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Tingle is a character in five canon The Legend of Zelda series games. He is often depicted as a 35-year-old man who is obsessed with Fairies and Rupees. He is dressed in an unusual, full-body green suit with a clock necklace. He is quite unpopular in North America; however, the opposite is true in Japan, where his popularity has scored him four of his own spin-off games, such as Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. He is known for his catchphrase (don't use it without his permission!) "Tingle Tingle Kooloo Limpah!"

Majora's Mask

Tingle made his The Legend of Zelda debut in the second of the two Nintendo 64 Zelda games, Majora's Mask. He can be found floating around certain areas of Termina by balloon, designing maps of the world's main areas. If Link pops Tingle's balloon, he can talk to Tingle, at which point Tingle notes how similar their "fairy costumes" are. Link can purchase maps from Tingle of specific areas, his prices vary from area to area. Tingle is actually the son of the guide at the Swamp Tourist Center, if Link brings him a Pictograph of Tingle, he'll reward him with a Piece of Heart, as well as showing embarrassment for his son's behavior.

Oracle of Ages


Tingle is a man who believes himself to be a reincarnated fairy. He lives off near the sea and is referred to as a weird guy by some of the citizens of Labrynna.[1] He specializes in creating maps and charts used for navigation, but is truly fascinated with fairies and magic.

Link will encounter Tingle, who is floating above a stump, high upon some cliffs in the Forest of Time, located south-east of Lynna City. At first, Link cannot scale the cliffs alone. It will be later, after completing the Wing Dungeon, that Link will meet up with the boxing kangaroo, Ricky, around this same area. After finding Ricky's lost Boxing Gloves, Link will get to ride in Ricky's pouch.

Ricky's special ability allows him to scale the cliffs to get to Tingle, who will give Link an Island Chart which he needs to sail to Crescent Island. Later in his adventure, after obtaining the Seed Shooter, Link can once again visit Tingle and have his Seed Satchel upgraded. At this point, Link will not need Ricky's assistance in scaling the cliffs, as he will have enough items to help him do so. Tingle will upgrade Link's seed satchel to hold up to 50 different seeds of each kind.

Tingle Secret

Main article: Tingle Secret

In a Linked Game of Oracle of Seasons, Link will encounter the Woods of Winter Great Fairy, located just east of Snake's Remains. The Fairy will give Link the Tingle Secret, which Link can bring back to Tingle in Oracle of Ages. After telling Tingle the secret, Tingle will increase Link Seed Satchel capacity again, this time upgrading it to 99 different seeds. Tingle will then give Link a secret, which Link can take to Farore in Holodrum, so that he can get the seed satchel there as well.

The Wind Waker

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In The Wind Waker, Tingle is first seen imprisoned in the Town Jail at Windfall Island. He is imprisoned as he is believed to have stolen Lenzo's Pictograph.[2] Although Tingle's good friend Zunari believes that he is falsely imprisoned and was only locked up because of his suspicious looks. Zunari will task Link with trying to free him.[3]

When Link first enters the town jail, Tingle will call out to him. Due to Link's clothing, Tingle will ask if Link is a Fairy.[4] He thinks because of Link's looks, that is why he thinks Link might help him out.[5] Tingle has long been looking for a fairy boy like Link, but was mistaken for some kind of troublemaker and imprisoned.[6] Tingle promises to give Link a fabulous present if he rescues him from the jail cell.[7][8]

After freeing him, Tingle will give Link the Tingle Tuner, or if playing The Wind Waker HD, a Tingle Bottle.[9] He will also give Link Tingle's Chart, which allows Link to find Tingle Island, as well as locations of Great Fairies where Link can receive Wallet Upgrades. The Tingle Tuner is an optional item for players who own a Game Boy Advance and a Nintendo GameCube - Game Boy Advance Cable, the player can then view a map of Link's current area on the Game Boy Advance screen where Tingle will provide Link with hints and advice, including secrets that can only be obtained using the Tingle Tuner such as the hidden Tingle Statues found in the games dungeons.

Link is later given the IN-credible Chart which shows the locations of the Triforce Charts. Link must eventually seek Tingle's services to decipher the Triforce charts for 398 Rupees each.

Tingle also has two brothers and a "friend" who dresses the same as he does. His younger brother Ankle can be found working on Tingle Island, his outfit is identical to Tingle's except Ankle is dressed in pink.

Tingle's older brother Knuckle, who wears a light blue Tingle suit, lives on Outset Island, but he can only be found by players using the Tingle Tuner, after finding him Knuckle will appear on Tingle Island.

David Jr. dresses in a white Tingle suit and is found alongside Ankle on Tingle Island. Unlike Ankle and Knuckle, David Jr. is not biologically related to Tingle, he apparently was found shipwrecked on Tingle Island where he was dressed up in the silly white outfit and forced to work on Tingle Island. He apparently continues to question why he still works there.


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Birthplace: Unknown
Favorite Things: Fairies, deciphering maps

It's been several years since Tingle first became enchanted with deciphering maps in the hopes it would help him find fairies, and he's lost many things during that time.

He's raising funds to begin his search for fairies, hoping to embark sometime in his thirties, while the lust of life is still upon him. At the age of 35, the pressure's on!

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, when the Links cannot collect Force Gems fast enough, Tingle will fly in on his red balloon and snatch them up. If playing multiplayer mode, in each Hyrulean Adventure level there is a Tingle Tower, where eight minigames are available to play.

The Minish Cap


In The Minish Cap, Link can find Tingle in South Hyrule Field just east of his house. Link can only reach Tingle after acquiring the Cane of Pacci from the Cave of Flames. Once the Cane of Pacci has been retrieved, Link can use it on a nearby hole to reach the higher platform that Tingle is on. Like in previous games, Tingle will note Link's green cap and clothes, thinking that he might be a fairy. He wants to fuse Kinstones and states that he has also given Kinstones to his brothers[10]

If Link makes a successful Kinstone Fusion with Tingle, a tree will be accessible in North Hyrule Field. After Link later fuses Kinstones with Ankle, Knuckle and David Jr., other trees will be accessible in North Hyrule Field and it will lead to Link acquiring the Magical Boomerang.

Link is able to return to Tingle at anytime to speak with him in which Tingle will let Link know how many possible Kinstone fusions there are remaining in the world. Link can also fuse random Green Kinstones with Tingle. After Link has fused all possible Kinstones, return to Tingle and talk to him to receive the Tingle Trophy.

Non-Canon Appearances

This section describes a subject that is or may be outside the core Zelda canon.

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Main article: Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland is the first game in the Tingle series, released in Japan and Europe.

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love

Main article: Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love

Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love is the sequel to Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland.

Tingle's Balloon Fight

Main article: Tingle's Balloon Fight DS

Super Smash Bros. series

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"Tingle's appeared in quite a few games, most recently as you see him here in "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker." This self-styled fairy is 35 years old and still single!

He calls up all sorts of effects at random."

Tingle is an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl & Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and periodically appears on the Great Bay stage as a stage hazard in Super Smash Bros. Melee & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Hyrule Warriors

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"A balloon is this magical man's main weapon, and he uses it to bounce, float, and launch himself across the battlefield."



  • There is some concept art in the Spirit Tracks section of Hyrule Historia of a train car that is shaped like Tingle.[11]
  • Purlo, who runs the STAR Game in Twilight Princess, looks fairly similar to Tingle in terms of appearance. Eiji Aonuma has stated that Purlo is what Tingle would look like if he was a realistic character.
  • Numerous statues of Tingle can be found throughout the homes and shops of Spirit Tracks. Furthermore, a gold statue can be found at the Trading Post.
  • A doll that greatly resembles Tingle can be found on a shelf in Zelda's room at the Knight Academy in Skyward Sword. This presents quite a paradox in The Legend of Zelda universe, as Skyward Sword is the first game in the timeline and thus Tingle has yet to exist.


  1. "There's a weird guy by the sea! He just floats in the air... I wonder what he's like!" — Lynna City Child, Oracle of Ages.
  2. They caught the scoundrel, yet my possession remains outside my grasp. Perhaps it will rot forever with him in his cell. Why are good deeds so often repair with cruelty?" - Lenzo, The Wind Waker HD
  3. "But, I dare say, he was immediately arrested based on his somewhat suspicious looks and thrown right into jail. Yes, just locked up somewhere on this island. Needless to say, I'm really worried about him. Would you be so kind as to help free him from captivity? Indeed, it would be appreciated." - Zunari, The Wind Waker HD
  4. "Hmmmmmm! I see the same green clothes and the same green hat! By the look of you, I'd say... Sir! Could you, by chance, be...a fairy?" — Tingle, The Wind Waker.
  5. "Goodness! Did you feel my telepathy?! That's why you saved me, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Do not worry! Tingle knows without you telling him, sir! Yes, sir!" — Tingle, The Wind Waker.
  6. "Tingle is my name! I have been looking for you and your kind, for I, too, long to be one of the fairy folk! And yet, I was mistaken for some kind of troublemaker and put into this dreadful sort of place! How disrespectful!" — Tingle, The Wind Waker.
  7. "Please, Mr. Fairy... Rescue poor Tingle from this place and take him to where you and your kind live in splendor! If you help me, I will give you a fabulous present! Soooo..." — Tingle, The Wind Waker.
  8. "Please, Mr. Fairy! Please rescue poor Tingle and take him to where you and your kind live in harmony!" — Tingle, The Wind Waker.
  9. "Hoorayyyy! Thank you oh so VERRRY much! Here is Tingle's heartfelt gift of thanks! Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-limpah! Become an item!" — Tingle, The Wind Waker.
  10. "That green cap and green clothes... Are you...perhaps...a fairy?! Woohaa! I knew it! I knew it! Tingle wants to be a fairy, too! Actually, Tingle has some Kinstones, you know! And I have given Kinstones to my brothers, too. If you can fuse Kinstones with me and each of my brothers, well... I don't want to give it away, but you'll get something very, very, VERY good! Good luck, Mr. Fairy!" — Tingle, The Minish Cap.
  11. "Design sketches depicting various railcars. Included are cars that never appeared in the game, including an imitation of an airplane, and another in the shape of Tingle." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 223