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Items are a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][name reference needed]


Items are anything that is stored within a character's Inventory, often usable multiple times. Items are separate from Objects, which are things that exist outside of Inventories. Items do not necessarily have to be visible within the Inventory to be considered Items.

Some Items may also overlap with characters, enemies, or Objects. For instance, characters such as Child and the Deku Princess, enemies such as Bees and Bomblings, and objects such as Torches also double as Items.

The Legend of Zelda[]

Five different types of Items are utilized in The Legend of Zelda. Within the Inventory, Link can select and use up to eight Items at any given time. Link also has access to six other items which activate at contextually specific times, such as the Stepladder, which is used whenever Link approaches small gaps. Other Items of this type include the Raft, Book of Magic, Magical Key, and the Power Bracelet.

Link's Inventory also contains a space for the Triforce Shard of the Triforce of Wisdom, which is used in the final battle against Ganon.

The fourth set of Items are those displayed within the HUD. These are Rupees, Keys, and Link's Hearts within the collective Life Gauges. Like the second set of Items, these are also used under certain conditions, such as when purchasing other Items or taking damage.

Though they do not appear directly in his Inventory, Link can also obtain other Items such as the Sword, which is automatically equipped to Link.

The Adventure of Link[]

A Link to the Past[]

Link's Awakening[]

Ocarina of Time[]

Majora's Mask[]

Oracle of Seasons[]

Oracle of Ages[]

Four Swords[]

Main article: Items in Four Swords

The Wind Waker[]

Main articles: Items in The Wind Waker and Items in The Wind Waker HD

Four Swords Adventures[]

Items are found on Item Podiums in Four Swords Adventures; several of them are located in each Stage. They store Items for Link to obtain, since he may only hold one Item at once. Once Link takes the currently-stored Item, his previous Item will replace it.

The Minish Cap[]

There are three main categories of Items in The Minish Cap: traditional Items that Link can use to overcome obstacles in his adventure (appearing in the Items Screen), quest-related Items that are usually delivered or given to other characters to advance the story (appearing on the Quest Status screen), and collectible Items such as Rupees and Kinstone Pieces.

Several Items (the Smith's Sword, Small Shield, Boomerang, Bomb, and Bow) have different variations or upgrades that can be obtained, though most of them are optional and are not required to complete the game.

Twilight Princess[]

Main articles: Items in Twilight Princess and Items in Twilight Princess HD

Phantom Hourglass[]

Spirit Tracks[]

Skyward Sword[]

Main articles: Items in Skyward Sword and Items in Skyward Sword HD

A Link Between Worlds[]

Tri Force Heroes[]

Breath of the Wild[]

Other Appearances[]

The Legend of Zelda (TV Series)[]

Main article: Items in The Legend of Zelda (TV Series)‎

Zelda (Game & Watch)[]

Main article: Items in Game & Watch Zelda‎

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)[]

Main article: Items in A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)‎

The Faces of Evil[]

The Wand of Gamelon[]

BS The Legend of Zelda[]

Main article: Items in BS The Legend of Zelda‎

Zelda's Adventure[]

Ancient Stone Tablets[]

Super Smash Bros.[]

Main article: Items in Super Smash Bros.‎

Super Smash Bros. Melee[]

Main article: Items in Super Smash Bros. Melee‎

SoulCalibur II[]

Main article: Items in Soulcalibur II‎‎‎

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland[]

Link's Crossbow Training[]

Main article: Items in Link's Crossbow Training‎‎

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Main article: Items in Super Smash Bros. Brawl‎‎

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love[]

Main article: Items in Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love‎‎

Nintendo Land[]

Main article: Items in Nintendo Land‎‎

Mario Kart 8[]

Main articles: Items in Mario Kart 8‎ and Items in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Hyrule Warriors[]

Main articles: Items in Hyrule Warriors, Items in Hyrule Warriors Legends and Items in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[]

Main articles: Items in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS‎ and Items in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U‎

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Cadence of Hyrule[]


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See Also[]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 115
  2. "Items" — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)