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Top 10 "The Legend of Zelda" Potions

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Potions in "The Legend of Zelda"

Potions in "The Legend of Zelda"

Potions in The Legend of Zelda

As Link repeatedly saves Hyrule from danger, he faces perilous dungeons filled with traps, enemies, and bosses, so it's no surprise he's gonna get beaten up along the way. Luckily, experienced adventurers are never without a good potion in hand, recovering life or granting other benefits to ease their pain.

Throughout Link's travels, he's sampled far more than the three standard potion types—but which brews reign supreme? These are the ten best potions throughout The Legend of Zelda!

Green Potion

Green Potion

10. Green Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Standard Effect: Fully restores magic

First introduced as the "Medicine of Magic," green potions are commonplace in magic-using games, where they fully restore Link's magic meter. While they won't recover life, they help fuel your special powers and tend to be the cheapest potions throughout Hylian stores.

Red Potion

Red Potion

9. Red Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Standard Effect: Fully restores health

Red potions stave off death by restoring Link's health. That said, their potency varies by game, with recent entries gradually weakening red potions to eight or even six hearts instead of full recovery, so be sure to read your in-game descriptions.

Purple Potion in "A Link Between Worlds"

Purple Potion in "A Link Between Worlds"

8. Purple Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Standard Effect: Restores 8 hearts, triggers on death

In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, purple potions act like fairies, healing eight hearts and auto-triggering when you die. This prevents you from having to monitor your health and time your activation.

More recently, in A Link Between Worlds, purple potions don't heal, but unleash a unique attack that damages all nearby enemies. Either way, these rare concoctions always pack a powerful punch.

Yellow Potion in "A Link Between Worlds"

Yellow Potion in "A Link Between Worlds"

7. Yellow Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Standard Effect: Fully restores health

In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, yellow potions serve as upgraded red potions, fully restoring Link's life. In A Link Between Worlds, they instead grant temporary invincibility. So sure, these brimming concoctions don't appear in many games, but when they do, they're invaluable treasures.

Magic Potion

Magic Potion

6. Secret Medicine/Magic Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Standard Effect: Fully restores health, triggers on death

In Link's Awakening, the Secret Medicine combines the power of a full red potion and a fairy, completely restoring your health and activating if you die. In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, the Magic Potion does the exact same thing, making each an auto-triggering extra life.

Life Potions

Life Potions

5. 2nd Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda

Standard Effect: Fully restores health, two doses

The very first Zelda title features two types of "life potions" in red and blue variants. Both fully restores your life, but the red life potion (also called the 2nd potion) has two uses per bottle, letting you bring twice the amount of recovery to each dungeon. Just remember you have to manually trigger each consumption.

Blue Potion

Blue Potion

4. Blue Potion

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Standard Effect: Fully restores health/magic

Oddly enough, while red life potions are superior to blue, regular blue potions out-perform red. They generally recover both life and magic, combining the traits of red and green potions in one potent package. Or, in games that don't use a magic meter (like Twilight Princess and A Link Between Worlds), blue potions are often given stronger recovery rates than red.

Link often has to complete a side quest to unlock them, rewarding players for fully exploring their surroundings.

Great Fairy's Tears in "Twilight Princess"

Great Fairy's Tears in "Twilight Princess"

3. Great Fairy's Tears

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Standard Effect: Fully restores health and briefly doubles power

The Great Fairy's Tears have only appeared once as of this writing, and they're not easy to obtain, but they sure are effective. Each of these items not only completely rejuvenates Link, but temporarily doubles his attack power, letting him unleash monstrous sword strikes.

You'll obtain your first from Jovani after finding 20 poe spirits, and you can receive more by completing the Cave of Ordeals.

Chateau Romani in "Majora's Mask"

Chateau Romani in "Majora's Mask"

2. Chateau Romani

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Standard Effect: Provides unlimited magic until time resets

Regular milk is a reoccurring Zelda heal item, usually restoring a few hearts and having two doses per pack. But this vintage milk has an entirely different effect, granting Link unlimited magic for the rest of the current three-day cycle in Majora's Mask.

So until you rewind time, you've got all the magic you need, making boss fights much easier since you can spam your transformation powers. And since you'll probably want to consume Romani immediately, it doesn't take up an inventory slot, letting you refill your used bottle with a different potion. Just be aware your wallet will take a hit; each order costs 200 Rupees.

Elixir Soup in "The Wind Waker"

Elixir Soup in "The Wind Waker"

1. Elixir Soup

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Wink Waker

Standard Effect: Fully restores health/magic, doubles attack until damaged, two doses

Elixir Soup does just about everything you could ask for. Like a Blue Potion, it fully restores life and magic. But it also doubles your attack power until you take damage! Stopping there, you'd have a superb item, but Elixir Soup comes with two doses, letting you use it twice before needing a refill.

Speaking of which, you can grab more for free (but only one at a time) by visiting Link's grandmother. And unlike normal potions, Link actually smiles while he drinks the Soup, finally enjoying a brew that doesn't taste like Tingle's socks.

More Defensive Items in The Legend of Zelda

Potions are often the best ways to utilize your limited bottle slots, but remember you can also snag fairies, which heal some life and automatically activate when Link dies. Several games also have armor and shield upgrades that reduce the damage you take, and some have unique items that make you temporarily invincible (like the Magic Armor in Wind Waker and Twilight Princess).

Many bottles are optional, so be careful not to overlook any as you quest (most Zelda games have four total) to ensure maximum potion capacity. But for now, as we await Nintendo's next batch of potent potions, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next Zelda countdown!

© 2019 Jeremy Gill

Comments

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on September 01, 2019:

@Jason

Since I counted Chateau Romani, I'd definitely say Lon Lon Milk counts! I nearly included it for its double dose, but the ability to only heal a few hearts at a time hampers its power once you've maxed out on heart containers.

That said, you can often get it for free from cows, and it certainly deserves a mention.

Jason Reid Capp from Tokyo, Japan on August 31, 2019:

Would you consider Lon Lon Milk to be a "potion" or "elixir"? I know it is only milk, but consider its properties. It is able to heal 5 hearts of health after drinking half a bottle. Please tell me any milk in the world that would serve as a recovery drink? haha. Something about Lon Lon Milk exceeds expectations and serves Link dutifully, especially early in certain games like Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Minish Cap.

I know if I drink a glass of milk, strenuous activity would be the last thing on my mind. haha. For Link, though, he can drink Lon Lon Milk in the middle of a boss fight and actually benefit from the mysterious drink.