Gustaf was an ancient King of Hyrule of the Royal Family countless ages ago and the earliest known Hylian king in the history of Hyrule, ruling at some point in the early days of Hyrule's Force Era. He was very fond of the Wind Tribe and even ages after his passing, he seeks to keep the peace of the Kingdom of Hyrule secure from beyond the grave.
Many ages after his death, he first appears to Link as a ghostly figure after the latter retrieves the Water Element from the Temple of Droplets at Lake Hylia. He tells the young hero his identity as an ancient king and instructs Link to stand before him, indicating that the young hero must enter the Royal Crypt where he rests.
When Link reaches Gustaf's chamber in the Royal Crypt, Gustaf gives the young hero a Gold Kinstone Piece and instructs him to use it at the Source of the Flow in order to proceed beyond the stone door in Veil Falls. This allows Link to reach the Cloud Tops where the Wind Tribe reside, allowing the young hero to find the Wind Element protected by them.
|Gustaf, Royal Spirit (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
Gustaf, Royal Spirit
|The spirit of an ancient king of Hyrule who wishes to secure peace in his land from beyond the grave. He was very fond of the people of the Wind Tribe.|
- Like many characters from previous titles King Gustaf has a location named after him in Breath of the Wild, in this case Mount Gustaf.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ハイラル王グスタフ (Hairaru Ō Gusutafu)||Hyrule King Gusutafu|
|Italian||Re Gustav||King Gustav|
- "Gustaf, Royal Spirit" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
- "Hmph! Was that...just a dream? He said he was a king of Hyrule. Wait! Look at your map, Link. There's some kind of mark on it. Hm. I guess that means it wasn't a dream! We should head there once we've infused your sword with that element. To the elemental sanctuary!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 270
- "... ... O young one... Child who seeks to aid the princess of Hyrule... My name is Gustaf... I was king of Hyrule, countless ages ago. Stand before me... Only then will the path open to you." — Gustaf (The Minish Cap)
- "... ... O young one... Child who seeks to rescue my descendant, Zelda... Welcome... My name is Gustaf . I was king of Hyrule countless ages ago..." — Gustaf (The Minish Cap)
- "I grant to you this Kinstone... Seek the source of the flow in Hyrule... Only then will your path open... Save Zelda... All of Hyrule is counting on you..." — Gustaf (The Minish Cap)
- "Hmm... Fascinating! An ancient king of Hyrule? How strange... And the source of the flow? What do you suppose that could mean?" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)