Gossip Stones,(OoT | OoT3D | SS) also known as Boing Statues,(PH) are recurring Objects in The Legend of Zelda series. They can tell time, reveal information, give helpful hints, and reveal the location of Treasure Chests. Gossip Stones speak to Link by piercing into his mind.
Location and Uses
Ocarina of Time
If Link hits a Gossip Stone with his Sword in Ocarina of Time, it will show the current in-game time. If he speaks to a stone with the Mask of Truth, it will reveal a secret. If Link sets a Bomb near a Gossip Stone, after exploding, the stone will flash blue and rocket to the sky. Likewise, these stones will spin around when exposed to Din's Fire, and flatten out if hit by the Megaton Hammer. If Link plays "Zelda's Lullaby", the "Sun's Song," or the "Song of Storms" near a Gossip Stone, it will release a Fairy.
When a Gossip Stone is attacked by Link's Sword in Majora's Mask, the screen will shake and the stone will make a high-pitched noise. It will then tell Link how many more hours remain until the Moon crashes into Termina. If Link speaks the Gossip Stones scattered all over Termina using the Mask of Truth, they will give him information regarding certain people or places.
Gossip Stones provide hints or insight to Link about the surrounding area in Phantom Hourglass. Some Gossip Stones reveal hints about a nearby puzzle, while others, specifically those inside Dungeons, reveal how many Treasure Chests are left to discover on that floor at the price of 20 Rupees.
Gossip Stones have a more feminine appearance in Spirit Tracks. Normally, they are unresponsive even when hit, but if the "Song of Awakening" is played nearby, they will speak. Like in Phantom Hourglass, Gossip Stones in dungeons reveal the amount of Treasure Chests on the floor they are currently in for a fee of 20 Rupees. Other Gossip Stones appear in several sanctuaries that reveal hints or other useful information. In Lost at Sea Station, there is a Gossip Stone that allows Link to enter the Temple located in said station.
Gossip Stones only appear when Link plays the Goddess's Harp near a flock of Blessed Butterflies in Skyward Sword. Most of them will give Link advice and a Treasure when he makes them appear. They also react to different actions performed by Link, such as shrinking when the Gust Bellows or Glittering Spores are used on them, or releasing a Green Rupee when shot with the Bow.
- Main article: Moonlight Merchant
A Gossip Stone in Skyloft, named the "Moonlight Merchant," sells rare Treasures for 100 or 200 Rupees, which is usually easier than finding them while adventuring. It can be found inside Waterfall Cave at night, but only after completing the Silent Realm in Skyloft.
Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
In the extra child chapters of the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa, Link activates a Gossip Stone by hitting it, which reveals that Mido still wets his bed and that the Deku Tree is troubled that he cannot scratch his own back.
In Hyrule Warriors, Gossip Stones appear in certain mission tiles on the Adventure Mode map. On map tiles with hidden enemies, the Gossip Stone must be revealed before the enemies appear and before the mission can be played. Using a Goddess Harp Item Card on a flock of Goddess Butterflies will make the stone appear, allowing the mission to be selected.
- In the German translation of Ocarina of Time, a Gossip Stone behind the Great Deku Tree says that something mysterious happens if the reset button is pressed while playing.
- In The Wind Waker, the King of Hyrule reveals that the Pirate's Charm is an enhanced version of a Gossip Stone.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ゴシップストーン (Goshippu Sutōn)||Gossip Stone|
|French||Pierre à Potins|
|Italian||Pietra del Pettegolezzo|
|Spanish||Piedras Cotilla||Gossip Stones|
|SpanishLA||Piedras Chismosas||Gossip Stones|
- Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 25 (OoT3D | SS)
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 15
- "This statue's one-eyed gaze pierces into your mind..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
- "The number of treasure chests left here…is… [var]! It'll cost you 20 Rupees to see where treasure lies." — Boing Statue (Phantom Hourglass)
- "They say, something mysterious will happen, if one presses the reset button while playing..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
- "That stone is an enhanced version of the Gossip Stones long spoken of in the legends of the Hyrulean Royal Family." — Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)