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Red Potion
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Use(s) Restores Health
Comparable Item(s) Water of Life
Elixir Soup
Great Fairy's Tears

Red Potions,(OoT | MM | TWW | TMC | TP | PH | ST)[1] also known as Medicines of Life,[1] and Bottles of Red Potion,(MM)[2] is a recurring Potion in the The Legend of Zelda series used to replenish Link's health. However, the amount of health the Potion recovers varies from game to game.

Location and Uses

Inception and Early Usage

Prior to the Potions, the early games had introduced Water of Life. In The Legend of Zelda, the red Water of Life could purchased by various Old Women after receiving the Letter from an Old Man in a cave in northeast Hyrule, and then showing it to them. Once the Letter is delivered, the blue and red Water of Life will become available for Link to purchase, costing 40 and 68 Rupees, respectively. The red-colored Water of Life works like a blue Life Potion, except that it holds two doses. When used the first time, it turns into a normal Life Potion, which will disappear as normal when it is consumed as well.

The red Water of Life returns in The Adventure of Link, where Link finds it in a cave in the Moruge Swamp. However, instead of restoring Link's health, it is given to an Old Woman in the Harbor Town of Mido, who has a sick daughter. In exchange, she invites Link inside her house where an Old Man teaches him the Fairy Spell.

Commonality and Prevalence

The Red Potion debuted in A Link to the Past, in which it similarly replenishes all of Link's hearts, a property which it maintains in most subsequent games, including Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker, and The Minish Cap. Like the Green and Blue Potions, Link needs an empty Bottle to carry it in. In Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and A Link Between Worlds however, the Red Potion only recovers eight hearts, while in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, it only recovers six. Also, in Skyward Sword, the Red Potion is known as the Heart Potion and can be Upgraded to both the Heart Potion+ and the Heart Potion++, recovering all hearts and, the latter, having two servings.

Dosage and Pricing

Image Game Recovered Amount Doses Price
A Link to the Past All Hearts 1 Varies
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Ocarina of Time All Hearts 1 Varies
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Majora's Mask All Hearts 1 Varies
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The Wind Waker All Hearts 1 Varies
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The Minish Cap All Hearts 1 150
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Twilight Princess 8 Hearts 1 Varies
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Phantom Hourglass 6 Hearts 1 Varies
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Spirit Tracks 6 Hearts 1 100
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A Link Between Worlds 8 Hearts 1 50


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 赤いの水薬 (Akai no Mizugusuri)
赤いクスリ (Akai Kusuri)
Red Potion
Red Medicine
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 红药水 (Hóng Yàoshuì)
French-speaking countries French Potion Rouge Red Potion
Canada FrenchCA Potion rouge (MM3D) Red potion
Federal Republic of Germany German Rotes Elixier Red Elixir
Italian Republic Italian Pozione Vita Life Potion
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Poción Roja Red Potion
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Poción roja (MM3D) Red potion


See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 135 (ALttP | OoT | MM | TWW | TMC | TP | PH | ST)
  2. "You got a Bottle of Red Potion! Red Potion replenishes health. After using the potion, save the bottole for storing things. Set it to X Button, Y Button, I Button or II Button on the Select Item Screen, then press the corresponding button to use it." — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)