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Empty Bottles,(TWW | TMC | TP | SS | HW | CoH)[1][2][3] also known as Bottles,(ALttP | OoT | MM | TWW | ALBW | CoH)[1][4] Magic Bottles,(ALttP)[5] Canteens,(TFoE | TWoG)[name references needed] and Empty Jars,(FPTRR)[6] are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

Empty Bottles are items used to store a variety of other items, such as Potions, Fairies, and Bugs, for use at a later time. Link is able to collect multiple Empty Bottles in each game that they appear. A recurring ability of these Bottles is that a bottled Fairy will be automatically released if Link falls in battle, reviving him and restoring some of his Life.

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, the Bug Catching Net is required to catch Fairies and Bees to store in Bottles. A Bee released from a Bottle will attack nearby enemies instead of Link.

Four Bottles can be collected in A Link to the Past:

  1. Sold by the Street Merchant in Kakariko Village for 100 Rupees.[7]
  2. Found inside a Treasure Chest at the back of the Kakariko Village inn.
  3. Obtained from the man underneath the stone bridge near Lake Hylia.[8]
  4. Found inside a blue Treasure Chest in the Dark World equivalent of the Smithery after rescuing the Dwarven Swordsmith. Link must take the Chest to the Average Middle-Aged Man near the entrance to the Desert of Mystery, who will open the Chest for Link.[9]

Medicines of Magic can be acquired for free by throwing a Bottle into the Mysterious Pond of the Waterfall of Wishing. By answering the Great Fairy's question honestly, she will reward Link by filling the Bottle with Medicine of Magic.[10]

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Link can swing Bottles to catch items directly, without the use of a Bug Net. Four Bottles can be collected:

  1. Obtained from the Cucco Lady in Kakariko Village by bringing all of her Cuccos back to their pen.[11]
  2. Found underwater in Lake Hylia near the shortcut to Zora's Domain containing Ruto's letter.[12]
  3. Obtained after winning Talon's Chicken Game in Lon Lon Ranch. It is filled with Lon Lon Milk when received.[13]
  4. Obtained after giving 10 Big Poe Souls to the Poe Collector.[14]

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, six Bottles can be collected:

  1. Obtained from Kotake after Link discovers Koume in the Woods of Mystery.[15] On the First Day, Kotake can be found at the potion shop. Once dusk breaks, she can be found in the Woods of Mystery. It is filled with Red Potion when received.
  2. Obtained after winning the Goron Race during the spring.[16] It is filled with Gold Dust when received.
  3. Obtained after beating both Beaver Bros. in the Beaver Race.[17]
  4. Obtained after delivering the Special Delivery to Mama to Madame Aroma in the Milk Bar on the Final Day.[18] It is filled with Chateau Romani when received.
  5. Obtained after helping Romani defend the cows from the Ghosts at Romani Ranch.[19] It is filled with Milk when received.
  6. Obtained after defeating the Big Poe during the Final Day at the Ikana Graveyard. Link must order the Stalchildren to open the grave they are guarding by using the Captain's Hat. Once inside, he must assist Dampé, who must dig up three blue flames which merge into the Big Poe.[20]

The first Bottle must be obtained for Link to proceed further into the Southern Swamp, while the rest of the Bottles are optional. Link will need to make use of Bottles several more times throughout his adventure.

Majora's Mask 3D

In Majora's Mask 3D, one of the Bottles switched place with a Piece of Heart. An extra Bottle was also added, making seven Bottles total.

  1. Dampé's Bottle is switched with the Piece of Heart Link can obtain from Koume by completing the Koume's Target Shooting after beating the Woodfall Temple.
  2. During the Second Day, Link wearing the Troupe Leader's Mask can talk to Gorman while he is sleeping at the Stock Pot Inn. Gorman requests Link to bring Mystery Milk from his brothers at the Gorman Track in the afternoon. While still wearing the mask, Link can obtain the Milk from the Gorman Brothers at any time after 12 PM. However, the Milk spoils after two real time minutes. If Link successfully delivers the Milk to Gorman, he will let him keep the Bottle. Link cannot roll as Goron Link or play the "Song of Soaring" while delivering the Milk, as doing so will spill it. The sidequest cannot be done in a cycle where Link plays the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" for Gorman on the first night.

The Wind Waker

  1. Obtained after helping Medli reach Dragon Roost Cavern.[21]
  2. Obtained after catching Mila trying to steal from Zunari's safe at night.[22]
  3. Found inside a Submarine off the coast of Bomb Island.
  4. Sold by Beedle's Masked Ship for 500 Rupees after obtaining Beedle's Chart.[23]

The Minish Cap

The Minish Cap Manual Descriptionhide ▲
The Minish Cap logo
Store things in empty bottles so that you can use them later. You can carry up to four bottles. Choose which bottle you want to carry from the Items subscreen.

In The Minish Cap, four Empty Bottles can be collected:

  1. Sold by the Business Scrub in the Trilby Highlands for 20 Rupees.
  2. Found inside a Chest in the Eastern Hills, south of Eenie and Meenie's garden. The chest appears after Fusing Kinstones with Smith.
  3. Obtained from Stockwell after feeding Fifi with Dog Food. Link must shrink down to Minish size to get to the back of Stockwell's Shop. There, Stockwell will give Link a Empty Bottle with Dog Food. After giving Fifi the food inside Stockwell's house in Lake Hylia, he will be able to keep the Empty Bottle.
  4. Found inside a cave near Lon Lon Ranch. Link must first Fuse Kinstones with Eenie to get a Goron to open the cave. He must then Fuse Kinstones with five Mysterious Walls in order to call more Gorons and reach the end of the cave.

Twilight Princess

  1. Obtained from Sera after returning her cat by fishing two fish. It is half-filled with Milk when received.
  2. Sold by Coro in the Faron Woods. It is filled with Lantern Oil when received.
  3. Found in the small pond near the bridge on the east side of Hena's Fishing Hole. Link must use the bobber Fishing Rod to fish it.
  4. Obtained from Jovani after obtaining 20 Poe Souls. It is filled of Great Fairy's Tears when received.

Skyward Sword

  1. Obtained from Luv in the Potion Shop after Zelda falls to The Surface.
  2. Found inside a Treasure Chest in the Sealed Temple near the old woman. It is filled with Revitalizing Potion when received.
  3. Obtained from Parrow as part of the "Find Orielle" Side Quest.
  4. Obtained in the Fire Sanctuary in the Magmanos room after obtaining the Mogma Mitts.
  5. Found inside a chest in the Thunderhead after activating a Goddess Cube in the Volcano Summit.

A Link Between Worlds

  1. Sold by the Street Merchant in Kakariko Village for 100 Rupees.
  2. Obtained from the Bird Lover under the bridge east of Link's House.
  3. Found underwater in the river east of Hyrule Castle containing a note from the Bouldering Guy stranded on Death Mountain. The note must be taken to the Milk Bar Owner, who will fill the Bottle with Premium Milk. After giving the Bouldering Guy the Milk, Link will be able to keep the Bottle.
  4. Found inside a Treasure Chest in the Vacant House in Lorule. Link must Bomb the back wall to enter.
  5. Obtained from the Great Rupee Fairy after giving her 3,000 Rupees. Link must first use the Big Bomb Flower to destroy the boulder in the northwest of the Bomb Shop, revealing the entrance to the Great Fairy Fountain.

Other Appearances

Philips CD-i Games

In The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon, Canteens are Bottles used to carry Water of Life, which can be refilled once empty. In The Faces of Evil, Link receives a Canteen from Alora after returning her stolen Necklace from a Gleeok in Spearfish Falls. In The Wand of Gamelon, Zelda receives one from Lady Alma after saving her from Wizzrobe at the Shutoy Lake tower.

The Canteens can be refilled by Hamsha and the Fairies of Spearfish Falls in The Faces of Evil, as well by bottles of Water of Life found in Fortress Centrum, Glutko, Lupay, and Serigon Caves. In The Wand of Gamelon, it is refilled by the Fairies of the Fairy Pool. If no Canteen is present, then they will simply replenish Link and Zelda's health.

In Zelda's Adventure, the Empty Bottle is a quest item given to Zelda by Glebb the thirsty woman. Zelda can take the Bottle to the River Source Pond to fill it with water, which turns it into the Water Bottle. The Bottle can then be taken back to Glebb, who will reward Zelda the Vial of Winds in gratitude. As the Bottle is a quest item, Zelda does not keep it and cannot use it to store healing water. Instead, Life Potions are purchased from merchants separately.

Ancient Stone Tablets

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Empty Jars are used to hold various concoctions created by Tingle in Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. There are a total of 23 Empty Jars.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends, Potions and rescued Fairies are kept inside of Bottles in the inventory. When a Potion is all used up, its Bottle disappears from the inventory, and will only be refilled at the start of a new battle. Warriors may use Potions after crafting a Bottle Badge in the Bazaar, and more uses can be obtained by crafting additional Bottle Badges. Rescued Fairies are automatically kept in separate Bottles once they are rescued, and will disappear from the inventory along with their Bottle once used.

Link is also kept inside of a giant Bottle when using the Great Fairy weapon, as control switches over to the Great Fairy. In certain combo attacks, he will be momentarily released from the Bottle before shortly going back inside.

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

The second puzzle in the Picross series and the seventh puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict a Empty Bottle.

Cadence of Hyrule

In Cadence of Hyrule, Bottles are used to collect and store potions, Fish, Bees, and Fairies.[24] There are a total of 3 Bottles, which can only be acquired by purchasing them at special shops. Two of them can be bought from Beedle, whose shops are hidden in caves hidden behind diggable mounds of dirt in random locations throughout Hyrule, while the third Bottle can be bought from a Zora merchant, who lives in a beach hut along the Beach to the south.


Names in Other Regions
  • Bottle
  • Empty Bottle
The People's Republic of China
空瓶子 (Kōng píngzi) (OoT | SSHD)[41][42] 
The French Republic
  • Empty flacon
Flacon (ALBW | CoH)[44] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
Flasche (SS | ALBW)[37]Bottle
The Italian Republic
  • Magic Ampoule
  • Bottle
  • Ampoulle
  • Empty ampoulle
Latin America
Botella (ALBW)[43] 
The Kingdom of Spain
Botella (ALBW)[45] 
This table was generated using translation pages.
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 122 (ALttP | OoT | MM | TWW | TMC | TP | SS | ALBW)
  2. "Oh! Link? You've come back! And in one piece, too! Gracious! My granddaughter tells me that your grandmother is in poor health these days... Now, I'm certain that a little fairy dust would provide all the lift her spirits need, but... Well, the problem is, I haven't seen any fairies in these parts recently. Of course, long ago you could find a lot of them up by the old Fairy Fountain, and you could even capture them in empty bottles. Sure! It was easy as you please! Yes, there was a time when I used to like playing with fairies... Uh...ahem! In any case, ever since the fountain was blocked up by that huge rock, I haven't seen a one..." — Sturgeon (The Wind Waker HD)
  3. "You got an Empty Bottle! You can fill it with all sorts of useful things." — N/A (Skyward Sword HD)
  4. "Bottle -- Assign to A Button B Button X Button Y Button
    Store things in this for later use.
    " — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
  5. Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 393 (ALttP)
  6. "Empty Jar
    An empty glass jar. It's up to you what you fill it with.
    " — Tools (Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland)
  7. "You, sir! Have you been going through life without one of my hold-anything bottles? Well step right up and make your life complete! I've got one on sale now for the low, low price of 100 Rupees! What do you say? Interested?" — Street Merchant (A Link to the Past)
  8. "Yo! Link! You seem to be in a heap of trouble, but this is all I can give you." — Hylian (A Link to the Past)
  9. "All right, bring that chest over here..." — Average Middle-Aged Man (A Link to the Past)
  10. "Hello there. Did you drop this? I like an honest person. I will give you something better in return." — Great Fairy (A Link to the Past)
  11. "Thank you for finding my Cuccos. I have allergies, so I get goose bumps when I touch them. For helping me, I will give this to you. It's fine glass, and should be useful." — Cucco Lady (Ocarina of Time)
  12. "You got an Empty Bottle! Put something inside and press (C) to use it... What? Something's already inside!?" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  13. "I'm proud to present to you a sample of our very own Lon Lon Milk. You'll be energized the moment you drink it! After you drink it, you can bring back the bottle and buy a refill, anytime you want!" — Talon (Ocarina of Time)
  14. "You're thinking about what I promised would happen when you earned 1,000 points. Heh heh. Don't worry, I didn't forget. Just take this." — Poe Collector (Ocarina of Time)
  15. "Oh!! Well, if that's true, then take this potion to her..." — Kotake (Majora's Mask)
  16. "That was great! I knew you were the fastest Goron, Darmi! I was sure you'd get first place! This is from daddy... It's the prize." — Elder's Son (Majora's Mask)
  17. "To us, empty bottles are a treasure. I can't give you one just because you beat my little brother. [...] I'll give you one after you race once more against me." — Big Brother Beaver (Majora's Mask)
  18. "This!!! It's from Kafei! Correct? Correct? Wonderful! You really are an expert! Yes, yes, I'm sorry. My thanks. Yes, yes, it is your job, after all. I'm sorry. At this point in time, I can give you only something like this. Actually I wanted to give this to you sooner... Really!" — Madame Aroma (Majora's Mask)
  19. "Thank you! Thanks to you, the cows are giving thanks, too! Here's Romani's thanks. When you drink it, put your hand on your hip and take a big gulp like we do here at the ranch!" — Romani (Majora's Mask)
  20. "I came looking for the Royal Family's legendary treasure, but my torch has gone out. I'm sorry, but could you walk in front of me and light the way?" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  21. "This is all I have to give you. I know it's not much, but please take it! Oh, and please don't tell anyone that I'm climbing Dragon Roost!" — Medli (The Wind Waker)
  22. "Please take this. Don't look at me like that! I didn't steal it! It washed up on the shore, so I picked it up. Don't tease me like that! It's a tiny bottle made of crystal-clear glass... It's so beautiful." — Mila (The Wind Waker)
  23. "This Empty Bottle is a mere 500 Rupees! Buy it! Buy it! Buy buy buy!" — Beedle (The Wind Waker)
  24. "You got an Empty Bottle! Assign it to A Button, B Button, X Button, or Y Button on the inventory screen.
    Can be used to store potions, fish, bees, and fairies that you find.
    " — N/A (Cadence of Hyrule)
  25. "Ampolla vuota" — Invetory (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  26. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 122
  27. "Questa è un'Ampolla Magica!" — N/A (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  28. "Non puoi portare nessuna medicina se non hai un'ampolla!" — Medicine Shop Owner (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  29. "Hai ottenuto un'Ampolla!" — N/A (The Wind Waker, Italian localization)
  30. "Ampolla
    Può contenere varie cose. È necessaria se vuoi acquistare pozioni.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds, Italian localization)
  31. "Ampolla" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  32. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 43 Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 28 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 14
  33. The Minish Cap manual, Japanese localization, pg. 19
  34. "ビン
    " — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  35. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 147
  36. "あきビン -- A ButtonB ButtonX ButtonY Buttonにセットする。" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule, Japanese localization)
  37. "Flasche
    Damit kannst du verschiedene Sachen aufbewahren. Nötig, um Elixiere zu kaufen.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  38. "Flacon
    Nécessaire pour acheter une potion, ce flacon peut contenir diverses choses.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  39. "Flacon -- Assignez-les à A Button B Button X Button Y Button" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule, European French localization)
  40. "Flacon vide
    Il peut contenir différentes choses. Il serait dommage de ne pas s'en servir !
    " — Items Subscreen (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  41. Ocarina of Time manual, iQue version, pg. 26
  42. "你身上有空瓶子吗……?" (Do you have an empty bottle on you...?) — Luv (Skyward Sword HD)
  43. "Botella
    Almacena cosas de todo tipo y es necesaria si quieres llevar pociones.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  44. "Flacon -- Assignez-les à A Button B Button X Button Y Button" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule, Canadian French localization)
  45. "Botella
    Contiene lo que su dueño ose introducir en ella. Hace falta para llevar pociones.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)