Display magic quantity
The Magic Meter is an on-screen green colored bar used to display Link's current magic quantity in relation to how much is used from magic requiring items. It first appeared in The Adventure of Link and has appeared in many games since, including A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and The Wind Waker.
The Magic Meter is a bar on the top portion of the screen with Link's current magic quantity, and with the exception of The Adventure of Link, has the appearance of a long green bar.
The Adventure of Link
The Magic Meter in The Adventure of Link is seen at the top left hand corner of the screen. It is the only meter so far that deviates from the green-colored bar and instead uses multiple white bars, each representing sixteen magic points, and a numerical integer next to the word "magic" to indicate level number. Magic abilities in this game can be upgraded by leveling up; however, magic can only be upgraded to level eight.
A Link to the Past
A Link to the Past is the first Zelda game to feature the iconic green magic meter. This one is vertical and on the left-hand side of the screen, and though it is available from the game's beginning, the player cannot use it until obtaining the Lantern. Visiting the Mad Batter allows the player to upgrade the magic storage ability, through a curse, by adding a ½ above the Magic Meter, indicating that magic consumption has been decreased by one-half. This effectively "doubles" the magic the player can carry.
Ocarina of Time
Magic is obtained initially after completing Dodongo's Cavern and traveling up Death Mountain along the Death Mountain Trail to the summit where the player finds the Great Fairy of Power who grants magic abilities to the Spin Attack. An upgrade is also available from the Great Fairy of Wisdom. This is where the player is granted the doubled meter.
Much like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask features a similar Magic Meter and specific weapons with similar magical requirements. The Magic Meter is first found after returning one Stray Fairy to the Great Fairy of Magic in North Clock Town. A doubled meter is found after the player returns all fifteen Stray Fairies to the Great Fairy of Wisdom, located by the base of the Snowhead Temple in Snowhead.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, the Magic Meter appears after Link acquires the Deku Leaf atop of the Great Deku Tree in the Forest Haven. Later, Link can double the Magic Meter by locating a Big Octo at Two-Eye Reef. Defeating this monster frees a Great Fairy, who grants him some of her power in gratitude. This gives Link twice as much Magic Power as before.
- The Magic Meter was originally going to appear in Twilight Princess, as evidenced by a screenshot on the back of the game case that shows it in the top-left corner and the existence of Green Chu Jelly in certain versions of the game. Blue and yellow versions of its design were used in the finished game as the gauges for Link's oxygen and Lantern oil, respectively. It is unknown what items or abilities would have been powered by the magic meter before it was removed.
The Magic Meter from The Adventure of Link.
The Magic Meter from A Link to the Past.
The Magic Meter from The Wind Waker.
- ↑ "Heh heh heh! I laugh at your misfortune! Now your magic power will drop by one half! Congratulations! Now, do your best, even though I'm sure it won't be enough! Have a nice day! See you!" — Mad Batter, A Link to the Past.
- ↑ "Darunia said that a fairy lives on top of Death Mountain, didn't he?" — Navi, Ocarina of Time.
- ↑ "You've done well to come all the way up here, Link. This is the summit of the sacred Death Mountain! Hoot! It is said that the clouds surrounding this peak reflect the condition of Death Mountain. When they look normal, it is at peace. Climbing all the way up here just proves how smart you are! Now I want to see you make another smart move... The Great Fairy lives on this mountaintop, and she will give you a new skill! She is the leader of the fairies, you know. Hoo! I will perch here and wait for you. When you're ready to go back down, I can help you! Now, get going!" — Kaepora Gaebora, Ocarina of Time.
- ↑ "Hoo hoot! Well, it looks like you've grown up a little from the Great Fairy's power... But you still don't really look like the hero who will save Hyrule. At least not yet! If you are going back down the mountain, I can lend you a wing. Come here and grab my talons! And hold on tight! Hoo hooooooot!" — Kaepora Gaebora, Ocarina of Time.
- ↑ "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Power! I'm going to grant you a sword technique. Receive it now!" — Great Fairy of Power, Ocarina of Time.
- ↑ "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Wisdom! I'm going to enhance your magic power. Receive it now!" — Great Fairy of Wisdom, Ocarina of Time.
- ↑ "All I can offer you now is this: I shall grant you Magic Power as a sign of my gratitude. Please accept it!" — Great Fairy of Magic, Majora's Mask.
- ↑ "Oh, wise young one! I am the Great Fairy of Wisdom. Thank you for returning my broken and shattered body to normal. As thanks, I shall enhance your Magic Power." — Great Fairy of Wisdom, Majora's Mask.
- ↑ "Oh, waker of the winds... Thanks to you, I have been freed from that beast's foul grasp... As thanks, I shall give you just a little of my power..." — Great Fairy, The Wind Waker.
- ↑ "Your magic power has increased! You now have twice as much as what you had before!" — In-Game Description, The Wind Waker.