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Jars,(MM | BotW) also known as Vases,(TWW) and Pots,(ALttP | LA | FPTRR) are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series. Jars typically drop common items such as Hearts and Rupees when broken. They are a common sight in Dungeons, Houses and sometimes Caves.
Location and Uses
When broken, Jars may reveal items such as Rupees, Hearts, Fairies, Arrows, Bombs and sometimes Magic Jars. Depending on the game, they may also conceal other items or objects as well, such as Bees and even Ooccoo in Twilight Princess. Jars can be broken either by picking them up and throwing them, by Rolling into a wall with a shelf that houses them, or by slashing them with the Sword or another item; however, in some games, only higher leveled Swords can break Jars, or may require certain techniques to do so such as the Rock Breaker in The Minish Cap. Jars may also sometimes be used as weights and may be placed or pushed onto a Switch to activate them. The Jars in Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages require the use of the Power Bracelets to pick up and push them.
While Jars are mainly used to conceal Items, they may also be thrown at enemies as a form of attack. In games like A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, Jars deal a significant amount of damage when thrown and can break through most defenses, instantly defeating a variety of enemies that would otherwise require multiple strikes of the Sword to defeat.
While there are many benefits to breaking Jars in the series, Link may also be punished in certain circumstances for breaking a Jar. In The Wind Waker, if Link breaks the Vase that Sue-Belle carries on her head and talks to her, she will force him to pay her ten Rupees in damages. Likewise, Link will also be forced to pay for every expensive Vase he breaks in the Auction House. In Twilight Princess, it is possible for Link to be kicked out of Hena's Fishing Ponds after multiple attempts to break the Jars inside. She will only allow him back inside once he has apologized.
In versions prior to Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Link must not only acquire the Power Bracelet, but also equip and use it to lift Pots.
"Don't drop the pot!"
- Main article: Don't drop the pot!
In Tri Force Heroes, one of the Drablands Challenges in certain Levels requires the Links to safely transport a special Jar to the end of the Level. This Jar rests on a pedestal when the Level begins, and must be picked up in order for the Triforce Gateway to appear. For the Level to be completed, the Jar must be placed or thrown onto another pedestal at the end of the fourth Stage. Like other Jars, this one breaks when thrown to the ground, or when dropped by a Link as he takes damage, which causes the Links to fail the challenge. It can be safely thrown between the Links if necessary.
- Main article: Extremely High-Class Bone-China Vase
Found only in The Wind Waker in the Auction House, expensive Vases of blue and white decorate the first floor. If Link breaks one of these Vases while Mila's Father owns the house, he will not be allowed to leave until he pays the necessary amount of Rupees needed to replace the Vases. When ownership of the Auction House passes to its new owner, Maggie's Father, after Link defeats the Helmaroc King at the Forsaken Fortress, Link can break as many of these Vases as he desires without a single fine; they will be replaced the next time he enters the mansion.
- Main article: Flying Pot
Flying Pots are a recurring obstacle that commonly appear in Dungeons. When approached, they come alive and fly at Link to attack him and break on impact. When broken, these Jars may contain items usually found in normal Jars, such as Rupees and Hearts.
- Main article: Warp Pot
Appearing only in The Wind Waker, Warp Pots allow Link to Warp to other unblocked Warp Pots in the Dungeon. They are useful for quickly navigating in a Dungeon, and some Dungeons may have more than one pair.
- Main article: Water Jar
Water Jar are large Jars filled with water. They are mainly used for extinguishing or cooling fire and magma, turning the latter into a temporary solid platform. They appear in The Wind Waker and Four Swords Adventures.
Link's Crossbow Training
- The act of breaking Jars in The Legend of Zelda series is referenced and mocked by Hena when Link examines the Jars in her Fishing Pond in Twilight Princess.
|Names in Other Regions|
- "Ocean, #4: Underwater Jar" — Visions (Majora's Mask 3D)
- Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion pg. 276
- "You will need magic power to use my leaf. You can find Magic Jars in grass clumps and vases and after you defeat monsters." — Great Deku Tree (The Wind Waker HD)
- "Pots" (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 35)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 13
- "Have you used the pot yet?" — Pinkle (Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland)
- "C'mon... Can't you try to control yourself? I'm gonna have to ask you to leave. [...] That's it! Enough! You're being a jerk! Get OUT!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
- "Oof! This looks heavier than heavy! Your current strength won't cut it..." — N/A (Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch))
- "Aren't you a little young to be interested in jar collecting? I don't want those to get broken, so I store 'em up out of the way. It sounds crazy, but I've heard stories of people who have nothing better to do than go around breaking every jar they see. I mean, is that the dumbest thing you've ever heard in your life?! Who would DO that?!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)