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Branli is a character in Breath of the Wild.[2]


Branli is a Hylian who wears a Snowquill Tunic and Snowquill Trousers. He can be found at the top of Ridgeland Tower, which he has been stuck on since it rose from the ground.[3] He runs the Bird-Man Research Study Mini-Game.

Branli is a researcher dedicated to discovering the flying capabilities of the Rito.[4] According to him, their flight is seemingly inexplicable, due to their heavy weight and relatively short wingspan.[5] Now that he is trapped on top of Ridgeland Tower, he realizes it gives him the perfect vantage point to observe the Rito in Rito Village.[6]

When Branli realizes that Link is also on the Tower, he assumes that Link is stuck as well and is unable to get down without hurting himself.[7] After learning that Link can glide down,[8] he is excited as he thinks this could help his research.[9] Through his research, he wants to one day himself be a bird, capable of flight.[10]

Branli asks Link to participate in a study to see how far he can glide,[11] agreeing to compensate him based on how far he flies.[12] However, he charges Link a liability fee of 20 Rupees in the event of any accidents.[13] If Link agrees, Branli asks him to keep several things in mind while he glides.[14]

Based on the distance Link flies, Branli will have different reactions. If he flies less than 450 meters, Branli will be upset and refuse to give Link a reward.[15] He encourages Link to think of himself as a Rito, free from gravity.[16] In addition, he suggests that Link make adjustments to preserve his Stamina.[17] If Link glides between 450 and 600 meters, Branli considers it a small step towards his goal.[18] He initially offers 21 Rupees as a reward, though he relents and gives Link a Purple Rupee instead.[19] Should Link make it more than 600 meters, Branli notes that, while he did not flap his arms, his methods were still effective.[20] As a reward, he gives Link a Silver Rupee.[21]

If Link returns to Branli at any point after first participating in the Research Study, he will refer to him as his research assistant.[22]


  • Branli the favorite character of designer Manabu Hiraoka, and he was designed close to the end of development for Breath of the Wild.[23]


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Branli (BotW)
ブート (BotW | TotK)
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
布拓 (Bùtuò) (BotW | TotK)
The People's Republic of China
布拓 (Bùtuò) (BotW | TotK)
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Branli (BotW)
Remigon (BotW | TotK)
The French Republic
Remigon (BotW | TotK)
The Federal Republic of Germany
Branli (BotW | TotK)
The Italian Republic
Budo (BotW | TotK)
The Republic of Korea
부토 (TotK)
Latin America
Branlo (BotW)
The Kingdom of Spain
Branlo (BotW | TotK)
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See Also


  1. "Speak to Branli at the top of the Ridgeland Tower, and he will invite you to take part in a contest." (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 339)
  2. "Branli" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "I was standing on the ground watching the skies, when suddenly this tower erupted beneath my feet! I've been stuck up here since with no way to get down." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "You see, I have dedicated my life to the study of bird-men! Their flight mechanics fascinate me!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Given their weight, it should be physically impossible for them to fly with wings of their size. I just don't get it!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "But my misfortune is a blessing in disguise! You see, this tower is the perfect place to observe bird-men in their natural habitat!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Oh, my! Now that you've climbed up here, how will you get down without falling?!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "WHAT?! You can fly?! You can fly like a bird-man?! Is that true? I thought it impossible for a Hylian to fly like a bird-man! Ah... It's more like gliding then? That's still a step in the right direction!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "If I can analyze your glide distance and trajectory, it may help us understand the science of bird-man flight." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Then maybe one day I'll finally realize my dream of becoming a bird! *ahem*" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "Would you mind participating in a short research study? I want to see how far you can glide." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "You'll be compensated for your time and travel...depending on how far you fly. So how about it?" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "As such, a liability fee of 20 rupees will be necessary to proceed. You know, in case I have to file an...incident report." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "Landing elevation! Wind direction! Stamina usage! Keep all these in mind as you consider the farthest destination you can reach by gliding!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "This does NOTHING for my research! I'm sorry, but I don't give rewards for paltry performances. I give rewards for poultry performances!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "Just...try to imagine that you're a bird-man freeing yourself from the unjust chains of gravity!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "And if you run out of energy while gliding, try making some adjustments that will give you more stamina." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Small steps lead to great strides in the long run." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "Oh, right! Your compensation. Isn't the collection of priceless research data compensation enough? No? Fine. Well, a promise is a promise. Here's your reward: 21 rupees! ... Ugh. Fine. I'll make it 50 rupees." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Your methods may have been unconventional—I didn't see you flap your arms once—but they were effective! The field of bird-man research will benefit greatly from this data." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "You deserve heavy compensation for your stellar efforts. Please, take this!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "It's the legendary and only bird-man research assistant!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "The Hylians are good, common folk, so I gave their clothes a calming, relaxed look. The Hylians' and Sheikah's faces were individualized via a special tool, and they were changed almost daily during development. There are characters whose faces changed so much from where they began that you could say that they ended up being completely different characters at the end of development. Personally, my favorite is Branli, who studies the "bird men." I made him at the end of development.
    NPC Artist: Manabu Hiraoka
    " (Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 390)