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Red Potions,(OoT | MM | TWW | TMC | TP | PH | ST)[1] also known as Medicines of Life,(ALttP)[1] Life Medecines,(ALttP)[2] and Bottles of Red Potion,(MM)[3] is a recurring Potion in the The Legend of Zelda series used to replenish Link's Life Gauge. However, the amount of Hearts the Potion recovers varies from game to game.

Location and Uses

Inception and Early Usage

Prior to the Potions, the early games had introduced Water of Life. In The Legend of Zelda, the red Water of Life could purchased by various Old Women after receiving the Letter from an Old Man in a cave in northeast Hyrule, and then showing it to them. Once the Letter is delivered, the blue and red Water of Life will become available for Link to purchase, costing 40 and 68 Rupees, respectively. The red-colored Water of Life works like a blue Life Potion, except that it holds two doses. When used the first time, it turns into a normal Life Potion, which will disappear as normal when it is consumed as well.

The red Water of Life returns in The Adventure of Link, where Link finds it in a cave in the Moruge Swamp. However, instead of restoring Link's health, it is given to an Old Woman in the Mido Town, who has a sick daughter. In exchange, she invites Linkinside her house where an Old Man teaches him the Fairy spell.

Commonality and Prevalence

The Red Potion debuted in A Link to the Past, in which it similarly replenishes all of Link's Hearts, a property which it maintains in most subsequent games, including Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker, and The Minish Cap. Like the Green and Blue Potions, Link needs an Empty Bottle to carry it in. In Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and A Link Between Worlds, the Red Potion recovers eight Hearts, while in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, it only recovers six. Also, in Skyward Sword, the Red Potion is known as the Heart Potion and can be upgraded to both the Heart Potion+ and the Heart Potion++, recovering all Hearts and, the latter, having two servings.

Dosage and Pricing

Image Game Recovered Amount Doses Price
ALttP Medicine of Life Sprite 2.png
A Link to the Past All Hearts 1 Varies
MM3D Red Potion Icon.png
Ocarina of Time All Hearts 1 Varies
MM3D Red Potion Icon.png
Majora's Mask All Hearts 1 Varies
The Wind Waker All Hearts 1 Varies
TMC Red Potion Sprite.png
The Minish Cap All Hearts 1 150
TP Red Potion Icon.png
Twilight Princess 8 Hearts 1 Varies
ST Red Potion Icon.png
Phantom Hourglass 6 Hearts 1 Varies
ST Red Potion Icon.png
Spirit Tracks 6 Hearts 1 100
ALBW Red Potion Icon.png
A Link Between Worlds 8 Hearts 1 50


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
  • 赤いクスリ (Akai Kusuri) (ALttP | OoT)[5][6]
  • あかいくすり (Akai Kusuri) (ALttP)[7]
  • 赤い薬 (Akai Kusuri) (ALBW)[8]
  • Red Medicine
  • Red Medicine
  • Red Medicine
Potion rogue (ALBW)[17] 
The French Republic
Potion rogue (ALBW)[11] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Red Elixir
The Italian Republic
  • Pozione Vita (ALttP)[16]
  • Pozione della vita (ALttP)[14]
  • Pozione Rossa (OoT)[12]
  • Pozione vita (OoT3D)[13]
  • Pozione rossa (ALBW)[15]
  • Life Potion
  • Potion of life
  • Red Potion
  • Health potion
Latin America
Poción roja (ALBW)[4] 
The Kingdom of Spain
Poción roja (ALBW)[18] 
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See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 135 (ALttP | OoT | MM | TWW | TMC | TP | PH | ST)
  2. "LIFE MEDECINE" — Sub Screen (A Link to the Past)
  3. "You got a Bottle of Red Potion! Red Potion replenishes health. After using the potion, save the bottole for storing things. Set it to X Button, Y Button, I Button or II Button on the Select Item Screen, then press the corresponding button to use it." — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)
  4. "Poción roja
    Restablece 8 corazones. Una valiosa aliada.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  5. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 28
  6. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 147
  7. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 33
  8. "赤い薬
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  9. "Rotes Elixier
    Füllt acht Herzen auf. Schmeckt etwas dubios...
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  10. "Rotes Elixier" — Bazaar (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  11. "Potion rogue
    Restaure huit cœurs. Un coup de pouce toujours bienvenu !
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  12. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 135
  13. "Pozione vita - 30 rupie" — Medicine Shop (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  14. Template:Cita
  15. "Pozione rossa
    Ti restituisce 8 cuori. Per chi ha a cuore la propria salute!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  16. "Pozione Vita" — Credits (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  17. "Potion rogue
    Restaure huit cœurs. Un coup de pouce toujours bienvenu!
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)
  18. "Poción roja
    Regenera 8 corazones. Una valiosa aliada.
    " — Inventory (A Link Between Worlds)