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Mask of Truth
Mask of Truth (Majora's Mask)
The Mask of Truth
First appearance Ocarina of Time (1998)
Appearances Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Power(s) (Ocarina of Time)
Allows Link to speak to Gossip Stones
(Majora's Mask)
Allows Link to speak to Gossip Stones
Allows Link to read the thoughts of various animals
"That is the Mask of Truth, isn't it? You have a frightful mask. But being able to see into people's hearts and minds seems useful..."
Happy Mask Salesman

The Mask of Truth (まことのお面, Makoto no Omen?) is a recurring mask in the Legend of Zelda series. This mysterious mask, passed down by the Sheikah, allows the wearer to read the minds of Gossip Stones. The mask is shaped like the emblem of the Sheikah; namely, the eye with a tear. The retrieval of this mask is not mandatory in order to complete either game.

Appearances

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Mask of Truth is given to Link by the Happy Mask Salesman in the Happy Mask Shop, after Link has sold the Keaton Mask, Skull Mask, Spooky Mask, and Bunny Hood, thus completing the Happy Mask side quest. If Link wears this mask in the Forest Stage he will be given a Deku Nut capacity upgrade. However due to a glitch in the game's system, once Link obtains the Poacher's Saw he cannot obtain the Deku Nut capacity upgrade. If Link wears the Mask of Truth while approaching the stage after obtaining the Poacher's Saw, the Deku Scrubs will either attack or give him Rupees. This has been fixed in Ocarina of Time 3D, the Nintendo 3DS re-release.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Mask of Truth was given to a man along with instructions that he could become rich if he followed the instructions within the Swamp Spider House. However, when the man entered, he became cursed by the Gold Skulltulas inside, turning into a Skulltula-like creature himself. When Link enters the Swamp Spider House, the cursed man begs him to defeat all the Gold Skulltula within and collect their spirits. When Link is successful, the curse is broken and the man gives Link the Mask of Truth.

In addition to allowing the wearer to hear Gossip Stones, it allows them to read the thoughts of animals when they are picked up and held above one's head. This can be used in order to ascertain the upcoming winner of the Doggy Race, allowing Link to acquire a Piece of Heart and amass many Rupees. If Link picks up the dog in Clock Town while wearing this Mask it will say something about getting all riled up when he sees "that Deku Scrub".

Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.

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