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Witch (grandmother)

Irene is one of the Seven Sages in A Link Between Worlds.[2] She is the apprentice of the Witch who lives near Zora's Domain.


Link meets Irene early in his adventure. She offers to transport him to any Weather Vane he has activated, and gives him a Bell that he can ring at any time to call her. This is because she received an alarming fortune from the Fortune-Teller in which she is told to "take care of green" in order to avoid the worst outcome.[citation needed] Though she acts grumpy the entire time,[citation needed] she eventually comes to see Link as a friend.[1]

Irene is attacked by Yuga and turned into a Painting while at the Witch's House, sometime after Link has collected both the Pendant of Power and the Pendant of Wisdom. When Link visits the Witch's House, the Witch tells him how she was powerless to stop Yuga from taking Irene, mentioning that she had been telling her that she'd made a new friend recently.[1]

The Painting of Irene appears in Lorule Castle when Yuga is using the power of the Seven Sages to revive Ganon. After Yuga merges with Ganon, the Painting is sent to Misery Mire, but can only be accessed after traversing the Desert Palace in Hyrule. Link rescues Irene after defeating Zaganaga. Inside the Chamber of Sages, she yells at Link for taking so long, but quickly forgives him and urges him to rescue the other Sages.[3] She also tells the young hero that she'll write him a long thank-you letter once he has rescued all of the Sages.[4] Irene remains in the Chamber of Sages until the Triforce is returned to Hyrule, at which point, she returns to the Witch's House to continue her training. Even after being rescued, Irene continues to speak to Link whenever he uses the Bell.[5]


  • Irene is similar to Maple in both appearance and personality.
    • Internal file names refer to Irene as "Maple", indicating that she may have been planned to be Maple or was intentionally based on her.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese アイリン (Airin) Irene
Possibly from 藍 (Ai)
Canada FrenchCA Arinne
French Republic FrenchEU Aëline
Federal Republic of Germany German Irene
Italian Republic Italian Irene
Republic of Korea Korean 아이린 (Airin)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Airín
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Airín



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Oh, heavens! My dear grandchild Irene was snatched! It happened so fast! Some awful man came through, very full of himself, and transformed her into...a painting! I-I-I was flummoxed! I just stood there helpless! Oh, my dear granddaughter--GONE! And she'd just been saying how she'd made a new friend of late... I know, I know... This isn't the time to be mixing potions like nothing's wrong... But I just can't calm down if I'm not keeping busy..." — Witch (A Link Between Worlds)
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 300
  3. "H-hey! You came to rescue me? Well, I...I don't know what to say, Link! But, uh, HEY! My fortune came true after all! you took your sweet time getting here, didn't you?! I was in big trouble! And I've got to get back to my gram! That's all right, I forgive you. Just don't take that long to rescue me next time. And don't make any of the other Sages wait that long either. C'mon, get to saving the rest!" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  4. "What...? Want more thanks? Tell you what, Link. Save all seven of us Sages, then I'll write a big, long thank-you letter. But for now...? Just be careful, OK?" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  5. "All right, Irene's Taxi here. That'll be 9,999 Rupees. Nah, just messing with your head. I couldn't take money from you. So buckle up." — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)