In The Wind Waker, the Great Sea is divided into 49 equal square sectors, and arranged in a 7×7 square. The islands listed below are arranged as they appear on the map of the Great Sea in the game. Islands of particular importance to the plot are listed in bold.
There is a difference between the island information here and side-quests. Items to be gained, locations of submarines, secrets caves, and Merman hints are discussed here (among many other things). However, longer character interactions leading to items, and trading sequences are not mentioned here, but on the Side-quests page. Also, dungeon info and items are not discussed here, but on the Walkthrough pages.
Forsaken Fortress (A1)
Merman: "I hear there's a fellow on Windfall Island who's collecting Skull Necklaces. You know who it is, fry? I don't. Sorry. What I CAN tell you is that those piggish monsters you see here in the Forsaken Fortress seem to carry those Skull Necklaces around all the time. Not that I think it's easy work stealing anything from the likes of those guys."
- Silver rupee: Treasure Chart 25
- Piece of Heart: Go to room at Southern end of fortress. Step on a hidden switch to open a jail cell. Piece of Heart in chest in jail cell.
Star Island (A2)
Merman: "I hear that somewhere out in the wild world is a handy arrow that can freeze anything. With something like that, you could even freeze that nasty monster in the Forsaken Fortress... for awhile anyway. But then, what would you do with a frozen monster, you say? Good question, fry. Why, I'd say that you'd give that thing a whack and watch it shatter into teeny-tiny pieces!"
Star Island is shaped like a small, six-pointed star, and has several large boulders and a Wilted Deku Tree.
- Piece of Heart: Blow up the southwestern boulder to uncover a secret cave. In the secret cave, Link battles waves of Magtails, Bokoblins, and then Moblins.
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu under the southeast boulder; use a bomb to clear the boulder.
- Silver Rupee: Treasure Chart 7
Northern Fairy Island (A3)
Merman: "The little shop master on Windfall Island apparently got his hands on a truly amazing treasure. He calls it Magic Armor or something like that. It's a pretty cool magical relic, from what I've heard. If you want him to give it to you, try staring deep into his eyes and winning him over with flattery, fry! Ahhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu.
The Great Fairy on this island will upgrade the capacity of Link's rupee bag.
Northwest of the island, defeat Moblins, then swing on the lamp rope to reach the far cabin and get Treasure Chart #22.
- Silver rupee: Treasure Chart #24
- Old Man Ho Ho: Looking at submarine.
Gale Isle (A4)
Merman: "Are you thinking you want to get into that cave, small fry? The one that's protected by the crazy winds on that island? Heh heh heh! OK, then. Let me just tell you a little secret... if you go five squares south and one square east from here, you'll reach Ice Ring Isle, where you'll find an item that will make you as heavy as stone. If you get that item, you won't have to worry about being blown over by the winds."
Wind Temple is found behind the gust-blowing statue.
- Triforce Shard: Triforce Chart 2
Crescent Moon Island (A5)
Merman: "You'd best be careful sailing these waters on nights when the moon is full. Well, if you like pure soul-freezing horror, fry,then maybe you can handle it."
This small rock is shaped like a crescent moon. Surrounding the island are many small wooden platforms holding jars with rupees inside. The only way for Link to obtain these rupees is to break the jars from afar with the Hero's Bow. Also, a submarine can be found directly Northeast of the island, holding Treasure Chart 9. Finally, the Ghost Ship lurks in the sector during the full moon.
Defeat Miniblins to lower ladder to far cabin. Get Treasure Chart #9.
- Treasure Chart #10: In a chest on the island.
- Blue Chu Jelly x2: Drops from the Blue Chu Chus near the chest.
- Heart Piece: Treasure Chart #11
- Old Man Ho Ho: Looking at submarine
Seven-Star Isles (A6)
Merman: "If you see seagulls flying around some sea waters, that's a sign that you need to be wary, fry. Because the seagulls flock wherever Big Octos appear. I tell you! Those things don't mess around!"
This a rather boring set of islands shaped like the Big Dipper. A Big Octo (12 Eyes) lurks somewhere underwater here.
- Treasure Chart 16: On a platform
- Triforce Shard: Triforce Chart 7
Overlook Island (A7)
Merman: "Hey small fry, do you know about the golden Triumph Forks? They're there, I tell you... on that island... the chart is there, is what I mean to say. But the cliff face rises sharply, and even if you wanted to climb it, there aren't any ledges or footings for you to grab onto. So what are you going to do, small fry?"
This island looks like a set of small towers rising out of the ocean. Hidden inside is a secret cave reachable only if Link hookshots up to the roof (using the palm trees) and drops down. Inside the secret cave is a Triforce Chart, only obtainable if Link fights many enemies, including four Darknuts at a time.
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu.
- Secret Cave Chart: Treasure Chart #13
Four-Eye Reef (B1)
Merman: "You've seen those weird rings of light that appear on the surface of the sea, haven't you, small fry? Did you know that some of those rings only appear night? Didn't think so."
Four-Eye Reef is the first of six "reefs" consisting of a square shaped enclosed lagoon with a number of little islands inside corresponding to the number in the island's name. The objective at each one of these "reefs" is to destroy the cannons that hang from the walls, and the gunboats, in order to make a chest appear on top of one of the islands. Link then climbs up on the enclosing ring, and using the Deku Leaf, glides to the island in the middle.
- Treasure Chart 19: In a chest revealed by destroying all of the cannons and gunboats.
- Great Fairy Chart: Treasure Chart 41
Mother & Child Isles (B2)
Merman: "They say that inside the ring of rocks that makes up the perimeter of that island, there lives an incredibly beautiful fairy. But the thing is, nobody's ever met her. Supposedly, the only way you'll ever meet her is to take a ride on a whirlwind and drop inside that rock perimeter from above. Doesn't sound easy, fry."
Mother & Child Isles is host to the Queen of Fairies, who will give Link the Fire and Ice Arrows, but only after you save Aryll from the Forsaken Fortress. The inner grotto where she lives can only be reached by warping there using the Ballad of Gales. As for "Child Isle", the smaller rock next door, a Goron Merchant and a Wilted Deku Tree wait here.
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu, Child island.
- Silver rupee: Treasure Chart #29
Spectacle Island (B3)
Merman: "Beware the night when the crescent moon faces up. That's all I can tell you, small fry."
The Ghost Ship visits this sector during nights when the crescent moon opens upward. Also, see the Side-quests page for instructions on how to play the Barrel Shoot minigame that is at this small island.
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu, under bridge.
- Silver rupee: Treasure Chart #22
Windfall Island (B4)
Merman: "Out on the cape of this island is this crazy dancing fool who can't tell you day from night! The guy's nuts...but you've got to respect someone who's not afraid to just let it all hang out like that, you know? I've been watching him, thinking I'd try to learn that dance and compete with him from out here in the ocean... But I just can't seem to swing with that crazy, funky rhythm of his. That guy's incredible!"
Most of the possibilities on Windfall are covered in the Walkthrough and the Side-quests page, but there is one special treasure chest that contains a Piece of Heart which can only be reached with the fire arrows in your quiver.
- Heart Piece:
- During nighttime on Windfall Island, direct the wind North, then talk to the man in orange on the stairs leading to the Windmill/Ferris Wheel. He will tell Link that the Ferris Wheel can be started by pressing the switch behind the lighthouse. Go back to the door. Now, climb the railing near the door and leap down to the ledge where you see a ladder. Climb the ladder and press the switch.
- Now, with the Ferris Wheel moving, return to the Ferris Wheel and enter one of its gondolas, riding it upwards. When you are halfway up, take out your Fire Arrows and get ready to shoot. At the apex of the ride, the lighthouse light should be turned to face you exactly. Shoot a fire arrow directly into the light fixture, aiming for the small torch in the center. If you aim correctly, the lighthouse should light and a chest will be revealed on a tiny island near the Bomb Shop. You can either set the wind to that direction and glide there, or Hookshot to the chest at close range (if you have the Hookshot).
- Heart Piece: Talk to the man in orange after lighting the lighthouse.
- Green rupee: Treasure Chart 18
Pawprint Island (B5)
Merman: "Do you know what a ChuChu is, small fry? No, I'm not talking about the sound you make when you kiss somone! I'm talking about ChuChus! They're those slimy, monster-like puddles of goo that turn into blobs of jelly, stand up, and start jumping at you like crazy when you came near them. Well, in any case, there's lots of them on that island over there, so if you see any, I'd avoid them. They can get...nasty. Now that I think about it, every once and a while I see the potion brewer who lives on Windfall Island come here... Now why would he do that, fry?"
Dragon Roost Island (B6)
Merman: "There's a real peculiar cave toward the backside of this here Dragon Roost Island. Yeah, real peculiar. But I'll doubt you'll ever get there to see it, small fry- unless you manage to sprout wings and fly, that is... 'Cause you won't be getting there otherwise!"
- Bottle: Obtained in main story line.
Flight Control Platform (B7)
Merman: "To the west of here, over on Dragon Roost Island, you'll see all kinds of rocks. Big ones, little ones...you get the picture. Anyway, they say that long ago, there used to be treasure hidden inside these things. Who knows? There may still be some left, so you should open your eyes and take a good look around...from as high-up as the sun to as low-down as your toes!"
Western Fairy Island (C1)
Merman: "I hear the bird-people who live on Dragon Roost Island east of here have invented an incredibly useful device that they call a Grappling Hook.... No lie, fry! I hear you can throw that thing at monsters and use it to grab treasure they've hidden in their pockets. Talk about cool. Oh, and have you seen those imp-like creatures called Bokoblins that hang out on the lookout platforms at sea and stare through their telescopes? I hear those guys keep Joy Pendants hidden in the pockets, so if you get one of those Grappling Hooks, you can use it to swipe their pendants! "
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu.
Rock Spire Island (C2)
Merman: "I wonder how long it's been since the light in Windfall's lighthouse went dark... It was quite a grand sight, I tell you, the way that ray of light shone out like a shaft of gold through the cold darkness. I used to gaze at it with dear Gillian... Anyway, I bet if someone could shoot a powerful spark into the top of that lighthouse, it would light up again! Of course, that's just my intuition talking... Then again, you should never doubt a fish's intuition, small fry!"
Tingle Island (C3)
Merman: "Let me tell you a little something about that island over there, small fry... The guy who lives there is named Tingle, but he won't grow up and act his age. He still dresses like a little kid. That...is not normal. Still, from what I hear, he can decipher maps like nobody's business! It just goes to show that you can't judge a person on appearance alone, fry! Of course, the thing about this Tingle guy is that when it comes to pay his deciphering fee, you'd better be ready to fork over some serious dough. Anyone who doesn't have a deep wallet won't be reading any maps, that's for sure."
Northern Triangle Island (C4)
Merman: "Let me tell you, something, small fry... The school on that Windfall Island has one gorgeous teacher! But the thing is, this gang of four little hoodlums is always causing trouble for her. Those little delinquents like to cause all sorts of trouble. They go climbing trees and hiding behind buildings instead of going to school... What a bunch of savages. Somebody's got to scold these scoundrels and set them straight for the sake of that poor teacher! You hear me, fry?"
Eastern Fairy Island (C5)
Merman: "Word is, they hold an auction every night over there on Windfall Island. Every night the people gather in the Hall of Wealth to amuse themselves by spending a little money. Ah, the rich! Auctions may be a race to see who can bid the highest, but I'll let you in on a little secret: the key to winning an auction is to be both patient and bold. I'm serious, fry! From what I hear, they get some great things up on that auction block, too... Like heart-shaped stuff, among other things. Maybe that's just a rumor. You should try it out, small fry. You might just like it!"
Fire Mountain (C6)
Merman: "You see that there volcano that's spweing out lava like there's no tomorrow? Yeah, well, they say there's a great treasure hidden inside that thing. The thing is, everyone who's ever tried to get inside has just been blasted away by the great balls of fire that come sooting off the top. If you want to get inside, you ought to find the island that's one square north and four squares west of here. That's where the power to freeze anything is hidden."
Star Belt Archipelago (C7)
Merman: "I wouldn't sail through these seas on nights when the left half of the moon is missing... You'll regret it if you do, fry! I'm warning you! It's not my fault if you get so scared that you can't go to the bathroom at night anymore!"
Three-Eye Reef (D1)
Merman: "I met a really weird guy on the island due east of here. He had a pack on his back huger than any pack I've ever seen. I mean, it was B-I-G, fry! He said he was looking for treasure, but what does he expect to find in a place like that? I tell you...the guy is completely obsessed!"
Greatfish Isle (D2)
Merman: "You should come around these parts on nights when just a wee bit of the keft half of the moon is missing. ... That's when IT appears, fry!"
Cyclops Reef (D3)
Merman: "You've seen those weird rinds of light that appear on the seas at night, haven't you? Yeah, well, those are a sure sign that there's treasure in the deeps, fry! But let me tell you, there are some lights that don't always shine. Yeah. There are those special ones that shine like crazy, but only when you open a Treasure Chart! They say that those mark the spots where the greatest treasures are hidden!"
Six-Eye Reef (D4)
Merman: "They've got a shop over there on Windfall Island- a nice outdoor shop! Did you know that, small fry? And in that shop they've got this really fine safe that looks to be brimming full with riches...and they just leave it sitting outside--day and night! I tell you, one of these days that thing is going to get hauled off by a theif! Mark my words, fry! Of course, if I were to find a theif in the act of theiving, I'd stop the perpetrator right there and catch the rat red-handed! I'm sure if I did, the owner of that shop would thank me. Yeah, he'd ne happy. ...That would be the honest thing to do!"
Tower of the Gods (D5)
Merman: "I've done a fish-fortune on you, small fry, and from what I can tell, it looks like you're fated to come to this place many times. And the keys that control that fate are none other than the lucky items known as the Triumph Forks! Yeah, they're some sort of magical utensils! If you want to learn more about the Triumph Forks, talk to that guy, Tingle! That's what the fish-fortune told me! Now, I knw I may only be a fish, but my fortune telling is uncannily accurate! You'd better believe it, small fry!"
Eastern Triangle Island (D6)
Merman: "Tell me, small fry... Have you ever caught a fairy before? 'Cause from what I've been told, when you've been beaten to a pulp by monsters and such, and you think you've finally met your match... If you've got a fairy with you then you've got nothing to worry about. Don't you wish you had something handy for carrying fairies around with you, fry? If you want one, go south from here until you see a miserable-looking submarine floating on the sea. Look there!"
Thorned Fairy Island (D7)
Merman: "Tell me, small fry, do you have any of them Golden Feathers? I hear those things are the rage with Rito ladies on Dragon Roost Island these days. They just go ga-ga over them! But the thing is, the only way to get a Golden Feather is to defeat one of those bird-monsters... or so they say. Yup! Rito men who have girlfriends sure have tough lots in life, I tell you!"
Needle Rock Isle (E1)
Merman: "You've seen the boats sailing around here with the real huge cannons, right, fry? I bet you those things have their hulls packed with treasure! Of course, if you don't have a cannon yourself there's no way you'll ever sink one of them..."
Islet of Steel (E2)
Merman: "Tell me, small fry, have you ever heard of the fabled set of Triumph Forks? Well, it's right there, my young fry... On that island... You know... A chart, showing you where to find them... Of course, getting it's the hard part."
Stone Watcher Island (E3)
Merman: "So tell me, small fry, have you heard about the golden Triumph Forks? There are such things... And there's a chart that'll show you where to find them on that island there. If you want it, try asking that huge, grouchy-looking stone watcher! I doubt you could even budge the thing, though... You've got skinny arms, fry."
Southern Triangle Island (E4)
Merman: "A famed pictographer lives far to the north of here in Windfall Island. He's apparently real wise and talented in the ways of pictography. He's even said to have legendary pictographs that he treasures above all other things. He keeps them hidden away in a secret safe, or so they say. By the way, small fry... What exactly is a pictograph, anyway?!"
Private Oasis (E5)
Merman: "So, tell me, small fry... Have you heard of the golden set of Triumph Forks? It's right there, I tell you! A chart that shows you where they are! In that house! If you want it, you'd better go in there and scour the place from floor to ceiling!"
Bomb Island (E6)
Merman: "You ought to come sail these seas on nights when the right half of the moon is missing... It'll give you shivers, fry!"
Defeat rats and Bokoblins to make chest appear. Get Empty Bottle.
- Piece of Heart: Inside hole at top of island.
- Old Man Ho Ho: Looking at submarine.
Bird's Peak Rock (E7)
Merman: "Tell me, small fry, have you ever heard of the golden Triumph Forks? They're there, on that island... Or, atleast, a chart leading to them is there. Where's it hidden, you ask? Well, for that answer you'll have to ask a gull."
Diamond Steppe Island (F1)
Merman: "Oh, I've got some great information, small fry! Lucky you! If you use the treasure that's hidden on that island there, the thing that vanishes as soon as you get near it... It won't vanish anymore! You know...IT! I'm talking about IT! That thing that appears on nights when a wee bit of the right hald of the moon is missing! Don't you know what I'm talking about?! IT!"
Five-Eye Reef (F2)
Merman: "Long Ago, there was this huge fairy who lived to the south of here, in the forest on Outset Island. But now, all that's left is the ruins of the fairy fountain where she lived... It's sort of sad... But to tell you the truth... I hear there still IS a fairy there. Yup! She's still alive and kicking down there, fry!"
Shark Island (F3)
Merman: "Tell me, small fry, have you ever been caught in one of those cyclones? The wind deity, Cyclos, uses those cyclones to fly across the sea instantaneously, or so I've heard. Could be just a rumor. Boy, if you had that power, you wouldn't have to spend so much time sailing back and forth across the sea all the time. Wouldn't that be nice, fry?"
Southern Fairy Island (F4)
Merman: "Listen up, small fry-this is just between you and me... On Outset Island, buried beneath the black soil...there's some serious treasure. I know it sounds like I'm trying to pull your leg, but I'm serious. Try digging there!"
Ice Ring Isle (F5)
Merman: "There's this amazing treasure inside that freezing ring of ice over there. But even if you wanted it and tried to get inside you'd just be frozen solid as soon as you approached the shore. But...if you go four squares north and three squares west, you'll find the power to melt any ice--no matter how cold! Search for it, small fry!"
Forest Haven (F6)
Merman: "Just a wee bit north of this island, I've sometimes seen a merchant of incredible girth with a monstrous pack on his back. Now, what could he be doing on that lonely little isle? I tell you, there are some strange folk in the world, fry..."
Cliff Plateau Isles (F7)
Merman: "Hey, small fry, do you know about the Nintendo Gallery? The only way in there is to hit a switch that's way up high on the Forest Haven. But the only way to do THAT would be to bribe one of the gulls by putting a little bait on your head!"
Horseshoe Island (G1)
Merman: "On the island due east of here lives an old man who was once a master swordsman. He's got proof of it, too: he has a Knight's Crest. Want to know what that thing is, fry? Well, too bad... I can't go giving away every secret!"
As you might expect this island is in the shape of a horseshoe. Once you land, vines prevent you from reaching the other end. Pick up a Deku Nut, throw it past the vines, then use your Deku Leaf to blow the nut into a hole to make the vines go away. You need to do this two more times and it gets harder each time. On the last hole the nut is already on the other side of the vines. A chest appears on a platform in the middle when all the vines are cleared.
Sea Hats live on the water here.
There is a pair of platforms guarded by Bokoblins and Kargaroks. Press a button on one platform to make a chest appear on the other. You get a Golden Feather and a Skull Necklace.
- Blue Chu Jelly: Drops from the Blue Chu Chu.
- Treasure Chart #8: Drop into hole at the end and defeat mothulas.
- Treasure Chart #28: Chest on central platform.
- Old Man Ho Ho: Looking through kaleidoscope.
Outset Island (G2)
Merman: "I heard that beneath the big-head boulder on top of the hill here on Outset is where the greatest treasures of all, the golden Triumph Forks are buried. But actually, fry, I must have misheard or something... 'Cause this one guy told me that what was actually buried beneath that weird rock was a chart to this shard of something called Triforce. Whoever heard of that? That's crazy! There's a big difference between "Triumph Forks" and "Triforce"! I mean, I think someone intentionally buried something misleading there."
Headstone Island (G3)
Merman: "Small fry, there's a real heavy stone head blocking a cave on that island. Don't you wonder what's behind it? Don't you want to get in there? Heh heh! Let me tell you a secret! If you go north four squares and east three squares to Fire Mountain, you'll find an item that gives you the strength to easily lift anything, no matter how heavy it is. With that thing, you could lift that stone and toss it out of your way as if it were light as a feather."
Defeat the rats inside to get Treasure Chart #14.
Two-Eye Reef (G4)
Merman: "I tell you, lately no one around these waters has seen the beautiful fairy who bestows magic power. She used to live here, fry. All anyone sees anymore are the Bog Octos that have been appearing lately. Maybe they scared her off... Oh no! I sure hope...they didn't eat her!"
Angular Isles (G5)
Merman: "Northeast of here is the Forest Haven... They say a truly unique kind of firefly is indigenous to that place. You heard of it, small fry? It emits bursts of light in seven colors! Supposedly it's as beautiful as the rainbow! If you want to capture one though, you'd best have a bottle to keep it in."
- Piece of Heart: Chest at the top of the large island.
- Piece of Heart: Treasure Chart 15
Boating Course (G6)
Merman: "Lemme ask you something, fry... Have you been using [R] to make your boat jump? Well? Have you? ...Of course, going out to sea just to jump around would be real dumb, if you ask me. Anyway, what you can do is tilt <-O-> to move your tiller just as you land... That's how you make a sharp turn. If you didn't know that, what don't you try it out?"
Five-Star Isles (G7)
Merman: "Have you seen it, small fry? ...The Ghost Ship? 'Cause it's real. It's even been seen here, in these very waters... On nights when the crescent moon faces down... That's when horror rises..."