"That weapon defeats foes with one hit. However, the reverse is also true, as its wielder will also fall to a single strike. You can use this weapon's ability only twice within a set period of time...only when it is glowing. When enough time passes, the weapon will regain its sheen along with its power."
― Maz Koshia describing the One Hit Obliterator (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

The power to kill the target in a single hit. Variation of Absolute Attack, Death Inducement and Probability Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Death in One Strike
  • Instant Kill Attack
  • One Hit Knock-Out
  • One Shot Kill
  • Single Hit Kill


The user can kill the target with a single strike. The attack carries special attributes, such as lethal poison or death inducement, that would result in an instant death the moment it connects, disregarding on the location of contact or the target's remaining vitality.

Other, less sophisticated methods are either the attack strikes the target's vital point, or it just carries devastating firepower and brute force to outright kill the opponent.

The instant kill is capable of bypassing regeneration of any level, as it deals death before the opponent has a chance to rejuvenate.




  • If the attack is blocked or evaded, it becomes useless.
  • Friendly fire or misfire will lead to unintentionally killing an ally or oneself.
  • Useless against users of Immortality or Resurrection.
  • May only work under certain conditions/targets.

Known Users

See Also: One-Hit Kill.





Video Games

Known Items


  • Murasame (Akame Ga Kill!)
  • Death Note (Death Note)
  • The Vorpal Blade/Sword (Jabberwock)
  • Incarnation of the Radius Sword (Sword Art Online)
  • Object Eraser (Sword Art Online)
  • Gae Bolg (TYPE-MOON)


  • Ivory Knife (Chronicles of the Kencyrath)
  • Killing Curse (Harry Potter)
  • Golden Gun (James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun)
  • God-Killer Sword (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Sceptre of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant)

Video Games

  • Gravity Bomb (Bomberman 64: The Second Attack)
  • Saibamen (Dragon Ball Xenoverse)
  • One-Hit Obliterator (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
  • Boomerang (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening)
  • Light Arrows (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
  • Genmurei (Mega Man X5)
  • Last Word (Planescape)
  • Death Skills (Shin Megami Tensei)
  • Certain Inkling weapons (Splatoon)
  • Certain Octarian weapons (Splatoon)
  • Butterfly Knife weapons (Team Fortress 2)


  • Rose's Sword (Steven Universe); technically