- "You found the Ice Rod! Its chill magic blasts the air! But watch your Magic Meter!"
- — In-game description
The Ice Rod can be found inside a cave hidden behind a suspicious wall located on Lake Hylia's northern shore. It is not necessary to obtain this item until Turtle Rock in the Dark World, where it must be used to defeat Trinexx. However, obtaining it earlier makes it significantly easier to defeat the Lanmolas of the Desert Palace, as one shot will instantly kill a Lanmola. This is changed in the Game Boy Advance port of the game, in which three hits are required to destroy a Lanmola.
The Ice Rod appears as an item in the game. It can be bought or rented at Ravio's Shop. Rather than shooting a beam of ice, it drops an icicle in front of Link which can freeze enemies and cool down Lava so Link can walk on or merge with it. If Link brings ten Lost Maiamais to Mother Maiamai, she can upgrade the Ice Rod into the Nice Ice Rod.
As part of his Rental Hammer moveset, Ravio wields the Ice Rod for some of his attacks. He can use it to create a single chunk of ice to freeze enemies or create multiple blocks to bombard enemies. Interestingly, the Ice Rod assumes its appearance when on sale for rent, rather than when purchased or rented. Presumably this is to follow to the moveset's naming scheme.
Also in Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Ice Rod appears as an Item Card on the Lorule Adventure Map. It can be used on fire statues to travel to a neighboring square. It can also be used to activate a Nice Power that adds a Water Elemental Attribute as one of the recommended elements while activate.