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31/31: Day 11- Top 10 Sidequests in Zelda

Zelda is home to some of the strongest, most memorable sidequests in all of gaming. Their indisputable charm derives from the lovable cast of characters, variety of locations and the way these sidequests are executed. Hardly will two sidequests feel the same or even share a similar structure. Each feels hand-crafted and developed with care, which is why it's so difficult to choose my ten favorite sidequests from the series. What constitutes a sidequest eligible of being on the list? Not much, really. It can span the length of the whole game or be five minutes long. It must, however, lead to the acquisition of an optional item or the achievement of an optional. This makes the list of possibilities a mile long, as each and every installment in the franchise offers Pieces of Heart, other collectibles, special equipment and privileges to be obtained outside of the main quest. These sidequests are ( in my opinion) the greatest of the franchise.

 

Number 10...

Nintendo Gallery- Wind Waker

The Nintendo Gallery is a place where you can bring pictographs of people and creatures you meet in the game so that they can be made into figurines by the the operator of the gallery, Carlov. You can get figurines for important characters, common townspeople, and even enemies and bosses.  It isn't too simple though. There are MANY figurines to collect, and you usually have only one chance to take a picture of the minibosses and bosses. Also, if the the picture is blurry, Carlov will say he cannot make a figurine out of them. Even with the difficultly, they're still fun to collect and make for a great challenge. 

 

 

Number 9...

Cave of Ordeals- Twilight Princess

Similar to the Savage Labyrinth from Wind Waker, the Cave of Ordeals is a sort of mini- dungeon located in the Gerudo Mesa. In order to have access to it, you have to take the missing piece of the Eldin Bridge that blocks the entrance and return it to its foundation. The cave consists of  50 rooms, most housing a set of enemies which get progressively harder as Link progresses through the cave, ranging from a few Bokoblins to 3 fully- armed Darknuts. Unlike most dungeons, the Cave of Ordeals contains no puzzles: it is a straightforward enemy gauntlet. On that note, no enemies within the dungeon will drop hearts or ammunition for any of Link's weapons, restricting Link to what he enters the dungeon with, with the exception of a few well-hidden hearts on a few floors, making for a good challenge. Though Link can attempt to tackle this dungeon at any point after the Gerudo Desert is accessible, the bottom floors cannot be reached until the Double Clawshots have been retrieved from the City in the Sky (as well as other items from previous dungeons). Once you've gotten past all 50 rooms of the cave, you are rewarded with a bottle of Fairy Tears, a great bonus.

 

Number 8... 

Upgrades-  Skyward Sword

Probably the smartest addition Skyward gave to the Zelda franchise, the upgrading system makes finding bugs and and other artifacts much more rewarding. From your shield to your potions, almost anything in your inventory can be made into something better.

Wooden Shields
The wooden shields burn easily; however, they are impervious to electrical attacks. 

  • Wooden Shield: You can receive the Wooden Shield early in the game from Owlan. If you miss this chance, or if it breaks or burns, you can buy a new one at the Item Shop in the Bazaar for 50 rupees. This is the weakest shield in the game and breaks easily.
  • Banded Shield: The Wooden Shield can be upgraded to the Banded Shield at the Scrap Shop in the Bazaar for 30 rupees, 2 Amber Relics, 1 Monster Claw, and 1 Jelly Blob. It is much more resistant to attacks and offers greater protection.
  • Braced Shield: The Banded Shield can be upgraded to the Braced Shield at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 3 Amber Relics, 2 Monster Claws, 2 Tumbleweeds, and 1 Ornamental Skull. It is the strongest of the wooden shields.

Skyward Sword Upgrades
Iron Shields
The iron shields are more durable than the wooden shields, and they do not burn; however, unlike the wooden shields, they are weak against electrical attacks.

  • Iron Shield: After you have completed the Skyview Temple, the Iron Shield will be available in the Item Shop for 100 rupees.
  • Reinforced Shield: The Iron Shield can be upgraded to the Reinforced Shield at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 2 Eldin Ore, 2 Monster Claws, and 2 Ornamental Skulls. It is more resistant to attacks than the Iron Shield.
  • Fortified Shield: The Reinforced Shield can be upgraded to the Fortified Shield at the Scrap Shop for 100 rupees, 3 Eldin Ore, 3 Monster Claws, 3 Tumbleweeds, and 1 Blue Bird Feather. It is the most durable of the iron shields.

Skyward Sword item Upgrades
Sacred Shields
The sacred shields have short damage meters, but they are very durable and resist many attacks. They also slowly repair themselves over time.

  • Sacred Shield: After you complete the Lanayru Mining Facility, the Sacred Shield will be available in the item shop for 500 rupees.
  • Divine Shield: The Sacred Shield can be upgraded to the Divine Shield at the Scrap Shop for 100 rupees, 2 Bird Feathers, 1 Dusk Relic, and 1 Ornamental Skull. It has improved durability.
  • Goddess Shield: The Divine Shield can be upgraded to the Goddess Shield at the Scrap Shop for 150 rupees, 4 Dusk Relics, 3 Bird Feathers, 3 Monster Horns, and 1 Blue Bird Feather. It is the strongest of the sacred shields.

Slingshot
The Slingshot is found early in the game, while you are on your way to the Skyview Temple. Back in Skyloft you can upgrade it to the Scattershot at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 2 Amber Relics, 2 Dusk Relics, and 3 Jelly Blobs. It allows you to fire multiple shots at once, while only consuming one seed.

Beetle
The Beetle is the dungeon item for Skyview Temple. It can be upgraded three times throughout the game.

  • Hook Beetle: In Lanayru Desert, the Beetle will be upgraded to the Hook Beetle, giving it the ability to pick up items and drop them on targets.
  • Quick Beetle: The Hook Beetle can be upgraded to the Quick Beetle at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 2 Ancient Flowers, 2 Hornet Larvae, and 1 Golden Skull. It can fly faster, and therefore farther, than the previous versions.
  • Tough Beetle: The Quick Beetle can be upgraded to the Tough Beetle at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 3 Ancient Flowers, 4 Amber Relics, 1 Blue Bird Feather, and 1 Goddess Plume. It can fly for longer amounts of time before running out of power.


Bug Net
The Bug Net can be bought in Beedle's shop for 50 rupees. It can be upgraded to the Big Bug Net for 100 rupees, 3 Tumbleweeds, 2 Ancient Flowers, and 1 Evil Crystal. It lets you catch multiple bugs or birds with a single swing.

Bow
The Bow is the dungeon item for the Sandship. It can be upgraded twice throughout the game.

  • Iron Bow: The Bow can be upgraded to the Iron Bow at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 1 Evil Crystal, 3 Monster Claws, and 2 Eldin Ore. It shoots arrows with increased power.
  • Sacred Bow: The Iron Bow can be upgraded to the Sacred Bow at the Scrap Shop for 100 rupees, 5 Tumbleweeds, 2 Evil Crystals, 3 Lizard Tails, and 1 Goddess Plume. It shoots arrows with maximum power.


Digging Mitts
The Digging Mitts are given to you by the Mogmas on your way to the Earth Temple. An upgraded version, the Mogma Mitts, are the dungeon item for the Fire Sanctuary. They allow you to not only dig holes, but also create tunnels to access new areas.

Heart Potion
The standard Heart Potion restores 8 hearts. It can be upgraded twice to improve its effectiveness.

  • Heart Potion+: The Heart Potion can be upgraded to the Heart Potion+ at the Infusion Shop for 20 rupees, 3 Blessed Butterflies, 1 Volcanic Ladybug, and 1 Woodland Rhino Beetle. It restores all of your health.
  • Heart Potion++: The Heart Potion+ can be upgraded to the Heart Potion++ at the Infusion Shop for 30 rupees, 3 Blessed Butterflies, 3 Deku Hornets, 1 Eldin Roller, and 1 Sand Cicada. It stores two servings of Heart Potion+ in one bottle.


Stamina Potion
The Stamina Potion restores your stamina meter and prevents it from going down for a short period of time. It can be upgraded to the Stamina Potion+ at the Infusion Shop for 20 rupees, 3 Volcanic Ladybugs, 2 Sky Stag Beetles, 2 Gerudo Dragonflies, and 1 Faron Grasshopper. The Stamina Potion+ increases the amount of time for which you will have infinite stamina to three minutes.

Air Potion
The Air Potion allows Link to swim without losing any air. It can be upgraded to the Air Potion+ at the Infusion Shop for 20 rupees, 2 Lanayru Ants, 2 Skyloft Mantises, and 2 Sky Stag Beetles. The Air Potion+ increases the amount of time for which you will have infinite air to three minutes.

Revitalizing Potion
The Revitalizing Potion fully repairs any shield and restores your health by four hearts. It can be upgraded to improve its effectiveness.

  • Revitalizing Potion+: The Revitalizing Potion can be upgraded to the Revitalizing Potion+ at the Infusion Shop for 20 rupees, 3 Deku Hornets, 2 Skyloft Mantises, and 2 Woodland Rhino Beetles. It increases the health restoration from four hearts to eight hearts.
  • Revitalizing Potion++: The Revitalizing Potion+ can be upgraded to the Revitalizing Potion++ at the Infusion Shop for 30 rupees, 3 Lanayru Ants, 2 Woodland Rhino Beetles, 1 Gerudo Dragonfly, and 1 Sand Cicada. It stores two servings of Revitalizing Potion+ in one bottle.


Guardian Potion
The Guardian Potion cuts damage in half for a short period of time. It can be upgraded to the Guardian Potion+ at the Infusion Shop for 40 rupees, 2 Lanayru Ants, 2 Skyloft Mantises, and 2 Sky Stag Beetles. The Guardian Potion+ makes you immune to all damage for a short period of time.

Seed Satchel
A Seed Satchel which can hold 20 Deku Seeds comes with the Slingshot.

  • Small Seed Satchel: You can find two extra Small Seed Satchels to carry more Deku Seeds. Each holds up to 10 Deku Seeds. However, these fill up slots in your Adventure Pouch. One can be purchased from the Item Shop for 100 rupees after you have completed the Skyview Temple. A second can be found by activating a Goddess Cube found on Eldin Volcano. The chest appears west of Fun Fun Island.
  • Medium Seed Satchel: Small Seed Satchels can be upgraded to Medium Seed Satchels in the Scrap Shop for 4 Amber Relics, 3 Monster Claws, and 3 Ornamental Skulls. These hold up to 20 Deku Seeds each.
  • Large Seed Satchel: Medium Seed Satchels can be upgraded to Large Seed Satchels in the Scrap Shop for 100 rupees, 5 Amber Relics, 3 Monster Claws, 1 Blue Bird Feather, and 1 Golden Skull. These hold up to 30 Deku Seeds each.


Bomb Bag
You receive your first Bomb Bag, which can hold 10 bombs, as the dungeon item for the Earth Temple.

  • Small Bomb Bag: There is a Small Bomb Bag which lets you hold an additional 5 bombs. It can be purchased from the Gear Shop for 150 rupees. It takes up one slot in the Adventure Pouch.
  • Medium Bomb Bag: The Small Bomb Bag can be upgraded to a Medium Bomb Bag at the Scrap Shop for 4 Lizard Tails, 3 Ornamental Skulls, and 1 Blue Bird Feather. It holds up to 10 bombs.
  • Large Bomb Bag: The Medium Bomb Bag can be upgraded to a Large Bomb Bag at the Scrap Shop for 3 Lizard Tails, 4 Jelly Blobs, 2 Hornet Larvae, and 1 Golden Skull. It holds up to 15 bombs.


Quiver
A quiver which holds 20 arrows comes when you get the Bow.

  • Small Quiver: A Small Quiver can be purchased from the Gear Shop for 150 rupees. It holds up to 5 additional arrows, but it takes up a slot in the Adventure Pouch.
  • Medium Quiver: The Small Quiver can be upgraded to a Medium Quiver at the Scrap Shop for 50 rupees, 5 Amber Relics, 3 Dusk Relics, and 3 Monster Horns. It holds up to 20 arrows.
  • Large Quiver: The Medium Quiver can be upgraded to a Large Quiver at the Scrap Shop for 100 rupees, 3 Dusk Relics, 2 Monster Horns, 1 Goddess Plume, and 1 Golden Skull. It holds up to 25 arrows.


Wallet
The Small Wallet holds 300 rupees.

  • Extra Wallet: Two extra Small Wallets can be purchased from Beedle for 100 rupees each.
  • Medium Wallet: Give Batreaux 5 Gratitude Crystals to turn your original wallet into a Medium Wallet. It can hold 500 rupees.
  • Big Wallet: Give Batreaux 30 Gratitude Crystals to turn your Medium Wallet into a Big Wallet. It can hold 1000 rupees.
  • Giant Wallet: Give Batreaux 50 Gratitude Crystals to turn your Big Wallet into a Giant Wallet. It can hold 5000 rupees.
  • Tycoon Wallet: Give Batreaux all 80 Gratitude Crystals to turn your Giant Wallet into a Tycoon Wallet. It can hold 9000 rupees.

 

 

Number 7...

Biggoron Sword- Ocarina of Time

An optional trading quest hat is undertaken while Link is an adult. The reward for completing this quest is Biggoron's Sword. In order to complete it, Link must trade many different items to people all over Hyrule. Several items in this trading quest will spoil if they are not delivered within a certain time limit. If this happens, Link can try again by going back to the person who gave him the item to get another. Warping to any destination during a timed trade will automatically cause the timer to reach 0, thus making it not a viable option for these portions. Though not necessary, riding Epona makes the timed portions significantly easier. Though a huge challenge, the Biggoron Sword is practically indestructible, making it not only difficult, but rewarding as well. 

 

Number 6...

Kinstone Fusion- Minish Cap

Kinstone Fusion is the art of matching two complementary Kinstone pieces with someone else, a Mysterious Wall, or a specific marker in the overworld of The Minish Cap, resulting in a completed gold, red, blue, or green medallion with a four-leaf clover on its front. Kinstones only match with the precise complement of the other, despite the many variations and colors of kinstone pieces. Their alignment creates a form of "good luck" for Link including, but not limited to: chests containing other kinstone pieces, rupees, or inventory items, unblocked passageways, and the triggering of sidequests. Unlike most sidequests of the series, the Kinstone Fusion quest only indirectly rewards Link. The second aspect of a successful Kinstone Fusion is to actually find the reward. After a successful match, the map screen will denote the general location and type of reward such as:

  • Doors and Arrows signify newly accessible areas.
  • People signify a character having something new.
  • Scrolls signify a newly appeared treasure chest.
  • Eggs signify a newly appeared creature, such as a Golden Octorok, or a Joy Butterfly
  • Beanstalks signify a beanstalk which can be climbed to reach a secret area.

 

 

 

Number 5...

Bottom of the Well- Ocarina of Time

For seven years, Ganondorf's dark aura has crept into many places, rooting up extraordinary evils. Kakariko Village is one of those place. When you visit it, it is beyond chaos. You may need to know a couple more songs and revert back to child Link, but once do, prepare for the challenge that lurks within the bowels of the root of Kakariko's evil, the well. What awaits you is deceptive illusions, redeads, hidden pitfall traps, and a whole bunch of acidic water. This mini- dungeons also contains to of the creepiest things ever to be seen in the Zelda franchise. Namely, the Dead Hand:

 

 

After defeating the Dead Hand you get the most NECESSARY optional items of any Zelda game, the Lens of Truth. Of course one can beat OoT without it, however it gets more difficult and will consist of trial and error runs. 

 

Number 4...

Fierce Deity Mask- Majora's Mask

Being the final transformation mask that Link can obtain in Majora's Mask, the Fierce Deity mask allows Link to transform into the avatar of a mighty god with the capability to shoot Sword Beams.  Link can obtain the Fierce Deity's Mask by trading the twenty non-transformation masks to the four Lunar Children wearing the boss remains at the Moon Ironically, Link obtains the mask from the child wearing Majora's Mask just prior to the final battle with Majora. The child gives him the Fierce Deity's Mask so that the two of them can play "good guys against bad guys" together. The Fierce Deity's Mask is not required to defeat Majora, but it makes the battle much easier. ( And almost everything else... )

 

Number 3...

Goddess Cubes- Skyward Sword

They are large blocks scattered across The Surface World. When Link strikes one with a Skyward Strike, it will vanish, sending a ball of energy into the Sky. A corresponding Treasure Chest will then activate in the sky, turning from gray to a glowing purple and allowing Link to open it. These useful items in the chest range from medals to rupees to Heart Containers. There are tons to collect all all of the treasures will serve you greatly.

 

Number 2...

100% Completion- Every Game

Strive for the best? Go ahead. For bragging right you must have all Heart Containers, Weapon upgrades, Items, and Collectible items such as Ship Parts or such... And, man. Is it worth it.

 

And Number 1... 

Reuniting Anju and Kafei- Majora's Mask

... You saw it coming. 

Arguably the most lengthy sidequest in the Zelda franchise and the biggest task in the Bomber's Notebook, the Kafei and Anju sidequest has been noted to be one of the most emotional and extensive sidequests of all the Zelda titles.  Spanning across the entire three days of the Majora's Mask timeline, this sidequest has players running across Termina to reunite two lost lovers. Anju and Kafei were set to be married during the Carnival of Time.  They were to exchange the masks of the sun and moon as vows to one another.  However, the intervention of the Skull Kid has complicated things.  From the warped and twisted sense of humor that the evil of Majora's Mask had strengthened, the Skull Kid reduced Kafei's body to that of a child. Now Kafei is in hiding, afraid to show his face before his fiancé, Anju.  Anju is the keeper of the Stock Pot Inn located in East Clock Town. When Link visits her there, the mere mention of Kafei's name brings tears to her eyes. Therefore, Link sets off on this enormous task of locating the lost Kafei and setting the marriage of these two lovers back on track, all while saving the world from a falling moon. This was my undoubtedly my favorite side quest in the Zelda series not because of the reward you get (Cause frankly, you don't get that much), but because of how emotional it is. When you finally reunite the lovers after a sequence of challenges, Kafei and Anju look one another in the eyes for a moment, and then they quickly throw themselves into the other's embrace, creating one of the most romantic and emotional scenes in any Legend of Zelda title.  They exchange their masks, and make their vows to one another.  You and Tatl are their witnesses, and as such, receive the Couple's Mask, a memento of this occasion.  The last words from this couple are as follows: "Please take refuge.  We are fine here.  We shall greet the morning... together."  Anju and Kafei know only that they want to be together forever.  Whether this forever exists on Earth or not is up to Link. 

 

What's your favorite side quest in the Zelda series? Comment below and thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 


 


 



 

 

 


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