The six Medallions
|Game(s)||Ocarina of Time|
|Use(s)||Symbolize the awakening and power of the Sages|
The Medallions represent the awakening and power of their respective Sages. Link obtains each of them after awakening a new Sage, whose powers are symbolically added to those of the young hero. The symbols on the Medallions reappear in the Arbiter's Grounds in Twilight Princess, and in the ceiling of the vestibule of the Sealed Temple when it is completed following the return of the Statue of the Goddess to the Surface in Skyward Sword.
List of Medallions
Below is a brief description of the Medallions. They're listed according to the generally accepted order of obtainment.
The Fire Medallion is the Medallion Link gains after defeating Volvagia in the Fire Temple and freeing all of the trapped Gorons within. It is given to him by the newly awakened Sage of Fire, Darunia. According to Darunia, it contains the "power of the fire spirits" and also considers it a token of his friendship with Link.
The Spirit Medallion is the Medallion Link obtains after defeating Koume and Kotake and their fused form, Twinrova, in the Spirit Temple. It is given to him by the newly awakened Sage of Spirit, Nabooru. Nabooru offers it to Link in lieu of her promise.
Method of Obtainment
While the listing above is the order seen in the Quest Status Subscreen, the Medallions can be secured in a number of different orders simply by entering a dungeon, obtaining its main item, and then not finishing the dungeon yet. The player can then move on to different dungeons with the new equipment. The Light Medallion must always come first, however, and it is worth noting that the Water Temple can be entered and completed before ever entering the Fire Temple. Also, the Shadow Temple cannot even be entered prior to beating the Water Temple, and the Forest Temple has to be cleared before being able to complete the Spirit Temple due to the requirement to go back in time. There are a total of thirty different ways to beat the temples.
Curiously, the Spirit Medallion and the "Requiem of Spirit" appear before the Shadow Medallion and the "Nocturne of Shadow" in their respective places on the Quest Status Subscreen, indicating the possibility that the Spirit Temple can be completed before the Shadow Temple.
During the early development stages of Ocarina of Time, Nintendo intended that the Medallions could be used by Link. Several early screenshots depict Link with the Forest Medallion (then known as the Wind Medallion) equipped, as the Medallions were the original method of warping through Hyrule instead of using the Ocarina of Time.
In a November 1997 interview by Famimaga 64, Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the Medallions, known as "Magic Medallions", were supposed to have been used in conjunction with Link's Bow and Arrow. There were to be six types of Magic Medallions, including fire, wind, darkness, and light, meaning that they might have been used instead of the Fire, Ice, and Light Arrows that turned out in the final, released version of the game.
The Forest Medallion and Water Medallion were originally the "Wind Medallion" and "Ice Medallion," but their names and corresponding dungeons were changed during development. Two icons relating to these original medallions are still present in the game's code.
Remnants of these original themes are present in the released version of Ocarina of Time, such as Saria's part in Ganon's Tower being wind-themed, Ruto's part in Ganon's Tower being ice-themed, and the presence of an Ice-themed mini-dungeon. Also, the symbols on the Medallions were never changed; the Forest Medallion has an image similar to a wind-like vortex on it while the Water Medallion bears the image of a snowflake.
- The Symbol on Forest Medallion resembles the one on the Bombos Medallion from A Link to the Past. Its appearance was altered in Ocarina of Time 3D to depict only three spirals, rather than four, perhaps to avoid confusion with the Bombos Medallion. The new design also bears a strong resemblance to the Kokiri emblem. Given Nintendo's history of censorship, it is possible the design was changed to make it looks less like a swastika.
- The symbol on the Light Medallion (and to a lesser extent, the Shadow Medallion) is extremely similar to the pattern of rocks on the ground surrounding the Magical Warp Tile leading to the Dark World on the top of Death Mountain in A Link to the Past.
- The symbol on the Light Medallion loosely resembles the symbol for radiation.
- The Fire Medallion and Water Medallion are displayed in the center of the symbols out of which Koume and Kotake rise just prior to engaging Link in battle. However, the fire symbol faces to the left rather than the right and the water symbol has eight points rather than six.
- Each Medallion has a small Triforce symbol engraved on the reverse side. This is made more apparent in the 3DS version.
- The Symbol on the Spirit Medallion resembles the astrological sign of Cancer turned 90 degrees.
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- "The seven Spiritual Medallions served as physical symbols of the power possessed by the Seven Sages. Link used the magical force of the Spiritual Medallions to seal Ganon within the Dark World." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com.
- "You received the Light Medallion! Rauru the Sage adds his power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "But, remember... Though you opened the Door of Time in the name of peace... Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, used it to enter this forbidden Sacred Realm! He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, and with its power, he became the King of Evil... His evil power radiated from the temples of Hyrule, and in seven short years, it transformed Hyrule into a world of monsters. My power now has only little influence, even in this Sacred Realm... Namely, this Chamber of Sages. But there is still hope... The power of the Sages remains. When the power of all the Sages is awakened... The Sages' Seals will contain all the evil power in the void of the Realm... I, Rauru, am one of the Sages... And... Your power to fight together with the Sages makes you the Hero of Time! The Hero of Time, chosen by the Master Sword! Keep my spirit with you... And, find the power of the other Sages and add their might to your own!" — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "You received the Forest Medallion! Saria awakens as a Sage and adds her power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "I will stay here as the Forest Sage and help you... Now, please take this Medallion..." — Saria (Ocarina of Time)
- "You received the Fire Medallion! Darunia awakens as a Sage and adds his power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "Hey, Brother, take this! This is a Medallion that contains the power of the fire spirits--and my friendship." — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "You received the Water Medallion! Ruto awakens as a Sage and adds her power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "I can tell that nothing will stop you in your quest for justice and peace... You must take this Medallion... Take it respectfully!" — Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
- "You received the Spirit Medallion! Nabooru awakens as a Sage and adds her power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "Kid... No... Link, the Hero of Time! Instead of keeping the promise I made back then, I give you this Medallion! Take it!" — Nabooru (Ocarina of Time)
- "You received the Shadow Medallion! Impa awakens as a Sage and adds her power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "I have to stay here... You go to Princess Zelda's side and protect her on my behalf. Now I put my power, which should be helpful to you, into this Medallion." — Impa (Ocarina of Time)
- "Yes. The six types of magic are divided by color, the wind magic being green." —Shigeru Miyamoto (Miyamoto answers 100 questions about OoT)
- "You may remember that in a lot of preview images you could have medallions in your inventory, like the forest medallion for example. Well did you know that these medallions actually did what the Ocarina did in the final version? When Zelda started out, the Ocarina was not planned for the game. Using medallions provided you with the ability to warp and other things. I think Ocarina was introduced to game maybe 75% through development. In the end, I am glad they added the ocarina to the game, as it would not have been as good using medallions." — Ask Sam Interviews: The Unseen Zelda (Part 2); retrieved Aug. 1 2011, Zelda Power.
- "This is a wind magic medallion. There are six types of magic, including fire, wind, darkness, and light. I'm thinking about mixing the different types of magic (Miyamoto forces a smile). Truthfully, you can use magic in conjunction with Link's bow and arrow. Since you can use magic missiles, it's important that you can use magic on arrows." —Shigeru Miyamoto (Miyamoto answers 100 questions about OoT)
- "These two icons left inside the rom of Ocarina can be translated as Wind Medallion and Ice Medallion, and they are most likely the leftovers of two temples removed from the final game and probably scheduled for Zelda Ura." — Project Zelda 3D: The Development of Zelda 64; retrieved May 14 2011, Unseen 64.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Light Medallion||Forest Medallion||Fire Medallion||Water Medallion||Spirit Medallion||Shadow Medallion|
|Spanish||Medallón de la Luz||Medallón del Bosque||Medallón del Fuego||Medallón del Agua||Medallón del Espíritu||Medallón de la Sombra|
|French||Médaillon de la lumière||Médaillon de la forêt||Médaillon du feu||Médaillon de l'eau||Médaillon de l'esprit||Médaillon de l'ombre|
|German||Amulett des Lichts||Amulett des Waldes||Amulett des Feuers||Amulett des Wassers||Amulett der Geister||Amulett des Schattens|