Nayru (Oracle)

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Nayru is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[3][4][name references needed]


Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

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As the Oracle of Ages, Nayru wields power over the currents of time in Labrynna. She is a wise and serene young woman who spends her days singing songs and wishing for peace. Little does she know the Sorceress of Shadows covets her powers...

Nayru first appears in Oracle of Ages, as the eponymous Oracle of Ages. She is a singer with one of the finest voices ever heard in Labrynna.[5] However, her true identity as the Oracle of Ages is exposed when Veran possesses her,[6][7] in order to take control of Nayru's ability to control the flow of time.[8]

Nayru is a very peaceful person. She enjoys singing, and it is this that has made her popular throughout the land, among Humans and Animals alike. She attracts both when she sings. Her personality is somewhat timid, but judging from her actions, she'll do whatever she can to help a friend in need, or Link. Ralph, her protector whom she has known since they were both children, is a close friend of hers, and never far away.[9]

Nayru also possesses a mystical instrument known as the Harp of Ages, which allows Link (and presumably whoever holds it) to shift through the folds of time, when the right songs are played.[10] However, Nayru will also use the Harp for simply playing a tune on occasion. As the Oracle of Ages, Nayru has no true need for the Harp of Ages, as she is capable of moving through time at a whim. It is quite likely that Nayru herself created the Harp of Ages.

Possessed Nayru

Main article: Possessed Nayru

Possessed Nayru is a name given to Nayru while she is possessed by Veran. She was initially possessed in the opening scenes of the game, where the handful of witnesses included Impa, Ralph and Link.[7] Everyone else, aside from the nearly-omniscient Maku Tree, is unaware of the possession, and still believe she is the pure Oracle of Ages. With Nayru serving as her cloak, Veran begins to malevolently advise Queen Ambi's decisions in the past,[11] which affect both the past age's citizens, and the present age in which Link initially resides.

One notable influence Veran gave was to seal off Ambi's Palace from casual visitors, barring both Link and Ralph from attacking Veran directly. Another was to discreetly confiscate all Mystery Seeds, the only known way to harm a possessing Veran without also hurting the possessed. Early in the game, Link unknowingly offered his seeds to the Queen and her adviser in order to temporarily enter the Palace and meet Veran face-to-face.[12] He was still able to gain more Mystery Seeds later in the game, however.

After obtaining the Lonely Peak, Queen Ambi leaves her Palace, dropping the guard enough for Link to penetrate the castle's defenses and reach Possessed Nayru.[13] Once Link is victorious in the ensuing battle, Nayru will be freed from Veran's grasp,[14] and teach Link the Tune of Ages.[15] Veran herself will instead possess Queen Ambi,[16] a possession that will remain until the significantly tougher final boss fight in Black Tower.

The Minish Cap

Nayru is said to be descended from a long line of Oracles in Labrynna in The Minish Cap.[17] After Vaati impersonates King Daltus, she appears alongside the other Oracles in a room on the second floor of the Happy Hearth Inn, where she is impressed by the size of Hyrule Town.[18]

If Link Fuses Kinstone Pieces with Farore, Gorman arrives in Hyrule Town seeking to rent out his Vacant House.[19] When Link speaks with Gorman, he will ask Link to let him know if he finds a woman willing to rent the House.[20] Link has the option to show any of the three Oracles the Vacant House; if he chooses Din or Farore, Nayru remarks that she is jealous.[21] If the second Vacant House is built and given to another Oracle, Nayru is left as the only one of the trio without a home, and will complain about being lonely.[22]

If Link shows either of the Vacant Houses to Nayru, she will move in; he can visit her afterwards, whereupon she will thank him and offer to give him Nayru's Charm whenever he has an Empty Bottle.[23] When consumed, the Charm makes Link's defenses stronger and turns his tunic (and Ezlo) blue for the duration of the effect.[24]

Link can also Fuse Kinstone Pieces with Nayru,[25] resulting in a Joy Butterfly appearing in the Royal Valley; when it is collected, Link is able to swim more quickly with the Flippers.[26]

Other Appearances

Oracle of Ages (Wessel)

Oracle of Ages (Himekawa)

In the Oracle of Ages manga by Akira Himekawa, after seeing her capture in the future, Nayru placed a barrier around a forest to hide herself. Only a person with the Triforce mark on their hand could undo it. When Veran possesses Impa, she tricks Link into opening the barrier, entering the forest. As they do so, Nayru senses the presence of light and darkness, becoming disturbed.[27] Soon, Link and a possessed Impa enter the glade, where Nayru sits with the Harp of Ages. She welcomes Link and introduces herself as the Oracle of Ages.[28] Nayru then peers into his future, stating that his story will be told for generations.[29] Link doesn't believe what she says about him.[30] Nayru insists her prophecy is true.[31] Possessed Impa then asks if Nayru can see her fate,[32] the oracle answering that she can, which is why she concealed herself. Although, the oracle accepts that she cannot outwit the Goddess of Time.[33] With that, Veran reveals her possession of Impa. In vain, the forest animals attack the Sheikah, but Veran switches from Impa's body to Nayru's. She then travels to Labrynna's past, and begins her plan for the Twinrova, with Nayru as her host.[34]

After a skirmish with Nayru's childhood friend and guardian, Ralph, Link uses the Harp of Ages to enter Labrynna's past. There, he learns that Veran is using Nayru to manipulate Queen Ambi in an effort to construct a massive Black Tower. With the aid of Sir Raven and eventually Ralph, Link battles to overcome Veran and rescue not only Labrynna, but Nayru as well.

When Sir Raven is captured and sentenced to execution, Link, Ralph, and many others come to his rescue. Link tells Queen Ambi that the Cap'n stills loves her,[35] revealing that the reason why Ambi had agreed to the tower's construction was because she wanted him to see it and remember her.[36] Ambi then proceeds to cancel the tower's construction, upsetting Veran. The latter releases Nayru from her influence, and instead possesses Ambi, commanding her guards to capture Link, Ralph, and Sir Raven.[37] Before any harm can be done, Nayru awakens and teleports the group in Labrynna's present.

Back in the present, Ralph embraces his friend and starts crying, causing Nayru to laugh and call him a "softy".[38] Nayru tells of Veran's Mystery Seed weakness and brings them all back to the past, where she knows to find them.[39] Nayru and her companions find the hidden villagers in a cave. Nayru herself reveals that Roperi's plant is actually a young Mystery Tree.[40] Nayru begins to play her harp to speed the sprout's growth, yet Ralph leaves the cave, set on killing Veran himself. Alarmed, Nayru tells Link that Ralph is Queen Ambi's descendant and that if she dies he will too.[41] As Ralph confronts a possessed Ambi, Nayru hurriedly speeds up the sprout's growth. Once the tree finally produces a seed, Nayru brings it to Link, who quickly rushes with Sir Raven to Ralph.

Together, Ralph, Link, and Raven defeat Veran but are too late. Sacrificing themselves, the Twinrova resurrect Ganon. The trio and Queen Ambi's army take down the demonic beast, restoring happiness and light to Labrynna. Queen Ambi thanks and bids farewell to Link, Ralph, and Nayru. Nayru plays her harp, sending them back to present day Labrynna.

Nayru is last seen with Ralph, Impa, and Princess Zelda at Hyrule Castle, supposedly having a meal together. The princess thanks both Ralph and Nayru for what they have done.[42] Nayru says Link was the true hero and he is very brave.[43]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nayru — Spirit Battle Information
SSBU Nayru Spirit Icon.png
SSBU Support Spirit Icon.png Support Spirit
No. 216
Team Power SSBU Shield Type Icon.png Shield | 3500 Rank ★★ ADVANCED Fighter(s)
Stage Bridge of Eldin Theme "Ballad of the Goddess" SSBU Zelda Stock Icon 3.png Zelda x2
Rule(s) Temporary Invincibility Hazard(s)
 • The enemy will occasionally be invincible after a little while
 • The enemy favors neutral specials
Nayru — Spirit Information
SSBU Nayru Spirit Icon.png

No. 216
Rank ★★ ADVANCED Cost
Perfect-Shield Reflect
Reflects incoming projectiles when you perform a perfect shield.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nayru appears as a Spirit with the ability, Perfect-Shield Reflect, which grants a Fighter the ability to reflect projectile attacks back towards opponents when they perform a Perfect Shield.


  • Early concept art for Nayru in the Oracle games depicts her holding a paintbrush and palette,[44] indicating that she was originally planned to be an artist. This is in keeping with the knowledge that Mystical Seed of Wisdom was going to feature color themed gameplay mechanics.[45]


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The People's Republic of China
娜如 (Nà rú) (OoS | OoA)[49][50] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
Nayru (TMC)[51]
The Italian Republic
  • Oracle of Time
The Kingdom of Spain
Nayru (TMC)[52]
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See Also


  1. "I am Nayru, Oracle of Ages." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  2. "She's looking for a house in Hyrule to move into. She is descended from a line of oracles in the land of Labrynna." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  3. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 250, (OoS) 254, (OoA) & 271 (TMC)
  4. Oracle of Ages book, Scholastic, pg. 6
  5. "Nayru's the best singer in Labrynna!" — Monkey (Oracle of Ages)
  6. "Nayru is no mere diva! She is the Oracle of Ages, who controls time!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Nayru! Oracle of Ages! I shall make your body my own! Ah hah hah hah!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  8. "Now the oracle's powers are mine. I can travel through time as I choose!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  9. "I've known Nayru was the Oracle of Ages since she was a child. I have always been beside her, protecting her." — Ralph (Oracle of Ages)
  10. "Harp of Ages: A harp used to navigate time." — N/A (Oracle of Ages)
  11. "They said the Oracle of Ages convinced Queen Ambi to build a Black Tower..." — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  12. "Those are the Mystery Seeds Queen Ambi has been demanding! Nice work, kid! I'll take you to the palace!" — Castle Guard (Oracle of Ages)
  13. "Link! I have great news!!! Queen Ambi has just left the palace! Now is your chance! This may be your only opportunity to save Nayru!" — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  14. "Thank you, Link! You've safely pried me from Veran's grip." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  15. "Now let me teach you the last tune, which will unlock the true power of the Harp of Ages." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  16. "Hahh... The body of a queen suits me just fine!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  17. "She's looking for a house in Hyrule to move into. She is descended from a line of oracles in the land of Labrynna." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  18. "It's so nice to be here at last! And such a big town it is!" — Nayru (The Minish Cap)
  19. "Wow... I just had the best idea! I can rent out my house for some extra cash!" — Gorman (The Minish Cap)
  20. "I'm trying my hand at real estate. Turns out, it's a total pain. Like right now, I'm looking for a tenant, you see? But the thing is, I can only rent to a woman, single occupancy. ... If you find anyone who can rent this place, would you let me know?" — Gorman (The Minish Cap)
  21. "I can't believe she found a place! I am so jealous." — Nayru (The Minish Cap)
  22. "I hate being here all alone! I wish I could find a nice place to live, like the others did..." — Nayru (The Minish Cap)
  23. "Oh, hello, Link. I sure do love it here. Thanks again! If you ever need a charm, I'll give you another, so just ask!" — Nayru (The Minish Cap)
  24. "You got Nayru's Charm! Your guard will be strengthened for a while!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  25. "You want to fuse Kinstones? Yeah, sure!" — Nayru (The Minish Cap)
  26. "You caught a Joy Butterfly! You can now swim faster than before." — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  27. "Light and darkness approach together..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 24)
  28. "I am the oracle who controls time. I can see the past and, to an extent, the future." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 25)
  29. "Your story is told... generation after generation..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 26)
  30. "... But that's not me..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 26)
  31. "No. I mean you." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 26)
  32. "I you see the future... then you must know your own fate." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 26)
  33. "But my fate is certain. I cannot outwit the Goddess of Time." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 27)
  34. "Veran possessed Nayru... and is using her abilities as the Oracle of Ages to move through time." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 31)
  35. "He said that I should tell you... that he will love you for all eternity." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 145)
  36. "I built it so that no matter in the world he was... He might see it... and never forget me." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 145)
  37. "Stop loafing, guards! Seize them!!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 147)
  38. "Oh Ralph, you big softy!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 151)
  39. "We can still find some Mystery Seeds... If we return to the past." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 152)
  40. "Link, this is a young mystery tree. It will grow mystery seeds." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 154)
  41. "Ralph is a noble... from Labrynna! Queen Ambi is his direct ancestor." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 156)
  42. "Ralph and Nayru, you've both done well." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 190)
  43. "Link was the true hero. He's very brave." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 190)
  44. "Nayru is occasionally depicted holding a brush because in the early stages of development, there was an item called the Magic Paintbrush. It was created to make use of the Game Boy Color." - Hyrule Historia
  45. "The Tale of Wisdom was to use a color theme, with various events and areas and tools built around certain colors..."The Legend of Zelda: The Third Oracle , IGN.
  46. 46.0 46.1 "Eroe delle essenze, sono Nayru, Oracolo del Tempo." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
  47. 47.0 47.1 "Non male per Nayru, Oracolo del Tempo!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
  48. Encyclopedia, Magazzini Salani, pg. 271
  49. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 250
  50. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 254
  51. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 271
  52. Encyclopedia, Norma Editorial, pg. 271