Crystal Switch

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The Crystal Switch is a recurring dungeon mechanic in the The Legend of Zelda series. The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link are the only games that the Crystal Switch does not appear in. When Link hits a Crystal Switch with any damage-dealing item such as the Sword, Bow, Boomerang and Bombs, it will trigger something in the area/dungeon such as a gate or door opening.

Appearances

A Link to the Past

"Mystic Crystal Switches
Blue and gold Crystal Switches were found in several Hyrulian palaces, and the Tower of Hera was no exception. The beautiful switches were the key to raising and lowering the blue and orange Switch Fences that popped up in places. No one knew exactly how they worked, but when people struck a Blue Crystal Switch, all of the blue Switch Fences fell and the gold ones rose; when they struck a gold switch, the gold Switch Fences fell and the blue ones rose.
"

— Nintendo Player's Guide

The Crystal Switch makes its first debut in A Link to the Past. These switches are similar in appearance to a crystal ball. Crystal Switches control how the color-matched block obstacles in the dungeon floors move. When it is red, the red blocks fall down and a pathway is revealed. When it turns blue, the blue blocks fall into square holes in the floor. This allows Link to walk forward across them.

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

"I'll tell you a secret for saving me! There are switches in this temple that you have to cut to activate. But, you can also use the Goron "special crop" to do the job.[1]"

— A Goron from the Fire Temple

In Ocarina of Time, the Crystal Switch appears as a diamond with the classic Orb inside it. Items like the Hookshot, Bombs, Sword, and many others can activate them. The switches aid in events such as temporarily dousing fire or changing water levels.

Majora's Mask

Like in Ocarina of Time, the Crystal Switch appears in Majora's Mask as a diamond with the classic Orb inside it. Items like the Hookshot, Bombs, Sword, and many others can activate them. The switches aid in events such as temporarily dousing fire, changing water levels, or opening gates.

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, the Crystal Switches are white in color and diamond in shape. When hit with certain weapons, such as the Hookshot, Hero's Bow, and others, it turns yellow in color. These are very similar to the switches found in Ocarina of Time.

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Twilight Princess

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Crystal Switches are a light purple and in the shape of a diamond made up of six other smaller diamonds. When hit, the diamonds turns gray, spins around and separates from each other and then stops and stays floating in the air as individual diamonds. Weapons such as the Sword, the Beetle (Item), the Slingshot, the Bow, Bombs and all of their different upgraded versions, can be used to activate these switches.

A Link Between Worlds

Battle Quest

Gallery

References

  1. "I'll tell you a secret for saving me! There are switches in this temple that you have to cut to activate. But, you can also use the Goron "special crop" to do the job." — A Goron from the Fire Temple, Ocarina of Time.