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- "Welcome Link! I am the Great Fairy of Courage! I'm going to enhance your defensive power. Receive it now!"
- — Great Fairy of Courage
Enhanced Defense is a recurring feature in The Legend of Zelda series. When activated, the amount of damage taken from enemy attacks is reduced.
Link can obtain Enhanced Defense from the Great Fairy of Courage, who resides in a Great Fairy Fountain found in the wasteland surrounding Ganon's Castle. The entrance to the fountain is blocked by a gigantic stone block, which can only be removed with the Golden Gauntlets. After Link has obtained it, all of Link's Heart Containers are covered with a white outline, indicating that Link has Enhanced Defense, halving all damage taken. Once obtained, it cannot be deactivated.
Enhanced Defense is obtained from the Great Fairy of Courage, who resides in a fountain on Great Bay Coast. Once Link collects all fifteen Stray Fairies from Great Bay Temple and brings them back to the fountain, the Great Fairy of Courage is restored. Like in Ocarina of Time, Enhanced Defense reduces all damage taken by half, is indicated by a white outline surrounding Link's Heart Containers, and once obtained, cannot be undone.
Link can enhance his defensive power by collecting ten Wisdom Gems and powering up the Neri, the Spirit of Wisdom. When equipped, a blue ring surrounds Link's Heart Containers and all damage done is halved. When all twenty Wisdom Gems have been obtained, Link only takes one-fourth damage. Link's shield also acquires the power to stun enemies upon contact. Enhanced Defense is active for as long as Link has Neri equipped. While Link is using Neri, Phantoms take away less time than usual.
|Bellum · Ciela · Linebeck · Link · Ocean King · Oshus · Tetra|
—Full list of characters
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|Bannan Island · Cannon Island · Goron Island · Harrow Island · Isle of Ember · Isle of Frost · Isle of Gust · Isle of Ruins · Isle of the Dead · Mercay Island · Molida Island · Zauz's Island|
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|Oshus's Sword · Wooden Shield · Boomerang · Bombs · Bow · Bombchus · Grappling Hook · Hammer · Phantom Sword · Shovel · Fishing Rod|
|Leaf · Neri · Ciela · Pure Metals · Phantom Hourglass · Spirit Gem|
|Anouki · Deity · Fairy · Gerudo · Goron · Human · Hylian · Yook|