A Jar from Twilight Princess
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Hyrule Warriors series
Jars, also known as Pots in A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Four Swords, The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes, 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, Pots 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. Pots 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 Pots, or may require certain techniques to do so such as the Rock Breaker in The Minish Cap. Pots may also sometimes be used as weights and may be placed or pushed onto a Switch to activate them. The Pots in Link's Awakening and the Oracle series require the use of the Power Bracelet to pick up and push them. Pots are commonly found in houses and Dungeons, as well as sometimes Caves.
While Pots are mainly used to conceal Items, Pots may also be thrown at enemies as a form of attack. In games like A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, Pots 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 Pots in the series, Link may also be punished in certain circumstances for breaking a Pot. In The Wind Waker, if Link breaks the Pot 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 jars inside. She will only allow him back inside once he has apologized.
"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 Pot to the end of the Level. This Pot 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 Pot must be placed or thrown onto another pedestal at the end of the fourth Stage. Like other Pots, 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.
- 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.
- 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 jars, such as Rupees and Hearts.
- 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.
- Main article: Water Jar
Water Jars are large Pots 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.
- The act of breaking Pots in The Legend of Zelda series is referenced and mocked by Hena when Link examines the Pots in her Fishing Hut.
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- "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)
- "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)