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The Inventory,(TLoZ | BotW | CoH)[1][2][3] also known as the Items Screen,(TMC)[4] is a recurring concept in The Legend of Zelda series.[note 1] The term collectively refers to all the items in Link's possession, as well as the interfaces where these are displayed and selected from.[6]


The Inventory is viewed on the Subscreen—the two terms are synonymous in games where the Inventory comprises the entire Subscreen. It is divided into sections for the different types of items, namely items assigned to buttons, Equipment, quest items, and collectibles. These different types of items may appear in different sections of the same screen, or on different screens entirely: the Items screen (for selected items), the Quest Status screen, the Equipment Subscreen, the Collection Screen, and/or the Gear.

The Legend of Zelda

The Inventory screen from The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, the Subscreen is accessed by pressing the START button. At the top of the screen are icons showing if Link has collected the Raft, the Book of Magic, the Blue or Red rings, the Ladder, the Magical Key, and the Power Bracelet. Below that is an item box containing, from left to right and top to bottom, the Boomerang or Magical Boomerang, Bombs, the Bow and Silver Arrows, the Red or Blue Candle, the Whistle, the Food, the Letter, Red Potion, or Blue Potion, and the Magical Rod. The number of collected Triforce Shards, Rupees, Keys, Bombs, and Heart Containers can also be seen, as well as the Sword and item currently equipped to the B button.

The Adventure of Link

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

The Subscreen from Link's Awakening DX

In Link's Awakening, the Subscreen is accessed by pressing the START button. It allows Link to browse his possessions. As such, he can see his collection of items, his current item in the Trading Quest, the number of Rupees, Heart Containers, and Secret Seashells he possesses, the Instruments of the Sirens he has so far, which of the Dungeon Keys he is holding onto and whether or not he has obtained the Flippers and Secret Medicine. Link can also re-organize the location of his items in the Subscreen. Having a maximum capacity of two items equipped at once, he can decide which items he wants to equip on this screen.[7] Upon holding the SELECT button on the Subscreen, Link can see how many Pieces of Heart he is missing until he fills another Heart Container.[8] In Link's Awakening DX, holding the Select button also lets him know which Clothes he is wearing and the number of Photographs that have been taken so far.

Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch

Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time 3D

Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask 3D

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

The Wind Waker

The Wind Waker HD

The Minish Cap

The Items Screen is one of the Subscreens in The Minish Cap, accessed by pressing START. There are 12 slots for Items and four slots for Empty Bottles. Each of the 12 Item slots are dedicated to a particular Item, and unlike the Empty Bottles, the spots do not fill up from left to right; rather, each Item obtained is placed in its designated slot.

Whenever an Item is exchanged for a variation or an upgrade, the previous version disappears and is replaced with the new version in the Items Screen.

The Items displayed in the Items Screen are as follows (left to right, top to bottom):

Twilight Princess

Inventory Screen TP 2.jpg

In Twilight Princess, the Inventory appears in a large circle with all of Link's collected items on the border. The player can select the item they wish to use and then select which button they want to use it as. [note 2] To use the item, the player must press the button they assigned the item to and Link will pull out the item. The complete order of icons starting from the top going clockwise is, the Double Clawshots, the Dominion Rod, the Ball and Chain, the Spinner, the Hero's Bow, the Iron Boots, the Gale Boomerang, the Lantern, the Slingshot, the Fishing Rod, the Hawkeye, the three Bomb Bags, the four Bottles, and finally, the Horse Call.[note 3]

Inventory Screen TP.jpg

The second Inventory screen shows the Equipment. In the bottom left corner of the screen, a 2-by-4 array of squares shows icons of, from left to right, the Wallet, the Quiver, the Golden Bug List, the Hidden Skill List, the Scent that Wolf Link knows at the time, the Poe Soul Count, the Fish Journal and then lastly, Letters. Each of these icons are displayed only once they have been unlocked. When each icon hasn't been found, only a empty box will appear. Above these squares, a display of Link shows what equipment Link is using at the time. To the right of this display, 7 boxes display more icons. The top 2 squares display Link's Swords, with the Ordon Sword next to the Master Sword. Below these two boxes, two shields are displayed with the Ordon Shield next to the Hylian Shield. Below those boxes, three boxes can be found holding armor, with the Hero's Clothes, the Zora Tunic and then the Magic Armor all next to each other. Next to these boxes, a display with the Pieces of Heart that Link has collected shows how many more Link needs to complete a Heart Container. Next to the Pieces of Heart, the main quest items appear floating around a small area. At first, these are the Fused Shadows, but after beating the Arbiter's Grounds Dungeon, they change to the Mirror of Twilight. And finally, underneath the main quest items and Armor, a description appears depending on which icon is selected at the time.

Twilight Princess HD

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

Skyward Sword HD

A Link Between Worlds

Breath of the Wild

Other Appearances

BS The Legend of Zelda

Ancient Stone Tablets

Cadence of Hyrule

The Faces of Evil

The Wand of Gamelon

Zelda's Adventure


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
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  1. The Inventory was referred to as the Items List in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc..[5] However, as this contradicts the name given in-game, it is not considered Canon.
  2. X or Y on the Gamecube, and Left, Right, or Down on Wii.
  3. The Image on the right is missing the fourth bottle, and the image below is missing the Magic Armor.


  1. "INVENTORY" — N/A (The Legend of Zelda)
  2. "Inventory" — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "INVENTORY" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
  4. "Don't forget! And if you want to save during the game, press START and choose SAVE from the Items screen or the Quest Status screen." — Vassal (The Minish Cap)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 6
  6. "Open Inventory
    Equip weapons, armor, and other gear here.
    " — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "'You can select your favorite item for the A and B Buttons on the Sub-Screen. Using different items, you can fight without a sword! Try many different things to find what's right for you!'" — Selecting The Item That's Right For You (Link's Awakening DX)
  8. "You've got a Piece of Heart! Press SELECT on the Subscreen to see." — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)