The Gale Boomerang is one of the essential items Link will acquire on his quest in the Forest Temple after defeating the mind controlled Ook. This item houses the Fairy of Winds and thusly has the power to create gusts of wind when thrown which can be used to turn bridges, bring objects and enemies towards the hero, blow out torches, and even kill a few enemies. While in use Link can target 5 spots for the boomerang to travel toward with it eventually returning to Link after reaching its final destination. The boomerangs targeting is often used to solve a few puzzles featured in dungeons but also is used to find hidden items and help grab golden bugs.
Although the boomerangs primary use is to solve puzzles a unique mechanic is introduced in the Forest Temple were Link can target an enemy Bombling then target a boulder to have the foe destroy the obstruction to save one of the monkeys. This mechanic can be utilized at anytime with the players own Bombs at anytime to destroy rocks in areas Link cannot reach such as in Kakariko Village although owned Bomblings cannot be picked up this way as they move indepently from Link.
A further unintended use for this item comes in the form of another gameplay mechanic called the Long Jump Attack. This mechanic increases the distance and speed Link will gain when using a Jump Attack this is an intended mechanic to make it easier for players to strike a far away enemy. However as a result of the boomerang being treated as an enemy target its possible to use it in place of an enemy and perform this maneauver anywhere the player desires leading to reaching areas otherwise unreachable.