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Small Key

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Small Key
Small Key TP art.png
Artwork of a Small Key for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019, Switch remake)
Location(s) Throughout dungeons
Effect Unlocks a locked door or a locked block
"Key" redirects here. For information about keys in general, see Category:Keys.

Small Keys, sometimes formatted small keys and originally known as simply keys, are a type of key found in dungeons in every The Legend of Zelda game. They are mainly used to unlock a locked door, or sometimes a block with a keyhole. Link can only use each Small Key once, after which it is discarded. Small Keys are usually obtained by either completing a room's puzzle or by opening a Treasure Chest. In some cases, completing a room's challenge causes a Small Key to drop into the room.

Boss lairs usually have a lock that cannot be opened by a Small Key but instead require a Boss Key (or a Big Key in some games) to unlock. Some dungeons have optional locked rooms, so Link could end up not using a few Small Keys in that dungeon.

In The Legend of Zelda, Link can optionally take a key out of a labyrinth and use it elsewhere. Some merchants sell a key for 100 Rupies, although buying them is optional because each labyrinth has the same number of keys as locked doors. In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, keys have a similar role as in the first game, but they are no longer sold by merchants. In both games, there is a Magical Key, which functions like a key but can be used an unlimited number of times.

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, if Link has obtained a dungeon's compass, a short jingle plays whenever he enters a room with a Small Key.


The Legend of Zelda[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Opens locked doors." (Referred to as "Labyrinth Key")






Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キー

[1] / カギ
Chiisana Kagi
Key (Zelda no Densetsu)

Key (Link no Bōken)

Small Key (since Kamigami no Triforce)
Spanish Llave pequeña Small Key
French Petite Clé Small Key
German Kleinen Schlüssel Small Key
Italian Piccola Chiave Small Key


  1. ^ Link no Bōken instruction booklet, pages 37 and 40.
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