Artwork of an Ice Arrow from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
|First appearance||Ocarina of Time (1998)|
|Appearances||Ocarina of Time|
The Wind Waker
|Found||(Ocarina of Time)|
Gerudo's Training Ground
Great Bay Temple
(The Wind Waker)
Mother & Child Isles
|Use||Strikes distant targets with ice|
- "You got the Ice Arrow! Set it to (C) and your arrows will be powered up! If you hit your target, it will freeze. This arrow magic is granted only to those who complete the difficult training of the Gerudos, so use it with pride!"
- — In-game description
Ice Arrows (氷の矢 Kōri no Ya?) are recurring items in the The Legend of Zelda series. As their name implies, Ice Arrows are arrows enchanted with the power of ice. When fired, Ice Arrows freeze certain targets. However, they deplete magic when used, so one must be frugal and use them sparingly.
Link can obtain Ice Arrows by completing the Gerudo's Training Ground, a challenging maze-type area in the Gerudo's Fortress. Ice Arrows are not mandatory to complete the game as nothing in the game must be frozen to proceed. Nonetheless, Ice Arrows can be useful, as they can freeze most enemies, which immobilizes them for a longer duration than other attacks. The Ice Arrows are also effective against the Shadow Temple boss Bongo Bongo; Link can use them to freeze its hands.
A Gossip Stone comments that the reward from the Gerudo Training Ground is "not as great as you would expect, given its difficulty!"
Ice Arrows are necessary in order to complete the game, and are similar in both appearance and function to the Ice Arrows from Ocarina of Time, though the version found in Majora's Mask will affect water. They are found in Great Bay Temple and can be used to freeze water to make ice platforms, freeze giant faucets in the temple, and, to a lesser extent, trap enemies in blocks of ice to use as stepping stones. Ice Arrows will deal extra damage to most enemies.
Link receives both Ice Arrows, as well as Fire Arrows, for his Hero's Bow from the Queen of Fairies residing in the fountain at the center of the Mother & Child Isles. After Link has learned the "Ballad of Gales" and Tetra's true identity is revealed, Link can travel on a cyclone to the Mother & Child Isles, where the Queen of Fairies gifts him with Fire and Ice Arrows. The Ice Arrows are required to gain access to Fire Mountain, which houses the Power Bracelets. In lava-filled areas, Ice Arrows can be fired into the magma to create a temporary platform, eliminating the need for Water Pots for as long as Link's arrow supply and Magic Meter hold up.
When enemies are frozen with Ice Arrows, some of them can be picked up and thrown before they break free. However, a more useful tactic is to smash frozen enemies with the Skull Hammer. A Boko Baba will wither away after the ice breaks if Link freezes these foes. However, if an Ice Arrow is used to freeze a Darknut, it will break free almost instantly, even if its armor has been completely removed. A side swing with the Skull Hammer must be used immediately after the freeze to break the ice, subsequently killing the Darknut. This requires precise timing and the tactic might waste more magic than it is worth. However, if this technique is mastered, it can greatly reduce the threat of one of the most dangerous enemies in the game.