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Magic Meter

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Magic Meter
Magic Meter N64.png
The Magic Meter from
Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Game(s)The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
The Wind Waker
Other MediaHyrule Warriors
Comparable AbilitiesStamina Gauge
Energy Gauge

The Magic Meter is a recurring element in The Legend of Zelda series. It measures Link's current level of Magic Power.

Uses

The Magic Meter appears as a green bar (white in The Adventure of Link) on the HUD, which decreases when Magic Power is used. It can be refilled by picking up Magic Jars, drinking Potions, or by being healed by a Great Fairy or certain types of Fairies. The Magic Meter is drained when using Spells or certain items that use Magic Power, such as the Fire and Ice Arrows. Enemies such as Bubbles can drain Link's Magic Meter if they come into contact with him.

The Magic Meter can also be upgraded. Depending on the game, it can either be extended or its Magic Power consume rate decreased.

Upgrades

Game How to upgrade Effect
The Adventure of Link Using Experience points
Finding Magic Containers
Decreases the amount of Magic consumed
Increases the size of the Magic Meter
A Link to the Past Obtained after sprinkling the Mad Batter with Magic Powder on the shrine next to the Dwarven Swordsmiths' house Halves the amount of Magic consumed
Ocarina of Time Obtained from the Great Fairy of Wisdom in the Death Mountain Crater Doubles the size of the Magic Meter
Majora's Mask Obtained after returning all Stray Fairies in the Snowhead Temple to its respective Great Fairy Fountain (MM)
Obtained after returning all Stray Fairies in the Woodfall Temple to its respective Great Fairy Fountain (MM3D)
Doubles the size of the Magic Meter
The Wind Waker Obtained from a Great Fairy after defeating the Big Octo in the Two-Eye Reef Doubles the size of the Magic Meter

Non-Canon Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, the Magic Gauge can only be filled by collecting Magic Jars, or when playing as Young Link, by pressing the Strong Attack button to play the "Song of Time." When it is full, Warriors can enter the Focus Spirit mode. In this mode, their attack, speed, and range are increased. Different bonuses are granted upon defeating certain number of enemies; reaching those thresholds also refills the Magic Meter slightly. These bonuses last as long as the Warrior is in Focus Spirit mode. When the gauge runs out, the Warrior automatically performs a powerful attack. Focus Spirit mode can also be ended prematurely by pressing the Special Attack button, which triggers an even stronger finishing move.

Trivia

Screenshot showing a Magic Meter in an early version of Twilight Princess
  • During development of Ocarina of Time, only adult Link could use Magic.[1]
  • Early images of Twilight Princess show a Magic Meter, suggesting that it was intended to appear in the game at some point in development. This is further supported by the fact that a Green Chu Jelly can be obtained in the Wii and HD versions of the game by merging a Blue and a Yellow Chuchu.[2] It was probably intended to refill the Magic Meter.
  • An early version of Breath of the Wild also featured a Magic Meter.[3]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Canada FrenchCA Jauge de magie (OoT3D)
Italian Republic Italian Bara della magia (OoT3D)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Barra de magia (OoT3D)

Gallery

References

  1. "But what's the MAIN difference? Perhaps magic, since you can only use it when Link is an adult." —Shigeru Miyamoto (The Z-Files)
  2. TheStrawhatNO, Green Chu Jelly (LoZ: Twilight Princess), YouTube, published September 27, 2012.
  3. Nintendo, Wii U - The Legend of Zelda - Gameplay First Look from The Game Awards, YouTube, published December 5, 2014, retrieved June 16, 2016.