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Mineru is a character in Tears of the Kingdom.[7] She is the Sage of Spirit and, alongside her younger brother Rauru, one of the last remaining Zonai in Hyrule.[8]


In the distant past, the Zonai king Rauru founded the Kingdom of Hyrule with Sonia, a Hylian priestess. Like Rauru, Mineru inherited a Secret Stone from her ancestors.[9][10] However, by the time of Rauru's reign, he and Mineru were the only Zonai remaining,[8] the rest having perished.[11]

During Rauru's reign, while the kingdom flourished, Mineru danced while Rauru sang at a celebration, as recorded on an Ancient Tablet by a royal Chamberlain.[12] Mineru frequently spent so much time reading books that she would forget to eat, researching and creating Constructs, particularly one that could hold her spirit if her body failed.[13] It is not clear if Mineru was solely responsible for the invention of the Constructs, but they were at the very least created while she and Rauru were alive.[14]

Mineru when meeting Zelda in her study.

After Zelda arrived in the past, Rauru believed Mineru might be able to assist Zelda return to her home era.[15] Upon meeting Zelda, Mineru expressed interest in the Purah Pad and held onto it for research, intending to restore its travel functionality.[16] Mineru posited that the Secret Stone Zelda found allowed her to travel through time; though she sensed Zelda had both light and time powers, the Secret Stone amplified the time power.[17] However, since Zelda lacked full control over her time power to return home, Mineru thought of another method, remembering stories of the forbidden act of Draconification: "To swallow a secret stone is to become an immortal dragon... one blessed with eternal life." However, remembering that the act was forbidden because it would cause one to lose their sense of self, Mineru discounted this as a way to help Zelda.[18] Rauru suggested that Zelda learning to hone her power with Sonia could help solve the problem instead.[19]

While living in the past, Zelda visited Mineru with the Chamberlain. Mineru showed them her greatest Construct, and Zelda wanted to try riding it. Although the Chamberlain objected, Zelda nevertheless rode upon its shoulders, which amused the Chamberlain.[20]

Some time later, after Ganondorf slew Sonia and stole her Secret Stone to become the Demon King, Rauru gathered with Mineru, Zelda, and the leaders of the Gerudo, Goron, Zora and Rito tribes at the Forgotten Temple. Knowing they would have to face the Demon King, Mineru offered support from her and the others to Rauru.[21] The four leaders received their Secret Stones and became Sages,[22] and alongside Mineru (the Sage of Spirit) and Zelda (the Sage of Time) swore to serve Rauru.[23]

Mineru after being poisoned by Gloom

The Sages confronted Demon King Ganondorf, but failed to stop him, so Rauru sacrificed himself to seal Ganondorf for millennia. Although she and the other Sages survived, Mineru was gravely damaged by his Gloom in the battle and knew that her body would not last much longer. Resting in her study, Zelda brought her the Decayed Master Sword that had traveled through time.[24] When Zelda told her that the Master Sword could heal itself over time,[25] Mineru replied that it would take an impossibly long time to do so.[26] Mineru initially objected to Zelda's suggestion of draconifying herself to bathe the sword in sacred power,[27] but upon Zelda's insistence agreed to do what she could to assist Link in the far future, acknowledging that she bore some responsibility as a Zonai.[28]

Wanting to be ready for the future, Zelda and Mineru created a plan to raise the Temple of Time into the Sky so that it would be safe for Link in the distant future. The Chamberlain also asked Mineru to raise the Ancient Tablets so that they would be preserved for the future.[29] Mineru herself wrote information on the Sages and a clue on where to find Zonai Relic on Stone Slabs at what would later become the Ring Ruins.[30] Mineru's spirit entered the Purah Pad, which Zelda gave to the care of a Steward Construct before swallowing her Secret Stone to become the Light Dragon.[31] The other Sages, possibly including Mineru[note 1] elevated the Temple of Time and the land surrounding it, creating the Great Sky Island, as well as raising the Chamberlain's Ancient Tablets.[32][33] Mineru's spirit then remained dormant in the Purah Pad for millennia.

Mineru originally intended to awake as soon as Link found the Purah Pad, and guide him to a pre-built Crafter Construct.[34] However, the Demon King's magic possessed it, creating the Seized Construct.[35][36] Mineru thus waits for Link to discover the Zonai Relic stored on Dragonhead Island so that Link can take it to the Construct Factory and build a new body for her. Upon doing so, she guides him to complete the new Construct.[37]

When Mineru's Construct is complete, she guides Link to the Spirit Temple in her new Construct body.[38] Although the path through the Depths contains many Monsters and obstacles, they make use of Mineru's Construct to overcome them.[39] Upon descending into the Temple, they are ambushed by the Seized Construct. Mineru is surprised but resolves that they must defeat it.[40]

Mineru greets Link in spirit form.

After the defeat of the Seized Construct, Mineru regains her Secret Stone and adds it to her Construct. Her spirit materializes to Link and grants him the Vow of Mineru, Sage of Spirit through the Right Arm. This allows her to follow and aid Link by storing her Construct in the Purah Pad.[41] She then explains her role in the Imprisoning War through the Memory "The Imprisoning War".

If Link has already re-obtained the Master Sword, Mineru will acknowledge this when explaining Zelda's resolve towards it[42] and how it appeared in the past.[43] Zelda's resolve to draconify herself and restore the Master Sword is then explained through the "Critical Decisions" Memory. If Link has the Master Sword, Mineru once again acknowledges this;[44] if Link has already began the "Recovering the Hero's Sword" Main Quest by speaking to the Great Deku Tree but has not yet obtained it, she tells him to take the next step;[45] and if he has not done so at all, she will instruct him to meet with "the sacred tree of this era," the Deku Tree.[46] In any case, Mineru then encourages him to go and defeat the Demon King with the legendary weapon. [47] This will begin the "Trail of the Master Sword" Main Quest, though it will automatically complete if Link has already spoken to the Deku Tree.

Mineru will continue to remain in her Construct in the Spirit Temple, though she also warps with Link when he is travelling and has the Vow of Mineru active. When Link reaches Gloom's Origin, Mineru will help fight the Demon King's Army alongside any other awakened Sages, wanting to atone for her failure to defeat the Demon King the first time.[48] Afterwards, the Bosses from each Temple reappear, but any awakened Sage will keep it occupied for Link, with Mineru confronting the Seized Construct once again. (Any uncleared Dungeons must have their Bosses defeated otherwise.) After Link defeats Demon King Ganondorf's first form, the Sages assist him battling his second form and his Phantom Ganons, but upon losing half of the second phase's health he will unleash a shockwave of Gloom incapacitating them for the rest of the battle.

Some time after the Demon Dragon is defeated and the Light Dragon is restored back to Zelda's original form, the six Sages, Purah and Link gather outside the Temple of Time on the Great Sky Island at Mineru's request. Mineru sheds her Construct, allowing it to fall apart, and returns to spirit form, glad to bring the others there.[49] She theorizes that it was Rauru and Sonia's light and time powers working together, channeled through Link, that were able to restore Zelda back.[50] She begins to fade away, acknowledging that her time has come[51] and assuring Zelda that she is no longer needed, her era's burden now overcome, safely able to join Rauru and the other spirits.[52] After the other Sages attempt to recite the Sages' Vow to Zelda, Mineru remarks that Rauru and Sonia will be happy to know of this,[53] and promises to tell them how much Zelda cares.[54] Thanking the others, her spirit fades into the sky.


Mineru (ミネル) may be derived from Minerva – in Japanese usually represented as ミネルウァ (Mineruwa) – the Roman goddess of wisdom and counterpart to the Greek Athena. The Owl of Minerva is a common symbol for wisdom, and the Zonai similarly used owls to represent the Triforce of Wisdom;[55] this Zonai owl imagery is seen on Mineru's helm, the head of her construct, at the Tobio's Hollow Chasm, and throughout the Spirit Temple.

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米涅魯 (Mǐnièlǔ)
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米涅鲁 (Mǐnièlǔ)
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  1. The Temple of Time is still in the ground on the Surface when Zelda gives the Purah Pad containing Mineru's spirit to the Steward Construct, however the Chamberlain indicated on the Ancient Tablet "The Day the Land Rose" that Mineru assisted in the raising of the Great Sky Island and Ancient Tablets.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "My name is Mineru. I am the Sage of Spirit." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom—The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 414
  3. "You told Purah of your meeting with Sage Mineru.

    The five sages are finally ready. They will be steadfast allies in the fight with the Demon King.
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "I am the Sage of Spirit and one of the Zonai." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Using the knowledge of the Zonai, my younger brother, Rauru, became a great leader. He met a young woman named Sonia, and they would wed." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  6. "Seems like more and more of you have found her so here she is: Mineru Sage of Spirits. This is the character I voice in #ZeldaTearsOfTheKing #totk" — @hezzy_starrVO on Twitter, May 23, 2023
  7. "Mineru" — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "It is unfortunate that the noble Zonai no longer grace this world with their presence. All except you and your sister, that is." — Ganondorf (Tears of the Kingdom)
  9. "Long ago, my people, known as the Zonai, came down from the heavens to the surface of the world. It was said they were descendants of gods... They bore treasures from these same gods—secret stones, capable of amplifying the abilities of those who possessed them." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  10. "And like us, my older sister has a secret stone." — Rauru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  11. "しかし かくも高潔なゾナウ族が あとは陛下と姉君を残して滅びゆくのみとは…" (But the Zonau tribe, so noble, perished, leaving behind only His Majesty and his elder sister...) — Ganondorf (Tears of the Kingdom, Japanese localization)
  12. "So swete the song of kyng Rauru, ond so grete the beaute of his susteres daunce, that wer min eies ond eres captif. [So sweet the song of king Rauru, and so great the beauty of his sister's dance, that my eyes and ears were captive.]" — Account of a Celebration (Tears of the Kingdom)
  13. The Researcher Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  14. "I see that they're still at work even now. We originally created the constructs to assist in our endeavors. [...] The Steward Constructs were the first to be built. After that, we crafted others suited to different roles. Culinary Constructs, Maker Constructs... You'll find all sorts of them still active in this place." — Rauru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  15. "Mineru... She may have some idea of how to get you back to your era." — Rauru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  16. "t is quite an interesting device... This is...definitely not from this era. That said, I believe there may be a way to get the travel functionality working here. I'd like to tinker with it a bit. Would it be OK if I borrow it?" — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  17. "I suspect it was the power of your secret stone that allowed you to travel through time. To put it simply, secret stones amplify the power their owners possess. [...] As for you, I can sense both...light and time powers. But your secret stone seems to amplify your time power." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  18. "But there is still more to those tales... "To become an immortal dragon is to lose oneself." That is why it is forbidden. I thought maybe this could lead to a solution—some way to transcend time... But if you have to sacrifice your heart and mind... Sacrifice what makes you "you"... I'm sorry. I wish I could help more." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  19. "There's still hope! I think the answer... The answer to this problem lies in study and learning more about the nature of your power. I'm sure Sonia would be happy to help you." — Rauru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  20. The Free-Spirited Zelda (Tears of the Kingdom)
  21. "The Demon King... He is not someone you can stop by yourself. But...you are not alone. You have the Gerudo, Goron, Zora, and Rito leaders, as well as Zelda... And of course...you can count on me." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  22. "He entrusted secret stones to warriors with exceptional abilities. They became sages and united in an effort to finally defeat the Demon King." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  23. "We all, gathered here, swear on our lives to serve Rauru, the King of Light." — Sages (Tears of the Kingdom)
  24. "But I was wounded in the process. My body was soon to expire. That is when Zelda came to me, bearing a decayed and broken sword." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  25. "Over time, the Master Sword is able to absorb sacred power. It can heal itself and even grow stronger!" — Zelda (Tears of the Kingdom)
  26. "But...it could take centuries for that sword to grow strong enough. The power the Demon King wields... I do not see how this can be done. It would be impossible for you to provide it with sacred power for so long." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  27. "That act is forbidden for a very good reason! It would mean throwing yourself awa—" — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  28. "I understand. You really...have made up your mind? Very well, then. As a Zonai, I bear my share of blame for these events... So I too will devote myself to this goal...and to this hero of yours. For the swordsman Link, I will do everything I can. Even if my body should perish, I will still be with you in spirit." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  29. For the Hero's Sake (Tears of the Kingdom)
  30. ""The Stone Slab at the Floating Ring Ruin:
    Some Translation Notes"
                -Dictated to Paya
    "...promise...Zelda...solemnly signed... Mineru, Sage of...
    "...hide the key...dragon land... southeast... Entrust...future...wish... Defeat...Demon King..."
    What this tells us is that the five stone slabs that fell on the village were written by some sort of sage called Mineru.
    "Dragon land" and "southeast" are most likely pointing to the Zonai ruins in Faron. A key has been hidden there, and it's related to Zelda and the Demon King.
    " — Deciphered Slabs (Tears of the Kingdom)
  31. "Before the gloom's affliction took my life, I became a spirit and entered the Purah Pad. Then Zelda did what she felt she must and began the forbidden process." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  32. The Day the Land Rose (Tears of the Kingdom)
  33. "The Temple of Time and the land it sits upon were once found on the surface of the world. This has changed. Its land and the lands surrounding it now float in the sky. There is a reason for this. The hero who will defeat the Demon King will one day awaken at this very site. The site must be kept safe from the Demon King and his followers. It was therefore raised high into the skies. The tremendous power of the sages accomplished this feat long ago." — Steward Construct (Tears of the Kingdom)
  34. "That construct! I made it long ago." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  35. "Originally, my intent was to awaken when you first found the Purah Pad... then to guide you to my construct and assist you on your journey. I had not anticipated a battle with that same construct..." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  36. "I apologize that our meeting has been so long delayed. The Demon King's interference is to blame." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  37. "Link... Zelda's chosen protector... My name is Mineru. I am the Sage of Spirit. I am happy you have arrived. At last we can speak with each other. Unfortunately, I no longer have a body... Without a physical form, we cannot yet speak face-to-face. But...do you see the four storehouses in the area? I would ask you to visit each of them and assemble a body for me. This is my request to you, Link, loyal swordsman to Zelda." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  38. "Thank you, Link. Now only one task remains. We must recover my secret stone. It should be located here. Please, Link— let us go there together." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  39. "The path will be very dangerous. Fortunately, this construct body you have built for me is hardly helpless. There is a platform nearby where we can explore its potential. Now hurry, Link. We must recover my secret stone." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  40. "That construct! I made it long ago. But the glow... It must be under th control of something monstrous! If the Demon King has turned my creation into his pawn, we must defeat it! We can do this together, Link!" — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom, link)
  41. "In the name of Mineru, Sage of Spirit, I grant my power unto you. I believe it will serve you well. With this power I've given, a deep bond has been forged between us. And from this point forward, my spirit will reside within that construct. I will help you however I can." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  42. "She made a momentous decision in those days gone by.
    [If Link has the Master Sword] I would have you know of the resolve she poured into that blade—the Master Sword.
    [If Link does not have the Master Sword] I would have you know of her resolve.
    " — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  43. "That is when Zelda came to me, bearing a decayed and broken sword. Yes. You will recall how the Master Sword vanished from your hand at the Temple of Time. From there, it traveled into the distant past, appearing in Zelda's hands. [Only if Link has the Master Sword]A nd now, you hold it once again." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  44. "You already have in hand the hope that Zelda left to you—the sword that seals the darkness...the Master Sword." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  45. "I take it you have already met with the Deku Tree and taken your first step toward reclaiming the sword. You must wield our best weapon against the Demon King—the sword that seals the darkness. The Master Sword." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  46. "The sword that seals the darkness—the Master Sword—is our strongest weapon in the campaign against the Demon King. Zelda vowed to restore the blade. I have no doubt that it is somewhere in Hyrule. Seek the sacred tree of this era, which you know as the Deku Tree. Zelda intended for you to meet with him when you were ready to reclaim the Master Sword." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  47. "Go now, Link. With the sword of hope that Zelda left to you, you will surely smite Demon King Ganondorf." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  48. "I will atone for my past failure. It is time to stop the Demon King!" — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  49. "Everyone... I am glad I was able to bring you all here. I wanted to share this view of Hyrule with all of you." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  50. "This is only a theory, but... Rauru's power of light and Sonia's time power... For Zelda to transform back, they both must have channeled their abilities through you, Link." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  51. "Now it seems...it is my time." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  52. "Do not worry. You have overcome the burden my era left to you. You have proven yourself, and you no longer need me. I know I can move on—join Rauru and the others—and the world will be safe." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  53. "Rauru and Sonia will be happy to hear of this." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  54. "And I'll let them know...just how much you care." — Mineru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  55. "The ruins are primarily animal themed, but with the history of the Triforce from an ancient perspective in mind. The designs are symbolic—using dragons (courage), owls (wisdom), and boars (power)." (Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 342)