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Russell is a character in Spirit Tracks.[3] He is the captain of the Hyrule Castle guards.


Captain Russell resides in the training room within the castle, where Link visits him to receive the Recruit's Sword and thus be able to access the Tower of Spirits via an underground passage.[1]

Later on, after completing the Snow Temple, Link will receive a letter from Russell inviting him to come prove his swordsmanship skills at the castle. For a fee of 20 Rupees, Link can train against three of Russell's guards, and if he hits them at least 60 times before he gets hit 3 times, he will be rewarded with a Heart Container.

Link can continue to train with Captain Russell to obtain a variety of treasures. By getting between 60 and 119 hits, Link will receive a medium-rare treasure, such as a Dragon Scale or a Pirate Necklace. By scoring between 120 hits and 199 hits, he will be rewarded with a rare treasure like an Ancient Gold Piece or a Mystic Jade. Obtaining over 200 hits will reward Link with a Regal Ring or an Alchemy Stone. If Link attacks the three soldiers from 900 to 999 times,[4] Russell bestows him with the title of captain.[5]


Guard Captain Russell may have been named after ラッセル車 (Russell Car), the Japanese word for "wedge plow."

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseラッセル (Rasseru)[6] 
Capitaine de la garde[8]
Guard captain
FranceFrenchEUCapitaine de la garde[9]Guard captain
GermanyGermanKommandant der Wache[10]
Guard Commander
Maestro de armas[14]
Weapons master
Latin AmericaSpanishLARussell[15]
Maestro de armas[16]
Weapons master
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  1. 1.0 1.1 "If you want to take your technique to the next level, stop by the training room in the castle. We're waiting for you! / -- Guard Captain Russell" — Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "Mail for Link from the guard captain! Seems he thought up a new training regimen and is as giddy as a schoolgirl. Do the guy a favor and show your face around the castle sometime, OK? Oh yeah, and before I forget, here's that letter." — Postman (Spirit Tracks)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 288
  4. "That's quite the achievement, Recruit! I never thought I'd see one of my men break that number! Here, take this! You could be the only one to beat this room's record for hits. And that record would be 900 hits! Compared to that, your record is just a drop in the ocean, so keep practicing!" — Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  5. "Ho ho ho! So you've done it at last! We may have a new captain of the guard on our hands! Ho ho ho! Sigh..." — Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  6. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 286 (ST)
  7. "Capitaine Samson" — From Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  8. "Va donc demander au capitaine de la garde de t'en prêter une." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  9. "Si tu allais demander au capitaine de la garde de t'en prêter une?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  10. "Vielleicht kann dir der Kommandant der Wache ein Schwert leihen?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  11. "- Kommandand Richard" — From Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  12. "Ehi, perché non provi a chiedere al comandante se ti presta una spada?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  13. "-Capitán Russell-" — From Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  14. "¿Por qué no le pides una al maestro de armas?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  15. "-Capitán Russell-" — From Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  16. "¿Por qué no le pides una al maestro de armas?" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)