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Hero's Spirit
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Race Stalfos[2]
Gender Male[1]
Other Media
Era Era of the Hero of Time
Era of Twilight
Family Link (descendant)[1]

The Hero's Spirit,[2] also known as the Ancient Hero and the Hero's Shade,[3][4] is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series. The Hero's Spirit is a skeletal specter who can assume the form of the White Wolf.[5][note 1]


Twilight Princess

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The Hero's Spirit is the Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, filled with regrets from being unable to pass on the "lessons of his life to those who came after him" after he was sent back in time to his childhood. He also lamented the fact that he was not remembered as a hero. In order to ease his regrets and finally pass on his knowledge, he teaches the seven Hidden Skills to his descendant, the Link from Twilight Princess.[1][7] In Hyrule, he appears as the White Wolf, who can be summoned by finding a Howling Stone, with the exception of the first time he is encountered, in which he appears to Link directly. Once a Howling Stone is found, the song has to be howled along with the Spirit. He then tells Link to take "sword in hand" and find him,[8] implying that Link had to return to human form before searching for the Wolf. The White Wolf will then appear on Link's Map indicating his current location. When Link confronts the Wolf, it leaps through Link, transporting him into another world.[9] The Wolf then transforms into a ghostly knight, the Hero's Spirit, who then teaches Link one of the seven Hidden Skills.

In the other world, the Hero's Spirit's form has bluish skin and a pallid, decaying appearance, with a skeletal face. His left eye glows red, while his right eye is missing. He carries a rusting Sword and Shield and wears armor, which is covered with leaves in sections. He carries a scabbard belted to his waist. From the back, his armor appears to be filled with a ghostly mist, rather than flesh, and his torso is not connected to his legs. Like the humanoid form of the Hero's Spirit, the White Wolf's left eye glows red, while the right eye is missing.

Other Appearances

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

The Hero's Shade appears as puzzles in both the Picross and Mega Picross series of puzzles in My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess. In the Picross series, the Hero's Shade is the 35th puzzle, serving as a 15×15 grid. In the Mega Picross series, the Hero's Shade is the 26th puzzle, also as a 15×15 grid.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 骸骨の戦士 (Gaikotsu no Senshi)
金色の狼 (Kin'iro no Ōkami)
勇者の亡霊 (Yūsha no Bōrei)
Skeleton Warrior
Golden Wolf
Hero's Spirit
Federal Republic of Germany German Goldener Wolf Golden Wolf
Italian Republic Italian Eroe
Lupo dorato
Golden wolf
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU El Espíritu del Héroe
Lobo Dorado
The Spirit of the Hero
Golden Wolf



  1. The White Wolf is also known as the Golden Wolf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide.[6] However, as this name contradicts its name in Encyclopedia, this name is not considered canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Link, the descendant of the Hero of Time: [...] The spirit of Link's ancestor, the Hero of Time, teaches him his secrets. Ever since returning to the Child Era, the swordsman has lamented the fact that he was not remembered as a hero. This is the reason he passes down the proof of his courage and his secret techniques to the Link of this era, addressing him as "son"." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 118)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 103
  3. "Ancient Hero
    The ghost of the hero who teaches Link his secrets. Some theorize that the fact that he holds his sword in his left hand indicates he is actually Link from Ocarina of Time."
    (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 179)
  4. "A spirit covered in armor, the Hero's Shade lives in a visionary world and teaches the art of weapon-play to you." (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 67)
  5. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 277
  6. "Golden Wolf" (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.), pg. 192)
  7. "Although I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lessons of that life to those that came after. At last, I have eased my regrets." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
  8. "Let teachings of old pass to you... Take sword in hand and find me." — White Wolf (Twilight Princess)
  9. "In that case, return to your world and train yourself further. When you are prepared, come visit me again." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)