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Items are a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][name references needed]


Items are anything that is stored within a character's Inventory, often usable multiple times. Items are separate from Objects, which are things that exist outside of Inventories. Items do not necessarily have to be visible within the Inventory to be considered Items.

Some Items may also overlap with characters, enemies, or Objects. For instance, characters such as Child and the Deku Princess, enemies such as Bees and Bomblings, and objects such as Torches also double as Items.

The Legend of Zelda

Five different types of Items are utilized in The Legend of Zelda. Within the Inventory, Link can select and use up to eight Items at any given time. Link also has access to six other items which activate at contextually specific times, such as the Stepladder, which is used whenever Link approaches small gaps. Other Items of this type include the Raft, Book of Magic, Magical Key, and the Power Bracelet.

Link's Inventory also contains a space for the Triforce Shard of the Triforce of Wisdom, which is used in the final battle against Ganon.

The fourth set of Items are those displayed within the HUD. These are Rupees, Keys, and Link's Hearts within the collective Life. Like the second set of Items, these are also used under certain conditions, such as when purchasing other Items or taking damage.

Though they do not appear directly in his Inventory, Link can also obtain other Items such as the Sword, which is automatically equipped to Link.

The Adventure of Link

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

Main article: Items in Four Swords

The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

Items are found on Item Podiums in Four Swords Adventures; several of them are located in each Stage. They store Items for Link to obtain, since he may only hold one Item at once. Once Link takes the currently-stored Item, his previous Item will replace it.

The Minish Cap

There are three main categories of Items in The Minish Cap: traditional Items that Link can use to overcome obstacles in his adventure (appearing in the Items Screen), quest-related Items that are usually delivered or given to other characters to advance the story (appearing on the Quest Status Screen screen), and collectible Items such as Rupees and Kinstone Pieces.

Several Items (the Smith's Sword, Small Shield, Boomerang, Bomb, and Bow) have different variations or upgrades that can be obtained, though most of them are optional and are not required to complete the game.

Twilight Princess

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

A Link Between Worlds

Tri Force Heroes

Breath of the Wild

Tears of the Kingdom

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda (TV Series)

Zelda (Game & Watch)

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

The Faces of Evil

The Wand of Gamelon

BS The Legend of Zelda

Zelda's Adventure

Ancient Stone Tablets

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

SoulCalibur II

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Link's Crossbow Training

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love

Nintendo Land

Mario Kart 8

Hyrule Warriors

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Cadence of Hyrule


Names in Other Regions
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 115
  2. "Items" — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)