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Healing Spring
If only it could give me more polygons, too...

"There's no need to rush
5 seconds rejuvenates
Tunnel spring water."

—Tunnel Hot Spring haiku, Mother 3

As the title might suggest, a Healing Spring is a fountain, spring, or other body of water that has some magical healing properties.

Overwhelmingly common in video games. Usually characters will be able to quickly recover their health simply by immersing themselves in it. Often they can also bottle it and take it with them to drink and heal themselves later.

Although the water may look exactly like normal water, it may also be sparkly, be a weird color, or have some other aesthetic quality that marks it as magical.

It's also common for a healing spring to inhabited by a goddess, a fairy, a spirit, or some other magical being.

Rarely is it ever explained how the particular body of water gained its healing properties. In a lot of cases it can be assumed that it was the work of the being that resides in it, or A Wizard Did It. Or the water is just so ridiculously "clean and pure" that it can heal the wounded back to perfect health. Depending on the cause of its abilities, the water may be an example of Revive Kills Zombie.

In the cases of healing springs that are fed by rivers or waterfalls, it also isn't explained how the water suddenly gains its magic healing powers as soon as it flows into the vicinity of the spring. Some video game designers avoid this problem altogether by simply having springs that have no inflow whatsoever. With healing fountains, it can be usually be assumed that the same water is simply cycled through the plumbing indefinitely, also avoiding this problem.

If the Healing Spring is also a Save Point, that's a form of Healing Checkpoint.

A Fountain of Youth often does this as a side-effect.

Compare Healing Potion, Mana Potion, Panacea, Resting Recovery, Trauma Inn, Regenerating Health, Regenerating Mana.

Contrast Grimy Water.

Examples:

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     Anime & Manga 
  • In the Pokémon movie Pokemon Mewtwo Returns, part of the plot revolves around a lake with healthful qualities due to the purity of the water. The most extreme result is demonstrated at the climax.
    • Also seen in Pokémon Special where Red and Sabrina got serious frostbite due to the actions of Lorelei.
    • Also seen in the fourth movie, Pokémon 4Ever. It's a magical spring that Suicune purifies. It can't cure grave injuries.
  • There are some of these inside Bleach's Soul Society. The most powerful ones are managed by Zero Squad member Tenjirou Kirinji; he uses them to heal not only Ichigo, but also Renji, Rukia and Byakuya. Their healing powers are rather... uncommon, compared to others. (Warning: spoilers and rather squicky details abound.)
    • In a twist, these particular springs are also very dangerous to healthy people, save for the owner/creator. Tenjirou's assistants have to wear protective clothing to avoid exploding and still suffered burns across their bodies. Even Tenjirou was impressed by Ichigo and Renji's ability to effortlessly withstand the spring without wearing any protection.

    Literature 
  • The Silmarillion features a lake that possesses healing powers (due to being blessed by Ulmo), most notably used to restore Túrin from his Heroic BSOD. It is later destroyed by Glaurung, the first dragon.
  • Xanth does this often and by name: the characters of the various books frequently find themselves searching for/happening upon a Healing Spring, which they do in fact simply call "a healing spring" (there are quite a few). There are also "Love Springs" that, like this trope, do exactly what you think they do.
  • Walter Jon Williams' Implied Spaces features pools that can both heal and resurrect people. The "water" is actually a silvery, computer-linked nanotech soup.

    Live Action TV 
  • Duncan is dragged into one by Methos in Highlander in an attempt to cure him of the Dark Quickening. He ends up battling his good side against his evil side using the sword of his father, and the good side wins.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampires in GURPS Fantasy can only heal their injuries by immersing themselves in baths of blood.

    Video Games 
  • Brave Fencer Musashi has a rare example of a healing spring at the top of a mountain which allows you to take some with you and use later. It's a laughably weak curative item (Restores 10HP and cures poison), but it's a required MacGuffin at one point to cure a child that's turning into a Vambee.
  • Mother 3, as the page quote indicates.
    • There's a Healing Spring in Mother 2/EarthBound's Saturn Valley, and another in Tenda Village.
      • Mother 3 also goes as far as including a hot spring in a present box, being the second-to-last spring in the entire game.
  • They've made sporadic appearances in the Final Fantasy games. Most frequent in III, but even VII had a few bizarre appearances of them.
  • The Final Fantasy Legend has them here and there as squiggly-shaped tiles.
  • The Fairy Fountain in the Zelda games. Also, the Goron Hot Springs in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
  • Breath of Fire II has rare pools of 'clear water' which the playable characters can drink from to restore their health.
    • The first game also had one about halfway through the first dungeon, which was generous: you play through it with only Ryu, who's combat repertoire is attack, defend, run, and use (very limited) items. No healing spells or other restoratives. Strangely, this had the consequence of making the second dungeon rather difficult, since it didn't include such a spring.
  • Found in a couple of places in Ultima Underworld.
  • A mysteriously sparkling pool of water can be found in the hotel basement in Trilby's Notes. As this is a point-and-click adventure game without a health meter, it does not heal Trilby: rather, it restores his mental balance, bringing him back from the Dark World. The origin of this power is never explained, making it a slight case of What Happened to the Mouse?.
  • In Little Kings Story, your workers can dig up hot springs from steaming cracks in the ground, which will restore your follower's health. The larger the pool, the more often it can be used before drying up, though once found a spring will remain a permanent fixture of the landscape and just requires time to refill.
  • Strange pools of bluish water found in Half-Life's Xen slowly replenish health when stood in.
  • Super Adventure Island II has hot springs throughout the game world.
  • In Metroid Prime 3, Samus can immerse herself in large Phazon pools to regain energy once equipped with the PED Suit. Though there are only two or three such instances in the entire game.
  • Harvest Moon games usually include hot springs that restore large amounts of your stamina.
  • Diablo II has wells. A character can drink about half the water contained in one to restore a decent chunk of health, mana, and stamina. There are also shrines with the same effect, but theirs is a one-time deal while the wells restores itself after some time.
    • The first Diablo has blood fountains and purifying springs, which provide an endless supply of health or mana at a rate of one point per click. Keep in mind a high level character will have hundreds of points in either stat. It also has murky pools, which are single use and randomly change your attributes by moving a single point from one attribute to another, which is unlikely to either be beneficial or even help you all that much when it is, considering you will have tens of points into all of them by the time you start finding these.
  • Summoning one of these is one God Power in Age of Mythology. It works for whichever side 'controls' it, i.e. which side has units closest to it.
  • In Tron 2.0, where glowing water actually heals you, comes from the explanation in the movie that the glowing water is in fact "pure power":
    "You forget how good the power feels....until you get to a pure source!"
  • Warcraft III has fountains of health, mana, and rejuvenation that heal both. They don't discriminate, so trying to keep your army between one and your enemy is helpful. The Night Elf Moon Wells also contain rejuvenating, presumably moon-empowered water.
    • In World of Warcraft, Holy Priests can summon a Lightwell, which works similiar (although it contains holy energy, not water). Warlocks have a variation in the Soulwell, which contains Healthstones players can use to heal themselves. Shaman have totems that periodically restore health or mana to nearby allies (Lifestream and Manaspring, obviously inspired by this trope). In fact, most of their healing spells are water-themed.
      • Funny enough, campfires essentially act like this on a very, very weak level. Standing near a campfire increases a players spirit, which in turn increases his health and mana regeneration slightly.
  • Every body of water is this in Super Mario 64. Since you drown when you run out of life, and there is only one life bar, "coming up for air" will fully restore your life. Possibly a good bad bug. Except for that one body of water in Snowman's Land, which is simply so cold that it will kill you.
  • Dark Cloud and Dark Chronicle had these in the randomly generated dungeons. In the first area they replenished your health infinite times, but in the later areas they only worked every few minutes.
  • Healing Springs appear in the Shin Megami Tensei games. However, you have to pay 1 macca for each HP and 3 for each MP.
    • The first Persona also has them, though the prices are far more reasonable. And they're run by a fairy named Trish. Though in Persona 2, she jacks up the prices immensely-first healing costs 5000 Yen. Further healings get more expensive by 5000 yen. Stacking up, permanently.
    • In the 2nd SNES game, in Makai, you could only use a specific spring based on your alignment, if you weren't that, you could still use it but you had to pay 1,000 Macca to use it in addition to the healing costs.
  • In the Prince of Persia Sands games, the Prince recovers health by drinking regular water. Then again, he lives in a desert. (And the musical string is quite, quite nice.)
  • Averted, oddly enough, in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire; there's a hot spring in one of the towns, but it doesn't do anything. (Of course, since you literally have to go through the Pokémon Center to get to it, it'd be pointless.) Played straight in FireRed and LeafGreen on One Island.
  • On the Isle of Teomora in Summoner 2, near Prince Neru's Lair, the is the Pool of the Healing Twins.
  • Age of Wonders has healing springs which can become dangerous poison springs if the land around is changed into wasteland.
  • RuneScape has one in Oo'Glog which heals instantly.
  • Super Mario RPG has one in Nimbus Land.
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, Jack restores health by drinking the water from the fountain in the town square. He also has crystal bottles that he can fill there for portable healing.
  • Shantae recovers her health by bathing in large bath houses. Close enough.
  • The Kid Icarus games have these. Pit really enjoys them in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
    Pit: Wait, is this... Ha! It is! A hot spring!
    Magnus: Apparently someone likes his spa time.
  • Ib has a variant to do with vases. The characters' Life Meters are represented by roses and dipping a rose into a vase heals them completely. These vases are normally one-use only, but there are some special blue vases that are infinite-use...for when you're REALLY going to need them.
  • The La-Mulana Video Game Remake has two hot springs where Lemeza can go to recover health.
  • Most maps on Delve Deeper have healing springs that will rejuvenate your dwarfs without them having to rush to the mine entrance (which will also restore their HP).
  • The Hobbit village in Shining Wisdom has a healing well at the back, no explanation is given.
  • Healing Springs can be encountered out in the field in Dragon's Dogma. They restore health and stamina as well as removing all debuffs and even giving you a buff that temporarily prevents status ailments. If you have an empty bottle, you can bottle up some of the water to make a healing item that restores life to all party members.
  • RuneScape has the ogress-run spa resort of Oo'glog, which has several restorative pools available to players who have helped them, with effects such as regeneration and/or boosting of health, prayer, run energy and hunter skills, and marking the player as a follower of the god that the ogre race worships.

     Real Life 
  • In Shinto belief evil, death and curses are seen as literal filth that can be washed away; even regular water can be used, but the water from a Healing Spring is more effective due to its higher purity. Shinto shrines offer washing in extra-pure water as one of their services (whether ritually purified and/or from a nearby spring), and bathing at hot springs is a popular Japanese pastime.
  • This is a surprisingly common belief in the western world as well. The idea of spa towns and sacred wells date back to ancient times. Germanic and Celtic peoples, in particular, considered wells and springs sacred sites for healing and would leave offerings in thanks. This is the reason for the superstition of tossing a penny into a fountain for luck.

    Web Comics 
  • Zebra Girl went into one of these and remembered her mother for the first time in a long time.
  • The Dementia Of Magic has the heavily guarded Healing Springs, that can even resurrect people.


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