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Small Keys,(ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW | BotW | TotK)[1][2][3][4][5] also known simply as Keys,(TLoZ | TAoL | TFH | ZA | CoH)[1][6][7] are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

Small Keys are commonly found inside dungeons, with most being rewarded after completing a puzzle. In every game, except for The Legend of Zelda, they can only be used in the dungeon where they are found.[8]

The Legend of Zelda

Keys can be purchased from Merchants and be used in any dungeon in The Legend of Zelda.

The Adventure of Link



A Link to the Past



Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening Manual Descriptionhide ▲
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Nightmare Key and Small Keys
You will need the Nightmare Key to enter the Nightmare's lair. The Small Keys, which can be used only once, are used to open other locked doors in the dungeon.

The Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys in Link's Awakening, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Small Key.[9] In Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, an icon of the Compass also appears on-screen when this happens.

Ocarina of Time

  • 5 in the Forest Temple in the original (6 in Master Quest)
  • 8 in the Fire Temple in the original (5 in Master Quest)
  • 6 in the Water Temple in the original (2 in Master Quest; notice that the second locked door is only in the 3DS version of the mirrored form)
  • 3 in the Bottom of the Well in the original (2 in Master Quest)
  • 5 in the Shadow Temple in the original (6 in Master Quest)
  • 9 in the Gerudo Training Ground in the original (3 in Master Quest)
  • 5 in the Spirit Temple in the original (7 in Master Quest)
  • 2 in the Light Barrier section of Ganon's Castle in the original (3 in the Forest, Spirit, and Shadow Barrier sections in Master Quest)

Majora's Mask

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Seasons Manual Descriptionhide ▲
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Keys and Boss Keys
You'll need the Boss Key to open the door to the boss's lair. Other keys found in the dungeon can be used only once to open a locked door or block.

The Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys in Oracle of Seasons, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Small Key.

Oracle of Ages

Oracle of Ages Manual Descriptionhide ▲
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Keys and Boss Keys
You'll need the Boss Key to open the door to the boss's lair. Other keys found in the dungeon can be used only once to open a locked door or block.

The Compass is able to reveal the location of Small Keys in Oracle of Ages, with a tone sounding upon entering a room containing a hidden Small Key.

Four Swords



The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

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Small Key
Unlock doors.

Small Keys appear as objects that can be picked up, like Jars. The Links must carry the Small Keys to their keyholes,[10] but they will drop them if damaged. If a Small Key falls into a pit, quicksand, or water, it will reappear in its initial spot. Some enemies, such as Karat Crabs will attempt to take Small Keys from the Links, in which case they must be defeated, stunned, or avoided in order to progress.

The Minish Cap

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Small Key
You’ll need small keys to open locked doors in the dungeons. They disappear as you use them.

Small Keys are found within Dungeons in The Minish Cap. Some are found in Chests, while others simply drop from the ceiling after completing a puzzle or defeating Enemies. Three Small Keys are acquired in unique ways: one Small Key in the Temple of Droplets has been frozen into a Key-sicle and must be thawed out by Light Beams, the first Small Key in the Royal Crypt is being visibly held by a Gibdo, and the first Small Key in Dark Hyrule Castle is given to Link after he breaks the Sorcerer's Curse on King Daltus with the Four Sword.

Small Keys are used to open Locked Doors and Locked Blocks in Dungeons; when a Small Key is used on a Locked Door, it is removed from Link's inventory. He can hold multiple Small Keys, but they can only be used in the Dungeon in which they are obtained. The number of Small Keys in each Dungeon are as follows:

Twilight Princess

Phantom Hourglass



Spirit Tracks



Skyward Sword

A Link Between Worlds



Tri Force Heroes

Keys appear as objects that can be picked up, like Jars. The Links must carry the Keys to their keyholes, and will drop them if damaged. If a Key falls into a pit, quicksand, or water, it will reappear in its initial spot. Some enemies, such as Key Bandit Poes will attempt to take Keys from the Links, in which case they must be defeated, stunned, or avoided in order to progress.

Breath of the Wild

Small Keys appear exclusively in Ancient Shrines in Breath of the Wild. They are made from ancient Sheikah technology and glow with an orange light. While normal objects made from Sheikah technology are composed of non-magnetic materials, Small Keys are made from a metal that can be manipulated with Magnesis.

Tears of the Kingdom

Small Keys appear inside Shrines of Light and are used to open Locked Doors.

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda Game Watch



The Faces of Evil



The Wand of Gamelon



Zelda's Adventure



BS The Legend of Zelda



Ancient Stone Tablets



My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

The fourteenth puzzle in the Picross series and the sixth puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict a Small Key.

Cadence of Hyrule



Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
  • キー () (TLoZ)[27]
  • 小さなカギ (Chiisana Kagi) (ALttP | OoT)[24][25]
  • 小さな鍵 (Chīsana Kagi) (ALBW)[23]
  • カギ (Kagi) (TFH)[26]
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
  •  
  • Key
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
  • 钥匙 (Yào shí) (TLoZ)[42]
  • 小钥匙 (Xiǎo yàoshi) (LANS | OoT | TP | SSHD)[40][41]
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
Sleutel (TLoZ)[32]Same as English.
Canada
FrenchCA
  • Petite clé (ST | ALBW)[43]
  • Clé (TFH)[44]
  • Small key
  •  
The French Republic
FrenchEU
  • Same as English.
  • Small key
  •  
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
  • Kleinen Schlüssel (LA | ALBW)[35][36]
  • Kleiner Schlüssel (LANS)
  • Schlüssel (TFH)[37]
  •  
  • Same as English.
  •  
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Key
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
The Republic of Korea
Korean
  • 작은 열쇠 (Jag-eun Yeolsoe) (ALBW)[39]
  • 열쇠 (Yeolsoe) (TFH)[38]
  •  
  •  
Latin America
SpanishLA
  • Llave pequeña (ALBW)[33]
  • Llave (TFH)[34]
  •  
  •  
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
  • Llave pequeña (LANS | ALBW)[45]
  • Llave (TFH)
  •  
  •  
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Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 138(TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW)
  2. "You got a small key! It can open a locked door." — Game Screen (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  3. "You got a Small Key! This key will open a locked door. YOu can only use it in this area." — N/A (Skyward Sword HD)
  4. "Small Key
    A key that can unlock doors inside shrines.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Small Key
    A key to a door inside a Shrine of Light.
    " — Inventory (Tears of the Kingdom)
  6. Zelda's Adventure manual, pg. 4
  7. "Key" — N/A (Cadence of Hyrule)
  8. "You found a Small Key! This key will open a locked door. You can use it only in this dungeon." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "You've got the Compass! Now, you can see where the chests and Nightmare are hidden! This Compass has a new feature--a tone will tell you if a key is hidden in a room when you enter!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  10. "You got a small key! Carry it to a keyhole!" — Game Screen (Four Swords Adventures)
  11. The Legend of Zelda manual, Virtual Console version, Italian localization, pg. 4
  12. "Hai ottenuto una chiave!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  13. "Link ha ottenuto una chiave!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  14. "Chiave" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  15. "Piccole chiavi" (Hearts - Collect them to fill your Heart Container.) (A Link to the Past manual, Virtual Console version, Italian localization, pg. 6)
  16. "Hai ottenuto una piccola chiave!" — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  17. "Hai ottenuto una piccola chiave! Serve per aprire una porta chiusa... a chiave!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  18. "Hai trovato una Chiave Piccola! Usuala per aprire una porta o un passaggio nel dungeon." — N/A (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
  19. "Hai trovato una Chiave Piccola! Usuala per aprire una porta o un passaggio nel dungeon." — N/A (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
  20. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 138
  21. "Hai ottenuto una Piccola Chiave!" — N/A (The Wind Waker, Italian localization)
  22. "È una Piccola Chiave!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures, Italian localization)
  23. "「小さな鍵」を手に入れた!
    鍵のかかった扉を開くことができる!
    " — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  24. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 29 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 13
  25. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 150
  26. "Linkがカギを手に入れた!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  27. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21 Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 124 (TLoZ)
  28. "Vous trouvez une petite clé ! Cette clé permet d'ouvrir une des portes verrouillées de ce donjon." — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  29. "Vous avez obtenu une petite clé! Elle permet de déverrouiller une porte." — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  30. "Vous avez obtenu une petite clé ! Elle ouvre une porte verrouillée." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  31. "Link a obtenu une clé !" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 22
  33. "¡Has obtenido una llave pequeña! Abrirá una puerta cerrada." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  34. "¡Link ha conseguido una llave!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  35. "Mit dem Kleinen Schlüssel läßt sich FAST jedes Schloß öffnen." — N/A (Link's Awakening, German localization)
  36. "Du hast einen Kleinen Schlüssel erhalten. Damit kannst du eine verschlossene Tür öffnen!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  37. "Link hat einen Schlüssel gefunden!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  38. "Link가 열쇠를 획득했다!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  39. "「작은 열쇠」를 획득했다!
    열쇠로 잠긴 문을 열 수 있다!
    " — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  40. Ocarina of Time manual, iQue version, pg. 32
  41. "获得了小钥匙" — N/A (Skyward Sword HD, Simplified Chinese localization)
  42. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 138
  43. "Vous avez obtenu une petite clé! Elle ouvre une porte verrouillée." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  44. "Link a obtenu une clé!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  45. "¡Has conseguido una llave pequeña! Esta llave abrirá una puerta cerrada." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)