Note: I haven't played through the game so try not to spoil anything.

I just started playing the game again, and though one big complaint was that she talked too much I actually like her.

So is Navi on a timer or how does it work? I know that there are some events where it'll triggers her "Listen!" option, but otherwise it seems random.

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    Navi always talks when you want her to shut up :p – Nolonar Sep 5 '13 at 18:46
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    The question's been answered well, so I'll just mention that I thought she was fine too, so it's good you didn't let the complaints keep you from liking her. – ZAD-Man Sep 5 '13 at 18:58

Hit up C and she will talk to you when she has something to say. I think she has something to say in the following situations:

  • you are locked on to an object/enemy
  • asks you to listen to her. (The super annoying Hey listen!)
  • she flies away and hovers over an object.
  • a picture of navi appears next in your HUD by the c button controls

You can also play saria's song and decline to talk to saria. Navi then asks you if you want to talk to her.

  • See this comment please. – user47129 Sep 5 '13 at 17:58
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    @Scootaloo I updated my answer, hopefully it is more correct now, it has been a while since I played through the game. – Colin D Sep 5 '13 at 18:06

Her "Hey, listen!" triggers simply come up every so often to make sure you're not lost. Pressing C-up to speak to her then will give you a general hint about where to go or what to do next.

If you'd like the hint on-demand, you'll need to play Saria's Song and decline when asked if you'd like to speak to Saria. You'll then be given the option to speak to Navi.

You can also speak to her via C-up when targeting an enemy in order to get information about that enemy as well as hints to fighting it.

  • Fi does the same thing in Skyward Sword. Gets a little annoying at times. – Frank Sep 5 '13 at 17:51
  • The Listen prompt is also triggered by several specific areas to give you hints – Ben Brocka Sep 5 '13 at 17:57
  • When I press C-up (the yellow button I think?) it just brings me into a first person view. Any idea on what I'm doing wrong? I'm playing on a Nintendo 64, and my game is version 1.0. – user47129 Sep 5 '13 at 17:57
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    C-up will talk to her if she is currently bothering you. Otherwise it's the first-person-view toggle. Talking to her at other times requires playing Saria's Song and then answering "no" to "do you want to talk to Saria?"; she'll then ask "ok, do you want to talk to me then?" – ToxicFrog Sep 5 '13 at 18:01
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    I was misremembering. Must be time to play OoT again... – user9983 Sep 5 '13 at 18:27

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