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Ocarina of Time optimal equipment guide

This is a no-nonsense, mobile-friendly guide for getting everything as soon as possible and in an efficient order. For description, more guides and feedback, see The Legend of Zelda optimal equipment guides.

This guide maintains a natural playthrough order. For example, Ice Cavern is covered after the Fire Temple, because learning the Serenade of Water before even starting the Forest Temple feels wrong. Everything will still be mentioned at the earliest possible point you can get it, but the summary sections will assume you wait until it’s properly covered by the guide.

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Kokiri Forest 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (20)
  • Deku Sticks (10)

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Child’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 3 Hearts

The Deku Tree 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (20)
  • Deku Sticks (10)
  • Fairy Slingshot

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (30)
  • Child’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 4 Hearts
  • 3 Skulltula Tokens

A royal mission with detours 

Hyrule Castle

Kakariko Village

Lon Lon Ranch

Lost Woods

Some last errands

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (20)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Fairy Ocarina
  • Zelda’s Letter
  • 2 Bottles
  • Bunny Hood

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Adult’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 6 1/4 Hearts
  • 21 Skulltula Tokens
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Scarecrow’s Song

Dodongo’s Cavern 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (20)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Fairy Ocarina
  • Zelda’s Letter
  • 2 Bottles
  • Bunny Hood
  • Bombs

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Bomb Bag (20)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Adult’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 7 1/4 Hearts
  • 24 Skulltula Tokens
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Scarecrow’s Song

Gearing up for Jabu Jabu’s Belly 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (30)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Fairy Ocarina
  • Zelda’s Letter
  • 3 Bottles
  • Bunny Hood
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Silver Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Adult’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 9 Hearts
  • 29 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Scarecrow’s Song

Jabu-Jabu’s Belly 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (30)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Fairy Ocarina
  • Zelda’s Letter
  • 3 Bottles
  • Bunny Hood
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Silver Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Adult’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 10 Hearts
  • 33 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Scarecrow’s Song

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Zelda’s Letter
  • 3 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Silver Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 10 Hearts
  • 43 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Scarecrow’s Song

Grown up 

Biggoron’s Sword

Going to the Forest Temple

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 3 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Hookshot

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 12 Hearts
  • 54 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest

Forest Temple 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 3 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Hookshot
  • Fairy Bow

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (30)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 13 Hearts
  • 59 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest

Gearing up for the Fire Temple 

Young Link

Adult Link

Young Link

Adult Link

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Hookshot
  • Fairy Bow

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (40)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 14 Hearts
  • 61 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Prelude of Light

Fire Temple 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Hookshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Megaton Hammer

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (40)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 15 Hearts
  • 66 Skulltula Tokens
  • Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Prelude of Light

Ice Cavern 

Finishing up Death Mountain

Ice Cavern

A few more items

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Hookshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (40)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 15 3/4 Hearts
  • 73 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Prelude of Light

Water Temple 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (40)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 16 3/4 Hearts
  • 78 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Prelude of Light

Bottom of the Well 

Heading for Kakariko

Bottom of the Well

It isn’t cheating if no-one notices

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Fire Arrows
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Lens of Truth

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (40)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 17 1/4 Hearts
  • 83 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Prelude of Light

Shadow Temple 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Fire Arrows
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Lens of Truth
  • Hover Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Hover Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (40)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 18 1/4 Hearts
  • 88 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Prelude of Light

Heading to the Spirit Temple 

Gerudo’s Fortress

Desert Colossus

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Nayru’s Love
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Fire Arrows
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Lens of Truth
  • Hover Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Hover Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Gerudo’s Membership Card
  • Gerudo Token
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 19 Hearts
  • 94 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Requiem of Spirit
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Prelude of Light

Spirit Temple 

Young Link

Adult Link

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Nayru’s Love
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Fire Arrows
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Lens of Truth
  • Hover Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Mirror Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Hover Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Silver Gauntlets
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Gerudo’s Membership Card
  • Gerudo Token
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 20 Hearts
  • 99 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Requiem of Spirit
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Prelude of Light

Getting ready for the big showdown 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Nayru’s Love
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Fire Arrows
  • Ice Arrows
  • Light Arrows
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Lens of Truth
  • Hover Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Mirror Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Hover Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Silver Gauntlets
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Gerudo’s Membership Card
  • Gerudo Token
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 20 Hearts
  • 100 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Requiem of Spirit
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Prelude of Light

Ganon’s Castle 

C button items

  • Deku Nuts (40)
  • Deku Sticks (30)
  • Fairy Slingshot
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Claim Check
  • 4 Bottles
  • Mask of Truth
  • Bombs
  • Bombchus
  • Din’s Fire
  • Farore’s Wind
  • Nayru’s Love
  • Magic Beans
  • Boomerang
  • Longshot
  • Fairy Bow
  • Fire Arrows
  • Ice Arrows
  • Light Arrows
  • Megaton Hammer
  • Iron Boots
  • Lens of Truth
  • Hover Boots

Equipment

  • Kokiri Sword
  • Master Sword
  • Biggoron’s Sword
  • Deku Shield
  • Hylian Shield
  • Mirror Shield
  • Kokiri Tunic
  • Goron Tunic
  • Zora Tunic
  • Kokiri Boots
  • Iron Boots
  • Hover Boots
  • Bullet Bag (50)
  • Quiver (50)
  • Bomb Bag (40)
  • Goron’s Bracelet
  • Golden Gauntlets
  • Golden Scale
  • Stone of Agony
  • Shard of Agony
  • Gerudo’s Membership Card
  • Gerudo Token
  • Giant’s Wallet

Quest/other

  • 20 Hearts (double defense)
  • 100 Skulltula Tokens
  • Double Magic Meter
  • Zelda’s Lullaby
  • Epona’s Song
  • Saria’s Song
  • Sun’s Song
  • Song of Time
  • Song of Storms
  • Scarecrow’s Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Bolero of Fire
  • Serenade of Water
  • Requiem of Spirit
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Prelude of Light

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