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Restoring hearts


Fairies are benevolent creatures that come in many different forms and sizes that normally possess healing properties. They restore Link's hearts if found and can even bring someone back to life or cure illness. They have been great allies to the hero since The Legend of Zelda, and some even travel with him.


The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Fairies appear randomly. Usually, they are found by defeating enemies, but they also live in Fairy Fountains. If touched, the Fairies heal Link.

The Adventure of Link

The Fairies of The Adventure of Link also heal Link, but they can no longer be found from enemies. Instead, they may appear as a random encounter out on the field, or they are sometimes are hidden in secret areas or palaces.

A Link to the Past

A Link to the Past is the first time that Fairies can be captured in Bottles and carried around. They can be caught with the Bug Net when they are found randomly around Hyrule. If they are released from the bottle, they will immediately heal Link. In addition, they will automatically break free from the bottle if Link's hearts are fully depleted and save him from death.

Notable Fairies

Link's Awakening

Similar to in The Legend of Zelda, Fairies in Link's Awakening will appear randomly. Occasionally, they will appear from trees if Link runs into them with the Pegasus Boots. Fairies cannot be caught in bottles, but there are Great Fairies across the land that will heal Link. The Fairy Queen also appears in the Color Dungeon in the DX remake.

Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Fairies are a lot less random and easier to locate due to their specific locations. Fairy Fountains are hidden across Hyrule, and Fairies can also be located by playing Zelda's Lullaby near a Gossip Stone. They can be trapped in bottles and will automatically restore all of Link's hearts upon death. Link can purchase a Fairy Spirit in a bottle from the Potion Shop.

In addition to the Great Fairies, who give Link magic spells or increased offense or defense, there are guardian Fairies that protect the Kokiri of the forest. Each child is assigned one as a partner. Link is not a Kokiri, but he is protected by Navi in Ocarina of Time anyway. In Majora's Mask, Link teams up with Tatl to stop the Moon from falling. Tatl also has a brother named Tael. In Majora's Mask, there are Fairies called Stray Fairies which are scattered pieces of the Great Fairies.

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

Like in Link's Awakening, Fairies appear randomly in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages. Great Fairies are also present.

Four Swords

Fairies and Great Fairies appear in Four Swords.

The Wind Waker

Once again, Fairies can be captured in bottles to save Link when he dies in The Wind Waker. There are five Fairy Islands around the Great Sea, where both Fairies and Great Fairies reside. The Fairy Queen also makes an appearance at Mother and Child Isles, where she gives Link the Fire and Ice arrows.

Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures

Four Swords Adventures introduces a special variety of Fairies called Force Fairies. They can be found in great numbers and count for the Links' lives, appearing from the Four Sword to heal them every time they die.[1][2] Multiple Force Fairies can be held at once, and there is no need to catch them in a bottle.

Great Fairies can also be found on certain stages. Some of them heal their health.[3] Others will upgrade whatever item the Links are currently wielding into a more powerful version.

The Minish Cap

Fairies and Great Fairies appear in The Minish Cap. Fairies in The Minish Cap only restore four hearts.

Twilight Princess

Fairies in Twilight Princess are not drastically different from other Fairies; they are glowing balls of light that can be stored in bottles to heal Link when he dies. However, they no longer circle around and attempt to heal Link if his hearts are already full. If a Fairy is used in this game, the Fairy recovers eight of Link's hearts.[4][5]

There is one Great Fairy in this game that lives in the Cave of Ordeals. Every time Link makes it through ten floors of the cave, she releases Fairies into one of the Spirit's Springs. At the final floor, she grants Link a bottle of Great Fairy's Tears.

Phantom Hourglass

Link's travelling companion in Phantom Hourglass is actually a fairy named Ciela. In addition, the Spirits of Power, Wisdom, and Courage are Fairies. While they do not heal Link, they can empower him in different ways. If Link manages to collect Spirit Gems, they give him different abilities. Leaf will double his attack, Neri will double his defense, and Ciela, when fully powered, will shoot lightning bolts out of his sword.

Spirit Tracks

There is only one Fairy in Spirit Tracks called the Spirit of Healing. She first meets Link in the Forest Temple when he plays the Song of Healing on the Spirit Flute from a stone near the entrance. She will heal Link any time he plays the song, as long as he is within a dungeon.

Skyward Sword

Fairies are slightly more difficult to locate in Skyward Sword than other games. They can appear out of pots or similar objects. Three Fairies appear if Link correctly draws the Triforce on a Goddess Wall. Again these can be caught in bottles and will revive Link if he dies. They can also be released when additional health is needed.

A Link Between Worlds

Much like A Link to the Past, Fairies can be found in various Fairy Fountains across Hyrule and Lorule. They can be caught with the Net and stored in a Bottle for later use. When released from a bottle, the Fairy will restore five hearts. If Link dies in battle while carrying a Fairy, it will revive him automatically.

Breath of the Wild

Fairies appear once more in Breath of the Wild, and work in a mostly similar way to previous games. They can be found around Great Fairy Fountains, and also in the occasional blade of grass. They will revive Link if he falls in battle, leaving him with 5 hearts afterwards. This time, fairies can be used in Cooking, to amplify some dishes which Link can cook, and also can be mixed with monster parts or alone to make a Fairy Tonic.

See Also



  1. "A Force Fairy! They can revive the fallen Links!" — N/A, Four Swords Adventures.
  2. "[sfx]Force Fairies appear from within the Four Sword!" — N/A, Four Swords Adventures.
  3. "I will soothe your wounds and comfort your weariness." — Great Fairy, Four Swords Adventures.
  4. "You caught a fairy in a bottle! It will come to your aid with hearts if your health runs out. Set it to and use it with [Y] or [X] and it will restore 8 hearts." — In-Game Description, Twilight Princess.
  5. "Capabilities: Gives you eight hearts worth of healing." — Card Description, Fairy Twilight Princess Trading Card