Quake Medallion

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The Quake Medallion is a recurring Item in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Location and Uses

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, the Quake Medallion can be found in the Lake of Ill Omen, where a circle of stones lies in the water. By throwing a skull into the circle, Link will awaken the Catfish, who will offer him the medallion in order to be left alone. The Quake Medallion causes an earthquake resulting from Link thrusting the Master Sword into the ground. It only affects ground-bound enemies, generally either destroying them or turning them into a Slime. Using the Quake Medallion near certain trees will cause them to yield various items, as if Link ran into them with his Pegasus Boots. The Quake Medallion is used to open the entrance to the Turtle Rock.

Four Swords Adventures

Four Swords Adventures Manual Descriptionhide ▲
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Quake Medallion
Trigger an earthquake and reduce your foes to jellylike Zols.

In Four Swords Adventures, Quake Medallions were created by various Mages.[2] When thrown to the ground, the Medallion is destroyed and triggers an earthquake that turns enemies into Zols. One can be found in the Death Mountain Foothills, given by the friendly Mage who enchanted it.[3] This cave is found next to a horde of Hinoxes. Another Quake Medallion appears in a cave in Frozen Hyrule, next to a blockade of Bow Soldiers.


  • The Catfish and the Quake Medallion may be a reference to the Namazu, a giant catfish said to have created powerful earthquakes that became trapped beneath a stone.[4]


Names in Other Regions
シェイク (Sheiku) (ALttP)[7]Shake
The Italian Republic
Medaglione Sisma (ALttP | FSA)[5][6]Same as English.
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  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 393 (ALttP | FSA)
  2. "We magic users have enchanted two types of medallion. These medallions instantly alter the shape of an evil presence or make it vanish." — Mage (Four Swords Adventures)
  3. "One of these medallions is in that treasure chest there. It's one that I enchanted myself. You may use it if you like." — Mage (Four Swords Adventures)
  4. The TRUTH of Zelda: A Link to the Past's Catfish - Culture Shock , YouTube, published July 16, 2014, retrieved September 12, 2014.
  5. "Questo è il Medaglione Sisma che controlla il suolo e scatena terremoti contro i nemici vicini!" — N/A (A Link to the Past, Italian localization)
  6. "Hai preso il Medaglione Sisma!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures, Italian localization)
  7. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 47 Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 256 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 14