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Trading Quest

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Trading Quests,[1] also known as Trading Sequences,[2] are recurring sidequests in The Legend of Zelda series.

Overview

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.

As Link tries to help a character, 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.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, the Trading Quest begins by obtaining the Yoshi Doll from the Trendy Game in Mabe Village. It eventually ends with Link obtaining the Magnifying Lens that allows him to read the Book Dark Secrets And Mysteries Of Koholint inside the Library which tells him the directions to navigate the Egg Maze.

ItemCharacterLocationRequirements
LANS Yoshi Doll Icon.png
Yoshi Doll
Trendy GamesterTrendy GameHaving at least 10 Rupees.
LANS Ribbon Icon.png
Ribbon
MamashaQuadruplets House
LANS Dog Food Icon.png
Dog Food
CiaoCiaoMadam MeowMeow's House
LANS Bananas Icon.png
Bananas
SaleSale's House o' Bananas
LANS Stick Icon.png
Stick
KikiKanalet Castle
LANS Honeycomb Icon.png
Beehive
TarinUkuku PrairieCompleting Key Cavern.
LANS Pineapple Icon.png
Pineapple
Chef BearAnimal Village
LANS Hibiscus Icon.png
Hibiscus
PapahlTal Tal Heights
LANS Goat's Letter Icon.png
Goat's Letter
ChristineAnimal Village
LANS Broom Icon.png
Broom
Mr. WriteGoponga Swamp
LANS Fishing Hook Icon.png
Fishing Hook
Grandma YahooAnimal Village
LANS Necklace Icon.png
Necklace
FishermanMartha's Bay
LANS Scale Icon.png
Scale
MermaidMartha's Bay
LANS Magnifying Lens Icon.png
Magnifying Lens
Mermaid Statue

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Trading Quest can only be completed by adult Link. For doing so, he receives the Biggoron's Sword, a powerful two-handed blade.

ItemCharacterLocationRequirements
OoT3D Pocket Egg Icon.png
Pocket Egg
Cucco LadyKakariko Village
OoT3D Pocket Cucco Icon.png
Pocket Cucco
Waiting a day after obtaining the Pocket Egg.
OoT3D Cojiro Icon.png
Cojiro
Cucco LadyKakariko VillageWaking up Talon with the Pocket Cucco.
OoT3D Odd Mushroom Icon.png
Odd Mushroom
Master Craftsman's SonLost Woods
OoT3D Odd Poultice Icon.png
Odd Poultice
GrannyGranny's Potion ShopBringing the Odd Mushroom within three minutes of obtention.
OoT3D Poacher's Saw Icon.png
Poacher's Saw
FadoLost Woods
OoT3D Broken Goron's Sword Icon.png
Broken Goron's Sword
Master CraftsmanGerudo ValleyHaving Epona or the Longshot.
OoT3D Prescription Icon.png
Prescription
BiggoronDeath Mountain
OoT3D Eyeball Frog Icon.png
Eyeball Frog
King ZoraZora's Domain
OoT3D World's Finest Eye Drops Icon.png
World's Finest Eye Drops
Lake ScientistLakeside LaboratoryBringing the Eyeball Frog within three minutes of obtention.
OoT3D Claim Check Icon.png
Claim Check
BiggoronDeath MountainBringing the World's Finest Eye Drops within four minutes of obtention.
OoT3D Biggoron's Sword Icon.png
Biggoron's Sword
BiggoronDeath MountainWaiting three days after obtaining the Claim Check.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, there are Business Scrubs desiring to move to new places, yet they're unable to do so because they need documents of property from their destinations. In exchange, they accept to sell their own Deku Flowers before moving to other places, every time enabling Link to reach a Piece of Heart.

ItemCharacterLocationRequirements
MM3D Moon's Tear Icon.png
Moon's Tear
Astral ObservatoryLooking at the Skull Kid through the telescope.
MM3D Town Title Deed Icon.png
Town Title Deed
Business ScrubClock Town
MM3D Swamp Title Deed Icon.png
Swamp Title Deed
Business ScrubSouthern Swamp
MM3D Mountain Title Deed Icon.png
Mountain Title Deed
Business ScrubGoron VillageBeing Deku Link.
MM3D Ocean Title Deed Icon.png
Ocean Title Deed
Business ScrubZora HallBeing Goron Link.
MM3D Piece of Heart Icon.png
Piece of Heart
Business ScrubIkana CanyonBeing Zora Link.

Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, completing the Trading Quest rewards Link with the Noble Sword.

ItemCharacterLocationRequirements
OoS Cuccodex Sprite.png
Cuccodex
Dr. LeftHoron VillageLighting the Torch inside Dr. Left's house.
OoS Lon Lon Egg Sprite.png
Lon Lon Egg
MalonHoron Village
OoS Ghastly Doll Sprite.png
Ghastly Doll
MapleHolodrum
OoS Iron Pot Sprite.png
Iron Pot
IngaHolodrum Plain
OoS Lava Soup Sprite.png
Lava Soup
Subrosian ChefSubrosia
OoS Goron Vase Sprite.png
Goron Vase
BiggoronDeath Mountain
OoS Fish Sprite.png
Fish
IngoSunken City
OoS Megaphone Sprite.png
Megaphone
Old ManEyeglass Pond
OoS Mushroom Sprite.png
Mushroom
TalonMt. Cucco
OoS Wooden Bird Sprite.png
Wooden Bird
SyrupWitch's Hut
OoS Engine Grease Sprite.png
Engine Grease
Tick TockHoron Village
OoS Phonograph Sprite.png
Phonograph
Guru-GuruHoron Village
OoS Noble Sword Sprite.png
Noble Sword
Business ScrubLost WoodsNavigating the Lost Woods by following the Business Scrub's instructions.

Oracle of Ages

In Oracle of Ages, completing the Trading Quest rewards Link with the Noble Sword.

ItemCharacterLocationRequirements
OoA Poe Clock Sprite.png
Poe Clock
AllanYoll GraveyardHaving the Power Bracelet.
OoA Stationery Sprite.png
Stationery
PostmanPost Office
OoA Stink Bag Sprite.png
Stink Bag
HandLynna Village
OoA Tasty Meat Sprite.png
Tasty Meat
TokayCrescent Island
OoA Doggie Mask Sprite.png
Doggie Mask
Happy Mask SalesmanMask Shop
OoA Dumbbell Sprite.png
Dumbbell
Mamamu YanLynna City
OoA Cheesy Mustache Sprite.png
Cheesy Mustache
ThomasSymmetry Village
OoA Funny Joke Sprite.png
Funny Joke
Lynna City ComedianLynna City
OoA Touching Book Sprite.png
Touching Book
DekadinLynna Village
OoA Magic Oar Sprite.png
Magic Oar
MapleHolodrum
OoA Sea Ukulele Sprite.png
Sea Ukulele
RaftonSouth Shore
OoA Broken Sword Sprite.png
Broken Sword
Old ZoraCoast of No Return
OoA Noble Sword Sprite.png
Noble Sword
PatchRestoration WallCompleting Patch's "ceremony" mini-game.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, completing the Trading Quest rewards Link with the Swordsman's Scroll allowing him to learn the Great Spin Attack.

ItemCharacterLocationRequirements
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Hero's New Clothes
Man of SmilesTraveler's ShipDefeating all the enemies on the Traveler's Ship.
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Kaleidoscope
NyevePrince of Red Lions
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Guard Notebook
Hoiger HowgendoogenTraveler's Ship
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Wood Heart
NyaveTraveler's Ship
File:No Image Upload.png
Swordsman's Scroll
Old WayfarerBannan IslandBringing Joanne to the Old Wayfarer's house.

Trivia

  • The Trading Quests were inspired by the Japanese Buddhist tale, "Straw Millionaire".[3] "Straw Millionaire" is a tale about a poor man who becomes rich through trading various items.

References

  1. "THE TRADING QUEST"Explore Koholint Island, the setting of the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening game., Zelda.com, retrieved September 21, 2019.
  2. Majora's Mask manual, pg. 33
  3. "We had (Kensuke) Tanabe-san join early on. He thought up the sub-events and stuff like the "Straw Millionaire" parts." — Takashi Tezuka, Iwata Asks : The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks : Kirby and Chomps in ..., Nintendo.com, published n.d., retrieved January 24, 2020.