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Defense,[1][2] also known as Defensive Power,[3][4] is a recurring magical skill featured in The Legend of Zelda series. The various ways to acquire enhanced defense utilize differing methods in each game.


The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Link can acquire two rings that enhance his defensive abilities:
TLoZ Blue Ring Sprite.png The Blue Ring reduces damage Link takes in half and turns Link's tunic blue. Link can find it beneath an Armos in the overworld or buy it from the Merchant for 250 Rupees.
TLoZ Red Ring Sprite.png The Red Ring reduces damage to a quarter of its original amount and turns Link's tunic red. It is found in Level-9.

The Adventure of Link

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In The Adventure of Link, Link can use the Shield Spell to enhance his defense, reducing the damage he takes by half. Link's tunic turns red, and the effect of the spell will wear off as soon as Link leaves to another area. It can be found in Rauru Town. In addition, every time Link's life level goes up via experience points, it will decrease the damage he takes permanently.

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Link's defense is enhanced by his tunics.

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The Blue Mail reduces the damage taken from enemies by 1/2. It is found in the Ice Palace.

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The Red Mail reduces the damage taken from enemies by 1/4. It is found in Ganon's Tower.

Link's Awakening

Guardian Acorn

Once Link defeats twelve enemies without being hit, the twelfth will drop a Guardian Acorn, which temporarily doubles Link defence.[5]

Link's Awakening DX

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In Link's Awakening DX, after completing the Color Dungeon, Link can choose either the Blue Clothes, or the Red Clothes as a reward. The Red Tunic doubles attack power, while the Blue Tunic halves the damage Link takes.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, enhanced defense is awarded to Link by the Great Fairy of Courage who lives in a hidden cave by Ganon's Castle in Link's Adult time. The entrance is blocked by a black rock which can only be removed by the use of the Golden Gauntlets.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, if Link is able to collect all 15 Stray Fairies in the Great Bay Temple and return them to the Great Fairy Fountain, he is rewarded with enhanced defense.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, if Link collects 10 or 20 Wisdom Gems, he can use them to power up the Spirit of Wisdom which when equipped increases his defense.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Link can purchase Guardian Potions from the Potion Shop at the Bazaar. This Potion, when drunk, halves the damage dealt to Link by half for three minutes. By upgrading it to the Guardian Potion +, the Potion will make Link completely invincible for three minutes.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, like in A Link to the Past, Link's defense is enhanced by his tunics. The Blue Mail is found in the Swamp Palace. The Red Mail is found in Lorule Castle.


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  1. "Your defense has been strengthened! Enemies now do half as much damage as before!" — N/A (Majora's Mask)
  2. "Your defense has been strengthened! Enemies now do half as much damage as before!" — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)
  3. "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Courage! I'm going to enhance your defensive power. Receive it now!" — Great Fairy of Courage (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Your defensive power is enhanced!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 89