Requiem of Spirit

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"Requiem of Spirit"
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Sheik teaching Link the "Requiem of Spirit" in Ocarina of Time 3D
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Twilight Princess
Instrument(s) Ocarina of Time
Note(s) Ocarina A.png Ocarina down.png Ocarina A.png Ocarina right.png Ocarina down.png Ocarina A.png Triforce piece.png

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Power(s) Warps Link to the Desert Colossus
Learned in Desert Colossus
Song File:Requiemofspirit.ogg

The "Requiem of Spirit" is a recurring song in the Zelda series, first appearing as a playable melody in Ocarina of Time.


Appearances, Learning Locations and Uses

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the "Requiem of Spirit" is one of the warping songs Link learns as an adult. It is taught to him by Sheik at the Desert Colossus after the young hero exits the Spirit Temple once he realizes he cannot enter it yet.[1] It allows Link to warp to the Desert Colossus at any age, which is necessary in order to access the Spirit Temple as a child.

Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess features this song as a requirement to learn a Hidden Skill from the Hero's Shade at Upper Zora's River. Wolf Link must howl this song near the Howling Stone at the Upper Zora's River.


A requiem is a form of music whose theme is a prayer for the salvation of the souls of the departed, and it is used both at services immediately preceding a burial, and on occasions of more general remembrance. Given the implications of a requiem, it seems that this title would have been more appropriately given to the Shadow Temple, although the highly symbolic architectural design and crypt-like layout of the dungeon itself may suggest the Spirit Temple is or was once a tomb.

Music Theory

The Requiem of Spirit is 6 bars long in 4/4 time and based in d minor, a key center easily defined by the 6 notes of the ocarina part (DFDAFD) all being in the d minor triad. Harmonically, the Requiem goes back and forth from i to ii°, although the unusual bass line gives implications of a III chord in some spots, despite the strong D in the top voice. The final two bars are played with a iv - Isus2 - I progression, which again is unusual that a Requiem would end on a major I chord, similar to the ending of the Nocturne of Shadow.

Measures 3-5 of the Requiem feature an interesting rhythmic augmentation in the strings part, playing the Ocarina's 6-notes motif at half speed.[2]



  1. "Past, present, future... The Master Sword is a ship with which you can sail upstream and downstream through time's river... The port for that ship is in the Temple of Time... To restore the Desert Colossus and enter the Spirit Temple, you must travel back through time's flow... Listen to this Requiem of Spirit... This melody will lead a child back to the desert." — Shiek (Ocarina of Time)
  2. Music in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Cruise Elroy.

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 魂のレクイエム (Tamashī no Rekuiemu) Requiem of Spirit
Spanish Spain Réquiem de Espíritu Requiem of Spirit
Latin America Réquiem del espíritu (OoT3D)
French French-speaking countries Requiem des Esprits Requiem of Spirits
French Canada Requiem des esprits (OoT3D) Requiem of spirits
German Germany Requiem der Geister
Italian Italy Requiem dello spirito
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