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Compass (The Wind Waker)
Artwork of a Compass from The Wind Waker
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1987)
Appearances The Legend of Zelda
A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Found Dungeons
Use Locates key items and characters in the dungeon
"You found the Compass! Now you can see the locations of many hidden things in the dungeon!"
— In-game description

The Compass (コンパス Konpasu?) is a recurring item in the Legend of Zelda series. There is one to be found in every dungeon. This device allows Link to see the locations of Treasure Chests, dungeon boss rooms, and his current location on the Dungeon Map. The Compass is usually shown on the map subscreen.

Compasses that appear in Link's Awakening, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons make a chime noise upon the entering of a room that contains a Small Key, even if the key is hidden or does not appear until a goal is met.


The Legend of Zelda

Compass (The Legend of Zelda)

The Compass makes its first appearance in the original game. It shows Link where the piece of the Triforce of Wisdom is located in the dungeon.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Compass (A Link to the Past)

The Compass indicates the location of the boss in the current dungeon and what floor it is on.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Compass (Link's Awakening)

The Compass allows Link to find treasure chests and see where the Nightmare's lair is. While the original version of Link's Awakening game displayed the compass with no color, the DX version added color. This game also introduces the chime the compass makes when Link enters a room containing a key.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

Compass (Ocarina of Time)

The Compass is shown for the first time in 3D in Ocarina of Time. The Compass retains all previous functions except the chime from Link's Awakening. In Majora's Mask, the compass is graphically and functionally identical.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

Compass (Oracle of Ages and Seasons)

The Compass is graphically and functionally identical to that of Link's Awakening.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Compass takes on a more animated design due to the art style of the game. In the Tower of the Gods, the Earth Temple, and the Wind Temple, the compass can also determine the location of the Servants of the Tower, Medli, and Makar in their respective dungeons.

A unique compass appears in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen when Link is sailing. Along with showing the direction his boat is facing, it also acts as a clock, telling the player whether it is day or night and whether the sun or moon will soon be rising.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Compass (The Minish Cap)

The Compass shows the location of all the treasure chests in the dungeon, in addition to the location of the boss.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Compass retains all functions with the addition of the ability to locate Pieces of Heart within treasure chests found in dungeons. The compass also can show the locations of objects key to clearing the dungeon, such as monkeys, cannonballs, the statue with a giant hammer and Ooccoo.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, the Compass gains the function of the Dungeon Map from previous titles, showing the locations of Treasure Chests, Bird Statues, locked doors, and boss rooms.

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