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Dorian is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[4][5]


Breath of the Wild

Dorian is a Sheikah who guards Impa's House in Kakariko Village. He carries an Eightfold Blade. Before Link meets with Impa, Dorian will stay at his post at all hours of the day.

In the past, Dorian was a member of the Yiga Clan, but he gave this up when he met his wife and had his daughters, Koko and Cottla.[6] Dorian tried to change his ways and leave the Yiga for the Sheikah Tribe, but the Yiga killed his wife in retaliation.[7] With the lives of his children on the line Dorian continued to serve as an informant within the Sheikah for the Yiga Clan.[8]

In the Journal of Various Worries, Dorian expresses concern over Pikango's arrival in Kakariko Village.[1] Dorian fears that, in his search for Cotera's Great Fairy Fountain, Pikango will discover the Ancient Shrines near it.[1] Dorian signs the Journal as "Anonymous Father of Two" in an attempt to remain anonymous.[1]

When Link first approaches Impa's House, Dorian and his fellow guard Cado will take a defensive stance and demand he identify himself.[9] However, once they notice the Sheikah Slate in Link's possession, the two relax their stances and apologize.[10] He will explain that Impa informed them about the swordsman and asks that Link head inside to meet with her.[11] Cado and Dorian will step aside to allow Link passage and Dorian reveals that for ages Impa has been waiting for his return.[12] While he wishes to speak to Link as well, he asks that the hero first see the elder.[13]

Dorian implores Link to use the Sheikah Village's resources to his advantage.[14] He also mentions the Ta'loh Naeg Shrine on the East Hill, as well as the Great Fairy Fountain, which he refers to as the location of Kakariko Village's Guardian Spirit.[15] Dorian admits that does not dare to try and contact the Great Fairy himself, but recommends that Link search for her.[16] If Link speaks to him at night, he asks what h 's doing up so late and tells him to spend the night at the Shuteye Inn.[17]

Following Link's meeting with Impa, Dorian told this Yiga Clan about his awakening.[8] Filled with grief, Dorian eventually decided to cut ties with the Yiga Clan completely,[18] but the Yiga Clan threatened the lives of Impa and Paya as well.[19]

Once Link has spoken to Impa, Dorian and Cado will begin to take shifts guarding the her House. Cado will return to his post at 11:00 in the evening, allowing Dorian to go home at midnight to his daughters, Koko and Cottla.[20] At home, Dorian will take a seat and remove his umbrella hat. He explains that his wife was murdered by the Yiga Clan.[2] He mourns her death and admits his great displeasure as his inability to protect her.[21] Eventually, Dorian will fall asleep in his chair.

At 8:00 AM, Dorian will wake up and go to tell his daughters stories.[22] However, he admits that those stories are always the same.[23] If Link speaks to the family while they are under the favorite Tree of Dorian' wife, Dorian will introduce his girls.[3] While he loves their time together, he admits that he only ends up repeating stories to them.[24] If Link asks about these stories, Dorian will share one of them.[25] Quietly, he will admit to Link that he is talking about where the Village's Guardian Spirit is and that he is trying to keep the girls from going there.[26] However, it only seems to work on Koko, as Cottla instead gets excited.[27] At 11:00 AM, the girls run off and Dorian returns to Impa's House.[28]

When the Sheikah Heirloom has been stolen from Paya, Dorian asks Link go and comfort her.[29] According to Paya, Dorian and Cado claim not to have seen anyone aside from the residents of Kakariko Village.[30] While "The Stolen Heirloom" Shrine Quest is active, Dorian wonders who could have stolen the Heirloom, recalling that he saw nobody suspicious.[31] Link can ask who visited Impa's House, to which Dorian tells him Lasli and Mellie came by.[32]

At 10:00 in the evening, Dorian will make his way to the woods on the East Hill. If Link speaks to him during this time, Dorian is startled by his presence.[33] He struggles to come up with a reason why he is out, but he eventually claims that he was patrolling Kakariko Village for the thief.[34] However, he decides to return to his post, as leaving Cado alone is dangerous.[35] If spoken to again, Dorian warns Link that he could be mistaken as the thief for walking around so late at night.[36]

During his walk, Dorian wonders how "they" could have done this and states he must do something.[37][38] In the woods, he comments about how quiet it is,[39] but he hears something as he approaches the Pedestal past the bridge.[40] He decides he must be imagining things,[41] but once he is over the bridge, he demands an unknown entity to show themself.[42]

When Link approaches, Dorian repeats his demand.[43] A Yiga Blademaster appears on the Pedestal.[44] Dorian accuses the Blademaste of stealing the Sheikah Heirloom,[45] which the Blademaster confirms, noting that it seems special to the Village.[46] Dorian questions why they would steal it,[47] but the Blademaster tells him not to play dumb and that he knew what he was getting into.[48] He informs Dorian that by leaving the Yiga Clan, he has forfeited his life.[49] After telling them about the Heirloom, his usefulness has come to an end.[50] However, the Blademaster notices Link nearby, choosing to attack him first.[51]

After the Yiga Clan thief is defeated, Dorian expresses shock that he was followed.[52] He reveals that he used to be part of the Clan himself before he met his wife.[6] Link can now use the Heirloom to open the Lakna Rokee Shrine. Dorian offers his apologies and asks that Link keep what happened a secret for his children's sake.[53]

Tears of the Kingdom


  • In Breath of the Wild, Dorian is one of several characters that will hit Link back if he attacks them with a Weapon.[54] These attacks deal no damage.


Dorian's namesake comes from, and is only one letter off of, durian. However he has no connections to the in-game item, the Hearty Durian. As a name, Dorian was popularized by The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and it was potentially derived from the Dorians of Greece.[55]

Names in Other Regions
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Dorian (BotW)
ドゥラン (BotW | TotK)
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
多朗 (Duōlǎng) (BotW | TotK)
The People's Republic of China
多朗 (Duōlǎng) (BotW | TotK)
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dorian (BotW)
Durann (BotW | TotK)
The French Republic
Durann (BotW | TotK)
The Federal Republic of Germany
Dorian (BotW | TotK)
The Italian Republic
Dorian (BotW | TotK)
The Republic of Korea
두런 (TotK)
Latin America
Dorio (BotW)
The Kingdom of Spain
  • Doriand (BotW)
  • Dorio (TotK)
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "A painter unfamiliar to any of us has arrived in the village. He claims he is searching for the Great Fairy's Fountain, but that's near where the village's spirit protector resides. We must make sure the outsider doesn't learn of the location of the fountain...or the two shrines near it. - Anonymous Father of Two" — Journal of Various Worries (Breath of the Wild)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "My wife...the mother of my children... she was killed by the Yiga Clan. That is why Koko now acts as Cottla's mother." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Are you taking a break as well, Master Link? If so, allow me to introduce my precious daughters, Koko and Cottla." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Dorian" — Game Screen (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Dorian" — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "I am...a member of the Yiga Clan. Or I used to be, anyway. But then I met the most incredible woman who blessed me with two amazing children." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "And so I tried to change my ways. Tried to leave the clan. But the Yiga... They took my wife's life as punishment." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "I couldn't let them hurt my children, so I used my position as gatekeeper to gather information for the Yiga. I told them about you and about the village in exchange for safety." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "You there! Who are you?! How dare you trespass upon Lady Impa's abode!" — Cado (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Please forgive us for behaving so rudely." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "Of course we have heard the legends from Lady Impa herself. Please, friend... Go ahead and step inside." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Lady Impa has been waiting on you for a long time." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "There is much I would like to tell you as well... But first, please hurry and see what Lady Impa has to say." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "If you need anything, please find it here in our village. The clothing shop, materials shop, general shop, and inn should be able to provide everything you need." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "Oh, and just between you and me, there's also a shrine in the hills of this village. They say up and behind those hills resides Kakariko's guardian spirit. I hear she's incredibly beautiful." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "I'm too intimidated to go see for myself, though... It's said that she offers a special blessing to those that visit her... You should go there and see for yourself." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "What are you doing up so late? Monsters roam around at night. It's way too dangerous to wander around. There's an inn in this village. Why not go rest there until morning?" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "But my grief over losing my wife consumed me, and I finally decided to cut ties with the Yiga completely!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "But the Yiga are pure evil. They told me they would kill both Impa and Paya if I didn't play along!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Ah, Master Link... It's gotten so late." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "If only... If only I had been able to stop them..." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "I'm off to meet my daughters. I'm going to tell them stories about our village under the tree my wife so loved." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "My stories are always the same though. I hope they don't mind!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "Any moment I can spend with my girls is a gift. I always end up boring them with the same stories, though." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "There's a shrine right above this hill, guarding the Sheikah tribe. Sometimes from the forest behind it, you can hear... a woman sobbing! ...Heh! That's the story I'm telling the children right now, anyway." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "Actually, the location I speak of is where the village's guardian spirit resides. But lately monsters have been lurking there, and it's become quite dangerous. I'm scaring my daughters so they won't go near the forest..." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "It works on Koko, but for some reason, those stories just excite Cottla..." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "Oh! Well, if it isn't Master Link. I'll go back to guarding Lady Impa's home now. The Yiga Clan has been snooping around, so please be careful, Master Link." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "Someone snuck in and stole Lady Paya's most prized possession... I'm sure Lady Paya would feel a little more at ease if she saw Master Link's face." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "I checked with Dorian and Cado, but they said they didn't see anyone other that the villagers around." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "But who could have stolen the heirloom? There were some people visiting the manor, but they were all known villagers. I don't remember seeing anyone suspicious." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "[Who came by?] The only people who came by yesterday were... Lasli from the clothing shop and Grandma Mellie from the plum garden. That's about it. I didn't see anyone else." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "Whoa! Well if it isn't Master Link. What are you doing wandering around in the dead of night?" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "[What are you doing?] Me? Um... I was just... The village... Yes! I was patrolling the village! The thief could be hiding anywhere, you know!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "But I should probably get back to my post. Leaving Cado alone on guard duty is dangerous. Stay safe out there." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "Well, if it isn't Master Link... You should really stop stalking about at night like this, or someone may mistake you for the thief. P-please do be careful, Master Link." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  37. "How could they?" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "I must do something." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "Sure is quiet out here..." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  40. "What was that?!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  41. "Must be imagining things." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  42. "Show yourself!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  43. "I know you're there! Show yourself!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  44. "You don't have to shout. I'm right here." — Yiga Blademaster (Breath of the Wild)
  45. "So you're the ones who stole the heirloom!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  46. "Heh... Such anger. It seems this thing is truly special to the fools of this village." — Yiga Blademaster (Breath of the Wild)
  47. "Why would you steal it?" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  48. "Don't play dumb, Dorian. You knew what you were getting yourself into when you decided to leave the organization." — Yiga Blademaster (Breath of the Wild)
  49. "You forfeited your life the moment you left." — Yiga Blademaster (Breath of the Wild)
  50. "You did well to tell us about the heirloom. Unfortunately, your usefulness has come to an end, as must you. But first..." — Yiga Blademaster (Breath of the Wild)
  51. "It appears we have an audience!" — Yiga Blademaster (Breath of the Wild)
  52. "I can't believe I was being followed." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  53. "Master Link, I... I'm very sorry for all of this. I know it's a selfish request, but do you think you could keep what really happened a secret? I truly don't deserve mercy, but I don't want my children, Koko and Cottla, to suffer anymore." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  54. "Please, stop!" — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  55. Meaning, origin and history of the name Dorian (web archive), Behind the Name, published April 25, 2021, retrieved November 13, 2022.