From left to right: Joelle, Beth, Amy and Meg from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
The Poe Sisters are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series. They are four Poe siblings that haunt and torment their respective residences, due to the unrelenting restlessness of their souls.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, the Poe Sisters were four ghostly siblings named Joelle, Beth, Amy, and Meg. They haunted the Forest Temple for many years until Link was able to put their souls to rest. When defeated, each yielded a different colored flame that illuminated a torch at the center of the temple. When all four torches were lit, Link was granted access to the temple's basement, where the boss, Phantom Ganon, awaited Link's arrival.
In Majora's Mask, they haunt the Spirit House of Ikana. They serve as four optional mini-bosses, and can be fought by paying the Poe Collector thirty Rupees. Link only has three minutes to defeat them, and his life cannot drop below three Hearts or else the Poe Collector stops the match. The reward for defeating them is a Piece of Heart.
Oracle of Seasons
Two Poe Sisters named Amy and Margaret serve as the mini-bosses of the Explorer's Crypt in Oracle of Seasons. Margaret carries a lantern, leaving a trail of fire as she flies around, while Amy carries a sword that she charges at Link with. Each of them are first seen in rooms that gradually darken, eventually casting Link back to the dungeon entrance if he is too slow to flee the room. They then appear in rooms next to the room they had cursed, where Link fights one of them. Finally, they fight together, forcing Link to not only attack them, but also relight the lamps they extinguish, lest he be expelled back to the dungeon entrance.
- It is possible to take the Poe Sisters out of their invisibility (even when they perform the lantern twirl) by using a Deku Nut in Ocarina of Time. However, there is only a short time before they try to do the lantern twirl again.
- The Poe Sisters' laugh is actually a sped up version of Ganondorf's laugh in Ocarina of Time, which is also shared by the original Garo Master.
- The Sisters names of Joelle (corrected to Jo’ in Majora’s Mask), Meg, Beth and Amy all reference Louisa May Alcott‘s novel, Little Women.
- They bear some resemblance to the four Links created after Link pulls the Four Sword from its pedestal, as they share similar colors, albeit with slight differences in tone. This is most likely unintentional.
The names of the four Poe Sisters in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask are the names of the sisters in the book Little Women.
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|German||Irrlichtschwestern (OoT3D)||Poe Sisters|
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- "You defeated the four Poe Sisters!
This was added to your notebook!" — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)
- "Poe Sisters
The Poe Sisters were four ghostly siblings named Amy, Beth, Joelle and Meg. They haunted the Forest Temple for many years until Link was able to put their souls to rest.
Ocarina of Time" — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive), published n.d., retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "Joelle – one of the Poe sisters Aim for her when she appears!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "Beth – one of the Poe sisters Aim for her when she appears!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "Amy – one of the Poe sisters Aim for her when she appears!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "Meg - one of the Poe sisters If she splits into multiple images, you need..to figure out which one is the real one. Is it this one?" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "A torch is lit! That's because you beat a ghost, isn't it?!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "Defeat the ladies within the time limit and rest their souls in peace. But if your life energy drops below three hearts, I will stop the match. Mercy is the least I can offer." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
- "It seems their souls have been healed. I give to you the earthly possession which the ladies kept. Take it, Link." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 51
- "In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf's laughter is sped up to create the laughter of the Poe Sisters in the Forest Temple." — Gaming Humor & News, Gaming Humor & News on Twitter: "In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf's laughter is sped up to create the laughter of the Poe Sisters in the Forest Temple.… ", Twitter, published December 9, 2017, retrieved April 25, 2018.