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Lightning is a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3][name references needed]


Breath of the Wild

Lightning occurs during Thunderstorms, striking sporadically. Any metallic weapons, shields, or bows, including those equipped by Link or an enemy, will spark during Thunderstorms and will eventually attract a lightning strike on their position (which will deal extreme damage to Link if he does not either remove the offending equipment before the strike happens or equips the Thunder Helm to neutralize the strike). Other metallic objects will also attract Lightning, requiring Link to keep his distance to avoid being hit by a lightning strike.

Tears of the Kingdom

Lightning occurs during Thunderstorms, striking sporadically and functioning in the same way as it did in Breath of the Wild. Lightning also appears in some cloud clusters in the Sky.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors Legends

In the "Watchers of the Triforce" Scenario, Phantom Ganon makes use of Lightning to attack the Hyrulean Force.[2] The Lightning can be protected against through the power of the Sages.[4] When a Warrior is struck by Lightning, they lose one quarter of a Heart.

Cadence of Hyrule


Names in Other Regions
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See Also


  1. "Oh dear, oh dear... Lightning strikes this stable so often, I get nervous whenever it rains even a little." — Cima (Breath of the Wild)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lightning is striking the temples! Hyrulean Forces are losing health!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  3. "You got some lightning arrows!" — Game Screen (Cadence of Hyrule)
  4. "If we don't stop Phantom Ganon, then the lightning will never cease." — Cia (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
    "There is another way. The power of the sages. It can protect us!" — King Daphnes (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)