Hero's Spirit

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Hero's Spirit
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Title(s) Hero of Time
Race Hylian Spirit
Gender Male
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Family Link's Father
Link's Mother
Link Triforce piece.png (descendant)[1]

The Hero's Spirit,[2][3] also known as the Hero's Shade,[4][5] Ancient Hero,[3] Golden Wolf,[6] or White Wolf,[7] is an undead specter who appears in Twilight Princess and teaches swordsmanship to Link. He is the Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, filled with regrets from being unable to pass on the "lessons of his life to those who came after him" after he was sent back in time to his childhood. He also lamented that fact that he was not remembered as a hero. In order to ease his regrets and finally pass on his knowledge, he teaches the seven Hidden Skills to his descendant, the Link of Twilight Princess.[1][8]

The Golden Wolf

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The Golden Wolf

In Link's world, the Hero's Spirit takes the form of the Golden Wolf. The Golden Wolf is a ghostly-looking wolf, glowing a golden yellow color. Like the humanoid form of the Hero's Spirit, the Golden Wolf's left eye glows red while the right eye is missing. The wolf is summoned by finding a Howling Stone, with the exception of the first time, in which he confronts Link directly. Once a Howling Stone is found, the song has to be howled in tune with the Spirit. He then tells Link to take "sword in hand" and find him, implying that Link had to return to human form before searching for the Wolf and the Golden Wolf will appear as a symbol on Link's map. When Link confronts the Wolf, the Wolf will leap into Link, transporting him into an ancient arena near Hyrule Castle. The arena is described as being a different world and has an ethereal appearance.[9] The wolf then finally transforms into ghostly humanoid form, the Hero's Spirit, who then teaches the young hero one of the seven Hidden Skills.


In the other world, the Hero's Spirit's form has bluish skin and a pallid, decaying appearance, with a skeletal face and his left eye glows red while his right eye is missing. He carries a rusting sword and shield and wears ancient armor, which is covered with leaves in sections, and has details reminiscent of the Owl Statues. His sword's scabbard is belted to his waist. From the back, his armor appears to be filled with a ghostly mist, rather than flesh, and his torso is not connected to his legs. The humanoid form of the Hero's Spirit resembles the spirits in Hyrule Castle's graveyard.

The Skills

Main article: Hidden Skill


  • The first song that Link howls in order to begin the quest of easing the Hero's Spirit's regrets is the "Song of Healing."
    • Link plays the "Song of Healing," then takes over the Spirit's powers and eases his troubles, causing him to pass on.[10] This is similar to how the Hero of Time used the "Song of Healing" in Majora's Mask.
  • As the Hero's Spirit is an incarnation of Link, this marks the first time in a game where Link has major dialogue that is not a result of the player's choice. This also marks the first interaction between two different Links.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Link, the descendent of the Hero of Time: [...] The spirit of Link's ancestor, the Hero of Time, teaches him his secrets. Ever since returning to the Child Era, the swordsman has lamented the fact that he was not remembered as a hero. This is the reason he passes down the proof of his courage and his secret techniques to the Link of this era, addressing him as "son"." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 118)
  2. "Over the course of your adventure, you'll have the opportunity to learn seven hidden skills form a golden wolf who transforms into a knight called the Hero's Spirit." (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 43)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 179
  4. "A spirit covered in armor, the Hero's Shade lives in a visionary world and teaches the art of weapon-play to you." (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 67)
  5. Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 118
  6. "Call the golden wolf at howling stones. Your map will show where to learn a new skill." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  7. "As you reach the entrance trail to the Forest Temple, you spot a ghostly White Wolf with red eyes." (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 67)
  8. "Although I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lessons of that life to those that came after. At last, I have eased my regrets." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
  9. "In that case, return to your world and train yourself further. When you are prepared, come visit me again." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
  10. "Although I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lessons of that life to those who came after. At last, I have eased my regrets. . . . Farewell!" — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 骸骨の戦士 (Gaikotsu no Senshi)
金色の狼 (Kiniro no Oukami)
勇者の亡霊 (Yūsha no Bōrei)
Skeleton Warrior
Golden Wolf
Hero's Spirit
Spanish Spain El Espíritu del Héroe
Lobo Dorado
The Spirit of the Hero
Golden Wolf
German Germany Goldener Wolf
Italian Italy Lupo dorato Golden wolf