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The Magic Meter measures Link's current level of Magic Power and displays how many more magic abilities the young hero is able to cast. It first appeared in the second Legend of Zelda game, The Adventure of Link, appearing later in A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and The Wind Waker.
The Meter appears as a green bar which decreases when Magic Power is expended, although it can be refilled using Magic Jars, drinking special potions, or by being healed by a Great Fairy. Although magic spells such as the ones in The Adventure of Link and the ones in Ocarina of Time drain magic from the Magic Meter, other items, like the Magic Medallions in A Link to the Past and the Fire, Ice and Light Arrows, also consume magic. The Magic Meter is further used to power various items, such as the Lantern, the Fire and Ice Rod, and the Magic Cape in A Link to the Past.
Magic Meter Upgrades
In most games which use the Magic Meter, it is possible at some point during the game to increase its capacity, which is usually doubled.
|Game||How to upgrade||Items or spells that require Magic Power|
|The Adventure of Link||The magic bar can become more resilient to the amount of magic drained by using a spell. Also, there are four Magic Containers that each add an additional bar to the Magic Meter when obtained.||All Magic|
|A Link to the Past||By using Magic Powder on a shrine next to the blacksmith's house, a strange bat-like creature appears and "curses" Link, resulting in a doubled Magic Meter. The one-half means that magic is drained at one-half the normal rate.||Fire Rod, Ice Rod, Lantern, Magic Medallions, Cane of Byrna, Cane of Somaria, Magic Cape|
|Ocarina of Time||The Great Fairy of Wisdom in the Death Mountain Crater grants Link a Magic Meter upgrade.||Spells, Fire Arrow, Ice Arrow, Light Arrow, Lens of Truth, Spin Attack|
|Majora's Mask||The upgrade can be obtained by retrieving all of the green colored Stray Fairies in Snowhead Temple and taking them to the Great Fairy of the region.||Fire Arrow, Ice Arrow, Light Arrow, Spin Attack, Lens of Truth, Giant's Mask, Deku Link's Bubble Attack, Goron Link's Roll, Zora Link's Magical Shield, Fierce Deity's Sword Beam|
|The Wind Waker||By defeating a Big Octo near Two-Eye Reef, a violet colored Great Fairy will grant Link a Magic Meter upgrade.||Deku Leaf, Magic Armor, Fire Arrows, Ice Arrows, Light Arrows, Hurricane Spin|
Absence in later titles
Its absence from Twilight Princess has been strongly noted by many, especially given that a green bar appears on beta screens for the game, including screenshots on the back of the game box. It would have been replenished by Green Chu Jelly (see external links).
Skyward Sword also lacks the magic meter. The green meter that is present measures Link's stamina and is used to perform actions such as sprinting, rolling, climbing, and sword techniques. The Stamina Potion in game slows the depletion of the stamina meter. Lastly, despite being sequels to The Wind Waker, neither Nintendo DS game has the meter either.
|Gameplay Elements of The Legend of Zelda Series|
|Names in Other Regions|
|Spanish||Barra de magia|
|French||Jauge de magie|