Stamina Wheel

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Stamina Wheel
Stamina.png
The Stamina Gauge in Skyward Sword
Game(s)Skyward Sword
Breath of the Wild
Comparable AbilitiesMagic Meter
Energy Gauge

The Stamina Wheel,[1] also known as the Stamina Gauge in Skyward Sword, is a recurring feature in The Legend of Zelda series.

Overview

Skyward Sword

The Stamina is displayed as a pie-shaped indicator that appears near Link whenever he is performing an action that requires great effort, such as climbing,[2] sprinting, rolling, pushing, pulling, or carrying heavy objects, and performing a Spin Attack. Performing said actions depletes the Stamina Gauge, although some actions drain the meter faster than others: while dashing diminishes the stamina constantly, the Spin Attack decreases it in large portions.

When Link's stamina is depleted, Link will become tired and his movement will be slowed down dramatically for a few seconds until it replenishes. During this time, Link will also be unable to use items, including his Sword and Shield, leaving him defenseless against enemies. The Stamina Meter replenishes over time once Link stops performing strenuous actions, and it replenishes faster by standing still than by walking. Even if Link does not have the required stamina for a roll or spin attack, he can still perform one, making for perfect last minute bursts of speed as the stamina meter runs out before reaching something such as a Stamina Fruit to refill the meter.[3] If Link buys a Stamina Potion in the Bazaar, he may half the rate that his Stamina Gauge depletes for three minutes, or, if it is upgraded, the Stamina Gauge will not decrease at all for three minutes.

Link's Stamina gauge, upon reaching its last 1/4th, will drain at half speed for continuous actions such as running and climbing, but actions that drain Link's bar in portions (such as spin attacks and rolls) will have no change in the amount they drain. Because the stamina meter refills at a constant rate regardless of this, it is a common tactic to allow the meter to refill up to 1/4th before running again, as this effectively doubles the refill rate.

While on Skipper's boat, sailing the Lanayru Sand Sea, the motor's constraints appear identical to the Stamina gauge, though it is shown in the shape of a boat's steering wheel. However, it acts exactly the same, the only differences being that the boat's motor depletes half as quickly as Link's stamina meter (and therefore depletes at a quarter of the speed when it reaches its last 1/4th of energy), and that the boat does not have any available actions that lower its meter in portions.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, the Stamina Wheel measures Link's ability to sprint, swimming, climb and glide. It functions nearly the same as it did in Skyward Sword. Unlike skyward Sword however, the stamina wheel can be permanently extended in small portions in the form of a smaller wheel over the existing one. Link can also get temporary upgrades through certain recipes of food and potions. The Stamina Bar is more of a wheel rather than a gauge like in Skyward Sword and isn't divided into pie like pieces.

Trivia

  • The Stamina Gauge is near identical in execution to Skyward Sword's Oxygen Gauge or "Air Meter."
  • The Stamina Gauge is the first time Link is given was given the ability to run that wasn't caused by an item (Bunny Hood) 3D Zelda Pegasus Boots 2D Zelda).
  • It is also the first time Link was given a boost in his natural abilities in a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time.

Etymology

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese がんばり (Ganbari) (SS) Endurance (SS)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Resistencia (SS)
Canada FrenchCA Endurance (SS)
Italian Republic Italian Vigore (SS)

References

  1. "If your Stamina Wheel runs out, you'll be too tired to do certain actions until it fills up again." — Tutorial (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "You can climb walls covered in vines, but doing so will slowly deplete your stamina gauge." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "You got a Stamina Fruit! This peculiar fruit replenishes your stamina gauge!" — N/A (Skyward Sword)