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Warping
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Link's Spirit Train about to pass through an opened Warp Gate
Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Phantom Hourglass
Spirit Tracks
Skyward Sword
A Link Between Worlds
Breath of the Wild
Other MediaBS The Legend of Zelda

Warping is a recurring ability in The Legend of Zelda series. New additions to the series often bring newer methods of warping. In all cases, warping is the fastest mode of traveling across the land and sea. No physical or magical explanation is usually offered for these mysterious portals and songs.

The Legend of Zelda

Setting the mold for the future Legend of Zelda titles, its initial game introduced forms of warping that would be used and improved throughout later releases. The Other Warping section below lists more manners of warping that were born with this title.

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A Recorder will warp to any dungeon that Link has cleared. If Link is facing North or East, he will warp to the next dungeon. If he is facing South or West, he will warp to the dungeon before the one he is at. The Recorder can also be used to reveal hidden secrets.

After obtaining the Power Bracelet and the ability to push boulders around, Link can access certain stairwells that warp to others across Hyrule. The Old Man inside the cave offers 3 paths. The stairways and where they lead to are always set and not chosen randomly, although there is no visible indicator of which stairway takes Link where.

A Link to the Past

Link near a Whirlpool Waterway

This Super NES title returned warping to the The Legend of Zelda series after a notable absence in The Adventure of Link. Instead of the Recorder in The Legend of Zelda, the Flute takes the same role, calling upon a bird to carry Link to different locations across Hyrule. This Flute was known as an Ocarina in the original Japanese version of the game, and is the inspiration for the Ocarina of Time. Playing the Flute by the Weathercock in Kakariko Village will release the Flute Boy's Bird. Blowing into the wind instrument will summon this bird, who will carry Link to any of the following places:

  1. Near the Mountain Cave on Death Mountain
  2. The Magic Shop
  3. By the Weathercock in Kakariko Village
  4. Link's House
  5. South of the Eastern Palace
  6. An outcropping at the southwest of the Desert of Mystery
  7. The Watergate at the Great Swamp
  8. The southeast side of Lake Hylia
  9. On the eastern side of Death Mountain, on top of the rock that mirrors Turtle Rock (only in the Game Boy Advance version)

Link cannot use the Flute in the Dark World normally, but he is able to use it after defeating Agahnim in Ganon's Tower to transport directly to the Pyramid of Power. He cannot do this again, however.

Whirlpool Waterways

Main article: Whirlpool Waterway

Similar to the warp caves in the original The Legend of Zelda, Whirlpool Waterways will allow Link to travel from various bodies of water once he has Zora's Flippers. While the majority of these are in the Light World, some exist in the Dark World.

Magical Warp Tiles

Main article: Magical Warp Tile

Reaching the Dark World is also done via warping, using Warp Tiles. These are usually hidden under Rocks in various places across Hyrule, and there are eight in all.

The gateway of Hyrule Castle will also warp to the Dark World after overthrowing Agahnim.[1]

To travel back from the Dark World, Link must use an item called the Magic Mirror. Doing so leaves behind a small sparkling portal that he can use to return to the Dark World at any time. Also new to the series, Link is able to warp to the entrance to a dungeon at any time by using the Magic Mirror.

Teleportation Tile

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The Teleportation Tile also offers a new twist to complicated dungeon mazes. Stepping on one warps Link to another room in the dungeon, often with choices of other warp tiles to go through. This seemingly simple innovation proved complex to navigate, often disorientating Link by transporting him to a seemingly similar room on the other side of the dungeon. Inactive, gray versions of the Teleportation Tile serve as warp target locations. The warped-to tile will be inactive thus preventing Link from going back easily.

BS The Legend of Zelda

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An Ocarina located in the fourth level will warp Link to any completed dungeon, and thus works exactly like the recorder. When the Ocarina is played while facing West, it will warp Link to the next dungeon. If played while facing East, it will return Link to the previous dungeon. The Ocarina can also be used to reveal a few hidden secrets within the game.

Link's Awakening

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Warping on the relatively small Koholint Island is minimal but still functional for rapid travel. The warp pads in the dungeon's mini-boss room, which only appears once the mini-boss is defeated, along with its counterpart at the dungeon entrance, debuted with this title.
  • Playing Manbo's Mambo will warp Link to Manbo's pond near Crazy Tracy's home and potion shop.
    • Manbo's Mambo will also warp to the dungeon entrance when played inside of dungeons.
  • Warp Holes can be found on elevated platforms at various points across the overworld. They can be used to warp Link to the next warp hole he has seen, in a specific sequence.[2]
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    • Warp Hole Locations
      • Ukuku Prairie
      • Tal Tal Mountain Range
      • Tal Tal Heights
      • East of the Bay

Ocarina of Time

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The title of this game is the instrument used for warping, as well as other magical effects such as acting as the key to open the Door of Time and solving certain puzzles. The main new feature to using an instrument to warp is the use of multiple songs to get to specific locations, usually warping to the entrances of temple dungeons, including the Temple of Time. The feature thus far is unique to this title. This title also debuted the ability to warp through time as opposed to only warping through space, although by using the Master Sword rather than the Ocarina (except at the end, when Princess Zelda uses it for this purpose). A third method of warping is available through the spell Farore's Wind.

The primary method of warping in Ocarina of Time is by using the Ocarina of Time.[3] Link learns several songs such as the Minuet of Forest that warp him to a special pad in front of the song's corresponding temple; i.e. the Nocturne of Shadow will carry him to the Shadow Temple, and so forth.[4]

There is also a Spell that can be found known as Farore's Wind. When used, it will place a "marker" at the door of the most recently traveled-through entrance. Upon being used again, it will carry Link back to that marker. This is a useful tool as it can also warp Link out of locked rooms and escape from difficult enemies, such as the dungeon's boss or mini-boss. It can also be used to warp from one dungeon to another, if a warp point was set and Farore's Wind was later used. It cannot be used to warp between Child Link dungeons and Adult Link dungeons however.

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Drawing the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time will warp Link 7 years into the future. Replacing the sword warps back 7 years. Link's age will change from a child to adult and vice versa in this warping system. This would be the first time-warping used in The Legend of Zelda series.

Majora's Mask

Due to the unusual nature of Saving in Majora's Mask, the primary use for warping tends to be getting to a save point. The game may be saved once at any of the owl statues, which serve as warp destination points; as well as returning to the First Day. Although the Ocarina of Time returned, the warping function reverted to having only one song which allows for selecting a specific warp destination from a map. It did, however, gain the ability to warp through time as well as space.

Link warping to 1st Day
Not long into the game, Link learns the Song of Soaring, which can be used to take Link to any Owl Statue that he has marked with his sword.[5] It is the only song Link needs for warping to specific locations, unlike in The Ocarina of Time where he had several songs. Once the song is played, the map screen will appear showing an owl icon in the areas Link had activated them. Link simply selects an area, and warps.

The complete set of warp locations are as follows:

The Ocarina of Time's other function returns Link to Clock Town on the Dawn of the First Day when playing the Song of Time. This is the only form of warping with a cost. All rupees and item stocks will be depleted upon returning to the First Day, although Link can save rupees at the Clock Town Bank.

There are also pads at the entrances of the four dungeons within the game. If Link has defeated the boss of that dungeon once before, Link will be have the option of warping right to the boss room and fighting the boss instantly. This can save time instead of going through the troubles of the temple once again.

Oracle series

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Gale Seeds have the ability to warp Link to any of the Mystical Trees, trees bearing Mystical Seeds. As ammunition from the Seed Shooter or Slingshot, Gale seeds will send common enemies away.

Mystical Tree Locations

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Time Warping

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The Harp of Ages and its songs warps Link through time. This works similarly to warping from the Dark World to the Light World in A Link to the Past: via warping Link to the same map coordinates the item is used. The Tune of Echoes, the first tune learned, will open up sleeping time portals, whereas the Tune of Currents which is learned later will instantly warp Link to the present day regardless of where he is. Only the Tune of Ages can warp Link to any of the two time eras, anywhere. In the case of the Tune of Currents and Tune of Ages, a sparkling warp point will also stay and remain from where Link was standing when he first warped in. Standing on this will send Link back or forward.

Portals

Hidden portals, in Oracle of Seasons will warp to Subrosia. The portals in Subrosia also return to Holodrum. There are seven portals between the two worlds.

In a linked game, a warp portal will appear near the Maku Tree. This portal leads to an extra mini-dungeon with the real final bosses.

Four Swords

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A Warp Zone

In Four Swords, there exist Warp Zones that the Links may stand on to use. Warp Zones come in sets, with as many Warp Zones as there are Links present. Each set will teleport the Links to a different floor of a Stage when all of its Warp Zones are occupied.[6] An exception is the Chambers of Insight, where the southernmost Warp Zones will return the Links to the Stage selection map.[7]

The Wind Waker

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Warp portal from Great Sea to Hyrule
The Wind Waker features more warping utilizing the game's titular item, the Wind Waker. After obtaining the bow, Link can face any of the larger cyclones and shoot Cyclos, who is hiding within the cyclone. If three successful hits are achieved, Cyclos will submit to Link and teach him the Ballad of Gales, which allows Link to harness the power of the cyclones and travel to one of several squares of the map, and is in fact the only way to get inside the Mother and Child Isles. Every island in the Great Sea, except for Thorned Fairy Island, is within one square of one of these warp points; the Forsaken Fortress and the nearby Star Island and Four-Eye Reef may also be considered exceptions, since the Mother & Child Isles warp point only takes Link inside the island.

A glowing ring of light appears centered in the waters before the Tower of the Gods which serves to warp Link and the King of Red Lions to a path leading to Hyrule Castle.

The different warping places are as follows:

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Within many dungeons there are also pots with fogs of various colors. These are known as Warp Jars. These jars are often covered by wooden planks to prevent usage, but these planks can be removed with the use of a bomb. The cycle is green, blue, yellow. The yellow pot is usually right outside the boss room. If one of the pots is still covered, that pot is skipped in the cycle.

The Savage Labyrinth has Pillars of Light that serve as a warp spot. Warping back to the entrance is the only possibility. This dungeon doesn't allow Link to warp to any previously cleared areas.

Four Swords Adventures

One notable semi-warp system from the setup of Four Swords Adventures is the ability to choose which stage to play at any time after completing levels. Otherwise, the game prominently features Moon Gates and Moon Pearls as connections between the Dark and Light Worlds. Enchanted Pits in some cases serve the same purpose as a Moon Gate by sending Link to the Dark World counterpart of the area.

Several areas contain warping systems that send the Links back to set points. These enchanted areas are listed below. Also returning in certain areas are Whirlpool Waterways.

The Minish Cap

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The Minish Cap brings back the Ocarina warping system from A Link to the Past with the Ocarina of Wind. Finding and activating any of the many Wind Crests around Hyrule will shatter the stone, leaving only a symbol in its place, and sets the spot as a warp point. Once obtained, the Ocarina of Wind can be used to summon Zeffa the bird to carry Link to any of the activated Wind Crests.

The different Wind Crest Locations are as follows:

Other, different warp pads also appear within dungeons, similarly to the Game Boy and Game Boy Color The Legend of Zelda games of past. A blue warp pad will appear at the entrance and in the mini-boss room once said mini-boss is defeated. Using the newly found warp tile will activate its counterpart near the entrance to the dungeon. Once both are activated warping will be unrestricted between the two. A red pad will appear at the entrance and in the room right before the dungeon's boss. As with the blue one, using it causes its counterpart to appear near the entrance; thus allowing free travel between the two. These are useful to prepare for a boss fight and return close enough to retain health and stocked inventories. Green warps only appear in the boss room after a boss has been defeated, and warp Link back to the entrance. Green warps are one-way only.

After fusing Kinstones with the member of the Wind Tribe found in Hyrule Castle Town a warp pedestal will appear just North of Link's house. This warp portal leads to the Wind Tribe's tower in the Cloud Tops.

Twilight Princess

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A usable Portal

The largest overworld of The Legend of Zelda series would be expected to employ a powerful warping system. Twilight Princess delivers via Midna's help and a function to warp otherwise immovable objects far across the Hylian landscape.

In Twilight Princess, Shadow Beasts appear at key locations across the landscapes of Hyrule. Defeating each of the groups of Shadow Beasts will create a portal near their location, which Midna can then utilize to warp Link and herself across Hyrule. Very large objects can be transported in this manner.

The warping locations

The complete set of warp locations are as follows:

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Ooccoo and Ooccoo Jr. are characters in Twilight Princess, however they can be obtained as a temporary item if found. They can warp Link out of the dungeon, and return later to the room that he warped from. This item works very much in the same fashion as the Warp Jar found in The Wind Waker. Ooccoo is removed from Link's inventory upon completion of the temple he found her in.

The Great Fairy offers to warp Link back to the Cave of Ordeals entrance or to any of the Fountains in which she has sent fairies to. This power is not unexpected from such a magically powerful person. This option, only available every 10 floors, is the only way to get back out of the cave if Link doesn't have the proper tools or enough health to continue.

When in a dig cavern, Link can climb onto a rock where a beam of light shines, and will then appear above ground. This is similar to the way hidden grottos work in Ocarina of Time.

Phantom Hourglass

Link warping from a portal.

In Phantom Hourglass, each dungeon contains a portal of blue light in the penultimate room, just before the boss's room. Once Link reaches the room, he can read a tablet which reveals two connected lights, one near him and one at the beginning of the dungeon. Stepping into this portal lets Link warp back to the other light of the dungeon, either in the first or the last room.

The Temple of the Ocean King employs a unique Warping system due to its clock-based nature. Throughout the temple, there are blue warp portals (much like in other temples without the ability to return), which are usually located near chests containing pieces of the Sea Chart. However, once Link reaches a certain point in the temple, he gains access to the golden portal. Stepping into this sends Link back to the entrance, much like the blue counterparts, only it saves the time he used to reach it. Thus, Link can use the portal to skip half way through the temple, at the cost of taking away the time in the Phantom Hourglass originally used to get to said point.

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The six warping symbols.
The Golden Frogs locations

Phantom Hourglass also features a system of warping across the Great Sea similar to The Wind Waker, although instead of using the Wind Waker baton to summon cyclones, Link uses a Cyclone Slate obtained from the Golden Chief Cylos of Uncharted Island. There are a total of six symbols which can be drawn, and are each learned from Golden Frogs shot down by Linebeck's ship cannon throughout the seas.

The World of the Ocean King map features the ability to notate the symbols at their respective warp points, one of the key ways of interacting with Phantom Hourglass's stylus-based system. Drawing a symbol on the slate will take Link to the location of the frog that taught him that symbol. The symbols must be drawn in one stroke without the stylus mistouching the screen. However simple it may be, random failure can be expected but there is no penalty.

The complete list of Golden Frog locations are as follows:

Battle Mode

Most of the Battle Mode Stages are symmetrical rooms with a set of staircases at opposing points; even though the stages take place in single-storied rooms. The staircases serve as warp points between one another. All of the staircases are surrounded by walls and Safe Zones. For this reason, only Link is capable of using the stairways to traverse from one side of the room to another.

Spirit Tracks

An inactive (left) and active Warp Gate as seen in Spirit Tracks
The two kinds of Warp Gates: one with a Force Gem at the top and one without

Spirit Tracks employs a new system of warping in the overworld. Scattered throughout the four realms are a total of 16 Warp Gates. All Warp Gates come in pairs: one with a green Force Gem at the top, and one without it. When Link encounters a gate with a Force Gem, he must activate it by blasting the gem with the Cannon, turning the Force Gem yellow and thus allowing the young hero to travel between the two at any time, in either direction. To utilize them, the Spirit Train's whistle must be blown as they are approached, which will cause a yellow portal to open.

The list for the Warp Gates in each realm are as follows:

Forest Realm

  • Warp Gate A - North of Whittleton*
  • Warp Gate B - Northwest of Aboda Village, inside a cave
  • Warp Gate C - Southeast of Whittleton*
  • Warp Gate D - Southeast of Aboda Village

Snow Realm

Ocean Realm and Sand Realm

The warp portals in the Dark Realm

Fire Realm

* denotes that the other Warp Gate must be activated first in order to use said gate

In the first part of the Dark Realm, there are similar warp portals at the edges of the realm that, when Link goes through them, transport the Spirit Train to another section of the realm. These are necessary in order to collect the Tears of Light that are scattered throughout which are used to defeat all of the Armored Trains in the realm.

Skyward Sword

Bird Statue locations in the Faron Province

Though there is no actual method of warping from location to location in Skyward Sword, Link's manner of transportation depends entirely on his Loftwing. As the Surface and the Sky are separated by a Cloud Barrier, Link must obtain the three Ancient Tablets and place them above the altar inside the Statue of the Goddess. Each tablet will create an opening in the cloud barrier, marked by a Column of Light the color of the corresponding region.[8] Throughout each province are Bird Statues[9] set in key locations; once Link has activated a bird statue, it will appear marked on his map. Afterwards, whenever Link must travel from Skyloft to one of the three provinces, he will be able to reach different locations according to each activated statue.

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Skyward Sword also features alternate dimensions known as the Silent Realms, where Link must undergo a test in order to grow spiritually and earn a sacred treasure.[10] Each realm is accessible through a portal called the Trial Gate. After playing the corresponding Sacred Song, petals will grow around the gate mark.[11] Once petals completely surround it, the Trial Gate will fully activate, and Link must thrust his sword into the center of the gate mark to be transported to the Silent Realm. Link is only able to use the Trial Gates once, for he has proven his spiritual growth. However, he will be able to access the Silent Realms in Lanayru's Lightning Round.

A Link Between Worlds



In A Link Between Worlds, Weather Vanes scattered across Hyrule and Lorule serve as both check points and warp destination points. Soon after completing the Eastern Palace, Link will meet Irene the witch, who will give Link a bell. This bell can then be used to call the young witch while in the overworld and warp to any Weather Vane that has been activated. Irene can not be called in dungeons, houses or caves. After Irene is transformed into a painting and kidnapped by Yuga, she will not appear on her broom anymore, but this is merely a cosmetic change.

The list of locations in Hyrule that Link can warp to using the Bell is:

The list of locations in Lorule that Link can warp to using the Bell is:

In addition to this, teleportation tiles return in certain dungeons, where they serve the same purpose as in A Link to the Past. Portals leading back the dungeon's entrance also appear after the dungeon's miniboss has been defeated.

Other Warping

Diamond Steppe Warp Points mapped

Enchanted Areas

The wrong direction in many enchanted areas will warp Link back to the entrance, unless he knows the specific directions or the trick to get through.

Dungeon Warping

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  • Dungeon Warp Tiles serve as an interactive maze in many dungeons. These tiles test a hero's mental powers. The Tower of Hera prominently features warp tiles. Note: This is similar to the mini-boss and Boss room warping tiles. The difference is that the exit points and entrance points are often in rooms with no further way out.
  • Often after slaying a dungeon boss, Link will be warped outside.
  • Wallmasters and Floormasters grab Link and frequently drag him back to the entrance. This is rarely used by a player's own free will.
  • Usually when Link falls down a bottomless pit or into lava, he will be warped to a nearby location, either the entrance he used to get into the area or simply the bank he fell off of.
  • In Link's Awakening's Face Shrine, the room after the dungeon's mini-boss, Smasher, has a northern door that, when entered, warps Link to a similar room further south in the dungeon.
  • Onox's Castle contains rooms with open doorways seemingly to allow Link to pass attacking enemies. The Northern door will return Link to the same room, the left and right doorways, after being unlocked again will return Link to the castle's entrance.

Overworld and Miscellaneous Warping

Trivia

  • In both the Great Sea of The Wind Waker and the World of the Ocean King of Phantom Hourglass, Link is given the power to warp by cyclones given by frog-like creatures, Cyclos and the Golden Chief Cylos.
  • In The Minish Cap, the tune that is played on the Ocarina of Wind is the same tune that the Recorder played in the original Legend of Zelda.
  • Late in each game in the 3D series, Link will be able to warp to almost everywhere on the map, leaving Epona seemingly useless as a mode of transportation.
  • In Ocarina of Time, if Link uses one of the warp songs while on a timer, it will run out instantly to prevent shortcuts.
  • In Skyward Sword, Bird Statues have a similar role to the Owl Statue and Song of Soaring combination of Majora's Mask, in that Link can choose to which statue he or she wishes to descend, although he still has to fly to each region beforehand. Also, the statues within each dungeon will teleport Link to the entrance.

See Also

References

  1. "Once you have overthrown the wizard Agahnim, you can also enter the Dark World from the entrance of Hyrule Castle." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 27)
  2. "There are some Warp Holes on Koholint Island. You can warp to and fro using these holes. If you jump into the Warp Hole at which you arrived, you will go to the next one in the sequence. You can only warp to a hole you have seen with your own eyes..." — Library (Link's Awakening)
  3. "With the Ocarina, you can also warp to other places." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 23)
  4. "Playing certain tunes can warp you to different places." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 30)
  5. "And when you play the Song of Soaring, which you will learn at some point in your quest, you will be able to warp to areas where there are Owl Statues." (Majora's Mask manual, pg. 40)
  6. "When each of you stands on a red warp zone, all will be transported to another floor, where you will learn about many items. Begin by standing on the warp zones ahead." — Stray Fairy (Four Swords)
  7. "The one below will take you back to the map." — Stray Fairy (Four Swords)
  8. "It appears that you will be able to reach the surface by passing through the portal in the clouds at the column's base." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  9. "Apparently, those old statues serve as statues to those traveling up to the sky or down from this Isle of the Goddess place." — Gorko (Skyward Sword)
  10. "This is the nature of places known as Silent Realms. They are domains of the spirit, accessible only to the goddess’s chosen hero." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  11. "Something here is reacting to our performance of Farore’s Courage. I have confirmed the appearance of a strange mark on the ground. I calculate a 90% possibility that this mark is a Trial Gate..." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  12. "The road to the truth will open only for those who oppose the inconstant winds." — Tablet (Four Swords Adventures)