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Fish appear in a number of The Legend of Zelda games with varying usage. From fishing minigames to prominent characters, fish are undoubtedly an important element of the Zelda series.


A Link to the Past

A Fish in the Dark World

Fish can be captured in A Link to the Past when the water is drained out of a certain pond in the south of the Light World. If this fish is thrown back into the water, it will say, "Thank you" and give Link some Rupees. However, the young hero can also carry the fish to Bottle Merchant in Kakariko Village and will be rewarded with various items.

Link's Awakening

See also: Fishing in Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, fish can be caught in a mini-game, where there are big ones called "lunkers" and little ones "runts".[1][2] One of the lunkers gives Link a Piece of Heart.

Link also encounters fish enemies in those games (Piranha, Cheep-Cheep, and the Angler Fish).

Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

See also: Fishing in Ocarina of Time

Small fish can be captured in bottles in both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. They are needed to gain entrance to Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly in Ocarina of Time. It seems that, although these fish are easy to find, they can be quite valuable if Link's looking to get some easy money. However, only certain people will offer to trade with him.

There is also a fishing minigame that can be played in the Fishing Hole of Lake Hylia. Link can obtain various prizes for catching a record-size fish and showing it to the pond owner. For more information, see Fishing.

In the Marine Research Laboratory of Majora's Mask, two carnivorous fish can found. If Link feeds the fish until one is big enough to eat the other, it will belch up a Piece of Heart as a reward. Seahorses also appear in Majora's Mask. To free the Seahorse from the Fisherman at Great Bay, a picture of one of the Gerudo Pirates is required.

Oracle of Seasons


In Oracle of Seasons, the fish is the sixth item in the trading sequence. It is a blue small fish that is given to Link by Ingo in exchange for helping complete his vase collection with the Goron Vase,[3] which was always refused to him by Biggoron.[4] This fish is passed on to an old man trying to get his cat, Mittens, down from a tree in Eyeglass Lake in return for the Megaphone.[5]

Twilight Princess

See also: Fishing in Twilight Princess

In the beginning of Twilight Princess, a fish has to be caught using the Fishing Rod in order to get Sera's cat to return to the shop. This small event eventually leads to Link being able to buy the slingshot from Sera. Much like in A Link to the Past, when a fish is thrown back in the water, it will give Link a Recovery Heart. Records of fish that have been caught by bobber fishing are stored in the Fish Journal along with the size and amount of each specific fish.

The Skullfish and the Bombfish are two illegal fish that can be caught, but they will not get recorded in the Fish Journal. Catching a Skullfish can yield a heart like other fish. The Bombfish, which is more difficult to catch, will add a Water Bomb to Link's inventory.

Later on, a fish called the Reekfish needs to be caught using a Coral Lure in Zora’s Domain to reach Snowpeak, home to the fifth dungeon in Twilight Princess.

Just like in Ocarina of Time, Link can go to Hena's Fishing Hole located in the Upper Zora's River to try lure fishing for a minimum of 20 Rupees.[6] Here, various types of fish can be caught and kept away in the fish tank inside the fishing hut, including the infamous Hylian Loach.[7] To see the kinds of fish that can be caught in Twilight Princess, see below.

Phantom Hourglass

See also: Fishing in Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Link can fish off his boat provided he obtained the Fishing Rod from the Old Wayfarer. There are six types of fish for him to catch, and if the young hero manages to catch a Neptoona, he will be rewarded with a Heart Container by the Old Wayfarer.

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, there is a woman in Papuchia Village who sells fish. However, Link must first bring her at least 10 units of Mega Ice from Wellspring Station so that the saleswoman can keep her fish fresh. Afterward, she'll offer to sell Link 20 fish for 50 Rupees. Link can take 15 fish to a woman in Hyrule Castle Town to receive a Force Gem as a sign of her gratitude.

Types of Fish


Game: Twilight Princess
Making their first appearance in Twilight Princess, the Greengill can be found easily in most bodies of water: if there are fish, then there is a good chance that some of them are Greengills. They are quite small in size and are colored green and yellow with a wavy stripe along its side. It's considered to be a great fish for beginners since they don't really prove to be a problem when reeling one of them in.[8]

Largest known Greengill: 16 Inches

Hyrule Bass

Games: Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess
Called the "definitive lake fish" by Hena, the Hyrule Bass is one of the most common fish that can be found while fishing and, as such, it's one of the basics.[9][10][11] In Ocarina of Time, the Hyrule Bass is unnamed, and it is the only type of fish that could be caught at the fishing pond in Lake Hylia. They have a similar look in Twilight Princess and can be found in most places while bobber or lure fishing.

Largest known Hyrule Bass: 21 inches

Hylian Pike

Game: Twilight Princess
The Hylian Pike is a fish that has a lot of popularity and demand between anglers and is known as the "star of jumping fish."[12][13] It is said that the Hylian Pike is famous for gaining many fans due to its closed eyes.[14] The Spinner Lure or the Frog Lure is recommended for catching this type of fish.

Largest known Hylian Pike: 27 inches

Ordon Catfish

Game: Twilight Princess
Unlike the Hylian Pike, the Ordon Catfish is not too popular among anglers due to it being too slimy, making them particularly disliked at Hena's Fishing Hole.[15][16] Any time that Link catches a catfish while fishing with Hena, she will urge him to throw it back into the pond as quick as he can due to her heavy disgust towards them.[17][18] The Popper Lure is recommended to attract the Ordon Catfish to the surface.

Largest known Ordon Catfish: 25 inches


Game: Twilight Princess
The Reekfish is a red fish that can only be found in Zora's Domain in Twilight Princess and is a favorite food of the Yeti race.[19] The fish has a strong smell which helps Link, while in wolf form, locate the source of all the monster sightings in Zora's Domain. Strangely, when Link first meets Yeto, he is holding a Reekfish as big as Link, which is several times bigger than any seen in Zora's Domain.

The Reekfish can only be caught with a special Coral lure that is given to Link by Prince Ralis.[20][21] It apparently has a horrid stench, according to its description.[22] Despite this, the Reekfish is known to have many nutrients, and as such, they're revered and well-cared for by the Zoras.[23]

Hylian Loach

Main article: Hylian Loach
The Hylian Loach is a large, rare fish that appears in both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. The loach looks like a cross between the catfish and the pike, with an eel-like body and ornate swirl patterns down the length of its body. They generally weigh in at about 29-36 pounds and can only be found at the fishing holes in its respective game. Due to its rarity, the Hylian Loach is usually revered to be a legendary fish.[24]


Game: Phantom Hourglass

The Skippyjack is the smallest type of fish that can be caught in Phantom Hourglass and is also the easiest ones to reel in as it will not zig-zag or jump too much.[25] With the hook, it is a very common to encounter. However, after obtaining the Big Catch Lure, it becomes a very rare catch. It is mostly found on the southwest area of the sea.


Game: Phantom Hourglass

The Toona is another type of common fish that can be caught, although it is a bit rarer than the Skippyjack and also bigger.[26] The Old Wayfarer will not be impressed when shown this fish. This fish's rarity is barely affected by the Big Catch Lure.


Game: Phantom Hourglass

A Loovar is a large fish that can be caught in Phantom Hourglass. By catching this fish and returning to Bannan Island, Link can show it to the Old Wayfarer to be rewarded with the Big Catch Lure. It is a very rare fish when Link has the hook, but when he gets the Big Catch Lure, it becomes one of the most common catches. It sometimes bring a Stowfish attached to its belly. According to its description, it's very mild mannered.[27]

Largest Known Loovar: 6ft. 8in.


Game: Phantom Hourglass
A Stowfish is a fish that appears in Phantom Hourglass. Link can't catch it like a regular fish. It can sometimes be found attached to a larger fish, as long as it is a Toona, Loovar, Rusty Swordfish, or Neptoona, and if Link catches the host, then it will count as a Stowfish catch as well. When Link shows a Stowfish to the Old Wayfarer, he will give the young hero a random ship part. The Fishing Journal entry for the Stowfish does not record the lengths, only the number caught.

Rusty Swordfish

Game: Phantom Hourglass

The Rusty Swordfish is a fish is so large it takes up both screens of the Nintendo DS. It can only be caught with the Big Catch Lure. After showing the fish to the Old Wayfarer, he will reward Link with a random ship part. Rusty Swordfish are rarely found in smaller fish shadows, but are often found in the larger swordfish shadows on the Sea.

Largest Known Rusty Swordfish: 13ft. 5in.


Game: Phantom Hourlgass
Neptoona is the legendary fish of the ocean that can be found in Phantom Hourglass. She can only be found after receiving the Big Catch Lure and catching the Rusty Swordfish. The fish itself is a gargantuan, blue swordfish with a serrated bill with various green-blue markings. Showing the fish to the Old Wayfarer will result in Link receiving a Heart Container. Unlike other fish, her shadow on Link's map displays a shape of a swordfish.

The name is a pun on Neptune, the Roman god of Seas, and Toona, another species of fish that can be caught.

Notable Fish


Below is a list of famous fish characters that have appeared throughout the Zelda series and have played a major role in its respective game.


A Gyorg from The Wind Waker

Fish Species


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Language Name
  1. "It's a runt! I'll only give you a 5 Rupees prize for that." — Pond Owner (Link's Awakening)
  2. "Wow! Nice Fish! It's a lunker!! I'll give you a 20 Rupee prize!" — Pond Owner (Link's Awakening)
  3. "(The Goron Vase) goes right in my collection! In thanks, here! Take my dinner--my last Fish!" — Ingo (Oracle of Seasons)
  4. "Shooot! That Biggoron! No matter how often I ask, he won't give me his vase!" — Ingo (Oracle of Seasons)
  5. "Mittens! Oh, good kitty! Thank you! Oh! Yes! A reward... Here! Take this Megaphone!" — Megaphone Old Man (Oracle of Seasons)
  6. "It's 20 Rupees to try some lure fishing. There's no time limit, and the canoe rental's included!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  7. "That's a special fish tank just for my customers! Of course, I don't wanna encourage overfishing, so I only keep the biggest of each fish type that gets brought in." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  8. "Hey! It's a greengill! That's a great fish for beginners. It's pretty easy to catch one, right?" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  9. "That's a Hyrule bass! For fishing enthusiasts, this fish is one of the basics." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  10. "Hey, congrats! You caught one! This is a Hyrule bass. They're pretty common around here." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  11. "Congrats! You caught yourself the definitive lake fish, a good old Hyrule bass!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  12. "Wow! Look at that! You landed a Hylian pike! Anglers everywhere are going crazy about this fish!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  13. "Ooh, the Hylian pike, the star of jumping fish..." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  14. "It's the fish notorious for winning over fans with its closed eyes." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  15. "Oh, dearie me... An Ordon catfish... Those aren't popular at all... They look cute and all, but they're a little too slimy..." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  16. "The Ordon catfish, not that anyone really likes 'em..." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  17. "They look cute and all, but they're a little too slimy... That one looks to be about [var]... Hurry up and press [A] to throw the thing back!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  18. "Eww... Not another catfish... Uh, I guess it's about [var]? OK! Press [A] to release it! Quick!" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  19. "It must be a reekfish. That is a rare specimen found only in the Zora village." — Prince Ralis (Twilight Princess)
  20. "It feeds on a valuable type of coral, and without that bait, even our best fishers cannot catch one. Look closely, [Link]... My earring is made of this coral. I would like to give it to you" — Prince Ralis (Twilight Princess)
  21. "Reekfish live close to the two stone formations we call the Mother-and- Child Rocks." — A Zora (Twilight Princess)
  22. "It...reeks." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  23. "They've got a distinct smell that some find a little...gamey...but they're packed with nutrients, so they're revered and well cared for." — A Zora (Twilight Princess)
  24. "And they say you can catch the legendary Hylian loach around here, too, but I've never caught one..." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  25. "You caught a skippyjack! It measures # ft., # in.! These fish are common, but sure are tasty." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  26. "Among more common varieties, it's pretty big." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  27. "You caught a loovar! [...] It's not very pretty, but it's very mild mannered." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)