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 has a red dot reticle.
Eventually, the hookshot is replaced by the Longshot.
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 Link, or draws him 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. series - Used by Link and Young Link as their grabbing move. In later entries, can be used to pull themselves to an edge.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Given to Link after beating Dampé in a race. It can be shot in first-person mode (with a red dot reticle) or used with Z-Targeting. 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.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Found in Wind Temple, works like it did in Ocarina of Time, 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.