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Spirited Musician[1]
Musician of Korok Forest[2]
Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)
Voice actor(s)
Cristina Valenzuela (English)[4]
Miho Hino (Japanese)

Hestu is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[5][1]


Breath of the Wild

When Link first encounters a Korok, it believes it has been found by Hestu before realizing that Link is not Hestu.[6] The Korok will then give Link a Korok Seed, asking him to return it to Hestu.[3]

Upon finding Hestu, the Korok will be surprised that Link can see him,[7] saying that the last time anyone was able to see him was 100 years ago.[8] Hestu introduces himself and asks Link for assistance.[9] He will tell Link that his Maracas were stolen from him by a group of monsters.[10] Hestu explains that he is powerless without them,[11] and so asks Link to retrieve them in his stead.[12] This dialogue will trigger the Side Quest "The Priceless Maracas", in which Link will have to retrieve his Maracas from a chest in a nearby Monster Stronghold. If spoken to again, Hestu will ask if he completed the task and hopes the monsters have not been using them.[13]

Once Link returns his Maracas to him, Hestu is overcome with joy and asks for them back.[14] Once Link returns them, Hestu can tell something is wrong and realizes that the Korok Seeds inside the Maracas are gone.[15] Hestu will then explain that if he had even one Korok Seed, he would be able to sing, dance and use his powers to expand Link's Inventory.[16] Hestu can upgrade Link's Weapon Stash, Bow Stash, or Shield Stash. Hestu realizes that the other Koroks must have taken the Seeds and is surprised to find that he was the target of such a prank.[17]

If Link has Korok seeds with him, Hestu can smell them out.[18] For the first expansion of Link's inventory, Hestu asks for a single Korok Seed.[19] Should Link refuse, Hestu will respond with a dejected sound.[20] Once Link agrees to the trade, Hestu will ask which Stash he would like to upgrade.[21] Every time Hestu upgrades a Stash, he will sing the tune that plays with it.[22]

Hestu will only allow Link to upgrade two times before announcing that he needs to get back to Korok Forest.[23] Hestu will wait to thank Link and see him off,[24] but Link can talk to him to learn more about the Koroks. If asked about the Korok Forest, he will try to give directions based on what "Granpa" (the Great Deku Tree) told him: follow the Hylia River north.[25] Asking about Hestu himself will have him reintroduce himself and state that he is the most celebrated musician in the Korok Forest.[26] Should Link ask about Korok Seeds, Hestu will hesitate in his explanation before giving an excuse to not continue, saying his voice is blown out.[27]

Hestu does travel north, but gets a bit lost along the way. While Hestu is lost, Link can find him at one of three stables: facing Wahgo Katta Shrine north of Riverside Stable, behind the Wetland Stable, or in front of the Woodland Stable.[28] Link can get 4 more stash upgrades (for 6 total) before Hestu remembers the way back and moves to the Korok forest, where he will remain for the rest for the game, trading more seeds for more stash upgrades.[29][30]

If Link makes it into the Korok Forest before getting these first 6 upgrades, Hestu will move to the Korok Forest straight away, and will no longer be found at the stables.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Hestu first appears in the Scenario, "Freeing Korok Forest" after the characters admit they might have gotten lost in the Lost Woods. He then becomes a character that can be controlled after it is revealed that a Malice swamp is blocking the way to Korok Forest. His main weapons consist of Maracas and Shaka Maracas.


Hestu's name is derived from a contraction of chestnut.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
United KingdomEnglishBRHestu 
JapanJapaneseボックリン (Bokkurin)[31]Corrupted anagram of 栗 (Kuri) and 坊 (), a hypocoristic honorific used for young boys.
FranceFrenchEUNoïaFrom noix (nut).
Latin AmericaSpanishLAObab 
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  • If Link talks to Hestu while wearing no Armor, Hestu will humorously react to Link's "nekkidness" before gleefully celebrating that he and Link are naked together.[32] Due to Hestu's mirth, Link will be unable to get any upgrades until he puts some Armor on.[33]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Hestu
    Spirited Musician
    " — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  2. "Hey, hey, I’m Hestu! Musician of Korok Forest!" — Hestu (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Well, if you run into Hestu, please return this to him." — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "I am Hestu!!
    Thank you to my agents @AtlasTalent and @NintendoAmerica for having me!"
    — Cristina Valenzuela, [1], Twitter, published November 20, 2020, retrieved December 15, 2020.
  5. "Hestu" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Yah-ha-ha! You found me! Huh? You're not Hestu!" — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "You! You can see me?!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "It's been 100 years since anyone has been able to see me!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "I'm Hestu, and I need your help!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Those monsters over there stole my beloved maracas!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "I can't use my powers without them. Shoko..." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "So please! PLEASE get my maracas back from them!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "Soooooooo... Did you get my maracas back yet? They better not be shaking them." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "SHALA-KALA! Those are... Those are my maracas! Please giiiiiive them to meeeeeeeee!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "But wait! There's something wrong with my maracas! The Korok seeds inside are gone! How am I supposed to dance now? Shoko..." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "If I had just one Korok seed, I could sing, dance and use my powers to help you. You see, I have the power of inventory expansion! So let me know if you find some Korok seeds!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "The children of the forest must have taken the Korok seeds from my beloved maracas. I never thought I would be the target of one of their pranks. Shoko..." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "*sniff* But wait... *sniff sniff* Do you have a Korok seed?! You do! You got a Korok seed from one of the forest children!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "If you'll give me just one Korok seed, I'll make your inventory bigger in return! " — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Shoko..." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "SHALAKA! So which stash do you want more slots in?" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Dah-na-na-na-naaaaaaaa!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Oh! Look at the time! I need to get back before Grandpa yells at me. Shoko... Sorry, I have to go. But I still need Korok seeds, so bring some to Korok Forest if you find any!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "Thanks for bringing my maracas back! Once I see you off, I'm going back home to Korok Forest!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "Korok Forest... It should be somewhere north of here. Grandpa told me, "If you ever get lost, follow the Hylia River and continue north." That's what he said, and Grandpa is no liar." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "My name is Hestu! The most celebrated musician of Korok Forest! Shalaka lala!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "Korok seeds...come from the Korok children...and they're a...little bit... ... Sorry... I blew out my voice singing..." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "I'm trying to get back to Korok Forest, but I've lost my way..." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "I... I think I remember how to get back to Korok Forest!" — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "Maybe I'll head back now. I bet Grandpa is waiting for me." — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "ボックリン" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "Shaka! Shakaka!
    You are nekkid!
    I am nekkid!

    We are united in exposure!
    ♪Nekky nokky nakey!♪
    " — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "♪Nakey nakey!♪
    ♪Nekky nokky nakey!♪
    " — Hestu (Breath of the Wild)