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This article is about the recurring characters. For the characters from The Adventure of Link, see Wise Men. For the character from A Link to the Past, see Lost Old Man.
Old Man
Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
Artwork of an Old Man from The Legend of Zelda
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1987)
Appears in The Legend of Zelda
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
Sex Male
Homeland (The Legend of Zelda)
(Oracle of Ages)
(Oracle of Seasons)
Race Human/Hylian
— Old Man

Old Men are recurring characters in the Legend of Zelda series. They have different purposes in the various games in which they appear and may both help Link in his quest and hinder his progress. This is likely because they are actually different characters to one another.


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The Legend of Zelda

Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)

The Old Man is a bald character with a white beard and is dressed in a red gown. He is usually found in dungeons or inside caves, most commonly standing between two magic flames he controls. When he is found inside a dungeon, attacking the Old Man results in fireballs shooting from the flames. The Old Man is used for several things in the game, ranging from giving Link advice on how to move forward in his adventure to providing him with important items. Though very helpful, they are sometimes unpredictable, occasionally gambling with Link for Rupees and even mugging him. This raises the question on what his true motives are. It is quite likely that the ones that are less helpful to Link are actually different characters to the one who support Link's quest. His female counterpart is the Old Woman.

In the ROM Data for The Legend of Zelda he is often referred to as Abei, but this might only refer to the object holding his data.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons

Old Man (Oracle of Ages & Seasons)

Old Men are found in various dungeons and caves throughout both games. Dressed in green robes, they act very similar to their The Legend of Zelda counterpart. Old Men found in caves below trees or rocks on the Overworld will either reward Link with Rupees, telling him not to tell anyone, or thank him for paying to fix his door as he takes Rupees from Link. Several Old Men appear in Eyeglass Isle Library searching for a way to cleanse the poisoned Zora Seas.

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Non-canonical appearances

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Although he does not appear in-game, a series of unused sprites for the Old Man were found in the game's data. The sprite is, aside from being monochrome, identical to the one used in the Oracle games.

Game & Watch: Zelda

An old man appears in the top corner of the screen, near the hearts display. He appears to be casting magic but has no effect on the game.

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Old Man's Advice

An Old Man providing advice in The Legend of Zelda

The Old Man is known for his vague and/or badly translated advice in the original version. It should be noted that nearly all of the game's text was like this, not just the Old Man's quotes. In the version on the Nintendo GameCube promotion disc, the GBA version, and the Virtual Console version, the translation was improved.

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