Tears of Light

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Tears of Light
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Wolf Link collecting Tears of Light in
Twilight Princess
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Spirit Tracks
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Use(s) Restores power to the Light Spirits (TP)
Power up Link's Sword to control Phantoms (ST)
Comparable Item(s) Sacred Tears

Tears of Light are light-infused magical teardrops. They are non-equippable objects, meaning that upon their collection, they automatically perform their function whenever they are near something that requires their power.



Twilight Princess

The Vessel of Light

In Twilight Princess, the Tears of Light are stored within the Vessel of Light.[1][2] They are needed to revive the Spirits of Light and dispel the Twilight to return the land to its light-abundant state.[3] Link can only collect the tears in wolf form due to they being manifested within Shadow Insects that can only be detected upon the activation of his Wolf Senses.[4][5] After a Shadow Insect is defeated, it will reveal the Tear of Light within. Commonly, these Shadow Insects exist in pairs, making it easier for Link to locate the tears. To aid in his search, each Spirit marks the location of each tear on Link's map.[6] As the game progresses, the number of Tears Link must collect increases, as does the distances between their locations and time spent collecting them. Link must return to the Spirit Spring after filling the Vessel of Light with tears so that the spirit can be awakened and the cloak of twilight lifted.[7][8]

Tears of Light can be found in the Faron Province, the Eldin Province, and in the Lanayru Province. However, the Tears of Light can only be found in one province at a time. The Spirit that requires them only marks the tears on the map that reside within its province.[9]

Spirit Tracks

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In Spirit Tracks, each section of the Tower of Spirits features three Tears of Light that must be collected to power up Link's Sword. Once all three Tears have been obtained, Link can strike a Phantom in the back, which stuns it. Princess Zelda's spirit can then possess the Phantom while it is in this state. After Link obtains the Lokomo Sword, he no longer needs to use the Tears of Light. The Lokomo Sword itself is infused with divine energy, and can allow Zelda to possess Phantoms in the same way this previous sword did.

In the Dark Realm, Tears of Light appear on the Spirit Tracks. If Link passes through one on the Spirit Train, it gets temporary invincibility, as well as a significant speed boost whenever Link blows the whistle. With this upgrade, it is possible to destroy Armored Trains.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Tears of Light appear as Item Cards in the Twilight Map as part of the Twilight Princess DLC Pack. They are used to dispel Twilight clouds from battle squares, thereby removing the battle's restrictions and revealing enemies' locations. There is also the similar Tears of Twilight, which resets the Twilight clouds and are only available once all of the Twilight have been dispelled.


  1. "You got the Vessel of Light! It's crucial to collecting the Tears of Light." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  2. "Gather...my scattered Tears of Light...that were stolen by shadow... Gather them...in this..." — Eldin (Twilight Princess)
  3. "When the vessel is full of tears, you can dispel the twilight and return the land to its light-filled state." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  4. "All you have to do is find the dark insects and reclaim all the Tears of Light, right?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  5. "To see these evils that hold the Tears of Light, use your [X] senses." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  6. "The locations of my scattered Tears of Light are marked on your map...." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  7. "The Vessel of Light is filled with tears! Hurry! Take it to the spirit!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  8. "The Vessel of Light is full of tears, and light has returned to this area!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  9. "With the last of my power...let me mark your map...with the locations...of the tears that have turned into...shadow insects..." — Faron (Twilight Princess)
Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 光の雫 (Hikari no Shizuku) Drops of Light
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Lágrimas de Luz Tears of Light
French France Larmes de lumière Tears of Light
Italian Italy Gocce di Luce Drops of Light