The Legend of Zelda
The Compass in The Legend of Zelda displays Link's location on the minimap; and the location of the dungeon reward, in the room behind the boss, as a blinking dot. In Levels 1-8, this is the Triforce of Wisdom fragment; and in Death Mountain, it is used to show where Princess Zelda is imprisoned.
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
The Compass in Ocarina of Time displays the locations of all Treasure Chests in dungeons on the map. It also displays the location of the Boss. In addition, it displays Link's location on the minimap and also marks what door he entered from. It is identical in use and appearance to the Compass in Majora's Mask.
Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
The Compass in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages tells Link where all Treasure Chests are located in each dungeon. It also displays where the Boss is located. Similar to the Compass in Link's Awakening, this version of the Compass beeps whenever Link enters a room that has a Small Key in it.
The Wind Waker
The Compass in The Wind Waker displays the locations of Treasure Chests and the location of the Boss. In the Tower of the Gods, the Compass also displays the locations of the Servants of the Tower. Similarly, in the Earth Temple and the Wind Temple, the Compass displays the locations of Medli and Makar, respectively.
The Minish Cap
However, it has a more advanced use in this game; it displays the location of certain items in each dungeon, and this item depends on which dungeon Link appears in. In the Forest Temple, it displays where each caged Monkey can be found. In the Snowpeak Ruins, the Compass displays the location of every Cannonball in the dungeon. Also, in the Temple of Time, the Compass displays the location of the Ancient Statue that Link requires to reach the Boss, Armogohma. And, last but not least, in the Palace of Twilight, the Compass displays the location of the two Sols.
A Link Between Worlds
The Compass in A Link Between Worlds makes all unopened Treasure Chests in a dungeon appear on the map.
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Million Publications Strategy Guide artwork of the Compass from The Legend of Zelda