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"Masks...You have...a lot. You, too...Will you be...a mask salesman?"
Lunar Child

Masks are recurring items in the Legend of Zelda series. Masks usually have different properties that are activated when Link wears one. In some games, masks play a greater role than in others.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

There is a side quest Link can complete to obtain the Mask of Truth. Once the Happy Mask Shop in Hyrule Castle Town opens, Link can borrow a mask from the shop in order to sell it to someone else and return the money to the Happy Mask Salesman. Once Link manages to sell four of the masks, he is given the Mask of Truth. By this time, Link can also switch between the different masks.

The Mask of Truth can be used to listen to the various Gossip Stones scattered throughout Hyrule. They each tell Link random facts; some facts are more important than others. Additionally, it can be used (prior to traveling to the future for the first time) to obtain a Deku Nut carry limit upgrade on the Forest Stage.

Masks

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Masks are an essential part of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Other than the eponymous Majora's Mask, there are twenty-four collectible masks, four of which transform Link into an entirely different race. These masks are the Deku Mask, Goron Mask, Zora Mask, and the Fierce Deity's Mask. The other twenty masks serve lesser purposes, only used in brief portions of dungeons or for a side quest. Three of the four transformation masks, as well as the Gibdo Mask and Kamaro's Mask are made from purifying someone with the "Song of Healing", which in turn results in a mask. If Link gives the Lunar Children all of the non-transforming masks, he will receive the Fierce Deity's Mask from the fifth lunar child.

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.

It has been thought that masks in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask could be based off of things from the "real-world". An older coin of New Zealand has a mask that looks somewhat similar to Majora's Mask. Other masks in the game have also been thought to be based off of other things. The Kamaro Mask has been thought to be based off of the Trance Dancer mask, worn by Maori people. The Bremen Mask has been thought to be based off of another Maori mask called the Batik Flame Mask. Other masks and things in the game have also been thought to be based off of Maori masks and items.

Theory warning: Theories end here.

Masks

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Doggie Mask The Doggie Mask is part of the trading quest for the Noble Sword. If Link trades a Tasty Meat to the Happy Mask Salesman, he receives this mask. Link then can trade it with Mamamu Yan for a Dumbbell.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Hero's Charm Item Sprite

The Hero's Charm allows Link to see an enemy's health. Unlike the other masks in the series, this one is equipped not as an item, but through the equipment sub-screen.

Also, in the Nintendo Gallery in Forest Haven, on the wall behind Carlov the Sculptor; there can be seen the Bunny Hood, the Goron Mask, the Keaton mask, and a fourth mask that looks very similar to the All-Night Mask.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Masks (The Minish Cap)

Mayor Hagen collects masks and has many of them on the wall in his home. Identical masks can also be found on the Royal Hyrule Library's walls. The masks can be knocked over if Link uses the Pegasus Boots to ram into the wall, and occasionally drop Rupees. A book called A History of Masks can be found by Link in Mayor Hagen's Lakeside Cabin and must be brought to the Royal Hyrule Library in order to progress in the game.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Hawkeye Item Sprite

The Hawkeye, which Link can purchase after Malo opens Malo Mart, increases visual acuity and can be used in conjunction with the Hero's Bow to create a "sniper scope." Because Link goes into the first person view when wearing the Hawkeye, he is never actually seen wearing the Hawkeye by the player.

Twilight Princess HD Midna Ordon Shield (Mask)

Midna wearing the Ordon Shield as a Mask

After Wolf Link obtains the Ordon Sword and Ordon Shield for Midna, upon entering the Twilight Realm, Midna can be seen wearing the Ordon Shield on her face as a Mask, before she puts it away for safekeeping. Shadow Beasts wear similar shield-like Masks on their faces as well.

Also seen in the game are enemies called Zant Masks, large animated replicas of the mask worn by Zant. The Fused Shadow also resembles a mask, helmet, or headdress of some kind.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Several masks can be worn by Link as head armor, granting different stats or effects. Kilton the monster researcher who runs the Fang and Bone, stocks several masks based on monsters. These masks allow Link to disguise himself as different monsters, causing them to view Link as one of their own kind and not attack unless hit. Some masks are part of armor sets like the Radiant Mask, Stealth Mask, and Gerudo Veil, which grant certain bonuses when worn with the entire set. The Gerudo Veil is referred to as a mask in its description and is worn by Link along with the Gerudo Top and Sirwal (or he can replace the Sirwal with either the Sand Boots or Snow Boots) to disguise himself as a Hylian vai (woman) to enter Gerudo Town as entry is forbidden to voe (men).

Several featuring masks returns in the game in reference to previous titles. Link can obtain two of them them by using the amiibo Rune with different amiibo. The Fierce Deity Mask is a special head armor from the "Fierce Deity" equipment along with the Armor, Boots and Sword obtained with the Link Majora's Mask amiibo of the Legend of Zelda: 30th anniversary series. The Sheik's Mask based on Sheik is obtained with Sheik amiibo and makes Link resemble Sheik if worn with the Stealth Chest Guard and Tights. Three featuring masks can be obtained upon installation of the DLC pack The Master Trials and completing a few new side quests. The Korok Mask resembles the leaf mask worn by Makar and allows Link to detect hidden unnamed Koroks. Midna's Helmet is a reference to the piece of the Fused Shadow worn by Midna in her cursed imp form and grants the Guardian Resist effect which makes Link more resistant to Guardian attacks. The Majora's Mask functions like a an all in-one-version of the monster masks sold by Kilton, as it effects Bokoblins, Moblins, Lizalfos and Lynels causing them to view Link as a fellow monster and won't attack him unless attacked or the disguise fails if there are other enemies around not effected by the mask. Also like the Lynel Mask, Majora's Mask only effects Lynels temporarily, before they will realize it is Link in disguise. The appearance of Majora's Mask in Breath of the Wild marks the first time it appears as an item and equipable mask that can be worn by Link.

Members of the Sheikah Yiga Clan wear white masks featuring the upside-down Sheikah eye symbol used by them but these cannot be obtained by Link. They are worn by Yiga Footsoldiers, Yiga Blademasters, and Master Kohga.

Purah and Robbie have high-tech masks that function as googles which they presumably use when examining and researching ancient technology. Purah wears hers on top of her head while Robbie wears his on his eyes all the time, presumably due to his eyesight deteriorating due to his age as he is over 100 years old. Purah may have also used them for this purpose before she regressed her age using an experimental de-aging rune and her eyesight improved as she became younger and younger before ending up in a six year old body. However it should be noted that Purah wears glasses so it is possible she only uses them when researching and wears her glasses the rest of the time. Their mask's eyes are chameleon-like and may be based on the eyes of the chameleon-like Lizalfos, give Purah and Robbie an improved range of visor. However like the Yiga Clan's masks they cannot be obtained by Link.

Link is not the only one who can equip masks, as the Monster Bridle includes a mask that covers the horse's head when equipped to one of Link's horses.

Masks

Non-canonical appearances

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

Hyrule Warriors

Some Masks appear in Hyrule Warriors as Badges that enhances characters. The Fierce Deity's Mask Badge gives characters more Special Attack gauges. The Hawkeye Badge increase the duration of bow and arrow power-ups.

Young Link carries two masks on his person, the Fierce Deity's Mask and the Keaton Mask. Young Link uses the Fierce Deity's Mask to transform into the Fierce Deity and when his Magic gauge is full, instead of playing the Ocarina of Time to convert SP in MP he will put on the Keaton Mask and pretend like he is going to transform with it but stops and laughs instead, though this only works if he is not in his Fierce Deity form.

Masks

In the Majora's Mask Pack DLC, in the Termina Map in Adventure Mode, there are mask costumes for some characters to unlock:

Moveset

Mask is the weapon moveset used by Young Link.

Weapon Levels

Hyrule Warriors Legends

Young Link returns with his Mask moveset and the Mask outfits can be unlocked in Adventure Mode. Additionally, Young Link's Keaton Mask appears as his Gold Material drop. Skull Kid appears as a playable character under the influence of Majora's Mask and can even fire an eye beam from the mask itself as one of his moveset's combos. Majora's Mask also appears as Skull Kid's Gold Material drop.

Material Drops

A List of Masks that appear as Materials:

Fairy Clothing

Companion Fairies can wear various masks as Fairy Clothing Headgear options. Here is a list of the Masks that can be worn by Companion Fairies:

  • Bone hat - A skull-like helmet shaped mask based on the helmets worn by Green Bokoblins in Skyward Sword. It has a Darkness Elemental Attribute.
  • Bunny Hood - There are two versions of the Bunny Hood, yellow and purple. The Yellow Bunny Hood has a Lightning Elemental Attribute and the Purple Bunny Hood has a Darkness Elemental Attribute.
  • Fused Shadow Mask - A Mask based upon Midna's Fused Shadow. It has a Darkness Elemental Attribute.
  • King of Red Lions Mask - A Mask based on the mustache and mouth of the King of Red Lions. It has a Water Elemental Attribute.
  • Korok Mask - A Mask based on the leaf masks worn by the Korok. It has a Light Elemental Attribute.
  • Postman's Hat - There are two versions of the Postman's Hat, red and blue. The Red Postman's Hat has a Fire Elemental Attribute and the Blue Postman's Hat has a Water Elemental Attribute.
  • Rito Mask - A Mask based on the beak-like nose of the Rito. It has a Lightning Elemental Attribute.
  • Trickster Mask - A Mask based on the design of Majora's Mask, though with the addition of eye holes. It has a Darkness Elemental Attribute.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.

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