Magic is a force present throughout the The Legend of Zelda series. Magic allows its users to perform spells or special attacks capable of many different things, be they benevolent or otherwise. Certain objects are enhanced by magic or otherwise magical. The properties, origins and general understandings of magic remain uncertain. It is known that the higher entities that preside over magic in the Hyrulean realm are the Golden Goddesses.
Forms and Uses
The Legend of Zelda
Magic in The Legend of Zelda can be directly used by Link through the usage of the Magical Rod which allows him to shoot out beams similar to those shot by Wizzrobes. With the addition of the Book of Magic these beams can be enhanced to leave flames in their wake. Unlike later games, the usage of magic isn't regulated by a metre or stamina. Multiple other items, namely the Magical Sword, Magical Shield, Magical Boomerang and Magical Key, are implied to be bespelled in some manner.
The Adventure of Link
- Main article: Magic in the Adventure of Link
Magic was first featured prominently in The Adventure of Link.
Known characters that have performed magic on-screen include:
Gerudo are shown to be capable of wielding magic. Although it is to a lesser extent than some other residents of Hyrule, at least a few different Gerudo have been able to proficiently wield magical abilities. The Twinrova use magic almost constantly, as they fly on broomsticks and cast spells seemingly with no effort despite their old age. Ganondorf, as well as his beastly porcine form, have also been extremely capable of powerful magic in their appearances throughout the series. On the more benevolent side, the Gerudo Champion Urbosa was capable of wielding lightning or electricity at will, an ability that she passes on to Link after she dies in the Calamity.
Although we have not yet seen many Gorons capable of magic usage so far, a notable exception to this rule is the Goron Champion Daruk, who before his death was able to generate a protective force field around him at will. This ability was passed on to both his grandson, Yunobo, and after Divine Beast Vah Rudania is cleansed of Ganon’s influence, Link.
The Zora have not showcased quite so abundant an amount of magical ability as the Hylians, but they do seem to possess some inherent magical qualities. For example, in all games featured in the Downfall Timeline, the Zora appear as almost reptilian fish-monsters, which have the ability to shoot fireballs from their mouths. In other appearances, they do not seem to be able to use magic at all, except for a few key individuals. Mipha, Princess of the Zora in the Era of the Wild, possessed a healing ability that she used to heal anybody in need when she was alive. Unfortunately, during Ganon’s siege of Hyrule, she was killed by Waterblight Ganon, her spirit trapped within Divine Beast Vah Ruta for one hundred years. When Link cleanses the Divine Beast of Ganon’s influence, she passes her healing ability along to him.
Although we have only seen the Rito appear two times in the series, they do seem to at least associate with magical beings. In The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, they live under Valoo on Dragonroost Island. When the Rito reach maturity, they are deemed worthy to climb up the mountain and ask Valoo for their wings. Valoo will grant their wish and give them the ability to fly on most occasions, although when he is greatly agitated by something, such as a Ghoma gnawing on his tail, he will become too enraged to grant the Rito’s wishes. In Breath of the Wild, the Rito appear to be inherently much more bird-like in nature than their Wind Waker counterparts, eliminating the need to ask any sort of divine creature for wings. However, during the Era of the Wild, Revali seemingly developed his own technique to create an updraft of air independent of local weather. This technique appears to be using magic to operate, as it is impossible for him to create such a focused and powerful surge of wind with simply his own wings. He passes this ability on to Link after the hero cleanses his Divine Beast, Vah Medoh, of Ganon’s evil influence.
The Twili are said to master a powerful shadow magic. Not only did they create the Fused Shadow, an incredibly powerful magical artifact, but are often seen using magical attacks with ease. For example, Midna is able to conjure magical energy attacks at will with seemingly no strain or discomfort whatsoever.
The Sages are a powerful order of magical beings that serve to protect all of Hyrule against evil. Their magic is related to one of the six elements (fire, water, forest, shadow, spirit and light). Sages come from many races, which may or not be able to wield magic. If they come from a magic-wielding society, Sages are given powers superior to those of their brethren. If they do not come from an inherently magic-proficient society, they are seemingly bestowed magical powers.
|Names in Other Regions|
- "You received the legendary Wind Waker! By using this magical conductor's baton, you can borrow the power of the gods!" — [] (The Wind Waker)
- "Magic wand
This is the wand that Wizzrobe uses. Wave it to let loose magical spells. What's more, if Link picks up the Magic Book and learns some new spells, he can chant some fiery spells and send out flames." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 26)