Ball and Chain

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Ball and Chain
Ball and Chain.jpg

Games

Location

Uses

Attacking enemies
Breaking Ice
Smashing Objects[2]

"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 the dungeon item of the Snowpeak Ruins, the fifth dungeon in Twilight Princess. It is used to break ice found throughout the dungeon as well as the land of Hyrule. 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. The Ball and Chain can also be used to destroy objects,[2] such as suits of armor.[4]

The Ball and Chain is acquired after Link defeats the Mini-Boss, Darkhammer.[5] In the battle, he uses it against Link. The player must dodge the Ball and Chain by using the Clawshot to grapple to the panels on the roof. Then, 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, the Ball and Chain 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 kill enemies like Dinolfos in just one hit.

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