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Dominion Rod
Dominion Rod
The Dominion Rod
First appearance Twilight Princess (2006)
Found Temple of Time
Use Allows Link to control certain statues
"You got the Dominion Rod! This amazing rod can infuse ancient statues with life."
— In-game description
Dominion Rod Item Sprite

The Dominion Rod is an item from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It is an ancient magic device built by the Oocca race that was sealed away in the Temple of Time. The Dominion Rod allows Link to breathe life into certain statues and remotely operate them. The statues move and attack analogous to Link. Additionally, the Rod is needed in order to find the Sky Cannon that can transport Link to the City in the Sky. It can be used against enemies as a bludgeoning weapon, although it deals low amounts of damage.

The Dominion Rod is found inside the Temple of Time and must be used to defeat Armogohma; however, once Link exits the Temple of Time, he discovers that the power of the rod has faded, and the rod itself lost it's normal color. Link manages to restore the Dominion Rod's power with help from Shad and the Ancient Sky Book. After this has been accomplished, the Dominion Rod serves little purpose in the game, as it has negligible offensive or defensive capabilities outside the Temple of Time.

Four types of statues can be controlled with the Dominion Rod. The first type is a small statuette in the Temple of Time. Their only use is to weigh down Foot Switches and scales. There is only one of the second kind. This one is taller, heavier and carries a giant hammer, which can instantly destroy most enemies and obstacles, including the usually-invincible Blade Traps. It must be led through most of the Temple of Time. Another type of statue is found only in the Temple of Time's boss chamber. These statues cannot move, but can use a slamming attack that will damage Armogohma. Along with the statue which must be led through the dungeon, these are the only statues with any offensive capabilities. The final type of statue are the Owl Statues. These are the only moveable statues found outside of the Temple of Time and are always found near a missing piece of the Ancient Sky Book. They can be used as extra platforms to reach faraway ledges, which is often useful for acquiring these pieces. If Link tries to attack with a statue which naturally has no weapons, the statue will just vibrate slightly. However, Link's swing with the Rod can cause a minor amount of damage.

The Dominion Rod bears similarities with the "Command Melody" from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Both allow Link to take control of statues and can be found in dungeons with similar layouts.

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