The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch adds a longtime series item that wasn’t in the Game Boy or Game Boy Color versions of the game: Fairy Bottles. It’s just one of the many new features in the remake. Now you can bottle fairies at fountains and when dropped from enemies to recover some hearts when you’re low on health. There are three Fairy Bottles in Link’s Awakening. Here’s how to get all of them.
You can find the first Fairy Bottle really early in the adventure. Head to the fishing hole on the northwest side of Mabe Village and give 10 rupees to the fisherman to play his mini-game.
While your first instinct is to try to reel in some live fish, if you look in the bottom-left corner of the screen, you’ll see a small bottle at the bottom of the pond, next to the plant life. Simply cast your line, move it across the bottle’s lid, and it will attach.
The fish don’t want you to get the bottle, though. If you reel it past their line of sight, they will move quickly to jar it free. If you time it right, you can move the line past the fish when their backs are turned toward you.
If you’re having trouble, catch a fish or two to clear an easier path. You’ll want to catch fish anyway since your first catch earns you a Heart Piece, and your first “big” catch nets you a second Heart Piece.
The Ghostly Bottle
The second Fairy Bottle is impossible to miss, as it’s part of the mainline story. After completing Angler’s Tunnel, the fourth dungeon, a ghost will start following you around.
The ghost wants to go home. Its home is just right of Toronbo Shores. Go to the right side of the beach and pick up one of the rocks just below the treasure chest. Welcome to Martha’s Bay. Head up the stairs, and you’ll see the house below you.
Once inside, the ghost will look around and then command you to take it to its grave. The ghost’s grave isn’t located in the main cemetery. Instead, go to the Witch’s Hut.
Just southwest of the hut, you’ll see a rock that can be picked up. Down the stairs and to the left, you’ll see a lone headstone surrounded by flowers. Now the ghost can rest peacefully. For bringing it home, the ghost will give you a Fairy Bottle.
Dampé’s Fairy Bottle
The third and final Fairy Bottle is given to you by Dampé for completing the “Heart Shortage” Chamber Dungeon challenge.
The challenge requires that you create a dungeon shaped like a bottle and complete it with only three hearts. Before you are allowed to go through the three-shovel rated test, you must successfully complete all one and two-shovel rated challenges. There are eight of these.
Although Link’s Awakening adds Fairy Bottles, the bottles do not operate in the same way as most Zelda games. Instead, you have to manually discharge them from bottles to recover your health. Suppose you die with a fairy bottled up. In this case, it won’t immediately bring you back to life. This is due to the fact that Link’s Awakening already has a particular awakening item termed Secret Medicine that can be purchased from Crazy Tracy.
You’ll discover that there are many fairies at Great Fairy Fountains. Minibosses and elite and influential opponents that lurk in dungeons also drop fairies when they are defeated. All you need to do is wave a bottle next to the fluttering fairies to secure them inside.
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