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)|
|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
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Opens locked doors." (Referred to as "Labyrinth Key")
- The Legend of Zelda Online Guide: "Little keys used to open common dungeons and chests."
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (overworld)
Names in other languages
鍵 / カギ
|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|
- Link no Bōken instruction booklet, pages 37 and 40.
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