Game Over

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Game Over
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The Game Over screen from The Adventure of Link
Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)

Game Over,[22] or Defeat,[23] is the recurring message shown when the hero's quest fails in The Legend of Zelda series.


A Game Over message is displayed when the hero's energy becomes depleted. Certain situations, such as the following, will also display it:

The Legend of Zelda

The Adventure of Link

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Link can get a Game Over in The Minish Cap when his Life Energy is entirely depleted. A Game Over can also occur near the end of the game; if Link takes too long fighting against the Darknuts in Dark Hyrule Castle and the third bell chimes, Vaati will succeed in his ceremony to drain the Light Force from Princess Zelda.

Twilight Princess

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

A Link Between Worlds

Tri Force Heroes

Breath of the Wild

Similar to previous games, the Game Over screen will appear in Breath of the Wild when Link has run out of hearts, along with options to continue the game from the last save, or quit and return to the title screen. Having Fairies in the inventory or enabling Mipha's Grace can prevent an instant death, however Game Over will still occur if these are not options (or have already been used).

Usually, 'Game Over' will appear in red text, however the color of the text can vary depending on the manner of Link's death:

  • Orange: burning to death
  • Blue: freezing to death
  • Yellow: being electrocuted

If The Master Trials DLC is installed, the Hero's Path will record a red cross at the site of a death and display "R.I.P." if hovered over.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors


  1. "GAME OVER" — N/A (The Legend of Zelda)
    " — N/A (The Adventure of Link)
  3. "GAME OVER" — N/A (A Link to the Past)
  4. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Link's Awakening)
  5. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  6. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  8. "GAME OVER" — N/A (A Link to the Past)
  9. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Oracle of Seasons)
  10. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Oracle of Ages)
  11. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Four Swords)
  12. "GAME OVER" — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  13. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
  14. "GAME OVER" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  15. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  16. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  18. "GAME OVER" — N/A (Skyward Sword)
  19. "GAME OVER" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  20. "Game Over" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  21. "Game Over" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
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  23. "Defeat" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)