It makes sense that the titular instrument from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time factors so heavily into its gameplay, facilitating a wide variety of effects based on the tune Link chooses to play at any given time. Within the first few hours of the main adventure, players both acquire their first ocarina from Saria and then quickly learn songs at a decent pace. By the time Link acquires all the Spirit Stones, he learns the game’s most important song, The Song of Time, which allows him to enter the Temple of Time and pull the Master Sword from its pedestal. Given their importance, having a list of all ocarina songs handy is practically a must, though players can access them at any time from the pause menu after learning each song.
As an adult, Link continues to learn a variety of songs, most of which will warp Link directly to the site of one of the game’s 6 main dungeons. Each of these songs has a name befitting the location it transports the player to and, occasionally, is a necessary function for entering these locations as child Link (as in the case of the Spirit Temple). Between the original Nintendo 64 release of Ocarina of Time and the 3D remaster on the Nintendo 3DS the controls for playing these songs on the flute change. As a result, this list includes both the original N64 button prompts and the 3DS inputs.
Link learns Zelda’s Lullaby after making his way to Hyrule Castle and meeting the princess for the first time. Impa teaches Link the song after explaining that it’s the melody of the Royal Family of Hyrule and the tune is essential for helping to solve certain environmental puzzles wherever the player encounters the symbol of the Triforce. Additionally, Zelda’s Lullaby can summon Fairies to appear when Link plays it near a Gossip Stone.
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Link can learn Epona’s Song after heading to Lon Lon Ranch and meeting Malon. Pulling out the Fairy Ocarina during a conversation with Malon will result in her teaching Link the tune, which he can later use to summon Epona as an adult during the sequence at Lon Lon Ranch. Interestingly, playing Epona’s Song near a cow will see it fill one of the player’s Empty Bottles with Lon Lon Milk that Link can use to restore Heart Containers.
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Link can head back to Kokiri Forest after meeting Princess Zelda and enter the Sacred Forest Meadow to reconnect with Saria. Here, Link’s friend will teach him Saria’s Song, which is an essential tune for Ocarina of Time‘s main quest. Link will initially need Saria’s Song to obtain the Goron Bracelet from Darunia. As an adult, Saria’s Song is a necessary component to prove Link’s identity to Mido and enter the Forest Temple.
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While exploring the Kakariko Village Graveyard Link can play Zelda’s Lullaby to enter the Royal Family’s Tomb. Inside is a tablet that displays the correct order of notes to play for the Sun’s Song, which will transition the time of day whenever Link plays it. If players use the Sun’s Song during the day, Hyrule will transition to night. Likewise, playing the Sun’s Song at night will see the sun rise (which can come in handy for avoiding swarms of Stalchildren). Additionally, the Sun’s Song can stun the challenging ReDead enemies, opening them up for attack or allowing Link a quick escape.
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Song of Time
After completing the first three dungeons in Ocarina of Time and acquiring all three Spiritual Stones, players will see a cutscene play out in which Zelda escapes Hyrule Castle and tosses Link the Ocarina of Time to replace his Fairy Ocarina. Zelda telepathically communicates the notes of the Song of Time to Link, and he can then play the tune to open the door to the Temple of Time and claim the Master Sword. The Song of Time will also come in handy during several later dungeons to summon special blocks necessary for traversal.
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Song of Storms
After claiming the Master Sword and awakening as adult Link, players can head back to Kakariko Village and enter the Windmill to speak with the Phonogram Man. Pulling out the Ocarina of Time during conversation will see the Phonogram Man teach Link the Song of Storms, which is necessary for entering the Bottom of the Well mini-dungeon as part of the Shadow Temple questline. Playing the Song of Storms at the Desert Colossus Oasis will summon a Fairy Fountain as well.
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Minuet of Forest
After reaching the Sacred Forest Meadow, Link will learn the Minuet of Forest that allows him to teleport back to the entrance of the Forest Temple. The song will come in handy if Link needs to leave the dungeon and re-up on supplies before clearing it.
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Bolero of Fire
Link can learn the Bolero of Fire as an adult after crossing the broken bridge using the Hookshot to enter the Death Mountain Crater. In addition to warping Link directly outside the Fire Temple, the song comes in handy to instantly transport players to the Death Mountain area.
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Serenade of Water
Like the other Warp Songs on the list, once Link learns the Serenade of Water he can use it at any time to teleport to Lake Hylia just outside the entrance of the Water Temple. Before learning the song, players will need to enter the Ice Cavern and obtain the Iron Boots (which are also necessary for clearing the Water Temple).
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Nocturne of Shadow
Fittingly, players will only learn the next Warp Song after clearing the Water Temple. Once Link returns to Kakariko Village after clearing the Water Temple, a cutscene will play out in which he learns the Nocturne of Shadow. Players can use the Nocturne of Shadow to warp into the Kakariko Village Graveyard at any time. Additionally, the song is a necessary component of completing the Shadow Temple portion of the main quest.
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Requiem of Spirit
Players will not learn the Requiem of Spirit until after they first visit the Spirit Temple. Afterward, upon exiting, Sheik will show up to teach Link the song. Playing the song will warp Link directly to the Desert Colossus and is the only way players can enter the area as child Link (which is necessary for completing the dungeon).
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Prelude of Light
The Prelude of Light is actually one of the first warp songs players will learn, with Link acquiring it after completing the Forest Temple. The Prelude will conveniently teleport players back to the pedestal within the Temple of Time.
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Scarecrow’s Song is interesting in that it has no set input command. Players will come up with their own button commands/notes for the song as child Link and then use it as an adult to make the scarecrow, Pierre, appear. Summoning the scarecrow will allow Link to use the Hookshot to reach it, often accessing secrets such as Pieces of Heart. To create the notes for the song, players need to visit Bonooru at Lake Hylia as child Link.
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