Hero's New Clothes

From Zelda Wiki, the Zelda encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hero's New Clothes
Hero'sNewClothes PH.png
Receving the Hero's New Clothes in Phantom Hourglass
Game(s) The Wind Waker
Phantom Hourglass
Use(s) Trade for the Kaleidoscope

The Hero's New Clothes are clothes that Link has worn in some games. They are apparently "invisible" to certain people. The clothes are based on the fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes".


Appearances, Location and Uses

The Wind Waker

Receiving the new clothes

After a player has completed The Wind Waker, they have the option of playing a "Second Quest". During this second quest, instead of receiving the Hero's Clothes from his grandmother, Link will receive the "Hero's New Clothes", which are invisible to those who are not pure of heart.[1] As such, Link will appear to be wearing his blue pajamas for most of the game.[2]

It is not known whether or not the Hero's New Clothes were real, although evidence suggests that they were: People comment on the change in Link's attire, his shadow is that of him wearing the Hero's Clothes, and during the end sequence of The Wind Waker, he is seen wearing the Hero's Clothes. The Great Deku Tree also apparently can see them, as the translated version of his Hylian speech suggests that and he recognizes them as the clothes of the chosen hero.

Phantom Hourglass

The Hero's New Clothes are the clothes that the Man of Smiles gives Link the first time he visits him. In the game, the item image is transparent. When taken to trade to Nyeve, he says he recognizes and sees the clothes that are just perfect for him. He trades Link these clothes for a kaleidoscope.


  • When Link is wearing the Hero's New Clothes, the Magic Armor will still show the outline of Link's trademark hat even though he is not wearing it. Upon completing the game, as Link is trying to swim back to grab the hand of Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, he is encased in a bubble that conforms to the shape of an invisible pointy hat.
  • The fact that Link is wearing the Hero's Clothes at the very end of the game is actually a result of the developers rendering a single FMV (full motion video) for the ending cutscenes. This single FMV was rendered with Link wearing the Hero's Clothes. Presumably due to development running behind schedule, another FMV cutscene with Link wearing the Hero's New Clothes was not rendered. Another theory is that this was actually intended—Link proved that he was the chosen hero by defeating Ganondorf.

See Also


  1. "Grandma makes Link a set of Hero's New Clothes, which she says only honest people can see." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 123)
  2. "Link wears these magical garments over his pajamas." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 123)

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Spanish Latin America Ropas del Héroe Triforce piece.png Hero's Clothes
French Canada Habit Neuf du Héros Triforce piece.png Hero's New Clothes