|First appearance||Twilight Princess (2006)|
|Use||Pulling objects towards Link|
Pulling Link towards certain surfaces
- "You got the Clawshot! This is a claw at the end of a long chain."
- — In-game description
The Clawshot is an item from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This tool consists of a long chain connected to a discharging claw that Link can fire to either pull items towards himself, or pull himself towards certain surfaces, hence the name. It is for all intents and purposes a replacement for the Hookshot that appears in several other Legend of Zelda games. The reason for creating an entirely new item for the game is not known.
Unlike the Hookshot, the Clawshot does not allow Link to grapple to Treasure Chests. The Clawshot does not generally grab wood as the Hookshot does either. It is mostly used to grab onto certain surfaces such as metal grating, vines and specific grappling spots, the fingers of the claw being able to grab through their holes. Unlike most items, the Clawshot is usable while swimming. Its function is virtually the same as that of the Hookshot, the primary difference being the Clawshot's ability to raise and lower Link after deployment.
In combat, the Clawshot is generally useful as a makeshift ranged weapon, with the advantage of not requiring any ammunition. It is ideal for taking out small enemies such as Keese, but will merely cause most larger enemies to recoil or simply do nothing at all. It also lacks the ability of the Hookshot to stun enemies, though the claw extends and retracts appreciably faster, making it a more viable weapon against multiple foes.
The Clawshot is obtained by defeating the Deku Toad, the mini-boss of the Lakebed Temple. After the toad is defeated, it spits out the Clawshot. Later in the game, Link can obtain another Clawshot in the City in the Sky, allowing Link to fire a second Clawshot when he is already stuck to a surface. The Clawshot can be used to play the STAR Game in Hyrule Castle Town. One Clawshot is needed in order to complete the first stage in the game, while both must be used to clear the second stage.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Link can use the Clawshot to grab his opponents from a distance. He can also use it as a recovery item by tethering himself to the ledges of a stage. Used in this manner, it is capable of dealing mild amounts of damage at a longer range than his sword. The Clawshot replaces Link's Hookshot from Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
It is possible that Clawshots are of Oocca origin, as a second Clawshot is found in the City in the Sky, along with numerous Clawshot-sensitive targets. The Oocca also seem to possess technology compatible with the Clawshot, such as the Sky Cannon and the numerous propellers supporting the city itself. However, the Clawshots from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword potentially precede the Oocca or at least their technology.