"The time will come when you will have to return here quickly... I will teach this to you for when that time comes... The song to return you to the Temple of Time... The Prelude of Light..."

The "Prelude of Light" (光のプレリュード Hikari no Pureryūdo?) is a song from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It transports Link to the Triforce Pedestal in the Temple of Time whenever he plays the song on his Ocarina of Time, presumably because the Temple of Time is the means of reaching the Sacred Realm and, from there, the Temple of Light, although it is not possible to travel to this location in the game. The song also appears in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, as one of the songs used for one of the Howling Stones.

Link can play the "Prelude of Light" on the Ocarina of Time by playing Up-C, Right-C, Up-C, Right-C, Left-C, Up-C. In the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time, the notes can be played with A, Y, A, Y, X, A. The actual pitches of the notes translate as follows: D, A, D, A, B, D.


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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Sheik teaching Link the "Prelude of Light"

After completing the Forest Temple and awakening Saria as the Sage of Forest, Link returns to the Temple of Time and meets Sheik. The mysterious Sheikah tells him that the Master Sword and the Pedestal of Time function as a sort of time travel device, with which Link can return to his childhood form of seven years prior. To aid him in returning to the Temple of Time more efficiently, Sheik teaches Link the "Prelude of Light".

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

In Termina Field, near Snowhead, a music bar engraved in stone depicts multiple warp songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, including "Prelude of Light". When played correctly on the Ocarina, Link is awarded Rupees.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The "Prelude of Light" is one of the songs that Wolf Link must howl in order to meet the Hero's Shade to learn another Hidden Skill. Its Howling Stone can be found in the Sacred Grove.

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Other appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

As part of her Harp moveset, when Sheik's Harp is imbued with Light Affinity (caused by performing a specific combo) and uses her Strong Attack, she will play the Prelude of Light to create a Square of Light that allows her to regenerate her SP gauge while inside the square.

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A prelude is a song that introduces another. This is fitting because it is the first learned in a series of magical songs. Its name could be taken literally to mean "Introduction of Light". This song teleports Link to the first temple he officially visited.

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