Gossip Stone from Skyward Sword
|Other media||Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)|
|Use(s)||Revealing secret information|
|Comparable Object(s)||Sheikah Stone|
Gossip Stones, also known as Boing Statues, are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series. They can tell time, reveal information, give helpful hints, and reveal the location of Treasure Chests. Gossip Stones speak to Link by piercing into his mind.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, if Link hits a Gossip Stone with his Sword, it will show the current in-game time. If he speaks to a stone with the Mask of Truth, it will reveal a secret. If Link sets a Bomb near a Gossip Stone, after exploding, the stone will flash blue and rocket to the sky. Likewise, these stones will spin around when exposed to Din's Fire, and flatten out if hit by the Megaton Hammer. If Link plays "Zelda's Lullaby", the "Sun's Song," or the "Song of Storms" near a Gossip Stone, it will release a Fairy.
In Majora's Mask, when a Gossip Stone is attacked by Link's sword, the screen will shake and the stone will make a high-pitched noise. It will then tell Link how many more hours remain until the Moon crashes into Termina. If Link speaks the Gossip Stones scattered all over Termina using the Mask of Truth, they will give him information regarding certain people or places.
In Phantom Hourglass, Gossip Stones provide hints or insight to Link about the surrounding area. Some Gossip Stones reveal hints about a nearby puzzle, while others, specifically those inside Dungeons, reveal how many Treasure Chests are left to discover on that floor at the price of 20 Rupees.
In Spirit Tracks, Gossip Stones have a more feminine appearance. Normally, they are unresponsive even when hit, but if the "Song of Awakening" is played nearby, they will speak. Like in Phantom Hourglass, Gossip Stones in dungeons reveal the amount of Treasure Chests on the floor they are currently in for a fee of 20 Rupees. Other Gossip Stones appear in several sanctuaries that reveal hints or other useful information. In Lost at Sea Station, there is a Gossip Stone that allows Link to enter the Temple located in said station.
In Skyward Sword, Gossip Stones only appear when Link plays the Goddess's Harp near a flock of Blessed Butterflies. Most of them will give Link advice and a Treasure when he makes them appear. They also react to different actions performed by Link, such as shrinking when the Gust Bellows or Glittering Spores are used on them, or releasing a Green Rupee when shot with the Bow.
A Gossip Stone in Skyloft, named the "Moonlight Merchant," sells rare Treasures for 100 or 200 Rupees, which is usually easier than finding them while adventuring. It can be found inside Waterfall Cave at night, but only after completing the Silent Realm in Skyloft.
Wares and Pricing
Blue Bird Feather
- In the German translation of Ocarina of Time, a Gossip Stone behind the Great Deku Tree says that something mysterious happens if the reset button is pressed while playing.
- In The Wind Waker, the King of Hyrule reveals that the Pirate's Charm is an enhanced version of a Gossip Stone.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ゴシップストーン (Goshippu Sutōn)||Gossip Stone|
|French||Pierre à Potins|
|Italian||Pietra del Pettegolezzo|
|Spanish||Piedras Cotilla||Gossip Stones|
|SpanishLA||Piedras Chismosas||Gossip Stones|
- "The Gossip Stones that dot the surface world hold rare information just like in Ocarina of Time." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 25 (OoT3D | SS))
- "SHEIKAH STONE AND GOSSIP STONE" (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 25 (OoT3D | SS))
- "Boing Statues Those strange, one-eyed statues you see around all the islands not only see everything, but they also are quite the little chatterboxes." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 15)
- "This statue's one-eyed gaze pierces into your mind..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
- "The number of treasure chests left here…is… [var]! It'll cost you 20 Rupees to see where treasure lies." — Gossip Stone (Phantom Hourglass)
- "Hey there, friend! What luck you have! You've just stumbled upon me, the infamous Moonlight Merchant!" — Moonlight Merchant (Skyward Sword)
- "They say, something mysterious will happen, if one presses the reset button while playing..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
- "That stone is an enhanced version of the Gossip Stones long spoken of in the legends of the Hyrulean Royal Family." — Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)