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Are the hover boots used for anything in OOT? because I can't find a use for them and I've beaten the game, they just make me slide around a lot and not be able to jump. Is there a purpose for them?

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    You need them to finish the Shadow Temple, for one.
    – Nolonar
    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:29
  • IIRC, some spots in Ganon's Castle also require it (most notably, the shadow room). How did you beat the game without using them...?
    – king14nyr
    Mar 22, 2016 at 14:25

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According to the Zeldapedia:

Their main purpose is to allow Link to walk on water or thin air for a few seconds and thereby cross otherwise impassable pitfalls. This useful, and sometimes necessary ability, is offset by the fact that the boots maintain rather poor traction while on solid ground. […]

Since the Hover Boots only work a brief moment, their practical use is rather limited. However, they feature several other, less obvious, benefits that are apparent from time to time, the most notable of which is the fact that Link, while hovering, can easily change direction in mid-air, an ability that is much more limited while simply jumping. The boots also reduce Link's weight, which keeps him from sinking in quicksand, weight-sensitive platforms and, in rare cases, allows him to foil certain pressure-sensitive traps.

(bold emphasis mine)

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    You can also use them to get several heart pieces which would otherwise require a grown magic bean (the ones on top of Dodongo cavern and near the Zora falls come to mind)
    – CoqPwner
    Mar 22, 2016 at 13:31
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    Their practical use is a lot greater in Master Quest. The entirety of the Shadow Temple is basically built around them.
    – Karlyr
    Mar 22, 2016 at 13:54

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