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Poe Sisters
Joelle, Beth, Amy, and Meg
From left to right: Joelle, Beth, Amy and Meg
from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Game(s)
Habitat(s)Forest Temple
Spirit House
Explorer's Crypt
Effective Weapon(s)Bow
Sword
Deku Nut Triforce piece.png

The Poe Sisters are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2] They are four Poe siblings that haunt and torment their respective residences, due to the unrelenting restlessness of their souls.

Characteristics

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Poe Sisters were four ghostly siblings named Joelle,[3] Beth,[4] Amy,[5] and Meg.[6] They haunted the Forest Temple for many years until Link was able to put their souls to rest. When defeated, each yielded a different colored flame that illuminated a torch at the center of the temple.[7] When all four torches were lit, Link was granted access to the temple's basement, where the boss, Phantom Ganon, awaited Link's arrival.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, they haunt the Spirit House of Ikana. They serve as four optional mini-bosses, and can be fought by paying the Poe Collector thirty Rupees. Link only has three minutes to defeat them, and his life cannot drop below three Hearts or else the Poe Collector stops the match.[8] The reward for defeating them is a Piece of Heart.[9]

Oracle of Seasons

Amy and Margaret

In Oracle of Seasons, two Poe Sisters named Amy[10] and Margaret[11] serve as the mini-bosses of the Explorer's Crypt.[12] Margaret carries a lantern, leaving a trail of fire as she flies around, while Amy carries a sword that she charges at Link with. Each of them are first seen in rooms that gradually darken, eventually casting Link back to the dungeon entrance if he is too slow to flee the room. They then appear in rooms next to the room they had cursed, where Link fights one of them. Finally, they fight together, forcing Link to not only attack them, but also relight the lamps they extinguish, lest he be expelled back to the dungeon entrance.

Trivia

  • It is possible to take the Poe Sisters out of their invisibility (even when they perform the lantern twirl) by using a Deku Nut in Ocarina of Time. However, there is only a short time before they try to do the lantern twirl again.
  • The Poe Sisters' laugh is actually a sped up version of Phantom Ganon's laugh in Ocarina of Time,[13] which is also shared by the original Garo Master.
  • In Twilight Princess, there are four large Poes that differ in appearance from every other Poe in the game, found in Arbiter's Grounds. Like the Poe Sisters of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Link must defeat all four Poes to gain access to a further section of the dungeon.
  • In Phantom Hourglass, Link must rescue the four Cubus Sisters on board the Ghost Ship. It is then revealed to him that they are in fact the Diabolical Cubus Sisters, who resemble the appearance and colors of the four Poe Sisters.

Nomenclature

The names of the four Poe Sisters in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask are the names of the sisters in the book Little Women.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 四姉妹の幽霊 (Yon Shimai no Yūrei) Four Ghost Sisters
French-speaking countries French Confrérie des Esprits Sisterhood of Spirits
Canada FrenchCA Sororité des esprits (OoT3D) Sisterhood of Spirits
Federal Republic of Germany German Irrlichtschwestern Will-o'-the-Wisp Sisters
Italian Republic Italian Sorelle poo
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Hermanas Poe (OoT3D)

References

  1. "You defeated the four Poe Sisters!
    This was added to your notebook!
    " — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. "Poe Sisters
    The Poe Sisters were four ghostly siblings named Amy, Beth, Joelle and Meg. They haunted the Forest Temple for many years until Link was able to put their souls to rest.
    Ocarina of Time"
    The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive), published n.d., retrieved December 12, 2015.
  3. "Joelle – one of the Poe sisters Aim for her when she appears!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  4. "Beth – one of the Poe sisters Aim for her when she appears!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. "Amy – one of the Poe sisters Aim for her when she appears!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "Meg - one of the Poe sisters If she splits into multiple images, you need..to figure out which one is the real one. Is it this one?" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  7. "A torch is lit! That's because you beat a ghost, isn't it?!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "Defeat the ladies within the time limit and rest their souls in peace. But if your life energy drops below three hearts, I will stop the match. Mercy is the least I can offer." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
  9. "It seems their souls have been healed. I give to you the earthly possession which the ladies kept. Take it, Link." — Poe Collector (Majora's Mask)
  10. "Amy" (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 162)
  11. "Margaret" (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 191)
  12. "Concentrate on keeping at least two torches lit at all times—using the Slingshot—and attack the Poe sisters when they fly your way." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 51)
  13. "In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf's laughter is sped up to create the laughter of the Poe Sisters in the Forest Temple." — Gaming Humor & News, Gaming Humor & News on Twitter: "In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf's laughter is sped up to create the laughter of the Poe Sisters in the Forest Temple.… ", Twitter, published December 9, 2017, retrieved April 25, 2018.
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