- For the corrupted Soldiers that appear as enemies, see Soldier. For the enemies in Oracle of Ages, see Guard. For the characters in Spirit Tracks, see Castle Guard.
|Establishment||Era of Prosperity|
|Location(s)||A Link to the Past|
Ocarina of Time
The Minish Cap
Hyrule Castle Town
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
|Objective(s)||Protect citizens, royalty|
|Leader(s)||Ocarina of Time|
Royal Family of Hyrule
Royal Family of Hyrule
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
Breath of the Wild
Royal Family of Hyrule
|Members||Ocarina of Time|
Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper
Tri Force Heroes
Soldiers,(OoT | MM | TP | HW)[note 1] also known as Hylian Soldiers,(ALBW) and Hyrulean Soldiers,(CoH)[name reference missing] are the recurring group of warriors, law enforcers, and protectors in The Legend of Zelda series.[name reference missing] Soldiers go unnamed in Majora's Mask 3D.
In most titles, they serve the Royal Family of Hyrule and are charged with the protection of the citizens under the monarchy's rule. Though they appear mostly in Hyrule, Soldiers appear in other lands as well, such as Termina and Labrynna. Soldiers are known for their fervent sense of duty, though their infallible obedience occasionally leads to manipulation by evil forces. They generally bear a strong resemblance to soldiers of medieval Europe.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, friendly Soldiers are only seen briefly before losing their minds to Agahnim's magic. All friendly Soldiers wear golden armor and carry a large shield, but have no visible weapons. However, in the GBA version, one of them mentions that he carries a sword. During the rainstorm at the beginning of the game, the Soldiers prevent Link from straying too far from Hyrule Castle. They will offer Link helpful advice if he speaks to them. However once Link approaches Hyrule Castle, the guards he finds are all hostile and attack him on sight. Once this happens, the Guards with golden armor disappear, and enemy Soldiers patrol the entire land of Hyrule. They are also summoned when certain villagers in Kakariko Village spot Link. After Agahnim is defeated, the Soldiers' curse is broken and they are returned to normal.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, the Soldiers guard Hyrule Castle, Castle Town, and Kakariko Village. The average Soldier is warm and welcoming, and may offer helpful advice. However, the Castle Guards tend to be sterner and will stop commoners such as Link from entering the castle. Link must sneak past them to get into the castle and, ultimately, to Zelda's Courtyard. Alternatively, one of the Castle Guards can be bribed into opening the castle doors.
In Kakariko Village, the Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper guards the gate to Death Mountain Trail. He will not open the gate until he sees Zelda's Letter. This Soldier, whose son asked for the Keaton Mask, will ask Link to buy the mask for him. This begins the Mask Trading Sequence. There are two other Soldiers in Kakariko: one stands at the Village entrance while the other stands outside Impa's House. Self-proclaimed "clock Soldiers of Kakariko", they will tell Link the time if he talks to them.
After the obtaining the Ocarina of Time from a fleeing Princess Zelda, a fatally wounded Soldier appears in the Back Alley of Castle Town. The Soldier tells Link of how Ganondorf betrayed the King, and how he was injured fighting Ganondorf's men while trying cover Zelda's escape with Impa. He urges Link to proceed to the Temple of Time, dying shortly after. The Soldier disappears once Link goes into the future, and so the scene is permanently missed if he does not meet the Soldier before pulling the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time.
After Link travels seven years into the future, the Guards have all but disappeared, having been either slaughtered or released from their posts in Ganon's reign. It is implied that the lone Soldier in the Guard House in Ocarina of Time becomes the Poe Collector in the future, since he expressed interest in studying ghosts. The Poe Collector's shop is also located at the exact same location as the Guard House in the future.
In Majora's Mask, there are Soldiers that guard each exit of Clock Town. They will not allow any children get past them, therefore Link may only pass in Goron form, Zora form, or as himself once they notice his sword. If Link's sword is stolen by a Takkuri, the Guards will still allow him to leave town and will inform him about the Curiosity Shop. Deku Link may not exit as he is seen as a child. The Guards are mostly unaware of what goes on in the town because they cannot leave their posts, unless they receive new orders from Captain Viscen. The guards of Clock Town are the only corps of Soldiers who do not answer to a higher power other than their Captain. On the Final Day, Clock Town Soldiers are seen gazing worriedly at the approaching Moon. Much like their Captain, the Guards are dismayed by those who choose to stay. They will encourage Link to leave town if he speaks to them. The Guards themselves remain at their posts until the Moon falls, awaiting new orders that never come.
- Main article: Captain Viscen
Captain Viscen is the leader of the Clock Town Guards in Majora's Mask. The Captain and his Guards have a significant role in this game, as they are an independent force that does not serve any royalty. Viscen has a notable influence in the decision-making of the town, although he must ultimately respect Mayor Dotour's decisions. He is greatly concerned with the people's safety, and, with the inevitable approach of the Moon, tries to have the Mayor order an evacuation of the town. The Captain's proposal is met with opposition from the stubborn Mutoh, the head of the Carnival Committee who also has a significant influence on the town. Ultimately, the Mayor settles the matter by allowing to have citizens decide for themselves if they want to flee.
An injured Soldier named Shiro appears on the Road to Ikana. Shiro is invisible and can only be spotted using the Lens of Truth. If Link gives him a Red or Blue Potion, he will reward Link with the Stone Mask. In Majora's Mask 3D, however, he is instead relocated to the Pirates' Fortress.
Oracle of Ages
- Main article: Guard
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, Soldiers are possessed by Vaati. They are the most populous foes in the game, and resemble their A Link to the Past counterparts greatly. A massive Soldier known as Chief Soldier is powerful enough to serve as the boss of two stages: Lake Hylia and Death Mountain Foothills. Like in A Link to the Past, Guards are classified by weaponry and they include the archer, Ball and Chain Soldier, bomber, and swordsmen varieties.
The Minish Cap
- Main article: Vassals
In The Minish Cap, the Vassal Guards are the diligent servants of King Daltus. Blue-striped Vassals guard Hyrule Castle, while green-striped ones patrol Hyrule Town. Some can also be found at Lon Lon Ranch and North Hyrule Field. When Vaati impersonates King Daltus, the unsuspecting Vassals are ordered to search for the Light Force and not allow anyone into the castle. To get inside, Link must sneak past them into the castle. Later on, most of the Soldiers are turned to stone by Vaati.
|Vassals (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
|These vassals serve the king of|
Hyrule. They are loyal and diligent.
Like the king himself, they are
courteous yet frank.
In Twilight Princess, Soldiers can be seen patrolling Hyrule Castle Town alone or in groups, walking in single file. They try to look calm and go about their daily routine, even though they have no access to Hyrule Castle. If Link enters the town as a Wolf, the Soldiers will surround him but will not attack, trembling and whimpering. If Wolf Link then performs a Spin Attack, they will run away screaming, often leaving behind Rupees or Arrows.
The poor state of the guard encourages a group of vigilantes, known as The Resistance, to take it upon themselves to restore peace to Hyrule. Their meetings are held in the back room of Telma's Bar whose owner, Telma, is particularly disdainful of the Hyrulean guard. In a humorous cutscene, a group of Soldiers eagerly volunteer to escort Telma, Ilia, and a sickened Ralis to Kakariko Village. However, once Telma mentions the path is infested with monsters, the Soldiers quickly disappear.
In certain areas of Hyrule Castle, Link can detect ghostly spirits of deceased Soldiers using his wolf senses. The ghosts will guide Link through the castle and help him solve puzzles by pointing to areas of interest. The identity of these Soldiers is never revealed, but they are speculated to be the slain Soldiers from Zant's attack on Hyrule Castle. Interestingly, they appear to wear different uniforms than the living Soldiers.
The Soldiers in Twilight Princess are the only ones in the entire series that do not prevent Link from progressing in the game.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, Soldiers are found patrolling Hyrule Castle's exterior and interior. They wear light surcoats and stovepipe shako hats, both of which are red in color. Unlike most iterations in the series, these Soldiers bear a closer resemblance to soldiers from the Victorian era than the Medieval era. They are lead by the Captain. During the beginning of the game, several are shown trying to scrub away paintings of evil Soldiers that have mysteriously begun appearing on the castle walls. With the help of Yuga, the evil Soldiers take over the castle. After the castle is seized, the original Soldiers fall back to Kakariko Village, and remain there for the rest of the game. A few Lorulean counterparts of these Soldiers can be found throughout Lorule, such as the Captain. Others have since abandoned their duties and left to worship the Gemesaur King at the Dark Ruins.
- Main article: Captain
The Captain is the leader of the Hyrulean Soldiers. He appears briefly to collect his new sword and shield from the Blacksmith, but forgets to take his sword with him and mistakenly leaves it behind, forcing Link to deliver it. He is turned into a painting by Yuga at the Sanctuary before Link can give it to him, however. He is later brought back to normal following Yuga's defeat, and is given back his sword.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, Soldiers appear in Hytopia as King Tuft's guards. They keep watch of Hytopia Castle, including its entrance and the town gate, ensuring that no suspicious people come in or leave. A Soldier named Mr. Guard patrols the castle entrance, whose duty is to only allow in those who match the King's description of the legendary Tri Force Heroes. Their garb is very similar to the Soldiers in A Link Between Worlds, although their uniform's color is light blue instead of red. Their caps also end in a rounded point, they have two rows of buttons down their front.
Enemy Soldiers also appear in the Drablands.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Link can wear Soldier Armor. 100 years prior to Hyrule Kingdom's fall in Breath of the Wild, Guards are briefly shown in a flashback of Hyrule Castle, standing beside King Rhoam. In this flashback, they are also seen guarding the Castle. They wear plate armor with chainmail underneath.
In the Champion's Ballad, two soldiers are depicted protecting Princess Zelda when she ventures across Hyrule. A platoon of soldiers are depicted standing in the Sanctum when King Rhoam gives his speech.
Cadence of Hyrule
- In the ambiguously canon Ocarina of Time comic by the German Nintendo Power, Link's Father is one of the Hylian Soldiers who dies in the Hyrulean Civil War.
- According to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo Power, the amount of Guards patrolling Hyrule Castle was increased tenfold because of a prank pulled by some townsfolk.
- In Spirit Tracks, one of the new recruits finds the Recruit Uniform to be goofy.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||兵士||見張りの兵 (Mihari no Hei)|
- Soldier was referred to as Hylian Soldiers in Hyrule Warriors Legends — Collector's Edition Guide by Prima Games. However, as this contradicts the name given in-game, it is not considered Canon.
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 238 (OoT)
- "Recruiting Soldiers!
Protect peace and uphold
justice with us!
Corps Recruiter, Viscen" — Sign (Majora's Mask)
- "It looks like the spirits in here... They're all soldiers." — Midna (Twilight Princess HD)
- "Soldier" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 361 (ALBW)
- "After Agahnim took over, everyone began to act strangely. I suppose it's only a matter of time before I'm affected, too." — Soldier (A Link to the Past)
- "I'll bet you can't wait to get a sword like mine!" — Soldier (A Link to the Past & Four Swords)
- "Us soldiers have been around, kid. You can learn a lot from us." — Soldier (A Link to the Past)
- "If you defeat the wizard, the castle soldiers may regain their senses." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)
- "There's a lot going on in the castle right now. I can't allow even a dog to get into the castle!" — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "Do you really want to go through this gate that much? Let me think about it... OK, but in return... Give me 10 Rupees..." — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "Have you been to the Happy Mask Shop that just opened in the Hyrule Castle Town Market? Everyone is talking about it! My little boy pesters me for a popular mask, but I don't have time to go there...So, could you go and get the mask for me next time you are in the Market? If you don't feel like it, that's OK, but...Well, I have no choice, this is my job...sigh..." — Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ding dong, ding dong! I'm a clock soldier of Kakariko!" — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, betrayed our King... Zelda's nanny, Impa, sensed danger and escaped from the castle with our Princess... I tried to stop Ganondorf's men from chasing them...but..." — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Princess was...waiting for a boy from the forest...that's you... She wanted to give something to the boy... If you received it from the Princess, hurry...to the Temple of Time...." — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "Man, I am SO tired! The night watch is so boring! I wish some ghosts would come out or something...Hey, I'm really interested in ghosts! Studying them is a hobby of mine, but you never know...the time might come when that kind of knowledge might be useful!" — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "It is dangerous outside the town walls, so I cannot allow a child like you to... ...A sword? My apologies, sir. It was wrong of me to treat you like a child." — Guard (Majora's Mask)
- "I cannot allow a child like you to... Your sword was stolen? That's terrible! Lately, I've been hearing about a shady shop in town that sells stolen goods late at night... Perhaps this is their doing." — Guard (Majora's Mask)
- "Wait a moment, Deku Scrub! [...] It is dangerous outside the town walls, so I cannot allow a child like you to go out alone." — Soldier (Majora's Mask)
- "Wait! I have a question! Do you know whether or not the carnival has been canceled? I'm sorry to stop you, but since I must stay at my post, I'm unable to get any news..." — Soldier (Majora's Mask)
- "Truthfully speaking, I'd flee from this town in a moment if I could... But since I am stuck guarding this gate, I can't get any information on what's going on..." — Soldier (Majora's Mask)
- "No! No! I must get a hold of myself! I must guard the gate until the captain's orders come..." — Soldier (Majora's Mask)
- "It pains my heart to see children still playing in the streets because they have no idea what's going on..." — Soldier (Majora's Mask)
- "See! Look at the moon... Leave town before the evacuation notice is made!" — Soldier (Majora's Mask)
- "Most of the townsfolk already have taken shelter without waiting for the Mayor's orders. The only ones left are public servants and committee members... Mr. Mayor and Carnival Committee Members, please order those who remain to evacuate!" — Viscen (Majora's Mask)
- "You cowards! Do you actually believe the moon will fall? The confused townsfolk simply caused a panic by believing this ridiculous, groundless theory. The soldiers couldn't prevent the panic, but outside the town walls is where the danger is! You want answers? The answer is that the carnival should not be canceled!" — Mutoh (Majora's Mask)
- "If the soldiers wish to run, then run, Viscen! We councilmen will stick to tradition. This carnival will be a success! I've never heard of a defense unit abandoning its town!" — Mutoh (Majora's Mask)
- "This will do. Whether you're stubborn and will stay and guard your family, or if you'd prefer to run far away and seek shelter... That is for people to decide on their own." — Mayor Dotour (Majora's Mask)
- "If you use the Lens of Truth near here and speak to the man you find... you may earn a mask that can enable you to blend into backgrounds and move about without being noticed." — Gossip Stone (Majora's Mask)
- "Umm...I have a request...Can you give me some medicine that would make even an unnoticable stone like me feel better? [...] Ah, that...Is that it? ...I feel better, I think. Thanks... Oh...here... In gratitude... Now...Let me practice standing out..." — Shiro (Majora's Mask)
- "It's a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana..." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- "I commanded the Ikana Army of Ikana Kingdom atop the hill. I am called Skull Keeta." — Captain Keeta (Majora's Mask)
- "It seems the king has commanded all of the guards to search for magic power. Folks say that this "light force" will grant any wish, but I don't buy it..." — N/A (The Minish Cap)
- "The king hasn't made any public appearances lately. And with so many guards surrounding the castle over the past few days... nobody in town has a clue what's going on in there!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
- "By the order of the king, none shall pass!! Now! Begone with you!!" — Vassal (The Minish Cap)
- "What!? What's this...?! They've been turned to stone! The minister...! And the guards...! Just like Princess Zelda... This can only be the work of that evil Vaati! What cruelty." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "Though the soldiers look calm and go about their daily routine... Rumor has it that not even soldiers can go deep inside Hyrule Castle..." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "What hope there is in our kingdom is frail and dying...but there's still a group trying to do what it can. And I'm a member of that group." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "You're far more reliable than the incompetent Hyrulean soldiers." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "But we can't turn a blind eye to a pretty girl in need, either. Yes, we'd better escort you! Am I right, boys?!" — Soldier (Twilight Princess)
- "Cowards! Don't ever show your faces here again!" — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 36
- "I hope I get promoted soon. I'm tired of wearing this goofy recruit uniform." — Recruit (Spirit Tracks)