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This article is about the Arrow from the 3D Zelda games. For the weapon from other The Legend of Zelda games, see Bow of Light.
Light Arrow
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Light Arrows, also known as the Arrows of Light, are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Overview

The Light Arrows are regular Arrows that have been empowered with sacred light, enabling them to pierce and destroy very evil itself. They are immensely powerful, usually able to one-shot any enemy they hit, but consume much more Magic Power than the Fire Arrows or Ice Arrows in games with such a mechanic.

While it is commonly assumed that these Arrows are based on the Silver Arrows, the two have fundamentally different properties; while the Silver Arrows damage Ganon directly and are the only weapon capable of killing him (with the exception of Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, the Light Arrows weaken his defenses and enable Link to freely strike with the Master Sword.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Light Arrows are given to Link by Princess Zelda in the Temple of Time, after he has awakened all of the Seven Sages. They resemble regular Arrows, but with a yellow crystal covering the tip.

The Light Arrows are required to defeat Ganondorf, and can be used on Ganon to stun him; Link also needs the Light Arrows to dispel the magic barrier blocking access to the upper levels of Ganon's Castle. While they do not inflict additional damage against normal enemies, they will cause anything they kill to drop 50 Rupees.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, the Light Arrows are the dungeon item of the Stone Tower Temple, found after defeating the Garo Master. They are used to invert the dungeon and proceed through it by shooting the Red Emblem, but also come in handy when fighting Twinmold and Majora's Mask. Light Arrows are significantly stronger than regular Arrows, being able to damage even an Iron Knuckle in full armor, and will cause anything they kill to drop 50 Rupees.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, the Light Arrows are the dungeon item of Ganon's Tower, found after completing the Maze and then defeating Phantom Ganon for the second time. In this game, they resemble regular Arrows, but the entire body is pure gold.

Light Arrows are the strongest weapon in the game, as they are able to instantly kill any non-boss enemy, even armored ones such as Darknuts, and are required to defeat Phantom Ganon, Puppet Ganon, and Ganondorf. During the final battle, Princess Zelda will assist Link by using the Light Arrows against Ganondorf.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the Light Arrows are a missable item that Link can obtain by saving Gregal from the Ghost haunting him; If Link obtains the Wind Element before curing Gregal, he will pass away, making the Light Arrows unobtainable. The Light Arrows deal massive damage compared to the regular Bow, making them highly useful.

Twilight Princess

While Link himself does not use the Light Arrows, during the final battle against Ganon, Princess Zelda will summon the Bow of Light and Light Arrows to aid Link. While Link rides Epona across Hyrule Field, Zelda will stun Ganon with the Arrows, enabling Link to attack.

Spirit Tracks

In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the Light Arrows are the main ammunition for the Bow of Light. The Arrows are required to defeat Malladus by exorcising him from Zelda; During the climax, Zelda herself uses the Bow against Malladus' beast form to assist Link.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, both the Bow of Light and the Twilight Bow have the ability to fire Light Arrows. The former is required to defeat Dark Beast Ganon, while the latter shoots Arrows in a perfectly straight line with unlimited range.

Other appearances

Hyrule Warriors

In "Liberation of the Triforce" in Legend Mode, Zelda blesses the Bow, transforming it into the Bow of Light, so that the Hyrulean Forces may use it to defeat Ganon - if the player is controlling Zelda or Sheik, Ruto will provide the blessing instead. They are used in-game to stun Ganon when he performs his charge, opening his Weak Point Gauge. Otherwise, they behave identically to the standard upgraded Bow.

Zelda, Tetra, and Ravio also use Light Arrows in several of their movesets; Zelda uses the Bow of Light in one of her attacks with the Hyrule Warriors Element Light.png Rapier weapon, Tetra can summon Light Arrows for some of her attacks, and Ravio uses the Sacred Bow in his Special Attack and manual Focus Spirit finisher.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the Light Arrows are the Final Smash for both Zelda and Sheik. When used, the character fires a powerful Light Arrow from the Bow of Light, dealing heavy damage and sending the opponent flying. The Light Arrow also appears in several Trophies.

Trivia

  • In the French instruction booklet for Ocarina of Time, Light Arrows were mistranslated as "Flèches légères", meaning they are not heavy.
  • In The Wind Waker, if Zelda accidentally shoots Link with a Light Arrow, he will be electrocuted instead of being outright killed. This is because the Light Arrows are designed to eradicate evil, and Link is a heroic individual of pure heart, therefore the Light Arrows do not work on him.

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