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The Lantern,(TP | TFoE | HW | MNPTP)[1][2][3][4] also known as the Lamp,(ALttP | FSA | ALBW)[1] is a recurring Item in The Legend of Zelda series.[name references needed] Lanterns go unnamed in Tears of the Kingdom.

Location and Uses

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, the Lantern is found inside a Treasure Chest either inside Link's House when he wakes up, or in Hyrule Castle if he does not open the chest in his house. Link can use the Lantern to light up Torches. Using it consumes Magic Power. The Lantern radiates a small amount of light in dark rooms, even when not equipped, allowing Link to see a small distance in front of him before lighting Torches. The Lantern deals damage in the Game Boy Advance version of this game.

Four Swords Adventures

Four Swords Adventures Manual Descriptionhide ▲
Four Swords Adventures logo
Light up dark areas just by carrying the lamp. Press the A Button to burn items in front of you.

In Four Swords Adventures, Lamps can be used to brighten dark areas, burn Objects, or light Torches.[5][6] They are not a part of the Links' permanent inventory. Lamps instead appear in various Stages, whether it be a dark dungeon, or in the face of a torch puzzle. A Lamp is necessary to defeat the Big Poe in both of its appearances.

The Minish Cap

Main article: Flame Lantern

The Lantern in The Minish Cap is called the Flame Lantern, and is obtained in the Temple of Droplets. It can be used to light up dark areas, light Torches, and melt Blocks of Ice.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Link can obtain the Lantern from Coro in Faron Woods. Coro gives him the Lantern as part of a business plan to boost sales of his main product: Lantern Oil. Unlike previous incarnations, the Lantern can be hung from Link's belt while lit, allowing the hero full use of his hands while still providing him a source of light. If Link brandishes the Lantern while there are Poison Mites nearby, the flame will keep the vermin at bay, preventing them from impeding his progress. The Lantern is necessary to burn spider webs blocking Link's path. It is also required to complete many Lantern Caverns that are scattered around Hyrule.

Unlike previous games, where Lanterns used Magic Power to fuel themselves, the Lantern in Twilight Princess is fueled by Lantern Oil, which can be purchased at various shops or found in dungeons. Link can also use yellow Chu Jelly obtained from yellow Chuchus. Link can store extra fuel for his Lantern in empty Bottles.

In Twilight Princess HD, the Ghost Lantern also appears. When equipped, it lights up if a Poe is in the area.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, the Lamp can be found inside a Treasure Chest underneath the Sanctuary. As long as Link has it equipped, it will dimly light a circular area around him. Enemies such as Ghinis disappear when in use. By pressing the button to which it is equipped, Link can swing the Lamp, which can be used to light torches, melt ice, or damage enemies.[7] It can also instantly melt enemies made from ice.

By completing the advanced course of the Treacherous Tower in Lorule once, the Devilish Girl will replace Link's Lamp with the Super Lamp. This upgrade illuminates areas more brightly and deals eight times more damage than before.

Tears of the Kingdom

Lanterns are typically found in Shrines of Light where they are suspended by Ropes. If they fall to the ground, they will burst in an explosion of Fire, incinerating anything beneath it. They can be manipulated with Recall and Ultrahand but cannot be Fused.

Other Appearances

Ancient Stone Tablets

In Ancient Stone Tablets, Aginah gives the Hero of Light the Big Bag, which contains the Lantern alongside other items. The Lantern can be used to light up torches. Using it consumes Magic Power.

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

The Lantern in the A Link to the Past comic

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Link finds a Lantern inside Hyrule Castle after he rescues Princess Zelda from her prison. He then uses it while passing through the Sewer Passageway to reach the nearby Sanctuary.

The Faces of Evil

In The Faces of Evil, Lanterns are used to light dark areas for a brief period of time and require Lamp Oil in order to be used. The Lantern is received from Horgum in Toyku Lighthouse.

This Lantern can be upgraded to the Magic Lantern, which burns longer. The Magic Lantern is received from Odranoel after giving him the Ice Crystal.

A second upgrade of the Lantern, the Lantern of Vision, does not use any Lamp Oil and makes invisible enemies visible in the final stages.[clarification needed] The Lantern of Vision is received from Gwonam after finding his house in the Hermit Flat.

The Wand of Gamelon

In The Wand of Gamelon, Lanterns are used to light dark areas for a brief period of time and require Lamp Oil in order to be used. The Lantern is found inside an abandoned house in Kobitan.

This Lantern can be upgraded to the Magic Lantern, which burns longer. The Magic Lantern is given by Mayor Cravendish after freeing him from Tykogi Tower.

A second upgrade of the Lantern, the Fairy Lantern, does not use any Lamp Oil, makes invisible enemies visible in the final stages,[clarification needed] and has the ability to "penetrate the dark around Ganon," which allows Zelda to get close to him with its light. The Fairy Lantern is received from Myra in Nokani Forest.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Lantern from Twilight Princess appears as a Sticker.

Sticker Information

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by

Twilight Princess [Flame] - Resistance +7 This sticker is only usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and Toon Link

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, the Lantern appears as an Item Card in Adventure Mode in the Twilight Map. It is used to lights torches, revealing enemies in that square.

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

The twelfth puzzle in the Picross series and the first puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict a Lantern.


  • Lanterns appear in The Wind Waker, but only as a light source that hangs from the ceiling in the Forsaken Fortress and inside various Submarines and Caves scattered around the Great Sea. Whenever Link enters an area where it is too dark to see, he will be surrounded by a small circle of light allowing him to view his surroundings properly.
  • Some enemies also carry Lanterns, such as Poes, which carry their souls in them. Moblins in The Wind Waker can also carry Lanterns with them. If they spot Link, they will throw it at him as an incendiary weapon. Jalhalla also uses a Lantern, as does the Big Poe boss in Four Swords Adventures.


Names in Other Regions
カンテラ (Kantera) (ALttP | ALBW)[11][12]Same as English.
The People's Republic of China
提灯 (Tídēng) (TP) 
Lanterne (ALBW) 
The French Republic
Lanterne (ALBW)[13] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
Lampe (ALBW | HWDE)[15][16]Lamp
The Italian Republic
Lanterna (ALttP | FSA | ALBW)[8][9][10]Lantern
The Republic of Korea
등불 (Deungbul) (ALBW)[17] 
Latin America
Lámpara (ALBW)[14] 
The Kingdom of Spain
Lámpara (ALBW) 
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See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 129 (ALttP | FSA | TP | ALBW)
  2. "Lantern" — Inventory (The Faces of Evil)
  3. "Lantern: Use this on torches to reveal hidden enemies." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  4. "Title: Lantern" — N/A (My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess)
  5. "You got a lamp! On a dark and lonely night, press the A Button for a gentle light." — Game Screen (Four Swords Adventures)
  6. "If you get chilly, press the A Button to burn whatever's in front of you." — Game Screen (Four Swords Adventures)
  7. "A little light makes it a little safer...right? You can also use it to scorch enemies!" — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  8. "Hai preso la Lanterna!" — N/A (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  9. "Hai preso la Lanterna!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures, Italian localization)
  10. "Lanterna
    Uno strumento essenziale nei labirinti. Fa luce e si usa anche contro i nemici!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  11. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 42 Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 26 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 15
  12. "カンテラ
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  13. "Lanterne
    L'incontournable des donjons obscurs, rassurante et efficace sur les monstres.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  14. "Lámpara
    Un instrumento y arma de evidente utilidad en las mazmorras más oscuras.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  15. "Lampe
    Ihr Licht vertreibt in dunklen Verliesen die Angst. Verbrennt auch Feinde!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  16. "Lampe: Entzünde Feuerschalen, damit sich Feinde zeigen." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  17. "등불
    어두운 던전의 필수품
    어둠을 밝혀 주는 기능 외에도
    사용하면 적을 공격할 수도 있다!
    " — Gear (A Link Between Worlds)