Trading Quests are recurring sidequests in The Legend of Zelda series. By trading a long list of items, the player will eventually be rewarded with a useful item such as a better sword, new tools or even numerous Pieces of Heart. However, due to their status as sidequests, they are not necessary to complete the game, except in the case of Link's Awakening, where several items, including the final reward, are mandatory.
By tradition, a trading sequence may begin in an inhabited town. As Link tries to help one of the characters in there, he may receive an item that becomes useful for someone else; when Link gives the newer item to the right character, he receives in turn another item that is destined to yet another character; a trade sequence takes form when this process is repeated continuously, thus resulting into a long string of exchanges that ultimately lead to a powerful item. For natural reasons, the traded items generally have one-time uses, and therefore one-time appearances. There are some exceptions, though, as the items can be obtained again for secondary uses (see below for more details).
|Trading Sequence||Number of Items||Notes||Rewards|
|Link's Awakening Trading Sequence||13||Half of the trading sequence is mandatory to beat the game.||Magnifying Lens, which can also be used to find the Boomerang.|
|Mask Trading Sequence||8||-||Mask of Truth, Goron Mask, Zora Mask, Gerudo Mask|
|Ocarina of Time Trading Sequence||10||The trading sequence features various items that must be delivered before the timer runs out.||Biggoron's Sword|
|Majora's Mask Trading Sequence||5||It can be restarted entirely anytime.||5 Pieces of Heart|
|Oracle of Ages Trading Sequence||12||Shares the reward and the number of items involved with that of Oracle of Seasons.||Noble Sword|
|Crescent Island Trading Sequence||10||Involves Link trading to re-acquire the items he has lost.||Scent Seeds|
Access to Moonlit Grotto
|Oracle of Seasons Trading Sequence||12||Shares the reward and the number of items involved with that of Oracle of Ages.||Noble Sword|
|Island Trading Sequence||12||The decoration items featured in the trading sequence can be bought at any time in Zunari's Shop.||2 Pieces of Heart|
|Phantom Hourglass Trading Sequence||5||The Mermaid Sidequest must be completed before attempting this trading sequence.||Swordsman's Scroll with which Link can learn the Spin Attack|
- "THE TRADING QUEST" — Explore Koholint Island, the setting of the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening game., Zelda.com, retrieved September 21, 2019.