Blade Brothers

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The Blade Brothers,[1] also known as Swordmasters,[2] are characters in The Minish Cap.


The Blade Brothers are self-trained swordsmen, and have each won the fighting tournament at the Picori Festival.[3] If Link trains with them, they will grant him various techniques for his Sword, generally in the form of Tiger Scrolls.[4] Each brother resides within his own dojo, although Swiftblade's is the only one that is actually a building; the other Brothers reside within caves, graves, and even hollowed-out Trees. Each of the Brothers who award Link with Tiger Scrolls use the Possession Technique, which allows them to control Link's body and demonstrate the technique.[5] The other three Brothers instead use "visualization training," and tell Link to focus on his Sword performing more ably.[6]

Although Link must visit Swiftblade and learn the Spin Attack in order to complete the game, the other Brothers are completely optional. Link can sometimes train with a Brother as soon as he finds him, but they usually require him to have achieved a certain accomplishment before they will teach him. Furthermore, the three Brothers who upgrade Link's previously-learned techniques can only be found after Fusing Kinstones with the other Brothers.


Main article: Swiftblade
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Swiftblade is the second eldest of the Blade Brothers. His dojo is a building in the southwest corner of Hyrule Town.


Main article: Grayblade
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Grayblade is the youngest of the Blade Brothers. He lives in a cave on the eastern side of Mount Crenel.


Main article: Waveblade
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Waveblade is the fourth youngest of the Blade Brothers. He lives under a tree on the southwest side of Lake Hylia.


Main article: Grimblade
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Grimblade is the third eldest of the Blade Brothers. He lives in a cave on southeast side of the Hyrule Castle Garden.


Main article: Scarblade
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Scarblade is the second youngest of the Blade Brothers. He lives in a waterfall cave on the northeast side of Castor Wilds.


Main article: Splitblade
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Splitblade is the fourth eldest of the Blade Brothers. He lives in a waterfall cave on the southern side of Veil Falls.


Main article: Greatblade
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Greatblade is the third youngest of the Blade Brothers. He lives in a waterfall cave on the western side of North Hyrule Field.

Swiftblade I

Main article: Swiftblade I
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Swiftblade I is the eldest of the Blade Brothers, and "lives" under his grave on the southwest side of Castor Wilds.

Other Appearances

The Minish Cap (Himekawa)


  • Although both the Figurine and the game feature only eight Blade Brothers, Swiftblade claims in the Swordsman Newsletter that there are a total of ten Blade Brothers.[7]
  • In the PAL version, the music for the Blade Brothers' Sword Dojo is different.


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The Federal Republic of Germany
Die Schwert-meister-Brüder[9]
The Italian Republic
Fratelli spada[8]
The Kingdom of Spain
Maestros espada[10]
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 271 (TMC)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 109
  3. "All of these self-trained swordsmen have won the fighting tournament at the Picori Festival before." — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  4. "Yes!! Fine work! You're a quick study. I will now give you this Tiger Scroll!" — Swiftblade (The Minish Cap)
  5. "But one must FEEL the technique, not just hear about it! That's why I will now possess your body so as to demonstrate the technique!" — Swiftblade (The Minish Cap)
  6. "I take visualization training very seriously, I'll have you know!" — Splitblade (The Minish Cap)
  7. "There are nine of us, not counting the ghost of Swiftblade the First." — Swordsman Newsletter (The Minish Cap)
  8. Encyclopedia, Magazzini Salani, pg. 271
  9. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 271
  10. Encyclopedia, Norma Editorial, pg. 271