Arrows from Ocarina of Time
Ammunition for Bows
Arrows are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. They are projectiles shot out of a Bow. In The Legend of Zelda, Link loses one Rupee per arrow shot. In most games, there are Quiver upgrades to hold more arrows.
Alternate Types of Arrows
Throughout the series, there are multiple different types of Arrows, including Fire, Ice, Light and Silver Arrows.
- Main article: Fire Arrow
The Fire Arrow is an obtainable item in the first three 3D Zelda games, including Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and The Wind Waker. They also make an appearance in Twilight Princess, however, not as an obtainable item, but rather as a use of attack against Link by Bulblin Archers.
- Main article: Ice Arrow
- Main article: Light Arrow
- Main article: Silver Arrow
- Main article: Bomb Arrow
Bomb Arrows are a combinations of the Bow and Bombs together. They first appeared in Link's Awakening by simply using both items one after another. In Twilight Princess, Link can connect the two weapons at the same time, deliberately shooting Bomb Arrows. They are often used to cause objects to fall down to the floor. In Breath of the Wild, Bomb Arrows are obtainable items from treasure chests, defeated enemies, or items that can be purchased from a store.
- Main article: Shock Arrow
Shock Arrows appear in Breath of the Wild and when used, will electrify its target, temporarily paralyzing it, and allowing Link to deliver some melee attacks.
- Main article: Ancient Arrow
Appearing in Breath of the Wild, Ancient Arrows are rare and expensive arrows that can obliterate most enemies with a single hit, including Lynels and direct shots to the eye of Guardians. However, defeating a Lynel with an Ancient Arrow will prevent Link from being able to acquire any of the spoils.
- In Link's Awakening, if you pick up an Arrow off the ground before you have the Bow and Arrow, it will give you one Rupee instead.
- In Breath of the Wild, there are two exploitable methods that can multiply arrows, though at different costs:
- Multi-Shot Bows Method: Through the use of multi-shot bows like the Savage Lynel Bow, Link can head to the Kara Kara Bazaar and find the Cooking Pot, where he can aim the bow at the pot itself, and shoot at it with arrows that are lit on fire by the pot's fire. The arrows being set on fire count as actual arrows, so from one shot, Link can obtain from 2 to 5 arrows per shot depending on the bow's capacity, but the arrows have to be gathered before the fire consumes them; about three volleys can be shot before the arrows are consumed. Though fast, this method is only as lasting as the durability of the bows used, and may exhaust valuable multi-shot bows for the sake of mere arrows. Apart from that, some multi-shot bows like the Duplex Bow and the Great Eagle Bow are wood-based and susceptible to catching on fire too, which can break them faster if the player doesn't unequip them on time.
- Eventide Atoll Method: After clearing the Stranded on Eventide shrine quest, Link can head to the small atoll located east from the island, where there's a chest in the water containing 10 arrows. Upon immediately saving after obtaining the arrows, the player can reload the save state to find that the chest closed and underwater, where an additional 10 arrows will be available. This method allows infinite arrows at no cost, but it takes more time than the bows method, both because of prerequisite the shrine quest and the reloading of save files.
- Also in Breath of the Wild, arrows are the only weapon-related items in the game that cannot be dropped, while melee weapons, bows and shields can. Plain arrows can be shot at the ground, at fruit or trees, or at hard surfaces to "drop" them, and Bomb Arrows can also be dropped if shot under rainy conditions, but as a whole, all elemental arrows and Ancient Arrows are entirely consumed when shot under most circumstances. Also, all arrow types are irrecoverable if shot at enemies.
Official artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Bow & Arrow artwork from Million Publications The Legend of Zelda Strategy Guide
Sprite from A Link to the Past
Sprite from Link's Awakening
Sprite from BS The Legend of Zelda
Fire Arrow model from Ocarina of Time
Model from Twilight Princess
Model from Spirit Tracks
Sprite from Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild Hyrule Compendium picture of the Arrow
Link's arrow sprite from Super Mario Maker 2
Link obtaining an Arrow in Tears of the Kingdom