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Butterfly (Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask)

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"They say that if you get close to a butterfly while holding a Deku Stick in your hands, something good will happen."
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Butterflies are creatures from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. They can be found fluttering through various places in Hyrule and Termina respectively, and play no major role in the overall story arc of the game. If Link holds a Deku Stick near a Butterfly, and then walks away slowly, the Butterfly will follow the Deku Stick away and will transform into a fairy. Occasionally, Butterflies can be found hovering above patches of tall grass, serving as markers for Hidden Holes found in their direct vicinity.

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.

Butterflies turning into fairies through player interaction may be a reference to Super Mario 64, in which butterflies turn into 1-up Mushrooms (or, occasionally, explosive bombs) when Mario punches or kicks at a swarm of butterflies.

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