- This article is about the in-universe objects. For the real-world merchandise, see Merchandise/Apparel and Clothing.
Different types of clothes are worn by Link throughout the Zelda series. For the majority of each game, Link wears the iconic Green Tunic, although he can sometimes obtain new types of clothes that grant new abilities, such as breathing underwater or decreasing the damage received from enemies. Each type of clothing has a similar style despite varying in color and name: a long shirt that reaches above the knee, having short or no sleeves.
Types of Clothes
- Main article: Green Clothes
The Green Clothes is the default type of clothing worn by Link throughout the majority of each of his adventures, and because of this, it has become a symbol of the hero who saved Hyrule from evil. Unlike the other types of clothes, it does not grant the young hero any abilities. In some games, such as Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, Link wears a chain mail underneath it to further protect himself.
First introduced in The Legend of Zelda as the Blue Ring and Red Ring, the Blue Mail and Red Mail increase Link's defense, cutting the damage he receives from enemies by one-fourth and one-half, respectively.
Special Ability Clothes
Certain types of clothes provide Link with special abilities. In Link's Awakening DX, the Red Clothes double the attack damage of Link's sword. The Zora Tunic and Zora Armor grants the young hero the ability to breathe underwater, while the Goron Tunic permits him to resist extremely high temperatures. In Twilight Princess, the Magic Armor allows Link to lose Rupees instead of Hearts when he is hit by an enemy.
In Tri Force Heroes, the Links can wear various Costumes which grant them different powers and abilities depending on the Costume worn, such as throwing large Bombs or finding Hearts more frequently. These Costumes must be crafted using materials found in courses.
In some games, Link does not start out with his traditional Green Clothes. Games such as Twilight Princess and Spirit Tracks feature the young hero wearing clothes that are typical to his homeplace, such as the Ordonian Outfit and the Engineer's Clothes, respectively. Like the Green Clothes, these do not give Link any new abilities or an enhanced defense.
- In The Legend of Zelda, the color of both Princess Zelda's dress and the clothing on merchants will change depending on which ring Link is wearing (if he has one; default is green). Similarly, Ocarina of Time has Nabooru's Second-in-Command's clothing affected by the color of Link's Tunic, but only in the Nintendo 64 and Virtual Console versions.
- The Lavender Tunic that has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. game can be either the tunic that is donned when the Blue Ring is equipped in the first game, or one of the two exclusive tunics that would have been available in the unreleased Ura Zelda, the other being a golden tunic that was eventually featured as an alternate costume for Link in Brawl onward.
- "Look at your awakened form... The green tunic that is your garb once belonged to the ancient hero chosen by the gods... His power is yours. His is the true power that slept within you. Your name is [Link]. You are the hero chosen by the gods." — Faron (Twilight Princess)
- "On a certain island, it became customary to garb boys in green when they came of age. Clothed in the green of fields, they aspired to find heroic blades and cast down evil. The elders wished only for the youths to know courage like the hero of legend..." — Introduction (The Wind Waker)
- "You got the blue mail! This mail cuts damage by half! Sturdy mail that provides great defense." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
- "You got the red mail! Damage from enemies has been halved again!" — ALBW
- "You got a Zora Tunic! This diving suit is adult size, so it won't fit a kid. Wear it, and you won't drown underwater." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "You got a Goron Tunic! This heat-resistant tunic is adult size, so it won't fit a kid... Going to a hot place? No worry!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "The armor will protect you, so if you get hit, you lose Rupees, not health. If you run out of Rupees, the armor will go dormant and your movement will become impaired." — Malo Mart (Twilight Princess)
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