Fire Rod

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Not to be confused with Fire Bar.
Fire Rod
Fire Rod ALttP artwork.jpg
Artwork for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
General information
Effect Most appearances
Shoots flames
Creating moving platforms
Breath of the Wild
Casts a single fireball
Spin Attack casts five fireballs
Roasting Food
Found at A Link to the Past
Skull Woods
Four Swords Adventures
Item Podiums
A Link Between Worlds
Ravio's Shop
Breath of the Wild
Gerudo Highlands
Great Hyrule Forest
Thyphlo Ruins
Fire Wizzrobes
Black Bokoblins
Appearances
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
Latest appearance Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda (2019)
Other appearances Four Swords Adventures
A Link Between Worlds
Breath of the Wild
Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors Legends
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

The Fire Rod is an item that has made a few appearances in The Legend of Zelda series, with its debut appearance being The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Whenever Link waves the Fire Rod, it shoots a blast of fire, allowing him to ignite objects and enemies and light torches. The Fire Rod is functionally similar to the Lantern, but it has longer range.

History

The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

“You found the Fire Rod! This rod commands the red fire! But watch your Magic Meter!”
In-game description
Fire Rod ALttP overworld sprite.png

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the Fire Rod is found in Skull Woods, where it is needed to enter the second part of the dungeon. It is helpful, though not essential, in defeating Mothula and Kholdstare. It is later needed to defeat Trinexx, the boss of Turtle Rock. It requires Magic Power to use. The Fire Rod can defeat most enemies in one hit, setting them on fire as it does so.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Fire Rod FSA icon.png

In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Fire Rods can be found on Item Podiums. It shoots a fireball when the A button is pressed, or a continuous stream of fire when the A button is held, during which Link can continue to move while facing the same direction. If Link meets a Great Fairy, she will upgrade his Fire Rod to Level 2, allowing Link to place a yellow block on the ground when he swings the rod. If Link swings the Fire Rod again, the block will explode, sending out fireballs in the four cardinal directions. Additionally, the Level 2 Fire Rod can be used to create moving platforms in certain areas. The effect of the Level 2 Fire Rod is similar to that of the Cane of Somaria.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

“You got the Fire Rod! This mystical rod shoots forth mighty flames.”
Unused in-game description

Although the Fire Rod does not appear in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, it was presumably removed late into development, as it has unused item obtain text, a string listing the Fire Rod for 350 rupees (suggesting it would have been obtained from a store), and the Ice Wizzrobe Figurine in the European version mentioning that the enemy is weak to the Fire Rod. Furthermore, there is a menu icon of the Fire Rod within the game's coding, designed after its appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the Fire Rod appears as an item in the game. It can be bought or rented at Ravio's Shop. If Link brings ten Lost Maiamais to Mother Maiamai, she can upgrade the Fire Rod into the Nice Fire Rod. Rather than shooting a fireball, it creates a column of fire capable of damaging enemies and melting ice.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Fire Rod appears as a weapon, however unlike past depictions it is fragile after a few direct hits or when the magic runs out, since each fireball thrown reduces durability, less than a direct hit on an enemy or object. Like most magical elemental rods, it breaks when its magic is used up though this only applies to Link as weapons do not break when wielded by enemies (save for wooden weapons and shields that burn up). A Fire Rod can be wielded by a Fire Wizzrobe and Link can obtain it after defeating this enemy. Link can also find Fire Rods in the Thyphlo Ruins where they are useful for lighting up the pitch-black ruins and torches. In the northeastern part of Meadela's Mantle in the Gerudo Highlands region a Black Bokoblin wields one making it one of two rods wielded by non-Wizzrobe archetypes outside of enemies picking up dropped rods. Interestingly, a Blue Bokoblin in Crenel Hills wields the stronger Meteor Rod normally wielded by Meteo Wizzrobes showing Bokoblins have an affinity for fire-based rod.

Three Fire Rods spawn within the Thyphlo Ruins which will occasionally respawn when Link returns to the area. Fire Rods can produce a single fireball with each attack up to four times before it needs to recharge. If Link preforms a Spin Attack while wielding it, he will cast five fireballs in a pattern which interestingly resembles the kanji 火 (fire?). Like all Rods, Fire Rods cannot be thrown and instead will cast a single fireball.

During the side quest "The Weapon Connoisseur", it is the second weapon required by Nebb. Link can take its picture with the Camera Rune to add it to the Hyrule Compendium where it appears as entry number 233 in the Compendium's Equipment section. It can be commonly found in the Gerudo Highlands and Great Hyrule Forest regions according to its entry's common locations section in the Hyrule Compendium.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors and its reissues, the Fire Rod appears as Link's Level 1 Magic Rod; however, unlike past depictions, it is much more powerful and is capable of attacking enemies over a wide area. It can even summon a serpentine dragon made of fire. It is obtained in The Sheikah Tribesman story scenario, inside the Eldin Caves.

Profiles

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • Hyrule Compendium: "A magical rod that can cast fireballs, said to have been created by an ancient magician. The rod will break if it strikes something directly, so use it wisely."

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアロッド
Faia Roddo
Fire Rod