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Vaati artwork from The Minish Cap
Demon (after transforming)
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
Palace of Winds
Dark Hyrule Castle
Vaati (pronounced /ˈvɑː.ti/, VAH-tee) is the main antagonist in the Four Swords subseries of The Legend of Zelda games, appearing in The Minish Cap, Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. Vaati, much like Ganondorf, appears in both humanoid and monstrous forms, although the former only appears in The Minish Cap. In The Minish Cap, Vaati also takes on three other forms, one before his human form, one after his first monstrous transformation and one in between.
Peace returned briefly to Hyrule as Vaati was presumed dead, until he one day reappeared to terrorize the land once more. No longer remembering his days as a Picori, Vaati kidnapped many beautiful maidens and brought them to the Palace of Winds in the sky that he had taken. At that moment, a hero wielding the legendary Four Sword appeared. Using the sword, he split his body in four to defeat Vaati and seal him away inside the Four Sword in the Four Sword Sanctuary.
The seal on Vaati was apparently weakened over time, and a long time later Vaati managed to break out of his prison within the Four Sword. In order to commemorate his return, Vaati kidnapped Princess Zelda and took her to his palace to become his bride. After traveling over three different lands and the dungeons they contained, the four Links confronted the wind mage in the Palace of Winds, the seat of Vaati's power. After an arduous battle between the sorcerer and the heroes, Link was able to reseal Vaati into the Four Sword's blade.
Vaati has two forms in this game. The first is Vaati possessing a statue of himself, encased in armor, similar to the Vaati's Transformation form from later in The Minish Cap, and the battle is very much like the battle against Cyclok in the later Phantom Hourglass. In the second form, he appears as he does in the opening cutscene.
Four Swords Adventures
After Link had rescued Zelda and sealed Vaati in Four Swords, Hyrule was at peace for a time. This changed when Ganondorf stole the Dark Mirror from the Temple of Darkness. Creating Shadow Link to kidnap Zelda and the Shrine Maidens, Ganondorf tricked Link into drawing the Four Sword, resurrecting Vaati. After cursing the Royal Jewels, Ganondorf used the darkness that Vaati spread to steal the Force from Hyrule, empowering himself.
During his adventure to save Hyrule, Link found evidence that Vaati was not his only enemy, and eventually learned that a "man from the desert", Ganondorf, was behind the theft of the Trident and Dark Mirror, and thus the power behind Shadow Link.
Over the course of the adventure, Link rescued the Shrine Maidens and Zelda, and restored his good name upon defeating Shadow Link with Zelda's help. At the final battle, Link and his split selves defeated Vaati for good, and sealed Ganon within the Four Sword with the help of Zelda and the Shrine Maidens. With this, peace returned to Hyrule, and the Four Sword was laid to rest in its shrine.
The Minish Cap
Vaati is a Minish that once lived in the Minish World as Ezlo's apprentice. Over time, Vaati became fascinated with the evil in the hearts of men and began to desire power. He learned the legends of the Picori Blade and Light Force, two gifts that the Picori gave to the humans. These gifts were used by the Hero of Men to seal away the evil terrorizing Hyrule. Vaati decided to go to Hyrule and look for the Light Force, a relic said to be the source of unlimited magical power.
Since the portal between Hyrule and the Minish World was about to open, Ezlo created a gift for the humans. He fashioned a powerful magical cap that was able to grant the wishes of the one who wears it. Vaati put on the cap without permission and transformed into a sorcerer. In order to spite his master and show off his new power, Vaati cursed Ezlo, turning him into a living cap. Before leaving, Vaati revealed his plan to cross into the human world through the Minish Door and obtain absolute power.
Vaati learned that the Picori Blade was being used to seal a chest, which he thought contained the Light Force. He decided to enter a competition in the Picori Festival because the winner had the honor of touching the blade. As he approaches it, he blows away the guards protecting it and breaks the Picori Blade, releasing all the evil contained in the chest. Zelda is guarded by a mysterious power which Vaati recognizes, and he turns her to stone to prevent her from interfering with his plans. To his surprise, the chest didn't contain anything other than the monsters, but he vows to continue searching for the Light Force.
To aid in his search, Vaati impersonates King Daltus and orders the soldiers to look for the Light Force. Many of the guards don't believe in the tales of the Light Force, even suspecting that the king is not the same person, but continue looking for it under the threat of being imprisoned for disobeying the "king". Vaati learns that the location of the Light Force will be revealed if the Four Sword is reforged, and allows Link and Ezlo to continue their quest. The two eventually unlock a hidden room in the Elemental Sanctuary containing stained glass which tell that the Light Force resides within Princess Zelda. Vaati then thanks the heroes before knocking Link out and teleporting to look for the princess.
By the time Link reaches Vaati, he's already managed to extract some of the Light Force from Zelda and transforms into his tall sorcerer form known as Vaati Reborn. Link defeats the form with the power of the Four Sword, and Vaati transforms into a demonic one-eyed black orb known as Vaati Transfigured, but is vanquished again. In his anger, Vaati transforms yet again, into a larger, more powerful version of this form known as Vaati's Wrath, but he is defeated in this form as well. Zelda then proceeded to use the magical cap to restore what Vaati had done, destroying the cap in the process.
Vaati's Five Forms
In the game, Vaati is seen in a total of five forms: a Minish, a human, a demonic sorcerer, a wind mage, and a true demon form. His humanoid demon sorcerer form has an attack pattern that strongly resembles that of a Patra from the original The Legend of Zelda, his wind mage form moves and looks like Wart in Majora's Mask, and his final form resembles the Nightmare's final form from Link's Awakening.
The figurines for Vaati's boss forms are hidden; they cannot be won in the figurine lottery without first defeating Vaati. However, if Link defeats one of Vaati's forms but fails to defeat the next immediate form, the forms Link had successfully beaten will become available in the Figurine Shop's lottery.
|Minish Vaati (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Before he became a sorcerer, he was a simple Minish. He had always been entranced by the evil that lives in the hearts of men...|
|Sorcerer Vaati (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||When the young Minish donned Ezlo's magic cap, he took this evil form. Now, he searches for the light force in his quest to become all-powerful.|
|Vaati Reborn (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||The sorcerer Vaati took this form after draining the power of the light force from Princess Zelda. The evil beams from his eyes are devastating.|
|Vaati Transfigured (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Once Vaati's body has been shattered, this dark form rises up, all that remains of the evil sorcerer. Only the sacred Four Sword can defeat him.|
|Vaati's Wrath (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||This is the embodiment of purest evil, the final form of the power-mad Vaati. Its mind is consumed with a hunger for destruction. Find its weakness.|
Characteristics and Weaknesses
The Minish Cap
As Vaati Reborn, Vaati's main attacks are shooting laser beams from the small eyes orbiting around him, and casting fire at Link. He also often teleports around the room to evade Link's attacks. The young hero must destroy all of the eyes that orbit around Vaati to reveal his weak spot: an open eye in his chest. After dealing enough damage, Vaati's attacks will become more intense, he will teleport more often, and black energy spheres will appear around the eyes, protecting them from damage until Link uses the Gust Jar to suck them in.
After enough damage is dealt, Vaati transforms into his second form, Vaati Transfigured. He floats around the room, occasionally causing rocks to fall down, and conjuring purple spikes around the battlefield, or electrifying himself before shooting energy balls at Link. Four of the eight orbs that surround Vaati must be struck with an Arrow to reveal which ones are vulnerable to Link's Swords; vulnerable orbs turn into red eyes, while invulnerable orbs turn blue. After all four weak spots are uncovered, the young hero must clone himself with the duplication tiles on the battlefield to strike all of Vaati's vulnerable eyes at the same time. This will stun the mage, rendering him weak to continued Sword strikes. As before, Vaati's attacks become more intense as he takes damage, and he also moves faster, making it harder for the young hero to line up his own attacks.
Vaati transforms into his third form, Vaati's Wrath, after warping Link to a dark battlefield when he and Zelda try to escape Dark Hyrule Castle. In this form, Vaati floats around the room, shooting energy projectiles, and making his arms emerge from the ground by plunging them into it. Link must use the Cane of Pacci at Vaati's arms when they emerge to disconnect them from his body, then quickly use the nearby Minish Portal to shrink and enter the discarded arm before Vaati reattaches it. Once inside the arm, the young hero comes across several small eyes; one of these, whose pupil moves, is the arm's core that Link must strike down to destroy the arm. The young hero must then repeat the same process with Vaati's other arm, except this time the inside of the arm will be dark, requiring Link to use the Lantern.
After both arms are destroyed, Vaati's attack pattern changes slightly. He continues shooting energy projectiles from his horns with more intensity, but he also charges up blue energy balls from the four eyes on his underside. The young hero must make sure to clone himself at the right time to reflect those blue energy balls back at Vaati's eyes, which will stun the mage and make him vulnerable to Sword strikes. Should less than four of his eyes be destroyed, Vaati will not be stunned and the eyes will reappear immediately. This process must be repeated until Vaati finally falls for good.
- Vaati's laugh closely resembles the Happy Mask Salesman's.
- Vaati, in his final demon forms, resembles DethI, the Shadow Nightmares' final form from Link's Awakening.
Vaati's name is a reference to his mastery of wind. It resembles "venti," the Italian word for "winds." Vaati's Japanese name, "Gufū," means "tornado."
Vaati's English name may also be a reference to the Wind Dukes of Aaqa from Dungeons & Dragons, who are known as the Vaati, and live on the elemental plane of air and use wind magic.
The pronunciation of Vaati's name has been disputed among fans. Some examples would be "VAH-tee" (/ˈvɑː.ti/), "VAH-tie" (/ˈvɑː.taɪ/), "VAH-tuh" (/ˈvɑː.tɨ/) or "VAY-tay" (/ˈveɪ.teɪ/). The weekly show on Wii's Nintendo Channel has confirmed his name is pronounced "VAH-tee" (/ˈvɑː.ti/) on its September 29, 2011 broadcast.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Vaati||Vaati Reborn||Vaati Transfigured||Vaati's Wrath|
|Japanese||グフー||魔神グフー||魔神グフー 変身||魔神グフー 大変身|
|French||Vaati, le prince du mal||L'avatar de Vaati||Vaati, le Grand avatar|
|FrenchCA||Vaati, le grand mage du vent (FSAE)|
|German||Vaati, Herr der Winde||Dämon Vaati||Giftdämon Vaati||Erzdämon Vaati|
|Italian||Vaati, il mago dei venti|
|SpanishLA||Vaati, el Brujo de los Vientos|
- "That is the sacred blade I spoke of, the Four Sword. Sealed away in its forged steel is Vaati, the wind mage." — Princess Zelda (Four Swords)
- "The Immortal Demon, Vaati" — Chapter Title (Four Swords Manga)
- "Link... I feel I owe you an explanation of what has happened. You see, Vaati and I are both Minish." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "Before he became a sorcerer, he was a simple Minish. He had always been entranced by the evil that lives in the hearts of men..." — Minish Vaati Figurine (The Minish Cap)
- "Vaati, the Wind Mage: Vaati, who has no memory of his life as a Picori, goes on a mindless rampage. With the ability to manipulate the wind, Vaati calls himself the Wind Mage, and takes over the Palace of Winds." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 82)
- "The kidnapped Princess Zelda: Vaati kidnaps Princess Zelda to make her his bride in commemoration of his resurrection, not to obtain the Light Force." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 82)
- "After being sealed and resurrected, [Vaati] is finally defeated." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 121)
- "I was once a famous sage and a renowned Minish craftsman. Vaati was only a boy when I took him on as my apprentice." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "But...he became enchanted by the wickedness in the hearts of men." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "Well, you call it light force, but it is a source of limitless magical power." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "One day, Vaati took a hat I made for the humans--my pride and joy. It granted the wishes of its wearer. He put it on without permission..." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "I am a sorcerer now, and my power is beyond compare! No longer will I tire away as your apprentice! Now, all shall call ME master!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "Tell me, how does it feel, my sorcerer's curse? Do you see, Ezlo? I am truly your master now, and you cannot stop me." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "This year, on the day that comes but once a century, the portal opens. And when it does, I shall claim the light force as my own. I will be transformed, perfect, and there will be none who can stop me..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "The Picori Blade and the Bound Chest spoken of in Hylian lore... This chest must hold that which I seek!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "Whoever wins the competition earns the honor of touching the sacred blade." — Potho (The Minish Cap)
- "As victor, I've earned the right to approach the Picori Blade..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "The princess who holds the power of light... That mysterious power is said to flow in the veins of every royal lady in your family ever since that day when it was gifted to your people. If I leave you now, you'll only cause me trouble later. That will never do. To stone with you!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "Empty? There was nothing in there but those monsters? What is the meaning of this? Well, I know the force I'm after is somewhere out there. I'm in no hurry. I can take my time searching for it. Heh heh heh..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "Vaati disguised himself as the king to search for the light force." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "The golden light force of limitless magical power... I want it!!! It is somewhere here in Hyrule! Go now, and bring me this power! Waste no time! Go forth at once, and bring me the light force!" — Vaati as King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
- "I don't even know why I'm bothering to look for that "light force"... I doubt anything that powerful could possibly exist anyway." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- "But really, why search for something no one's ever seen before? I mean, what does "light force" look like, anyway? The king's gone loopy." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- "Figures that the search for that "light force" isn't going too well... I mean, that stuff never existed in the first place! I'm just disappointed in the king. He should have known better." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- "It's strange, though. He never struck me as the greedy type before. It's almost like he's a different person now..." — Guard (The Minish Cap)
- "Fling anyone who refuses into the dungeon! Him and his family, too! I will tolerate no disobedience!" — Vaati as King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
- "I hear a guard who was looking for the light force got thrown in the dungeon! Why, the king is hardly worthy of being called "noble" anymore!" — ??? (The Minish Cap)
- "When the blade has been infused with the four elements, the way to the light force shall open. So it is told in the legends of the Wind Tribe. Vaati himself may already know this." — Siroc (The Minish Cap)
- "Ezlo, you really are too kind. First, you give me my magic cap, and then you guide me here! [...] At last, I finally know the location of the light force!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "When he learned of this place, he waited for us to reforge the blade." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "Hmmm... How interesting... Look at the images on the stained glass... I bet those pictures show us where the light force is hidden..." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "The truth about the light force within Princess Zelda is depicted here." — ??? (The Minish Cap)
- "I have not yet drained all of the light force housed in Princess Zelda. But what I have should suffice... I shall be transformed! Unstoppable!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "I will not let you escape this place alive... Witness the power of Vaati's Wrath!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
- "If one with a just heart wears this cap, things can be made right again. Princess Zelda! Let your wishes be made real!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
- "The hat is falling apart. It's overflowing with the power of life!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)