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|Title||The Wind Mage |
The Minish Cap
Four Swords Adventures
|Dungeon(s)||Dark Hyrule Castle|
|Weakness(es)||His giant eye|
Vaati (Pronounced /vɑːti/, VAH-tee) is the main antagonist in the Four Swords subseries of The Legend of Zelda games, appearing in The Minish Cap, Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. Vaati, much like Ganondorf, appears in both humanoid and monstrous forms, although the former only appears in The Minish Cap. In The Minish Cap, Vaati also takes on three other forms, one before his human form, one after his first monstrous transformation and one in between.
The Minish Cap
Vaati is a Minish that once lived in the Minish World as Ezlo's apprentice. Over time, Vaati became fascinated with the evil in the hearts of men and began to desire power. He learned the legends of the Picori Blade and Light Force, two gifts that the Picori gave to the humans. These gifts were used by the Hero of Men to seal away the evil terrorizing Hyrule. Vaati decided to go to Hyrule and look for the Light Force, a relic said to be the source of unlimited magical power.
Since the portal between Hyrule and the Minish World was about to open, Ezlo created a gift for the humans. He fashioned a powerful magical cap that was able to grant the wishes of the one who wears it. Vaati put on the cap without permission and transformed into a sorcerer. In order to spite his master and show off his new power, Vaati cursed Ezlo, turning him into a living cap. Before leaving, Vaati revealed his plan to cross into the human world through the Minish Door and obtain absolute power.
Vaati learned that the Picori Blade was being used to seal a chest, which he thought contained the Light Force. He decided to enter a competition in the Picori Festival because the winner had the honor of touching the blade. As he approaches it, he blows away the guards protecting it and breaks the Picori Blade, releasing all the evil contained in the chest. Zelda is guarded by a mysterious power which Vaati recognizes, and he turns her to stone to prevent her from interfering with his plans. To his surprise, the chest didn't contain anything other than the monsters, but he vows to continue searching for the Light Force.
To aid in his search, Vaati impersonates King Daltus and orders the soldiers to look for the Light Force. Many of the guards don't believe in the tales of the Light Force, even suspecting that the king is not the same person, but continue looking for it under the threat of being imprisoned for disobeying the "king". Vaati learns that the location of the Light Force will be revealed if the Four Sword is reforged, and allows Link and Ezlo to continue their quest. The two eventually unlock a hidden room in the Elemental Sanctuary containing stained glass which tell that the Light Force resides within Princess Zelda. Vaati then thanks the heroes before knocking Link out and teleporting to look for the princess.
By the time Link reaches Vaati, he's already managed to extract some of the Light Force from Zelda and transforms into his tall sorcerer form known as Vaati Reborn. Link defeats the form with the power of the Four Sword, and Vaati transforms into a demonic one-eyed black orb known as Vaati Transfigured, but is vanquished again. In his anger, Vaati transforms yet again, into a larger, more powerful version of this form known as Vaati's Wrath, but he is defeated in this form as well. Zelda then proceeded to use the magical cap to restore what Vaati had done, destroying the cap in the process.
Vaati's Five Forms
In the game, Vaati is seen in a total of five forms: a Minish, a human, a demonic sorcerer, a wind mage, and a true demon form. His humanoid demon sorcerer form has an attack pattern that strongly resembles that of a Patra from the original The Legend of Zelda, his wind mage form moves and looks like Wart in Majora's Mask, and his final form resembles the Nightmare's final form from Link's Awakening.
The figurines for Vaati's boss forms are hidden; they cannot be won in the figurine lottery without first defeating Vaati. However, if Link defeats one of Vaati's forms but fails to defeat the next immediate form, the forms Link had successfully beaten will become available in the Figurine Shop's lottery.
|Minish Vaati (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Before he became a sorcerer, he was a simple Minish. He had always been entranced by the evil that lives in the hearts of men...|
|Sorcerer Vaati (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||When the young Minish donned Ezlo's magic cap, he took this evil form. Now, he searches for the light force in his quest to become all-powerful.|
|Vaati Reborn (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||The sorcerer Vaati took this form after draining the power of the light force from Princess Zelda. The evil beams from his eyes are devastating.|
|Vaati Transfigured (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Once Vaati's body has been shattered, this dark form rises up, all that remains of the evil sorcerer. Only the sacred Four Sword can defeat him.|
|Vaati's Wrath (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||This is the embodiment of purest evil, the final form of the power-mad Vaati. Its mind is consumed with a hunger for destruction. Find its weakness.|
The seal on Vaati was apparently weakened over time, and a long time later Vaati managed to break out of his prison within the Four Sword. Vaati kidnapped Princess Zelda, forcing four Links to go off and search for the princess. After traveling over three different lands and the dungeons they contained, Link and his three other selves confronted the wind mage in the Palace of Winds, the seat of Vaati's power. After an arduous battle between the sorcerer and the heroes, Link was able to reseal Vaati into the Four Swords blade.
Vaati has two forms in this game. The first is Vaati possessing a statue of himself, encased in armor, similar to the Vaati's Transformation form from later in The Minish Cap, and the battle is very much like the battle against Cyclok in the later Phantom Hourglass. In the second form, he appears as he does in the opening cutscene.
Four Swords Adventures
After Link had rescued Zelda and sealed Vaati in Four Swords, Hyrule was at peace for a time. This changed when Ganondorf stole the Dark Mirror from the Temple of Darkness. Creating Shadow Link to kidnap Zelda and the Shrine Maidens, Ganondorf tricked Link into releasing the Four Sword, unsealing Vaati in the process.
During his adventure to save Hyrule, Link found out that Vaati was not the real enemy. Instead, Ganondorf had instigated the ordeal with Vaati to distract Link, allowing Ganondorf the time needed to steal the power of the Hylian Shrine Maidens.
Over the course of the adventure, Link rescued the Shrine Maidens and Zelda, and restored his good name upon defeating Shadow Link with Zelda's help. At the final battle, Link and his split selves defeated Vaati, and sealed Ganon within the Four Sword with the help of Zelda and the Shrine Maidens. With this, peace returned to Hyrule, and the Four Sword was laid to rest in its shrine. With this being the last tale in the Four Swords era, Vaati was supposedly finally destroyed in this game. Whether he actually destroyed Vaati, or merely sealed him inside the Dark World, is unknown.
It is not exactly clear what Vaati's desire was in the Four Swords series.
Four Swords (Manga)
In the Four Swords manga adaptation, Vaati mirrors his role from the game. However, when Link first splits into four, the demonic mage first appears as a stone golem. After the golem's defeat, the wispy form of the wind mage escapes to the Tower of Winds. After the four Links are separated, he sends Big Poe to the Temple of Darkness to eliminate Red and Blue. Later on, he takes the guise of Princess Zelda, luring Link's father into his trap, seeing him as a possible way to kill Link. This plan is foiled by the Links and his father who destroy the disguise. At the final battle, Vaati sends the Links into a surreal world which he commands. But he is ultimately defeated by the four Links and Shadow Link.
The Minish Cap (Manga)
Vaati appears in the The Minish Cap manga version of the game, reprising his role as the main antagonist of the story with his background remaining virtually unchanged though there are some heavy differences that occur in the final battle. During his final fight with Link, he assumes a previously unseen form referring to himself as the Great Demon Vaati, in which he adorns new clothes and a helmet. However, he does not utilize this form for long before assuming his reborn form. However, things go awry as he loses control of the light power whilst his body goes through an uncontrollable transformation into a form resembling his Wrath form, as then he is seen begging to be saved from himself, which Link promptly does, using the Sacred Blade. Unlike the game, the sword purifies and redeems his being as he shrinks back to his original Minish form, apologizing to everyone for the evil he had committed in his conquest for power.
Several fans speculate that Vaati might be Ghirahim reincarnated. Demise's curse was that darkness would reappear for Link and Zelda's descendants. Given how Ghirahim decayed along with Demise, this could imply that Ghirahim is under the effects of this curse as well. This is further supported by Vaati's similar appearance to Ghirahim. However Ghirahim's similar design was noted to simply be a design choice. There is little evidence for this theory otherwise.
- Vaati's Japanese name, "Gufū", translated into English means "tornado".
- The pronunciation of Vaati's name has been disputed among fans. Some examples would be "VAH-tee", "Vat-ty", "Vat-TUH" or "VAY-Tay". The weekly show on Wii's Nintendo Channel has confirmed his name is pronounced "VAH-tee" on its September 29, 2011 broadcast.
- Vaati's name means "demanded" in Finnish.
- Vaati's name is similar to Venti, the Italian word for winds.
- In The Minish Cap manga, during the final confrontation with Link, Vaati in his first form wears a headpiece that bears slight resemblance to the one Midna wears in her cursed form.
- His laugh resembles that of the Happy Mask Salesman.
- Vaati, especially his final demon forms, resembles many things that have appeared in The Legend of Zelda series, namely:
- ↑ "That is the sacred blade I spoke of, the Four Sword. Sealed away in its forged steel is Vaati, the wind mage." — Princess Zelda (Four Swords)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Link... I feel I owe you an explanation of what has happened. You see, Vaati and I are both Minish." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "I was once a famous sage and a renowned Minish craftsman. Vaati was only a boy when I took him on as my apprentice." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "But...he became enchanted by the wickedness in the hearts of men." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Well, you call it light force, but it is a source of limitless magical power." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "One day, Vaati took a hat I made for the humans--my pride and joy. It granted the wishes of its wearer. He put it on without permission..." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "I am a sorcerer now, and my power is beyond compare! No longer will I tire away as your apprentice! Now, all shall call ME master!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Tell me, how does it feel, my sorcerer's curse? Do you see, Ezlo? I am truly your master now, and you cannot stop me." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "This year, on the day that comes but once a century, the portal opens. And when it does, I shall claim the light force as my own. I will be transformed, perfect, and there will be none who can stop me..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "The Picori Blade and the Bound Chest spoken of in Hylian lore... This chest must hold that which I seek!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Whoever wins the competition earns the honor of touching the sacred blade." — Potho (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "As victor, I've earned the right to approach the Picori Blade..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "The princess who holds the power of light... That mysterious power is said to flow in the veins of every royal lady in your family ever since that day when it was gifted to your people. If I leave you now, you'll only cause me trouble later. That will never do. To stone with you!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Empty? There was nothing in there but those monsters? What is the meaning of this? Well, I know the force I'm after is somewhere out there. I'm in no hurry. I can take my time searching for it. Heh heh heh..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Vaati disguised himself as the king to search for the light force." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "The golden light force of limitless magical power... I want it!!! It is somewhere here in Hyrule! Go now, and bring me this power! Waste no time! Go forth at once, and bring me the light force!" — Vaati as King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "I don't even know why I'm bothering to look for that "light force"... I doubt anything that powerful could possibly exist anyway." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "But really, why search for something no one's ever seen before? I mean, what does "light force" look like, anyway? The king's gone loopy." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Figures that the search for that "light force" isn't going too well... I mean, that stuff never existed in the first place! I'm just disappointed in the king. He should have known better." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "It's strange, though. He never struck me as the greedy type before. It's almost like he's a different person now..." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Fling anyone who refuses into the dungeon! Him and his family, too! I will tolerate no disobedience!" — Vaati as King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "I hear a guard who was looking for the light force got thrown in the dungeon! Why, the king is hardly worthy of being called "noble" anymore!" — ??? (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "When the blade has been infused with the four elements, the way to the light force shall open. So it is told in the legends of the Wind Tribe. Vaati himself may already know this." — Siroc (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Ezlo, you really are too kind. First, you give me my magic cap, and then you guide me here! [...] At last, I finally know the location of the light force!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "When he learned of this place, he waited for us to reforge the blade." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Hmmm... How interesting... Look at the images on the stained glass... I bet those pictures show us where the light force is hidden..." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "The truth about the light force within Princess Zelda is depicted here." — ??? (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "I have not yet drained all of the light force housed in Princess Zelda. But what I have should suffice... I shall be transformed! Unstoppable!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "I will not let you escape this place alive... Witness the power of Vaati's Wrath!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "If one with a just heart wears this cap, things can be made right again. Princess Zelda! Let your wishes be made real!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "The hat is falling apart. It's overflowing with the power of life!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Vaati||Vaati Reborn||Vaati Transfigured||Vaati's Wrath|
|Japanese||Japan||グフー||魔神グフー||魔神グフー 変身||魔神グフー 大変身|
|German||Germany||Vaati||Dämon Vaati||Giftdämon Vaati||Erzdämon Vaati|