Tunic

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Link wearing his traditional Green Tunic

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.

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Types of Clothes

Green 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.[1][2] 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.

Defense-Enhancement Clothes

Main articles: Blue Mail and Red Mail

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.[3][4]

Special Ability Clothes

Main articles: Red Clothes, Goron Tunic, Zora Tunic, Zora Armor and Magic Armor

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,[5] while the Goron Tunic permits him to resist extremely high temperatures.[6] In Twilight Princess, the Magic Armor allows Link to lose Rupees instead of Hearts when he is hit by an enemy.[7]

Others

Main articles: Hero's New Clothes, Ordonian Outfit and Engineer's Clothes

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.

Non-canon Appearances

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Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Link, like every other character, has a variety of color options that don't have any effect on gameplay whatsoever. For Link, these options modify the color of his tunic.

Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros., Link has four tunic choices: the Kokiri, Goron, and Zora tunics, as well as a tunic the color of which resembles a very light lavender.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee brought more color options, giving Link the Kokiri, Goron, Zora, white, and black tunics. These tunic colors were reflected with Young Link's character.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Link has six tunics available to him: the Kokiri, Goron, Zora, the white tunic, and features a new golden tunic. The sixth option is a full color-scheme change that causes Link to resemble the Dark Interlopers. Toon Link features a similar set. In addition to the green, red, blue, violet and dark ones, the sixth one gives him his color scheme from the first game, even changing his hair to a more brownish color. The Toon Link dark color is most likely based on Shadow Link from Four Swords.

Soulcalibur II

Link's tunics in Soulcalibur II

In Soulcalibur II, Link's choice of tunics is similar to that of the Super Smash Bros. series; however, he only starts off with the Green and Red Tunic. To obtain the Blue Tunic, the player must buy it in the Castor Shop for 21,000 Gold, found in the Extra Chapter 1 of the Weapon Master mode. Only after buying the Blue Tunic can the player buy the Blue Ring Tunic from the original The Legend of Zelda, which is sold for the same price as the Blue Tunic.

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References

  1. "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)
  2. "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)
  3. "You got the blue mail! This mail cuts damage by half! Sturdy mail that provides great defense." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  4. "You got the red mail! Damage from enemies has been halved again!" — ALBW
  5. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "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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Language Name Meaning
English United Kingdom Tunic
Japanese Japan 服 (Fuku) Clothes
Spanish Spain Túnica/Sayo Triforce piece.png Tunic/Smoc
Latin America Sayo Triforce piece.png Smock
French France Tunique Tunic
Canada Tunique Tunic
German Germany Rüstung Armor