Link uses it to grab onto certain surfaces (usually wooden) and pull himself towards them. He can also use it to stun some enemies, and sometimes even pull them closer to him. It also makes a decent medium range weapon, especially since the Fairy Bow has limited ammo. However, it's attack power is limited, and usually only has a stun effect, much like his Boomerang. When Link takes it out (without z-targeting), it goes into a first-person perspective and (for some reason) has a laser point that shows where you're aiming. That hookshot has some really mysterious technology.
Eventually, the hookshot is replaced by the Longshot, which (other than being an X-Man) is a hookshot with a longer chain.
The Hookshot is an item that is fairly unique to the Zelda universe, and is one of Link's trademark gadgets.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Found in Swamp Palace, shoots in four directions, and either draws items towards you, or draws you towards some surfaces.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Found in Catfish's Maw, works the same way it did in Link to the Past.
- Super Smash Bros. - Used by Link when the grab button is pressed and there is no nearby enemy.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Given to you for beating Dampe in a race, can be shot in first person mode (with a red dot on the target) or used with Z-Targeting in combat melee combat to stun enemies. The Longshot upgrade is found in the Water Temple.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Found in Pirates' Fortress, works the same way it did in Ocarina.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee - Used by Link and Young Link when the grab button is pressed and there is no nearby enemy. It can also grab the edge of the stage if Link is falling.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Found in Wind Temple, works like it did in Ocarina, except now the red dot turns into a starburst when the hookshot is being pointed to a surface that it can grapple onto.
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords - Found on pedestals in various locations.