Giant's Knife

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Giant's Knives are recurring Items in the The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Location and Uses

Ocarina of Time

In order to obtain the Giant's Knife in Ocarina of Time, Link must open Medigoron's shop with his Bombs as a child. When spoken to as a child, Medigoron tells the young hero that he is working on "something really cool," but that it will take five to six years to complete.[3] When Link returns as an adult, the Giant's Knife will be finished,[4] and it may be purchased for 200 Rupees.[5]

Broken Giant's Knife sprite from Ocarina of Time 3D
Broken Giant's Knife sprite from Ocarina of Time 3D

The Giant's Knife looks identical to the Biggoron's Sword. However the blade will entirely break off after 8 hits or immediately if Link strikes a solid wall,[6] turning it into the "Broken Giant's Knife." The Broken Giant's Knife can still be used but will only have 1/4 the power of the undamaged version, same as the Kokiri Sword, and its reach will be drastically shorter. While wielding the Broken Giant's Knife, the Spin Attack cannot be used.

The Giant's Knife can only be used by Link as an adult and must be held with two hands, thereby precluding the use of a Shield, even when broken.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

Giant's Knives are tier 1 Giant Blade Weapons that appear as Impa's starting Weapon in Hyrule Warriors. They do not resemble the Giant's Knife from Ocarina of Time, instead more resembling an actual giant-sized knife. They are crafted by the finest Goron smith and are difficult for other Hyruleans to wield, though they bear great strength.[7] They are unlocked after completing the Scenario "The Armies of Ruin". Giant's Knives are associated with the Element of Water.

By pressing the Strong Attack button, Impa can dash into enemies.[8]


  • Strangely, if Link were to avoid ever obtaining a Giant's Knife and then were to instead skip to getting the Biggoron's Sword, Medigoron will still talk to Link as if he has a working, non-broken Giant's Knife even though it is in fact the Biggoron's Sword.
  • Ocarina of Time contains unused text for the Giant's Knife, meant to be displayed when it is exchanged for the Biggoron's Sword, provided that Link possesses the Giant's Knife. The final version makes no mention of the replacement, and instead the Giant's Knife text is simply discarded.[9] This text is used in Ocarina of Time 3D, however.
  • The Giant's Knife, alongside with the Deku Stick, are the first items in the series that will break or wear down after regular use. It is succeeded by the Razor Sword in Majora's Mask and the items Link can obtain in Breath of the Wild.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
巨人のナイフ (Kyojin no Naifu) (OoT)[12]Same as English.
The People's Republic of China
巨人之刀 (Jùrén zhī dāo) (OoT)[15] 
The French Republic
Lame des Géants (OoT3D)[14]Blade of the Giants
The Federal Republic of Germany
Langschwert (HWDE)[13]Longsword
The Italian Republic
  • Spada del Gigante (OoT)[11]
  • Spada del gigante (OoT3D)[10]
  • Giant's Sword
  • Giant's sword
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 124 (OoT)
  2. "Giant's Knife" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  3. "I'm working on something really cool right now! But I think it's going to take a while... If you can wait five or six years, it should be ready. OK?" — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "I just completed a small weapon. How about it..." — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "How about buying this knife for 200 Rupees?" — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "It looks like there is a problem with its durability... But still..." — Medigoron (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "A sword created by the finest Goron smithy who ever lived. It slices deep but requires immense strength to wield." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  8. "Press the Strong Attack button to quickly dash into enemies!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  9. "You traded the Giant's Knife for the Biggoron's Sword! This blade was forged by a master smith and won't break!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "Hai ottenuto la spada del gigante!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  11. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 124
  12. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 148
  13. "Langschwert" — Smithy (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  14. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 131
  15. Ocarina of Time manual, iQue version, pg. 28