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The Trading Sequence in Phantom Hourglass is one of the many trading sidequests that have been put into the Legend Of Zelda series, and by completing it, Link can learn the Great Spin Attack. Though the trading sequence can be started as soon as the northeastern corner of the World of the Ocean King is accessible, it can only be completed after Link finishes the Mermaid sidequest, as it's the only way the Old Wayfarer is motivated to venture through the waters of the ocean to look for a gift for his new girlfriend.






Event Procedure

Hero's New Clothes

Link obtains the Hero's New Clothes

To begin the Trading Sequence, Link must board the Traveler's Ship belonging to the Man of Smiles in the northeast corner of the sea. Once Link defeats all the monsters who have taken his ship, the Man of Smiles will offer Link a choice between a mysterious thing, which are the Hero's New Clothes, or normal thing, which is a Treasure Map.[1] No matter which reward Link chooses, the Man of Smiles will give him both of them out of generosity.[2][3]

Quote1.png You got the Hero's New Clothes! They're...so light... Quote2.png
— N/A


PH Telescope Model.png

Next, Link can take the clothes to Nyeve, who can be found on the Prince of Red Lions in the northwest corner of the sea. He will claim that he has been looking for them for a long time,[4] and will ask Link to give them to him.[5] In return, he will give Link a Telescope, which he picked up during his travels.[6]

Quote1.png You got the telescope! Now you can see far-off things. No, wait... It's just a kaleidoscope! Too bad... Quote2.png
— N/A

Guard Notebook

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To obtain the Guard Notebook, Link must board the Traveler's Ship belonging to the Ho Ho Tribe in the southeast corner of the sea. There, he will find Hoiger Howgendoogen, who is the only member of the tribe without a telescope. Upon speaking to him, he asks if he can look at Link's telescope.[7] He will examine it and find his name written on it,[8] and will thank Link for delivering it to him. As a symbol of his appreciation, he will give Link the Guard Notebook, which he found floating in the ocean.[9]

Quote1.png You got the guard notebook! Someone lost this dirty leather notebook. Quote2.png
— N/A

Wood Heart

PH Wood Heart Model.png

Afterwards, Link must speak to Nyave, who is located on the Traveler's Ship in the southwest corner of the sea. He will tell Link that the Guard Notebook belongs to him, as it has his name written on it.[10] He will keep it and give Link a Wood Heart in return.

Quote1.png You got a wood heart! It looks tasty. Quote2.png
— N/A

Swordsman's Scroll

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After completing the aforementioned Mermaid sidequest, Link can give the Wood Heart to the Old Wayfarer who lives on Bannan Island. However, if Link travels to his home, he will find that he is not there. Joanne explains that he set sail in search of even more wayfaring in his life, and will not be back soon.[11] Link can find the Old Wayfarer's Ship, the S.S. Wayfarer, in the southeast corner of the sea. If Link speaks to him he will explain that he has run out of money due to the amount of food that Joanne eats.[12] If Link shows the Wood Heart to him, he will say that he is very fond of them, and thanks Link for giving it to him.[13] If Link speaks to the Old Wayfarer again, he will tell him to leave,[14] but if he does he will call him back.[15] He will then say that he will let Link have the treasure that he left in a large Treasure Chest in his house.[16] However, when Link attempts to dock at Bannan Island, he is attacked by a Giant Eye Plant. After defeating it, he is able to dock at the island, enter the Old Wayfarer's house, and obtain the treasure. This treasure is the Swordsman's Scroll, which teaches Link the Great Spin Attack.

Quote1.png You got the Swordsman's Scroll! Memories of veteran swordsmen flow through it. You can now perform the great spin attack, Link! Quote2.png
— N/A


If Link visits the Man of Smiles' ship and defeats the enemies there for a second time, he will be rewarded with a Prize Postcard. This can be posted using a Mailbox in order to enter a drawing, which will occasionally gift Link with prizes.[17] This can be done again once a day from then on.


  1. "I should do something to thank you. Yes, I will give you a present. Do you want a mysterious thing or a normal thing?" — Man of Smiles (Phantom Hourglass)
  2. "I am feeling generous. I shall give you the mysterious thing as well." — Man of Smiles (Phantom Hourglass)
  3. "I am feeling generous. I shall give you the normal thing too." — Man of Smiles (Phantom Hourglass)
  4. "That's a collector's item that my fans go absolutely crazy over! I've been looking around for those forever!" — Nyeve (Phantom Hourglass)
  5. "Would it be possible to convince you to give those to me?" — Nyeve (Phantom Hourglass)
  6. "It's just something I picked up in my travels." — Nyeve (Phantom Hourglass)
  7. "...Ho ho! That's a nice telescope you have there! May I see it for a moment" — Hoiger Howgendoogen (Phantom Hourglass)
  8. "There! That has my name on it! Look! On the back, in really small writing! Yes, indeed! That's my real name... Hoiger Howgendoogen..." — Hoiger Howgendoogen (Phantom Hourglass)
  9. "I saw it floating among the waves and picked it up." — Hoiger Howgendoogen (Phantom Hourglass)
  10. "Hey! That notebook you have there... Is that the guard notebook I dropped?! Yeah! Look! It even has my name on it! Nyave... Yeah, that has to be it! That's mine!" — Nyave (Phantom Hourglass)
  11. "The Old Wayfarer has set sail in search of even more wayfaring in his life. From the way he looked when he left, I'd say he won't be coming back soon." — Joanne (Phantom Hourglass)
  12. "She is picky. She only eats what she likes, and quite voraciously at that... Her eating has emptied my heart and my wallet." — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  13. "This has nothing to do with romance! It's a wood heart, not a real heart! ...But, by the way, I do love these things! Thank you, young man!" — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  14. "How long are you going to stand there? I already thanked you! You and I have completed our business! I have naught left to do with you! Go on! Be off with you!" — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  15. "Wait! Young man!" — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  16. "I recently got my hands on something extremely interesting... Unfortunately, I do not have it with me right now. I left it at home... It is in a large treasure chest, however... You really can't miss it! You may have it as a gift for the wood heart." — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. "If you put that in a mailbox, you will receive gifts on occasion." — Man of Smiles (Phantom Hourglass)