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)|
|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
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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
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 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
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
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
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker
|Zelda: Ocarina of Time||[Specials: Indirect] - Attack +4|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.
Names in other languages
Deku no mi
|Spanish||Nuez Deku||Deku Nut|
|Italian||Noce Deku||Deku Nut|
Dekeu ui Yeolmae