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Irene is one of the Seven Sages in A Link Between Worlds.[2] She is the apprentice of the Witch who lives near Zora's Domain.


Link meets Irene early in his adventure. She offers to transport him on Broomie to any Weather Vane he has activated, as part of her Irene's Taxi service. She gives him a Bell that he can ring at any time to call her, though it does not function within Dungeons. She does so because she received an alarming fortune from the Fortune Teller in which she is told to "take care of green" in order to avoid the worst outcome.[3] Though she acts grumpy the entire time,[citation needed] she eventually comes to see Link as a friend.[1]

Irene is attacked by Yuga and turned into a Painting while at the Witch's House, sometime after Link has collected both the Pendant of Power and the Pendant of Wisdom. When Link visits the Witch's House, the Witch tells him how she was powerless to stop Yuga from taking Irene, mentioning that she had been telling her that she'd made a new friend recently.[1]

The Painting of Irene appears in Lorule Castle when Yuga is using the power of the Seven Sages to revive Ganon. After Yuga merges with Ganon, the Painting is sent to Misery Mire, but can only be accessed after traversing the Desert Palace in Hyrule. Link rescues Irene after defeating Zaganaga. Inside the Chamber of Sages, she yells at Link for taking so long, but quickly forgives him and urges him to rescue the other Sages.[4] She also tells the young hero that she'll write him a long thank-you letter once he has rescued all of the Sages.[5] Irene remains in the Chamber of Sages until the Triforce is returned to Hyrule, at which point, she returns to the Witch's House to continue her training. Even after being rescued, Irene continues to speak to Link whenever he uses the Bell.[6]


  • Irene is similar to Maple in both appearance and personality.
    • Internal file names refer to Irene as "Maple", indicating that she may have been planned to be Maple or was intentionally based on her.


The name Irene derives from eirene, which is the Greek work for "peace."[7]

Names in Other Regions
アイリン (Airin)[9]
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
The French Republic
The Federal Republic of Germany
The Italian Republic
The Republic of Korea
아이린 (Ailin)[14]
The Portuguese Republic
The Russian Federation
Ирену (Irena)[11]
Latin America
The Kingdom of Spain
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Oh, heavens! My dear grandchild Irene was snatched! It happened so fast! Some awful man came through, very full of himself, and transformed her into...a painting! I-I-I was flummoxed! I just stood there helpless! Oh, my dear granddaughter--GONE! And she'd just been saying how she'd made a new friend of late... I know, I know... This isn't the time to be mixing potions like nothing's wrong... But I just can't calm down if I'm not keeping busy..." — Witch (A Link Between Worlds)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 300
  3. "Who am I? Haven't heard of me? I'm Irene, best witch of my generation! Still a junior witch, but whatever. All right. Get this. I had my fortune told this morning, right? And I was told I'd soon be visited by disaster. DISASTER! But if I want to change my future, I should take care I was like, GREEN? What, I should take care of the grass? I'm not mowing every lawn in Hyrule! Forget that. I'm a witch on the rise! And then you came along—and then it all made sense. I've got to take care of you, greenie. So here. Take this thing." — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  4. "H-hey! You came to rescue me? Well, I...I don't know what to say, Link! But, uh, HEY! My fortune came true after all! you took your sweet time getting here, didn't you?! I was in big trouble! And I've got to get back to my gram! That's all right, I forgive you. Just don't take that long to rescue me next time. And don't make any of the other Sages wait that long either. C'mon, get to saving the rest!" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  5. "What...? Want more thanks? Tell you what, Link. Save all seven of us Sages, then I'll write a big, long thank-you letter. But for now...? Just be careful, OK?" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  6. "All right, Irene's Taxi here. That'll be 9,999 Rupees. Nah, just messing with your head. I couldn't take money from you. So buckle up." — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  7. Meaning, origin and history of the name Irene (web archive), Behind the Name, published April 5, 2022, retrieved January 15, 2023.
  8. "Irene" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds, Italian localization)
  9. "私、アイリン
    " — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  10. "Je m'appelle Aëline ! Je suis une future sorcière bourrée de talent !" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Link Between Worlds manual, pg. 7
  12. "¡Yo soy Airín! ¡En el futuro seré la mejor bruja del mundo, ya verás!" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  13. "Ich bin Irene und ich will irgendwann mal die grö(SS)te Hexe aller Zeiten sein!" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  14. "아이린!
    미래의 천재 마법사야!
    " — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)
  15. "Je m'appelle Arinne! Je suis une future sorcière bourrée de talent!" — Irene (A Link Between Worlds)