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Flute artwork from A Link to the Past
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Use(s) Warping
Defeating enemies
Comparable Item(s) Recorder
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Flutes are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are used to play music, usually to create some kind of effect.

Location and Uses

The Adventure of Link

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In The Adventure of Link, the Flute is obtained in the Palace on the Sea. It allows Link to pass by what the villagers in Nabooru Town call the River Devil. Once the Flute is played, it disappears. Later in the game, the instrument is used to make the Three-Eye Rock Palace appear when played in the middle of Three-Eye Rock.[2]

A Link to the Past


In A Link to the Past, the Flute once belonged to a young boy who set out in search of the Golden Power and never returned. When Link talks to the boy in the Dark World, he gives the young hero a Shovel and asks him to find his Flute. Link finds this instrument buried in the Haunted Grove in the Light World. He then plays the Flute one last time for the boy, who is soothed by the music and is then turned into a tree.

When Link brings the Flute to the Man in Tavern, the man understands what has happened to his son and asks Link to keep it. He then tells Link to play the Flute in front of the Weathercock in the center of Kakariko Village. Soon after Link complies with his request, the Flute Boy's Bird breaks out of the Weathercock and flies off. Whenever Link plays the Flute in the Light World overworld from that point forward, the pet bird can transport him to one of eight locations. The Flute is necessary in reaching the sixth Dark World dungeon, the Misery Mire.

Warp Locations

  1. Death Mountain
  2. Witch's Hut
  3. Kakariko Village
  4. Link's House
  5. South of the Eastern Palace
  6. Desert of Mystery
  7. Great Swamp
  8. Lake Hylia
  9. East of Death Mountain (Game Boy Advance version only)

Non-Canon Appearances

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

The Magic Flute in the comic

The Magic Flute is featured in the "Missing in Action" story from The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics. When Princess Zelda takes the Triforce of Wisdom to leave Hyrule forever,[3] she reveals to Link that she is planning to use the Magic Flute found within the Fifth Palace on the Island of Hyron.[4][5] Doing so, will warp her to a distant place and thus permanently impede Ganon from ever obtaining the Triforce of Wisdom.[3] Link reluctantly helps her reach the Palace on the Sea, and after the pair defeat an Iron Knuckle, the knight shows Link the way to obtain the Magic Flute.[6] However, when he sees it, he is tempted to destroy it and lie to Zelda,[7] which would force her to stay forever.[8] Link makes the decision to give the Flute to Zelda, but as he says his goodbyes,[9] Zelda confesses to him that wherever he is, is the safest place to be.[10]

The Wand of Gamelon

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In The Wand of Gamelon, the Flute is an item that can be played to stop flying enemies for a short period of time, for about eight seconds. It costs 5 Rubies per use. It is received from the Hungry Girl in Kobitan after Zelda gives her an Arpagos Egg.

Zelda's Adventure

In Zelda's Adventure, the Flute is given to Zelda by Yvonne in Great Wimbich. The Flute's sole use is to be played to a Snake outside of town, which will cause it to combust in flames and leave behind the Pyros Spell.


Grim Creeper playing the Flute in Link's Awakening


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese オカリナ (ALttP) Ocarina
French Republic FrenchEU Flûte
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Flauta (TAoL)


See Also


  1. "FLUTE" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 386 (TAoL) & 393 (ALttP&FS))
  2. "CALL FOR HELP AT THE THREE EYE ROCKS." — Man in Hidden Town of Kasuto (The Adventure of Link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Zelda said that the only way to keep the Triforce of Wisdom safe from Ganon is for her to take it far away and never return!" (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  4. "In the Fifth Palace of Hyrule is a magic flute that will transport me to a distant place. Ganon will never find me." (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  5. "The Fifth Palace is on the Island of Hyron!" (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  6. "By reaching the Fifth Palace and defeating me, you have proved that you deserve the treasures within." (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  7. "No! I'll smash. Then she'll stay. All I have to do is... ...All I have to do is let Zelda down when she's depending on me. ...All I have to do is lie to her." (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  8. "The Magic Flute. If I give it to Zelda, I'll never see her again." (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  9. "So long, Princess." (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )
  10. "Mister, wherever you are is the safest place we'll ever be." (The Legend of Zelda Issue 1 (Valiant Comic), pg. )