I play Majora's Mask a lot, particularly on the 3ds. However, I've always wondered one thing:

Why are consumables like arrows and rupees lost when returning to day 1? In fact, why do the masks, bow, and elemental arrows survive?

Is there any (preferably canon) reason to explain this?


I should've been clearer... I mean in terms of lore. Is there anything?

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    the items appear to fall out of Link. maybe consumables aren't as securely held onto him than masks or bottles
    – Memor-X
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:53
  • @Memor-X possibly, or might be due to a limit in he gldess of times strength
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:56
  • I just want to point out that the "Elemental Arrows" are not technically items, like bombs or regular arrows, they are more an effect that is applied to the arrows. So, like spells and masks etc, that's why they "survive" the time travel, within the rules of the game.
    – Ben
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 6:38
  • @Ben Seems legitimate :)
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 9:19

2 Answers 2


The Zelda wiki:

When Link plays the song, time is reset, erasing his progress in Termina, and also depriving him of consumable items, such as Rupees and ammo. However, Link will retain the rest of his items, and any Owl Statues which he has awakened will remain active, allowing Link to use them as warp points and temporary save points. Using the items he retains, Link can progress to new areas even after looping time.

Basically, you don't need items you consume to progress through the game. But you do need the items you retain to progress since they aid you in your journey (sure consumables help too, but they aren't as/not necessary).

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    I think he was asking for a in-universe explanation, rather than a game-design one.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:34
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    I should've been clearer.... I mean in terms of lore, is there anything?
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:36
  • In that case it's probably a combination of the stuff I said in my answer, and the fact that when you go back in time, everything is reversed essentially. I suppose that is still more so design than lore.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:37
  • Probably, but I can wish lol. There was a Manga; that I might check.
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:45
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    You are both kinda right. The arrows can be bought in clock town for 30 rupees, but the bow and elemental arrows are useless without them
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 22:54

Unfortunately Nintendo isn't really one to come up with any serious "lore" about any of their series, they just like to create games that people will enjoy. Therefore, any questions along these lines will likely be either speculation, or "because Nintendo made it that way."

So in this example, from the top of my head, a theory might be simply because Link (physically) holds onto certain items, while expendable items are not so important; simply put.

However, tying that into the flow of time within the game, well, there are strange powers at work, and depending on which theory you follow (like the "Link is dead" theory for example), to many, the world of Termina doesn't quite follow the normal rules - either being a construction of Link's mind as some kind of Purgatory, or even some form of jail that Majora is attempting to escape from.

TL;DR: The lore of the LoZ game series is near non-existent, and is really up to the gamers to come up with the explanations for these types of events, as the only hard proof of anything within the series that Nintendo has provided is the timeline itself.

That being said, while they have created a separate Manga Series and Hyrule Historia, this should not be compared with the games, as there is a lot of contradictory material between the two.

They don't ignore just a few sentence, they ignore the intro of FSA (where was say, that the Link is the same from FS), they ignore the Ganonconflict, they ignore just fakes how zelda and link doesn't know each other*

There is evidence that, at the very least, the notion that OoT and ALttP are one and the same cannot be correct. [...] "Link, thanks to you, I was able to escape from the clutches of evil. Thank you!...The Triforce will grant the wishes of whoever touches it, as long as that person lives... That is why it was hidden in the Golden Land. Only a select few were told of its location, but at some point that knowledge was lost... The one who rediscovered the Golden Land was an evil thief named Ganondorf. Luckily, he couldn't figure out how to return to the Light World..."*

  • Hyrule historia, The Majoras mask manga, both fill in some details.
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 9:19
  • The Link is dead theory has been debunked though. Other Zelda Theorists have made in-depth videos and articles going over why the theory is highly unlikely. But still believing in it is fine.
    – user173608
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 21:08
  • @DanBrown yes, however there is a lot of contradictory beliefs about them, especially in regards to the game. Without going into too much detail, there are basically quite a few things in the Historia/Manga that contradict the game's timeline. It's sort of like comparing the X-Men Cinematic Series to the Comics.
    – Ben
    Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 23:43
  • @Ben Hah, Fair enough then.
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 12:13

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