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Wind Fish

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Wind Fish
Wind Fish LA Switch screenshot.jpg
Link stands in front of the Wind Fish in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Nintendo Switch remake
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019, Nintendo Switch remake)
Species Whale

The Wind Fish is a large, deity-like whale and a character in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. He rests in an egg on the top of Mt. Tamaranch on Koholint Island.

The Wind Fish has light green skin, a small pair of wings, and wears exotic-patterned clothing around his body. There are three gemstones that are horizontally lined across from the left side of his body. Despite having "fish" in his name, whales are classified as mammals.


The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX sprite

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, shortly after Link begins his adventure, an owl appears to Link and tells him that he cannot leave Koholint Island unless he awakens the Wind Fish, which is done by gathering all eight Instruments of the Sirens.

In the Ancient Ruins, Link reads a mural that reveals that Koholint Island only exists within the Wind Fish's dreams, and that if the Wind Fish were to awaken, Koholint Island would vanish in its entirety. After reading the mural, the owl appears to Link to tell him that the legend is a myth, and that only the Wind Fish knows the true answer.

Link eventually obtains the eight Instruments of the Sirens goes to the Wind Fish's Egg, and plays the Ballad of the Wind Fish, a melody intended for awakening the Wind Fish. By playing the tune, the Wind Fish's Egg cracks open. Inside, Link encounters the final boss, the Nightmares, who confirm that Koholint Island is a dream world and that they put the Wind Fish into an endless slumber so that they could rule over Koholint Island. This also explains how enemies have appeared all over Koholint Island.

Once Link has defeated the Nightmares, a ladder leading up to the Wind Fish appears. As Link climbs the ladder, the owl appears again and reveals himself to be the guardian of the Wind Fish's dreams. He congratulates Link for defeating the nightmares and says one last goodbye to him. The Wind Fish then wakes up and instructs Link to play the Ballad of the Wind Fish, causing Koholint Island to vanish, just as legend had stated. However, the Wind Fish tells Link that the dream world will continue to exist in his memories. Once awoken, Link finds himself floating on the ship wreckage in the middle of the sea. Link hears a noise, and he looks up to see the Wind Fish. Link smiles as he watches him fly away.

Hyrule Warriors[edit]

Marin summons the Wind Fish in Hyrule Warriors Legends

In Hyrule Warriors, the Wind Fish is included as a part of the Link's Awakening Pack. He is a part of Marin's Bell moveset, and when summoned, the Wind Fish does a large belly flop onto the enemies in front of Marin.

Like The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the goal of the Koholint Island Adventure Mode map is to awaken the Wind Fish, which is done by using the eight Instruments of the Sirens Item Cards.

The Link's Awakening Pack also includes Wind Fish recolors for Lana and Cia's Standard Outfits. These can be unlocked on the Koholint Island map. Lana has only one outfit, "Standard Outfit (Koholint)", and Cia has three: Masked (Koholint), Unmasked (Koholint), and Hatless (Koholint).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Wind Fish appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かぜのさかな
Kaze no Sakana
Wind Fish