Zelda has an impressive amount of items in each of its games, ranging from useful tools to help traverse a dungeon to lifesaving… milk? Among these items are two distinct consumables usually requiring an empty bottle of some sort to contain them; Blue potions and fairies. Both of them provide some rather unique benefits to our adventuring hero.

First debuting in The Legend of Zelda, fairies have been a mainstay in the series since the very beginning. While their effects vary in each game, the two most common traits are that they restore a large amount of hearts and if you have one in your inventory upon being killed, you will be revived and regain the same number of hearts. Blue Potions first showed up in A Link to the Past (called Medicine of Life and Magic) and have also shown up in a majority of Zelda titles since. This mysterious potion restores Link to full hearts and magic power, but must be manually consumed to gain its effects. Pretty nifty, right?

So here’s our question for you fellow fans today: Which is more useful in your journey, Blue Potions or fairies and why? Let us know in the comments below!

Taylor Wells is an Original Content Writer at Zelda Informer. Want to ridicule his misuse of a Blue Potion while at both full life and magic or share in his obsession with collecting as many fairies as he can hold? Feel free to hit him up on TwitterTwitch, or in the comments below!

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  • Fairy. I can put it in a bottle and forget about it.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Fairy, it’s automatic.

  • Moe

    For most of my journey I would say fairy since it automatically replenishes hearts, but when I’ve reached the pinnacle of my skills toward the end I prefer to stock up on blue potion. At that point I feel that it’s more useful and Im skilled enough to know when t

  • K2L

    Blue potion, because as the series progressed the fairy got nerfed badly.

    • Jebradiah Drake

      It’d be cool if there was Fairy or Korok based armor in BotW that we could sacrifice fairies to upgrade. Remind me, were the Koroks the ones that were descended from Kokiri that were connected to fairies?

      • K2L

        Yes. Well, the ones from TWW, at least.

  • Xaragon

    It really depends on the healing power of the fairy and the blue potion’s properties.
    I would automatically default to Blue Potions. They generally heal all your health where fairies have a set amount, and then you also have the magic replenishment on top of the full health.
    Some games, the fairy is worthless, like the 7 hearts in LttP or the meager 4 hearts in Minish Cap, it’s absolutely pitiful.
    The real benefit to the fairy is that it’s life insurance if you’re really clumsy and it will nerf the last attack if it somehow overkilled you, but at that point, you should use your potion when your health is beeping.
    I actually make it an objective to never use fairies in my playthroughs.
    Blue Potion. Final Answer.

  • burchdude65

    In my experience, Blue Potion. I can usually tell when one more hit would kill me.

  • soupy

    Yes. Well, the ones from TWW, at least.

  • Dylan

    both depending on the situation.

  • Vados

    Fairies in case you forget to look at your health. Zelda games usually bombard you with heart drops, so potions have been rather useless until BotW

  • asmith

    Up until BotW I would say fairies. The automatic life saver is great so you can utilize every heart container.

  • Oni Link 303

    The “Cure All Potion”, which is blue, is largely more efficient as it restores all hearts along with magic.

  • Dave Westphal

    Fairies are free and easy to find. In certain games, you can even make your own. Potions cost money and that is time consuming to gather the funds, especially in the first game. Also keep in mind that both get refilled automatically after each boss battle, so if you have just enough of both, or a red or green potion, which are cheaper, you don’t have to go all out for blue.