"This item of treasure lets Link cross holes or rivers that are as wide as he is."
The Legend of Zelda manual

The Stepladder, also known as the Ladder, is an item from The Legend of Zelda. This handy item allows Link to cross areas he usually cannot, such as a one-square gap of water or lava. It is obtained in Level 4 of the First Quest and Level 6 of the Second Quest. Like the Raft, the Stepladder does not require any particular action from Link in order to be used; he simply needs to walk to the edge of the gap, and the Stepladder will automatically appear below him, allowing him to cross.

Other appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

8-Bit Stepladder from Hyrule Warriors
Ladder Item Card icon

The Ladder appears as one of the Item Cards used to unlock secrets in Adventure Mode. The 8-Bit Ladder also appears as Sheik's 8-bit Harp and humorously depicted as a musical instrument.

Hyrule Warriors Legends

The Ladder returns as an Item Card used in Adventure Mode. However Sheik's 8-Bit Ladder does not due to the 8-bit weapons being replaced by Level 3+ weapons.

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