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Reekfish from Twilight Princess



Link's Awakening
Fishing Pond
Ocarina of Time
Fishing Pond
Zora's Domain
Oracle of Seasons
Ingo's House in Sunken City
Majora's Mask 3D
Swamp Fishing Hole
Ocean Fishing Hole
Twilight Princess
Hena's Fishing Hole
Most bodies of water
Spirit Tracks
Papuchia Village



Oracle of Seasons
Trading for the Megaphone
Spirit Tracks
Obtaining a Force Gem

Fish are recurring creatures in The Legend of Zelda series. They start out as simple creatures that do not mean much, but have since expanded to become involved in Trading Sequences.

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, a fish can be caught in the drained water in the south of the Light World after draining the Great Swamp with the switch in the Swamp Ruins. If Link throws the fish back in into deep water, it says, "Thank You", and then gives Link a Red Rupee. Furthermore, if Link goes to the Street Merchant and gives him the fish, he will give Link a variety of items.

A Link to the Past (GBA)

"It's moist and fresh... What is it?"

In A Link to the Past (GBA), fish are a target in Q. Bumpkin's Riddle Quest. To answer the fourth riddle, Link must capture a fish from the Great Swamp with the Bug-Catching Net, place it in Bumpkin's basket and take it to him.

Link's Awakening

Fish in Link's Awakening can be found in the Fishing Pond, a small fishing area located north of Mabe Village. There are no specific types, just small and large ones. Depending on the size of the Fish caught, Link receives rewards from the Fisherman whenever he catches one, including a Piece of Heart.


Main article: Piranha

Additionally, there is a Fish-like enemy in Link's Awakening called Piranhas. They are really weak enemies, but can be a bit unpredictable. They can be found in flooded caves and in Goponga Swamp, swimming back and forth under the water.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Link can store fish in a Bottle.[1] If Link drops a fish in front of Lord Jabu-Jabu, it will inhale Link inside its belly. The Buyer will purchase a bottled fish from Link for 50 rupees. Link can also purchase Fish in the Zora Shop and Potion Shop for 200 Rupees.[2]

In the Fishing Pond, Link can fish for Hyrule Bass and Hylian Loach. He cannot keep these when he leaves the Fishing Hole, but he is rewarded with a Piece of Heart if he catches a 10-pound fish as a child; and with the Golden Scale if he catches a 13-pound fish as an adult.

Majora's Mask

Collect Fish in Bottles and drop them into the tank containing two larger fish at the Marine Research Lab. Keep doing so until one fish grows enough to eat the other and spits out a Piece of Heart.

A fish can also be sold to the Curiosity Shop for 20 rupees.

Majora's Mask 3D

Main article: Majora's Mask 3D Fish

Two fishing ponds - the Swamp Fishing Hole and Ocean Fishing Hole - were added to Majora's Mask 3D; each with twelve types of fish to catch, which have various prerequisites to obtain:

Oracle of Seasons

"You got a Fish as thanks for the ! It's market fresh!"

— In-game description

A Fish is the seventh item of the trading sequence in Oracle of Seasons. Because it is a market fresh Fish,[3][4] it is Ingo's dinner as well as Mittens' favorite food.[5][6] The Fish's sprite is blue, leading one to believe it might have been designed after the real world Bluefish.

The Fish is received from Ingo, a vase collector[7] who lives by his lonesome in a house in Sunken City. As a vase collector, Ingo greatly desires the Goron Vase, a vase that Biggoron has. However, no matter how many times Ingo asks Biggoron for the vase, he won't give it to Ingo, even in exchange for a Fish.[8] If Link has collected the Goron Vase and talks to Ingo, Ingo sees the vase and begs Link to give it to him.[9] After placing it nicely into his collection, Ingo rewards Link with the Fish.[5]

The Fish can be used to acquire the eighth item of the sequence, the Megaphone. The Megaphone can be obtained from Mittens' Owner, a man found in the southern portion of North Horon. Mittens' Owner's cat, Mittens, is at the top of a tree, and refuses to come down.[10] However, if Link brings the Fish to Mittens' Owner, he asks to have it so he can get Mittens down.[6] After thanking Link for the Fish,[11] he uses the Fish to successfully get Mittens to come down. Overwhelmed with joy, Mittens' Owner rewards Link with the Megaphone.[12]

Twilight Princess

Link grabbing a fish in Twilight Princess.

Fish in Twilight Princess are found in most ponds and rivers. They are only used in the game for Fishing, which Link can start as soon as he collects the Fishing Rod from Uli. Depending on whether the game is being played on the GameCube or Wii, the controls are fairly different.

Link only has to fish twice for the main quest, with all other fishing opportunities completely optional. The first required use is in Ordon Village, where Link has to use the Fishing Rod to catch two Greengills, which causes Sera's cat to grab the Fish and return it to Sera. The second time is in the quest to climb Snowpeak, as Link has to catch the rare Reekfish to gain the Reekfish Scent, which Link can use to climb the mountain.

After Link acquires the Fishing Rod, the Fish Journal appears in the Collection Screen. This journal records every Fish Link collects, including the largest type of each Fish caught. However, Fish caught in Hena's Fishing Hole do not count; only Fish caught in the overworld count for this journal.

Twilight Princess features one of the widest variety of Fish in any game in the series. They are six types in total, the same amount found in Phantom Hourglass.


Main article: Greengill

The Greengill is a Fish found exclusively in Twilight Princess. It is a very common fish, being found in most bodies of water. They are very easy to catch, as they hardly fight back against the line. They are small in size and are colored green and yellow with a wavy stripe along its side. The largest known caught is 16 inches.

Hyrule Bass

Main article: Hyrule Bass

The Hyrule Bass, called the "definitive lake fish" by Hena, is a common fish. It has a green top and white bottom with a pattern on the middle. This fish is also found in Ocarina of Time. The largest known caught is 21 inches.

Hylian Pike

Main article: Hylian Pike

The Hylian Pike is also known in-game as the 'star of jumping fish'. It has a long body with a white zigzag pattern going down it. The recommended lures are the Spinner Lure and Frog Lure. It is very popular amongst the anglers because of its eyes. The largest known fish caught is 27 inches.

Ordon Catfish

Main article: Ordon Catfish

The Ordon Catfish is green with swirling patterns along its side, and is fairly common. It has what appears to be whiskers on its face, hence the "catfish" designation. It is unpopular with the anglers being called 'too slimy'; if one is caught in the presence of Hena, she tells Link to throw it back. The recommended lure is the Popper Lure. The largest known caught is 25 inches.


Main article: Reekfish

The Reekfish is a bright red fish which is only found near the Mother-and-Child Rocks in Zora's Domain. The Reekfish is used by Yeto to help cure Yeta's sickness. The fish has a very strong smell which helps Wolf Link to find the Yeti. The Reekfish can only be caught using the Coral Earring given to Link by Prince Ralis. The Reekfish is known to have a horrid stench, but is fairly nutritious.

Hylian Loach

Main article: Hylian Loach

The Hylian Loach is a large, rare fish that appears in Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. The Loach looks like a cross between the catfish and the pike.


Main article: Skullfish

The Skullfish is an illegal fish, so it is not recorded in Link's Fish Journal. They are found around Lakebed Temple and in secret caves located around Hyrule Field. They drop a heart when released. It looks like a fish that had been stripped of its flesh.


Main article: Bombfish

The Bombfish is a fish that looks like a fish with a bomb in its mouth. It is found inside Lakebed Temple and inside hidden caves around Hyrule Field. The Bombfish can be kept for an under-water bomb. It does not have an entry in the Fish Journal like the Skullfish.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Link can fish off his boat provided he obtained the Fishing Rod from the Old Wayfarer. There are six types of fish for him to catch, and if he manages to catch a Neptoona, he will be rewarded with a Heart Container from the Old Wayfarer.


Main article: Skippyjack

The Skippyjack is a common fish easy to catch due to not zig-zaging or jumping too much. It is mostly found on the south-west section of the sea. After Link obtains the Big Catch Lure, the Skippyjack becomes more rare.


Main article: Toona

The Toona is also a common fish, but not as common as the Skippyjack. The Toona is still as common with the Big Catch Lure. The Old Wayfarer will not be impressed if Link shows him the fish.


Main article: Loovar

The Loovar is a large and rare fish. It is rare with the normal lure, but if caught and taken back to the Old Wayfarer, he will reward Link with the Big Catch Lure. After that, the Loovar becomes much more common.


Main article: Stowfish

The Stowfish is a fish that can not be caught in the normal manner. Instead, Link will find it on another large fish with the Loovar being the minimum size. If Link takes a Stowfish back to the Old Wayfarer, he will be rewarded with a Ship Part.

Rusty Swordfish

Main article: Rusty Swordfish

The Rusty Swordfish is a large fish. It is so large the Salvage Arm is needed to hold it. This fish can only be caught with the Big Catch Lure. It is rarely found in the shadow of the smaller fish and much more often found in the shadow of the swordfish.


Main article: Neptoona

The Neptoona is a very large fish taking up both screens of the DS. It can only be caught once Link shows the Old Wayfarer a Rusty Swordfish. The fish is a gargantuan, blue swordfish with a serrated bill with various green-blue markings. If Link shows the fish to the Old Wayfarer, he gives Link a Heart Container. The name is a pun on the Greek god Neptune and the fish Toona also found in the game.

Spirit Tracks


The fish in Spirit Tracks are an object used for delivery. Link can buy 20 fish for 50 Rupees. The Fish can be taken to the Fish Saleswoman in Hyrule Castle Town for a Force Gem. It is not necessary to bring Mega Ice to the fish saleswoman in order to buy fish because all he needs is the cargo carriage. But, the Fish Saleswoman will not accept Mega Ice until the Fire Temple is completed.

Breath of the Wild

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  1. "You got a Fish! Use it with (C) and something might happen... It looks so fresh and delicious! On the Select Item Subscreen, you can set it to (<), (v) or (>), and then press that (C) to use it." — In-game description, Ocarina of Time.
  2. " Fish 200 Rupees Just caught and so fresh! You can keep it in a bottle." — In-game description, Ocarina of Time.
  3. "You got a Fish as thanks for the ! It's market fresh!" — In-game description, Oracle of Seasons.
  4. "Fish Market fresh." — Quest Screen Status description, Oracle of Seasons.
  5. 5.1 5.2 "It goes right in my collection! In thanks, here! Take my dinner-- my last Fish!" — Ingo, Oracle of Seasons.
  6. 6.1 6.2 "Hey there! You have a Fish! It's Mittens' favorite food! Is that for her? :›Of course ›No" — Mittens' Owner, Oracle of Seasons.
  7. "Vases wanted! Ingo, Collector" — Sign outside Ingo's House, Oracle of Seasons.
  8. "Shooot! That Biggoron! No matter how often I ask, he won't give me his vase! I'd give my dinner for it--Fish!" — Ingo, Oracle of Seasons.
  9. "Gasp! Tha-tha... That vase! Give me that vase, please! I'm begging you! :›Sure ›No way" — Ingo, Oracle of Seasons.
  10. "Look! No matter how much I call her, my precious Mittens won't come down! If only I had her favorite treat-- Fish..." — Mittens' Owner, Oracle of Seasons.
  11. "Oh! Thank you so much! Mittens! Here, Mittens!" — Mittens' Owner, Oracle of Seasons.
  12. "Mittens! Oh, good kitty! Thank you! Oh! Yes! A reward... Here! Take this Megaphone!" — Mittens' Owner, Oracle of Seasons.