No more games, no more pretense — this is our list of the top 25 Zelda items of all-time. Whether they were weapons or shields or utility items, these are the panel’s selections for the coolest or most useful inventory slots in the series. We’ll be counting down one by one until we reach the #1 pick on Jan. 31.
25) Magic Cape – 4 votes, 91 points
Chris: One of the most underrated items in the entire series. You’re not just invisible while using it — that would be far too pedestrian. (Hell, most of the enemies can still tell where you are while this is activated for some reason.) No sir, you’re also invulnerable. Oh, and did I mention that you can pass through objects? Yeah, that’s a thing too.
This is one of those items where we’re fortunate that Link is a good, just, wholesome hero. There is all sorts of mischief and deviance that the Magic Cape could inspire, but our protagonist never heads down that path. Thank goodness, because if he did, the denizens of Hyrule would be powerless to stop him — until his Magic Meter ran out.
Shaun: I NEVER used this thing when I played A Link to the Past myself, and honestly never appreciated it until I watched Chris use it in our playthrough of the game. With clever use of the cape, you could circumvent numerous puzzles, or even skip ahead to areas and dungeons Link isn’t supposed to be in yet. It’s this kind of creativity that isn’t always present with items in current Zelda games, and is one of the reason A Link to the Past is so heralded.
Joseph: I did not use the cape as much as I could have. It was useful for one piece of heart, and then I cast it into the same closet as the Cane of Byrna.
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