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Not to be confused with Dampa, a sailor in The Wind Waker.

Dampé is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[5][6][note 1]


Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch

Dampé lives in his Shack in Tal Tal Heights in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch. In his Shack, he crafts Chambers based on the dungeons around Koholint Island which can be arranged into Chamber Dungeons.[8]

Ocarina of Time

Navi's Comment:
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Dampé's Ghost
"Dampé's Ghost

That's the ghost of the dead gravekeeper! If you chase him, he might give you his keepsake..."

Dampé lives in his Shack in the Kakariko Village Graveyard in Ocarina of Time. He presides over the graveyard,[9] sleeping during the day and pacing it at night.[10] Dampé's Heart-Pounding Gravedigging Tour is his famed nightly romp: he unearths any plot of dirt along his route through the graveyard when asked, either revealing a Piece of Heart, Rupees, or nothing at all.[11] A young boy walks the graveyard during the day, mimicking Dampé's walk and chastising Link anytime he tries to pull on a gravestone, threatening to tell Dampé.[12][13]

Dampé died during Link's seven-year disappearance, however, his ghost can be found in his grave.[2] He challenges Link to a race and rewards him with the Hookshot as promised in his Diary that he left posthumously inside his shack.[14][15] Finishing the race in under a minute also warrants a Piece of Heart. If Link does not finish in under a minute after obtaining the Hookshot, he will receive a Red Rupee instead. After obtaining the Hookshot, it can be used on a torch to cut a few seconds off the clock in the race, allowing Link to beat it more easily in less than a minute.

Majora's Mask

Dampé appears as the gravekeeper for the Ikana Graveyard in Majora's Mask.[16] Though terrified of ghosts, he keeps a haunted graveyard.[17] Little is known about Dampé, but it is insinuated that he used to visit the graveyard with his father.[3] Apparently, he also has a wife.[4]

If Link talks to Dampé while wearing the Captain's Hat, Dampé, originally believing ghosts only come out at night, will become terrified and run around the graveyard before running back to his house and locking the door.

On the third day, Dampé can be found underground beneath a gravestone searching for the treasure of Ikana's Royal Family.[18] However, his torch has gone out, so he asks Link to guide him with his fairy's light.[19] By Z-targeting him, Link can lead Dampé to mounds of dirt where he will sometimes dig up a blue fire. Once three such fires are found, they come together and reveal a Big Poe,[20] causing Dampé to run away. Once Link defeats this enemy, a Treasure Chest containing a Bottle reveals itself. In Majora's Mask 3D, this was changed to a Piece of Heart instead. If Link leaves the area, he will find himself in Dampé's house, with Dampé hiding underneath his bed.

Four Swords Adventures

Dampé lives in the graveyard found to the far north in The Swamp in Four Swords Adventures. He is the caretaker of the graveyard, but since monsters roam the place, he can not do his work.[21] He is also tormented by Shadow Link whom he warns the Links about, surprised at how similar they are to him.[22] Dampé then tells the four Links about a mirror, in which a dark tribe was sealed in a long time ago, informing them that it is hidden somewhere in the Forest of Light.[23]

The Minish Cap

Dampé (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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The gravedigger at the cemetery.
They say he has the power to speak
with the dead. He fuses the Kinstones
he digs up with the local ghosts.

Dampé lives in his Shack in the Royal Valley and tends to the graveyard in The Minish Cap.[24] Upon hearing that Link was called to the Royal Crypt by the spirit of Gustaf, he gives Link the Key to the graveyard.[25] After Link recovers the Graveyard Key from the Takkuri, Dampé opens the gate for him.[26]

When spoken to after obtaining the gold Kinstone Piece from within the Crypt, he will state a secret path in the woods of the Royal Valley that leads to 50 Rupees.[27]

Link can Fuse Kinstone Pieces with Dampé twice;[28] the first successful Fusion results in the tomb of Gina opening nearby. The second successful Fusion causes a crack to appear in the Wind Ruins; a Chest containing a red Kinstone Piece is found inside.

A Link Between Worlds

Dampé appears again as a gravekeeper in A Link Between Worlds. He initially appears to be dull-witted, as he refers to himself in the third person, but he also claims to understand that the Captain only visits the Sanctuary to see Seres.[29] While Link is searching for the Captain, he encounters Seres and Dampé speaking. After Seres becomes trapped within the Sanctuary, Dampé remembers that the Priest spoke of a secret passage into the Sanctuary and prompts Link to use the Forgotten Sword to make his way through it.[30]

Dampé also has a Lorulean counterpart named Dampé?.

Other appearances

Cadence of Hyrule

Dampé appears in Kakariko Village as a gravekeeper.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapanese墓守ダンペイ (Hakamo Danpei) (OoT)[31]Dampé the Gravekeeper
CanadaFrenchCAIgor (ALBW) 
FranceFrenchEUIgor (OoT | MM3D | ALBW)[32][33] 
GermanyGermanBoris (LANS | TMC | ALBW)[34] 
ItalyItalianDanpei (LANS | TMC | ALBW)[35] 
SpainSpanishEUDampé (TMC | ALBW)[36] 
Latin AmericaSpanishLADampé (ALBW) 
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See Also


  1. Dampé was referred to as Dampe in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc..[7] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "My name's Dampé. I'm the gravedigger here. What can I do for you? What's that? You say you were called here by the ghost of a king? That'd be the ancient king of Hyrule who rests here. I've seen him myself. Well, if the king has called you, I can't see any reason not to let you in... Here, take this graveyard key." — Dampé (The Minish Cap)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "I tell you, I saw him! I saw the ghostly figure of Dampé the gravekeeper sinking into his grave. It looked like he was holding some kind of treasure!" — Ichiro (Ocarina of Time)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Did you see the huge skeleton at the back of this graveyard? My father once said that was all that was left of the former Royal Soldier who once guarded this graveyard." — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "I'm not going to give up. I'll keep asking you until you say yes. That's how I courted my current wife, you know." — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Dampé" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  6. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 239,(OoT) 245,(MM) & 270 (TMC)
  7. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 105
  8. "Hey, there you are. I wanna show you somethin' interesting. You've gone pokin' into some of the ruins on this island. I can tell. I make little chambers based on those dungeons. Put some chambers into the slab back there and it turns into a real dungeon. With a few chambers, you can make basic dungeons. With a bunch, you can make complicated ones. Though you're not done once you finish arranging a dungeon. You've gotta adventure through it too." — Dampé (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  9. "Hey kid! Don't mess around with the graves! I'm Dampé the Gravekeeper!" — Dampé (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "Have you seen Mr. Dampé, who lives in the graveyard up ahead? It's [TIME] right now, so he's probably asleep in his hut." — Saburo (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "Let me give you an advertisement for my side business... Dampé the Gravekeeper's Heart-Pounding Gravedigging Tour! What's gonna come out?! What's gonna come out?! When I start digging, we'll find out!" — Dampé (Ocarina of Time)
  12. "Don't cause trouble! I'll tell Dampé!" — Graveyard Boy (Ocarina of Time)
  13. "Little kids can't go on the "Heart-Pounding Gravedigging Tour" described on the sign. Since I can't do that, I'm just imitating Dampé the gravekeeper all day." — Graveyard Boy (Ocarina of Time)
  14. "Whoever reads this, please enter my grave. I will let you have my stretching, shrinking keepsake. I'm waiting for you. --Dampé" — Gravekeeper's Diary (Ocarina of Time)
  15. "You were very quick to be able to keep up with me! Hehehe! As a reward, I'm going to give you my treasure. It's called the Hookshot!" — Dampé (Ocarina of Time)
  16. "I am Dampe, the grave keeper, who watches over this graveyard. My face is frightening, but I am not a bad person!" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  17. "Soon, a whole lot of frightful ghosts will appear. [...] Aaaieeee!!! Th-they're out!" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  18. "I came looking for the Royal Family's legendary treasure, but my torch has gone out." — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  19. "...A fairy? Oh, it was the fairy's light. In that case, it's just perfect. [...] I'm sorry, but could you walk in front of me and light the way?" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  20. "Waah!!! It's the leader of the ghosts!" — Dampé (Majora's Mask)
  21. "My name's Dampé. I'm supposed to be the caretaker at this here graveyard. Only I can't take care of a single thing right now. I'm helpless!!!" — Dampé (Four Swords Adventures)
  22. "This shadowy guy has been stirring up trouble lately. Actually, he looks like you!" — Dampé (Four Swords Adventures)
  23. "Legends speak of a mirror in which a dark tribe was sealed away long ago. I understand it's supposed to be hidden now somewhere in the Forest of Light." — Dampé (Four Swords Adventures)
  24. "You want to go to the tomb of King Gustaf of Hyrule? Then you'd probably better talk to Dampé. He's the gravedigger at the cemetery. Nobody knows the Royal Crypt better!" — Hylian (The Minish Cap)
  25. "Well, if the king has called you, I can't see any reason not to let you in... Here, take this graveyard key." — Dampé (The Minish Cap)
  26. "I'll open the gate for you. Be careful in there." — Dampé (The Minish Cap)
  27. "Left, left, left... Up, up, up... Dang! What's that last turn?" — Dampé (The Minish Cap)
  28. "What, you want to fuse Kinstones?" — Dampé (The Minish Cap)
  29. "Coming and going! Going and coming! The captain stops by here more than anyone... You think he wants to yak with the priest? No, sir--just makin' excuses to see Seres there. She hasn't got a clue, either. But I s'pose that's what's so lovely about Seres. Carefree as a bird... But ol' Dampé sees more'n people think. Like those paintings on the castle walls this morning. There's trouble brew--" — Dampé (A Link Between Worlds)
  30. "Wh-what's happening in there? Th-th-the doors are shut tight. Can't get them open! Wh-what can we do? That was Seres crying out! Dampé doesn't have a key! Dampé just digs the graves around—! Wait! Dampé remembers! Dampé once heard the priest talking about a secret way into the Sanctuary, hidden right in my Graveyard. Bad luck, Dampé thinks, messing around with graves. Worse luck, going under the ground... But YOU! You do it. If you get scared, just swing that sword around!" — Dampé (A Link Between Worlds)
  31. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 141
  32. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 239
  33. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 245
  34. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 270
  35. Encyclopedia (Magazzini Salani) pg. 270
  36. Encyclopedia (Norma Editorial) pg. 270