Spirit Train

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The Spirit Train,(ST | HW)[2][name references needed] also known as the Spirits' Train,(ST)[3] is a recurring Item and Object in The Legend of Zelda series. Since the Spirit Train is considered to be a symbol of the Spirits of Good, it bears the Symbol of the Spirits, a Force Gem on top of a pedestal, at the front of the train. The ancient locomotive is esteemed and known for having a "long history of keeping evil at bay."[4][5]

Overview

Spirit Tracks

Prior to the events of Spirit Tracks, the Spirits of Good entrusted the Spirit Train to the Lokomos with its keeping, where it was turned to stone and placed in the center of the Tower of Spirits.[6] After Link and Princess Zelda retrieve the Forest Rail Map from atop the tower, Anjean, one of the Lokomos, charges the young duo with the task of restoring all of the Spirit Tracks that have begun to disappear throughout the four Realms.[7] To do so, however, she lends the Spirit Train to Link and Zelda so that they may easily travel between the realms. Anjean explains that the Spirit Train is not normally used by people, but under the special circumstances that the kingdom of Hyrule is currently facing, there is no other choice than to let them use it.[5]

Link driving the Spirit Train as Zelda accompanies him

Like the SS Linebeck from Phantom Hourglass, the Spirit Train is controlled by drawing its path on the bottom screen of the Nintendo DS. Speed is selectable by use of a gear to slow, speed up, and/or change directions. A whistle is employed to clear the tracks of wayward animals, and like Link's other transportation vehicles, the Spirit Train has an on-board Cannon. At first, however, the Spirit Train only comes with the engine and the passenger car. After Link and Zelda retrieve the Snow Rail Map, Bullbos begin to roam the land and, as such, Link's mentor Alfonzo aids them in their quest by adding the cannon to the Spirit Train. Moreover, Kagoron of Goron Village provides the young hero with a Freight Car after he asks that Link bring Mega Ice in order to cool down the lava that has been recently flowing through the village.

While in the overworld, the Spirit Train's endurance meter appears as green Hearts at the top of the screen. Stopping at a Train Station replenishes any Hearts lost during the travel. More Hearts can be obtained for the health meter by choosing the right combination of Train Parts (see below).

As Link is driving the Spirit Train around the overworld, he will have to carefully pick what Spirit Tracks to go on since Dark Trains will also be roaming the tracks. If a Dark Train is approaching Link, the young hero can shoot Bombs at it to slow it down, giving him a chance to escape; however, if he doesn't, the Train will crash into him, resulting in a game over. Eventually, Armored Trains will also start appearing in the overworld, which are faster, smarter versions of the Dark Trains. Link cannot hurt these Trains with the Bombs, and they can also change their course in a matter of seconds if they spot Link's Spirit Train riding on the same area that they are roaming.

Inside the Dark Realm, the Spirit Train becomes an even more vital part to the game since it is the only way to reach the Demon Train. Here, Link must use the various Tears of Light scattered throughout the realm to power up the Train and thus give it invincibility for a while in order to destroy the various Armored Trains that are roaming the tracks.[8] Link can blow the whistle to make the Spirit Train go even faster while it is being powered by the Tears of Light. After all of the Armored Trains are defeated, Link and Zelda will proceed to face off the Demon Train, which is defeated by using the Spirit Train's cannon and Bombs.

During the ending credits, the Spirit Train is seen again in Aboda Village, where Alfonzo is presumably doing some maintenance work to it in Aboda Village. Moreover, if Link chose to be an engineer, Princess Zelda will hear a Train whistle from her office in Hyrule Castle, which can be assumed to come from the Spirit Train itself.

Train Cars

Main article: Train Cars

The Train is customizable, and the special add-on Train Cars can be found at Linebeck III's Trading Post, located in the Forest Realm. There, Link can trade in the Treasures he has accumulated for Train Cars.[9] Each piece requires specific amounts of various treasures before Linebeck III will turn one over. Once Link has obtained new Train Cars, he can ask Alfonzo in Aboda Village to switch them out as needed. Just like the Ship Parts in Phantom Hourglass, if these parts are added to the Spirit Train, the Train will gain a longer life meter, allowing it to take more hits from the numerous enemies Link will encounter in his travel. Stacking multiple Train Cars from the same series will multiply the amount of health in the Train's health meter. For example, any random combination of parts or the regular set gives the Train a defense of five Hearts. By customizing the Train with a complete set, it will increase the defense of the Train to six Hearts. Equipping it with the full Golden Train set gives it a defense of eight Hearts.

Transporting Passengers

The signs that Link must follow as he is transporting a passenger. From left to right: blow the whistle, slow down, and speed up

During Link's adventure, the Spirit Train becomes his main mean of transportation around the kingdom of Hyrule, and as such, it is the only way to access the various Train Stations as well as Beedle's Air Shop. Being a Royal Engineer, he is sometimes tasked with giving other people rides to Train Stations, which sometimes results in the young hero receiving a Force Gem as a sign of gratitude.[10] As he is riding the Train with a passenger aboard, Link must pay attention to the signs that have been placed all over the Spirit Tracks. These signs demonstrate when Link should slow down or speed up, as well as when he should blow the Train's whistle. Moreover, he must stop exactly at the Train Station that the passenger wishes to go to, so if he the young hero passes the stop sign at the station, this will also displease the passenger. Failing to do what the signs say (or suddenly using the emergency break) will result in the passenger being displeased on how he drives the Spirit Train.[11] If the young hero keeps making mistakes, the passenger will become angered and leave the train, at which point Link can either go back and try again or keep going.[12][13]

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

The Spirit Train appears as part of Toon Link's moveset with the Sand Wand in Hyrule Warriors. The Spirit Train appears through a yellow Warp Portal as it is summoned, possessing its Cannon but without its Passenger Car. Toon Link conducts the Spirit Train using the Sand Wand to ram into hordes of Enemies, running them over in a fiery blaze. Toon Link also utilizes the Spirit Train's Cannon to fire Bombs on each side of the train as it runs over Enemies. During Toon Link's Focus Spirit, the Spirit Train also blows its whistle in a burst of fiery energy when the Magic Gauge is depleted.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Spirit Train appears as an Item Card on the Grand Travels Map in Adventure Mode. Although the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack released simultaneously for Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Grand Travels Map was not included with the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack for the original Hyrule Warriors, so Spirit Train Item Cards were first introduced in the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack for Hyrule Warriors Legends.[14][15] Because Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition came with all previous DLC packs included, Spirit Train Item Cards are available from the moment Adventure Mode is unlocked.[16]

In similar fashion to the other train Item Cards, Spirit Train Item Cards cannot be purchased in the Item Card Shop and can only be obtained by completing a battle that has a Spirit Train as its victory reward.[17] Because the Grand Travels Map is split between Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass-based sections, Spirit Train Item Cards only appear as victory rewards of battles to the left of the pink dividing line. When a Spirit Train is used, it activates an Engine Power that makes the battle rank requirement of each tile C for accessing adjacent tiles.[1][18] The Engine Power provided by the Spirit Train runs for three battles and cannot be overridden with another Engine or Captain Power.[19]

Spirit Train Item Cards can be traded for a random Delicious Food at the Linebeck Trading Company.[20] While searching a map space with the Linebeck Trading Company, any Item Card can be traded by selecting it.[21] After a single trade, the company will disappear from the space.[22] During a Two-for-One Sale, two Delicious Foods will be given instead of just one.[23]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

The Spirit Train stage
See SmashWiki's article on Spirit Train for more information.

The Spirit Train appears as a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The stage features the Spirit Train moving across New Hyrule. The main platforms are three Train Cars: the Spirit Engine, the Solid Passenger Car (which has open windows and two open walls) and the Trusty Freight Car, which often changes cargo. Dark Trains and Armored Trains occasionally appear on the tracks and may ram into the train, which slows it down and pushes it towards the edge of the screen. The Dark and Armored Trains can also fall on the train and explode, after which only the Spirit Engine is left behind. Platforms carried by birds also appear above the train sometimes. Link in his Engineer's Clothes makes a cameo appearance driving the Train. If Toon Link or Link are chosen as fighters on the stage, Link is replaced by Alfonzo as the train driver.

Music

The following lists the music that appears in the Spirit Train stage.

  • Full Steam Ahead
  • Main Theme / Underworld Theme

Trophy Information

# Trophy Appears in Description How to unlock
212 N/A Spirit Tracks The Spirit Train from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. You'll travel the lovely Forest Land as you fight, but be careful where you're standing—the last car can come uncoupled from time to time. You may see Linebeck III's shop, and Alfonzo drives if Link or Toon Link are busy fighting. Random
Spirit Train

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Spirit Train reappears as a Stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Stage is exactly like the one from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Trivia

  • When Link uses a new engine Train Part, the Spirit Train's whistle will change dramatically.

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
神の汽車 (Kami no Kisha) (ST)[25] 
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
神之列车 (Shén zhī lièchē) (ST)[29] 
Canada
FrenchCA
Locomotive des Esprits (ST)[31] 
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Locomotive des dieux (ST)[28] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Zug der Götter (ST | HWDE)[26][27]Train of the Gods
The Italian Republic
Italian
Treno degli Spiriti (ST)[24] 
Latin America
SpanishLA
Tren de los Dioses (ST)[30] 
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Tren de los Dioses (ST)[32] 
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Spirit Train-: Battle rank C will be enough to open all routes." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 41
  3. "This, my dear, is the spirits' train." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  4. "This esteemed train has a long history of keeping evil at bay." — Inventory (Spirit Tracks)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "This train is a symbol of the spirits. People don't ordinarily ride around in it. But these are no ordinary circumstances. I'm sure the spirits wouldn't mind lending it to you." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  6. "This, my dear, is the spirits' train. They entrusted us with its keeping." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  7. "You must go find the other Lokomos and restore the energy of the rail maps. Once you do, the Spirit Tracks will reappear." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  8. "The Tears of Light will give us invincibility for a bit. Let's use them to defeat all the trains here." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  9. "Ooh! Tell you what--from here on out, bring any treasure you find to me! If they impress me, I'll trade you some lovely new train cars for those trinkets! Sound like a sweet deal? That's 'cause it IS!" — Linebeck III (Spirit Tracks)
  10. "Hey, quit playing dumb! That routine hurts my feelings, you know. To make it up to me, you should take me on a ride. It's the least you can do!" — Ferrus (Spirit Tracks)
  11. "Hey, you missed the slow sign! Pay attention, kid!" — Passenger (Spirit Tracks)
  12. "I can't take any more! My life's in danger! I'm getting off of this death trap!" — Passenger (Spirit Tracks)
  13. "Uh-oh, he left the train. Should we go back and get him?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  14. "Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack
    This pack includes:
    New playable character: Toon Zelda
    New weapon: Sand Wand for Toon Link"
    — Nintendo, Expand your adventure with dlc packs , Zelda.com, retrieved November 30, 2021.
  15. "A new map for Adventure Mode" — Nintendo, Individual Packs , Zelda.com (web archive), retrieved November 30, 2021.
  16. "This new version brings every map, character, and mission from both the Wii U game and the Nintendo 3DS game together, including all the original premium downloadable content." — Nintendo, Nintendo Direct Mini 1.11.2018 , Youtube.com (video), published January 11, 2018, retrieved January 11, 2018.
  17. "You can't buy this Item Card." — Item Card Shop (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  18. "An Engine Power is affecting the entire Grand Travels Map!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  19. "Captain and Engine Powers will last for a limited amount of time. The powers' duration counters will decrease by one after each battle. When a counter reaches zero, the power will fade. Even if the battle you're fighting doesn't exactly benefit from the current power, the counter will still decrease, so use the items wisely! Captain and Engine Powers cannot override other Captain or Engine Powers. Once the power takes effect, it will remain in effect until the duration counter reaches zero." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  20. "On map squares with the Linebeck Trading Company, you can swap one Item Card for food." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  21. "We have a deal!
    I'll trade you some food for that Item Card!
    " — Linebeck Trading Company (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  22. "The Linebeck Trading Company disappears from the square after just a single trade but will pop up again after a certain number of battles." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  23. "The Linebeck Trading Company will occasionally hold a Two-for-One Sale. During these promotions, trading an Item Card will get you double the usual amount of food in return." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  24. "È il Treno degli Spiriti... un dono degli esseri celesti..." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  25. "神の汽車…天上のお方からの授かりものじゃ…" — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  26. "Das, meine Liebe, ist der Zug der Götter." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  27. "Zug der Götter: Öffnet wege auch mit Rang C." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  28. "C'est la locomotive des dieux... Offerte par les êtres vivant dans les cieux..." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  29. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 290
  30. "El Tren de los Dioses... Ellos nos lo confiaron." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  31. "Il s'agit de la locomotive des Esprits, très chère." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  32. "El Tren de los Dioses... Ellos nos lo confiaron para que cuidásemos de él." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)