5) Ocarina of Time – Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask
The Ocarina of Time is unique because it actually allows Link to manipulate time, which is pretty freaking awesome. Its magic is unleashed after playing one of many songs Link will learn throughout his journey. In Ocarina of Time, Link can use the Ocarina to open the Door of Time, warp around the map, and is necessary to progress through the story. Its importance is increased in Majora’s Mask by allowing you to manipulate time in many ways, which we all know is extremely important in that game. You can speed up time, slow it down and even travel three days back in time. It is an incredible item that is essential to both of these games.
4) Roc’s Cape – Minish Cap
Roc’s Cape is one of the coolest items in the Zelda series. It proves to me that jumping on command (as opposed to the auto jump) can work in a Zelda game. Its usefulness is proven when it allows you to jump over pits that weren’t previously traversable. It also allows Link to glide over long distances which makes it better than Roc’s Feather.
3) Bow and Arrows – Multiple Zelda Games
When you think of Link’s bag of items, this may be the first that comes to mind. Link’s bow has been a true asset to his adventures right from the beginning. Whether it be shooting enemies in the eye, or hitting a switch across a gap, you can never go wrong with the bow in these situations. Link occasionally finds new arrows that keep the bow a relevant item in subsequent entries. Such arrows like Fire/Ice/Light in Ocarina of Time and Silver Arrows in A Link to the Past.
2) Clawshot – Twilight Princess
I was considering placing the hookshot on this list, but let’s be honest, the Clawshot item is much cooler. It is first introduced in Twilight Princess that initially seems to work just like the hookshot. However, a little later in the game Link finds a second Clawshot which he can wear on the opposite hand. He becomes some kind of medieval themed Spider-Man. Wearing two of these Clawshots means that Link can hook onto a surface and proceed to use the other hand to attach to another surface. This amounts to some crazy climbing sections and one of the best boss fights in Zelda history.
1) Masks – Majora’s Mask
What item could go up against the masks from this stellar Zelda game? Majora’s Mask has 24 masks with a range of abilities from transformations to the ability to run faster. Transformation masks such as the Goron, Deku, and Zora masks allow Link to take on the form and abilities of those races, while masks such as the Gibdo mask will trick ReDeads into thinking you are one of them. Some masks are incredibly useful like the Blast Mask, and some are only used a few times, but it is their charm and variety that makes them number 1.
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