Nocturne of Shadow

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"Nocturne of Shadow"
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Link and Sheik playing the "Nocturne of Shadow"
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Instrument(s) Ocarina of Time
Note(s) Ocarina left.png Ocarina right.png Ocarina right.png Ocarina A.png Ocarina left.png Ocarina right.png Ocarina down.png Triforce piece.png

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Power(s) Warping behind the Kakariko Village Graveyard
Learned in Kakariko Village
Song File:Nocturneofshadow.ogg

The "Nocturne of Shadow" is a warping song in Ocarina of Time.

Learning Location and Uses

The Nocturne of Shadow is one of the Warping songs Link learns as an adult. It is taught to him by Sheik in Kakariko Village after completing the Water Temple. Sheik teaches him the song so that he can find the source of evil that invaded the village. The melody allows Link to warp to the upper part of the Kakariko Village Graveyard and is the only way to access the Shadow Temple. The "Nocturne of Shadow" is the only song actually required by adult Link to reach a temple.

Music Theory

The "Nocturne of Shadow" is 7 bars long in 4/4 time and, like the name suggests, hints at emotions relating to night and death. There is no true harmonic progression in the first 4 bars. The melody does not suggest any strong tonic center, and the harmony consists only of fourths moving in chromatic parallel motion. The last three bars do contain functional harmony, with an unusual progression of (bVI/VII - bVII/VII - bVI - bVII - I). The ending harmony is unusual for a nocturne as it ends on a major I cadence. Generally, a nocturne will end on a minor i, or a half cadence.[1]

The "Nocturne of Shadow" is actually a prelude, as it begins on low, sad notes and builds up to a triumphant note.


A nocturne, derived from the French word "nocturnal," is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night, which fits with the dark theme of the "Nocturne of Shadow."

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 闇のノクターン (Yami no Nokutān) Nocturne of Darkness
Spanish Spain Nocturno de Sombras Nocturne of Shadows
Latin America Nocturno de la Sombra (OoT)
Nocturno de la sombra (OoT3D)
Nocturne of the Shadow
Nocturne of the shadow
French French-speaking countries Nocturne de l'Ombre Nocturne of Shadow
French Canada Nocturne de l'ombre (OoT3D) Nocturne of shadow
German Germany Nocturne des Schattens
Italian Italy Notturno delle ombre



  1. Dan Bruno, Ocarina songs in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,, published January 20, 2014.
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