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Orca is a character in The Wind Waker.[2]


Orca is an elderly man who lives on Outset Island on the ground floor of a house he shares with his older brother Sturgeon and great-niece Sue-Belle.[3] Orca does not get along well with his older brother, who considers Orca a "hooligan" for preferring martial arts to book study.[3][4] Orca has a calm disposition and thinks his brother is high-strung.[5]

Orca was once a master swordsman,[6] though he now wields a spear. He allows Link to practice the basic sword techniques using the Hero's Sword, however, he refuses to give Link a sword of his own for fear of upsetting Grandma.[7] Orca is unaware of Tetra's fall into the Forest of Fairies, and when Link returns to the swordsman for practice, he senses an urgency in Link and allows him to keep the Hero's Sword.[8]

Sword Training

Main article: Sword Training

Upon Link's return to Outset Island later in his adventure, Orca remarks that the young hero has changed.[9] Orca asks Link to show him how much his skills have improved.[10] If Link accepts, a Minigame begins in which Link must strike Orca as many times as he can before Orca strikes him three times.[11] Before starting, Orca taunts Link, stating that his skill level is only that of a page.[12]

If Link hits Orca 100 times before being hit three, Orca declares him to be a knight,[13] and gives him a Purple Rupee. 300 hits convinces Orca to give Link an Orange Rupee and increase his rank to "swordsman".[14] For 500 hits, he gives Link a Piece of Heart.

At 1000 hits, Orca loses count and ends the battle. He gives the young hero a Silver Rupee and calls him "Master Link" from then on.[15] He remarks that his arm feels numb, and asks Link if his left index finger is numb too.[16] This is a fourth-wall-breaking reference to the prolonged holding of the L-Target that is required if the Targeting Mode is left to the default "Hold".

If struck outside a training context, Orca automatically blocks the strike with his spear. He expresses annoyance when Link strikes him three times,[17] and again more pointedly after five times.[18] On the sixth strike, he yells at Link to stop and knocks him down.[19]

Secret Technique

In their youth, Orca and Sturgeon longed to learn the Hurricane Spin. They spent several years collecting the requisite Knight's Crests, but grew old before they could gather the ten needed to learn the secret technique.[20][21]

Some time after Link departs from Outset Island,[when?] Orca sends him an abrupt Letter with instructions to bring back Knight's Crests. Enclosed with the Letter is a Red Rupee.

Orca's Letter
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If you wish to be a true

find some Knight's Crests!

And return to me!


If you wish to be a true

find some Knight's Crests!

And return to me!


When Link presents 10 Knight's Crests to Orca, he teaches Link the Hurricane Spin technique that he and Sturgeon were never able to master. Orca drops his spear and cries tears of joy at having his long-held dream come true.[22] Orca will then say that there is no longer anything left for him to teach Link,[23] and expresses his certainty that Link will be successful in his quest to save Aryll and bring her home to Outset Island.[24]


  • The first time Link shows Orca a Knight's Crest that he has collected, Orca drops his spear. Link is then able to attack Orca while he is without his spear. Orca will still block the attack, defending himself with only his hands and legs.


Orca is named after the Killer whale. His brother, Sturgeon, is also named after an aquatic animal. In Japan, Orca is named 赤シャチ (Red Orca), in contrast with his brother's name 青ジイ (Blue Old Man).

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  • 赤シャチ (Aka Shachi) (TWW)[26]
  • 赤シャチのジイ様 (Aka Shachi no Jī-sama) (TWW)[27]
The French Republic
The Federal Republic of Germany
Vadder Orca (TWW)[28]
The Italian Republic
Sensei Ken (TWW)[25]
The Kingdom of Spain
Viejo Orca (TWW)[31]
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  1. "In his younger days, Orca had hoped to be a swordsman, but after he suffered a serious injury that ended that dream. He soon returned to Outset and became a fisherman." — Figurine (The Wind Waker)
  2. "Orca" (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 258(TWW))
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The hooligan I'm referring to is my younger and much less intelligent brother, who lives just downstairs..." — Sturgeon (The Wind Waker)
  4. "He hates studying. All day, every day, the lout just exercises and practices with his weapons. Does he exercise his brain? No! The brain's a muscle, too! ...I think. Anyway, the only thing he DOES study is the art of fighting." — Sturgeon (The Wind Waker)
  5. "Ah! My brother upstairs is very high-strung. His is the way of knowledge. He locks himself in his room and studies all day." — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  6. "On the island due east of here lives an old man who was once a master swordsman." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  7. "Good! That is enough! It is as I foresaw! One day, you shall become a master of the sword! But it is still too soon to give you a sword to carry around with you. I'm afraid I cannot give you one yet. If I did give you one, I am certain your grandmother would be quite upset with me...and I do not need that!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  8. "I sense a certain anxiousness in the sword you hold...an eagerness that goes far beyond the mere desire to be wielded on the fields of battle... I do not know what has happened... But I have faith in you. Somehow, I doubt you will misuse that sword... You may have it, Link. I give it freely. Take the blade with you..." — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  9. "Hmm... I do not know what you have been doing on your journey, but you seem a little more daring these days. That look in your eye is not the one you left here with." — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  10. "Very good! Show me just how much you've improved your sword skills!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  11. "Keep coming at me until I hit you three times!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  12. "If I must say so, your skills with the sword are still at the level of a page!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  13. "I guess it was wrong of me to treat you like you were still a lowly page. You are a page no more! Now you are a knight!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  14. "It was wrong of me to treat you like a child. From now on, you have my respect. I shall call you swordsman!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  15. "Impressive, Link! I lost count of how many times you struck me! You have learned all I have to teach, Master Link!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  16. "Ah. How...pleasant. My arm feels numb. Master, is your left index finger not numb, as well?" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  17. "What are you doing!?" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  18. "Hey! Link!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  19. "Ah! Stop! Desist!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  20. "Any courageous soul who gathers ten of these crests can learn a powerful new sword technique!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  21. "Both my brother and I dreamt of learning this technique in our youth. We worked so hard to collect the crests... But it took many long years and adventures beyond count before we even approached finding ten of them, and we both grew old..." — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  22. "At last, you have made our long-held dream come true! Oh, the joyful tears... They won't stop...I thought my tears had dried up long ago." — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  23. "There is nothing left for me to teach you!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  24. "I am certain now that you will save your sister, Aryll, and bring her home to Outset!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)
  25. "L'unico maestro di arte della spada dell'isola è il Sensei Ken." — Grandma (The Wind Waker)
  26. "赤シャチ
    出身地 プロロ島
    特技 剣術
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  27. "だいいち、この島で剣術なんてしているのは
    家の前に住む 赤シャチのジイ様ぐらいしか
    " — Grandma (The Wind Waker)
  28. "Und überhaupt, der Einzige, der sich auf dieser Insel noch mit der Kunst des Schwertkampfes beschäftigt, ist der alte Vadder Orca." — Grandma (The Wind Waker)
  29. "Orco
    Originaire de: l'Ile de l'Aurore.
    Vocation: Maniement de l'épée.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  30. "Et d'ailleurs, il n'y a dans cette île que le vieil Orco, notre voisin, qui pratique encore le maniement de l'épée." — Grandma (The Wind Waker)
  31. "En esta isla, el único que sigue practicando el arte de la lucha es el viejo Orca de la casa de enfrente." — Grandma (The Wind Waker)