Pumpkin icon from Skyward Sword
|Other media||Hyrule Warriors Legends|
|Use(s)||Source of seeds, other items, improving Simple Soup|
|Comparable Object(s)||Jar, Rock, Skull, Barrel|
Pumpkins are a recurring motif in The Legend of Zelda series. They occur sometimes as a visual element, sometimes as an item, sometimes as a breakable container, and sometimes as a combination of these. They appeared mainly as a recurring visual motif until Twilight Princess, where physical pumpkins and their products became considerably more important.
Location and Uses
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, the Trees in the Dark World strongly resemble pumpkins, as well as having faces. From an aesthetic standpoint, this fits with the monstrous and spooky theme of the Dark World, as pumpkins are associated with Halloween and therefore with evil spirits and monsters. While the trees in the Light World may drop Apples or occasionally Bees when dashed into, Dark World trees with visible, moving pupils drop Bombs. After releasing a bomb, the trees can be talked to, in some cases giving Link hints and in others giving him an angry reproach.
In Link's Awakening, the exterior of the Seashell Mansion resembles the trees found in the Dark World in A Link to the Past for unknown reasons. The two trees at either side of the main building can even be talked to after the fashion of Dark World trees, although it is not necessary to charge into them first and they do not release bombs.
Oracle of Ages
The first boss in Oracle of Ages is Pumpkin Head, who, as its name suggests, is a spirit with a pumpkin (specifically a Jack-o'-lantern) for a head. This continues the theme of pumpkins as a symbol of evil spirits seen in A Link to the Past.
Oracle of Seasons
Four Swords Adventures
Four Swords Adventures features the Dark World at various points during the adventure, and thus the pumpkin-like Dark World trees make their return.
Pumpkins feature prominently in Twilight Princess as one of the main exports of Ordon Village. In Ordon Village, Link can find pumpkins in the fields. These can be smashed to get pumpkin seeds, which are the primary ammunition for the Slingshot. The scarecrows near Link's House also appear to have pumpkins for heads. An Ordon Pumpkin is also found in a chest in Snowpeak Ruins, although Yeta misremembered the chest as containing the Bedroom Key. When added to the Simple Soup, the Ordon Pumpkin converts it to Good Soup, which restores four hearts as opposed to two.
Pumpkins seem to be the primary agricultural product of Skyloftians in Skyward Sword. One of the islands in The Sky, Pumpkin Landing, being dedicated to growing pumpkins, as it is the home to a sizable (by Zelda game standards) pumpkin patch and the Lumpy Pumpkin, a pub specializing in Pumpkin Soup. Even the decor of the establishment is pumpkin-themed, as are the names of the father and daughter who staff it. Pumpkins can also be found on the main island of Skyloft in smaller patches. There is also a minigame in Skyward Sword involving pumpkins, that being Pumpkin Pull. As in Twilight Princess, pumpkins can be smashed, although they yield a variety of items, as Jars do.
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