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The Subscreen,(TLoZ | LADX | LANS | OoT | OoT3D | MM | OoS | OoA)[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Sub Screen,(ALttP) or Sub-Screen,(LA)[10] is a recurring interface in The Legend of Zelda series. The term refers to pause menus or parts thereof.


Subscreens are so named for appearing as a modal window over the Game Screen. They are divided into one or more separate components for items, typically screens, named Items, Equipment, Quest Status, Collection Screen, Gear, or Inventory. In earlier titles,(TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | LADX) the Inventory comprises the entire Subscreen, making the two terms synonymous in those cases. The Subscreen may include the Map, though in some games it is considered a separate screen entirely. The Subscreen usually includes a Saving button, sometimes on a screen named System, sometimes alongside controller layouts or configuration options.

Opening the Subscreen pauses gameplay. It cannot be used during cutscenes.

The Legend of Zelda[]

Main article: Inventory

The Adventure of Link[]

A Link to the Past[]

Main articles: Item Window, Action Window, Special Items, Equipment and Dungeon Items

Link's Awakening[]

Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch[]

Main articles: Map, Items and System

Ocarina of Time[]

Main articles: Select Items Subscreen, Map Subscreen, Quest Status Subscreen and Equipment Subscreen

Ocarina of Time 3D[]

Main articles: Ocarina Subscreen, Gear Subscreen, Map Subscreen and Items Subscreen

Majora's Mask[]

Main articles: Select Item Subscreen, Map Subscreen, Quest Status Subscreen and Masks Subscreen

Majora's Mask 3D[]

Main articles: Ocarina Subscreen, Gear Screen, Map Screen and Mask Menu

Oracle of Seasons[]

Main articles: Item Screen, Quest Status Screen and Essence Screen

Oracle of Ages[]

Main articles: Item Screen, Quest Status Screen and Essence Screen

Four Swords[]

Main articles: Map Screen and Pause Screen

The Wind Waker[]

Main articles: Items, Map and Quest Status

Four Swords Adventures[]

Main article: Status

The Minish Cap[]

Main articles: Inventory, Quest Status and Map

When the START button is pressed in The Minish Cap, the player is taken to one of the game's three Subscreens: the Items Screen, the Quest Status screen, and the Map. The L and R buttons can be used to switch between the three Subscreens.[11]

Twilight Princess[]

Main articles: Items, Map and Collection

Phantom Hourglass[]

Main articles: Collection, Map, Sea Chart and Items

Spirit Tracks[]

Main articles: Collection, Map, Rail Map and Items

Skyward Sword[]

Main articles: Gear Screen and Collection

A Link Between Worlds[]

Main articles: Gear Screen, Items and Pause Menu

Tri Force Heroes[]

Main article: Pause Menu

Breath of the Wild[]

Main articles: Adventure Log, Inventory, System and Map


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See Also[]


  1. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 17
  2. "You've got a Piece of Heart! Press SELECT on the Subscreen to see." — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  3. "Press START during the game, and the Subscreen appears. This is broken into four different Subscreens (as shown below)." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 14)
  4. "Gear Subscreen" (Ocarina of Time 3D manual, pg. 6)
  5. Majora's Mask manual, pg. 17
  6. "Use the Subscreens to change items and review quest progress." (Oracle of Seasons manual, pg. 21)
  7. "Use the Subscreens to change items and review quest progress." (Oracle of Ages manual, pg. 21)
  8. The Minish Cap manual, pg. 10
  9. "Subscreen" — System (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  10. Link's Awakening manual, pg. 10
  11. The Minish Cap manual, pg. 11