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The Owl is a character in Link's Awakening.[2]


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This mysterious owl follows you throughout your adventure. He seems to know much of the island and the world in general, including the Wind Fish. But is he friend or foe?

The Owl appears to Link as soon has he finds his Sword in Toronbo Shores.[3][4] He appears again on multiple occasions to share his words of wisdom.[5] The Owl is greatly concerned of the Wind Fish's eternal slumber and upon seeing Link, believes that he could be the one who would awaken the Wind Fish.[3]

Giving Link directions in the form of riddles,[6] the Owl sends him to various Dungeons of the isle to retrieve the Instruments of the Sirens,[7] which are all needed to awake the Wind Fish.[8] The Owl is also constantly reminding Link that the Wind Fish is watching his progress and awaits to be awakened.[9]

Upon getting the Full Moon Cello from Tail Cave, the Owl once again appears.[8] He mentions that at first he did not believe that Link was real, suggesting that he believed that he was actually a part of the dream world, as Koholint Island is a mere illusion dreamed up by the sleeping Wind Fish.[8] However, since Link had gotten the Instrument of the Sirens, it would seem that the Owl now believes that Link is in fact real. When explaining what the Instrument of the Sirens is, the Owl also mentions that he was given instructions to guide Link.[8]

After getting the fifth Instrument of the Sirens, the Owl will then instruct Link to the Ancient Ruins, where ancient ruins speak of the Wind Fish.[10] After defeating the Armos Knight there, Link discovers some writing and a drawing on the wall. The wall reveal that Koholint Island is a dream of the Wind Fish and by awakening him would make the island disappear. The wall depict a drawing of the Wind Fish as well as the Owl. The Owl outside reassures Link by telling him that no one is really sure whether the foretelling is true or not, and the only way to find out would be to awaken the Wind Fish. The Owl then tells Link to trust his feelings and then flies off.[11]

The Owl is also quite aware of the "Ballad of the Wind Fish", the song which needs to be played with the eight Instruments of the Sirens to awaken the Wind Fish. After Link completes Eagle's Tower, he encounters Marin, who often sings the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" in the Tal Tal Mountain Range. After saving her from some monsters, the Owl thinks that she could have been trying to awaken the Wind Fish with her song,[12] which seems to be true as Marin had revealed earlier her wish of becoming a Seagull and hoped that the Wind Fish would make her wish come true someday.[13]

After getting all of the Instruments of the Sirens, Link goes in front of the Wind Fish's Egg and plays the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" on the Instruments of the Sirens. By doing so, an opening cracks open in the Wind Fish's Egg and the Owl flies down, telling Link to go inside.[14] After completing the maze and defeating the final Nightmare inside, a stairway opens which takes Link to the Wind Fish's room. There, the Owl appears to Link for the final time.[15] The Owl then reveals that he was in fact part of the Wind Fish's spirit. As the spirit of the Wind Fish, the Owl was also the guardian of the Wind Fish's dream world.[15] He also explains that Nightmares had invaded the dream world and had probably been the cause of the Wind Fish's inability to awake.[15] As the Wind Fish is about to awaken, the Owl thanks Link one last time and wishes him farewell before fading away.

Other Appearances

Link's Awakening (Cagiva)

In the Link's Awakening manga by Ataru Cagiva, the Owl first appears after Link finds his Sword, asking if he is the messenger of awakening that has come to awaken the Wind Fish. After Link retrieves the Full Moon Cello, the Owl introduces him to Felicia to assist and look after him. Throughout Link's journey in Koholint Island, the Owl serves as his guide, telling him where his next destination is.


Names in Other Regions
フクロウ (Fukurō) (LA | LANS)Same as English.
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
貓頭鷹 (Māotóuyīng) (LANS) 
The People's Republic of China
猫头鹰 (Māotóuyīng) (LANS) 
The French Republic
Hibou (LA | LADX | LANS)[19]Owl
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Uhu (LA | LANS)
  • Eule (LADX)[18]
  • Eagle-Owl
The Italian Republic
Gufo (LA | LADX | LANS)[16][17]Same as English.
Latin America
Búho (LANS) 
The Kingdom of Spain
Búho (LANS) 
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See Also


  1. Link's Awakening DX manual, pg. 39
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 233
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Hoot! Hoot! So you are the lad who owns the sword... Now I understand why the monsters are starting to act so violently... A courageous lad has come to wake the Wind Fish. It is said that you cannot leave the island unless you wake the Wind Fish... You should now go north, to the Mysterious Forest. I will wait for you there! Hoot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  4. "You set out in search of your sword and other gear that might have washed up on the beach with you. As you stood in the surf with your recovered sword, a strange owl suddenly appeared and hooted this riddle: "Awaken the Wind Fish and all will be answered."" (Link's Awakening manual, pg. 4)
  5. Link's Awakening manual, pg. 28
  6. "Hoot! How many instruments have you gotten so far? When you play the Instruments in front of the egg, the Wind Fish will wake and you will leave this island. Now, you must hasten to the Yarna Desert! The dark, monstrous inhabitants of the sand will show you the way! Hoot hoot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  7. "Hoot! Take the key and go to the Tail Cave. Retrieve the Instrument that is hidden there! Go now! The Wind Fish is waiting! Hooot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Hoooot! That is an Instrument of the Sirens! I have to admit, at first I did not believe you were real... That instrument, along with the seven others in the set, has the power to wake the Wind Fish! You must collect them all! I was instructed to give you directions... Your next goal is north, in Goponga Swamp! Hoot, indeed!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  9. "Hoot! Ho, brave lad, on your quest to wake the dreamer! Welcome to the Mysterious Forest! Much of mystery you will find on this uncharted Koholint island! I'm afraid you may find it a trifle difficult to leave the island while the Wind Fish naps. ...By the by, have you ever visited the Tail Cave, which is south of the village? Go there with the key you find in this forest... The Wind Fish is watching... Hoot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  10. "Hoot! There are two shrines: one to the north, the other to the south. First, head south, where ancient ruins speak of the Wind Fish... You will learn much there..." — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  11. "Hoot! I see you have read the relief... While it does say the island is but a dream of the Wind Fish, no one is really sure... Just as you cannot know if a chest holds treasure until you open it, so you cannot tell if this is a dream until you awaken... The only one who knows for sure is the Wind Fish... Trust your feelings... Someday you will discover the answer..." — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  12. "Hoot! That girl sang her song in front of the egg! Her Ballad of the Wind Fish is a song of awakening! Did she actually intend to wake the Wind Fish?! The next Sirens' Instrument is in the west. Play your melodies so the unliving stones might hear! Show your courage! The Wind Fish waits for you! Hoot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  13. "They say the 'Ballad of the Wind Fish' is a song of awakening. I wonder, if the Wind Fish wakes up, will he make my wish come true?" — Marin (Link's Awakening DX)
  14. "The time has come... The Wind Fish awaits... Enter the egg... Hoot! Hoot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Hoot! Young lad, I mean... Link, the hero! You have defeated the Nightmares! You have proven your wisdom, courage and power! ... ... ... ... As part of the Wind Fish's spirit, I am the guardian of his dream world... But one day, the Nightmares entered the dream and began wreaking havoc. Then you, Link, came to rescue the island... I have always trusted in your courage to turn back the Nightmares. Thank you, Link... My work is done... The Wind Fish will wake soon. Good bye...Hoot!" — Owl (Link's Awakening DX)
  16. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 233
  17. "Gufo" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Italian localization)
  18. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 233
  19. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 233