Great Fairy Fountains,(TMC | BotW)[note 1] also known as Faerie Springs,(LA) Fairy's Fountains,(MM) Fairy Fountains,(TWW | HW)[note 2] and Great Fairy's Fountains,(OoT | FSA) are recurring locations in The Legend of Zelda series in which a Great Fairy resides. Great Fairy Fountains go unnamed in Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, and Four Swords.
They are usually located in holes or caves; however, they are inside of houses shaped like seashells in The Wind Waker and out in the open in Breath of the Wild. They are often inaccessible without special abilities or items, for example, behind giant rocks or walls that must be bombed. Upon accessing the Fountain, Link may be rewarded with important items or power-ups which are helpful or necessary to finish the game. However, in some games such as A Link to the Past, Great Fairies residing within fountains only heal Link without granting him any special abilities.
- 1 Features and Overview
- 1.1 The Legend of Zelda
- 1.2 A Link to the Past
- 1.3 Link's Awakening
- 1.4 Ocarina of Time
- 1.5 Majora's Mask
- 1.6 Oracle of Seasons
- 1.7 Four Swords
- 1.8 The Wind Waker
- 1.9 Four Swords Adventures
- 1.10 The Minish Cap
- 1.11 Twilight Princess
- 1.12 A Link Between Worlds
- 1.13 Breath of the Wild
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Nomenclature
- 4 Gallery
- 5 See Also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
Features and Overview
The Legend of Zelda
Two ponds similar to Great Fairy Fountains are found throughout the land of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda, and although they are not specifically referred to as such, they can be inferred to be Great Fairy Fountains since they serve the same purpose as in other Zelda games. They also set the overall image of the Great Fairy Fountains for many Zelda games to come, with a Fairy floating over the ponds of water. The Fairy that appears will completely heal Link.
A Link to the Past
Great Fairy Fountains are found all over Hyrule in A Link to the Past, either inside caves or holes, with some of them being more well-hidden than others. Keeping with the overall appearance of the fountains in the original The Legend of Zelda, Great Fairy Fountains contain a large pond in the middle with two statues resembling Fairies at the side. The Great Fairy within will heal Link's wounds completely when he approaches her.
Pond of Happiness
- Main article: Pond of Happiness
There is a Great Fairy Fountain known as the Pond of Happiness located inside a cave on an island in the middle of Lake Hylia, which is home to the Queen of Fairies, Venus. Once inside, Link will find a long hallway leading up to a small pond with two statues on each side. The pond asks Link how many Rupees he would like to throw in, which would then tell him whether he would have good or bad luck. Every time the hero throws 100 Rupees into the pond, the Fairy Queen appears and grants him the ability to either carry five more Bombs or Arrows, with the maximum being 50 and 70, respectively.
- Main article: Waterfall of Wishing
Two Mysterious Ponds can also be found. The pond in the Light World, known as the Waterfall of Wishing, houses a Great Fairy within and is located right before reaching the Zora River. Just like the rest of the Great Fairy Fountains, it has a pond in the middle with two torches at the side. Here, Link can throw the Boomerang, a Bottle, and a Fighter's Shield into the pond to make a Great Fairy appear and receive better items in return, such as the Magical Boomerang, Medicine of Magic, and the Red Shield.
The second pond, located in the Dark World, contains a Cursed Fairy. If Link throws in his Bow in the middle of the pond, the cursed Great Fairy will appear and bestow upon him the Silver Arrows. Link can also throw in the Master Sword Lv2 to turn into the Master Sword Lv3.
- Out in the open in the Mysterious Forest
- In a cave north of the Beehive Tree in Ukuku Prairie
- In a cave east of the Face Shrine
- In a cave south of the Eagle's Tower
In Link's Awakening DX, an additional Fairy can be found, who refers to herself as the Fairy Queen. The Fairy Queen resides in a small fountain in the final room of the Color Dungeon. As thanks for visiting her, she bestows Link the "power of color", which is either the Red Clothes or the Blue Clothes. These tunics increase the power of Link's weapons or his defense when worn, respectively. Link can revisit the Fairy Queen anytime to swap between the two tunics, but he can never regain his green tunic.
Ocarina of Time
There are a total of six Great Fairy's Fountains located all over Kingdom of Hyrule in Ocarina of Time. All of the Great Fairies within grant Link special power-ups such as Defensive Power or spells like Din's Fire, among other abilities. After Link has received the power-up in its respective Great Fairy's Fountain, he can go back and get his wounds healed and Magic Meter replenished by the Great Fairy.
The location of each of the Great Fairy's Fountains as well as the power-ups received are:
- The summit of Death Mountain – Magical Spin Attack and Magic Meter
- Death Mountain Crater – Enhanced MMagic Meter
- The path to Hyrule Castle – Din's Fire
- Zora's Fountain – Farore's Wind
- Desert Colossus – Nayru's Love
- The path to Ganon's Castle – Defensive Power
All of the fountains in the game have the same appearance, including two torches on each side of the fountain, a rather large pond in the middle from which the Great Fairies come out, and a Triforce symbol in front of said pond. In order to get the Great Fairy to appear from the fountain, "Zelda's Lullaby" must be played with either Ocarina while standing on top of the Triforce symbol.
- Main article: Fairy Fountain
Fairy's Fountains are known as Fairy Fountains in Majora's Mask. They're all located in the four cardinal directions of Termina: Woodfall, Snowhead Region, Great Bay Region, and Ikana Canyon, including Clock Town as well.
The appearance of Fairy's Fountains in Majora's Mask are more similar to the Fairy Fountains in Ocarina of Time. There is still a large pond in the middle, but there are no torches or Triforce symbols; instead, the Fountain is surrounded by several columns and arcs. Since the Great Fairies living within were shattered into Stray Fairies by the Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask, it is up to Link to gather the missing Stray Fairies from each of the area's dungeons in order to receive the respective power-up from the Great Fairies.
Only one power-up is required to proceed through the game, being the one in North Clock Town during the first 3-Day cycle, which introduces the Magic Meter.
Oracle of Seasons
In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, several Great Fairy Fountains are scattered throughout Holodrum and Labrynna. A Great Fairy will also reside in the canopies of each game's respective Maku Tree once they have grown large enough.
In Four Swords, each of the Great Fairies of Forest, Ice, and Flame await at a Great Fairy Fountain in the Sea of Trees, Talus Cave, and Death Mountain Stages respectively. Each Fountain can be reached by using the Warp Zones that appear after defeating the boss of that particular Stage. It is at each of these locations that the Links may receive a Silver Key, Golden Key, or Hero's Key of that Stage's Great Fairy, depending on the number of Rupees they collect.
The Wind Waker
Fairy Fountains are all located on different islands of the Great Sea in The Wind Waker, especially on the Fairy Islands. Fairy Fountains are easily spotted as they are shaped like seashells, with the exception of the one in Outset Island's Outset Island, which is instead a hole covered by a Huge Rock. Their entrances are all blocked by certain obstacles such as Huge Rocks, fires, vines, and among other things that must be removed using various items, such as Bombs or the Skull Hammer. The inside of the Fountains still retain the same large pond from which the Great Fairies come out. There are also several seashells aligning the walls, keeping to the outside characteristics of the Fountains.
The names of the Fairy Islands in which the Fairy Fountains are located, along with the upgrades received are:
- Western Fairy Island – The Skull Hammer must be used to hit the nearby stake and remove the thorns blocking the entrance
- Thorned Fairy Island – The Skull Hammer must be used to hit the three nearby stakes and remove the fire blocking the entrance
- Eastern Fairy Island – A Bomb must be used to blow up the Huge Rock blocking the entrance.
- Southern Fairy Island – A Bomb or Fire Arrow must be used to remove the wooden wall blocking the entrance.
- Northern Fairy Island – A Bomb must be used to blow up the Huge Rock blocking the entrance.
- Outset Island in the Outset Island – A Bomb must be used to blow up the Huge Rock blocking the entrance.
A special Fairy Fountains, which houses the Queen of the Fairies, is located in the Mother & Child Isles. The only way to reach it is by warping to that island using the "Ballad of Gales". Upon landing inside the Fairy Fountains, the Queen of the Fairies grants Link the Fire Arrow and Ice Arrow. After Link has received the upgrades or power-ups from its respective Fairy Fountains, the Great Fairy will no longer be at the Fountain. Instead, Fairies will be floating over the pond, ready to heal Link or be put inside a Bottle.
Four Swords Adventures
Link can encounter various Great Fairy's Fountains while inside certain dungeons or caves in Four Swords Adventures. Great Fairy's Fountains are rather small compared to its predecessors and are usually very easy to find. They bear a slight resemblance to the Waterfall of Wishing from A Link to the Past, and they also play the same role. If Link throws a certain item into the pond, the Great Fairy will upgrade it to a Level 2 item. If Link does not upgrade his items, he will not be able to proceed through the stage.
The Minish Cap
The locations of the Great Fairy Fountains as well as the upgrades received are as follows:
- Mount Crenel – While scaling the Crenel Wall, to the far right side is a piece of land where Link must use a Bomb to open up an entrance. Once inside, he can throw yet another Bomb into the pond. The Great Mayfly Fairy will appear and ask him if he threw a golden Bomb, a silver Bomb, or neither. By answering honestly, the Great Mayfly Fairy will reward him with a larger Bomb Bag.
- Minish Woods – To the far northeast corner of the Eastern Hills is a small hole. Link must use the Cane of Pacci to get to the higher platform and head east into the Minish Woods. The lone tree here holds a Great Fairy Fountain inside. By throwing in all of Link's Rupees into the pond, the Great Butterfly Fairy will appear and reward him with a bigger Wallet for being so generous.
- Royal Valley – Upon entering the Royal Valley, Link must head down the stairs and immediately to the right is a cave that can be opened with a Bomb. Once he approaches the fountain, the Great Dragonfly Fairy will appear and ask several questions. If Link can answer the questions correctly, she will reward his knowledge by giving him a larger Quiver.
Great Fairy Fountains are all found inside different floors of the Cave of Ordeals in Twilight Princess. Once Link reaches the 10th, 20th, 30th, and 40th floors, he can approach the pond in the middle of the room to make a Great Fairy appear. She will reward him by releasing Fairies at the springs of the four Spirits of Light. On the 50th floor of the Cave of Ordeals, the Great Fairy will fill one of Link's Empty Bottles with Great Fairy's Tears. She will also tell him that he can get more Tears by going to any of the Light Spirit's Springs, although Link will only be able to have one Empty Bottle filled with Great Fairy's Tears at any given time.
A Link Between Worlds
Great Fairy Fountains appear nearly identically to those of A Link to the Past, with some even located in the same locations. In Lorule, behind the Bomb Flower Store, there is also a Great Fairy Fountain where the Great Rupee Fairy resides, who will give Link an Bottle after receiving a total of 3,000 Rupees, restoring her body's form.
Breath of the Wild
There are four Great Fairy Fountains that can be found throughout Hyrule Kingdom in Breath of the Wild: in the woods above Kakariko Village, south of Tabantha Tower, in the woods south of Tarrey Town, and among the Leviathan skeleton in Dragon's Exile in Gerudo Desert. Unlike in past games, these Great Fairy Fountains are not hidden inside of caves - instead, they are large flower buds that are out in the open, surrounded by orange, glowing mushrooms. After Link provides the Great Fairy with enough Rupees (100, 500, 1,000, or 10,000, depending on how many Fountains he has found), the bud will open, revealing a small pool of water in its center which the Great Fairy will emerge from. Great Fairy Fountains are also often surrounded by different plants, such as Silent Princesses or Armoranths. Malanya Spring also features a flower bud resembling a Great Fairy Fountain, though this is in fact where the Horse God resides.
Fairy Fountains appear in several Stages in Hyrule Warriors. The Fountains have two functions; either functioning as normal Keeps to be captured, or as mission objectives, where a Great Fairy may be summoned through a Magic Circle to help in battle, usually after escorting a character to a Keep. Fairy Fountains appear in Hyrule Field, Faron Woods, Valley of Seers, Palace of Twilight, and Skyloft, although whether they are used or not depends on the Scenario.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||大妖精の泉 (Dai-Yōsei no Izumi) (OoT)|
大妖精の泉 (Dai Yōsei no Izumi) (BotW)
|Same as English.|
Great Fairy Fountain
|SpanishLA||Fuente de la gran hada (BotW)||Same as English.|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- The Great Fairy Fountains are referred to as Great Fairy Fountains in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — Prima Official Game Guide by Prima Games. However, as this contradicts the name given in Ocarina of Time 3D, it is not considered Canon.
- The Great Fairy Fountains were referred to both as Fairy's Fountains and Fairy Fountains in Majora's Mask. However, as the latter name variant was retconned in Majora's Mask 3D, it is not considered Canon. The name "Fairy Fountain" thus only applies to instances of the Great Fairy Fountain specifically in versions and ports of Majora's Mask for the Nintendo 64, in contrast to Majora's Mask 3D and broader Majora's Mask content.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. Insert Map
- "Just between you and me... I hear there's a Great Fairy Fountain somewhere near this village. I hear it's breathtakingly beautiful. Aesthetics aside, they also say the place can bestow some kind of mysterious power on people..." — Pikango (Breath of the Wild)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 190
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 90
- "Please find a way to return me to the Fairy's Fountain in North Clock Town." — Stray Fairy (Majora's Mask 3D)
- "Fairy Fountain Site
This spot marks the remains of an ancient Fairy Fountain. The legendary hero was said to come here after battle so the fairies could ease his weariness. It was also said that whoever met with the Great Fairy who lived here was blessed with great fortune, so it came to be known as the Fountain of the Fortune Goddess." — Sign (The Wind Waker HD)
- "I must put our plan in motion. Soldiers in training! Follow me to the Fairy Fountain!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "Fairy's Fountain" — N/A (Majora's Mask)
- "Please find a way to return me to the Fairy Fountain in North Clock Town." — Stray Fairy (Majora's Mask)
- "Great Fairy's Fountain" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "The passage to the castle should be somewhere north of our storage shed. There's nothing but dirt up there, so just keep digging until you find it. If you have a hard time finding it, try going to the Great Fairy's Fountain. If you ask the Great Fairy for help, she'll turn this into a better shovel." — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "You are an honest person. I like you. I will give you something important... These are the Silver Arrows. To give Ganon his last moment, you definitely need them! I know I don't quite have the figure of a faerie. Ganon's cruel power is to blame! You must defeat Ganon!" — Cursed Fairy (A Link to the Past)
- "Welcome, Link. I admire you for coming this far. I will give you the power of color. If you want offense, choose red. If you want defense choose blue. Which power do you want?" — Great Fairy (Link's Awakening DX)
- "Now that you have gathered the keys of the Fairies of Forest, Ice and Flame, the palace shall appear." — N/A (Four Swords)
- "I am the queen of the fairy world! What is the matter, my child? Does that not surprise you? Young one... I like you. And so, I shall give new power to the bow that you wield. Ice Arrows can freeze the hottest flames, and Fire Arrows can melt the coldest ice." — Queen of the Fairies (The Wind Waker)
- "If you have a hard time finding it, try going to the Great Fairy's fountain." — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "If you have trouble, though, you can go to the Great Fairy's Fountain. If you ask the Great Fairy, she'll turn this into an incredible shovel." — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "You are honest. I must reward such an honest adventurer with some of my power." — Great Mayfly Fairy (The Minish Cap)
- "You are most kind. I do not really need your Rupees. But I must reward such a kind adventurer with some of my power." — Great Butterfly Fairy (The Minish Cap)
- "I see. Thank you for telling me about your quest. You remember it all so well. Such a faithful memory should be rewarded with some of my power." — Great Dragonfly Fairy (The Minish Cap)
- "Welcome, Hero, to the Cave of Ordeals. I am the Great Fairy. I reign over all fairies of this realm as their queen. In praise of your efforts thus far, I will release fairies to Ordon Spring." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
- "It is impressive that you have made it this far. Your trust in your skills is your greatest asset. You cleared many ordeals... How impressive. In praise of your courage, I will give you this blessing. Drink this and you should be able to clear any difficulties that you might encounter ahead." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
- "If ever you need my assistance again, visit any spring." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 13
- "Fuente de la gran hada" — Map (Breath of the Wild)