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Princess Ruto,(OoT)[3] also known as simply Ruto,(HW)[8] is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series. She is the daughter and only child of King Zora, the ruler of the Zora population residing in Hyrule, and serves as the attendant of the Zoras' patron deity Lord Jabu-Jabu, preparing his meals.[9] Despite her royal beauty as the princess of the Zoras, as a child, Ruto appears to be a tomboy and is shown to be very strong-willed and stubborn even in the face of danger, a trait she would temper and yet benefit from in her adult years when danger once again threatened her people.[10] Though she initially shows a selfish streak in her youth,[11] she grows to become much more benevolent in her adult years, especially after she is awakened to the knowledge that she is the Sage of Water that guards the Water Temple beneath Lake Hylia.

It is implied that Princess Ruto's mother passed away some time before the events of Ocarina of Time, though she gave Ruto the Zora's Sapphire at some point in her youth. Ruto's mother told her that the Spiritual Stone serves as the so-called "Zora's Engagement Ring" by tradition, and instructed her to give it to the man that would one day become her husband, who happens to be the Hero of Time.[6]


Ocarina of Time[]

OoT Princess Ruto Child Artwork
Ruto as she appears in her childhood

Princess Ruto is first mentioned when Link comes to Zora's Domain in search of the Spiritual Stone of Water in Ocarina of Time.[12] When Link arrives, Zora's Domain has been thrown into a state of disarray with the sudden disappearance of Princess Ruto, the Princess of the Zoras. After learning of Princess Ruto's disappearance and earning the Silver Scale from the Diving Game, Link makes use of the object to investigate Ruto's disappearance, as her father does not seem to be able to give any attention to Link's quest while his daughter remains missing.[13] Taking the shortcut leading from Zora's Domain to Lake Hylia, Link discovers a bottle with a note inside it at the bottom of the lake. The note is signed with her name and reveals that she has been swallowed by the Zoras' patron deity, Lord Jabu-Jabu, and requires rescue.[14] Showing the letter to King Zora, the Zora ruler commands Link to rescue his daughter and allows him access to see Lord Jabu-Jabu.[15] It is later revealed that Princess Ruto accidentally dropped the Spiritual Stone of Water inside Lord Jabu-Jabu and lost it.[16] Instead of getting help, Princess Ruto chose to go deeper within Lord Jabu-Jabu hoping to find the stone on her own.

Link finds Ruto fairly quickly upon his entry into Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly.[17] Despite being found to be rescued by the young hero, the feisty Zora princess denies knowledge of the letter Link had found in Lake Hylia and initially tries to deny any need for assistance, telling Link she could care less about her father's worry and ordering him to leave her.[2] However, Link continues to pursue her, attempting to convince Ruto to either come with him or accept his help in recovering what she had lost.[18] Princess Ruto eventually reconsiders her opposition to the idea and accepts Link's assistance, deciding to have him carry her around Lord Jabu-Jabu's interior while they search for the Spiritual Stone of Water together.[19] Eventually, the two find the stone resting upon a raised platform deep within Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly. Link tosses Princess Ruto up onto the platform, where she recovers the stone,[16] though this causes the platform to suddenly rise into the chamber above them with the Zora princess still on it. The platform descends again carrying a Big Octo, which Link is forced to battle. After defeating the beast, Link jumps onto the platform and rises into the chamber above, but finds no trace of Princess Ruto.


A smitten Ruto swims toward Link after the two escaped Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly.

Eventually, Link is forced to battle against Barinade and, once he defeats it, Princess Ruto is shown angrily waiting for him. The visibly shaken Zora princess scolds Link for the time it took him to rescue her, but the two are soon transported outside via the portal.[20] Once outside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly, Princess Ruto's demeanor toward Link changes entirely, with the Zora princess having grown quite fond of him, and asking the young hero what reward he would ask for rescuing her and helping her recover the Spiritual Stone.[21][22] Link requests the Spiritual Stone of Water, and Ruto happily hands it over to him, calling it her most "precious possession", and revealing that the stone effectively acts as the "Zora's Engagement Ring",[12] meaning that she now considers the two of them engaged to be married. Despite this, Link is unaware of his engagement to Princess Ruto, only knowing that he had finally obtained the three Spiritual Stones to complete Princess Zelda's request.[23]

Ruto Awakens

Princess Ruto awakening as the Sage of Water and telling Link their "marriage" has to be on hold

Seven years after Link is placed into suspended animation by the Master Sword, evil returns to Zora's Domain when Ganondorf uses the power granted to him by the Triforce of Power and causes the entire area and its inhabitants to be frozen under a thick layer of Ice. This fate also befalls Princess Ruto initially, but she is rescued from beneath the cursed ice by Sheik. She then goes to the Water Temple in the hope of finding a way to save her people from being eternally frozen.[24] This is where she and Link meet again for the first time in 7 years, now grown-up like he is. Although the Zora princess is quite happy to see her "fiance" again, she is aware that this is not a time to talk about love. Princess Ruto asks Link to assist her in saving the Zoras by destroying the monster at the heart of the temple and informs him of the workings of the Water Temple.[25] After this, she leads Link into one of the temple's upper chambers but mysteriously vanishes. Link does not see Ruto again until he defeats the Giant Aquatic Ameoba Morpha, the monster responsible for the sad state of both Zora's Domain and the nearly dry Lake Hylia. Inside the Temple of Light, Link learns that Princess Ruto is the new Sage of Water that guards the Water Temple. She tells Link that she still loves him, but their engagement must be put on indefinite hold due to her duty as a Sage, and he must continue his search for Princess Zelda, whom she is aware of.[26] Right before he returns to Hyrule, Princess Ruto gives him the Water Medallion and bestows him her power,[27] and asks him to thank Sheik for saving her if he sees him again.[28]

Princess Ruto again appears within the water room inside Ganon's Castle after Link dispels the Water Barrier protecting the castle, where she urges Link onward to rescue the captive seventh Sage and their leader, Princess Zelda. After Link defeats Ganondorf, both in his human form and as the dark beast Ganon, Princess Ruto combines her power with that of the other five Sages to cast the KIng of Evil back into the tainted Sacred Realm and to create a powerful seal that would imprison him there for a very long time. She is last seen alongside several of the other Sages atop Death Mountain, overlooking a jubilant Hyrule now freed of Ganon's evil tyranny by the Hero of Time and Princess Zelda.

Minor References[]

TWW Princess Ruto Stained Glass
Ruto's window

The Wind Waker[]

While Ruto does not physically appear in The Wind Waker, one of the stained glass windows in Hyrule Castle's basement, where the Master Sword now rests, depicts her as the Sage of Water, in reference to the events of Ocarina of Time. The fact that the Rito evolved from the Zora combined with the fact that Laruto, another Zora Sage with a very similar name, is Medli's ancestor, which led some to believe that Laruto herself is a likely relative or descendant of Princess Ruto.

Phantom Hourglass[]

PH Ruto Crown Model

Treasures called Ruto Crowns appear in Phantom Hourglass, where they are said to have been worn by a Zora princess.[29]

Spirit Tracks[]

Ruto Crowns reappear in Spirit Tracks, where they are said to have been worn by many princesses of the Zora royal family.[30]

Breath of the Wild[]

In Breath of the Wild, the fifth Stone Monument, entitled the History of the Zora, Part Five, details the story of Ruto.[31] She lived in a time before the Great Calamity and the creation of Divine Beast Vah Ruta.[32] It is known that she was the attendant to the Zora's patron deity and was widely beloved.[33]

When an evil man threatened Zora's Domain, Ruto awoke as a Sage and fought against him with the princess and the hero of legend.[34] Her achievements are forever etched into the history of Hyrule Kingdom, passed on and remembered by the Zora.[35] Divine Beast Vah Ruta, which would later be piloted by another Zora princess, was named in honor of Ruto.[36]

Tears of the Kingdom[]

In Tears of the Kingdom, Sidon recounts Ruto's story on a Stone Monument titled Learnings of the Zora, Part Two, similar to the above writings from Breath of the Wild. Sidon ends with saying that as Ruto's descendant, he shall carry on her legacy and bravery.[7]

Other Appearances[]

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)[]

Princess Ruto largely fills the same role in the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa as she did in the actual game, though there are some slight differences that can be seen in her character when comparing the two. In the story of the manga, Ruto is swallowed by Jabu-Jabu intentionally, as she hopes to escape an engagement to a suitor presented to her by her father whom she deems unacceptable. After Link saves her, she grows quite fond of him and grants him the Zora's Sapphire in rebellion against the marriage her father was attempting to arrange for her. As in the game, she comes to truly believe she and Link are destined for marriage following these events. In this take on the story, she seems to be far less tolerant of her father, ill concealing that she considers him annoying. She also makes a habit of saying 'Zora' at the end of her sentences.

Hyrule Warriors[]

In Hyrule Warriors, Princess Ruto appears as a playable Warrior. She is based on her slightly redesigned adult form in Ocarina of Time 3D. She wields the Zora Scale, which she uses as a medium for water magic. Similarly to Lana, she can be considered a wizardly character, as her moveset often consists of area-of-effect attacks, such as forming whirlpools, a giant sphere of water which she uses to trap her enemies and unleashing wide splashes. She has a unique mechanic where executing her combos causes a blue gauge to fill. At any point, she can use the gauge to fire off long-range waves of water that plow through enemies.

In Legend Mode, Princess Ruto first appears in the Scenario "Land of Myth", where she has been taken hostage by Darunia and held in Death Mountain. The Hyrulean Forces, led by Impa and Sheik, come to her rescue and defeat Darunia. It is then discovered that Darunia was being manipulated by an outside force. Princess Ruto, along with Darunia, then accompany the Hyrulean Forces as they venture to locate and close the Gate of Souls in Lake Hylia in the Scenario "The Water Temple". Princess Ruto assists the Hyrulean Forces by opening the floodgates allowing passage to the Water Temple. She then shortly leaves to find the Lens of Truth, in order to reveal the true identity of the false Princess Zelda. She is however soon captured by Zelda. After being rescued, she hands the Lens of Truth to Sheik before retreating from the battle.

Ruto otherwise does not play a large role in Legend Mode by default. She, however, will appear in place of Zelda, Sheik, or Darunia should any one of them be chosen in a Scenario they appear in. In "The Sacred Sword", Ruto will be the one to activate the Fire and Water Statue if Darunia is being played as. In "Liberation of the Triforce", Ruto will be the one to grant Link the Light Arrows during the final battle if Zelda is picked.

When defeated in battle, Princess Ruto may occasionally drop her Earrings as a silver Material, and rarely her Scale as a gold Material.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Young Princess Ruto appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


  • Ruto, like the other Sages from Ocarina of Time, shares her name with a town from The Adventure of Link.
  • According to Yoshiki Haruhana, a character designer for Ocarina of Time, Princess Ruto's design is based on a hammerhead shark, and the holes on the sides of her head as a child are actually an extra set of eyes, before they move inside and leave blowholes as an adult.
  • Due to Link's unique relationships with two different princesses in Ocarina of Time - Ruto and Zelda, as well as Saria and Malon, it is often believed by fans that the Hero of Time is in a love triangle, despite he is technically engaged with Princess Ruto upon obtaining the Zora's Sapphire.
  • Just before the boss battle against Morpha in the Water Temple, a voice is heard warning Link about the water not being normal. Although commonly assumed to be Navi, it is implied the voice actually belonged to Princess Ruto (with it being more explicit in the Japanese version where the voice used speech quirks exclusive to Ruto).[citation needed]
  • Princess Ruto has a counterpart in Termina named Lulu, the singer of the popular Zora band The Indigo-Go's, as seen in Majora's Mask.
  • Ruto as a child shares the same giggling sound effect as Saria.
  • Princess Ruto, alongside Princess Zelda, are the only two characters from Link's childhood to grow up into an adult once he becomes the Hero of Time.
  • In the original N64 version of Ocarina of Time, as an adult, Princess Ruto's fins periodically move. However, they remain still in Ocarina of Time 3D.
  • Ruto's "Eep!" sound when she is thrown by Link in Jabu-Jabu's Belly as a child is shared with Navi of when the fairy hits the wooden wall in Kokiri Forest heading toward Link's house in the cutscene of being sent by the Great Deku Tree.


Ruto's name may come from the Japanese word naruto, which means "spiral" or "whirlpool".[37]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseルト姫 (Ruto-hime) (OoT)[38]
ルト (Ruto) (OoT)[39]
CanadaFrenchCARuto (HWDE)
FranceFrenchEUPrincesse Ruta (OoT)[40]
Ruto (HWDE)
Princess Ruta
GermanyGermanRuto (HWDE)[41]
ItalyItalianRuto (HWDE)
SpainSpanishEURuto (HWDE)
Latin AmericaSpanishLARuto (HWDE)
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Video Gallery[]

Zora Scale gameplay from Hyrule Warriors


  1. "Next we have Princess Ruto."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "You? Who are you?! I am Ruto, Princess of the Zoras. What?! Are you saying my father asked you to come her to save me? I'd never ask anyone to do such a thing! "Letter in a Bottle?" I have no idea what you're talking about! My father is worried about me? I don't care! Anyway, I can't go home right now. And you...Get out of here! Understand?!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 238 (OoT)
  4. "Finding the Wayward Princess" — Sheikah Stone (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  5. "Defeat the aquatic one!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "My mother gave it to me and said I should give it only to the man who will be my husband. You might call it the Zora's Engagement Ring!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "As Princess Ruto's descendant, it is my fate to carry the torch of her brave acts into tomorrow and beyond. I shall not fail." — Learnings of the Zora, Part Two (Tears of the Kingdom)
  8. "Ruto" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  9. "Zora's Fountain is the source of the river. Lord Jabu-Jabu lives in the fountain. Lord Jabu-Jabu is the patron deity of the Zoras. Princess Ruto is in charge of preparing his meals, morning and night." — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "We Zoras all respect the great King Zora! He has the dignity of a king. Oh yeah, he does. The grand King Zora has a Princess named Ruto. She's an only child. She's also a wild tomboy, and it seems like she's always causing the King a lot of trouble!" — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "They say that Ruto, the Zora Princess who is known for her selfish nature, likes a certain boy..." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
  12. 12.0 12.1 "You mean the Spiritual Stone of Water, Zora's Sapphire, don't you? My mother gave it to me and said I should give it only to the man who will be my husband. You might call it the Zora's Engagement Ring! All right! I'll give you my most precious possession: Zora's Sapphire! Don't tell my father..." — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  13. "Oh, my dear, sweet Princess Ruto... Where has she gone? I'm so worried..." — King Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  14. "...Huh? It looks like there is something already inside this bottle. It's a letter: 'Help me. I'm waiting for you inside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly. —Ruto PS: Don't tell my father!'" — Letter (Ocarina of Time)
  15. "Ho, this letter! It's from Princess Ruto!! Hmmm... Let's see... She's inside Lord Jabu-Jabu? That's not possible! Our guardian god, Lord Jabu-Jabu, would never eat my dear Princess Ruto! But since that stranger, Ganondorf, came here, Lord Jabu-Jabu has been a little green around the gills... The evidence seems clear. Of course, you'll go find Ruto. You can pass through here to the altar of Lord Jabu-Jabu. I'll keep this letter. You keep the bottle it was in. Take it respectfully! Please find my dear Princess Ruto immediately... Zora!" — King Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  16. 16.0 16.1 "That's it! That's what I've been looking for! Throw me up there! Onto the platform! Oh my goodness! I finally found... My mother's stone... I got very upset when Lord Jabu-Jabu swallowed it... While I was feeding him, he suddenly swallowed me! I was so surprised I dropped it inside... But, now that I've found it, I don't need to be in here anymore! So, take me home, right now!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  17. "You found Princess Ruto! Now King Zora will give you the Spiritual Stone of Water... Well, maybe. Huh?" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  18. "Are you still hanging around here? I told you to go away! I'm OK. I've been going inside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly since I was little, but... Lord Jabu-Jabu is very strange today... There are electrified jellyfish and strange holes around... On top of that, my precious stone was... but... That's none of your business! Anyway... You! Go home now! Understand?!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  19. "You're that worried about me? Then I will give you the honor of carrying me! However...I won't leave until I find the thing I'm looking for. You'd better believe me!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  20. "You...You're late! What took you so long? You're useless! I was just lonely, that's all... Just a little!!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  21. "Oh, hi Link! You're all Princess Ruto will talk about lately!" — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  22. "You! You looked cool...cooler than I thought you would, anyway... Just a little! Well, anyway, you saved me, so I guess I'll reward you. What do you wish? Just tell me..." — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  23. "Her most precious possession? You don't know what she's talking about, but you've finally collected all three Spiritual Stones!! Go back to see Princess Zelda!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  24. "We meet again, Link... If you came here to meet the Zoras, you wasted your time... This is all there is... With one exception, the Zoras are all now sealed under this thick ice sheet... I managed to rescue the Zora princess from under the ice, but... she left to head for the Water Temple... This ice is created by an evil curse... The monster in the Water Temple is the source of the curse. Unless you shut off the source, this ice will never melt.... If you have courage enough to confront the danger and save the Zoras, I will teach you the melody that leads to the temple. Time passes, people move.... Like a river's flow, it never ends... A childish mind will turn to noble ambition... Young love will become deep affection... The clear water's surface reflects growth... Now listen to the Serenade of Water to reflect upon yourself.... Link... I'll see you again..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
  25. "Oh...you... If I'm right... Link?! You're Link, aren't you? It's me, your fiancée, Ruto! Princess of the Zoras! I never forgot the vows we made to each other seven years ago! You're a terrible man to have kept me waiting for these seven long years... But now is not the time to talk about love... I'm sure you've already seen it! Zora's Domain—totally frozen! A young man named Sheik saved me from under the ice... But my father and the other Zoras have not... yet... I want to save them all! I want to save Zora's Domain! You! You have to help me! This is a request from me, the woman who is going to be your wife! Link, you have to help me destroy the evil monster in the Temple, OK?! Inside the Water Temple, there are three places where you can change the water level. I'll lead the way. Follow me, quickly!!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  26. "Link... I would have expected no less from the man I chose to be my husband. Zora's Domain and its people will eventually return to their original state. As a reward...I grant my eternal love to you. Well, that's what I want to say, but I don't think I can offer that now. I have to guard the Water Temple as the Sage of Water... And you... You're searching for the princess, Zelda? Hah! You can't hide anything from me! Princess Zelda... She's alive. I can sense it...so don't be discouraged. I can tell that nothing will stop you in your quest for justice and peace... You must take this Medallion... Take it respectfully!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  27. "You received the Water Medallion! Ruto awakens as a Sage and adds her power to yours!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  28. "If you see Sheik, please give him my thanks, OK?" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  29. "Some say this regal crown was worn by a princess of Zora." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  30. "Some say this regal crown was worn by generations of Zora princesses." — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  31. "History of the Zora, Part Five
    The Sage Princess Ruto
    As told by King Dorephan
    " — History of the Zora, Part Five (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "Long, long ago... In a past more distant than even the Great Calamity or the creation of the Divine Beast Vah Ruta... There was a Zora princess named Ruto." — History of the Zora, Part Five (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "We know that she was an attendant to the Zora patron deity and that she was a fair and lively girl, beloved to all." — History of the Zora, Part Five (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "Around that same time, an evil man with designs on ruling the world appeared, bringing disaster upon Zora's Domain. It is said that Ruto then awoke as a sage, facing this foe alongside the princess of Hyrule and the hero of legend." — History of the Zora, Part Five (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "Her achievements are remembered not only by the Zora, they are also forever etched in the history of Hyrule." — History of the Zora, Part Five (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "The Divine Beast Vah Ruta, built ages later to face off against Calamity Ganon, was named in honor of Ruto. That the Zora princess—my sweet daughter Mipha—was chosen to pilot Ruta is surely the work of fate." — History of the Zora, Part Five (Breath of the Wild)
  37. Given Name NARUTO, behindthename.com.
  38. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 86
  39. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 140
  40. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 238 (OoT)
  41. "Ruto" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)