The Lantern from Twilight Princess
|First appearance||A Link to the Past (1992)|
|Appearances||A Link to the Past|
Four Swords Adventures
|Found||(A Link to the Past)|
(Four Swords Adventures)
The Lantern, also known as the Lamp, is a recurring item in the Legend of Zelda series. This item typically serves the purpose of illuminating dark areas and lighting unlit Torches at the expense of steady consumption of its energy source until it is completely depleted, at which point the lantern will cease to function. In games where the lantern is not featured, Candles, Fire Arrows, Din's Fire, the Fire Rod, or Ember Seeds replace its use.
The Lamp is potentially the first item Link can receive. It can be found inside a chest in Link's House. However, should he fail to collect the Lamp from the chest in his house, it can be found inside Hyrule Castle, either in the castle's secret entrance or in Princess Zelda's cell. After her rescue from captivity, Princess Zelda does not allow Link to enter the Secret Passage without having the Lamp. The Lamp is powered by the Magic Meter when used to light torches, though it automatically lights up in dark areas without the use of magic. While useless for attacking, the Lamp is invaluable when it comes to lighting torches as it uses very little magic if only one flame is used.
Unlike in the original version, the fire produced by the Lamp from the GBA remake of A Link to the Past can actually be used to damage enemies, and can do so rapidly. It hits enemies twice normally, but does not burn them like the Fire Rod does. It also can be used to burn single patches of grass or bushes.
Moblins carry lanterns as one of their weapons. Once engaged into battle with Link, Moblins throw their lantern towards him, which can set him on fire. Also, on the first visit to the Forsaken Fortress, Moblins will throw their lanterns at Link when they catch him.
Lanterns can be found on various Item Podiums. They are primarily used to shed light on dark surroundings, making navigation easier. Lanterns can also be used to light torches and burn obstacles such as bushes and tree stumps. Force Gems will appear after the obstacle is burnt. They are the only items in the game that cannot be upgraded to Level 2 by a Great Fairy.
The Lantern is given to Link by Coro as a gift to Link when they first meet. Coro thinks if he gives customers a free lantern, they will always come back for more oil. Lantern Oil can be purchased or found in certain areas. The lantern is vital for visibility in dark passageways, burning cobwebs, igniting torches to open doors, or summoning chests. The lantern is also used to disperse Poison Fog. It can also be used to keep the Poison Mites in Arbiter's Grounds from jumping on to Link. If Link lights the Lantern in the Bomb Shop, Barnes will turn on the sprinklers to douse the flames.
|Link (x4) · Princess Zelda · Six Maidens · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Phantom Ganon · Helmaroc King · Stone Arrghus · Jalhalla · Dagtail · Frostare · Big Dodongo · Vaati · Ganon|
| Whereabouts of the Wind · Eastern Hyrule · Death Mountain · Near the Fields · The Dark World · The Desert of Doubt · Frozen Hyrule · Realm of the Heavens|
—Full list of locations
|Bomb · Bombos Medallion · Boomerang · Bow · Fire Rod · Four Sword · Lantern · Magic Hammer · Quake Medallion · Shield · Slingshot|
|Blue Bracelet · Carrot · Force Gem · Force Fairy · Heart · Heart Container · Moon Pearl · Pegasus Boots · Power Bracelet · Roc's Feather · Shovel · Small Key|
|Knight Mark · Letter · Magic Book · Royal Jewels · Vaati Barrier|
|Gerudo · Goron · Hylian · Zuna|