Dominion Rod

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The Dominion Rod,(TP)[1] also known as the Rod of the Heavens,(TP)[2] is a recurring Item in The Legend of Zelda series.


Back when the Oocca still maintained contact with the Royal Family of Hyrule, the Oocca handed down the Dominion Rod.[3] This rod was only to be carried by one known as the messenger to the heavens, and it would be used by the messenger whenever the Royal Family needed to communicate with the Oocca.[4] Along with the Dominion Rod, the Oocca left the Ancient Sky Book with the Sheikah, which was to be given specifically to the Messenger to the Heavens.[5]

Location and Uses

Twilight Princess

The Dominion Rod is found in the eighth floor of the Temple of Time, obtained after defeating a Darknut. By using the Dominion Rod, Link can bring to life certain statues,[6] causing them to mimic his movements.[7] Pressing the button that the Dominion Rod is set to causes the statue to perform an attack or shake.

There are four types of statues Link can move with the Dominion Rod. The first type are small statuettes in the Temple of Time that are mainly used to weigh down Switches. The second type is a much larger statue that holds a hammer, which Link must guide through the Temple to its original position. These statues can attack enemies with their hammers. The third type of statues are gigantic statues found only in one room that Link must use to defeat Armogohma. They are completely stationary, but can attack by slamming a large fist onto the ground. The last type are Owl Statues, the only statues located outside the Temple of Time. They are primarily moved to obtain the missing Sky Characters, or to create platforms for Link to jump on.

Once Link leaves the Temple of Time, the Dominion Rod loses its power.[8] After receiving the Ancient Sky Book containing sky language and giving it to Shad, he will read the text, only to fail to open the path that leads to the heavens. However, the ancient text he reads is a spell which restores power to the Dominion Rod.[9] Link must then travel across Hyrule to various Owl Statues, using the Dominion Rod to move them. Under each one, a Sky Character can be found, which Link needs to acquire to complete the book.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

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Zelda wielding the Old Dominion Rod

In Hyrule Warriors, the Dominion Rod is a class of Weapon used by Zelda. It is associated with Darkness. It was added to Hyrule Warriors with the Twilight Princess Pack DLC. In Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, it can be unlocked in the base game. It allows Zelda to summon different statues that affect her combos and normal attacks. When using them, the statues will fight alongside Zelda. Furthermore, every statue has slightly different properties.


The default Dominion Rod is the Old Dominion Rod. The second form of the Rod is the High Dominion Rod, followed by the Royal Dominion Rod.

Weapon Power
Weapon Number of Stars
Tier Icon Element(s) 0 1 2 3 4 5
Lv.1 HW Old Dominion Rod Icon.png
Old Dominion Rod
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 80 88 96 104 112 120
Lv.2 HW High Dominion Rod Icon.png
High Dominion Rod
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 150 165 180 195 210 225
Lv.3 HW Royal Dominion Rod Icon.png
Royal Dominion Rod
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.4 (HWL | HWDE) HW Royal Dominion Rod Icon.png
Royal Dominion Rod +
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness 500 550 600 650 700 750
Lv.4+ (HWL | HWDE) HW Royal Dominion Rod Icon.png
Volcanic Dominion Rod
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire
500 550 600 650 700 750

Attack Combinations

Attack Pattern Effect
Special Attack
Main article: Special Attack

Zelda summons an Owl Statue from the ground a short distance away, knocking enemies into the air. The attack then summons a hammer-wielding statue, which swings its mallet from the side, sending the enemies far into the distance while Zelda peers to see how far they flew. This attack hits a circular area in front of Zelda.

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

MNPTP Dominion Rod Sprite.png

The thirty-seventh puzzle in the Picross series and the twenty-ninth puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict a Dominion Rod.


  • Along the walls of the Temple of Time, there are carvings depicting what looks to be the Seven Sages. One of the Sages is holding the Dominion Rod.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The French Republic
Bâton Anima (TPHD)[10]Anima stick
Anima is derived from animer (animate).
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  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 121 (TP)
  2. "And, as I have learned, when Ilia was saved, she overheard someone talking about the rod of the heavens, or something like that..." — Renado (Twilight Princess HD)
  3. "And that rod of the heavens she mentioned... I'm sure it has something to do with the word that breaks the seal." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
  4. "Among the legends of my clan, there is a story from the time when the Oocca still maintained contact with the royal family. Yes, it said that a mysterious rod was handed down from the people of the sky, and it was called the Dominion Rod... The rod was only to be carried by the messenger to the heavens when the royal family needed to communicate with the Oocca." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  5. "From generation to generation, my ancestors have guarded the book that, by royal decree, was to be given to the messenger to the heavens." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  6. "This amazing rod can infuse ancient statues with life." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  7. "A statue brought to life will move like its master." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  8. "But that thing has been around for quite some time. I can see from here that its magic has been exhausted." — Ooccoo (Twilight Princess)
  9. "Power has returned to the Dominion Rod!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  10. "Vous obtenez le bâton Anima ! Un bâton mystérieux qui permet d'animer par magie des statues antiques" — N/A (Twilight Princess HD)