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Vase
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A Vase from Twilight Princess
Game(s)
Other media Link's Crossbow Training
Hyrule Warriors
Use(s) Obtaining Items
Attacking enemies
Comparable Object(s) Barrel
Bush
Rock
Skull

Vases are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] Vases 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

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When broken, Vases 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. Vases 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 Vases, or may require certain techniques to do so such as the Rock Breaker in The Minish Cap. Vases may also sometimes be used as weights and may be placed or pushed onto a Switch to activate them. The Vases in Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages require the use of the Power Bracelet to pick up and push them. Vases are commonly found in houses and Dungeons, as well as sometimes Caves.

While Vases are mainly used to conceal Items, Vases may also be thrown at enemies as a form of attack. In games like A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, Vases deal a significant amount of damage when thrown and can break through most defenses, and can instantly defeat a variety of enemies that would otherwise require a couple strikes of the Sword to defeat.

While there are many benefits to breaking Vases in the series, Link may also be punished in certain circumstances for breaking a Vase. In The Wind Waker, if Link breaks the Vase 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 House of Wealth. In Twilight Princess, it is possible for Link to be kicked out of Hena's Fishing Hut after multiple attempts to break the Vases inside.[2] She will only allow him back inside once he has apologized.

In some Dungeons or worlds, Vases are replaced by similar objects that have an identical use, such as the Skulls in the Dark World of A Link to the Past and Lorule of A Link Between Worlds.

Varieties

"Don't drop the pot!"

Main article: Don't drop the pot!
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In Tri Force Heroes, one of the Drablands Challenges in certain Levels requires the Links to safely transport a special Vase to the end of the Level. This Vase 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 Vase must be placed or thrown onto another pedestal at the end of the fourth Stage. Like other Vases, 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. However, it can be safely thrown between the Links if necessary.

Expensive Vases

Main article: Extremely High-Class Bone-China Vase

Found only in The Wind Waker in the House of Wealth, 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, 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.

Flying Pot

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 Pots may contain items usually found in normal Vases, such as Rupees and Hearts.

Warp Jar

Main article: Warp Jar

Appearing only in The Wind Waker, Warp Jars allow Link to Warp to other unblocked Warp Jars in the Dungeon. They are useful for quickly navigating in a Dungeon, and some Dungeons may have more than one pair.

Water Jar

Main article: Water Jar

Water Jars are large Vases 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.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Vases appear as common shooting targets. They are worth 5 points when shot. Broken Vases may sometimes release Rupees into the air, which can be shot at for extra points.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, colored Vases may be broken to reveal item pick-ups. The type of item dropped depends on the color of Vase: red Vases drop Hearts, brown Vases either drop Rupees or the temporary upgrades of sub weapons, yellow Vases drop Force Fragments, and green Vases drop small or large Magic Jars. These Vases are mainly found within Keeps, but may also rarely be found out on the battle field beneath boulders.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, brown Vases in Adventure Mode may also contain a Companion Fairy or a delicious Fairy Food as Treasure in certain Battles.

Trivia

  • The act of breaking Vases in The Legend of Zelda series is referenced and mocked by Hena when Link examines the Vases in her Fishing Hut.[3]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
French Republic FrenchEU Pot
Jarre
Pot
Jar
Italian Republic Italian Vaso Jar
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Vasija (LA) Pot

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References

  1. "You will need magic power to use my leaf. You can find Magic Jars in grass clumps and vases and after you defeat monsters." — Deku Tree (The Wind Waker HD)
  2. "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)
  3. "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)