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Hero's Spirit
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Title(s) Hero of Time
Race Hylian Spirit
Gender Male[1]
Family 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.


The Hero's Spirit 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 the 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 from Twilight Princess.[1][8] In Hyrule, he appears as a Golden Wolf, who can be summoned by finding a Howling Stone, with the exception of the first time he is encountered, in which he appears to Link directly. Once a Howling Stone is found, the song has to be howled along 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. The Golden Wolf will then appear on Link's map indicating his current location. When Link confronts the Wolf, it leaps through Link, transporting him into another world.[9] The wolf then transforms into a ghostly knight, the Hero's Spirit, who then teaches the Link one of the seven Hidden Skills.


The Golden Wolf

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The Golden Wolf
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In Hyrule, the Hero's Spirit takes the form of the Golden Wolf. It 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.

Hero's Spirit

In the other world, the Hero's Spirit's form has bluish skin and a pallid, decaying appearance, with a skeletal face. His left eye glows red, while his right eye is missing. He carries a rusting Sword and Shield and wears an armor, which is covered with leaves in sections. He carries a scabbard 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 also resembles the spirits in the Hyrule Castle Graveyard.


  • 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." He 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 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.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 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
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU El Espíritu del Héroe
Lobo Dorado
The Spirit of the Hero
Golden Wolf
Federal Republic of Germany German Goldener Wolf
Italian Republic Italian Eroe
Lupo dorato
Golden wolf



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "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 from a golden wolf who transforms into a knight called the Hero's Spirit." (Twilight Princess 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." (Twilight Princess 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." (Twilight Princess 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)