In the Legend of Zelda, items reign supreme, representing a fine line between surviving the trials ahead or failing them. Without items, Link stands no chance against specific enemies or obstacles.
In Ocarina of Time, if Link doesn’t have a bomb he has no way to defeat the run-of-the-mill-enemy, the Beamos, and gets zapped. Without the iron boots and the Zora Tunic, Link has no way of submerging and surviving underwater, preventing him from entering the beloved Water Temple. With that said, the tools don’t make the carpenter. So it is up to the player and Link to use the tools correctly in order to succeed.
‘Zelda’ games give players the tools they need to arise as the hero, and it is up to the player to decide how those tools will and should be used outside of their intended purposes. Items serve different purposes throughout the ‘Zelda’ games as not all of them are specifically combat oriented.
In fact, some of the most important items in Link’s arsenal are not usable in combat at all. At its core, an item is used to further or ease progress and the best items featured in the ‘Zelda’ games do just that.