The Shard of Agony in Ocarina of Time 3D

As I’m sure most of you will remember, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time included an optional, handy little item called the Stone of Agony. After collecting 20 Gold Skulltula tokens and visiting the House of Skulltula in Kakariko Village, players would be rewarded with the Stone of Agony, which utilized the Nintendo 64’s Rumble Pak, causing the controller to shake when the player was near a secret hidden in the game.

However, the Stone of Agony will not be making an appearance in Ocarina of Time 3D. Instead, the developers have chosen to replace it with an item called the Shard of Agony.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Shard of Agony!

The Shard of Agony will serve the same function as the Stone of Agony, but will use visual and audio cues to guide players to the game’s hidden secrets. When a player is close to a secret, a small pinging sound will be emitted from the console, and a small icon of the Shard of Agony will flash in the top-left corner of the screen.

It’s nothing brand new, since the Shard of Agony serves the same basic purpose as the Stone of Agony, but it’s nice to see that the developers freshened it up a little. At this point, it’s unknown when and where players will receive the Shard of Agony, but it seems likely that it will be the reward after turning in 20 Gold Skulltula tokens to the House of Skulltula, just like the Stone of Agony was.

What do you think about this change? Glad to see it, or will you miss the Stone of Agony? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Zelda Dungeon
  • zeldarules

    The graphical style of the screenshot really reminds me of Wind Waker. 🙂 Which i like!

  • alexis

    i play zelda everyday and all i want is for this to be remade on the wii2 as soon as they can and make it dark as twisty im getting sick of the bright look to zelda games i want some hardcore graphics i cant use an emulator for tons of bump mapping hd textures
    wicked controls tessellation anti lensing a whole new remake where they say screw the old lets make it so new that it will shock and surprise all who played the old add the stuff they coulndt change it up a bit u all cant stand real change zelda needs new fans we have a huge emo kids out there that are sad and in their music that should be in zelda they like dark and twisty games with more twists then a pop cap why is nitendo being game making slakers make a ff13 based zelda but with out the stupid system they use where u need to wait to fight just the graphics engine and graphics pleeese oh and yes i love to see it if u found new secrets like links moms grave or who his father was lol

  • 4n 0n 0h mu5

    it'll probably be easier to find the spots that have a hidden hole.
    it was always a little hard to find the exact spot,(and a waste of bombs) unless you already knew it was there.

  • Callin

    I don't know why they felt the need to rename the item though. It's barely changed at all.

    • Craig

      Well it has… It was a stone in the shape of the N64 Rumble Pak before and now it's a Crystal Shard with a Sandstone handle like a tuning fork.

  • Ashmic

    It looks like a wrench , loltastic

  • Pretty cool, but I wish they would have done more with it other than renaming it. There is so much potential to do a lot with this.

    • D.A.

      Well, they also changed how it looks and how it works (sound instead of rumble).

      • stvian

        Does the 3ds have rumble? If it doesn't makes sense to find another way around it and if it does, just imagine what it would do to your battery life.

  • Margar

    Lol, it DOES look like a wrench. Hehe, well I think it was a good call to change it. It looks a little funny, but it makes sense to change it from the old rumble-pack look-alike "stone."

  • DarkArrows

    will there be a slight backstory into what its a shard of?

    • AnRandomLink

      Its a shard of the broken helmets of starcrafters after the G4 contenst. Star losers!!

  • timemaster86

    now dont get me wrong. i love that zelda goodnes can be found in one spot, but this has been out for days…

  • D.A.

    Or a tuning fork made of crystal.

  • JIn

    I meantioned this at ZI as well so I hate to repeat myself, but is it really that hard to keep in mind that stuff like this is sort of a spoiler for some people? Why not just post: New item confirmed! Check inside!

    • yaok

      BROSKI the OoT has been out for like 15 years….sorry to burst your bubble oh and SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!!1111ONE!!!

  • JubileeGirl

    I love how it looks like a tuning fork! Yay for them continuing the musical influences in the game. Really cool.

    • AnRandomLink

      Thats what the ocarina is for!!!

  • LuX

    Oooh I like this, shows that the same attention to detail that made the original great is still alive and well 😀

  • Muskiok

    Well, if that screen shot is legitimate, it doesn't look like you get it in the house of Skulltula to me… That looks like the interior of the Temple of Time in the background, so maybe it's obtained in some different way. As for the change from Stone of Agony, well, Shard does sound more painful, which is what they're going for, right? 😛

    • sheiko

      is only showing the item in the temple of time,may be,in this version,when you touch a item icon in the inventory,it tell you its function,(another one ¨inteligent¨)

  • Jordan Wiley

    Vedy goood point comrad.

  • Deikios

    I never got to use the stone of agony, because I never had a rumble pack. 🙁

    It was all a marketing ploy, since we unfortunately live in a world owned by money; that didn't stop me from getting all the skulltulas though. 🙂

    • sheiko

      who cares about your RULED BY MONEY WORLD?

  • jameslieb1

    I don't understand why they couldn't have just kept it as the Stone of Agony…

    • sheiko

      jameslieb1,they want a old item to be like a new object,dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • TheLegendOfNintendoLink

    Amen @AnRandomLink

  • Guil.

    At least the rumble feature could be turned off but I fear the ping sound will be annoying. We'll see. I might actually not even mind it in the end. It saddens me how much this game has been made easier for the remake.

  • jakk

    its not that big of deal, the game will still have little to no change from this item

  • Zerofrostx

    Ask me, its a bit to easy now, visions to show you the way of puzzles, a new more obvious signal and new agony shard.

    But thats just me.

  • Nintendophile

    More importantly, has anyone noticed that the 3DS this is playing on looks to be green with a yellow thumb pad? Could this be a Special edition Zelda-Colored system???

    • Zack

      I think the lighting in the room the picture was taken in makes it look like that.