Tears of Light

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Tears of Light
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Wolf Link collects the Tears of Light released by slaying Shadow Insects
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Spirit Tracks
Use(s) Restores power to the Light SpiritsTriforce piece.png
Power up Link's Sword and control PhantomsTriforce piece.png
Comparable Item(s) Sacred Tears

The Tears of Light are light-infused magical teardrops that have the power, when collectively held, to energize Spirits of Light, as in Twilight Princess, or to energize the sword, as in Spirit Tracks, the latter of which will be given the power to stun and possess Phantoms with Zelda's spirit. Tears of Light are non-equippable objects, meaning that upon their collection, they automatically perform their function whenever they are near something that requires their power.

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Appearances and Function

Twilight Princess

The Vessel of Light measures how many Tears of Light Link has collected in Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, the Tears of Light, when collected within the Vessel of Light, are needed to revive the greatly depleted Spirits of Light, and return the land to its light-abundant state, ridding it of the twilight that had sapped the land of life.[1] The Tears of Light are the key to not only awakening the provincial Spirit, but to lift the blanket of Twilight from the certain province in question so that Link can regularly traverse it while in human form. Link can only collect the tears in wolf form though, because they are manifested within Shadow Insects that can only be detected upon the activation of his Wolf Senses.[2][3] After a certain Shadow Insect is defeated, it will reveal the Tear of Light within, and Link will be able to capture it in its respective container, the Vessel of Light.[4][5] Commonly, these Shadow Insects exist in pairs, making it easier for Link to locate the Tears, and to aid in his search, each Spirit marks the location of each insect-infested Tear on Link's map subscreen, as well.[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 three areas: the Faron Province, the Eldin Province, and in the Lanayru Province. However, Tears can only be found in one province at a time: the Spirit that requires them only marks the tear-holding insects 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 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 sword itself is infused with divine energy, and can allow Zelda to possess such Phantoms in the same way this previous sword did.

In the Dark Realm, Tears of Light appear on tracks. If Link passes through one on his train, it gets temporary invincibility, as well as a significant speed boost whenever Link blows the whistle. With this upgrade, it is then possible to crash into Armored Trains without dying and in turn destroying them.

Trivia

  • As said before, Tears of Light in Spirit Tracks give the Spirit Train invincibility and increases his speed when used in the Dark Realm. They have the same use as Stars in the Mario series (not to be confused with Power Stars).

References

  1. "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)
  2. "All you have to do is find the dark insects and reclaim all the Tears of Light, right?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  3. "To see these evils that hold the Tears of Light, use your [X] senses." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  4. "You got the Vessel of Light! It's crucial to collecting the Tears of Light." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  5. "Gather...my scattered Tears of Light...that were stolen by shadow... Gather them...in this..." — Eldin (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