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The Goron's Bracelet (left) and the Silver Gauntlet from Ocarina of Time
|Game(s)|| The Legend of Zelda|
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
Four Swords Adventures
A Link Between Worlds
|Other media|| Animated series|
The Legend of Zelda comic
|Use(s)||Move and lift heavy objects|
The Power Bracelet is a strength-increasing item that bolsters Link's muscular power to that of a superhuman, or its equivalent in the Zelda universe, a Goron, for the most part. Power Bracelet, as a blanket term, not only caters to the physical ring-like objects Link acquires throughout his travels, but also defines the strength-intensifying gloves and mitts, such as the Golden Gauntlet and the Titan's Mitt, that allow Link to perform at an increased strength level as well. The actual bracelet is more common in the 2D Zelda games but has also made appearances in The Wind Waker; their glove-like counterparts appear vividly in Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past, respectively.
Types of Power Bracelet
The Power Bracelet is not only the most rudimentary of the strength-inducing items, as it appeared first in the original The Legend of Zelda, but is also the most popular of the two, the other being its identical counterpart, the Power Glove. Since its first appearance in The Legend of Zelda, the Power Bracelet is a gold ring-like object (save for its burgundy Link's Awakening incarnation) that is obtained through significant plot events, whether it is given to help in ridding the Dodongo's Cavern of baddies in Ocarina of Time (this version is called the Goron's Bracelet), required to access the Earth Temple in The Wind Waker, or simply needed to uplift small boulders in titles such as The Legend of Zelda and The Minish Cap, the latter of which can only be used while Link is Minish-size.
Although they are mostly called Power Bracelets, they very rarely exist in pairs, appearing only as such in The Wind Waker and The Minish Cap. Regardless of the number of bracelets, the effect on Link is the same - he is able to lift otherwise unliftable objects ranging from mere rocks and bookcases in The Legend of Zelda and The Minish Cap to large Stone Heads in The Wind Waker.
Interestingly, the Power Bracelet of Link's Awakening can be upgraded to a Level 2 over the course of Link's journey, enabling him to lift even heavier objects than before, and the iteration used in Four Swords Adventures is the only incarnation of Power Bracelet that can be used, lost, and regained between levels, as the bracelet only appears in levels that require its specific use. The iteration seen in Oracle of Ages bridges the gap between Power Bracelets and Power Gloves, as the bracelet can be upgraded to the superior glove version before accessing the Ancient Tomb, a dungeon that requires the extra strength provided in the Power Glove to complete.
Power Gloves, Titan's Mitt, and the Gauntlets
The Power Glove is a minor twist on the Power Bracelet, although the increased strength effect is practically identical to that of its ring-like counterpart. Appearing originally in The Adventure of Link as the Handy Glove (called the Magic Glove in the NES Game Atlas, The Official Nintendo Player's Guide and The Legend of Zelda comic), its most primordial function operates through Link's sword: it increases the strength of the sword itself, so much so that it can slice and crush blocks. Over subsequent titles, beginning with A Link to the Past and on through Ocarina of Time, such emphasis is placed instead on Link's physical strength, stemming from his hands and his ability to lift objects in comparison to slicing them, when speaking of the Power Glove. The glove of A Link to the Past can even be upgraded from its original form to the Titan's Mitt, a superior, golden glove that can lift heavier, dark boulders; the obtainment the Titan's Mitt further spurs Link towards achieving the Tempered Sword, as well.
The Power Glove truly did not achieve its current popularity until it broke into the third dimension, in the forms of the Silver and Golden Gauntlets seen exclusively in Ocarina of Time. These metallic gloves are the behemoths of the strength-inducing objects, as they retain the ability to lift monoliths of extreme size, often many times the height of Link, just with the flick of the wrist. The Silver Gauntlets are found in the Spirit Temple while the Golden Gauntlets are found in Ganon's Castle. Although these gauntlets could only be used in Link's adult era, they play a huge role in the game's plot, alleviating blocked passageways, revealing secret Great Fairy Fountains, and the Golden Gauntlets even aid in the completion of both the Light and Fire rooms in Ganon's Castle. Not only can the Golden Gauntlets lift towering black blocks in comparison to the lesser Silver version, they replace the Silver Gauntlets and the Goron's Bracelet (only usable by the younger Link) in Link's inventory upon its obtainment.
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- Preceding their equivalents in Ocarina of Time, the Power Glove and Titan's Mitt of A Link to the Past subtly alter Link's sprite so that his hands are armored and no longer flesh-colored. However, this detail was inexplicably removed in the A Link to the Past & Four Swords.
- In Ocarina of Time, it is implied that Adult Link does not need the power of the Goron Bracelet to lift grass and Bomb Flowers, since he does not wear the Bracelet as an adult. However, when using glitches or codes to skip collecting the Bracelet, Adult Link will have the same strength as Child Link does.
- The Power Bracelets do not seem to affect Link's strength at normal size in The Minish Cap.
- The Power Glove may be a reference to the Power Glove controller for the NES.
- The Wristband item from Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru seems to have adopted the purpose of pushing heavy items from the Power Bracelet. The sprite for the bracelets in The Minish Cap and The Wind Waker are very similar to the sprite of the Wristband. There is also an upgraded version of this item known as the Work Glove, which allows Prince Sable to push the gigantic boulders he encounters on his journey.
Hyrule Warriors gameplay of Link wielding the Gauntlets.
- "You got the Goron's Bracelet! Now you can pull up Bomb Flowers." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "This bracelet gives Link amazing inner strength. He can even lift giant rocks." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 23)
- "Handy Glove: Use this to break the blocks in the palaces by swinging the sword." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 46)
- "MAGIC GLOVE" (NES Game Atlas (Nintendo), pg. 66)
- "When you obtain the Magic Glove, the power to destroy Stone Blocks will be added to your Sword. Without it, you won't be able to reach the places where the Stone Statues are. So, come here to get the Magic Glove." (The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 44)
- "The bracelet, of course! These magic bracelets give one minute of super strength." — Link (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 6 )
- "Look! It dropped a magic bracelet!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 6 )
- And the Handy Glove is on! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
- He's coming back! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
- This time, I have a magic glove, so I'll be strong enough to beat you! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
- I gave it to Ganon. I had to. - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
- He's holding my frogs for ransom! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| パワーバレスレット (Pawā Baresuretto) (TLoZ)
パワーリスト (Pawā Risuto)
| Power Bracelet|
|Spanish||Brazaletes de fuerza||Power Bracelets|
|Brazalete de fuerza (LA, OoX)||Power Bracelet|
Bracelet de Force (OoX, FSA)
Bracelets de Force (TWW, TMC)
|Italian|| Guanti di Forza (ALttP)
Bracciali del Titano (ALttP)
Guanti muscolo (OoS)
Guanti d'argento/d'oro (OoT)
Polso Forza (TMC)
| Force Gloves|
|Chinese||鼓隆手环 (Gǔlóng Shǒuhuán) (OoT)||Goron Bracelet|