"The song I just taught you has some mysterious power. Only Royal Family members are allowed to learn this song. Remember, it will help to prove your connection with the Royal Family."

"Zelda's Lullaby" (ゼルダの子守歌 Zeruda no Komoriuta?) is a recurring song in the Legend of Zelda series. It is usually associated with Princess Zelda and is considered to be her personal theme. The song is slightly altered in most later games in the series, usually playing during scenes focusing on Zelda directly. It is possible that when used alongside the Ocarina of Time, this song somehow allows for time travel (or more accurately, warping to alternate worlds) as shown in Ocarina of Time when Zelda used it to send Link into the Child Timeline.

The notes for the song, as they appear in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, may be a reference to the shape of the Triforce; if each triangle is viewed as pointing outwards from left to right, they resemble the three triangles of the Triforce.

When played, a soft purple light surrounds Link on-screen.


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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

"Zelda's Lullaby" is heard when Princess Zelda and Link meet for the first time in the dungeon of Hyrule Castle. A shortened version of the song is heard immediately after Link saves one of the imprisoned Maidens, including Zelda herself, from the dungeons of the Dark World.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Impa teaching Link "Zelda's Lullaby" in Ocarina of Time

Link is taught "Zelda's Lullaby" on his Fairy Ocarina by Impa shortly after meeting Princess Zelda in the Castle Courtyard. Impa tells Link that not only was the song sung as a lullaby for young Zelda, but has also been passed down from generation to generation of the Royal Family of Hyrule and is traditionally only taught to its members or trusted messengers.

The primary purpose of the song is triggering certain events that allow Link to continue his quest; areas where this can be done usually feature some sort of marking on the wall or ground, which often feature the design of the Triforce. Link must stand near, or on, one of these symbols for the song to have any effect. These markers are found in Kakariko Graveyard, inside the Shadow, Spirit, and Water Temples, Ganon's Castle, before the Sleepless Waterfall of Zora's River, the Bottom of the Well, and before Great Fairy Fountains. In one instance, the song must be played while Link stands before the sealed door to Darunia's chamber in Goron City, the doormat serving as the "marker".

If Link plays the song next to a broken sign, the signpost magically repairs itself. If played while close to a Gossip Stone, it summons forth a Fairy. A re-instrumentalized, choral version of the song is heard during the game's end credits.

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

There is a glitch that allows Link to bypass learning this song. Performing it, however, prevents him from learning it at all, thus leaving it impossible to progress any further in the game.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The song is heard in the background during the flashback scene where Link remembers Princess Zelda. Though "Zelda's Lullaby" has no effect when played as it is not a song recognized by the game, the "Song of Healing" has the same effect as the lullaby did in Ocarina of Time, magically fixing broken signposts and summoning forth fairies near Gossip Stones.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

A remixed version of "Zelda's Lullaby" is heard as the background music of Horon Village.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

"Zelda's Lullaby" is heard when Tetra is revealed to be Princess Zelda in the basement of Hyrule Castle.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Whenever Link rescues one of the Seven Maidens, including Princess Zelda herself, a re-instrumentalized version of "Zelda's Lullaby" can be heard.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

A new instrumentation of "Zelda's Lullaby", the same one heard in the end credits of Ocarina of Time, is played when Princess Zelda visits Link's house at the very beginning of the game. In The Minish Cap the song is referred to as "Rescuing Zelda". "Zelda's Lullaby" is also heard briefly during the credits.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

At the entrance to the Sacred Grove, a Howling Stone engraved with the symbol of the Triforce is found, "singing" "Zelda's Lullaby". When Link howls together with the stone as a wolf, a Skull Kid appears, after whose defeat, Link is allowed entry to the vicinity of the Sacred Grove. Also, a plate engraved with the Triforce symbol embedded in the floor is found near the entrance to the Sacred Grove, which summons forth the Sacred Grove Guardians when "Zelda's Lullaby" is howled. The guardians are reanimated, and Link must pass a small test before being granted entry to the grove of the Master Sword.

"Zelda's Lullaby" is played in the second half of the trailer, after the scenes of Link battling various enemies. This version changes after the tenth note. It also heard on both occasions when Link and Midna meet Princess Zelda in Hyrule Castle. Additionally, the song "Ganon's Puppet: Zelda", which plays during the battle with Possessed Zelda, incorporates the familiar notes of "Zelda's Lullaby", however, they have been heavily distorted to fit the rest of the dissonant arrangement of the song. The song is later heard in the cutscene before the battle with Ganondorf on his horse.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

An ominous, dissonant version of "Zelda's Lullaby" is played during the cut-scenes depicting Tetra floating presumably someplace in the Ghost Ship, asking Link to save her, which usually occurs whenever a file is loaded. The normal version of the song is played in the prologue during the scene where Tetra transforms into Zelda. The song is also heard when Tetra recovers from being stone.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

"Zelda's Lullaby" is heard a multitude of times, especially early on in the game. Notably, when Zelda possesses a Phantom for the first time, a twisted version of "Zelda's Lullaby" is heard in the background in the cutscene. When Zelda presents Link with his Engineer Certificate, "Zelda's Lullaby" is heard, and shortly after, in a minor version. The theme can also be heard in the cutscene of Link and Zelda that plays after Byrne is defeated.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

"Zelda's Lullaby" is heard when Zelda reveals her identity as the goddess Hylia reborn, and explains to Link the nature of Demise. It is later heard when Zelda is reunited with Link and Groose after the destruction of The Imprisoned, and when she finds out the Old Woman's true identity. Furthermore, the "Ballad of the Goddess", one of the songs learned on the Goddess's Harp, sounds strikingly similar to "Zelda's Lullaby" if played backwards. "Zelda's Lullaby" was also used in the first trailer for the game, during the part in which elements from past Zelda games are shown.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Zelda's Lullaby is heard when Link meets Zelda in Hyrule Castle. It can also be played by the musicians in the Milk Bar.

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Other appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

"Zelda's Lullaby" is heard every time a mission or challenge is completed. In addition, in Adventure Mode's Legend of Zelda map, the overworld theme has an 8-bit rendition of the theme that briefly plays.

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Non-canonical appearances

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

"Zelda's Lullaby" is heard in the "Ocarina of Time Medley" in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, along with the "Sun's Song", the "Minuet of Forest", the "Bolero of Fire", the "Song of Storms", "Epona's Song", the "Song of Time", and "Saria's Song".

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