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Amber Relic
Amber Relic (Skyward Sword)
Amber Relic
Appearances Skyward Sword (2011)
Found Throughout The Surface
Use Upgrade equipment
"You got an Amber Relic! These amber-colored chunks of precious stone are found everywhere. No one knows where their strange shape comes from."
— In-game description

Amber Relics are items from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Link can collect these precious stones while exploring any area of The Surface and are most often found by rolling logs. He can then bring them to the Scrap Shop in the Skyloft Bazaar and upgrade his equipment.

Amber Relics are used for multiple upgrades, such as the Wooden Shield into the Banded Shield or the Small Quiver into the Medium Quiver. They can also be sold to Rupin in his house at night for 30 Rupees apiece.

A similarly shaped material known as Dusk Relics, can be found in the Silent Realm usually in locations corresponding to where Amber Relics can be found on The Surface.

Theory

Theory warning: This section contains theoretical information based on the research of one or several other users. It has not been officially verified by Nintendo and its factual accuracy is disputed.

Inspiration

The shape of the Amber Relic and Dusk Relics may be based on japanese Magatama, curved, comma-shaped beads that appeared in prehistoric Japan from the Final Jōmon period through the Kofun period, approximately ca. 1,000 BC to the 6th century AD. Magatama are often appear in Japanese mythology and popular media such as video games. The most famous magatama is the legendary Yasakani no Magatama, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan.

Dusk Relic & Mystery Jade

Given their similar shape and mysterious origins, it is possible there may be a connection between the Amber and Dusk Relics, as well as the Mystery Jade (a mysterious magatama shaped piece of jade found in Hytopia), a material from Tri Force Heroes.

Theory warning: Theories end here.


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