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Nell is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.(BotW | TotK)[2][3]


Breath of the Wild

Nell is a Hylian traveler who can be encountered one the western side of the Akkala Bridge Ruins. While there, he can be seen defending himself against a Blue Moblin. He carries a Traveler's Sword and a Wooden Shield, and he wears a tattered piece of cloth that can be found on Soldier's Armor.

While he is under attack, Nell will draw his Traveler's Sword to defend himself.[4][5] When spoken to during his battle, he goads the Blue Moblin.[6] He also states that Monsters do not belong at the Akkala Citadel Ruins.[7]

Once the Blue Moblin has been defeated, Nell will be relieved.[8] If Nell was knocked unconscious, he complains that Link watched as he was beat up, but he still warns him to be careful while traveling.[9] If Link saved him, he may state that he is impressed by how easily he was able to defeat the Moblin.[10] He also has a chance to say that he was overwhelmed facing the Monster, comparing his own fighting skills with Link's.[11] As a reward, he gives Link Food or Arrows.

The first time Link speaks to Nell, he is saddened that he will have to turn back after traveling so far to reach the Akkala Citadel Ruins.[12] Turning to face the Ruins, Nell explains that the Akkala Citadel was constructed long ago in order to protect the Akkala Region.[13] While it was thought to be the impenetrable, the army retreated there during the Great Calamity after losing the Royal Family of Hyrule.[14] Despite their best efforts, the Guardians destroyed the Akkala Citadel, which Nell attributes to the fall of Hyrule as a whole.[15]

When Nell discovered that he had an ancestor who died at the Akkala Citadel, he decided to travel there in order to pray for them.[1] However, upon reaching the Akkala Bridge Ruins, he found that the Akkala Citadel Ruins were still swarmed with active Guardians, making it impossible for him to continue.[16] He warns Link that he has never heard of someone who was able to escape a Guardian after it spotted them.[17] While he does not think Link would be reckless, Nell still warns him to be careful while traversing the Akkala Highlands.[18]

After subsequent rescues, Nell will look out over the Akkala Citadel Ruins from the edge of the Bridge Ruins. When Link speaks to him, he comments that the scale of destruction from the Great Calamity can be seen in the ruins of massive structures and cities throughout Hyrule.[19] Though he wishes he could get a closer look at the Citadel, he does not want to risk his life, and he warns Link to be careful if he decides to go there.[20]

Tears of the Kingdom


  • Nell is one of several characters that will hit Link back if he attacks them with a Weapon.[21][22][23] These attacks deal no damage.


Nell's name is derived from fennel. As a name, Nell is a common diminutive for people with names beginning with "El."[24]

Names in Other Regions
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Nell (BotW)
  • ネルフェン (Nerufen) (BotW)
  • ネルフェン (TotK)
  • Nerufen is a corruption of フェンネル (Fennel).
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
內爾梵 (Nèiěrfàn) (BotW | TotK) 
The People's Republic of China
内尔梵 (Nèiěrfàn) (BotW | TotK) 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Nell (BotW)
Fenouh (BotW | TotK) 
The French Republic
Fenouh (BotW | TotK) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
Nell (BotW | TotK)
The Italian Republic
Nelfen (BotW | TotK) 
The Republic of Korea
네르펜 (TotK) 
Latin America
Nell (BotW)
The Kingdom of Spain
Nell (BotW | TotK)
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See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "I found out my own kin died in that battle, so I came to at least pray at the spot where they fell." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Nell" — Game Screen (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Nell" — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "Let's go you filth!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Come get some!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Come and get me! I'll take you on!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Monsters have no business being here!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Phew..." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "Well, I hope you enjoyed watching me make a fool of myself. Glad I could provide some free entertainment. Learn from my example, traveler—always be on your guard on these roads." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "It took all I had just to stay alive against that monster, but you beat it like it was a straw training dummy. Whoever you are, you deserve this more than I do!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "Th-thanks... That monster was more than I bargained for. I'm a dab hand with a blade, but you... Well, my hat is off to you, boy. Here, take this for your help." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "I came out this way to search for this citadel. Can't believe I made it so close, only to have to turn back now..." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "That's the Akkala Citadel Ruins. Long ago, at the peak of Hyrule's power, they built a fortress to protect Akkala." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "It was said to be unassailable, but during the Great Calamity, Hyrule Castle fell... The army had no royalty to lead them. With no other choice, they fell back to this citadel to make their last stand." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "Sadly, a concentrated assault from the out-of-control Guardians spelled the end for this fortress, too. In a real sense, the kingdom of Hyrule met its doom here." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "But it turns out that the old Guardians are still active, so this is as far as I go." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "I've never heard of anyone else escaping a Guardian's sights, at least." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "You don't look reckless enough to chance it, but be on your guard in these hills all the same." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "When you look at these massive structures and ruined really get a sense of what we lost." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "I wish I could get a closer look, but I don't have a death wish. If you're headed for the citadel, be very careful." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "You looking to fight?!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "What are you doing?!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Don't cross me!" — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  24. Meaning, origin and history of the name Nell (web archive), Behind the Name, published February 28, 2019, retrieved November 13, 2022.