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Old Women are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series.[3][4][note 1]


The Legend of Zelda[]

In The Legend of Zelda, the Old Woman near the waterfall of the Death Mountain area simply states "PAY ME AND I'LL TALK".[6] Only by giving her the middle amount of Rupees requested will she offer useful information. Otherwise, Link loses Rupees to hear: "THIS AIN'T ENOUGH TO TALK" or "BOY, YOU'RE RICH".[7][8] Moreover, by paying her the right amount of money in the section near the Lost Woods, she will reveal to Link the directions he must take in order to get through the woods and onto the Graveyard.

Link can receive a Letter from the Letter-Entrusting Old Man in a northeast cave of Hyrule. The Old Man tells Link to show the Letter to the Old Woman which is a childhood friend of his.[9][10] After Link shows the Letter to the Old Woman, the various other Old Women around the Overworld will sell him Life Potions and 2nd Potions.

The Adventure of Link[]

Magic Restoring Lady

Old Women that restore magic are found in nearly every town in The Adventure of Link.[11] They are recognized by their orange dresses and offer Link to rest in their houses.[12]

Two Old Women, one in Harbor Town of Mido, who claims to need Water of Life for her sick daughter, and one in Mountain Town of Darunia, who has a Kidnapped Child, allow Link to meet the Wise Men teaching spells in their house if the young hero helps them. An Old Woman in the Hidden Town of Kasuto invites Link inside her house to claim the fourth and last Magic Container if he has already three out of the four containers.

Other Appearances[]

The Shadow Prince[]

The Old Woman is a character featured in The Shadow Prince. Link can only meet her if he opens the gates of the Water Town of Saria using the key given to him by an Old Man on his way to Ruto Town. Once the young hero enters the town square of Saria, the Old Woman will waddle towards him, asking if he is Link.[13] Link confirms this, and just then he notices that the Old Woman has eyes "clear as glass."[14] When Link remarks about her eyes, the Old Woman rewards his observation by advising him to retrieve the fruit of an apple tree located in the middle of the square. Doing so, she says, will make Link's eyes as clear as hers.[15] After reaching the tree in the Wiseapple Farm, Link notices a small mirror with a thin wooden frame in one of the brances, realizing that the Old Woman was actually referring to the Mirror of Truth.[16]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseおばあさん (Obāsan) (TLoZ)[17]Grandmother
FranceFrenchEUVieille femme (TLoZ | TAoL)[18][19]Old woman
GermanyGermanAlte Frau (TLoZ | TAoL)[20][21]Old Woman
ItalyItalianAnziana (TLoZ)[22]
SpainSpanishEUAnciana (TLoZ)[23]
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See Also[]

Other Notable Old Women[]


  1. Old Women were referred to as Little Old Ladies in Tips & Tactics.[5] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "YOU ARE A HERO FOR SAVING MY CHILD. COME" — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
  2. "PLEASE. MY DAUGHTER IS SICK. HELP HER!" — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
  3. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 219 (TLoZ) & 223 (TAoL)
  4. Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 388 (ALttP)
  5. Tips & Tactics, Nintendo of America, pg. 11
  6. "PAY ME AND I'LL TALK" — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  7. "THIS AIN'T ENOUGH TO TALK" — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  8. "BOY, YOU'RE RICH" — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  9. "SHOW THIS TO THE OLD WOMAN." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  10. "Childhood Friends" (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 219(TLoZ))
  11. "I CAN GIVE YOU MAGIC. COME BACK ANYTIME." — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
  12. "STOP AND REST HERE." — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
  13. "He is in a busy town square! People bustle by without looking at him. Then a hunched old woman waddles toward him. A draped shawl hides her face. 'Might you be Link?' she rasps." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 57)
  14. "She looks up. Link has never seen a face so wrinkled. But her eyes are clear as glass." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 57)
  15. "You're an observant youngster!' she says. 'I'm going to give you some advice, clever lad.' She points to a gnarled tree in the middle of the square. 'See that apple tree? If you can get to it, its fruit will make your eyes as clear as mine." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 57, 58)
  16. "As Link is reaching for his own snack, he sees something shining in a forked branch. 'Hmmm...' He reaches up and pulls down a small mirror with a thin wooden frame. Link grins. 'So that's what the old lady meant about clear eyes,' he says." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 43)
  17. Encyclopedia (Tokuma Shoten Publishing) pg. 217
  18. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 219
  19. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 223
  20. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 219
  21. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 223
  22. Encyclopedia (Magazzini Salani) pg. 219
  23. Encyclopedia (Norma Editorial) pg. 219

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