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Shadow Crystal

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Shadow Crystal
Use(s) Transforming into Wolf Link at will

The Shadow Crystal is an item in Twilight Princess.

Location and Uses

After completing the Lakebed Temple, Link and Midna arrive at Lanaryu's Spirit Spring, where they are confronted by Zant, who curses them both when Midna refuses to help him. Zant summons the Shadow Crystal and, in response, Wolf Link attacks, only to have the crystal forced into his forehead, leaving Link trapped in his Wolf form.

Deep within the Sacred Grove lies the Master Sword, which Link and Midna find after following the Skull Kid. As Link approaches the Sword, he transforms back into his human form. Therefore, the curse of the Shadow Crystal is broken, and it coalesces in Midna's hand.[1]

By using the Shadow Crystal, Link gains the ability to transform into wolf form at will,[2] as well as use Twilight Portals to warp anywhere.[3]



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 影の結晶石 (Kage no Kesshou Ishi) Shadow Crystal Stone
French-speaking countries French Cristal d'ombre Shadow Crystal
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Cristal Oscuro Dark Crystal



  1. "The sword accepted you as its master... This thing is the embodiment of the evil magic that Zant cast on you. It's definitely different from our tribe's shadow magic..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  2. "Careful... If you touch it, you'll turn back into a beast! This thing is too dangerous... It's probably for the best if we just leave it here, huh? But on the other hand...if we kept it, you'd be able to transform into a beast anytime you wanted... Yes, since Zant was kind enough to give this to us, we should be thankful and use it all we can! If you need it, just call me. I want to keep a low profile, so I'll hide in your shadow when you're human, but I can change you whenever. You can be a wolf anytime you like!" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  3. "Also, thanks to this thing, you can warp whenever you want by switching into wolf form..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  4. "Link, be careful... This black fog is made up of shadow crystals created by Zant. They blot out light... He's responsible for stealing the light from the spirits and turning your world into twilight... But he's not all-powerful. We're prepared too. I can return you to your normal state whenever you need, so don't worry, OK?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  5. "Shadow crystals flow like waterfalls here... There's no way we can get rid of all of them. Charge your sword up and release the power of the Sol all at once." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
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