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|Ye who owns 3 Spiritual Stones stand with the Ocarina of Time and play the Song of Time|
|— The Inscription on the Pedestal of Time|
Link places the Spiritual Stones on their pedestal in the Temple of Time, opening the Door of Time.
|Game(s)||Ocarina of Time|
|Use(s)||Open the Door of Time in the Temple of Time|
|Comparable Item(s)|| Pendants of Virtue|
In Hyrule, during the era of Ocarina of Time, Link's quest involves finding the three Spiritual Stones in order to open the Door of Time which has sealed away the Master Sword in the Temple of Time.
The three stones in the game are known as: the Kokiri's Emerald, the "Spiritual Stone of the Forest", held by the Great Deku Tree; The Goron's Ruby, the "Spiritual Stone of Fire", a treasure held by Darunia; and the Zora's Sapphire, the "Spiritual Stone of Water", held by Princess Ruto.
During his quest to unlock the Sacred Realm and steal the Triforce, Ganondorf, the evil king of thieves, was refused the Spiritual Stones by each of their respective guardians. In response, he cursed them all with various blights using dark magic. In order to obtain the stones to prevent the Triforce from falling into Ganondorf's hands, Link is required to free the guardians from Ganondorf's malevolence.
List of Spiritual Stones
The Spiritual Stone of the Forest, the Kokiri's Emerald, is the first of the three Spiritual Stones Link has to acquire in order to open the Door of Time during his adventures in Ocarina of Time. Ganondorf sends a parasite to retrieve the Kokiri Emerald from the Deku Tree. By relieving the Great Deku Tree of the evil parasite which had infested it, Link proved his courage, leading to the Great Deku Tree entrusting Link with this stone and the fate of Hyrule. However, it was too late for the Great Deku Tree, who dies shortly after giving Link the stone. After Link travels to Hyrule and meets Princess Zelda for the first time, she mentions the Kokiri's Emerald  and then sets Link on a path to gain the other two stones.
The Spiritual Stone of Fire, more commonly known as the Goron's Ruby, is the second of the three Spiritual Stones that Link has to collect in Ocarina of Time. It is a dearly held treasure of the Goron race. When Link manages to defeat the evil creatures inside Dodongo's Cavern, the Goron's source of food, he is given this stone by Darunia, the "Big Brother" or patriarch of the Gorons. Oddly, even though it is worshiped, some Gorons wish to eat the Ruby, probably because the Gorons love to eat rocks.
The Zora's Sapphire is the Spiritual Stone of Water which is considered an heirloom of the Zora royalty. This stone was given to Princess Ruto by her mother who said to entrust it to the man she would one day marry. After Link saves Ruto from the insides of the giant whale-like deity Lord Jabu-Jabu, the princess falls in love with the young hero and gives him the Zora's Sapphire as a symbol of their "engagement".
Images of the Spiritual Stones
The symbol of the Kokiri, which resembles the Kokiri's Emerald, is seen on the Deku Shield in Ocarina of Time. This emblem is also seen on almost all the doors of the Forbidden Woods in The Wind Waker, and the doors of the Forest Temple in Twilight Princess. Crayk, the boss of the Temple of Courage in Phantom Hourglass, has the Kokiri symbol on his shell repeated over several times.
The image of the Goron's Ruby appears on the skin of the Gorons in almost every game Gorons appear, whether it be a tattoo they all have or part of their initial hide. In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, the adult Gorons have the image on their upper arms, while the child have it on their forearms. In The Wind Waker, this image appears on the Traveling Gorons backpack. In Ocarina of Time, the image of the Goron's Ruby also appears on Armos' foreheads.
Lord Jabu-Jabu wears a crown with a design that greatly resembles the image of the Zora's Sapphire. In The Wind Waker, the image of the Zora's Sapphire can be found on both Medli's clothing and Prince Komali's pendant. In Twilight Princess, the pendant around Prince Ralis neck resembles the Zora Sapphire. His mother, Queen Rutela, also wears a pendant similar in shape to the Zora Sapphire.
Some have noted the similarities shared by the Pendants of Virtue, the Goddess Pearls, the Spiritual Stones, and the Elements. This could indicate a direct link between these artifacts, or equally, it could simply be an example of the designers' desire to create a feeling of familiarity or a sense of a "shared legend" within the series.
The emblems of the Kokiri's Emerald, Goron's Ruby, and Zora's Sapphire appear as recurring designs within the Forest Temple, Goron Mines, and Lakebed Temple dungeons of Twilight Princess. Symbols of a similar nature appear within the Arbiter's Grounds, City in the Sky, and Palace of Twilight dungeons, indicating that these are in fact the symbols of these tribes. In addition to this, supporting details can be found in The Wind Waker when Link obtains the Master Sword: if the stained glass windows of the Ocarina of Time sages are observed closely there is a small orb above each sages head, in the center of this orb contains a a symbol different for each sage or race (namely the Kokiri Emerald for Saria, Goron Ruby for Darunia, Zora Sapphire for Ruto, and the eagle on Link's shield in Ocarina of Time for Rauru). This also indicates that the eagle is the symbol of the Hylian race, with the symbol appearing on the Hylian shield, Hyrule Castle, and the Temple of Time, also hinting that Rauru is a member of the Hylian Race.
- Using cheats during the game can cause the three stones to move to the center and morph together into one stone when Link gets them out in the Temple of Time.
- The Zora's Sapphire is also known as the Zora's Engagement Ring. This is why Ruto gives Link the Zora's Sapphire as an engagement ring in Ocarina of Time.
- In Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, and The Minish Cap, the Wind, Fire, and Water Elements look respectively similar to at of the Kokiri Emerald, Goron's Ruby, and Zora's Sapphire.
- The Goron's Ruby looks somewhat like a rose.
- ↑ "That's right... The Temple of Time is the entrance through which you can enter the Sacred Realm from our world. But the entrance is sealed with a stone wall called the Door of Time. And, in order to open the door, it is said that you need to collect three Spiritual Stones." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Take this stone with you. The stone that man wanted so much, that he cast the curse on me..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "All this trouble must have been caused by that Gerudo thief, Ganondorf! He said, "Give me the Spiritual Stone! Only then will I open the cave for you!"" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Though your valiant efforts to break the curse were successful, I was doomed before you started... Yes, I will pass away soon... But do not grieve for me..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "...You wouldn't happen to have... the Spiritual Stone of the Forest, would you?! That green and shining stone..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "The Spiritual Stone of Fire, also known as the Goron's Ruby, is our race's hidden treasure...." — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Why don't you go destroy the monsters inside of the Dodongo's Cavern and prove you're a real man? That way, everybody will be happy again! If you do it, I will give you anything you want, even the Spiritual Stone!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "You're looking for a "Spiritual Stone?" You must mean that delicious-looking red stone that was once displayed here! I was so hungry that I thought it would be OK to just give it one tiny little lick...so I snuck out here. But, it was already gone! I think Big Brother took it away. He always says that everyone is after that red stone!" — A Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "My mother gave it to me and said I should give it only to the man who will be my husband. You might call it the Zora's Engagement Ring!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "You! You looked cool...cooler than I thought you would, anyway... Just a little! Well, anyway, you saved me, so I guess I'll reward you. What do you wish? Just tell me...[...]All right! I'll give you my most precious possession: Zora's Sapphire!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
|Names in Other Regions|
|English||Kokiri's Emerald, Goron's Ruby, Zora's Sapphire|
|Japanese||コキリのヒスイ, ゴロンのルビー, ゾーラのサファイア|
|Spanish||Esmeralda Kokiri, Rubí Goron, Zafiro Zora|
|French||Émeraude Kokiri, Rubis Goron, Saphir Zora|