Artwork of a Gossip Stone from Ocarina of Time
|First appearance||Ocarina of Time (1998)|
|Appearances||Ocarina of Time|
The Wind Waker
World of the Ocean King
|Use||Provides information to those wearing a Mask of Truth|
- "This statue's one-eyed gaze pierces into your mind..."
- — In-game description
Gossip Stones are recurring items in the Legend of Zelda series. These mysterious stones can give Link advice and background information on many things, including information about side-quests. These stones are often associated with the Sheikah tribe, as the typical Gossip Stone has the Sheikah Emblem carved into it.
- "The mystical stone responds to the mask and speaks to you. ...But its words are heard in secret..."
- — Any Gossip Stone when spoken to with the Mask of Truth
Gossip Stones are found all over Hyrule. Their principal feature is providing information for the one who wears the Mask of Truth. Without this mask, they will not speak and a message will state that their gaze "pierces into your mind." If Link strikes them with his sword, they will tell him the current time in the game. If he drops a bomb near one, it changes colors and will blast off like a rocket into the air. If he uses Din's Fire or shoots a Fire Arrow at it, it will spin rapidly and stretch upward before returning to normal. When he hits one with the Megaton Hammer it is flattened, only to rise again with a "springing" sound. Playing any of the non-warp Ocarina songs (with the exception of "Saria's Song") near a Gossip Stone will summon a Fairy; playing the "Song of Storms" summons a Big Fairy, which refills eight Heart Containers and Link's entire Magic Meter.
The Gossip Stones appear again in Majora's Mask, where their function is largely similar to those in Ocarina of Time. In this game, the stones will inform Link of the time left until the Moon crashes into Termina when they are struck by a sword. In response to the "Song of Storms", they will again provide a Big Fairy, which now refills 18 Heart Containers as well as Link's entire Magic Meter.
Termina Field contains four underground Hidden Hole in which a special type of large Gossip Stone is found alongside three regular ones. If Link plays one of the special songs designed for use with a particular instrument (e.g. the "Sonata of Awakening" played on Deku Link's pipes), the large stone will change color. If the larger Gossip Stone in each cave is changed to the same color by playing the "Sonata of Awakening", the "Goron Lullaby", or the "New Wave Bossa Nova" on the proper instrument, Link is rewarded with a Piece of Heart.
- "That stone is an enhanced version of the Gossip Stones long spoken of in the legends of the Hyrulian Royal Family. I am the one who made it."
- — Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule
The Pirate's Charm, which allows Tetra and the King of Red Lions to communicate with Link telepathically, is an enhanced version of the Gossip Stones. The Pirate's Charm was made by Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, the King of Hyrule.
Gossip Stones, although never referred to as such, have a slightly different appearance and function than previous incarnations. They appear to have noses and mustaches, and can be communicated with only by hitting them with a sword. For the most part, the stones serve as switches that activate mini-games, and are largely associated with said games. There is also another variety found in dungeons, usually one per floor. If Link hits one of these with his sword, they will disclose the location of Treasure Chests on the current floor for 20 Rupees and allow Link to copy the locations onto his Dungeon Map, effectively acting as a Compass.
Gossip Stones return in Spirit Tracks, but with a different look. They are similar to the stones from Phantom Hourglass but they appear to lack the "nose and moustache" feature and have rabbit ears instead. To wake them so they will speak to Link, the Song of Awakening must be played in front of them. They will tell Link the location of Treasure Chests, as in Phantom Hourglass, but also, one in every dungeon will tell Link where the Stamp Station is located.
Gossip Stones may be summoned if Link plays the Goddess's Harp near packs of Blessed Butterflies. Once summoned, they provide Link with a random treasure. When spoken to, they will provide Link with various hints. One Gossip Stone in particular, the Moonlight Merchant of Skyloft's Waterfall Cave, sells Link rare treasures.
Similar to the Gossip Stones found in Ocarina of Time, Gossip Stones in Skyward Sword will react to certain actions. Slashing one with a sword will cause it to bounce, while shooting it with an arrow will yield one Rupee. Gossip Stones will shrink in size when exposed to the winds of the Gust Bellows, and return to regular size when the wind stops. The Whip can be used to grab onto a stone; pulling it to the right or left causes the stone to spin around, while pulling it upwards or downwards will cause it to violently wiggle back and forth. Using a bomb on a Gossip Stone will send it rocketing up into the sky, until it eventually explodes. Glittering Spores will cause a stone to shrink and disappear. In both of these cases, a new Gossip Stone will take the old one's place a few moments later. If the Goddess's Harp is played while near a gossip stone, it will sway as if it were dancing.
In the extra chapters of the Ocarina of Time manga, a Gossip Stone appears in the Lost Woods. The Mask of Truth is not needed: Link just smashes a rock against it, and the stone reveals things such as Mido still wetting his bed the Great Deku Tree being troubled that he cannot scratch his own back, until at last it reveals something about Saria, who was kidnapped by the Skull Kid.
An image of a Gossip Stone (based on its Skyward Sword design) appears when tutorial images are loading. In Adventure Mode, an 8-bit version of the Gossip Stone (again based on its Skyward Sword design) are hidden on the Adventure Map and can be uncovered by using a Goddess's Harp Item Carp on a Goddess Butterfly square.
|Bellum · Ciela · Linebeck · Link · Ocean King · Oshus · Tetra|
—Full list of characters
|Blaaz · Cyclok · Crayk · Diabolical Cubus Sisters · Dongorongo · Gleeok · Eox · Bellum · Ghost Ship · Bellumbeck|
|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|
—Full list of locations
|Temple of Fire · Temple of Wind · Temple of Courage · Ghost Ship · Goron Temple · Temple of Ice · Mutoh's Temple · Temple of the Ocean King|
|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|
|Anjean · Byrne · Chancellor Cole · Link · Malladus · Princess Zelda|
—Full list of characters
|Stagnox · Fraaz · Phytops · Cragma · Byrne · Skeldritch · Demon Train · Chancellor Cole · Malladus|
| Fire Realm · Forest Realm · Ocean Realm · Sand Realm · Snow Realm|
—Full list of locations
|Forest Temple · Snow Temple · Ocean Temple · Fire Temple · Sand Temple · Tower of Spirits|
|Lokomo Sword · Rail Map · Recruit's Sword · Recruit Uniform · Spirit Flute · Spirit Tracks · Spirit Train · Stamp Book · Tears of Light|
|Boomerang · Whip · Whirlwind · Bow · Sand Wand · Bow of Light|
|Anouki · Demon · Goron · Hylian · Lokomo|