effects), and in situations where they do harm enemies always kill them immediately. (E.g. the Switch Hook splits a Bari into two Biri, and can also kill the Biri, and nearly every weapon-like item can kill a Keese.) There is one exception in Mystery Seeds, to which a handful of foes are specifically weak, but in cases where these deal damage instead of, say, stunning them or making them vulnerable these are the only way to truly damage the target and hence they cannot be compared to other weapons.
|Sword Beam (any sword)|
|Magic Boomerang[Note 1]|
|Slingshot/Hyper Slingshot/Seed Shooter[Note 2]|
|Ember Seed[Note 3]|
|Fist Ring)Punch (with the|
|Expert's Ring)Punch (with the|
|Ricky's punch/wind attack|
|Moosh's ground pound|
- In cases where it damages enemies. Most enemies do not take damage from this weapon but are merely stunned, and in some cases not even that. However, unlike the Boomerang of most Zelda titles, this instance of the Magic Boomerang is capable of dealing damage and stunning at the same time; many enemies it damages are also stunned by it.
- Assuming the seed fired is a Scent Seed. Ember Seeds have the same effect when fired at an enemy that they do when used directly on an enemy, and the other seeds have non-damaging effects.
- Most commonly. A large number of enemies are immune to Ember Seeds' fire, and a number of others take greater amounts of damage from it or are instantly killed by it.
The Wind Waker
There are a large variety of items that may be used as weapons in The Wind Waker. It has more items that Link can pick up and use as weapons. Pigs and Moblins are good ways to test the strength of various weapons as they both take many hits, are not particularly dangerous, and are affected by nearly every weapon. Unlike the other games, The Wind Waker includes a feature to see an enemy's remaining life energy, through the use of the Hero's Charm. This can be used to aid in the judgment of the relative strengths. The Wind Waker's' weapons also have the unique property of damaging anyone it hits, no matter who that is or who is wielding it, whether that is Link or an enemy. The strengths of the various weapons, relative to the Hero's Sword, are as follows:
- The Light Arrow has no fixed amount of damage. It simply destroys normal foes, is the only way to damage Puppet Ganon, and merely stuns Ganondorf in his Gerudo form.
- Powering up a strike with the Hammer doubles the damage dealt.
In Skyward Sword, as in Majora's Mask, one can determine the relative strengths of the various weapons in the game by testing them on an enemy that is affected normally by them and takes a large amount of damage to kill. In this case, the ideal enemy is a Moblin, whether of the wooden shield or metal shield variety. (The latter can take approximately twice as much damage before dying, but is significantly rarer, is found in less easily accessible areas, and cannot be encountered until after Link has the Goddess Longsword. Nor is it really necessary, as even the strongest weapons require several hits to kill a wooden shield Moblin.) The "hits required" column in this table is based on the wooden shield variety. Unfortunately, this cannot be done with the Practice Sword, as Link only has this sword in the introductory phase of the game before he first descends to The Surface, and the only enemies shared between there and Skyloft are regular Keese, which take two hits with the Practice Sword and one with all other weapons, and Green Chuchus, which do not have hit points in the conventional sense but must be split down to a minimum size after which any sword kills them. However, since Keese take two hits with the Practice Sword, the simplest assumption is that the Goddess Sword, the second weakest sword in the game, is twice as powerful.
All weapons or weapon-like items not found in this table generally do not do damage (although they may stun enemies, blow them around, or have other effects), and in situations where they do harm enemies, they always kill them immediately. (E.g. the Beetle instantly kills both Deku Babas and Quadro Babas if it strikes their stems, and nearly every weapon-like item can kill a Keese in one hit.)
|Practice Sword[Note 1]||~50|
|Goddess Sword[Note 2]||25|
|Goddess Longsword[Note 2]||13|
|Goddess White Sword[Note 2]||13|
|Master Sword[Note 2]||7|
|True Master Sword[Note 2]||7|
|Iron Bow[Note 3]||5|
|Sacred Bow[Note 3]||4|
|Koloktos' Sword[Note 5]||~17|
- Inferred, since as noted above, although Link cannot have the Practice Sword when he first encounters Moblins, the Goddess Sword kills Keese in one hit while the Practice Sword takes two, so the Practice Sword is most likely half as powerful.
- In normal play, for each sword capable of performing it, a Skyward Strike has half of the power of that sword. In Hero Mode, the Skyward Strike starts out with its final, True Master Sword level of power.
- Power of an uncharged shot. Fully charging a shot with any version of the Bow multiplies its power by 1.5. For example, a non-charged shot with the Sacred Bow does sixteen times as much damage as the Practice Sword or twice as much damage as the Master Sword, while a charged shot does 24 times as much damage as the Practice Sword or three times as much damage as the Master Sword.
- In practice there is no location with enough of these objects around to kill a Moblin with them, but their damage-dealing capacity can be inferred by using them against weaker enemies.
- The swords Koloktos drops can not be removed from the boss room in which Koloktos resides, but their damage-dealing capacity can be inferred by repeated rounds against Koloktos.
A Link Between Worlds
As A Link Between Worlds is heavily inspired by A Link to the Past, it has a similar set of damage-dealing items and a similar set of enemies on which they can be tested to determine their relative power. Although many of these weapons have the same relative power that they do in A Link to the Past, some do not. For instance, the two upgrades to the Master Sword increase its strength arithmetically rather than geometrically.
|Master Sword[Note 1]|
|Master Sword Lv2[Note 1]|
|Master Sword Lv3[Note 1]|
|Arrow, Nice Arrow|
|Fire Rod[Note 2]|
|[Note 2]Nice Fire Rod|
|Ice Rod, Nice Ice Rod|
|[Note 3]Thrown large boulder|
|Purple Potion|| |
- For each sword that can create Sword Beams, the power of the beam is half that of a direct hit from the sword. For example, the beam from the Master Sword Lv2 is 1.5 times as powerful as a strike from the Forgotten Sword.
- The Fire Rod deals a "hit" of damage to an enemy at regular, short intervals during the period of contact with the flame. This table shows the strength of that hit. Thus, for instance, if an enemy is caught in the Nice Fire Rod's flame long enough to be hit three times, it will take six Forgotten Sword strikes worth of damage.
- Counter-intuitive though it may appear, the large boulders do indeed deal less damage than smaller rocks when thrown.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, all weapon damage in the game equate to one Heart each; one point of damage equals to one full Heart worth of damage. Damage amounts were calculated mainly via Coliseum matches and seeing how much damage were inflicted on the Links, but were also tested by comparing them to the basic Sword against enemies in the game. The Gripshot (without the Robowear), Water Rod and Gust Jar are not included as they do not deal damage, but stun enemies.
- The Magic Hammer can kill most enemies in one hit by flattening them, the damage shown is for enemies that cannot be flattened by it.
- The normal Boomerang can only kill small enemies such as Keese.
- Bombs deal half the damage to Links that they would to enemies.
- ". . .to earn a Piece of Power, you must succeed in destroying between 40 and 45 enemies." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 89)
- Monster/Attack Stats Guide, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, GameFAQs.