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King Dorephan is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[2] He is the ruler of the Zora and, by the time of Breath of the Wild, has been for up to 200 years;[3] he is also the father of Princess Mipha and Prince Sidon.


Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, King Dorephan is first seen in his throne room at Zora's Domain. The king identifies Link as the Hylian his son Sidon had brought.[4] King Dorephan introduces himself,[5] and recognizes the Sheikah Slate on Link's waist.[6] He realizes Link is the Hylian Champion,[7] and asks if the hero has forgotten him.[8] The king recalls their past meetings, claiming that his mind is overflowing with nostalgia.[9] When he realizes Link has lost his memory,[10] he asks if Link remembers his daughter Mipha.[11] The king is surprised Link has forgotten his daughter,[12] as the two were close friends.[13] The king hopes that Link's memory will eventually return.[14] King Dorephan moves onto Zora's Domain's dilemma, as Sidon believes discussing his sister is not helping matters, pointing out Link's confusion.[15] Before doing so, King Dorephan compliments Sidon for bringing a Champion to their aid without realizing it.[16] The king pleads for Link's assistance against the Divine Beast Vah Ruta.[17] Muzu is opposed to this,[18] although he is silenced by King Dorephan and Sidon.[19][20] King Dorephan says Link is a Champion through and through, and that perhaps all of Hyrule is doomed to be swallowed by the sea.[21] He states that the Zora and Hylians must put aside their differences and band together.[22] Muzu accuses the Hylians for abusing the power of an ancient civilization, and blames them for Mipha's death.[23] King Dorephan pauses, then tells Link of Vah Ruta's ability to create an endless supply of water.[24] He says that the Divine Beast has been spouting water into the air, plaguing the area with heavy rainfall that will soon flood not only Zora's Domain, but the area downstream where many Hylians are in danger.[25] The king says that Princess Zelda studied the Divine Beasts before the Great Calamity.[26] He tells the hero what Zelda discovered about Vah Ruta,[27] and is shocked that Princess Zelda herself instructed Link to appease Vah Ruta from within.[28] King Dorephan decides regaining control of the Divine Beasts may prove useful against Calamity Ganon.[29] He thanks Link for agreeing to help them,[30] and believes their meeting was destiny.[31] As a show of faith,[32] King Dorephan gives Link the Zora Armor.[33] Muzu disagrees with this decision, as Mipha herself made the armor for her future husband.[34] Muzu leaves the assembly.[35] King Dorephan says Muzu is not easily swayed once his mind his set.[36] The king explains that Muzu was Mipha's tutor, and cares much for the Zora princess.[37] King Dorephan wonders what should be done now, as Muzu was tasked with finding the needed Shock Arrows to appease Vah Ruta.[38] When Sidon leaves to talk with Muzu,[39] King Dorephan tells Link that Muzu is likely at the square and urges the hero to try and speak with him.[40]

After Link has appeased the Divine Beast Vah Ruta, King Dorephan welcomes the hero and thanks him.[41][42] King Dorephan rewards Link for his efforts,[43] giving him Mipha's Lightscale Trident.[44][45] If the Master Sword is not already in Link's possession, King Dorephan will acknowledge this and state only Link can wield it, as he is the Hylian Champion.[46] The king thanks Link again on behalf of the Zora for his work.[47] King Dorephan praises Sidon as well, telling his son how proud he is and that he will be a worthy heir when the time comes.[48] King Dorephan watches as the gathered Zora cheer after Sidon has given his thanks to Link.[49]

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, King Dorephan first appears in the Scenario, "Mipha, the Zora Princess," when Zelda asks King Dorephan for permission to let Mipha pilot the Divine Beast Vah Ruta. However, King Dorephan refuses, saying that letting his daughter pilot the Divine Beast is too much of a risk on Mipha's life. However, a horde of monsters coming to Zora's Domain is then reported by a Zora, and the meeting ends.

While King Dorephan is fighting, his soldiers around him are killed. King Dorephan is attacked by an Electric Moblin, when Mipha uses Divine Beast Vah Ruta's laser to obliterate the monster. She then destroys all the monsters coming to Zora's Domain using the Divine Beast.

After the battle and seeing Mipha's performance with Divine Beast Vah Ruta, he says that he will allow Mipha to pilot the Divine Beast. However, he makes Mipha promise that she will come back alive.


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United KingdomEnglishBRKing Dorephan
JapanJapaneseドレファン (Dorefan)
NetherlandsDutchKoning Dorephan
ItalyItalianRe Dorefan
SpainSpanishEURey Dorphan
Latin AmericaSpanishLARey Dorphan
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  1. "King Dorephan
    King of the Zora
    " — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "King Dorephan" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Around 100 years after King Dorephan ascended to the throne, a stray Guardian crossed Upland Zorana into our domain." — History of the Zora, Addendum 1 (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Ah. You must be the Hylian that Sidon brought here, correct?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "I am King Dorephan, ruler of the Zora." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Hm? That object upon your waist... is that not a Sheikah Slate?!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Now that I have gotten a good look at you, it is all too clear who you are... You are the Hylian Champion, Link!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Do not tell me you have forgotten me..." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "I cannot believe it. The Hylian Champion, Link, has appeared before us... We have met numerous times, I'll have you know. Ah... So many memories! My mind is overflowing with nostalgia, my friend." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Come again? You say you have lost your memory?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "But surely you must remember my precious daughter, Mipha, yes? You, do you not?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "I cannot believe it... Have you truly forgotten my dear Mipha as well?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "You and Mipha were so close... Yet you do not remember her?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "Well, perhaps your memory will return in time. I dearly hope so." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "Father... I do not believe discussing my sister is helping matters at the moment. Link seems confused." — Sidon (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "But first, it is worth noting how remarkable it is that Sidon brought a Champion here without realizing it! That is quite a feat, my boy!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "Now then. Hero...I must inform you that Zora's Domain is in danger because of Divine Beast Vah Ruta. I shall do you the courtesy of speaking bluntly. We alone cannot stop this beast. Will you lend us your strength?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "King Dorephan! My liege! Please do not speak so! To ask a Hylian for help... Why, the very thought of it curls my fins!" — Muzu (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "Muzu, I expected more of you. How can you still protest?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Muzu! It is rude to speak that way to your king and his guest. Link is here because I invited him! With such unprecedented rainfall, we have no choice but to rely on the aid of a trustworthy Hylian. Have we not already discussed this and arrived at that very conclusion? He is the key to saving Zora's Domain. I have no doubt in my mind." — Sidon (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "Indeed! Link is a Champion, through and through. As things now stand, Zora's Domain... Nay! Perhaps all of Hyrule...is doomed to be swallowed by the sea." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "This is bigger than all of us, my friend. Zora and Hylians alike must put aside our differences and band together." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Have you forgotten already, my king?! We cannot trust these lowly Hylians! A hundred years ago, they abused the power of an ancient civilization and turned Hyrule into what it is today! And that is not the least of it! It is their fault Lady Mipha was lost to us..." — Muzu (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "... Link... Divine Beast Vah Ruta has great power. It has the unique ability to create an endless supply of water." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "Of late it has been mercilessly spouting water into the air. As a result, this area has been plagued by heavy rains... Sadly, the rains have filled the eastern reservoir nearly to the point of flooding. If the reservoir bursts, as it soon will, I fear immense damage will befall not only Zora's Domain... but also the area downstream from us. There, Hylian lives are in very grave danger." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "Your princess, Zelda, often studied the Divine Beasts. That is, in the time before the Great Calamity." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "According to her research, the orbs located on Ruta's shoulders... are mechanisms that can control the water it generates. However, they require electricity to work..." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "Whaaat?! Princess Zelda herself instructed you to board the Divine Beast and appease it from within?" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "... But if we regain control of the Divine Beasts...they may yet prove useful in sealing Calamity Ganon once and for all!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "Thank you, Link. Truly. We are in your debt." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "Our goal is the same. That means our meeting was nothing short of destiny." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "Now then, allow me to offer you this gift as a show of faith." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "Custom armor painstakingly crafted by each generation's Zora princess for her future husband. Wearing it will give you the ability to swim up waterfalls." — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "King Dorephan!! Surely you do not really intend to give this outsider the Zora armor!... Princess Mipha made that one there with her own hands! It is far too important to entrust to a shady Hylian!" — Muzu (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "This is just too much, my liege! I do not understand it one bit!" — Muzu (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "Hmph. That Muzu is not easily once his mind is set." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  37. "You must understand... He was in charge of educating my dear daughter, Mipha. Naturally, she means a lot to him..." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "Hmm, but what shall we do now? I tasked Muzu with finding the shock arrows we will need to appease Vah Ruta. But now he has rushed off in a huff..." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "Link! Do not let his words concern you. I will work this out with Muzu. I shall return shortly!" — Sidon (Breath of the Wild)
  40. "Link... Muzu is most likely at the square down below. I would like you to try to speak with him." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  41. "Link! You did well to survive your trial! I have been awaiting your return!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  42. "... Thanks to your efforts, there is no longer any danger of a great flood laying waste to Hyrule! You appeased the Divine Beast Vah Ruta and thusly saved Zora's Domain! We are all truly grateful! What you did for us is more than we could have ever expected of you." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  43. "Link! I must reward your efforts!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  44. "Now then! I implore you to collect the treasure inside that chest over there. It was cherished by Mipha..." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  45. "A spear of peerless grace cherished by the Zora Champion Mipha. Although Mipha specialized in healing abilities, her spearmanship was in a class all its own." — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  46. "By the way, Link. I see you are without your trusty blade...the sword that seals the darkness... That is a legendary blade that only you, the Hylian Champion, can wield..." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  47. "Link, all of the Zora thank you from the depths of our hearts for your heroic and selfless work!" — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  48. "...And you too, Sidon. As your father, I am proud of you for fighting the Divine Beast alongside Link. You have grown much recently. I know you will be a worthy heir when your time comes." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  49. "Link! Thank you so much! Truly, I could never thank you enough! You helped save our home from vanishing away! This calls for a top-tier expression of gratitude! ZO! ZO! RA RA RA! With all my heart... Thank you!" — Sidon (Breath of the Wild)