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Vaati artwork from The Minish Cap
Pronunciation/ˈvɑː.ti/, VAH-tee[citation needed]
Wind Mage[1] (FS | FSA)
Immortal Demon (FSA | FS (Himekawa))[2][3]
Demon (after transforming)
Other Media
Dungeon(s)Vaati's Palace
Palace of Winds
Dark Hyrule Castle
Weakness(es)Four Sword

Vaati is recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda series.(FS | FSA | TMC)[6] Much like Ganondorf, he 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, including that of a Minish.


Unified Timeline

The Minish Cap


Vaati is a Minish that once lived in the Minish Realm as Ezlo's apprentice.[4][7] Over time, Vaati became fascinated with the evil in the hearts of men and began to desire power.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11] In order to spite his master and show off his new power, Vaati cursed Ezlo, turning him into a living cap.[12] Before leaving, Vaati revealed his plan to cross into the human world through the Minish Door and obtain absolute power.[13]

Vaati learned that the Picori Blade was being used to seal a chest, which he thought contained the Light Force.[14] He decided to enter a competition in the Picori Festival because the winner had the honor of touching the blade.[15][16] 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.[17] To his surprise, the chest didn't contain anything other than the monsters, but he vows to continue searching for the Light Force.[18]

To aid in his search, Vaati impersonates King Daltus and orders the soldiers to look for the Light Force.[19][20] Many of the guards don't believe in the tales of the Light Force,[21][22][23] even suspecting that the king is not the same person,[24] but continue looking for it under the threat of being imprisoned for disobeying the "king".[25][26] Vaati learns that the location of the Light Force will be revealed if the Four Sword is reforged,[27] and allows Link and Ezlo to continue their quest.[28][29] The two eventually unlock a hidden room in the Elemental Sanctuary containing stained glass which tell that the Light Force resides within Princess Zelda.[30][31] 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.[32] 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, expressing disbelief that he could be bested by a child despite having the omnipotent power of a god.[33] As a result of this defeat, Dark Hyrule Castle began to collapse shortly after Zelda was restored, forcing them to escape to the sanctuary.[34] In his anger, Vaati transforms yet again, into a larger, more powerful version of this form known as Vaati's Wrath,[35] He also prevents Link from accessing the Sanctuary, gloating about how he had become the master of the universe before warping him to another realm.[36] However, he is defeated in this form as well. Upon the final blow being dealt, Vaati expressed disbelief that he was beaten by Link despite his gaining part of the Light Force.[37] Zelda then proceeded to use the magical cap to restore what Vaati had done,[38] destroying the cap in the process.[39]

Vaati's Five Forms
Vaati Transformation.gif
Vaati Reborn.gif

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 Gallery 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 Gallery's lottery.

Minish Vaati (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Minish Vaati Figurine Sprite.png
Minish Vaati
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)
TMC Sorcerer Vaati Figurine Sprite.png
Sorcerer Vaati
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)
TMC Vaati Reborn Figurine Sprite.png
Vaati Reborn
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)
TMC Vaati Transfigured Figurine Sprite.png
Vaati Transfigured
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)
TMC Vaati's Wrath Figurine Sprite.png
Vaati's Wrath
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.

Four Swords

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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.[40] 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.[41] 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.

Child Timeline

Four Swords Adventures

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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.[42]

Other Appearances

Four Swords (Himekawa)

Vaati Reborn in The Minish Cap manga

In the Four Swords manga by Akira Himekawa adaptation, Vaati mirrors his role from the game. However, when Link first splits into four, the demonic mage first appears as a stone golem. After the golem's defeat, the wispy form of the Wind Mage escapes to the Tower of Winds. After the four Links are separated, he sends Big Poe to the Temple of Darkness to eliminate Red and Blue. Later on, he takes the guise of Princess Zelda, luring Link's father into his trap, seeing him as a possible way to kill Link. This plan is foiled by the Links and his father who destroy the disguise. At the final battle, Vaati sends the Links into a surreal world which he commands. But he is ultimately defeated by the four Links and Shadow Link.

The Minish Cap (Himekawa)

Vaati appears in the The Minish Cap manga by Akira Himekawa, reprising his role as the main antagonist of the story with his background remaining virtually unchanged though there are some heavy differences that occur in the final battle. During his final fight with Link, he assumes a previously unseen form referring to himself as the Great Demon Vaati, in which he adorns new clothes and a helmet. However, he does not utilize this form for long before assuming his reborn form. However, things go awry as he loses control of the light power whilst his body goes through an uncontrollable transformation into a form resembling his Wrath form, as then he is seen begging to be saved from himself, which Link promptly does, using the Sacred Blade. Unlike the game, the sword purifies and redeems his being as he shrinks back to his original Minish form, apologizing to everyone for the evil he had committed in his conquest for power.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Vaati — Spirit Battle Information

SSBU Vaati Spirit Icon.png
SSBU Primary Spirit Icon.png Primary Spirit
No. 255
Team Power SSBU Grab Type Icon.png Grab | 10,000 Rank ★★★ ACE Fighter(s)
Stage Hyrule Castle Theme "Dark World (Brawl)" SSBU Ridley Stock Icon 6.png Ridley
Rule(s) Hazard(s) Heavy Wind
 · Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
 · The enemy starts the battle with an Ore Club

Vaati — Spirit Information

SSBU Vaati Spirit Icon.png

No. 255
Lv. 1
Type GRAB Strength 1721
Rank ★★★ ACE Defense 1408
Slot(s) ⎔⎔ Power 3129
This Spirit has no Trait.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Vaati appears as a Spirit with no ability.


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.


File:TMC Vaati's Wrath Sprite.png
Vaati's final form
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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.[citation needed]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Vaati Vaati Reborn Vaati Transfigured Vaati's Wrath
Japan 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-speaking countries French Vaati, le prince du mal L'avatar de Vaati Vaati, le Grand avatar
Canada FrenchCA Vaati, le grand mage du vent (FSAE)
French Republic FrenchEU Vaati Vaati, le prince du mal L'avatar de Vaati Vaati, le grand avatar
Federal Republic of Germany German Vaati, Herr der Winde Triforce piece.png Dämon Vaati Giftdämon Vaati Erzdämon Vaati
Italian Republic Italian Vaati, il mago dei venti
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Vaati
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Vaati, el Brujo de los Vientos



  1. "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)
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 154 (FSA)
  3. "The Immortal Demon, Vaati" — Chapter Title (Four Swords manga by Akira Himekawa)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Link... I feel I owe you an explanation of what has happened. You see, Vaati and I are both Minish." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  5. "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)
  6. "Vaati" (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 210 (FS | FSA | TMC))
  7. "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)
  8. "But...he became enchanted by the wickedness in the hearts of men." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  9. "Well, you call it light force, but it is a source of limitless magical power." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  10. "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)
  11. "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)
  12. "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)
  13. "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)
  14. "The Picori Blade and the Bound Chest spoken of in Hylian lore... This chest must hold that which I seek!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  15. "Whoever wins the competition earns the honor of touching the sacred blade." — Potho (The Minish Cap)
  16. "As victor, I've earned the right to approach the Picori Blade..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  17. "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)
  18. "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)
  19. "Vaati disguised himself as the king to search for the light force." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  20. "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)
  21. "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)
  22. "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)
  23. "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)
  24. "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)
  25. "Fling anyone who refuses into the dungeon! Him and his family, too! I will tolerate no disobedience!" — Vaati as King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
  26. "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)
  27. "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)
  28. "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)
  29. "When he learned of this place, he waited for us to reforge the blade." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  30. "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)
  31. "The truth about the light force within Princess Zelda is depicted here." — ??? (The Minish Cap)
  32. "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)
  33. "What... What is this madness? I have the power of a god! I have unstoppable might!!! How could I lose to a child?!?" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  34. "Link, thank you so much for saving me. When I was turned to stone, I saw visions of you, as if in a dream. It looks like the curse has been broken. I'm glad we made it in time. // (Building starts to shake) // No! The castle's collapsing! It's too dangerous here. Quickly! We must escape from the castle! // […] // Hrmm... The door is blocked! We have no choice... Head back to the sanctuary!" — Zelda & Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  35. "Link stopped the ritual, but Vaati was still able to use the power of the Light Force to transform into Vaati's Wrath." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 81 (TMC))
  36. "Heh heh heh heh... You will not escape, boy! Now, you will see the true power of the Light Force... For I have become Vaati, the master of this world!" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  37. "Fool! I... But the Light Force... My power... I had such power..." — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  38. "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)
  39. "The hat is falling apart. It's overflowing with the power of life!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  40. "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)
  41. "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)
  42. "After being sealed and resurrected, [Vaati] is finally defeated." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 121)
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