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Deku Nut
Deku Nut OoT artwork.png
Artwork from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Latest appearance Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (2018)
Location(s) Various
Effect Stuns enemies and opponents

A Deku Nut is an explosive nut and an item which appears in some The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. titles. Deku Nuts make their debut appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. A Deku Nut is mainly used on enemies to either damage or stun them temporarily. In The Legend of Zelda series, Deku Nuts are shown to be the dried up head of a Deku Baba.


The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Deku Nuts are one of the first pickup items that Link can obtain. They can be assigned to one of the C-buttons. When thrown, Deku Nuts release a blinding flash that stuns most regular enemies. Link can most frequently obtain a Deku Nut by defeating Deku Babas, but some are occasionally found in Treasure Chests or sold in shops such as the Kokiri Shop. Sheik and Impa both use Deku Nuts to disappear, supposedly an oft-used escape mechanism among the Sheikah. Although Deku Nuts are basic items, they can deal damage to Ganon during the boss fight against him.

At first, Link can carry up to 20 Deku Nuts. There are two Deku Nut capacity upgrades in the Lost Woods. The first upgrade allows Link to hold up to 30 Deku Nuts, and the second increases the limit to 40. The first upgrade can be obtained from a big Deku Scrub in the Forest Stage if Link dons the Mask of Truth. Because of an in-game bug, the upgrade is only obtainable before Link acquires the Poacher's Saw. The second upgrade can be purchased from a Business Scrub in a grotto near the entrance to the Sacred Forest Meadow if Link is an adult.

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Deku Nuts sometimes drop from certain trees are rolled into. The bug that prevents Link from acquiring the first Deku Nut capacity upgrade was fixed

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Deku Nuts have the same appearance and basic use as in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. They are the first item obtained in the game, and some are found in a Treasure Chest located in the tunnels beneath the Clock Tower. Whenever Deku Link is in midair after launching from a Deku Flower, the player can press B Button to have him drop a Deku Nut. If it drops on an enemy, they take damage without being stunned. Another way for Link to collect Deku Nuts is by rolling into certain trees at the Great Bay.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Deku Nuts are mainly found in forest areas. They can be broken apart, which usually reveals Deku Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds. Link can throw Deku Nuts directly at enemies while targeting them to inflict some damage to them. The effectiveness of using a Deku Nut via this method is determined by the height and distance. Unlike the Nintendo 64 titles, Deku Nuts cannot be carried nor produce a flash to stun enemies.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. games, Deku Nuts appear as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and its subsequent installments: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

If a fighter throws a Deku Nut at an opponent, their opponent gets stunned for a few seconds. The blast radius can affect several fighters at once, including the one who threw it. The effect is similar to fighters breaking an opposing fighter's shield or their own.

Deku Nuts have some similarities to Bob-ombs. If fighters are in midair while a Deku Nut explodes, they get blasted away in a similar manner to a Bob-omb explosion. If a Deku Nut is left alone for a while, it explodes, so if a fighter holds one for long enough, it explodes and stuns them.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Deku Nuts BrawlTrophy516.png N64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Items that explode in a flash of blinding light shortly after they appear or when they take damage. Those caught in a blast will be dazed and immobile for a few moments. If the item is thrown, it has the same effect on whomever it hits. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Deku Nuts stunned enemies and were indispensable when Link was surrounded.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
Deku Nut SSBB sticker.png Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +4

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name 3DS image Wii U image Category Appears in Description
Deku Nuts Deku Nuts SSB3DS trophy.png Deku Nuts SSB Wii U trophy.png Items N64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (11/1998)
3DS The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (06/2011)
25: Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask Flag of USA.png After a short wait, or immediately if it gets thrown or hit, these little objects will explode in a burst of light. The flash will daze those too close, stunning them and leaving them open to attacks. It's easy to overlook these, so don't accidentally set one off on yourself!
Flag of Europe.png When Deku Nuts explode, they emit a light so bright that any fighter caught in the blast area - even ones with their shield up - will be stunned. If that's not enough, any foes in mid-air will be launched by the blast. Just try not to drop one by accident, or you'll definitely regret it!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デクの実
Deku no mi
Deku Nut
Spanish Nuez Deku Deku Nut
French Noix Mojo
Dutch Dekunoot Deku Nut
German Deku-Nuss
Italian Noce Deku Deku Nut
Russian Орех Дэку
Oreh Deku
Deku Nut
Korean 데크의 열매
Dekeu ui Yeolmae
Deku's Nut
Chinese 德庫堅果 (Traditional)
德库坚果 (Simplified)
Dékù jiānguǒ
Deku Nut