Fierce Deity

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Fierce Deity Link
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Title(s) Fierce Deity
Race Hylian/Deity
Gender Male
Game(s) Majora's Mask
Non-canon Appearances Majora's Mask manga
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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Era Era of the Hero of Time
Voice Actor(s) Nobuyuki Hiyama

The Fierce Deity is one of the transformations Link turns into in Majora's Mask, achieved by wearing the Fierce Deity's Mask. This transforms him into a mysterious and powerful warrior resembling a Hylian. It is one of four mask transformations in the game.

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Transformation

Link obtains the Fierce Deity Mask after he trades the twenty non-transforming masks to the four Moon Children Inside the Moon. The final child sitting by the tree will give Link the Fierce Deity Mask after noticing all his other masks are gone. Wearing this mask enables Link to transform into the Fierce Deity only during boss battles.

Abilities

In the Fierce Deity form, Link gains greater strength and range in his attacks as well as certain new abilities. Because the Fierce Deity wields a large, double-handed, helix-edged Sword, he cannot use a Shield, although this disadvantage is compensated for by the Sword's superior power. Link can also use the Sword to release Sword Beams when targeting an enemy.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Majora's Mask Manga

Fierce Deity Link in the Majora's Mask manga

In the Majora's Mask manga, Link receives the Fierce Deity's Mask from Majora and becomes Fierce Deity Link during his fight against it. In a flashback of Majora, it is revealed that while as a dragon, a mysterious man bearing a strong resemblance to the Fierce Deity in both appearance and clothing, had visited Majora. The man played music for the dragon, who danced for three days and three nights before dying. The man then carved the Majora's Mask from the creature's hide, hoping to seal its power. It is hinted in the story that the stranger is in fact a god, the first being that is able to overcome the beast of Majora, and that it does so with music that controls the flow of time.

Super Smash Bros. Series

Fierce Deity Link appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also appears as one of Link's alternative costumes in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.[1]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Fierce Deity Link Fierce Deity Link Sticker.png Majora's Mask [Slash] - Attack +21 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link

Hyrule Warriors



In Hyrule Warriors, Fierce Deity Link appears as part of Young Link's move set. The youth temporarily transforms into the Fierce Deity to perform powerful attacks before reverting to his normal self.

Fierce Deity Speculation

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The Fierce Deity's past remains largely unexplained in the game, though it is likely that it is an ancient being like Majora. Like the other Masks, it is implied to contain a powerful spirit. In the manga, the Fierce Deity corrupts even Link, although Link did possess enough control to remove the Mask at the end of the fight against Majora's Mask.

Because Majora gives Link the Mask, calling it the "true bad guy," it can be theorized that Majora orchestrated the events of the game, intending for both itself and the Fierce Deity to be destroyed. However, the context in which it is given, as a child (Majora) designating Link as the Fierce Deity in a game of tag, it is more likely that Majora was simply toying with Link, or was even delusional.

As the Fierce Deity resembles a white-haired adult Link, it can also be thought that the Terminan equivalent of the enduring spirit of Hylia's hero. It has also been theorized as a lost or punished deity of other shadowy races, especially those who ended up being sealed away, such as the Sheikah, Ancient Tribe, the Ikana, the Dark Interlopers, or the Dark Tribe.

Etymology

The term "fierce deity" (鬼神) is used to refer to several deities in the Shingon Buddhist pantheon, such as Bishamonten or the Myō-ō, who are fierce and wrathful toward the negative forces that work against humanity's enlightenment, but are benevolent and supportive of humanity. They are seen as deities that work to defeat evil, a quality which the Fierce Deity's Mask gives Link greater ability to achieve.

Trivia

  • The Fierce Deity form is popularly referred to as "Oni Link" within The Legend of Zelda series community.
  • Fierce Deity Link is taller than most other characters in Majora's Mask. However, because the mask can only be used in boss rooms, it is difficult to accurately estimate the Fierce Deity's comparative size without the use of glitches.

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See Also

References

  1. "- Fierce diety link IS in as a costume" — Colin McIsaac, A Megaton of Smash Bros. Info: Wolf Deconfirmed, Fierce Deity Link is an Alt, and More!, Gamenesia, published September 6, 2014, retrieved September 6, 2014.



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Language Name
Fierce Deity Fierce Deity Link
English United Kingdom Fierce Deity Fierce Deity Link
Japanese Japan 鬼神 (Kishin) 鬼神リンク (Kishin Rinku)
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Fiera Deidad Link con la Máscara de la Fiera Deidad
French French-speaking countries Puissance Fées Puissance Fées
French Canada Folle Dieu Folle Link
German Germany Grimmige Gottheit Link als grimmige Gottheit
Italian Italy Divinità selvaggia Triforce piece.png Link guerriero (SSBB)
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