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Empty Bottle OoT artwork.png
Artwork of an Empty Bottle from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2021)
Location(s) Various
Effect Stores certain items for later use
Reflects certain magical attacks
Related items
“You got an empty bottle! Use it to store all kinds of things.”
In-game description

Bottles, also called Empty Bottles, are a recurring type of item in The Legend of Zelda series. They are typically small glass containers closed with a cork. They can store various items such as fairies, potions, and Poe Souls. Many The Legend of Zelda titles allow Link to obtain multiple bottles. Sometimes a bottle is a necessary item for progressing in a game.


The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[edit]

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The bottles in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past are called Magic Bottles.

Two are found in Kakariko Village: a street vendor sells one for 100 Rupees, and the other is found inside a Treasure Chest in the back of the tavern. The camper under the bridge southeast of Hyrule Castle in the Light World gives Link another bottle. The last bottle is inside a chest in a ruined house in the Village of Outcasts, corresponding to the home of the Dwarven Swordsmiths in the Light World. If Link brings the chest with him to the Desert of Mystery, the silent Lockpicker will pick the lock on the chest.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, there are four bottles. One is obtained by aiding Anju in bringing back her Cuccos in Kakariko Village. Another is the reward for completing the Super Cucco-findin' Game, and comes with two helpings of Lon Lon Milk. Another bottle, containing a letter from Princess Ruto, is found by diving into the waters of Lake Hylia; this bottle is required in order to complete the game. When the letter has been delivered to King Zora, Link can keep the bottle for regular usage. The fourth bottle is obtained by Link during his adulthood after capturing ten Big Poes in Hyrule Field. These must be sold to the Ghost Hunter in the Ghost Shop for 100 points on Link's "card" each. When Link has 1,000 points, the Ghost Hunter gives him a bottle.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask[edit]

Link can obtain up to six bottles in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

Kotake gives Link a bottle filled with Red Potion to restore the energy of her sister, Koume; this bottle is required to progress in the game. Link receives another after successfully defending Romani Ranch from Them; it comes with two helpings of Milk. The third bottle, which contains Gold Dust, is the prize for completing the Goron Race. The fourth is obtained by beating the Beavers' challenge at the Waterfall Rapids. The fifth bottle, which contains Chateau Romani, is given to Link by Madame Aroma when he delivers Kafei's letter to her personally. The sixth and final bottle is obtained in Ikana Graveyard on the Night of the Final Day. If Link commands the Stalchildren there to open a grave, they reveal an underground chamber, where Link encounters Dampé. Having lost his lamp, Dampé requires the light from Tatl to see properly. Link can lead him around the chamber to circles of soft earth. If Dampé unearths three spots that cause blue fire to appear, a Big Poe will materialize. Upon the Poe's defeat, a chest containing the last bottle appears.

When Link uses the "Song of Time" to return to the First Day, the contents of the bottles disappear, but Link keeps the bottles themselves.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D adds a seventh bottle, a reward for delivering Mystery Milk to Gorman. The sixth bottle that is under the grave is replaced by a Piece of Heart, and the bottle is instead acquired at Old Koume's Boat Cruise.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, there are four bottles. One is given to Link by Medli on Dragon Roost Island before he enters Dragon Roost Cavern; this bottle is required to progress in the game. Another is found inside a Submarine off the coast of Bomb Island. The third can be purchased from Beedle's Masked Ship for the price of 500 Rupees. The fourth bottle is given to Link by Mila after he catches her stealing from Zunari's safe on Windfall Island.

In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, the Tingle Tuner is replaced with the Tingle Bottle, which allowed the player to send messages to other players via Miiverse while that service was in operation.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap[edit]

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In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, there are four bottles. One is bought from a Business Scrub at Mt. Crenel's Base, and is required to complete the game. Another is obtained by talking to Stockwell behind his counter at the Hyrule Town Shop. He will ask Link to deliver a bottle of Dog Food to his dog, Fifi. After feeding the dog, Link is allowed to keep the bottle. Another bottle is obtained by fusing Kinstones with Smith. The fourth is obtained after fusing Kinstones with six Mysterious Walls found around Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[edit]

There are four bottles in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. A half-full bottle of Milk is given to Link by Sera as thanks for safely returning cat to her. Another bottle, filled with Lantern Oil, can be purchased from Coro. The third can be fished out of the area of Hena's Fishing Hole, which is filled with waste and garbage. The last bottle, filled with Great Fairy's Tears, is obtained by obtaining 20 Poe Souls and returning to Jovani in Hyrule Castle Town.

Empty bottles may be used in the battle against Possessed Zelda in the Throne Room of Hyrule Castle to reflect her magic back at her.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, there are five bottles. Luv gives Link the first bottle when he talks to her; after this, Link can find the second in a chest in the Sealed Temple (which contains Revitalizing Potion). The third is obtained from Parrow when his sister, Orielle, is missing (this bottle contains Mushroom Spores). Link can find the remaining two bottles in the Fire Sanctuary and in a Goddess Chest located inside the Thunderhead that requires the Mogma Mitts to obtain.

Bottles can be used to hold potions or fairies. In this game, time does not freeze when Link drinks a potion, allowing him to move and rendering him vulnerable to enemy attacks. At one point, a Bottle is required in order to retrieve Sacred Water for the Water Dragon Faron.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, there are five Bottles. Two of these are obtained in a nearly identical fashion to A Link to the Past: the one purchased from the Street Merchant in Kakariko Village for 100 Rupees, and the one given to Link by the Bird Lover hidden Under the Bridge. Another is found in a chest in the Vacant House, the Lorule counterpart to Link's House, by bombing a fragile wall at the back of the house. Another bottle may be gained by donating a total of 3,000 Rupees to the Great Rupee Fairy.

The one that requires the most work is found atop Death Mountain. At the bottom of south-eastern Lake Hylia is a bottle containing a letter from the Bouldering Guy, who is stuck on the mountain. The note admonishes whoever finds it to bring him Premium Milk from Kakariko Village's Milk Bar. After properly navigating a huge lava-filled cavern on Death Mountain, Link is able to access the ledge on which the Bouldering Guy is stuck. After receiving the milk and consuming it, the Bouldering Guy presents Link with the now-empty bottle as his reward.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a Bottle makes a small appearance during one of Young Link's taunts, in which he drinks Lon Lon Milk from a Bottle.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Bottle from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker can be seen floating in the Great Sea in the background of the Pirate Ship stage. This also occurs in the stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland[edit]

In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, bottles are named Empty Jars, and are used to store the various substances Tingle can concoct in his house.

Hyrule Warriors[edit]

In Hyrule Warriors and its reissues, Empty Bottles appear as three badges (Empty Bottle I, Empty Bottle II, and Empty Bottle III) that can be crafted at the Bazaar's Badge Market. Empty Bottle I allows the warrior it is crafted for the ability to carry and use a single Potion once per battle. Empty Bottle II allows the warrior to use a potion twice per battle and Empty Bottle III allows the to use a potion three times per battle.

Bottles also appear in the basket Agitha carries which she apparently uses to collect and carry bugs. In the Land of Twilight story scenario, she carries a Goddess Butterfly in one of these bottles, before releasing it to help Lana find her way through the patches of Twilight on Twilight Field.

As part of Link's Great Fairy moveset, the Great Fairy carries Link around in a bottle that flies alongside her. During certain combos, the Great Fairy releases Link from the b ottle to either borrow Link's Knight's Sword or play a game of Dead Man's Volley as part of her attacks. She will also hug the bottle tightly when guarding.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Companion Fairies found in Pots inside enemy keeps appear inside bottles. When the player's character collects the bottle, they remove the bottle's cork, and the Companion Fairy is released from the bottle.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビン
Aki Bin

Empty Bottle