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Gustaf is a character featured in The Minish Cap.[4]


The Minish Cap

Gustaf was an ancient king of Hyrule and a member of the Royal Family of Hyrule countless ages ago and the earliest known Hylian king in the history of Hyrule, ruling at some point in the early days of Hyrule's Force Era. He was very fond of the Wind Tribe, and even ages after his passing, he seeks to keep the peace of the kingdom of Hyrule secure from beyond the grave.[5]

Many ages after his death, he appears to Link as a ghostly figure after Link retrieves the Water Element from the Temple of Droplets at Lake Hylia. He tells Link his identity as an ancient king and instructs the hero to stand before him,[6] indicating that Link must enter the Royal Crypt where he rests.[3]

When Link reaches Gustaf's tomb in the Royal Crypt, Gustaf gives him a gold Kinstone Piece and instructs him to use it at the Source of the Flow in order to proceed beyond the stone door at Veil Falls.[7][8][9] This allows Link to reach the Cloud Tops where the Wind Tribe resides, allowing him to find the Wind Element that they protect.

Other Appearances

The Minish Cap (Himekawa)

Gustaf appears in the The Minish Cap manga by Akira Himekawa while Link is searching through the Royal Crypt, and is hostile to the hero in an attempt to preserve Hyrule's peace. Gustaf stops after Link drops a Kinstone Piece from his Kinstone Bag, recognizing it as an artifact from his allies, the Wind Tribe. After Link defeats the Gyorg Pair, Siroc tells him that Gustaf was a benevolent ruler who went to the Wind Tribe in search of their agricultural knowledge. Gustaf used that knowledge in conjunction with the Light Force to spread prosperity throughout Hyrule; however, Gustaf's aide sought the Light Force for himself and assassinated Gustaf. In his will, Gustaf granted ownership of the Light Force to the Wind Tribe, who left the surface world with it out of mourning.

While he was alive, Gustaf also Fused Kinstone Pieces with the Wind Tribe as a sign of friendship.



Gustaf is a Swedish variation of the name Gustav.[11]

ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The Federal Republic of Germany
König Gustaf[13]King Gustaf
The Italian Republic
The Kingdom of Spain
Rey Gustaf[14]King Gustaf
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See Also


  1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 66
  2. "Gustaf, Royal Spirit" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Hmph! Was that...just a dream? He said he was a king of Hyrule. Wait! Look at your map, Link. There's some kind of mark on it. Hm. I guess that means it wasn't a dream! We should head there once we've infused your sword with that element. To the elemental sanctuary!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  4. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 270
  5. "The spirit of an ancient king of Hyrule who wishes to secure peace in his land from beyond the grave. He was very fond of the people of the Wind Tribe." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  6. "... ... O young one... Child who seeks to aid the princess of Hyrule... My name is Gustaf... I was king of Hyrule, countless ages ago. Stand before me... Only then will the path open to you." — Gustaf (The Minish Cap)
  7. "... ... O young one... Child who seeks to rescue my descendant, Zelda... Welcome... My name is Gustaf . I was king of Hyrule countless ages ago..." — Gustaf (The Minish Cap)
  8. "I grant to you this Kinstone... Seek the source of the flow in Hyrule... Only then will your path open... Save Zelda... All of Hyrule is counting on you..." — Gustaf (The Minish Cap)
  9. "Hmm... Fascinating! An ancient king of Hyrule? How strange... And the source of the flow? What do you suppose that could mean?" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 351
  11. Meaning, origin and history of the name Gustaf (web archive), Behind the Name, published April 25, 2021, retrieved January 15, 2023.
  12. Encyclopedia, Magazzini Salani, pg. 270
  13. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 270
  14. Encyclopedia, Norma Editorial, pg. 270