You may have noticed that we're doing a video game music festival while the summer months are still here — but you may also be wondering why we haven't included the most important music of all.
Fear not! I'm here to save the day by ranking EVERY SINGLE VERSION OF FAIRY FOUNTAIN FROM THE LEGEND OF ZELDA. That's right, it's a
slow news day very important use of my time, that no one asked me to do, even. We'll start with the "worst", and move our way up to the "best".
And please, before you all come into the comments and tell me that I'm wrong: try listening to (at the time of writing) 23 different versions of the same song and come out the other end with your sanity intact. Also, tell me your ranking and we can compare our notes!
23. Fairy Queen (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, 2002)
The Wind Waker has two versions of Fairy Fountain, and this one is the worst. Fairy Queen is a strangely carnival-themed take, to go along with the creepy flirty child queen of the fairies. Listen, I do not like the Fairy Queen, and I do not like her song.
Don't get me wrong — it does exactly what it's meant to. You've been led to believe that the Fairy Queen is a huge, matronly lady, only to find out that it's a child. It's unsettling. That doesn't mean I have to like it.
22. Choose Your Adventure (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, 2004)
The title screen for Four Swords Adventures is a version of Fairy Fountain that sounds familiar, but is apparently entirely its own. It's louder than A Link To The Past's original, and it's in a different key to Ocarina's, too. I find this one a little too unsubtle and unoriginal, I think — it's certainly a very pared-back Fairy Fountain, but it offers nothing new for the tried-and-tested formula to set it apart.
21. File Select (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, 2011)
I'm being mean here, but I have to be to separate these themes from one another: this one sounds a bit like someone playing a harp with a screwdriver and an appointment to be at in five minutes. I really like Skyward Sword's music, but this one just rubs me up the wrong way — it's oddly rushed, weirdly paced, and sort of... angry-sounding? Somehow? I like the soaring strings, but they just come in a little too late; I've already been scared away by the rest of it.
For a game that's all about the harp, I would have expected something a little more interesting from Skyward Sword. This, for me, is not it. Sorry.
20. Lucky Lobby Ball Fairy Fountain (The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, 2015)
This one's a secret one, achieved by keeping the Lucky Lobby Ball, up in the air while you wait for new matches. It's not... great, and neither is Tri Force Heroes, but it's a nice little secret nonetheless — it's just a shame that it has to include the noise of the sword swipe when you're actually playing the game. Then again, it's kind of grown on me, like a little metronome. Bwep.
There's also an 8-bit version if you wear the Timeless Tunic!
19. Fairy Fountain (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, 2007)
Having to create a Fairy Fountain that can compete with the previous Zelda game, Twilight Princess, but remain functional on the DS's limited hardware, must be tricky — and Phantom Hourglass' Fairy Fountain doesn't really stand out as a result. It's a little bit too synthetic, a little bit too muted. An average take, I think.
18. Fairy Fountain (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, 2013)
A Link Between Worlds has three versions of Fairy Fountain, and this is the one that's actually used as the fairy fountain theme itself. This one is the worst of the bunch, but it's still good... it's just a little too fast, and there's a strange off-beat harp in the background that makes it oddly unsettling, like there's a song playing in another room. As far as Fairy Fountain themes go, this one isn't as magical as the others.
17. File Select (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, 2006)
We're starting to get to the good ones, rather than the ones that are just a little off for some reason. Twilight Princess' take on the File Select screen is pretty by-the-numbers, so there's not a whole lot to object to.
However... I'm not 100% sold on this one, to be honest. The piano playing seems a little forceful, and although I'm well aware that I'm trying to find just about anything to nitpick the differences at this point, I think I'm right. I'm discovering that I prefer the gentler File Select screens.
16. Fairy Fountain (Hyrule Warriors, 2014)
I guess it's no surprise that Hyrule Warriors didn't do a totally wild take on a classic, but with the downright weird stuff they did to the Zelda timeline, I think they probably could have done it anyway. This take is good, don't get me wrong, it's just a little boring!
15. File Select (The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, 2004)
By this point in the Zelda series, Fairy Fountain has very much become one of the very recognisable tunes, especially for the file select screen. Minish Cap's File Select take is nothing that will blow you away, but it's quite a lot bassier than the rest, making it seem a little more grown up. It's alright.
14. Great Fairy Fountain (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 2017)
This one is so fast, but it really fits with the Fairy Fountains in Breath of the Wild — they're hard to find, a little bit unnerving, and exciting. Your heart beats in time with this speedy version as a giant woman comes out of a flower, screams, and then eats you; it feels almost as if it's trying to keep up with itself.
Honestly, the entire experience of finding a Fairy Fountain in Breath of the Wild is so much more than the sum of its parts; the song itself takes a backseat to the utter joy/terror of the large lady. It's not a particularly exciting version (in my opinion), and the speed is a little much, but in the game itself, the theme is very quietly played in the background.
13. Fairy Fountain (The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, 2004)
Minish Cap's fairies are a little different to the usual. Rather than your average Fairy Queen, each one is based on insects: the Great Butterfly Fairy, the Great Dragonfly Fairy, and the Great Mayfly Fairy, in keeping with the "you're really small" theme of the game.
The Fairy Fountain version in Minish Cap is a little slower, a little warmer, and a little more sleepy-feeling than the others — but not by a lot. It's solid; but it's not reinventing itself.
12. Fairy Fountain/File Select (The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, 1991)
The OG, the mould in which all other Fairy Fountains were made, A Link to the Past's version is used for the start screen and the fountains scattered across the map. It's a great tempo, and it manages to sound like twinkly harp music despite being 16-bit music. But I can't give it maximum points for being the original — later versions, with more orchestral takes, definitely improved on the excellent foundation that ALTTP laid down.
I'm not saying it's bad — without this version, I wouldn't have even been able to write this piece — I'm just saying we have to start somewhere.
Great Fairy Tera is the most out-of-the-way fairy you'll meet. She's tucked under a skeleton all the way in the southwest of the map in Gerudo Desert just a bit southwest from Dragon's Exile. We recommend adding a pin to skeleton you see on the map and then riding a sand seal straight in that direction.Where is the 10000 Fairy Fountain? ›
To get to Kayasa's Great Fairy Fountain, warp to Tabantha Tower. Once there, head south to the base of Piper Ridge. Check your map for the small pool of water, and you'll find your target.What happens when you unlock all 4 fairy fountains? ›
Upon unlocking each successive Great Fairy, all Great Fairies will become more powerful. In other words, all Fairies strengthen each other upon being released.How many fairy fountains are there in Zelda? ›
There are four Great Fairy Fountains that can be found throughout Hyrule Kingdom in Breath of the Wild: in the woods above Kakariko Village, south of Tabantha Tower, in the woods south of Tarrey Town, and among the Leviathan skeleton in Dragon's Exile in Gerudo Desert.Is the horse God a fairy fountain? ›
When you arrive at the end of the road, you'll see what appears to be a standard fairy fountain. It's not. It's actually the home of horse god Malanya. Pay her 1,000 rupees, and she'll unlock any dead horses free of charge (after you pay her the one-time fee, obviously).How much is the 4th fairy fountain? ›
Fourth Great Fairy Fountain - 10,000 Rupees.Should I give 1000 rupees to the fairy? ›
So to answer the question, yes, you should give a Rupees to the great fairy in Kakariko village, in fact, it will be well worth it in the long run as it will grant you spoke armor upgrades. It's not a trick, so be sure to give her your hard earned money for your time.Where is the best fairy fountain? ›
Great Fairy Kaysa's Location: the Great Fairy Fountain in Tabantha. Great Fairy Kaysa is found in the Western areas of Hyrule, in the rocky and mountainous region of the Tabantha Frontier. She's towards the south of this area, near the Tabantha Great Bridge and Nero Hill.Can you cook a fairy Botw? ›
Technically, no, you can't cook them, but you can use them in recipes to get a better result – the fairy will be released after doing this. From this guide: And if you throw in a Fairy, you'll get a lot more hearts from whatever you make together. Don't worry, it won't actually cook the Fairy.How do you defeat Molduga? ›
There is, luckily, a simple trick for defeating the Molduga. Its ability to find you is based on your movement on the sand, so make your way to one of the podiums as quickly as possible, and climb on top. Then, throw a spherical bomb onto the sand - the Molduga will mistake it for you and jump up, swallowing the bomb.
Link can cook with a Fairy and any monster parts, Guardian parts, small animals, Gemstones, or certain ingredients in order to prepare Fairy Tonics increasing the amount of Heart Containers restored.What is the horse God called? ›
As the god of horses, Poseidon is thought likely to have been introduced to Greece by the earliest Hellenes, who also introduced the first horses to the country about the 2nd century bce. Poseidon himself fathered many horses, best known of which was the winged horse Pegasus by the Gorgon Medusa.What god rides a horse? ›
|The divine master of horses|
|7th century statue of Revanta from Sarnath, Eastern Uttar Pradesh|
In Gallo-Roman religion, Epona was a protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. She was particularly a goddess of fertility, as shown by her attributes of a patera, cornucopia, ears of grain and the presence of foals in some sculptures.Is there a fairy fountain in gerudo? ›
Likely to be the last Great Fairy you meet, Great Fairy Tera is located in the Gerudo Desert. Her fountain is in the far southwest of the map, just beyond an area called Dragon's Exile. You'll find Great Fairy Tera's fountain beneath a massive dragon skeleton.How many fairies does Botw have? ›
You're now at eleven fairies total, which is the real cap on them. Getting only three fairies at the first Great Fairy Fountain allows you to drop our fairies in inventory down to two.Where is the last fairy Majora's Mask? ›
During the day, there will be a stray fairy in the Laundry Pool. At night, the fairy can be found in East Clock Town next to a deku flower used to obtain the fairy. When caught, take the fairy to North Clock Town and the Great Fairy will reward you with magic.What happens if you thank a fairy? ›
And if a fairy did you a good turn, you were never, ever, under any circumstances, to thank them. Fairies believed that, if you thanked them, it meant you'd forget the good deed they'd done for you.Should I enhance Zora armor? ›
Upgrading the Zora set
Wearing any piece of the Zora set will increase your swim speed. The Zora helm gives you a spin attack while swimming, and the armor lets you swim up waterfalls.
In The Wind Waker, the Silver Rupee is worth 200 Rupees making it the most valuable Rupee in the game.
Just set your jar in an open window with the lid off. Sprinkle a little fairy lure around the jar and over the window sill. Carefully place a tiny piece of cake or pastry in your jar and wait. The fairy will be attracted to the shiny fairy lure and then fly into the jar to eat the treat.Which armor should I upgrade Botw? ›
The best armour in Breath of the Wild is the Ancient set - the Ancient Helm, Cuirass, and Greaves - and is only obtainable after you complete a specific side quest - Robbie's Research - and you've then collected the right materials to be traded in at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab.How do you beat Kaysa? ›
When you see Kaysa's weak-point, quickly attack, so you can cause some proper damage. You can also use the ice magic you'll have collected during this challenge to force Kaysa's weak-point to appear. Soon enough, probably with a good amount of dodging, you'll defeat her.Where is the pink fairy fountain? ›
Just before the stairs leading to the Forest Temple in the Sacred Forest Meadow, past the Deku Scrub-filled maze, turn around and look for a ladder leading up to the top of the maze. Drop into the indentation in the middle of the maze to find a hole leading to the fountain.Is there a shrine near the Great Fairy Fountain? ›
Location: Lakna Rokee Shrine is hidden in the forest with the fairy fountain directly east of Kakariko Village by a Sheikah sphere platform. The shrine is revealed by using the sphere from the The Stolen Heirloom quest line.Do you sleep with Paya in BOTW? ›
Paya lives in Impa's house, so head inside and talk to her for a while. Eventually you'll put her to bed, at which point you'll want to wait by the fire until night falls. Once night falls, a guard named Dorian will leave his post and begin walking up the hill nearby.What happens if you hit a chicken in BOTW? ›
Many Zelda games feature the "angry cucco" secret - where if you make Link attack a chicken (in the Zelda universe they're named cuccos) then eventually a whole flock of its friends will fly down and rapidly peck Link to death.What happens when you feed a dog in BOTW? ›
Dogs in BOTW tend to prefer raw meat and apples. To feed a dog, simply drop an item from your inventory near the dog. The dog should begin to follow you as soon as you've fed it once -- allowing you to play fetch with it by tossing a branch or even make it chase its own tail by running in a circle around the dog.What is the hardest enemy in Zelda? ›
Lynels are centaur-like monsters and the toughest enemies that Link can come across while roaming around Hyrule. Like other monsters, there are different colors of Lynels that represent different difficulty levels. Although all Lynels are hard to deal with, the Golden Lynels are the toughest.What is the glowing unicorn in Botw? ›
Satori often appears at night (but not always) — although it might just be that the glow is more obvious and easier to notice at night.
Epona, Link's lovely horse from Ocarina of Time, can be ridden in Breath of the Wild. The easiest way to get her is to scan the Twilight Link Smash Bros amiibo. Once Epona is teleported into the game world you'll want to head over to a stable and register her, allowing you to summon her whenever you like.Is there a king Molduga? ›
The Molduking is the strongest of all Molduga, and has a slightly different coloring. There is only one in the game, being a part of the second DLC pack: The Champions' Ballad.How do I find Barta? ›
Barta can be found at the mouth of the Gerudo Great Skeleton to the far southwest, just outside the Hawa Koth Shrine. She is underneath the head of the fossil. Talk to her twice and give her the Hearty Durian. Return to the objective marker and talk to Liana to complete the quest and get a Silver Rupee.How many Molduga are there in Gerudo? ›
There are only four Moldugas in the game, all of which respawn every Blood Moon. They reside in the Gerudo Desert, south of Gerudo Town. To find them, venture to the following locations: Toruma Dunes, near Tho Kaya shrine.Where is the best Great Fairy Fountain? ›
Great Fairy Kaysa's Location: the Great Fairy Fountain in Tabantha. Great Fairy Kaysa is found in the Western areas of Hyrule, in the rocky and mountainous region of the Tabantha Frontier. She's towards the south of this area, near the Tabantha Great Bridge and Nero Hill.What is the strongest set on Botw? ›
What's the best armor in BOTW? The best armor set available in Breath of the Wild is the Ancient set, compromised of three pieces: the Ancient Cuirass, Greaves, and Helm.What is the best armor in Zelda? ›
The best armour in Breath of the Wild is the Ancient set - the Ancient Helm, Cuirass, and Greaves - and is only obtainable after you complete a specific side quest - Robbie's Research - and you've then collected the right materials to be traded in at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab.What is the weakest armor in Botw? ›
- 10/10 Best: Climbing Set.
- 9/10 Worst: Sheikah Set.
- 8/10 Best: Barbarian Set.
- 7/10 Worst: Gerudo Veil Set.
- 6/10 Best: Desert Voe Set.
- 5/10 Worst: Armor Of The Wild.
- 4/10 Best: Snowquill Set.
- 3/10 Worst: Phantom Ganon Set.
The amount of Heart Containers you need to collect it is 13 in total. Since you start with three Heart Containers, that means you need 10 over the course of your journey. To put that in perspective, thats: 40 Shrines completed (each Shrine gives you a Shine Orb, and 4 Shrine Orbs is worth 1 Heart Container)Are there only 4 Shrines on the Great Plateau? ›
There are a total of four Great Plateau shrines in BotW. This is the starting area of the game and you must complete these shrines to leave.
So to answer the question, yes, you should give a Rupees to the great fairy in Kakariko village, in fact, it will be well worth it in the long run as it will grant you spoke armor upgrades. It's not a trick, so be sure to give her your hard earned money for your time.