Book of Magic

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This article is about the item in The Legend of Zelda and BS The Legend of Zelda. For the item in Four Swords Adventures, see Magic Book.
Book of Magic
Official artwork



Level 8: The Lion (TLOZ First Quest)
Level 4 (TLOZ Second Quest)
Level 8 (BS Zelda MAP1)
Level 8 (BS Zelda MAP2)


Upgrading the Magical Rod's beam, causing it to burst into flames after contact


The Book of Magic, or Magic Book, is an item from The Legend of Zelda and BS The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda

"What's more, if Link picks up the Magic Book and learns some new spells, he can chant some fiery spells and send out flames [from the Magical Rod]."

Book of Magic sprite from The Legend of Zelda

The Book of Magic functions as an upgrade to the Magical Rod. Without the Book, the beam of the Magical Rod would disappear after it made contact with something. The Book of Magic changes this, causing the beam to now burst into flames after it hits something. As with Candle flames, this eruption of fire can be used to light up dark rooms or harm enemies. The Book of Magic is one of two acquirable items in the penultimate dungeon of The Legend of Zelda, the Lion. The other is the Magical Key, which is used to unlock Locked Doors an unlimited amount of times.

In the Second Quest, it is found in Level 4 despite the Magical Rod being in Level 8. If the dungeons are played in order, it is useless until the Rod is obtained.

Non-Canon Appearances

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

BS The Legend of Zelda

Book of Magic sprite from BS The Legend of Zelda

The Book of Magic works as it did in The Legend of Zelda, upgrading the Magical Rod to create fire. In MAP1, it is found in a hidden room in Level 8, accessed via a bombable wall to the right of the second room in the dungeon, along with eight Blue Rupees. In MAP2, it is found in a similar room in Level 8, but located through a bombable wall to the right of the first room.

Hyrule Warriors

8-Bit Book of Magic icon from Hyrule Warriors

The 8-Bit Book of Magic is the 8-Bit Weapon version of Lana's Book of Sorcery. In the Wii U version of the game, it is part of the Master Quest DLC Pack, unlocked in the Master Quest map of Adventure Mode by completing the challenge at grid A12? with an "A" rank after using a Water Bomb on the boulder in the water. It is functionally identical to the Level 3 Sorceress Tome version of the weapon, but weapons are either 8-Bit Books of Magic or Sorceress Tomes, not both. In Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, it is a skin for her Level 4+ Tome of the Night version of the Book of Sorcery, which can be turned on or off with a toggle in settings.

The front cover has been slightly altered to place a light pixel in the middle of the cross, obfuscating the resemblance to a religious symbol.



Famicom Disk System vs Famicom cartridge releases
  • Not only does the Book of Magic sprite depict a cross (along with certain other items, like the Magical Shield), but the original Japanese name of the book was "Bible". In line with the general Nintendo of America policy at the time, the name was changed in the US localization to remove the religious reference, although the sprite and official art continued to show a cross. Further, the English text was changed in the cartridge re-release of The Legend of Zelda in Japan to bring the "Bible" in line with the American name, although the Japanese text was unchanged and still said Bible.