The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch adds a longtime series item that wasn’t in the Game Boy or Game Boy Color versions of the game: Fairy Bottles. It’s just one of the many new features in the remake. Now you can bottle fairies at fountains and when dropped from enemies to recover some hearts when you’re low on health. There are three Fairy Bottles in Link’s Awakening. Here’s how to get all of them.
How to get all the Fairy Bottles
You can find the first Fairy Bottle really early in the adventure. Head to the fishing hole on the northwest side of Mabe Village and give 10 rupees to the fisherman to play his mini-game.
While your first instinct is to try to reel in some live fish, if you look in the bottom-left corner of the screen, you’ll see a small bottle at the bottom of the pond, next to the plant life. Simply cast your line, move it across the bottle’s lid, and it will attach.
The fish don’t want you to get the bottle, though. If you reel it past their line of sight, they will move quickly to jar it free. If you time it right, you can move the line past the fish when their backs are turned toward you.
If you’re having trouble, catch a fish or two to clear an easier path. You’ll want to catch fish anyway since your first catch earns you a Heart Piece, and your first “big” catch nets you a second Heart Piece.
The Ghostly Bottle
The second Fairy Bottle is impossible to miss, as it’s part of the mainline story. After completing Angler’s Tunnel, the fourth dungeon, a ghost will start following you around.
The ghost wants to go home. Its home is just right of Toronbo Shores. Go to the right side of the beach and pick up one of the rocks just below the treasure chest. Welcome to Martha’s Bay. Head up the stairs, and you’ll see the house below you.
Once inside, the ghost will look around and then command you to take it to its grave. The ghost’s grave isn’t located in the main cemetery. Instead, go to the Witch’s Hut.
Just southwest of the hut, you’ll see a rock that can be picked up. Down the stairs and to the left, you’ll see a lone headstone surrounded by flowers. Now the ghost can rest peacefully. For bringing it home, the ghost will give you a Fairy Bottle.
Dampé’s Fairy Bottle
The third and final Fairy Bottle is given to you by Dampé for completing the “Heart Shortage” Chamber Dungeon challenge.
The challenge tasks you with creating a dungeon shaped like a bottle and completing it with just three hearts. Before you can take on the three-shovel rated challenge, you’ll have to finish all one and two-shovel rated challenges (eight total).
Fairies must be manually released
Though Link’s Awakening adds Fairy Bottles, they don’t work in the same way as most Zelda games. You must manually release them from bottles to regain health. If you die with a fairy bottled up, it won’t automatically revive you. This is because Link’s Awakening already has a special reviving item called Secret Medicine that can be bought from Crazy Tracy.
You’ll find fairies at Great Fairy Fountains. Minibosses and select powerful enemies in dungeons also drop fairies when defeating. Simply wave a bottle next to the fluttering fairies to seal them inside.