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The Shadow Crystal is a recurring Object in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Location and Uses

Twilight Princess

After completing the Lakebed Temple, Link and Midna arrive at Lanayru's Spirit Spring, where they are confronted by Zant. Zant transforms Link into his Wolf form and takes the Fused Shadows from Midna. Zant summons the Shadow Crystal to display his power. In response, Wolf Link attacks Zant, only to be repelled and have the crystal forced into his forehead, leaving Link trapped in his Wolf form.

Deep within the Sacred Grove lies the Master Sword, which Link and Midna find after following the Skull Kid. As Link approaches the Sword, he transforms back into his human form. This breaks the curse of the Shadow Crystal, and it coalesces in Midna's hand.[2]

By using the Shadow Crystal, Link gains the ability to transform into his Wolf form at will,[3] as well as use Twilight Portals to warp anywhere.[4]

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

The Shadow Crystal makes an appearance in the Scenario "Her True Self". It was used to transform Midna from her cursed imp form into Twili Midna before helping Linkle save Zelda in the Palace of Twilight. After the battle was won, the darkness of the Twilight continued to spread and to prevent it from spreading further Midna smashed the Crystal to release enough energy to contain the darkness, causing her to return to her cursed imp form.



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 影の結晶石 (Kage no Kesshou Ishi) Shadow Crystal Stone
French-speaking countries French Cristal d'ombre Shadow Crystal
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Cristal Oscuro Dark Crystal



  1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 192
  2. "The sword accepted you as its master... This thing is the embodiment of the evil magic that Zant cast on you. It's definitely different from our tribe's shadow magic..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  3. "Careful... If you touch it, you'll turn back into a beast! This thing is too dangerous... It's probably for the best if we just leave it here, huh? But on the other hand...if we kept it, you'd be able to transform into a beast anytime you wanted... Yes, since Zant was kind enough to give this to us, we should be thankful and use it all we can! If you need it, just call me. I want to keep a low profile, so I'll hide in your shadow when you're human, but I can change you whenever. You can be a wolf anytime you like!" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  4. "Also, thanks to this thing, you can warp whenever you want by switching into wolf form..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  5. "Link, be careful... This black fog is made up of shadow crystals created by Zant. They blot out light... He's responsible for stealing the light from the spirits and turning your world into twilight... But he's not all-powerful. We're prepared too. I can return you to your normal state whenever you need, so don't worry, OK?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  6. "Shadow crystals flow like waterfalls here... There's no way we can get rid of all of them. Charge your sword up and release the power of the Sol all at once." — Midna (Twilight Princess)