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This page is about the item used to find treasures and boss' lairs in dungeons. For other uses, see Compass (Disambiguation).
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Compass from Twilight Princess
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Location(s) Inside Dungeons
Use(s) Locating Treasure Chests and the boss lair

The Compass is a recurring Dungeon item in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Location and Uses

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The Compass can be found inside dungeons. Once obtained, it lets Link see the hidden Treasure Chests on the Dungeon Map. It also indicates in which room and floor the boss is located. In games preceding Link's Awakening, the Compass does not show the locations of hidden Treasure Chests. In Link's Awakening and the Oracle series, a tone alerts Link upon entering a room with a hidden Key.[2]

The Compass and the Dungeon Map are both absent from The Adventure of Link, Four Swords, and Four Swords Adventures due to differences in their game mechanics. They are also absent from Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, as Link can pay 20 Rupees to Gossip Stones to reveal the location of Treasure Chests. In Skyward Sword, the Dungeon Map already includes the functions of the Compass.

In Spirit Tracks, the Compass of Light is a special item that can be used to locate the Demon Train.

Non-Canon Appearances

The Shadow Prince

Main article: Golden Compass

In The Shadow Prince, the Golden Compass does not have the usual directions of North and South. Instead, it has a variety of letters in all of its directions.

Hyrule Warriors Legends

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Linkle has a Compass given to her by her grandmother, which has been passed down for generations.


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese コンパス (Konpasu) (TLoZ, ALBW)
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 罗盘 (Luópán) Compass
French-speaking countries French Compas (TLoZ)
Federal Republic of Germany German Kompass Compass
Italian Republic Italian Bussola (ALBW) Compass
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Brújula Compass


See Also


  1. "COMPASS" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 383)
  2. "You've got the Compass! Now, you can see where the chests and Nightmare are hidden! This Compass has a new feature-- a tone will tell you if a key is hidden in a room when you enter!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
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