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Water Spirit redirects here. For the boss referred to as Water Spirit in pre-release materials, see Morpha.
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TitleWater Spirit[1]
AttributesGuardian of Greatfish Isle
Guardian of Nayru's Pearl
Game(s)The Wind Waker
EraEra of the Great Sea

Jabun is a major character in The Wind Waker.[3] He is thought to be a descendant of Jabu-Jabu.[4]


Jabun is a giant fish known as the Water Spirit who used to live at Greatfish Isle. He can only speak Ancient Hylian. Before Greatfish Isle was destroyed, he sensed Ganondorf coming and fled to a cave hidden in Outset Island.[2] Knowing of his whereabouts and seeking the third pearl, the King of Red Lions and Link sailed to his new home. Although Jabun at first hesitated to hand over Nayru's Pearl to one who had no connection to the Hero of Time, the Water Spirit relented and gave the final pearl to Link, leaving it up to the gods to test the true courage of the young hero.[5] [6][7]

Jabun (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Birthplace: Greatfish Isle
Water Spirit

Jabun can only speak Hylian, so hardly anyone understands a word he says.


  • His theme is very similar to that of the music played Inside Jabu-Jabu's belly in Ocarina of Time.
  • Despite having lived on Greatfish Isle, his figurine is placed in the room of Outset Island characters, as he moves and stays there during the rest of the game.
  • Jabun is based on an angler fish, as shown by his shape and the lantern on his head; he also resembles the Angler Fish enemies from Link's Awakening and Oracle of Ages.
  • Jabun recognizes the King of Red Lions as the King of Hyrule and greets him as such, although Link remains unaware because he cannot speak ancient Hylian.[8]
  • The Prima Games guide for The Wind Waker says that Jabun was once known as Jabu-Jabu.[9] Given Hyrule Historia's claim that Jabun is more likely a descendant, this is not thought to be canon.
  • Inside the files of The Wind Waker is an audio clip of a screaming noise Jabun was intended to make - while it is never used in connection to him in the final game, a sped-up version is instead heard after obtaining the Triforce Chart onboard the Ghost Ship.[10]



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ジャブー (Jabū)
French-speaking countries French Jabu
Federal Republic of Germany German Jaboo
Italian Republic Italian Jabun Same as English.
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Yabú


  1. "A great water spirit named Jabun once lived here, but no sign of him remains..." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker HD)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "But fear not! Jabun was able to flee this island before it was attacked. He is in a safer abode now." — Quill (The Wind Waker)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 258(TWW)
  4. Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 127
  5. "You got Nayru's Pearl! The water spirit Jabun was kind enough to give you this jewel, a treasure of one of the goddesses!" — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  6. "Promise? You suggest that I leave the fate of Hyrule up to mere chance?" — Jabun (The Wind Waker)
  7. "I see. Then I suppose it is up to the gods to deem whether his courage is true." — Jabun (The Wind Waker)
  8. "Well met, Hyrule King!" — Jabun (The Wind Waker)
  9. "Jabun originally resides in Greatfish Isle, but he flees to Outset Island and seals himself inside a cave when Ganon's forces come for him. He possesses Nayru's Pearl, an object of great power that Link needs to raise the Tower of the Gods. The only way to get it is to speak with Jabun, and the only way to do so is to bomb the stone slab that seals Jabun's cave. This water spirit was once called Jabu-Jabu. He only speaks ancient Hylian, so no one understands anything he says." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Strategy Guide (Prima Games) pg. 26)
  10. http://youtu.be/EBToXMXJh1o?t=4m20s