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Old Men are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series.[4][5][6][7]

Biography

The Legend of Zelda

An Old Man giving Link a 2nd Potion or a Heart Container from The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, there are several Old Men across Hyrule, each serving various needs, such as supplying Link with his first Sword,[8] or giving helpful advice regarding enemies such as the Dodongo.[9] Many helpful items can be obtained from these old men, and a mini-game can be played with them called the Money Making Game.[10] If he is found in dungeons and is stabbed, the Torches around him will fire energy blasts at Link, similar to those of a Stone Statue.

Link can receive the Letter from the Letter-Entrusting Old Man in a northeast cave of Hyrule.[11] When Link shows the Letter to various Old Women, they will sell him Life Potions and 2nd Potions.[12]

An Old Man is present in each Warp Hall. They inform Link of the area's function, transportation.[13]

Old Man's Advice

Swords

The Old Man gives Link the three Swords available in the game, the Sword, the White Sword, and the Magical Sword.

Dungeon Quotes

These quotes are spoken when Link meets the Old Man in a Dungeon.

Overworld Quotes

Quotes spoken in random places such as caves around Hyrule.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, one Old Man resides in each town.[14] They teach Link useful Magic once he has achieved the necessary prerequisites.[15] These magical abilities are usually required for access to the next area that Link must travel to.

Oracle of Seasons

The secret home of the Old Man from Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, Old Men appear in caves that Link finds using by using the Shovel or burning Saplings using Ember Seeds. Some bribe Link not to tell anybody about their secret caves by giving him a large sum of approximately 300 Rupees. Others will thank Link, and charge him a large sum of money in order to repair their doors.

There are three special Old Men in Holodrum who differ from the rest. The first (and only required one) lives in a house in Holodrum Plain, accessible after getting the Flippers. At first, the Old Man will only mutter to himself about someone he is waiting for.[16] After getting the first five Essences of Nature, Link must visit and speak to him once more to receive the Round Jewel.

The second is the Golden Sage living in a cave on the bottom of the river just below the Gnarled Root Dungeon, only accessible in Summer. At first, he will simply instruct Link to find and slay all four Golden Monsters; once Link has done so, he will reward him with the Red Ring.

The last one can be found in a hidden underground cavern behind the Clock Shop after beating a non-Linked game. This Old Man asks for a Secret, and if this secret is retrieved from a linked Oracle of Ages game and given to him, he will upgrade Link's Noble Sword to the Master Sword (or his Wooden Sword to the Noble Sword, if applicable).

In a linked version of the game, another Old Man can be found inside the Hero's Cave.

Oracle of Ages

Only one Old Man cave is present in Oracle of Ages and is found in Rolling Ridge Base. In the past it is inhabited by a generous Old Man, who would give Link 200 Rupees. On the opposite, the Old Man inhabiting it in the present would charge him 50 Rupees to repair the door.

Four Swords Adventures



There are multiple Old Men in Four Swords Adventures.

One Old Man appears in the Village of the Blue Maiden.

Another Old Man appears in Kakariko Village. He has lost the wife with whom he has been married for 56 years,[17] and now he feels lonely.[18] His wife wrote a Letter recommending him to get a cute Cucco as a pet.[17] If the Links give him a Cucco, the Old Timer rewards them with a Key,[19] allowing the young heroes to access a room in his house where they can find the Power Bracelet, and tells them to take as many Force Gems as they would like.[19]

Breath of the Wild

Main article: King Rhoam
Link meeting the Old Man from Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, an Old Man lives on the Great Plateau. Though he can be found throughout the Plateau, he resides in the Old Man's Cabin on its southeastern side. The Old Man is a persona taken on by King Rhoam, the former king of Hyrule, in order to avoid overwhelming Link after his Slumber of Restoration.[20]

In The Old Man's Diary, he claimed that the only thing on the Great Plateau that brought him pleasure was Cooking.[21] He created the Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry, which allowed him to traverse the Freezing Climate of Mount Hylia without getting cold.[22] Now that he had such a Food, he believed he would no longer need his Warm Doublet, which he considered to be itchy.[23]

Unfortunately, the Old Man forgot the recipe for Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry, only remembering that it required Raw Meat and a Spicy Pepper.[24] He lamented that he only had himself to rely on while living on the Great Plateau.[25] Should someone be able to remind him of the missing Ingredient, he promised to give them his Warm Doublet in return.[26]

After Link exits the Shrine of Resurrection, the Old Man will be in a small alcove nearby. He sits by a Campfire, which is surrounded by a Torch and Baked Apples. When Link approaches him, the Old Man greets him, commenting that it is strange to see someone else on the Great Plateau.[27] If Link asks who he is, the Old Man claims to be a hermit who lives by himself on the Plateau, and he wonders what could bring someone so young to such a place.[28] Link can then ask where they are, and the Old Man reveals that they are on the Great Plateau, which is rumored to be the birthplace of Hyrule.[29] He then points out the ruined Temple of Time, which he compares to a ghost of its former self.[30] The Old Man claims he will be at his Campfire for some time, and he tells Link to let him know if he needs help.[31]

If Link interacts with the Old Man and tries to leave, he will insist that Link take a moment to talk with him.[32] If Link insists on leaving, the Old Man will let him go.[33] He will also comment on Link's silence.[34] Should Link end their conversation, the Old Man asks if there is somewhere he needs to be.[35]

When Link speaks to the Old Man again, he can ask what he is doing. The Old Man reveals that he is relaxing by his Campfire, though he plans on Cooking another Baked Apple.[36] Though they can be eaten raw, he explains to Link that Cooking them makes them more nutritious.[37] If Link takes one of the Old Man's Baked Apples, he will initially be angry at him for picking it up without permission.[38] However, the Old Man reveals this to be a joke and allows Link to have it.[39]

When Link picks up the Torch nearby, the Old Man asks what he intends to use it for.[40] If Link replies that he plans to use it as a Weapon, the Old Man will advise him to take the Woodcutter's Axe in the nearby Tree Stump instead.[41] If Link tells him he plans to use it to light Fires, the Old Man will be concerned, but he tells Link to be careful.[42] Finally, if Link refuses to tell him, the Old Man decides not to pry.[43] After the latter two choices, the Old Man claims that the Torch could be used as a Weapon against Monsters.[44] However, he warns Link not to swing it randomly, and he should focus on targeting his Enemies.[45]

The Old Man using the Paraglider

After Link descends from the top of the Great Plateau Tower, the Old Man glides to him with the Paraglider. He informs Link that that Sheikah Towers have simultaneously risen across Hyrule, and he asks if anything happened while Link was on top of the Tower.[46] If Link claims to have heard a voice, the Old Man wonders if he recognized it.[47] If Link admits that he did not, the Old Man will be disappointed.[48] He then points out Calamity Ganon, which is circling Hyrule Castle.[49] He recounts that one century prior, it brought ruin to Hyrule before eventually being sealed within the Castle.[50]

According to the Old Man, Calamity Ganon will soon regain its strength and break free from its seal, and he asks Link if he plans to go to the Castle.[51] If Link confirms that he does, the Old Man informs him that there is no way down from the Great Plateau, since it is surrounded by cliffs on all sides.[52] However, the Old Man's Paraglider would allow one to leave the Plateau without falling.[53] When Link shows interest in the Paraglider, the Old Man offers to give it to him, but only if Link can offer something else in return.[54][55] He then suggests that Link retrieve a treasure that can be found nearby.[56] After this, "The Isolated Plateau" Main Quest will begin.

The Old Man tells Link to follow him as he walks towards the edge of the hill.[57] He points out Oman Au Shrine, which began glowing once the Sheikah Towers emerged.[58] The Old Man reasons that there must be a treasure inside the Ancient Shrine, and if Link brings it to him, he promises to give him the Paraglider in return.[59] If Link speaks to the Old Man again, he tells him to retrieve any treasure he can find in the Ancient Shrine.[60]

After Link completes his first Ancient Shrine, the Old Man glides towards him with the Paraglider once again. He congratulates Link for obtaining a Spirit Orb.[61] If Link asks how he knew, the Old Man attributes it to clairvoyance.[62] He goes on to explain that as one gets older, it becomes more difficult to see what is right in front of them, but they may be able to see things that were once hidden from view.[63]

The Old Man then claims that the Sheikah Towers and Ancient Shrines activating is a result of the Sheikah Slate.[64] If Link asks what he means, the Old Man states that the Sheikah used their Ancient Technology to save Hyrule, but it disappeared a long time ago.[65] He is intrigued that the Sheikah Slate was hidden away for so long.[66]

The Old Man reveals that Ancient Shrines can be found all throughout Hyrule, and if Link brings him the Spirit Orbs from the four on the Great Plateau, he will give him his Paraglider.[67] If Link argues this was not their original deal, the Old Man claims that he changed his mind.[68] If Link clarifies that he needs more Spirit Orbs, the Old Man recalls that he never said he needed only one treasure.[69]

To help Link, the Old Man tells him to scout for Ancient Shrines from a high point, suggesting that he return to the top of the Great Plateau Tower.[70] If Link asks if he is joking, the Old Man confirms that he is not, but he also has another trick to help him.[71] He reveals that if Link opens the Map on his Sheikah Slate, he will be able to Warp to any Travel Gate he has already activated.[72] However, he claims he heard this a long time ago, and he does not know if this actually works.[73]

If Link speaks to the Old Man again, he tells him to search for Ancient Shrines from the top of the Great Plateau Tower.[74] Should Link comment on how much the Old Man knows, he explains that his knowledge comes from his age.[75]

When Link returns to the top of the Great Plateau Tower, the Old Man will already be there. He is surprised that Link took so long to reach the Tower.[76] Though Link is confused how he made it up there so quickly, the Old Man refuses to share his secrets.[77] He repeats that he wanted Link to search for Ancient Shrines from the top of the Tower,[78] revealing that Link can use the Scope of his Sheikah Slate to stick Pins to the Map.[79] He then explains that Pins can serve as reference points while traveling.[79] If Link asks how he knows this, the Old Man gives a cryptic answer about instinct, but he still encourages Link to try.[80]

The second time Link speaks to the Old Man on the Great Plateau Tower, he asks if he is having a difficult time locating Ancient Shrines.[81] If Link requests help, the Old Man suggests checking the System menu if he needs to review his abilities.[82] He also repeats that Link can use the Scope [83]

After this, the Old Man can be encountered at several locations throughout the Great Plateau. One of these places is the alcove near the Shrine of Resurrection. If Link speaks to him, the Old Man asks how his search for Ancient Shrines is going.[84] When asked what he is doing, he explains that he decides to sit by the Campfire because he felt cold.[85] He also informs Link that he can sit by a Campfire to pass the time.[86] Noticing that he was rambling, the Old Man says to ignore him, inviting Link to relax at the Campfire.[87]

Another place the Old Man can be found is the Old Man's Cabin, where he chops down Trees using a Woodcutter's Axe. When Link approaches him, the Old Man will be pleased to see him again.[88] If Link inquires about what he is doing, he explains that he is gathering Wood to make a Fire.[89] He then reveals that in order to make a Tree fall in a certain direction, Link should turn his hips so that they are facing where he wants it to land.[90] Should Link have a Woodcutter's Axe, the Old Man asks him to try cutting down Trees, since he is getting tired.[91] If Link asks what he is doing a second time, the Old Man repeats that he is getting tired.[92] If Link does so, the Old Man will be grateful and allow him to take the Wood for himself.[93]

Afterwards, the Old Man will walk over to the Cooking Pot in front of his Cabin and sit down. When Link speaks to him, he remarks that he does not find many things as delightful as a Campfire.[94] If Link asks what he is doing, the Old Man explains that at his age, it takes time to recover from working.[95] He tells Link that he can use the Cooking Pot to Cook Food for himself.[96][97][98] Should Link ask the Old Man for Cooking tips, he tells him to toss Ingredients into the Cooking Pot from his Inventory.[99] He suggests putting thought into how Ingredients work together, sharing that there are meals that are capable of increasing one's Stamina.[100]

If Link has read The Old Man's Diary, the Old Man will reveal at the end of their conversation that he knows.[101] He confirms that if Link is able to complete the recipe for Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry, he will give him his Warm Doublet in return.[102] To find Raw Meat, he suggests hunting in the Forest of Spirits.[103]

When Link Cooks a meal, he has the option to show it to the Old Man.[104] If Link does so, the Old Man will comment on the quality of his Food.[105] If Link makes Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry, the Old Man will be shocked and ask what recipe he used.[106] After hearing the recipe, the Old Man is shocked that he forgot it included a Hyrule Bass.[107] He will then give Link his Warm Doublet.[108] He explains that Link can use it to traverse Freezing Climates, but he does not believe he will need it now that he has the recipe.[109]

After Link gives him the Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry, the Old Man writes about the event in his Diary.[110] He also copies down the recipe so that he does not forget it.[111] Next, he recounts that eating it allows him to walk around Mount Hylia without freezing, but he admits that he forgot that there was a time limit to it.[112] Due to this, he regrets giving away the Warm Doublet, which is able to keep someone warm indefinitely.[113]

At midnight, the Old Man will retire to his Cabin. If Link asks what he is doing, the Old Man explains that he is tired and will be going to sleep in his Bed.[114] He welcomes Link to use his Bed whenever he is not asleep in it.[115] While he is sleeping, Link can wake the Old Man up, which annoys him.[116] If Link asks what he is doing, he responds that he was resting, and he tells Link to talk to him in the morning.[117]

The Old Man also has a small campsite in the Forest of Spirits, where he attempts to hunt Woodland Boars. If talked to, he will be pleased to see Link again.[118] When asked what he is doing, the Old Man states that he is hunting, and he tells Link to crouch down so he does not scare away his targets.[119] Should Link speaks to the Old Man again, he claims that hunting requires a lot of focus, since it keeps one's mind off of how much their back hurts.[120] If Link ask if he has any tips, the Old Man suggests that Link crouch so that his prey does not notice him, at which point he should shoot it with an Arrow.[121] With proper aim, the Old Man states that Link should be able to take it down with a single shot.[122] Noticing how tired he is, the Old Man decides to take a break at his campsite.[123] He allows Link to use this Cooking Pot as well, but Link must light the Campfire himself.[124]

The final location where Link can encounter the Old Man is on the southern peak of Mount Hylia, where he stands next to the King's Tomb. When Link approaches him, he remarks that he enjoys watching Hyrule from here.[125] After Link's response, the Old Man says that their current placement gives them the best view of the Great Plateau.[126] He then repeats his lesson on the Scope for Link.[79][127] When Link asks how he knows this, the Old Man claims it was something he learned after living in the wild for so long.[128]

If Link has not yet obtained the Warm Doublet, the Old Man congratulates him and gives him the Warm Doublet as a reward.[129] He encourages Link to try it on, stating that it looks good when worn.[130]

After Link completes all four Ancient Shrines on the Great Plateau, the Old Man will glide towards him with the Paraglider one final time. He decides that it is now time for him to tell Link the truth.[131] He tells Link to imagine an "X" with the four Ancient Shrines are end points, and he directs him to go to the spot that would be where the lines intersect where he will be waiting. [132] He then asks Link if he understands, repeating his words as he begins to disappear.[133] Once Link exchanges his Spirit Orbs at the Goddess Statue in the Temple of Time, the Old Man will call down to him from the roof. He notices that Link has become more resilient due to Hylia's blessing.[134] He then beckons for Link to join him on the roof.[135]

When Link finally reaches the Old Man, he laughs and congratulates him for doing so well and admits that it is time to show Link his true identity.[136] The Old Man then reveals that his true identity: King Rhoam, the last ruler of Hyrule.[137]

Other Appearances

BS The Legend of Zelda

In BS The Legend of Zelda, various Old Men reprise their roles from The Legend of Zelda. The Player character automatically visits the Sword-Giving Old Man at the beginning of each week of gameplay, first to obtain the Wooden Sword, then to recall their progress in the subsequent weeks. At predetermined times throughout the adventure, an Old Man communicates telepathically with the Player, giving them valuable information and casting spells to aid them.
With fifteen minutes remaining in the final week, the Sword-Giving Old Man is attacked by Ganon in his cave. The Player finds him face-down and injured, with a newly-created tunnel in the rear of the cave, leading to a room where Ganon can be battled if all eight Triforce pieces have been recovered. The Old Man recovers after Ganon is defeated.

The Shadow Prince

The Old Man in the A Link to the Past comic

In The Shadow Prince, Link can encounter mysterious Old Man if he chooses to take the Town of Ruto detour instead of going through the Midoro Swamp as he tries to reach the Water Town of Saria. Just as he is about to arrive to Ruto, he bumps into an Old Man, who gives the young hero a key.[138] The old man goes on to say that he shouldn't go through Ruto on his way to Saria since there is a traffic jam, and the old man disappears before Link can ask any questions.[139]

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, an Old Man lives in the Sanctuary, replacing the Loyal Sage from the game; however, he has a short role in the comic and only appears in the first chapter. Princess Zelda, after being rescued, suggests to Link that they go to the Sanctuary and see the old man living there so that he may help them with their next move.[140] Upon reaching the Sanctuary, the Old Man explains the consequences of Agahnim's plan: if Agahnim succeeds in opening the way to the Dark World and breaking Ganon's seal, the King of Thieves would gather his army against Hyrule.[141] He then warns Link that he should not underestimate Agahnim if he is going to fight against him, since he can sense that an evil force is guiding the wizard's actions.[142] The Old Man is last seen in the comic after Princess Zelda is kidnapped by Agahnim in the Sanctuary. He tells Link to not worry about him and find the Master Sword since he is the only one who can defeat the evil wizard.[143]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Old Man from Breath of the Wild can occasionally be seen Paragliding in the background of the Great Plateau Tower Stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He can also be seen landing atop the Tower to watch the Fighters brawling.

Other Similar Old Men

Trivia

  • In The Legend of Zelda, Link was originally going to have a choice between taking the Wooden Sword or the Boomerang from the Old Man.[144]

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
EnglishBR
Old Man (BotW)
Japan
Japanese
  • おじいさん (Ojīsan) (TLoZ)[153]
  • 魔法使い (TAoL)[154]
  • 老人 (BotW)
  • Same as English.
  • Wizard
  •  
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
ChineseTR
老人 (Lǎorén) (BotW) 
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
  • 老人 (lǎo rén) (TLoZ)[149]
  • 老爷爷 (lǎo yé yé) (TAoL)[150]
  • 老人 (Lǎorén) (BotW)
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
  •  
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
Oude man (BotW) 
Canada
FrenchCA
Vieil homme (BotW) 
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Vieil homme (TLoZ | BotW)[148]Same as English.
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Alter Mann (TLoZ | TAoL | BotW)[151][152]Same as English.
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Same as English.
  •  
Latin America
SpanishLA
Anciano (BotW) 
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Anciano (TLoZ | BotW)[155] 
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Other Names

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References

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 61(FSA)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 223 (TAoL)
  3. "I implore you, with all my heart... defeat Calamity Ganon and save my precious daughter, Zelda." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  4. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 219 (TLoZ) & 223 (TAoL)
  5. Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 209 (OoS | OoA)
  6. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 265 & 266 (FSA)
  7. "Old Man" — Game Screen (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  9. "DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  10. "LET'S PLAY A MONEY-MAKING GAME." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  11. "SHOW THIS TO THE OLD WOMAN." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  12. "BUY MEDICINE BEFORE YOU GO." — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  13. "TAKE ANY ROAD YOU WANT." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  14. "EACH TOWN HAS A WISE MAN. LEARN FROM HIM." — Hylian (The Adventure of Link)
  15. "IN PARAPA DESERT USE THIS MAGIC TO SURVIVE" — Old Man (The Adventure of Link)
  16. "Soil, time, sun, rain, warmth... I await one who knows many essences..." — Old Man (Oracle of Seasons)
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Dearest, we've been married now for 56 years, and you've always been so good to me. After I'm gone, please don't let yourself be too sad for too long. If you get lonely, get yourself a cute Cucco as a pet. If you do, perhaps you'll be able to forget some of your sorrow. Good-bye, old timer. We'll meet again one day." — Letter (Four Swords Adventures)
  18. "... ... ... ... ... Darling... what will I ever do without you..." — Old Man (Four Swords Adventures)
  19. 19.0 19.1 "... ... ... ... ... Ah, what an adorable Cucco. It warms my old heart. After my wife passed on, I was prepared to spend the rest of my days alone... But now that I've seen that Cucco... Would you... let me take care of it for you? I'll give you this key, and you can even take as many Force Gems as you like. If I have that Cucco by my side, I won't need anything else." — Old Man (Four Swords Adventures)
  20. "I did not think it wise to overwhelm you while your memory was still fragile. So rather than that, I thought it best to assume a temporary form." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "On this desolate plateau, the only pleasure that brings me comfort is cooking." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "And today, I outdid myself! Truly, I created the perfect dish. I call it... spicy meat and seafood fry. This recipe not only restores health, but it also keeps me warm, even when traveling in the snowy mountains." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "With this dish on my side, I no longer have need of that itchy warm doublet." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "I do not know how I allowed this to happen, but it seems I forgot to write down a very important recipe. I know it contained raw meat and spicy pepper. However... I simply cannot remember what else I used! My age is catching up to me." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "Sadly, on this lonely plateau, I have only my own knowledge and memory to rely on. Still..." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "If I did find someone who knew the missing ingredient, I would happily reward them with my warm doublet. However, it seems unlikely that such a miraculous wish will ever be fulfilled." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "Oho ho! Well met, stranger! It's rather unusual to see another soul in these parts." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "[Who are you?] Me? I'll spare you my life story. I'm just an old fool who has lived here, alone, for quite some time now. What brings a bright-eyed young man like you to a place like this?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "[Where are we?] Answering a question with a question. That is fair enough. As I cannot imagine our meeting to be a simple coincidence...I shall tell you. This is the Great Plateau. According to legend, this is the birthplace of the entire kingdom of Hyrule." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "That temple there... Long ago, that was the site of many sacred ceremonies. Ever since the decline of the kingdom 100 years ago, it has sat abandoned, in a state of decay. Yet another forgotten entity. A mere ghost of its former self..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "I shall be here for some time. Please let me know if I may be of service." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "[Bye.] Wait. Where are you rushing off to now? Is speaking with a strange old man truly such an awful use of your time?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "[Bye.] Hmph. Well, do as you like, then." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "Oho ho! So you fancy yourself the strong silent type, eh?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "[Bye.] Do you not have somewhere else to be, young one?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "[What are you doing?] I'm relaxing by the fireside, of course. Although I'll need to cook myself another baked apple at some point..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  37. "Simple foods such as apples are fine to eat raw, but roasting them on a fire makes them tastier and more nutritious." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "I BEG YOUR PARDON! I do believe that is my baked apple! You can't just go about taking whatever you please!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "Oho ho! Forgive me—I could not resist pulling your leg. Please help yourself." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  40. "Well then, just help yourself to that torch there. And how, may I ask, are you planning to use it?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  41. "[As a weapon!] Innovative... However, that is probably best used to light fires. If you need a weapon, you can find something better. Many beasts roam the land past this point. You can take my axe with you, if you please. Assuming you can find it." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  42. "[To set things on fire!] That is rather...unnerving. Please be cautious with that around any dry grass that might catch fire." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  43. "[It's a secret...] I see, Well then, do as you please." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  44. "You know, there are plenty of monsters in this area. That torch would make a good weapon, if need be." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  45. "However, do not just swing it around without purpose. You must face your opponents and lock your sights on them!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  46. "My my... It would seem that we have quite the enigma here. This tower and several others just like it have erupted across the land, one after another. Very interesting... It is almost as though...a long-dormant power has awoken quite suddenly. Did anything...odd occur while you were atop that tower?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  47. "[I heard a voice.] Well now! A voice, you say? And did you happen to recognize this mysterious voice?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  48. "[No.] I see. Well, then...that is a shame." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  49. "I assume that you caught sight of that atrocity enshrouding the castle. That...is Calamity Ganon." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  50. "One hundred years ago, that vile entity brought the kingdom of Hyrule to ruin. It appeared suddenly and destroyed everything in its path. So many innocent lives were lost in its wake. For a century, the very symbol of our kingdom, Hyrule Castle, has managed to contain that evil.. But just barely." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  51. "There it festers, building its strength for the moment it will unleash its blight upon the land once again. It would appear that moment is fast approaching... I must ask you, courageous one... Do you intend to make your way to the castle?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  52. "[I do.] I had a feeling you would say that. Here, on this isolated plateau, we are surrounded on all sides by steep cliffs, with no way down. If you were to try to jump off, well... no death could be more certain. Or more foolish." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  53. "Of course, if you had a paraglider like mine, that would be quite another story." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  54. "[Hand it over!] Oho! Certainly! Why not? But there is no such thing as a free item in this world, you know." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  55. "[Paraglider?] Oho! Piqued your interest, have I? Yes, I didn't come soaring down here on my own feathery wings, you know! Worry not—I will happily agree to five you my paraglider. But not for nothing." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  56. "Let's see now... How about I trade it for a bit of treasure that slumbers nearby?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  57. "Come. Let me show you something." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  58. "Do you see that structure there? The one shining with a strange light? It began glowing at the exact moment those towers rose up from the ground." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  59. "I would think such a place might house some sort of treasure, wouldn't you? Treasure for the paraglider. A fair exchange, I believe." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  60. "Go on! Fetch me any treasure you find inside that shrine. I am looking forward to your successful return." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  61. "It seems you managed to get your hands on a Spirit Orb. Well done!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  62. "[How did you know?!] Clairvoyance! Oho, or perhaps something similar." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  63. "As one gets old, it can become more difficult to see what is right before one's own eyes... However, that which was once hidden from view can often be crystal clear. But perhaps that is not true for everyone! Oho ho!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  64. "The appearance of those towers and the awakening of this shrine... It is all connected to that Sheikah Slate you carry on your hip there." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  65. "[What do you mean?] It has been quite some time since I have seen that Sheikah Slate... Long ago, a highly advanced tribe known as the Sheikah inhabited these lands. The great power of their wisdom saved this kingdom time and time again. But their ancient technology disappeared long ago... Or so it is said." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  66. "It is interesting, however, to think... how something like that survived all this time, hidden away in a shrine." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  67. "These shrines are tucked away in numerous places all across this land. On this plateau alone, I believe there are still three more. Bring me the treasure from each of those shrines...and I will give you my paraglider." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  68. "[That wasn't the deal!] Oh? Well, I suppose I changed my mind. I'm sure that won't be a problem for a young go-getter like you!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  69. "[So I need more now?] I said "treasure," but I never said there would only be one treasure. Whether it's one treasure or four, what's the difference for a young go-getter like yourself?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  70. "Since I'm feeling generous, I will also teach you a trick for finding shrines. It's always best to survey the area by looking around from a high point. Let's see here... How about you make your way to the top of that tower again?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  71. "[Are you joking?] Oho ho! I am afraid not. But do not worry! I have another little trick to share with you for your effort." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  72. "Take a look at the map on your Sheikah Slate. See those blue icons? You should recognize the cave where you woke, the shrine you came from, and the tower. You can travel instantly to any of those places with the Sheikah Slate." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  73. "Or so I heard quite some time ago... I do not know if it actually works as such." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  74. "Try traveling to the top of the tower. From there, you should be able to scout the location of another shrine." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  75. "[You sure know a lot...] Oho ho! When you have been around as long as I have, you pick up a thing or two. Go on, why not try it out?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  76. "I'm surprised it took you so long to catch up with an old man like me!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  77. "Oho ho! Leave an old man to his secrets." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  78. "Now then... I wanted you to join me up here so you could use this as a vantage point to search for shrines." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  79. 79.0 79.1 79.2 "Did you know about the scope on your Sheikah Slate? Look through it, and you can stick a pin anywhere you'd like to mark on the map. The pins on your map serve as reference points for your travels. Just stick a pin anywhere you're interested in!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  80. "[How do you know?] Experience, wisdom...instinct? Call it what you will and believe it only if you so please. Go ahead and take a look if you feel inclined to do so." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  81. "Having trouble finding the shrines?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  82. "[Help me out here.] I just remembered something that may help you. You can review some of the abilities you've learned on the pause screen." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  83. "If you're searching for shrines, use the scope on your Sheikah Slate." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  84. "So then... How goes your endeavor to explore the shrines?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  85. "[What are you doing?] Oh... I was just feeling a chill. A warm fire can do wonders for a weary soul." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  86. "A campfire is a wonderful place to pass the time. Staring into these flames, it's easy to lose track of the hours..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  87. "Bah! Please ignore my ramblings. Feel free to relax here for as long as you'd like." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  88. "Oho! Fancy that! So we meet again." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  89. "[What are you doing?] I thought this tree here would make for some good firewood." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  90. "However...getting a tree to fall exactly where you want it to is quite an art. The trick is to turn your hips so that they face where you want the tree to land." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  91. "So... I see you found my axe. Why not help me out and give it a few swings? I'm working up quite a sweat here...but these bones could use a break." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  92. "[What are you doing?] I'm working up quite a sweat here... but these bones could use a break." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  93. "Oho! I see you did my work for me. Wonderful! Go ahead and take some of that wood for yourself. Don't be shy, now." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  94. "Oho ho! There are few things as delightful as a roaring fire!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  95. "[What are you doing?] This body of mine isn't what it used to be. Recovering from a boat of hard work takes a while..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  96. "If you're hungry, I have an empty pot you can use to cook yourself a meal." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  97. "If you're moved by any wild culinary inspiration, feel free to cook yourself a meal using my pot over there." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  98. "My cooking pot is at your disposal. Feel free to make yourself something tasty whenever you feel the need." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  99. "[Got any tips?] Simply open your inventory, grab hold of your ingredients, and toss them in!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  100. "Try to consider how the ingredients will complement one another. You can even make a dish that increases your stamina! It's all about being creative and trying different things. Oho ho!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  101. "In case you were wondering, I know you were poking around in my diary." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  102. "That said, if you do end up figuring out how to create that dish I wrote about, my warm doublet is all yours." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  103. "If it's raw meat you're after, try hunting in the Forest of Spirits. You'll find it in the northern part of the plateau." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  104. "[I cooked something.] Hmm... Let's take a look at what you cooked up there, shall we?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  105. "Not bad. Certainly not good... but not bad either." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  106. "[I cooked something.] Wait... Is that... That looks just like my signature perfect dish, spicy meat and seafood fry! But how did you-?! Well, I suppose that is not important. Can I trouble you to share the recipe?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  107. "Ah, of course! Hyrule bass! How could I have forgotten?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  108. "Well done! Now, please allow me to reward your culinary efforts with this warm doublet." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  109. "With that, you will be able to resist the bite of colder environments. As for me, I know a great spicy meat and seafood fry recipe, so I can do without that warm doublet." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  110. "To my surprise and delight, I did happen upon someone who was able to re-create my spicy meat and seafood fry. I gave him my warm doublet, and I was happy to do so. He is a fine young man with great potential, that one." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  111. "Ah, and I will now write down this perfect recipe so that I will never forget it. Place some raw meat, spicy pepper, and hyrule bass in a pot, and then turn up the heat. Voilà!" — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  112. "Eating this dish allows you to walk the snowy mountains with ease, though I did forget there's a time limit on the effect." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  113. "It is too bad I already gave away that warm doublet, which keeps you warm no matter how long you wear it." — The Old Man's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  114. "[What are you doing?] After a day like this, I'm exhausted. *ahem* I'm afraid I'll be needing my bed." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  115. "You can use my bed if you ever need to rest for a bit. Well, assuming I'm not already in it, of course!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  116. "What is it?! Just when I was finally able to fall asleep..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  117. "[What are you doing?] Bah! Can't you tell when an old man is sound asleep? Let's talk in the morning." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  118. "Well, well, well... So we meet again." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  119. "[What are you doing?] Can you not see that I'm hunting here? You'll scare off my prey like that. At least crouch down a bit." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  120. "Hunting demands a great deal of focus... It keeps your mind off how much your back hurts from crouching all day." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  121. "[Got any tips?] First, crouch down and approach your prey quietly to ensure you will not be noticed. When you're close enough that detection is nearly imminent...draw your bow and let your arrow fly!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  122. "Aim thoughtfully, and you should be able to take down your prey with a single arrow." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  123. "I am rather tired... Yes, I think I'm going to take a small break." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  124. "Say, courageous one... Are you hungry? If so, please feel free to use my cooking pot to whip up a snack. If you need to start a fire, just light your torch on that campfire over there." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  125. "Ahhh... I enjoy gazing out at the world from here." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  126. "[B-b-breathtaking view...] This may be the best place to get a full view of the entire plateau." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  127. "Use your scope to look for shrines. When you locate one, place a pin on your map as a marker." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  128. "[How do you know?] Oho ho! Just a few tricks I've picked up after many, many years in the wild... You may take my advice or leave it. Go ahead and take a look if you feel inclined to do so." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  129. "You did well to make it this far without the proper clothing. Please take this warm doublet as a reward for your tenacity." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  130. "I assume you will want to try it on right away, yes? I thought you might be eager to see how it looks... It's quite fetching! Well, I suppose it matters not. It is yours now. Do take care to put it on before you get too cold, though." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  131. "With this, you have now acquired all of the Spirit Orbs from the shrines on this plateau." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
    "Oho ho! Extraordinary!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
    "That means...it is finally time. Link, it is finally time for me to tell you everything. But first..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  132. "Imagine an X on your map, with the four shrines as the end points. Find the spot where those lines intersect. I shall wait for you there." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  133. "Do you understand? Where two lines connecting the shrines would cross... There...I will...be waiting..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  134. "The blessing of the Goddess has made you that much more resilient, I see..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  135. "Here I am... Get up here—quickly!" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  136. "Well done there, young one! Now, then... The time has come to show you who I truly am." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  137. "I was King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule. I was...the last leader of Hyrule. A kingdom which no longer exists." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  138. "An old man with a long cane suddenly appears in the road in front of them. 'Just a humble townsman,' the man says. 'And a friend to you.' [...] The man shuffles forward, waving his cane. 'That's right, young fella!' He smiles, showing a row of crooked, yellow teeth. Then he reaches into his cloak and pulls out something that glimmers like gold. [...] The man places it in Link's hand." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 69, 70)
  139. "'A key!' he says with a wink. 'A key, that's what she is! Listen, take my advice and don't go through Ruto on your way to Saria. Terrible traffic jam in there.' Before Link can ask any more questions, the man turns and disappears into the tall grass by the roadside." (The Shadow Prince, Simon & Schuster, pg. 70)
  140. "We must escape and make our way to the Sanctuary!! The Old Man there will help us" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 13)
  141. "Yes...and were he successful, the master of evil would marshal his forces against this world again!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 14)
  142. "Link? If you are going to battle the wizard Agahnim, do not underestimate him! I sense a powerful evil force is guiding his actions..." (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 15)
  143. "Don't worry about me! Find the Master Sword! Link--it's up to you alone!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 16)
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  150. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 223
  151. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 219
  152. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 223
  153. Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing, pg. 217
  154. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., pg. 221
  155. Encyclopedia, Norma Editorial, pg. 219
  156. Tips & Tactics, Nintendo of America, pg. 11
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