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Not to be confused with Ghini or Poes. For other uses, see Ghost (Disambiguation).

Ghosts are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series.[2][3][4]


Link's Awakening

The Ghost is a spirit who starts haunting Link after the completion of the Angler's Tunnel, wanting him to take it to its house.[5] As Link cannot enter Dungeons while the Ghost follows him, he must help it in order to enter Catfish's Maw.[6] Once Link brings it to the Ghosts House north of Toronbo Shores,[7] the Ghost examines it before saying it is essentially unchanged from what it was when it was alive.[8] The Ghost then asks Link to bring it to its grave,[9][10] which is located in the Koholint Prairie near the Graveyard. Once there, the Ghost thanks Link and tells him to look inside one of the Pots in its house to find a Secret Seashell.[11] The Secret Seashell does not appear until after Link has fulfilled the Ghost's requests.

In Link's Awakening DX, if Link approaches the Ghost's grave after returning it there, the Photographer will appear and take a Photograph.

In Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch), the Secret Seashell inside its house can be found at any time. Instead, the Ghost rewards Link with a Fairy Bottle after returning it to its grave.

The Minish Cap

Main articles: Gustaf, Spekter and Spookter

The Ghost is an evil spirit that haunts Gregal at the Home of the Wind Tribe.[12][13] Link can save Gregal by sucking the Ghost up with the Gust Jar. If Link does not save Gregal from the Ghost before arriving at the Home of the Wind Tribe via Veil Falls, Gregal will die and both he and the Ghost will disappear. This renders the Light Arrow unobtainable, as it is a reward given to Link by Gregal if he is saved.

An ancient king of Hyrule, Gustaf, appears as a Ghost residing in the Royal Crypt.[14]

Additionally, there are two Ghosts named Spekter and Spookter; Spekter resides in the Royal Valley, while his brother Spookter can be found by Anju's Henhouse in Hyrule Town.

Other Appearances

Link's Awakening (Cagiva)

In the Link's Awakening manga by Ataru Cagiva, the Ghost is named Nakura, who is a former soldier. It saves Link's life by possessing him during his fight against Karuna and gives him a more powerful Sword after he takes it to its house.

Cadence of Hyrule

In Cadence of Hyrule, a Ghost holds the Zora Prince asleep inside the cave of Lake Hylia's beach. The Ghost manifests as several see-through ghost Zoras, one of which tells the Hero that the Prince is under their control. Attacking the ghost Zoras with arrows, bombs or other means will make them disappear and summon a Ghast. Defeating the Ghast will lift the curse placed on the Prince and wake him up. He will then reward the Hero with the Zora's Flippers in Story Mode.


  • If Link sprinkles Magic Powder on the Ghost's grave in Link's Awakening, it tells him to stop or suffer the effects of a curse.[15] Despite this, it will not put a curse of any kind on Link.



Names in Other Regions
  • おばけ (Obake) (LA)
  • オバケ (Obake) (LANS)
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
鬼怪 (Guǐguài) (LANS) 
The People's Republic of China
鬼怪 (Guǐguài) (LANS) 
The French Republic
Fantôme (LA | LADX)[20]Ghost
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Gespenst (LA)
  • Nakura (LADX)[19]
  • Specter
The Italian Republic
Fantasma (LA | LADX | LANS | CoH)[16][17][18]Ghost
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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening—Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 56
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 233 (LA)
  3. "Gregal & the Ghost" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  4. "Whoa! Some ghosts had me under their spell? Thanks for saving me! Here, take these flippers as thanks!" — Prince (Cadence of Hyrule)
  5. "...the house... ...take me... ...the house... the bay..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  6. "...N-N-No!... ...N-not there!" — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  7. "...Here!... ...enter... house..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  8. "...Nostalgia... ...unchanged... hoo..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  9. "...Enough... ...cemetery... ...take me... grave..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  10. " grave... ...take me... grave..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  11. "...Thank you... ...a jar... my home... ...look inside.. ...bye...bye..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  12. "Nobody believes me, but I saw a ghost that has taken hold of Granddad!" — Flurris (The Minish Cap)
  13. "What? An evil spirit had taken hold of me? And you drove it away?" — Gregal (The Minish Cap)
  14. "I hear you can fuse Kinstone pieces with the ghost in the Royal Crypt." — Hurdy-Gurdy Man (The Minish Cap)
  15. "Cough Cough... Don't sprinkle that on me... ...I'll have to curse you! Cough Cough..." — Ghost (Link's Awakening DX)
  16. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 233
  17. "Fantasma" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Italian localization)
  18. "Uao! Ero preda dell'incantesimo di qualche fantasma? Grazie per avermi salvato!" — Prince (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  19. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 233
  20. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 233