Clawshot

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Clawshot
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Clawshot from Twilight Princess

Games

Location

Uses

Grapple to objects
Retrieve objects[2]
Stun enemies[2]

"You got the Clawshot! It's a long chain with a claw. Set it to [B] on the ["-"] screen. Aim with [W] and fire with [B]. Hook the claw to distant spots with a [target] to jump there. When hanging from a ceiling, move up and down with [+].[3]"

— Twilight Princess In-Game Description

The Clawshot is a long chain with a claw on the end.[4] It can be used to do multiple things, including grapple to certain targets, retrieve objects, stun enemies, and more.[2] So far, the Clawshot has been seen in only two games, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. In both games, the Clawshot has a pair that combines to make the Double Clawshots.

Appearances

Twilight Princess

The Clawshot makes its first appearance in Twilight Princess. It is found in the third dungeon of the game, the Lakebed Temple. In order to collect it, Link must defeat the Mini-Boss of the dungeon, the Deku Toad.[1]

The Clawshot is mainly used in Twilight Princess to grapple on to targets, steel grates, and vines. Most areas in the game have one or more of these targets. It is also used to stun enemies and retrieve objects that are far away. Since it is a chain that is propelled, the Clawshot cannot be stopped by wind. This characteristic is used in the City in the Sky, where Link has to activate a switch using the Clawshot, because the Hero's Bow cannot shoot through the wind that blows away from the switch. The Clawshot is one of the most used items in the entire game.

There is a second Clawshot that can be found in Twilight Princess that combines with the first to create the Double Clawshots. This second Clawshot is obtained in the City in the Sky after defeating the Mini-Boss, an Aeralfos. With this second Clawshot, Link can now shoot one while using the other to hold on to a target. This makes for some easy transporting through areas with lots of Clawshot targets. Additionally, there is a Piece of Heart found in the Kakariko Gorge that can only be collected using the Double Clawshots.

The Clawshot is also used in the STAR Game. In this game, Link can use the Clawshot to travel around the caged areas in order to collect shiny orbs. If Link successfully collects all the orbs within the time limit, he wins a quiver upgrade.

Skyward Sword

Clawshots in use in Skyward Sword

The Clawshot makes its second appearance in Skyward Sword. Here, the Clawshot is obtained after completing the Lanayru Desert Silent Realm. However, Link does not collect one Clawshot at this time: he collects both, immediately having the Double Clawshots.

The Double Clawshots are mainly used to explore the Lanayru Sand Sea and its related locations, and are also essential for exploring the Fire Sanctuary, post-eruption Eldin Volcano, Lanayru Gorge and Sky Keep. The earlier availability of the Clawshots in the game provide them more time and room for use in comparison to Twilight Princess, though some properties of their fuctionality have been removed.

References

  1. 1.1 1.2 "The Clawshot appears in the Lakebed Temple after the Deku Toad's demise." — Card Description, Clawshot Twilight Princess Trading Card
  2. 2.1 2.2 2.3 "...[the Clawshot] allows you to climb tall structures, cross wide gaps, retrieve objects, and stun enemies." — Card Description, Clawshot Twilight Princess Trading Card
  3. "You got the Clawshot! It's a long chain with a claw. Set it to [B] on the ["-"] screen. Aim with [W] and fire with [B]. Hook the claw to distant spots with a [target] to jump there. When hanging from a ceiling, move up and down with [+]." — In-Game Description, Twilight Princess.
  4. "The Clawshot is a long chain with a claw..." — Card Description, Clawshot Twilight Princess Trading Card