Ocarina is a mandatory element in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, but it’s not too hard to skip Link’s favorite musical instrument at first. Similar to the Magnifying Glass, you’ll need the Ocarina for a few critical moments in the story, but it’s primarily a very handy item for exploration. After securing the Ocarina, you need to learn a few tunes – unless you just listen to Link painfully improvising on the spot.
In this guide, we are going to show you how to get the Ocarina and how to learn all the songs from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
How to get Ocarina
1. Complete the Cave of Keys
Before you can get the Ocarina, you must at least have passed the third Key Cavern dungeon in Link’s Awakening. This is because you need both the Power Bracelet (found in the Bottle Cave) and the Pegasus Boots (found in the Key Cave and used in the dungeon of colors) to reach the Ocarina.
2. Head to the sanctuary of dreams
To bring in the Ocarina Link’s Awakening, Link needs to take a nap. Head towards the village of Mabe. Just north of the town’s tool shop and up the stairs, you’ll see a stone building. The entrance to the building is surrounded by rocks. Now that you have the Power Bracelet, you can lift the rocks up and Link can lie down in the bed.
Once inside, you will need to walk around the perimeter of the room using the Pegasus Boots. The ground is breaking below you, so you’re in a bit of a rush. The treasure chest on the first platform contains 100 rupees. The Ocarina is on the second platform, on a prominent pedestal.
Now you have the Ocarina!
There are three songs to learn in Link’s Awakening, which we will detail below.
The ballad of the wind fish
“The Ballad of the Wind Fish” is the first song you can learn in Link’s Awakening. Sailor will teach you that once you have the Ocarina.
Depending on where you are in the story, it will either be in Animal Village or near the weather vane in Mabe Village.
The Wind Fish Ballad is necessary to wake up the walrus blocking the entrance to the Yarna Desert. It is also the song needed to wake up the Wind Fish later in the adventure.
Mambo by Manbo
Ocarina’s second song, “Manbo’s Mambo”, cannot be learned until you enter the Flippers in the fourth Angler’s Tunnel dungeon.
On exiting the dungeon, jump into the water and swim left to enter the cave. Inside you’ll find a big fish named Manbo who will teach you his catchy tune.
Manbo’s Mambo is incredibly useful, as it can be played to quickly travel to unlocked chain holes across the outside world. In a dungeon, the jingle will bring you back to the entrance of the dungeon.
The song of the frog’s soul
Ocarina’s third and final song, “Frog’s Song of Soul”, requires the Hook Shot. You get the Hook Shot in Catfish’s Maw, the fifth dungeon. After taking the Hook Shot, head to Ukuku Prairie.
Go to the western edge which runs alongside the village of Mabe. If you head south you will see a cluster of holes and a tree stump on either side.
Trendy Game is directly west of this location. Use the Hook Shot to cross the ditch. Welcome to the labyrinth of signposts.
Read the first sign and follow the arrow to the next one. You must continue to read the signs as directed in order to reveal a staircase. Go down the stairs.
Frog King Mamu will give you the chance to listen to an “Unseen Cup” for 300 rupees. Give him the rubies and he will teach you the song of the soul of the frog.
You’ll need Frog’s Song of Soul to revive the Rooster Under the Weather Vane in Mabe Village and to access Turtle Rock, the eighth dungeon.