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Official artwork from The Adventure of Link



The Legend of Zelda
Item Shop (Blue Candle)
Level 7: The Demon (Red Candle, First Quest)
Level 7 (Red Candle, Second Quest)
The Adventure of Link
Parapa Palace
BS The Legend of Zelda
Item Shop (Blue Candle)
Level 7 (Red Candle)


60 Rupees


The Legend of Zelda, BS The Legend of Zelda
Lighting up dark rooms[1]
Damaging enemies
Burning bushes
The Adventure of Link
Lighting up dark caves

The Candle is an item from The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link. In both games, it is used to light up dark areas.

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, the Candle can also be used as a weapon along with its primary use of lighting up dark rooms and burning bushes. By pressing the item button when the Candle is equipped, Link shoots a flame two spaces in front of him. The flame deals the same damage as the original Sword and can burn bushes which reveal secrets.

The Blue Candle, the first one obtained in the game, can be bought for 60 Rupees from a certain Item Shop, and can only be used once until Link moves to a different screen. The Red Candle, an upgraded version of the Blue Candle, can be used infinitely on one screen but one can only shoot two flames at a time. If Link has the Book of Magic, the Magical Rod shoots a beam that turns into fire[2] when it hits an enemy or a wall, essentially making the Candles useless.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, the Candle is used for the singular but critical task of lighting up dark caves, allowing Link to safely move through them. It is the dungeon item of Parapa Palace.

Non-Canon Appearances

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

BS The Legend of Zelda

The Blue Candle is available in the Item Shop immediately north-west of the Starting Screen from the beginning of Week 2. It is required to burn a group of three trees which block a bridge west towards Level 3 and Level 4. As standard, it costs 60 rupees, but the Starting Screen cave Old Man casts a spell on merchants to temporarily reduce the price of all shop items, including the Blue Candle, to half price between 20 and 28 minutes into Week 2. As in The Legend of Zelda it works only once per screen transition, although from 30 to 38 minutes on the clock in Week 2, it is temporarily upgraded to the Red Candle.

The Red Candle itself is permanently available in Level 7, which is accessible only in Week 4.



  1. "Some of the rooms inside of the labyrinths are really dark. So use [the Candles] to brighten them up.", The Legend of Zelda Instruction Booklet, pg. 25
  2. "...if Link picks up the Magic Book and learns some new spells, he can chant some fiery spells and send out flames [with the Magical Rod].", The Legend of Zelda Instruction Booklet, pg. 26