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The Deku Tree Sprout is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Ocarina of Time[]

Link first encounters the Deku Tree Sprout after awakening Saria as the Forest Sage. Upon landing safely in front of the remains of the Deku Tree in the Great Deku Tree's Meadow, Link will be thrown back by the Deku Tree Sprout rising from the ground. The Deku Tree Sprout thanks Link for breaking the Forest Temple's curse and excitedly informs him that as his fellow Kokiri evidently have not matured alongside him, he is not of their kind and is in fact a Hylian.[2][3] The Deku Tree Sprout elaborates that Link's Mother fled from the Hyrulean Civil War with her infant child into the Kokiri Forest seeking asylum. Seeing that the woman was mortally wounded and sensing that the boy was fated to change the world, the Deku Tree agreed to take the child in and raise him as a Kokiri.[4] Having revealed the details to Link's destiny, the Deku Tree Sprout urges the Hero of Time to free the remaining Sages to bring peace to Hyrule once more.[5]

The Wind Waker[]

The grown-up Deku Tree Sprout reappears as the Great Deku Tree of The Wind Waker.[6]

Other Appearances[]

HW Deku Tree Sprout Artwork
The Deku Tree Sprout from Hyrule Warriors

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)[]

The Deku Tree Sprout appears at the end of the end of the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa.[7]

Hyrule Warriors[]

When Lana uses the Spear Weapon, she is capable of summoning the Deku Tree Sprout to assist her in battle. The Deku Tree Sprout appears in many of Lana's strong attacks, either bouncing around, zig-zaging through enemies, or dashing straight through them. Lana is also capable of summoning three at a time with her sixth strong attack in her standard attack string. Her Focus Spirit Special allows her to summon a Deku Tree Sprout and ride it. As it rushes forward, she will thrust it in the direction she's facing.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseデクの樹のこども (Deku no Ki no Kodomo) (OoT)[8]Deku Tree Child
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  1. "Hi there! I'm the Deku Tree sprout!" — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  2. "Because you and Saria broke the curse on the Forest Temple, I can grow and flourish! Thanks a lot!" — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  3. "Hey, have you seen your old friends? None of them recognized you with your grown-up body, did they? That's because the Kokiri never grow up! Even after seven years, they're still kids! You must be wondering why only you have grown up! Well, as you might have already guessed, you are not a Kokiri! You are actually a Hylian! I am happy to finally reveal this secret to you!" — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  4. "Some time ago, before the king of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war. One day, to escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered this forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured... Her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree could sense that this was a child of destiny whose fate would affect the entire world, so he took him into the forest. After the mother passed away, the baby was raised as a Kokiri. And now, finally, the day of destiny has come!" — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. "You are a Hylian and were always bound to leave this forest. And now...you have learned your own destiny... So you know what you must do... That's right... You must save the land of Hyrule! Now, Link, break the curses on all of the temples, and return peace to Hyrule!" — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 22
  7. "... The Great Deku Tree had a baby!..." (Ocarina of Time manga vol. 2, VIZ Media, pg. 109)
  8. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 140