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"Song of Time"
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Link playing the "Song of Time" in
Majora's Mask 3D
Other Media Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Hyrule Warriors
Instrument(s) Ocarina of Time
Note(s) Ocarina right.png Ocarina A.png Ocarina down.png Ocarina right.png Ocarina A.png Ocarina down.png Triforce piece.png
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Power(s) Ocarina of Time:
Opening the Door of Time
Removing and bringing back blocks with the Symbol of Time
Majora's Mask:
Taking Link back to the dawn of the First Day
Saving the game Triforce piece.png
Learned in Hyrule Field (OoT)
Atop the Clock Tower (MM)

The "Song of Time" is a recurring song in The Legend of Zelda series. It is implied that this sacred melody is only known by members of the Royal Family of Hyrule and is taught to a selected few.


Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the "Song of Time" is one of the requirements (the Spiritual Stones and the Ocarina of Time being the others) necessary to open the Door of Time so Link can access the Sacred Realm. Once the other keys are gathered, the "Song of Time" must be played in the altar of the Temple of Time, thus opening the Door of Time and allowing access to the resting place of the Master Sword.[1] Link learns the song after he retrieves the Ocarina, which Princess Zelda throws into the moat as she escapes Hyrule Castle. Upon getting the Ocarina, Link has a vision of the princess explaining her reasons for leaving and teaches him the "Song of Time" through this telepathic message.[2][3] With the Ocarina of Time and the three Spiritual Stones in hand, Link can play the melody to open the Door of Time, withdrawing the Master Sword to become the legendary Hero of Time.

The "Song of Time" can also be used to remove and bring back blocks that have the Symbol of Time engraved on them. The song is also used as the Temple of Time theme.

Majora's Mask

Prior to the events of Majora's Mask, Princess Zelda hands over the Ocarina of Time to Link as a memento of the times that she and Link spent together in the land of Hyrule.[4] According to Zelda, the "Song of Time" holds a special meaning to her,[5] and as such, she teaches it to the young hero before handing over the Ocarina of Time. Princess Zelda reminds Link to play the sacred song if anything happens to him, mentioning that the Goddess of Time will come to his aid.[6][7]

By playing the "Song of Time", Link can warp back to the dawn of the First Day at any given time or place. Any spendable item, such as Bombs or Rupees, will be lost when playing the song. However, masks, weapons (except the Razor Sword), songs learned, and other non-event items are kept; if Link's sword is with the smithy, he will regain his Kokiri Sword. Playing the song is the only way to permanently save the game. However, in Majora's Mask 3D, it no longer saves the game.


Link using the "Song of Time" in Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, variations of the "Song of Time" can alter the regular flow of time. Scarecrows will hint at these variations if Link chooses to speak with them.[8] While these songs make progressing through the game easier, they are not necessary to complete it.

The "Song of Double Time" lets Link warp to the night of the same day he is in if played during the day, or to the dawn of the next if played at night. The song cannot be played during the night of the Final Day. In Majora's Mask 3D, playing the song lets Link jump to a specific hour of the current day. The "Song of Double Time" is composed of the first three notes of the "Song of Time" played twice each.

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When Link plays the "Inverted Song of Time", the three-day cycle's flow of time is slowed, extending its length to 333.33% of its normal length. All events directly related to the flow of time will move at 30% of its original speed, including scripted movements such as Anju's routine. Events that are not directly involved with the flow of time, such as an enemy's attack patterns or the rate at which Link can move, are not affected. In Majora's Mask 3D, the Inverted Song of Time will cause the flow of time and events directly related to the flow of time to move at 50% of their normal speed. The song is, as its name implies, the "Song of Time" played backwards.

Ocarina down.png Ocarina A.png Ocarina right.png Ocarina down.png Ocarina A.png Ocarina right.png Triforce piece.png
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Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, the "Song of Time" from Ocarina of Time serves as the Temple of Time entrance area theme.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, a slowed down piano version of the "Song of Time" serves as the Temple of Time theme.[9]

Non-Canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Super Smash Bros. Series

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the "Song of Time" is part of the Ocarina of Time medley. It appears alongside other melodies such as the "Song of Storms", "Zelda's Lullaby", "Saria's Song", and "Epona's Song". In the Nintendo 3DS version, the song can be heard on the Gerudo Valley stage when the bridge repairs itself.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, the Song of Time and the Inverted Song of Time appear as Item Cards in the Termina Map in Adventure Mode. They are represented by the Ocarina of Time, with the Ocarina being upside down for the Inverted Song of Time. When the Song of Time is used, the Termina Map resets. If the Inverted Song of Time is used, 10 extra hours are added to the time counter.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Song of Time Inverted Song of Time Song of Double Time
Japan Japanese 時の歌 (Toki no Uta)
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Song of Time
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Canción del tiempo (MM3D) Canción del tiempo invertida (MM3D) Canción del doble tiempo (MM3D)
French-speaking countries French Song of Time
Canada FrenchCA Chant du temps (MM3D) Chant du temps inversé (MM3D) Chant du temps accéléré (MM3D)
Federal Republic of Germany German Hymne der Zeit
Italian Republic Italian Song of Time


Audio Gallery


  1. "Ye who owns 3 Spiritual Stones / Stand with the Ocarina of Time / And play the Song of Time" — Inscription in the Temple of Time (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "You found the Ocarina of Time! This is the Royal Family's hidden treasure which Zelda left behind. It glows with a mystical light..." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Link...Can you hear me? It's me, Zelda... Link, when you hold this Ocarina in your hand... I won't be around anymore... I wanted to wait for you, but I couldn't delay any longer... At least I could leave you the Ocarina and this melody... This song opens the Door of Time... Now, Link. Play this melody in front of the altar in the Temple of Time. You must protect the Triforce!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "You are already leaving this land of Hyrule, aren't you? Even though it was only a short time, I feel like I've known you forever. I'll never forget the days we spent together in Hyrule... And I believe in my heart that a day will come when I shall meet you again... Until that day comes, please... Take this..." — Princess Zelda (Majora's Mask)
  5. "This reminds me of us..." — Princess Zelda (Majora's Mask)
  6. ""I am praying... I am praying that your journey be a safe one. If something should happen to you, remember this song..." — Princess Zelda (Majora's Mask)
  7. "The Goddess of Time is protecting you. If you play the Song of Time, she will aid you..." — Princess Zelda (Majora's Mask)
  8. "If you play that mysterious song backward, you can slow the flow of time. And if you play each note twice in a row, you can move a half day forward in time!" — Scarecrow (Majora's Mask)
  9. Song of Time in Breath of the Wild, YouTube, published June 20, 2016, retrieved June 26, 2016.
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