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The Elements are quest items from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. They are the physical embodiments of the four natural elements: fire, earth, wind and water. Link must retrieve all four for his White Sword to transform into the mythical Four Sword. The four elements can be found in the dungeons of Hyrule.

Once obtained, Link's sword must be infused with one of the elements in the Elemental Sanctuary hidden deep inside the walls of Hyrule Castle. Once this has been done, the sword allows Link to create replicas of himself for a short while if the sword is charged. These doppelganger Links can be used to hold down multiple switches and push large blocks. The more elements Link has infused the sword with, the more replicas of himself appear when the sword is charged. The maximum number of copies Link can make of himself is four.

The four elements are identical to the four Royal Jewels from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures in both colour and shape and may be the same objects. Another interesting fact that some have discovered is that the Wind and Fire elements resemble the Kokiri's Emerald and Goron's Ruby respectively, two of the three Spiritual Stones from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, however neither the Water nor Earth elements bear any resemblance to the Zora's Sapphire, the third Spiritual Stone, so any resemblance may be purely coincidential.

Elements

Earth Element

"The power of the earth is the source of all living things. The Earth Element is the embodiment of that power."
— In-game text

The Earth Element is the first of four Elements Link must gather. Found in the Deepwood Shrine, its power, along with the power of the Fire Element, boosts the strength of the White Sword and changes the color of its hilt. Once Link finds it, Festari tells him where to go next.

Fire Element

"Flames bring light to darkness and warmth to all. The Fire Element is the embodiment of this power."
— In-game text

The Fire Element is the second of the four Elements Link must gather. Found in the Cave of Flames, its power, along with the power of the Earth Element, boosts the strength of the White Sword and changes the color of its hilt to red.

Water Element

"Water quenches thirst, ends drought, and nourishes life. The water element is the embodiment of that power."
— In-game text

The Water Element is the third of the four Elements Link must gather. Found in the Temple of Droplets, its power transforms the White Sword into the Empowered White Sword and changes the hilt color from red to blue.

Link finds the Water Element after using the Boss Key to get into the second part of the dungeon, where he finds it frozen in a large chunk of ice. Upon melting it with the sunlight, he also accidentally thaws the Big Octorok, which sucks up the element. After defeating Big Octorok, Link retrieves the Water Element.

Wind Element

"The wind carries the seeds of flowers, scattering life across the land. The Wind Element is the embodiment of that power."
— In-game text

The Wind Element is the fourth and final element Link must gather. It can be found in the game's fifth and final normal dungeon, the Palace of Winds. When infused with the Empowered White Sword, the legendary Four Sword is created and Link can create a total of four copies of himself. Despite being the final Element Link gains, Link sets out to get it in the third dungeon, the Fortress of Winds, but unfortunately by the time Link arrived, the Wind Tribe had moved to Cloud Tops. Link receives the Ocarina of Wind from Zeffa instead.

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