Lens of Truth

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Lens of Truth
Lens of Truth Artwork.png
Lens of Truth artwork from Ocarina of Time
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Use(s) See invisible objects and enemies
Comparable Item(s) Cross
Magnifying Lens
Mask of Truth
Stone/Shard of Agony
Wolf Senses

The Lens of Truth, also referred to as the Eye of Truth,[1] is an item in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

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Appearances

Ocarina of Time

Lens of Truth sprite from Ocarina of Time 3D

In Ocarina of Time, the Lens of Truth is found at the Bottom of the Well,[2] where Dead Hand guards it. Link first hears about it when an old man in Kakariko Village tells him about a man who could see the truth and whose house stood where the well is now.[3]

The Lens of Truth allows Link to see things that are not normally visible to the naked eye. It can show fake walls and floors, and invisible objects and enemies. It drains the Magic Meter when used.[4] The Lens of Truth is optional, as it is not required to complete the game.

Majora's Mask

Lens of Truth sprite from Majora's Mask 3D

In Majora's Mask, the Lens of Truth can be found in the Lone Peak Shrine, a cave east of the Goron Village in Snowhead. The cave can be reached by jumping across invisible platforms, which are revealed by Kaepora Gaebora's feathers. It functions the same way as in Ocarina of Time, but can now be used see the souls of deceased characters, such as Darmani, as well as characters that are totally unnoticeable, such as Shiro.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

Sheik holding the Lens of Truth in Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, the Lens of Truth is a relic that allows the wielder to dispel illusions.[5] It was left in The Water Temple by the Hero of Time.[6]

When Impa suspects that the person commanding the Dark Forces during the Era of the Hero of Time is not truly Princess Zelda as she claims, she urges her soldiers to ignore the fake princess's commands to cease their attack. Princess Ruto suggests they use the Lens of Truth, located somewhere in the Water Temple, to prove the alleged Zelda is an impostor.[6] While the Hyrulean Forces encircle the temple, the Zora Princess sneaks into the temple to search for the relic.[7] Ruto easily infiltrates the temple and finds the Lens of Truth, but before she can rejoin with her allies, the fake Zelda closes the Central Hall and traps her.[8][9] Frantic, Ruto instructs the Hyrulean Forces to open the floodgates inside the temple in order to reach the Gatekeeper holding the doors.[10] Pulling the two floodgate switches found in the temple's southeast and southwest rooms causes the moat surrounding the central chamber to recede, allowing the Hyrulean Forces to slay the Gatekeeper and free the Princess, who hands the Lens of Truth to Sheik before retreating the battlefield. Sheik uses the newly-acquired relic to reveal the hidden chamber, housing the Gate of Souls, from which the impostor is issuing her commands, and the Hyrulean Forces quickly engage her in combat.[5] After wearing down the imposter's stamina, Sheik uses the Lens of Truth to reveal their true identity: Wizzro.[11][12]

In Adventure Mode, the Lens of Truth is used as the selector icon for tiles that have not yet been unlocked.

Theory

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The Lens of Truth is speculated to be part of a set of three objects, including the Mask of Truth and the Stone of Agony, that were created by the Sheikah tribe to give their holder untold power to perceive the truth of their surroundings.

It is also possible that the man who's house stood where the Well is was responsible for creating the Lens of Truth (likely along with the other two aforementioned objects). If this were the case, the man would likely have been a Sheikah.

Trivia

  • In Ocarina of Time, if Link plays the "Song of Storms" and then uses the Lens of Truth, it will not drain his Magic Meter.
  • In a early version of Ocarina of Time, the Spirit Medallion had the effect of the Lens of Truth. This is evidenced by data left in Ocarina of Time pointing the filename of the Spirit Medallion to the effect of the Lens of Truth. This would provide further proof that the Spirit Temple was meant to be completed before the Shadow Temple, since the Lens of Truth is required to navigate the latter.[citation needed]
  • In Twilight Princess, the Howling Stone architectural design resembles the Lens of Truth, with both including the Sheikah Eye Symbol.

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References

  1. "One who gains the eye of truth will be able to see what is hidden in the darkness." — Shadow Temple Fake Wall (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "I can hear the spirits whispering in this room... "Look for the eye of truth..." That's what they are saying!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "A long time ago... There was a man in this very village who had an eye they said could see the truth! Now usually, you have to train your mind's eye most strenuously to actually see the truth... But this fella, no, they say he had a different way of doing things... His house stood where the well is now..." — Old Man in Kakariko (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "You found the Lens of Truth! Set it to (C) and press (C) to look through it! Mysterious things are hidden everywhere! Be sure to try to use it outside of the well. Seeing the truth will cost magic power, so press (C) again to stop using it." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Lens of Truth has revealed a hidden passageway!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "We could always use the Lens of Truth... A hero left it in the temple some time ago!" — Ruto (Hyrule Warriors)
  7. "I'll go underwater and find the Lens of Truth. We can meet back up later." — Ruto (Hyrule Warriors)
  8. "Getting in was easy. Now I just need to find the Lens of Truth itself... Here it is! The Lens of Truth! This is exactly what we need... [...] Oh, of course. I feared they were planning to trap me in here, and they have." — Ruto (Hyrule Warriors)
  9. "Zelda's strategy has closed the Central Hall!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  10. "Go and open the floodgates inside the temple! Doing that should free me! You have to seek out all the keeps with floodgate switches. Understand?" — Ruto (Hyrule Warriors)
  11. "How did you see through my disguise?" — Wizzro (Hyrule Warriors)
  12. "You can't be Zelda. Because... I am Zelda!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors)
Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
English United Kingdom Mirror of Truth (HW)
Japanese Japan まことのメガネ
真実の目
Lens of Truth
Eye of Truth
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Lupa de la Verdad Magnifying Glass of the Truth
French France Monocle de Vérité
Oeil de Vérité
Monocle of Truth
Eye of Truth
Canada Loupe de Vérité Magnifying Glass of Truth
German Germany Auge der Wahrheit Eye of Truth