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"Even though you change shape, I still understand you. Link... Hurry up and return to your true self..."
~ Epona recognizing her master Link while in his wolf form.

Epona is a recurring character from the Legend of Zelda series. She is a silver bay horse who acts as Link's steed in several games.

Biography

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Epona first appears at Lon Lon Ranch as a young foal (unable to be ridden by anyone at the time) raised by Malon. She is very wild and untamed, as she only stays by Malon side and runs away from Link whenever he approaches. Malon then teach Link Epona's Song, and after performing it, she no longer runs away from Link and Malon states that she has taken a liking to him.

Seven years later, Epona has grown into a mare, but the ranch was taken over by Ingo (who was going to present Epona to Ganondorf as an offering). Like the first time, she will run from Link until he plays Epona's Song, after playing the song she will then remember and trot to his side. Link can use her to race against Ingo (who will bet rupees, and the ownership of Epona), if Link wins, Ingo will grow furious and challenge him to a second race. After winning the second round, he will let the young Hylian keep the horse, but will close the gates of the ranch (thereby preventing them from leaving). The young hero can jump above the walls of the ranch to escape with Epona. Afterwards Link can play Epona's Song in Hyrule Field to call her.

Link is invincible while riding her and can only attack by shooting arrows.

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Epona appears in this game as a mode of transportation for Link. She is only unlockable with certain amiibo. Epona's stats are 4 stars for strength, speed, and stamina, making her the highest balanced stat in the game.

Game-wise riding Epona is done automatically, with Link needing to steer (like he can with other horses). He can only attack by using his sword or bow while riding her. Link is able to jump off Epona, slowing the game (via bullet time) in order to shoot arrows more precisely. These actions work with other horses as well. Unlike other horses, Epona comes with max bond, so she will not disobey Link.

Other Media

Hyrule Warriors

Epona appears in the game as a DLC attack weapon, then in the victory scenes of Link.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Epona appears as a sticker that give a boost on hand and foot power attacks by 9 to Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and Toon Link.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Epona appears as a trophy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Epona appears as a ace support spirit that gives the user stronger attacks and faster movement speed if they don't take any damage. Her spirit only can be summoned by using cores from Rapidash and Malon.

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Trivia

  • She shares the same name as the Goddess of horses and fertility (whom is also named Epona).
  • In the The Legend of Zelda: Oracle series, various unnamed horses share a resemblance Epona.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Epona's name can be chosen by the player (in the same fashion as Link), though her default name is Epona.
    • Curiously in Breath of the Wild, the stable owner almost made Link give a name for Epona, but stops when realizing that she is the Horse of Legend
  • Epona in Majora's Mask is faster than her adult form in Ocarina of Time, which about about the same speed as her Twilight Princess incarnation.
  • In Ocarina of Time, it is worth to note that obtaining Epona is entirely optional. As Link can also use the longshot to cross the broken bridge in Gerudo Valley.
  • Minish Cap and Twilight Princess are the only games where Epona can speak to Link (while in his Minish and Wolf form respectively).
  • Twilight Princess is the only game where Epona encounters Ganondorf's steed in the third phase of the final battle.

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