- "You now hold the legendary Phantom Hourglass, Link. As long as you carry it, this temple cannot drain the life from you.... However... You are only safe as long as sand remains in the top of the Phantom Hourglass. When all the sand has drained to the bottom, your life, too, will be drained."
- — Oshus
The Phantom Hourglass is a quest item from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. It is a magical hourglass that Link finds the second time he visits the Temple of the Ocean King. It is explained in the game that all living things have a life force, and the physical manifestation of this force is the Sand of Hours that fills the hourglass. This magical hourglass cannot be flipped, and can only be restored with sunlight, which is done by leaving the temple.
Though fairly ordinary in appearance, the Hourglass holds quite a few plot influences; it can prevent Link from being damaged by the evil in the Temple, and it is the key to finishing the game (i.e. killing the Phantoms). It collects sand from each boss Link defeats and is later forged into the handle of the Phantom Sword by Oshus. Sand of Hours can also be found for the Hourglass on the ocean floor with the help of the Salvage Arm.
When a Phantom hits Link with his sword, the Hourglass loses 30 seconds. When a Wizzrobe hits Link, he loses 15 seconds, but gains 30 when he kills one.
Link can also gain time for the Hourglass by breaking golden jars, often containing 30 seconds, though some may only contain 15 seconds. When a boss is defeated, the Hourglass gets 2 minutes of sand. Some treasure marks have one minute worth of sand. The maximum amount of sand the Hourglass can provide is 25 minutes.
At the end of the game, when Link and Tetra return to their pirate ship, he proves that their adventure was more than a dream when he removes the hourglass from his pack, although it is now empty. What happens to the hourglass afterward is unknown.
|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|