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Fairies are a recurring race of creatures in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3][4][5][note 1]

Most Fairies are small creatures with healing powers, and they usually fly by means of delicate, insect-like wings. Their appearances vary from game to game: in some games, such as Ocarina of Time, they resemble small orbs of light with four wings, while in others they take the form of tiny, winged humanoid females.


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Grabbing a fairy replenishes several health on your Life Gauge.
Hyrule Compendium Entry
066 (066) Fairy
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This fairy will fly from your pouch and heal all your wounds the moment you lose your last heart. It's easily mistaken for a firefly at first, but it glows in the daylight as well as night.
Common Locations
Greater Hyrule
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Navi, a Fairy from Ocarina of Time

Fairies usually have one of two roles in the series. Most Fairies possess healing powers; they can restore some of Link's Hearts when he is wounded. From A Link to the Past onwards, these Fairies can usually be caught in Empty Bottles for later use. If Link falls in battle while carrying a bottled Fairy, it will automatically come out to revive him. Groups of Fairies can be commonly found in Fairy Fountains scattered through the land, although some may also occasionally be found by breaking Jars or cutting grass. In some games such as A Link to the Past, Bubbles and Sparks can be turned into Fairies by using Magic Powder or the Boomerang. In Skyward Sword, Fairies can be summoned by drawing the Triforce on a Goddess Wall.

The second role held by Fairies is that of a traveling companion. In several games, beginning with Ocarina of Time, Link has been accompanied on his travels by Fairy companions. Although in many cases they are used to facilitate gameplay (allowing Z-Targeting, for example), they also provide advice on what to do next or how to defeat certain enemies. In other games, such as Phantom Hourglass, companion Fairies also serve as the cursor for guiding Link.

In Ocarina of Time, every Kokiri, with the exception of Link before Navi is assigned as his partner by the Great Deku Tree, is partnered with such a guardian Fairy.[7] In Majora's Mask, the Skull Kid had Fairy companions in Tatl and Tael. Tatl gets separated from them, and travels with Link to get his Hylian form back and to stop the Moon from crashing.

In Tri Force Heroes only, Fairies possess a unique role in that they are used as the Links' extra lives. Whenever a Link falls in battle (resulting in all Links falling due to their shared health), a Fairy appears to revive him, and the Links are forced to restart the Stage of the Level. Three Fairies are brought into a Level when the Links enter the Drablands. If the Links fall after losing their last Fairy, the Level is failed and the Links are forced to exit. After clearing a Level, any Fairies remaining are tallied and turned into bonus Rupees, multiplied by 30 for each Fairy (E.g. three Fairies will reward 90 Rupees). In single-player mode only while using the Doppels, Link can use a Fairy to skip Stages and advance to the next one. Doing this, however, will empty all of the Rupees Link has collected thus far, decrease the number of bonus Rupees Link earns after clearing the Level, and will replace the contents of a Material chest with 20 Rupees for each Fairy used.


Fairy's Spirits


In Ocarina of Time, the Fairies are referred to as Fairy's Spirits in the Medicine Shop, appearing as nondescript, glowing orbs with wings. The Fairies in Oracle of Seasons are in human form, but the Season Spirits look identical to these orb-like Fairies. The Great Fairies in Four Swords and The Minish Cap first appear in the form of a Fairy Spirit before taking a human form. In Four Swords Adventures, the Shrine Maidens turn into the form of Fairy Spirits when freed from their Crystals. In Phantom Hourglass as well as Spirit Tracks, the only Fairies that appear are respectively the servant Spirits and the Spirit of Healing, who also take on said shape.

Big Fairies

Main article: Big Fairy

Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask feature a different variety of Fairy called Big Fairies, which resemble wingless glowing balls. In certain areas, Link can play the Ocarina to make a Big Fairy appear.

Great Fairies

Main article: Great Fairy

Great Fairies are much larger than regular Fairies, at the size of a full grown Hylian or larger, and they almost invariably inhabit a winged female form (the only exception to this rule is the case of the Great Fairies in Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Hyrule Warriors, who resemble women and can fly, but have no visible wings).

Great Fairies reside in specialized Fairy Fountains known as Great Fairy Fountains. They also help Link, often by providing him with special power-ups or increased item-carrying capacity, alongside replenishing his health.

Stray Fairies

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Main article: Stray Fairy

A Stray Fairy is a portion of a shattered Great Fairy. They appear in Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, and Four Swords. These Fairies are different from most other Fairies, appearing more rabbit-like in physicality and more subdued in their composure.

Link's Fairy Companions

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Tatl, a Fairy from Majora's Mask
  • In Ocarina of Time, Link is assisted by Navi, who helps keep him on track by reminding him where to go. She also helps him target objects and enemies, and can provide information about enemies.
  • In Majora's Mask, Navi is replaced by Tatl, a new Fairy who serves the same purpose as Link's previous Fairy.
  • In Phantom Hourglass, Link obtains a companion Fairy named Ciela. Two other Fairies, Leaf and Neri, also come to his aid later on. Each of the three Fairies represents one of the Goddesses (courage, power, wisdom) and give Link a unique power when equipped.

All of Link's canon companions are in Fairy's Spirit form. All of the non-canon variety are in humanoid form, with the exception of Hyrule Warriors.

Other Appearances

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, the Fairies lived in the Fairy Garden, however it turned into a barren desert after the five Fairies that protected it went to sleep. The Grand Fairy tasks Tingle with restoring the five Fairy Fountains so to restore the land itself. Tingle's companion, Pinkle, is also a Fairy and is the daughter of the Grand Fairy, who was imprisoned by Uncle Rupee and had her powers removed. After Tingle rescues her from the Auros Ruins, she regains her powers and transforms back into her original Fairy form.

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Fairies in The Legend of Zelda TV series
See also: Spryte, Spryte's Sister, King Oberon

Various Fairies appear in The Legend of Zelda TV series. Most of the Fairies, with the exception of Spryte who lives in North Castle with Link and Zelda, live in the Fairy Spring in Hyrule. There, they are ruled by King Oberon alongside his daughter. The Fairies only appear in the "Fairies in the Spring" episode, where Spryte's sister is creating Water Monsters with her magic since King Harkinian's Royal Water Park is draining their water supply. Eventually, King Harkinian and King Oberon clear up all misunderstandings, allowing both humans and Fairies to enjoy the water park.

The Crystal Trap

Main articles: Blue Fairy and Pink Fairy

In The Crystal Trap, two Fairies make an appearance to help Princess Zelda on her quest. The first Fairy that Zelda encounters is the Blue Fairy, which appears after the princess defeats a Gibdo using the Magic Arrows. Later in her quest, Link and Zelda will find the Pink Fairy only if the duo defeat the group of Octoroks that ambushed them in the forest.

The Faces of Evil

A pair of Fairies from Link: The Faces of Evil

In The Faces of Evil, a pair of Fairies live in a Fairy Fountain close to the mid-point of Spearfish Falls. They proclaim Link as their hero and give him a Life Heart on their first encounter, followed by Water of Life for every subsequent visit. If Link owns the Canteen, the Fairies will also fill it with Water of Life. The Fairies' appearance is heavily based on the design of the Fairy artwork from A Link to the Past.

The Wand of Gamelon

In The Wand of Gamelon, another pair of Fairies live in the Fairy Pool. They were imprisoned by the Three Witches when they froze the Pool. After Zelda defeats them and rescues the Fairies, they reward her with a Life Heart, Fairy Dust, and some Water of Life. They will also refill Zelda's Canteen if she owns one.

Zelda's Adventure

In Zelda's Adventure, Fairies appear in small ponds found throughout Tolemac, and fully recover Zelda's health when approached. Three Fairies can be found in total: one in the Forest of Torian, one in a desert oasis in the South Gubasha Desert, and one in the Plain of Hobel.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Fairy in a Bottle appears as a Sticker. A Fairy resembling Navi also appears in one of Link's taunts.

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
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Twilight Princess [Tail] - Attack +7 This sticker is only usable by Yoshi, Pikachu, Diddy Kong, and Pokémon Trainer

Hyrule Warriors

The Fairy who pleads for Impa and Sheik's help to save Princess Ruto.
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In Hyrule Warriors, Fairies appear as elemental entities in Adventure Mode that are used to destroy harmful barriers that surround certain Keeps. They come in the elements Fire, Water, Lightning, Light, and Darkness. They appear trapped within certain Keeps and are freed when these Keeps are captured. Once freed and collected, they are kept in the item inventory within a Bottle and can only be used while inside a Keep that has a barrier of the corresponding element surrounding it.

In the Majora's Mask DLC Pack, white Rupee Fairies appear in certain battles in the Termina Map where Forces compete to collect the most Rupees at the end of the battle. These Fairies are kept by Fairy Hunters, and are freed when these Captains are defeated. Upon collecting a Rupee Fairy, all enemies will drop Silver and Gold Rupees for a short amount of time, which are worth more than the regular Green, Blue, and Red Rupees. In the same DLC Pack, the Fairies Tatl and Tael make a brief cameo alongside the Skull Kid during Young Link's attack where he slices the Moon in half.

A Fairy named Proxi also accompanies Link during his battles, and speaks on his behalf. Proxi also accompanies Young Link. A generic Fairy (although referred to as Navi in the North America's Wii U release) appears in "The Land of Myth" Scenario, pleading that the Hyrulean Forces rescue Princess Ruto from Darunia, who had captured her. The Great Fairy also sends Fairies to attack enemy troops when she is summoned from the Fairy Fountain. They help in various ways depending on the battle; such as dropping giant Bombs on enemy units, calling upon a recreation of the Terminian Moon to knock Argorok out of the sky, or by sending a rain of energy that destroys several enemies on the field.

Fairies also accompany Link's Great Fairy weapon type. They surround the Great Fairy while she dashes, and attack enemies as part of the Focus Spirit attack.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

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In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Fairy Bottle appears as an item, decreasing 100% of damage. If the player does not have at least 100% of damage, the Bottle can be used as a projectile. If another player is hit by the Bottle while having at least 100% of damage, the player damage will be decreased.[8]

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Skyward Sword
A bottle that contains a helpful fairy. You can release this fairy to heal 100 points of damage, but only if you have 100% or more. If you don't, you can still throw the bottle... Just don't hit a 100% or more enemy, or they'll be healed instead and you'll feel pretty silly. Random
Fairy Bottle


  • The color of the Kokiri' Fairies in Ocarina of Time are a different color every time Link re-enters the area in which they are located.[citation needed]
  • In Twilight Princess, if Link is already at full health, the Fairies will either completely ignore him or, if he remains motionless long enough, will fly in close and land on his hat or Sword if drawn.
  • In the North American SNES and Virtual Console versions of A Link to the Past, Fairy is spelled as "Faerie". This is an archaic spelling which was changed to the "Fairy" spelling in the Game Boy Advance version.
  • In the Wii version of Twilight Princess, a Fairy resembling Navi is used as an on-screen cursor whenever the Wii Remote is pointed towards the sensor bar.


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  • 妖精 (Yōsei) (TLoZ | ALttP | OoT | ALBW | TFH | BotW)[22][23][24][25][26][27]
  • 小さな要請 (Chiisana Yōsei) (ALttP)[28]
  • 妖精 (LANS)
  • Same as English.
  • Small Fairy
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
  • 妖精 (Yāojīng) (LANS)
  • 妖精 (Yāojing) (OoT | BotW)
The People's Republic of China
  • 妖精 (Yāo jīng) (TLoZ)[32]
  • 妖精 (Yāojīng) (LANS)
  • 精灵 (Jīnglíng) (BotW)
  • Fairy
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Fee (BotW | HWAoC)[33][34]Same as English.
Fée (ALBW | TFH | HWDE)[43] 
The French Republic
Fée (ALBW | TFH | BotW | HWDE)[29][30][31] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Fairies
  • Same as English.
The Italian Republic
Fata (TLoZ | ALttP | LA | LADX | LANS | OoT | OoT3D | MM3D | FS | TWW | ALBW | TFH | BotW | HWDE)[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]Fairy
The Republic of Korea
요정 (Yojeong) (TFH | BotW)[39] 
The Russian Federation
  • N/A (TLoZ)
  • Фея (Feya) (BotW)
Latin America
Hada (ALBW | TFH | BotW | HWDE)[40][41][42]Fairy
The Kingdom of Spain
Hada (ALBW | TFH | HWDE)[44][45]Fairy
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See Also


  1. Those creatures are also referred to as Faeries in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America.[6] However, as Encyclopedia supersedes the guide, this term is not considered Canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 122 (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | TMC | TP | SS | ALBW)
  2. "Fairy
    This fairy will fly from your pouch and heal all your wounds the moment you lose your last heart. It's easily mistaken for a firefly at first, but it glows in the daylight as well as night.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "You caught a Fairy! This playful sprite replenishes six of your hearts!" — N/A (Skyward Sword HD)
  4. "Fairy
    This fairy will fly from your pouch and heal you the moment you lose your last heart. It's easily mistaken for a firefly at first, but it glows in the daylight as well as night.
    " — Inventory (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. "Fairy" — Hyrule Compendium (Tears of the Kingdom)
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 11
  7. "The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy. However, there is one boy who does not have a fairy..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Hey look, a bottle!! This is a special item that can even heal fighters who have accumulated over 100% damage." — Masahiro Sakurai, Sakurai's post, Miiverse, published February 18, 2014, retrieved April 9, 2014.
  9. L'arte di una leggenda, Magazzini Salani, pg. 122
  10. "Aiuto delle fate" — Credits (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  11. "Hai catturato una fata! Cosa vuoi farne?" — N/A (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  12. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 122
  13. "Hai catturato una fata! Liberala quando hai bisogno di cure." — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Italian localization)
  14. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 23
  15. "Ad ogni Kokiri viene assegnata una fata come spirito guida..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  16. "Fata - 50 rupie" — Medicine Shop (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  17. "Fairy" — Trading Post (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  18. "Hai posto la Fata nell'Ampolla!" — N/A (The Wind Waker, Italian localization)
  19. "Fata
    Restituisce 5 cuori. Inoltre ti rimette in sesto quando ti sconfiggono. Un vero aiuto!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  20. "All'inizio del Covo ostile avrai una sola fata a disposizione. Sii prudente!" — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  21. "Fata" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  22. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 46
  23. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 17
  24. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 29
  25. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 153
  26. "妖精
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  27. "魔窟では妖精が一匹の状態で
    " — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  28. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 33
  29. "Fée
    Restaure cinq cœurs et vous ranime si vous tombez au combat. Une ami précieuse.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  30. "Dans la crypte, vous commencez avec une seule fée, alors soyez prudents !" — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  31. "Fée" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  32. Encyclopedia, New Star Press, pg. 23
  33. "Fee" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "Fee" — Material (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  35. "Fee
    Füllt 5 Herzen auf. Wenn du besiegt wirst, heilt sie dich automatisch!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  36. "Im Monsterhort besitzt du anfangs nur eine Fee. Sieh dich also vor!" — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  37. "Fee" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  38. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 120
  39. "시련의 동굴에서는 요정 1마라로
    시작하게 됩니다
    " — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  40. "Hada
    Restablece cinco corazones y te reanimará si caes en combate. ¡Una leal aliada!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  41. "En la gruta del desafío comenzarás tu aventura con tan solo un hada." — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  42. "Hada" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  43. "Dans la crypte, vous commencez avec une seule fée, alors soyez prudents!" — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)
  44. "Hada
    Regenera cinco corazones y te reanimará si caes en combate. ¡Una leal aliada!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  45. "En las Grutas Sombrías comenzarás tu aventura con solo un hada." — Mr. Tudor (Tri Force Heroes)