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Gustaf is a character featured in The Minish Cap.[3]


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,[4] indicating that the young hero must enter the Royal Crypt where he rests.[2]

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.[5][6][7] 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)
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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.

Other Appearances

The Minish Cap (Himekawa)

Gustaf appears in the The Minish Cap manga by Akira Himekawa while Link is searching through the Royal Crypt, agressing the young hero in order to preserve Hyrule's peace. The King stops after Link drops a Kinstone from his Kinstone Bag, recognizing it as an artifact from his allies, the Wind Tribe. After Link defeats the Gyorg Pair, Siroc tells the young hero that Gustaf was a benevolent ruler who went to the Wind Tribe in search of their agricultural knowledge. Gustaf used that knowledge in conjunction with the Force to spread prosperity throughout Hyrule. However, Gustaf's aide sought the Force for himself and assassinated the King. In his will, he granted ownership of the Force to the Wind Tribe, who left the surface world with it out of mourning.

While he was alive, Gustaf also Fused Kinstones with the Wind Tribe as a sign of friendship.



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハイラル王グスタフ (Hairaru Ō Gusutafu) Hyrule King Gusutafu
Italian Republic Italian Re Gustav King Gustav


See Also


  1. "Gustaf, Royal Spirit" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 270
  4. "... ... 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)
  5. "... ... 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)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)