Ball and Chain

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Ball and Chain
Ball and Chain.png

Games

Location

Uses

Attack enemies
Break ice
Smash objects[2]

The Ball and Chain is an item in Twilight Princess.

Twilight Princess

"You got the Ball and Chain! Set it to [B] and swing to cause great damage. Set it to [B] on the ["-"] screen and swing it with [B] to release a strong attack.[3]"

— In-Game Description

The Ball and Chain is required to defeat certain enemies such as Freezards, Mini-Freezards and the boss of the Snowpeak Ruins, Blizzeta. It also makes defeating Chilfos much easier. It can also be used to destroy objects,[2] such as suits of armor.[4]

The Ball and Chain is obtained after Link defeats the Mini-Boss, Darkhammer.[5] In the battle, he uses it against Link. Link must dodge the Ball and Chain by using the Clawshot to grapple to the panels on the roof. Then, Link can run over and whack Darkhammer's exposed tail.

There is a nice little trick Link can use to utilize the Ball and Chain to its fullest: If he stands close enough, it will attack twice: one more time when pulling it back towards himself. This is great because not many enemies are good at protecting their backs. It will defeat enemies like Dinolfos in just one hit.

Non-Canon Appearances

This section describes a subject that is or may be outside the core Zelda canon.

Hyrule Warriors

Main article: Gauntlets
Link using the Ball and Chain in Hyrule Warriors

The Ball and Chain appears in Hyrule Warriors as a part of Link's Gauntlets weapon. Link can use it to attack enemies in certain combos.

References

  1. "The Ball and Chain is found in Snowpeak Ruins." — Card Description, Ball and Chain Twilight Princess Trading Card
  2. 2.1 2.2 "Capabilities: Smashes through large objects and enemies..." — Card Description, Ball and Chain Twilight Princess Trading Card
  3. "You got the Ball and Chain! Set it to [B] and swing to cause great damage. Set it to [B] on the ["-"] screen and swing it with [B] to release a strong attack." — In-Game Description, Twilight Princess.
  4. "Smash through suits of armor in Hyrule Castle Chambers to find hearts and Rupees." — Card Description, Ball and Chain Twilight Princess Trading Card
  5. "[The Ball and Chain] is left behind by Darkhammer after he is defeated." — Card Description, Ball and Chain Twilight Princess Trading Card