A Fairy Fountain is a place where Link can recover health by the use of fairies. They have appeared in many games with different appearances that may vary from location to location, but all function in a similar manner. Fairies found in these fountains, with the exception of those in Majora's Mask, can be bottled and used as recovery if Link loses all of his hearts.
The Legend of Zelda
There are three Fairy Fountains found across Hyrule in this game, and all of them but one contain a Fairy, who will restore Link to full health. The one Fairy Fountain that doesn't carry a Fairy is actually the entrance to the seventh dungeon of the game, Level 7: The Demon.
A Link to the Past
Fairy Fountains in A Link to the Past are scattered all over Hyrule, in both the Light and Dark Worlds. These fountains are typically seen in well-hidden caves that are only accessible with the assistance of a specific obtainable item.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time there are two types of fairy fountains. One is the traditional fountain, which consists of fairies hovering around a shallow pool, and the Great Fairy Fountain, which is home of the Great Fairies, who grant Link magical abilities if he plays Zelda's Lullaby.
Fountains that appear in Majora's Mask only appear once in each geographical region, for a total of five. These fountains differ from other games mostly by the fact that they are inhabited by Great Fairies, who appear as Stray Fairys of a specific color as a result of being shattered by the Skull Kid. Each Great Fairy requests that Link saves the remaining missing Stray Fairies in order to obtain a reward; however, even without all fifteen, Link can still recover health in these fountains, though any stray fairy within them cannot be bottled.
The Wind Waker
- Main article: Fairy Islands
There are five Fairy Fountains in The Wind Waker, each located on a heart-shaped island with a shell-shaped structure. They are usually blocked and require specific items in order to enter, as well as being home to the Great Fairies who grant Link special abilities as well as recovery.
- Main article: Spirit's Spring
In Twilight Princess, fairies appear in the Spirit's Springs only after Link meets with the Great Fairy on every tenth floor in the Cave of Ordeals. Each successive time he speaks to her, she releases fairies at a specific spring.
A Link Between Worlds
Fairy Fountains in A Link Between Worlds are scattered all over Hyrule and Lorule. These fountains are typically seen in well-hidden caves that are only accessible with the assistance of a specific obtainable item.