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"Link can float across seas and lakes when he launches this from a dock."
The Legend of Zelda manual

Rafts are recurring items in the Legend of Zelda series. Rafts serve as a means of transportation, allowing Link to travel over certain bodies of water.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda

Link can obtain the Raft in Level 3 in the First Quest and Level 4 in the Second Quest. It is only usable when standing on one of the few docks in Hyrule. It is required to get to Level 4 in the First Quest and Level 5 in the Second Quest, both of which are located in the same part of the Overworld. In both quests it is also used to access the Eastmost Penninsula from the south in order to obtain either a 2nd Potion or a Heart Container.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The Raft is found in Island Palace, the third dungeon of the game. It is needed in order to cross the water and reach the eastern section of Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link can rent a Raft from the Raft Shop for 100 Rupees. It is used to navigate the Rapids Ride mini-game.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

At one point during the course of the game, Link needs to borrow a raft in order to sail to Crescent Island. Link goes to Rafton, an accomplished raft-maker in Labrynna. He is willing to make Link a Raft, but he needs Cheval Rope, a special kind of rope that doesn't decay in water. After retrieving the rope, Link borrows the completed raft and sails to Crescent Island. Although he's hit by a storm while sailing, the Raft can be found near the shores of the island, should Link have to travel back to the mainland of Labrynna again.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Rafts are not collectible item but they can be found in various waterways throughout Hyrule. These rafts feature sails and Link can use the wind produced by a Korok Leaf to sail the raft. In certain areas he can let the wind carry him, but he has no control over the raft itself as he is unable to control where the wind blows. Using rafts is generally optional as Link can use other methods such as gliding using the Paraglider (especially after obtaining Revali's Gale) to cross large bodies of water, though rafts do not require stamina to use as only wind or a Korok Leaf is required to move them. They are also useful for servings as platforms where Link can use a Korok Leaf to blow Wooden Chests floating in the water to land so Link can open them. Link can also use them to reach sunkened buried metal treasure chests and use Magnesis to place the metal treasure chests (ones he cannot reach from land) onto the raft which he can then open onboard the raft. Rafts are useful for reach certain places such as Eventide Island or crossing large bodies of water like Necluda Sea. However, due to their size they can become stuck and can be impeded by obstructions.

Due to the raft's lack of armaments such as a cannon, Link is vulnerable to attacks by aquatic enemies such as Lizalfos and Octoroks. However, he can use his bow or Sword Beams from the Master Sword to attack enemies from a distance. Throwing handheld weapons can damage enemies as well, though they will sink to the bottom of the water. Shock Arrows are an ideal weapon as Link can take advantage of the conductivity of water to boost their effect.

Other appearances

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors Gauntlets 8-Bit Raft & 8-Bit Power Bracelets (8-bit Gauntlets)
130px-0,109,0,108-Raft Item Card (HW)-0

The Raft appears as one of the Item Cards used to unlock secrets in Adventure Mode. The 8-Bit Raft also appears as Link's 8-bit Gauntlets where it is humorously depicted as a Ball and Chain that Link wields using the Power Bracelets.

Hyrule Warriors Legends

The Raft returns as an Item Card in Adventure Mode, however Link's 8-Bit Raft is absent due to all 8-bit weapons being replaced with Level 3+ weapons.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.

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