2nd Potion

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2nd Potion
Red Water of Life
Official artwork




68 Rupees


Restoring all of Link's hearts. Can be used twice.


"Drink this and all of Link's LIFE hearts will turn red. Red water turns blue when Link sips it. Drink the blue water and that's the last of the water."

The 2nd Potion, also known as the Red Water of Life, is one of two types of Potion from The Legend of Zelda and BS The Legend of Zelda, the other being the blue Life Potion.

The Legend of Zelda

"Water of Life can be a tremendous help to you. By drinking it, you can turn all white hearts to red hearts. There are two kinds of water: red and blue. When you drink red water, it turns blue and when you drink blue water, it disappears. Water is for sale, but sometimes it is also free."

When Link drinks from the 2nd Potion, it restores all of Link's hearts. Drinking the potion also cures Link of a Jinx that is placed on him by Red Bubbles. After Link uses the 2nd Potion once, it changes into a blue Life Potion, which can be used another time.


Link can purchase this potion from the many Potion Shops found throughout the Overworld. However, the Old Woman found in these Potion Shops will not speak to Link. Link must first obtain the Letter from the Old Man. After showing this letter to the Old Woman, the Potions then become available for sale.

Each Potion Shop sells a 2nd Potion for 68 Rupees and a blue Life Potion for 40 Rupees. Considering the 2nd Potion offers two uses of the Potion, it is a better deal as it comes out to 34 Rupees per use. If Link has a single blue Life Potion in his inventory, he can purchase a second Life Potion for 40 Rupees and this causes the Potion to change into a 2nd Potion.

In other caves found throughout the Overworld, Link encounters an Old Man who offers Link the choice to take a Heart Container or take a 2nd Potion. Considering Link cannot purchase the Heart Containers anywhere, it is strongly advised that he grabs the Heart Container in all of these instances.

Potion Shop Locations

Main article: Potion Shop (The Legend of Zelda)

There are 7 Potion Shop locations in the main quest, with 9 locations in the Second Quest.

Non-Canon Appearances

This section describes a subject that is or may be outside the core Zelda canon.

BS The Legend of Zelda

2nd Potion sprite from BS The Legend of Zelda

As in the original game, a 2nd Potion can be bought from Old Woman at any Potion Shop for 68 rupees after showing her the Letter, and functions the same way. In both MAP1 and MAP2, there are also three caves with Old Men who offer a choice between a Heart Container and 2nd Potion.

A merchant outside Level 5 of MAP1 and MAP2 sells Life Potion for 10 rupees between the 10 and 34 minute marks of Week 3. Buying it a second time while Life Potion is still in the inventory upgrades it to a 2nd Potion.