- "Is that a "Kee...something..." character mask? I heard he's very popular recently?"
- — Keaton Mask Soldier
The Keaton Mask is a recurring mask in the Legend of Zelda series. The design of the mask is based on the legendary and mysterious fox-like creature known as Keaton. An enduring misconception about the Keaton Mask is that its design is based off Pikachu, a Pokémon.
The Keaton Mask can be borrowed from the Happy Mask Shop in Hyrule Castle Town and sold to another person. It is the first mask Link obtains as part of the Happy Mask side quest, and it can be sold to the Hyrulean Soldier guarding the Death Mountain Trail Starting Point in Kakariko Village for 15 Rupees, allowing Link to make a profit of five Rupees upon returning the mask's proceedings to the Happy Mask Salesman.
Interestingly, it can be borrowed again once Link has already sold it, but it serves no real purpose other than comic relief. If Link wears the Keaton Mask on the Forest Stage, the Deku Scrubs reaction varies (and is pretty much random) from becoming aggravated and spit nuts at him until he leaves the area (basically Booing Link off stage) or they react positively and start dancing, leaving behind Blue and Red Rupees when they are finished dancing.
If Link talks to Princess Zelda while wearing the Keaton Mask, she will mistake it for a mouse (which is ironic as the mask often mistaken as being based off Pikachu, the electric mouse Pokemon), apparently unaware it is intended to be a Keaton fox.
The Keaton Mask reappears as one of the twenty-four masks that Link can collect. Kafei wears it as a disguise, as he has gone into hiding after being turned into a child and losing his wedding mask. If Link successfully meets Kafei, the Man from the Curiosity Shop will then appear in the Backroom of the Laundry Pool after 1 PM on the Final Day. If Link speaks to him there, he will give Link the Keaton Mask that Kafei had been wearing, as well as Kafei's letter to his mother, explaining his situation. The Curiosity Shop Owner states that he gave that mask to Kafei when he was a child, and he was surprised by how well Kafei kept it.
The Keaton Mask can be used to find Keaton in locations at which there is a ring of bushes with a single bush in the center. If Link cuts one of these bushes, the other bushes will scatter. If Link hits the bush while wearing the Keaton Mask, Keaton will appear after the bushes have vanished, and immediately recognize that Link is in disguise. However, as Keaton recognizes the goodness in Link, he offers to ask Link five random questions about people, places and animals in Termina. If Link answers all five questions correctly, he will receive a Piece of Heart. Answering all five questions on subsequent time loops will earn Link 20 Rupees.
The Keaton Mask is featured on a sticker depicting it being worn by Kafei. The sticker grants a +10 bonus to shield recovery and can be used by any character.