Great Fairies,(ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | FS | TWW | TMC | TP | BotW) also known as Guardian Spirits,(BotW) are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series. They are large humanoid Fairies. Their main purpose is to heal Link whenever he is wounded and will also recover his Magic Power in games that incorporate a Magic Meter. In other titles, such as Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, they also bless Link with new items, powers, or upgrades of his existing equipment. The Great Fairies' appearance differ vastly between games, and most of them can be found living within a Great Fairy Fountain.
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, while not specifically referred to as a Great Fairy, and appearing as a normal Fairy, there are a few ponds in the Hyrule overworld where they can be found. These pool-dwelling Fairies have the same role as Great Fairies in later games; they will only appear if Link approaches their pond with less than full health, and will instantly recover all of his Hearts.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Great Fairies can easily be found scattered throughout Hyrule in either caves or holes. When Link approaches one, she will completely heal his wounds. Great Fairies seem able to maintain their normal forms even while in the Dark World, despite its corrupting effects.
At the Waterfall of Wishing near Zora's Waterfall lives a Great Fairy who is known to be a friend of Venus. She looks identical to Venus with the exception of her wings, which are smaller and more green. The Fairy at the Waterfall of Wishing appears when Link throws various items into the Mysterious Pond and will ask him if he was the one who dropped them. She will return any item thrown by the hero, but if he drops certain items, she will instead give him better items or upgrades of the item if Link answers her questions honestly. These include the Boomerang, which she upgrades to the Magical Boomerang, the blue Level-1 Fighter's Shield, which she upgrades to the Red Shield, and a Bottle, which she fills with Medicine of Magic.
In Link's Awakening, Great Fairies are found scattered throughout certain areas of Koholint Island, usually in a cave that houses a small pond and two Fairy statues. They heal Link's wounds when approached. Not all Great Fairies in Link's Awakening live in a cave, there is one that lives in a small pond in the Mysterious Woods. There is also the Fairy Queen who only makes an appearance in Link's Awakening DX, and resides in the last room of the Color Dungeon, a dungeon exclusive to Link's Awakening DX. As thanks for visiting her, she rewards Link with the "power of color"; a choice between the Red Clothes, which increases Link's attack power, or the Blue Clothes, which increases Link's defense. Link can visit the Fairy Queen again to swap between the two tunics, but he can never get his green tunic back once he has swapped it for another tunic.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Great Fairies are depicted as giant women who wear ivy vines and leather boots for clothing, and have red hair that is tied into three pigtails. This also marks the first time that Great Fairies are seen without wings. Their locations are scattered throughout Hyrule, where they live in certain Great Fairy Fountains that all have the Triforce symbol engraved on the floor in front of their pond. By playing "Zelda's Lullaby" on this symbol, the fountain's Great Fairy will be summoned. Great Fairies, when first called, will bless Link with either a new item or an upgrade. The color of their fountain's walls also vary from either blue or red to signify what kind of blessing they will give. Three of the Great Fairies give out Din's Fire, Nayru's Love and Farore's Wind. Another three will upgrade Link's abilities, giving him the Magic Spin Attack and the Magic Meter, a larger Magic Meter, and doubled defense in the form of an extended health bar.
The Great Fairies can also be summoned again at their fountains to recover Link's health as well as his Magic Meter. All three of the Great Fairies who give out Din's Fire, Nayru's Love and Farore's Wind refer to themselves as the Great Fairy of Magic, and possibly may be the same Great Fairy. The Great Fairies who bless Link with a magical sword spin attack, a larger Magic Meter, and a defense upgrade are referred to as the Great Fairy of Power, the Great Fairy of Wisdom, and the Great Fairy of Courage, respectively.
In Majora's Mask, the Great Fairies share the same in-game model as the ones from Ocarina of Time, though with each one having a different hair color and eyebrow shape. Five Great Fairies appear in Termina, all having been torn apart into 15 Stray Fairies by the evil power of Majora's Mask. The only Great Fairy that needs to be restored in order to progress in the game is the one in North Clock Town, who grants Link the ability to use Magic, and only one Stray Fairy has to be found for her to once again be complete. For the other four optional Great Fairies, Link must recover the 15 Stray Fairies scattered around the dungeons that are found in each corner of Termina in order to be rewarded with upgrades and a special weapon.
Great Fairy of Magic
|North Clock Town||Magic Power
Great Fairy Mask
Great Fairy of Power
|Magic Spin Attack|
Great Fairy of Wisdom
|Larger Magic Meter|
Great Fairy of Courage
|Great Bay Coast||Defense|
Great Fairy of Kindness
|Ikana Canyon||Great Fairy's Sword|
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
In Oracle of Ages, many Great Fairies appear through Labrynna. Near the Eyeglass Island Library in the past, Link encounters the Fairy Queen, guardian of the Zora Seas, who was cursed by Veran into an Octorok-shape so that the evil sorceress could poison the seas and kill the Zoras without the Fairy Queen's interference. She asks Link to find the Fairy Powder hidden in the nearby Library to heal her, and once he does, she cleanses the pollution from the sea, returning its natural beauty and restoring health to the King Zora and Lord Jabu-Jabu.
In Four Swords, three Great Fairies act as the guardians of the Sea of Trees, Talus Cave, and Death Mountain. After completing each Stage with the appropriate amount of Rupees, the respective Great Fairy will award the Links with a key to unlock Vaati's Palace.
In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, completing the Hero's Key door in Vaati's Palace causes the Great Fairies' appearance and personality to change and resemble the Great Fairies from Majora's Mask.
|Great Fairy of Forest||Sea of Trees|
|Great Fairy of Ice||Talus Cave|
|Great Fairy of Flame||Death Mountain|
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, there are seven Great Fairies, five of which reside in fountains under a giant shell. They have dark skins, light hairstyles and dresses and have four arms. One must be rescued from inside a Big Octo at Two-Eye Reef. Another Great Fairy, the Fortune Goddess, lives in the Forest of Fairies in Outset Island and gives Link a larger Wallet.
The upgrades received, along with the names of the islands in which the Great Fairies are located, are as follows:
- Pink Great Fairy: Wallet upgrade.
- Blue Great Fairy: Bomb Bag upgrade.
- Violet Great Fairy: Magic Meter upgrade
- Yellow Great Fairy: Quiver upgrade:
After granting Link their respective upgrades, the Great Fairies subsequently vanish from their fountains, leaving in their place a handful of healing fairies, which Link can also capture in Bottles for later use.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, Link can encounter a Great Fairy while inside certain dungeons or caves. If Link throws in a certain item into the Great Fairy's pond, she will upgrade it to a Level 2 item. For example, throwing in the Slingshot will allow Link to shoot seeds from three different directions at the same time. Encountering these Great Fairies is crucial in order to solve various puzzles within the stages. The Fairy Queen also appears in Four Swords Adventures, during the Hyrule Castle level.
The Minish Cap
Three Great Fairies appear in The Minish Cap, each one found in a Great Fairy Fountain hidden in Hyrule. Their appearances are based off different Insects. They each test Link in a different manner and reward him if he passes.
In Twilight Princess, a Great Fairy appears within the Cave of Ordeals in the fountains that are found every ten floors. Each time Link reaches a new fountain, the Great Fairy will send healing Fairies to one of the Spirit Springs across Hyrule. The first time Link reaches the fountain on the 50th floor, the Great Fairy will reward him by filling one of the young hero's empty Bottles with Great Fairy's Tears. She will also tell him that he can get more Tears by going to any of the Light Spirit's Springs, although Link will only be able to have one Bottle filled with Great Fairy's Tears at any given time. However, should he complete the Cave of Ordeals again, he will be able to fill another Bottle with the Tears at the fountain on the 50th floor, allowing him to have more than one. The Great Fairy can also warp Link out of the Cave of Ordeals if he asks her to.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, Great Fairies are commonly found scattered throughout the land of Hyrule. Many of them can be found in the same places as the previous Great Fairies. These Great Fairies will completely heal Link every time they are visited.
The Great Rupee Fairy is found in Lorule, in a cave behind the Bomb Flower Store. Once Link has access to the Big Bomb Flower, the entrance to her fountain can be opened by blowing up the large rock in front of it.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild only four Great Fairies appear, named Cotera, Kaysa, Mija and Tera. At first they are found in closed fairy fountains resembling a large flower bud. To restore them, Link must offer them an increasing amount of Rupees. Once restored they will upgrade Link's armor when provided with the proper materials, though the max level depends on the total number of restored Fairies. Additionally, a fifth fairy fountain can be found, but it contains the Horse God Malanya instead, though his hands resemble those of a Great Fairy.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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|The Wind Waker||A mystical being. From Outset Island to Fairy Island to areas all throughout the world, there are many fairy springs. Great Fairies are powerful fairies residing at springs called Great Fairy Fountains. These powerful fairies often reward Link with Rupees, arrows, and bombs. The ones in The Wind Waker look very different from the ones in Ocarina of Time.||Random|
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The Great Fairy
|The Wind Waker||[Magic] - Attack +21|
In Hyrule Warriors, Great Fairies appear in several Scenarios, heavily modeled on the Ocarina of Time incarnation. They are supportive characters who live inside Fairy Fountains, and they may be summoned by praying to them for aid inside of Magic Circles. They help in various ways, depending on the battle; such as sending Fairies to drop giant Bombs on enemy units, calling upon a recreation of the Terminian Moon to knock Argorok out of the sky, or sending a rain of energy that destroys several enemies on the field. Great Fairies appear in Hyrule Field, Faron Woods, Valley of Seers, Palace of Twilight, and Skyloft, where their fountains can be found. Whether they are summoned or not depends on the Scenario.
Great Fairies are also a class of Weapon used by Link, in which control switches to the Great Fairy (as the Weapon) while Link is kept inside of a giant Bottle. The kind of Great Fairy that appears depends on the level of Weapon used. The Great Fairy uses magic attacks and magically-enhanced physical attacks in battle. In some combo attacks, Link is momentarily released as he and the Great Fairy perform special, combined attacks, including a form of Dead Man's Volley that targets surrounding enemies. The Great Fairy's enormous size makes her a powerful character, and her attacks cover a wide range. The Great Fairy Weapon is of the Water Element.
In the Boss DLC Pack, Great Fairies appear as giant bosses that are fought in Ganon's Fury Mode. They appear in battles acting as healers to other giant bosses that Ganon fights. They must first be defeated in order to prevent the other bosses from recovering. They continue to carry giant Bottles, although with Link absent, and do not perform any attacks that require both the Great Fairy and Link.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Team Power||Shield | 9500||Rank||★★★ ACE||Fighter(s)|
|Stage||Fountain of Dreams||Theme||"Ocarina of Time Medley"||Giant Zelda|
| • The enemy's special moves have increased power|
• The enemy is healed significantly when the enemy's at high damage
• The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
|Recovers a great deal of health when a certain amount of damage is taken.|
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the four sisters of the Great Fairies from Breath of the Wild; Cotera, Tera, Kaysa and Mija, as well as Malanya, fight as a single warrior (by way of sharing their pool) using their magic bracelets as their weapon. Their unique action is dependent on which of the Great Fairies is currently active, as they will change places with each other as they attack.
The Great Fairies can be unlocked after completing the Scenario, "Akkala Tower", where the first Side Quest necessary to unlock the Great Fairies will begin. The side quest, "Offering Help on the Road". After this, the four side quests necessary to unlock the Great Fairies will be unlocked. They are: "Fairy Fountain: Grassy Plains", "Fairy Fountain: Deep Snow", "Fairy Fountain: Desert Sands", and "Fairy Fountain: Battlefield".
- There is an error in the Great Fairies' names in the North American release of Majora's Mask. The Great Fairy found by Snowhead Temple introduces herself as the Great Fairy of Wisdom, and then the Great Fairy of Courage on subsequent visits. Likewise, the Great Fairy near the Great Bay Coast says she is the Great Fairy of Courage, and then the Great Fairy of Wisdom. This is not present in the Japanese and European releases, in which Snowhead's Great Fairy is the Great Fairy of Wisdom, and Great Bay's Great Fairy is the Great Fairy of Courage.
- A Great Fairy Outfit was orignally planned to be included in Tri Force Heroes, but was cut.
|Names in Other Regions|
|大妖精 (Dàyāojīng) (LANS)|
|大妖精 (Dàyāojīng) (LANS)|
|Grote Feeën (HWAoC)|
|Grande fée (ALBW)|
|Gran hada (LANS | ALBW)||Same as English.|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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|Name||Applies to||Source||Superseded by|
- Great Fairy Cotera
- Cursed Fairy
- Fairy Queen
- Fortune Goddess
- Great Butterfly Fairy
- Great Dragonfly Fairy
- Great Fairy (Item)
- Great Fairy of Courage
- Great Fairy of Flame
- Great Fairy of Forest
- Great Fairy of Ice
- Great Fairy of Kindness
- Great Fairy of Magic
- Great Fairy of Power
- Great Fairy of Wisdom
- Great Mayfly Fairy
- Great Rupee Fairy
- Great Fairy Kaysa
- Great Fairy Mija
- Great Fairy Tera
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 228 (ALttP)
- "They say that a beautiful fairy lives on top of Death Mountain! Don't you want to see her?" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "He gives me the creeps! That mask salesman was the... Sorry...just thinking aloud. But three days? Even if we never sleep, that still leaves us with a measly 72 hours! Talk about demanding! Well, don't just stand there! We're going to see the Great Fairy! Look, you want to find the Skull Kid, don't you? The Great Fairy will know what he's up to. She watches over everything. And just between you and me, the Skull Kid is no match for the Great Fairy. I'm pretty sure the Great Fairy lives in a shrine somewhere here in town. Where? Well...somewhere! Don't press me for details! I don't come to this town very often. You could try talking to one of those kids who hang out around town. One of them might know where the shrine is!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask 3D)
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 228,(ALttP) 239 (OoT | OoT3D) & 277 (TP | TPHD)
- "Great Fairy" — Game Screen (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
- Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 192 (MM | MM3D) & 233 (TWW | TWWHD)
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 82 (FS)
- "Somewhere in Hyrule, there's a Great Fairy who helps honest adventurers. If you see her, answer her every question truthfully! PEEP!" — Cucco Chick (The Minish Cap)
- "Would you be willing to make an offering of rupees to the Great Fairy on my behalf?" — Toren (Breath of the Wild)
- "If you need anything, please find it here in our village. The clothing shop, materials shop, general shop, and inn should be able to provide everything you need. Oh, and just between you and me, there's also a shrine in the hills of this village. They say up and behind those hills resides Kakariko's guardian spirit. I hear she's incredibly beautiful. I'm too intimidated to go see for myself, though... It's said that she offers a special blessing to those that visit her... You should go there and see for yourself." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
- "When you are weary of battle, please come back to visit me!" — Great Fairy (Ocarina of Time)
- "I cannot grant any more wishes for you, but a friend of mine might be able to... She lives in the Waterfall Of Wishing near Zora's lake. I will return your Rupees to you. May you be happy..." — Venus (A Link to the Past)
- "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)
- "Welcome, Link . I admire you for coming this far. I will give you the power of color. If you want offense, choose red. If you want defense choose blue. Which power do you want?" — Great Fairy (Link's Awakening DX)
- "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Magic! I will give you a magic spell. Please take it." — Great Fairy of Magic (Ocarina of Time)
- "I am the Great Fairy of Power! I'm going to grant you a sword technique. Receive it now!" — Great Fairy of Power (Ocarina of Time)
- "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Wisdom! I'm going to enhance your magic power. Receive it now!" — Great Fairy of Wisdom (Ocarina of Time)
- "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Courage! I'm going to enhance your defensive power. Receive it now!" — Great Fairy of Courage (Ocarina of Time)
- "Oh, strong young one! I am the Great Fairy of Power! Thank you for returning my broken and shattered body to normal. As thanks, I grant you prowess with this new sword technique!" — Great Fairy of Power (Majora's Mask)
- "Oh, courageous young one! Oh, wise young one! I am the Great Fairy of Wisdom! Thank you for returning my broken and shattered body to normal. As thanks, I shall enhance your Magic Power." — Great Fairy of Wisdom (Majora's Mask)
- "Oh, courageous one! I am the Great Fairy of Courage! Thank you for returning my broken and shattered body back to normal. As thanks, I shall lend you my strength." — Great Fairy of Courage (Majora's Mask)
- "Oh, compassionate young one! I am the Great Fairy of Kindness. Thank you for returning my broken and shattered body to normal. As thanks, I grant you the Fairy's Sword." — Great Fairy of Kindness (Majora's Mask)
- "Please listen, young one! You may not believe this, but I am the Queen Fairy, guardian of this sea! The curse of an evil one named Veran has made me appear so!" — Queen Fairy (Oracle of Ages)
- "The magic of Fairy Powder can turn me back to normal. Veran has poisoned the sea. Soon all living things in it will perish! Please go find some Fairy Powder!" — Queen Fairy (Oracle of Ages)
- "You brought me Fairy Powder! Now I can return to normal! Sprinkle the powder on me! Thank you, young one! Now I can cleanse the seas of evil!" — Queen Fairy (Oracle of Ages)
- "The seas are back to normal! King Zora is all better, too! All is good!" — Zora (Oracle of Ages)
- "Thanks to you, our seawater is clean again, and Jabu-Jabu's health has returned." — King Zora (Oracle of Ages)
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 23(FS)
- "Welcome! You have done well to get this far. I am the Great Fairy of Forest! Throughout the ages I have listened to the whispering of these woods as the guardian of the Sea of Trees." — Great Fairy of Forest (Four Swords Anniversary Edition)
- "I see you already have the three Hero Keys! I wonder if you know about the path that opened to Vaati's Palace. It has 12 floors... Do you need an explanation? ...No? Then off you go, brave heroes!" — Great Fairy of Forest (Four Swords Anniversary Edition)
- "I tell you, lately no one around these waters has seen the beautiful fairy who bestows magic power. She used to live here, fry. All anyone ever sees anymore are the Big Octos that have been appearing lately. Maybe they scared her off... Oh no! I sure hope...they didn't eat her!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
- "It was also said that whoever met with the Great Fairy who lived here was blessed with great fortune, so it came to be known as the Fountain of the Fortune Goddess." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- "In praise of your efforts thus far, I will release fairies to Ordon Spring." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess HD)
- "You cleared many ordeals... How impressive. In praise of your courage, I will give you this blessing." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess HD)
- "If ever you need my assistance again, visit any spring." — Great Fairy (Twilight Princess HD)
- Tri Force Heroes: Unused Great Fairy Link Outfit, YouTube, published November 5, 2015, retrieved April 26, 2021.
- Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 228
- "Fata radiosa" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Italian localization)
- "Allora dovresti andare a trovare la Fata radiosa che vive sul Monte Morte! Vedrai, ti aiuterà a diventare più forte!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
- "C'è una Grande Fata dietro le cascate del Tempio delle Stagioni sommerso a Holodrum" — Great Fairy (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
- Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 23
- Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 239
- Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 244
- "Le Fate Radiose conoscono il sentiero che conduce al Palazzo..." — Great Fairy of Flame (Four Swords, Italian localization)
- "Oggi ti ho preparato l'immagine della Fata Radiosa!" — Lenzo (The Wind Waker)
写し絵を用意しておいたぞい" — Lenzo (The Wind Waker)
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 2, Shogakukan, pg. 119
- "大妖精" — System (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
- "Grandes fées" — Gallery (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
- Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 228
- "Aujourd'hui, j'ai préparé un Cliché d'une Grande Fée!" — Lenzo (The Wind Waker)
- Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 228
- "Große Feen" — Gallery (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
- "Heute habe ich ein Lichtbild einer Großen Fee für dich vorbereitet!" — Lenzo (The Wind Waker)
- "Grote Feeën" — Gallery (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
- "Hoy he preparado para ti la luminografía de una Gran Hada." — Lenzo (The Wind Waker)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages — Official Strategy Guide (Pocket Guide), BradyGames, pg. 32 (OoA)