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Gossip Stone
GossipStoneSS.png
Gossip Stone from Skyward Sword
Game(s)
Other media Ocarina of Time manga
Hyrule Warriors
Use(s) Revealing secret information
Comparable Object(s) Sheikah Stone
Pirate's Charm

Gossip Stones, also known as Boing Statues,[1] are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series. They can tell time, reveal information, give helpful hints, and reveal the location of Treasure Chests. Gossip Stones speak to Link by piercing into his mind.[2]

Appearances

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, if Link hits a Gossip Stone with his Sword, it will show the current in-game time. If he speaks to a stone with the Mask of Truth, it will reveal a secret. If Link sets a Bomb near a Gossip Stone, after exploding, the stone will flash blue and rocket to the sky. Likewise, these stones will spin around when exposed to Din's Fire, and flatten out if hit by the Megaton Hammer. If Link plays "Zelda's Lullaby", the "Sun's Song," or the "Song of Storms" near a Gossip Stone, it will release a Fairy.

Majora's Mask

A picture of a Gossip Stone from the Bomber's Notebook in Majora's Mask 3D

In Majora's Mask, when a Gossip Stone is attacked by Link's sword, the screen will shake and the stone will make a high-pitched noise. It will then tell Link how many more hours remain until the Moon crashes into Termina. If Link speaks the Gossip Stones scattered all over Termina using the Mask of Truth, they will give him information regarding certain people or places.

Phantom Hourglass

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In Phantom Hourglass, Gossip Stones provide hints or insight to Link about the surrounding area. Some Gossip Stones reveal hints about a nearby puzzle, while others, specifically those inside dungeons, reveal how many Treasure Chests are left to discover on that floor at the price of 20 Rupees.[3]

On Harrow Island, a Gossip Stone near the dock runs the Digging Game.

Spirit Tracks

GossipStone ST.png

In Spirit Tracks, Gossip Stones have a more feminine appearance. Normally, they are unresponsive even when hit, but if the "Song of Awakening" is played nearby, they will speak. Like in Phantom Hourglass, Gossip Stones in dungeons reveal the amount of Treasure Chests on the floor they are currently in for a fee of 20 Rupees. Other Gossip Stones appear in several sanctuaries that reveal hints or other useful information. In Lost at Sea Station, there is a Gossip Stone that allows Link to enter the temple located in said station.

Skyward Sword

Sheikah Stone SS.png

In Skyward Sword, Gossip Stones only appear when Link plays the Goddess Harp near a flock of Blessed Butterflies. Most of them will give Link advice and a Treasure when he makes them appear. They also react to different actions performed by Link, suck as shrinking when the Gust Bellows or Glittering Spores are used on them, or releasing a Green Rupee when shot with the Bow.

A Gossip Stone in Skyloft, named the "Moonlight Merchant," sells rare Treasures for 100 or 200 Rupees, which is usually easier than finding them while adventuring. It can be found inside Waterfall Cave at night, but only after completing the Silent Realm in Skyloft.

Wares and Prices
Item Price
Blue Bird Feather (Skyward Sword).png
Blue Bird Feather
200 Rupees
Golden Skull (Skyward Sword).png
Golden Skull
200 Rupees
Goddess Plume (Skyward Sword).png
Goddess Plume
200 Rupees
Dusk Relic (Skyward Sword).png
Dusk Relic
100 Rupees
Evil Crystal (Skyward Sword).png
Evil Crystal
100 Rupees
Monster Horn (Skyward Sword).png
Monster Horn
100 Rupees

Non-Canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Ocarina of Time Manga

In the extra child chapters of the Ocarina of Time manga, Link activates a Gossip Stone by hitting it, which reveals that Mido still wets his bed and that the Deku Tree is troubled that he cannot scratch his own back.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Gossip Stones appear in certain mission tiles on the Adventure Mode map. On map tiles with hidden enemies, the Gossip Stone must be revealed before the enemies appear and before the mission can be played. Using a Goddess Harp Item Card on a flock of Goddess Butterflies will make the stone appear, allowing the mission to be selected.

Trivia

  • In the German translation of Ocarina of Time, a Gossip Stone behind the Great Deku Tree says that something mysterious happens if the reset button is pressed while playing.[4]
  • In The Wind Waker, the King of Hyrule reveals that the Pirate's Charm is an enhanced version of a Gossip Stone.[5]

Etymology

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
link= Japanese ゴシップストーン (Goshippu Sutōn) Gossip Stone
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Piedras Cotilla Gossip Stones
link= SpanishLA Piedras Chismosas Gossip Stones
French-speaking countries French Pierre à Potins
link= German Mythen-Stein
Gossipstein
Myth Stone
Gossip Stone
link= Italian Pietra del Pettegolezzo

Gallery

References

  1. "Boing Statues Those strange, one-eyed statues you see around all the islands not only see everything, but they also are quite the little chatterboxes." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 15)
  2. "This statue's one-eyed gaze pierces into your mind..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "The number of treasure chests left here…is… [var]! It'll cost you 20 Rupees to see where treasure lies." — Gossip Stone (Phantom Hourglass)
  4. "They say, something mysterious will happen, if one presses the reset button while playing..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "That stone is an enhanced version of the Gossip Stones long spoken of in the legends of the Hyrulean Royal Family." — Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)