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"White Wolf" redirects here. For the recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series, see White Wolfos.

The Hero's Spirit,[2] also known as the Hero's Shade,[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.[1] 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.[8] 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,[9] implying that Link should 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.[10] The Wolf then transforms into a ghostly knight, the Hero's Spirit, who then teaches Link one of the seven Hidden Skills.

The Hero's Spirit is mostly transparent save for his armor, which appears to be filled with a ghostly pale blue apparition, rather than flesh, with a seemingly decaying body and mostly skeletal face. 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. Similarly to his White Wolf form, his left eye glows red while his right eye is missing.

Other Appearances

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess

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The thirty-fifth puzzle in the Picross series and the twenty-sixth puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict the Hero's Spirit.


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
French Republic FrenchEU Esprit du héros
Loup Doré
Hero's spirit
Golden Wolf
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 by Nintendo of America Inc. and the Spirit Wolf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide by Prima Games.[6][7] However, as these names contradict its name in Encyclopedia, they are not considered canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 118
  2. 2.0 2.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 103
  3. "Some time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. 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)
  4. Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 179
  5. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 277
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 192
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 447
  8. "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)
  9. "Let teachings of old pass to you... Take sword in hand and find me." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
  10. "In that case, return to your world and train yourself further. When you are prepared, come visit me again." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)