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Ancient Hero

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Ancient Hero
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Race Stalfos[2]
Gender Male[1]
Other Media
Era Era of the Hero of Time
Era of Twilight
Family Link (descendant)[1]

The Ancient Hero,(TP)[3] also known as the Hero's Spirit,(TP)[4] and the Hero's Shade,(TP | MNPTP)[5] is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series. The Ancient Hero is a skeletal specter who can assume the form of a Golden Wolf.[6][note 1]


Twilight Princess

The Ancient Hero 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,[9] 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.[10] The wolf then transforms into a ghostly knight, the Ancient Hero, who then teaches the Link one of the seven Hidden Skills.

Golden Wolf

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In Hyrule, the Ancient Hero takes the form of the Golden Wolf. It is a ghostly Wolf, glowing a golden yellow color. Like the humanoid form of the Ancient Hero, the Golden Wolf's left eye glows red, while the right eye is missing.

Ancient Hero

In the other world, the Ancient Hero'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 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.

Other Appearances

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

The Hero's Shade appears as puzzles in both the Picross and Mega Picross series of puzzles in My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess. In the Picross series, the Hero's Shade is the 35th puzzle, serving as a 15×15 grid. In the Mega Picross series, the Hero's Shade is the 26th puzzle, also as a 15×15 grid.


  • The first song that Link can howl in order to begin the quest of easing the Ancient Hero'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.[11]


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 (Kin'iro no Ōkami)
勇者の亡霊 (Yūsha no Bōrei)
Skeleton Warrior
Golden Wolf
Hero's Spirit
Federal Republic of Germany German Goldener Wolf
Italian Republic Italian Eroe
Lupo dorato
Golden wolf
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU El Espíritu del Héroe
Lobo Dorado
The Spirit of the Hero
Golden Wolf



  1. The Golden Wolf is also known as the White Wolf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide.[7] However, as this name contradicts its name in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, this name is not considered canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Link, the descendant 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. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 103
  3. "Ancient Hero
    The ghost of the hero who teaches Link his secrets. Some theorize that the fact that he holds his sword in his left hand indicates he is actually Link from Ocarina of Time."
    (Hyrule Historia (), pg. 179)
  4. "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)
  5. "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)
  6. "Golden Wolf" (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.), pg. 192)
  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." — Ancient Hero (Twilight Princess)
  9. "Let teachings of old pass to you... Take sword in hand and find me." — Golden Wolf (Twilight Princess)
  10. "In that case, return to your world and train yourself further. When you are prepared, come visit me again." — Ancient Hero (Twilight Princess)
  11. "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!" — Ancient Hero (Twilight Princess)