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Paya is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[7][8]


Breath of the Wild

Paya is a young Sheikah woman who lives in Kakariko Village. She resides in her grandmother Impa's House, where she has her own Room in the attic.[9] She has a tattoo of the Crest of the Sheikah on her face to ward off evil, in addition to honoring her long Sheikah lineage.[10] Her name is derived from the papaya-shaped birthmark she has on her left buttock.[11][12] Paya is noted to become flustered when she speaks to boys.[13]

Prior to Link's arrival in Kakariko Village, Paya has been tending to the Sheikah Heirloom, which has been passed down in her family.[5][14] Recently, she has begun hearing voices speaking about the Heirloom's destiny being realized soon, making her nervous.[5] She wrote about her concerns in the Journal of Various Worries.[5] Paya also started her Diary, where she writes her about her day and thoughts.[15]

Link first encounters Paya outside of Impa's House, where she is scrubbing the porch. When Paya notices Link, she will be shocked to be approached by a man and hide her face behind her hands.[16] However, she soon spots the Sheikah Slate and, recalling the stories Impa told her, tries to remember his name.[17] Paya assures Link that she has trouble speaking sometimes, and she then struggles to introduce herself.[18] Once she says her name, Paya seemingly calms down, acknowledging that it should be easy to say her own name and apologizing.[19] Since Impa has been waiting for Link's return, Paya urges him to go inside and see her grandmother.[20] If Link speaks to Paya again, she will panic and hide her face in her hands again, mentioning how close he is before asking that he go inside.[21] She will remain outside until Link and Impa have finished their conversation.

Paya recounts their meeting later on in her Diary.[22] She claims that she has never seen her grandmother as happy as she was when Link returned.[23] Paya thought that Link looked like gallant hero, mentioning his pointed ears and blond hair.[24] However, she does not know why her heart will not stop beating quickly.[25]

After the "Seek Out Impa" Main Quest has been completed, Paya will begin her daily schedule. From 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Paya will be cleaning the Sheikah Heirloom in Impa's House. At first, Paya is still incredibly shy around Link and refers to him with a title.[26] Still, she is incredibly eager to help him in any way she can.[27][28] At the end of their talk, Paya wishes Link good luck on his journey.[29] If Link asks about the Sheikah Heirloom, she explains that it is an artifact that has been passed down in her family for generations.[30] Paya admits that she does not know the meaning of the legend associated with the Heirloom, but she continues to contemplate it.[31]

If asked about Kakariko Village, Paya will speak about the history of the Sheikah, who have served the Royal Family of Hyrule for generations, but were scattered following the Great Calamity.[32] When this happened, several members swore allegiance to the Yiga Clan, and she warns Link that they will target him as an enemy.[33] Paya tells Link that he can ask her for help if he needs it.[34] Impa then speaks up, mentioning the Great Fairy Cotera who overlooks the Village.[35] Paya shares that Cotera's Great Fairy Fountain can be found behind Ta'loh Naeg Shrine, and she believes Cotera would be happy to help him.[36]

Lastly, should Link ask Paya about herself, she immediately becomes flustered.[37] After a moment of hesitation, she begins to tell him about how she got her name.[11] If Link asks her where the birthmark is, Paya becomes embarrassed again and hides her face, struggling to tell him.[38] Initially, Impa will interject, instructing Link to change the subject.[39] Paya finishes by promising to tell Link where it is some day.[40] Later on, Paya will struggle to answer Link's question.[41][clarification needed] Impa will again insert herself into the conversation, revealing that the birthmark is on her left buttock.[12]

At 7:00 PM, Paya will leave Impa's House to polish the Traveler's Guardian Deities outside.[42] She warns Link to be careful of traveling at night, since the roads can be dangerous.[43][44] If Link approaches her at the statues, she will be surprised by his sudden appearance and ask how she can help him.[45] If Link asks Paya what she is doing, she explains that the Deities are meant to guide individuals through life.[46] She considers Link's path in life is admirable, and she believes that tending to the Deities will help him.[47] Paya leaves the Traveler's Guardian Deities at 1:00 AM to return to her Room.

In her Room, Paya will write about her day in her Diary.[15] If Link tries to read Paya's Diary while she is present, she will frantically beg him not to.[48] When Link speaks to Paya while she is entering her Room, she will be offended that he is there and ask him to leave.[49] When spoken to at her desk, Paya will be surprised and wonder if Link needs something from her.[50] If Link asks what she is doing, Paya will explain she is writing in her Diary.[15] Should Link ask if she is tired, Paya reveals that she does so much work taking care of the Sheikah Heirloom and praying for Kakariko Village's safety that she loses track of time.[14] Lastly, if Link asks about the Crest of the Sheikah on her face, Paya will be concerned that something is wrong with her face, but she then explains its significance to him.[10] Paya will sleep in her Bed from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM, dreaming about Link.[51][52]

Paya after the Sheikah Heirloom is stolen

After the "By Firefly's Light" Side Quest has been completed, Paya can be found crying on the floor of Impa's House.[53] When Link approaches her, she states that she only looked away for a second and wonders what she should do.[54] If Link tells her to stay positive, Paya angrily asks how she is supposed to.[55] Otherwise, if Link asks what is wrong, Paya reveals that the Sheikah Heirloom was stolen just when she discovered its secret.[56]

Paya then begins to sob, and Impa recites the legend of the Sheikah Heirloom.[57] Believing Link to be the hero mentioned in the legend, Paya has been staying up all night to research the Heirloom.[58] She eventually concluded that the Sheikah Heirloom is the key to revealing an Ancient Shrine.[59] Before they could share this with Link, however, the Heirloom was stolen.[60]

Paya recounts she has been cleaning the Sheikah Heirloom every day, meaning it must have been stolen during the night.[61] She claims that it is forbidden for outsiders to enter Impa's House, but she does not think any of the Village's residents would steal from them.[62] This starts "The Stolen Heirloom" Shrine Quest. Paya feels violated that someone came into her home with evil intent, but she is grateful that Impa is safe.[63] Since Paya is afraid the thief is possibly still nearby, Impa asks Link to stay by her side for the day.[64]

In Paya's Room that evening, she thanks Link for staying with her, but she now sees that being scared will not return the Sheikah Heirloom.[65] According to Dorian and Cado, only the villagers were seen around the time of the theft.[66] Paya says she will try to remember all she can about that night, but she warns Link that the thief could still be nearby.[67] Feeling uneasy, she tells Link that not to approach if he spots any suspicious movements.[68]

After Link completes Lakna Rokee Shrine, he will find Paya depressed in Impa's House, blaming herself for the Sheikah Heirloom being stolen.[69] However, when Link reveals that he was able to recover and use the Sheikah Heirloom, Paya will be happy.[70] She prays that the old gods' protection will follow Link.[71] When spoken to again, Paya will express some loneliness without the Heirloom, though she is still grateful that Link found it useful.[72][73]

When Link has calmed one Divine Beast, a third page will appear in Paya's Diary. In it, she admits that she is not great at interacting with men, but she claims she is now able to look Link in the eyes while speaking to him.[74] Though she still gets embarrassed, Paya still naturally follows Link's gaze, which she blams on his "beautiful blue eyes."[75]

The fourth entry in Paya's Diary appears after two Divine Beasts have been calmed. Paya wonders if Link is in love with Zelda.[76] She claims that she would give them her support if so, but the thought of doing so causes her heart to hurt.[77] Concerned she is getting sick, Paya resolves to ask Impa for medicine the next day.[78]

Once three Divine Beasts are calmed, the fifth entry in Paya's Diary will appear. When Paya asked Impa for medicine, she only responded by smiling.[79] She then went to Dorian and Cado ti ask about her grandmother's actions, but they did the same.[80] As a result, Paya was unable to get any medicine.[81]

The final entry for Paya's Diary appears once all four Divine Beasts have been tamed. After speaking with Impa, Paya now realizes that she is in love with Link.[82] Despite the fact Link may not return her feelings, Paya is still grateful that she is able to experience them on her own.[83]

At any time, Link can speak to Paya while not wearing any Armor to cover his torso. When he does this, Paya will become incredibly embarrassed and hide her face, asking him to clothe himself.[84]

Tears of the Kingdom

Paya is now the chief of Kakariko Village following her grandmother Impa's retirement.


  • Initially, Paya was to be a very young girl, but due to a lack of girls around Link's age in the world, she was changed to be a young woman between 18 and 20 years old.[13]


Paya's name comes from the fruit Papaya. She was named for the papaya-shaped birthmark on her left buttock.[11][12]

ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Paya (BotW)
  • パーヤ (Pāya) (BotW)
  • パーヤ (TotK)
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
帕雅 (Pàyǎ) (BotW | TotK)
The People's Republic of China
帕雅 (Pàyǎ) (BotW | TotK)
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Paya (BotW)
Pahya (BotW | TotK)
The French Republic
Pahya (BotW | TotK)
The Federal Republic of Germany
Paya (BotW | TotK)
The Italian Republic
Paya (BotW | TotK)
The Republic of Korea
파야 (TotK)
The Russian Federation
Пайя (Payya) (BotW)
Latin America
Apaya (BotW)
The Kingdom of Spain
  • Pay (BotW)
  • Apaya (TotK)
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See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Someone snuck in and stole Lady Paya's most prized possession... I'm sure Lady Paya would feel a little more at ease if she saw Master Link's face." — Dorian (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Paya
    Chief of Kakariko Village
    " — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. "You had the foresight to focus on all of these special ruins and invite the survey team to take a look right away. I'm impressed, Chief Paya!" — Tauro (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "Good grief. It's Lady Paya's duty to take care of the village... But whenever I take my eyes off her, she's elbow-deep in some trivial new problem. I..." — Dorian (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "There is a precious heirloom that has been passed down through my family for generations. Recently, I've begun to hear voices telling me that the heirloom has an important destiny. It's going to happen soon. It makes me nervous, but I can feel it in my bones. - Papaya" — Journal of Various Worries (Breath of the Wild)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Grandmother says that she conspired with Princess Zelda and Auntie Purah 100 years ago. They decided to put a lone swordsman into a long sleep in order to prepare for an event that was foretold." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Paya" — Game Screen (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Paya" — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  9. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 260
  10. 10.0 10.1 "[What's on your face?] Wh-wh-what?! There's something on my face? What are you speaking of... Oh! Are you perhaps referring to this crest? This symbol is a sort of talisman for the Sheikah. It wards off evil. It is customary for those with a long Sheikah lineage to have this crest inked onto their skin to honor their past." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Well... My name is Paya. Th-the reason I was named Paya is because I have a birthmark shaped like a papaya seed..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "It's smack in the middle of her left butt cheek!" — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 107
  14. 14.0 14.1 "[Aren't you tired?] I'm seeing to the upkeep of the heirloom in Grandmother's stead...p-paying tribute to our guardian deities. I spend my days praying so that no disaster befalls the people or the village. When I finish and take a look around, it's already almost sunrise again..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "[Watcha doin'?] I'm just j-jotting down some thoughts... Just my boring daily affairs and such. Really! Th-that's all it is!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "A man?!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "Huh? Is that—?! It's...a Sheikah Slate! Could you be the hero my grandmother told me about? What was his name? Li... Lin... Ummm..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Oh, it's not that I forgot...I'm just bad with speaking. As for me, my name is Pa... Paaa... Paaay... Oh! My name is Paya! Phew! I got it out..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "I know I should be able to say that easily, seeing as how it's my own name and all. I'm so...sorry." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Anyway, my grandmother's been awaiting your return ever since I was little. Plea...please hurry inside." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "AHHHH! Master...Master Link!'re very close to me right now! I just... grandmother is waiting for you at her abode. Please hurry to her!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "After sleeping for ages, Master Link has finally awoken. It seems his memory is completely gone..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "But that hardly mattered to Grandmother. I believe this is the first time I've ever seen her quite so happy." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "Master Link himself looks so gallant... He is the very picture of the hero I always imagined. His blond sideburns flow like a golden waterfall over his dignified, pointy ears. And the way his hair is so perfectly parted to the side, wow!" — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "I don't know why, but my heart won't stop beating a mile a minute..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "M-Master Link!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "Is anything the matter? Anything at all? Can I help you in any way?!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of service!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "G-good luck..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "[What's that ball?] This... This priceless artifact here? Is that what you want to know about? This is a Sheikah heirloom that we have long protected. "The hero, as chosen by the Sheikah heirloom, will be gifted the blessing of antiquity." With these words as our guide, we have watched over this sacred artifact since my grandmother's grandmother's time... And even since HER grandmother's grandmother's time before that!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "I cannot say that I entirely know the meaning of these words. But now that I think about it... "The hero, as chosen by the Sheikah heirloom..." Could it be..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "[This village?] We Sheikah have long served the royal family of Hyrule in secret. During the Great Calamity of 100 years ago...the royal family was destroyed, and the members of our tribe scattered." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "Sadly, there were some who swore allegiance to Ganon at that time. They joined together as the Yiga Clan, seeking out all who opposed Ganon...cutting them down, one after another. Master Link, now that you are awake, you are surely the most formidable opponent standing against them! No doubt they will come for you, employing whatever underhanded methods they can devise..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "Oh, but of course, if there's anything I can do to help you, all you have to do is ask!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "The Great Fairy Cotera... Only a few remain who know this, but this village was built under her watchful eye." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "The Great Fairy resides behind the shrine that overlooks this village. That is where you should seek her. You can put you trust in the Great Fairy. I can't think of a reason she wouldn't be happy to help you, Master Link." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  37. "[What's your story?] You... I... Me... You want to know my st-story?" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "[Where is it?] Well... It's kinda..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "Um, Master Link... I advise you change the subject." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  40. "I'll answer you some d-day... Just...just not today!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  41. "It's on my l-left... Well... *ahem*" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  42. "[Whatcha doin'?] I was just polishing the guardian deities." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  43. "Link...are you leaving now? Darkness and evil are oft bedfellows. Beware the roads at night..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  44. "M-Master Link! Wh-whatever is the matter at this hour? Dark magic preys upon the land when darkness falls... Please, promise to take care!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  45. "Oh! It's you, Master Link. Please don't sneak up on me like that... Is something the matter? Do you need something from me?" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  46. "These deities are like signposts that guide us through our lives." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  47. "Master Link, I want you to know that the path you are walking down is one we should all follow. I...I'm afraid doing stuff like this is the only thing I can do to help you..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  48. "You m-m-mustn't! It's nothing more than a s-simple journal where I jot down my personal thoughts. Please don't trouble yourself over it." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  49. "M-Master Link! Th-this is my private bedroom! Kindly take your leave!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  50. "P-please don't frighten me like that! Do you need something from me at this hour?" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  51. "Zzz... Zzz..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  52. "Master Link..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  53. "This is awful..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  54. "Link... I swear I only took my eyes off it for a second! What should I... What should I do?" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  55. "[Keep your chin up.] Keep my chin up? Do you even realize how bad this is?!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  56. "[What's wrong?] The Sheikah heirloom... The heirloom has been stolen! And just when I had finally discovered the heirloom's secret..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  57. ""The hero, as chosen by the Sheikah heirloom, will be gifted the blessing of antiquity." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  58. "Paya thinks "The hero, as chosen by the Sheikah heirloom" is you, so she stayed up all night researching the heirloom." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  59. "She came to the conclusion that "the blessing of antiquity" refers to one of those ancient shrines. And the heirloom is the key that opens the shrine." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  60. "And just before we were able to tell you this, the thing is stolen!" — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  61. "I had been cleaning the heirloom regularly every day from morning to dusk. Someone must have stolen it during the deepest hour of the night." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  62. "This place is off limits to outsiders... And no one from the village would do such a thing! Would they?" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  63. "Someone with evil intent came into this sacred place. I'm glad Grandmother is safe, but I still feel so...violated." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  64. "Link... Paya is afraid that the thief may still be nearby. Would you please stay by her side today?" — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  65. "Master Link... Thank you for staying by my side for the whole day. I see now that crying and feeling scared won't help us get the heirloom back." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  66. "I checked with Dorian and Cado, but they said they didn't see anyone other than villagers around." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  67. "I'll try again to remember all I can about the night the heirloom was stolen, but the thief may still be hiding nearby." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  68. "I have a bad feeling. If you spot any suspicious movement at night, don't approach..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  69. "Oh... Master Link... Because I wasn't there...the heirloom... Our precious Sheikah heirloom..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  70. "What?! Oh... So that means the heirloom...has finally fulfilled its purpose... Thank goodness!... So long as it was able to help you out in some way, I couldn't be happier!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  71. "I pray that the protection of the gods of old follows you wherever you go..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  72. "Oh, it was always trouble taking care of the Shiekah heirloom. But... I've grown quite lonely now that it's gone..." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  73. "It's a little lonely here now that the Shiekah heirloom is gone... Still, I'm so happy it was of use to you." — Paya (Breath of the Wild)
  74. "I must admit that I'm still not great at interacting with young men. But I think I am finally able to speak to Master Link while looking him in the eyes! Those wonderful eyes..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  75. "Naturally, I still get a little embarrassed...but I can't help it! I always follow his gorgeous gaze with my own. I blame his beautiful blue eyes. Ugh. This is all so strange..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  76. "I wonder if Master Link is in love with Princess Zelda..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  77. "If so, I think they suit each other quite splendidly. If they became a couple, I'd give that pairing my full support. Though just the thought of that makes my heart hurt..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  78. "I wonder if I'm coming down with something. I'll ask Grandmother for some medicine tomorrow." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  79. "When I asked Grandmother for some medicine, she just sat there with a grin on her face." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  80. "I went to Cado and Dorian to ask them what that meant, but they just grinned at me too." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  81. "In the end, I wasn't able to get any medicine..." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  82. "I spoke to Grandmother about what's been weighing on my mind lately. For the first heart knows what it means to love." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  83. "Though it may be a love that is never shared or returned, just having it for myself is gift enough. Seeing him brings me great joy... I bet he has that effect on everyone. I have only gratitude toward him for showing me what it's like to feel this way about someone." — Paya's Diary (Breath of the Wild)
  84. "M-Master Link! Th-that immodest outfit is quite unbecoming of a hero like you. P-please cover yourself up this instant!" — Paya (Breath of the Wild)