Riju is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. She is a descendant of the royal line and the leader of the Gerudo people, governing from Gerudo Town in the Gerudo Desert region of Hyrule. Riju is very young for a chieftain, having been thrust into her position of power prematurely after her mother, the previous chieftain, passed away unexpectedly. Her diary reveals that her full name is Makeela Riju. She has a Sand Seal pet named Patricia and a personal bodyguard named Buliara.
Riju is voiced by Elizabeth Maxwell in the English version of the game.
Personality and abilities
Despite her young age, Riju is very wise and cares greatly for the safety of her people. She is well aware that many Gerudo doubt her ability to govern, and is determined to prove them wrong. In comparison to other members of her race, Riju also does not seem to be as intolerant of men being within Gerudo Town's walls.
Riju is a very skilled Sand Seal surfer, being able to maneuver around obstacles in the desert with great ease. When she and Link assault the Divine Beast Vah Naboris, she is the one who leads the charge through the sand, with Link following close behind her.
As the chieftain of the Gerudo and descendant of the royal line, Riju is also capable of wielding the power of the Thunder Helm. She mastered its power instantly upon using it for the first time.
Riju can first be found on the main floor of the throne room in Gerudo Town. There, when spoken to by Link, she will ascertain that he is the Champion of Hyrule that, according to legend, had been put into a deep sleep one hundred years ago. When Link offers to help her defeat Vah Naboris, she tells him he must first prove his worth, and prove that without a doubt he is a Champion, and suggests that he reclaim the stolen Gerudo heirloom, the Thunder Helm, from the Yiga Clan, to prove this.
After Link completes this task, Riju can be found on the second floor of the throne room building. Once she and Link talk, and she is given the Thunder Helm, Riju tells him to meet her at the South Outpost outside of Gerudo Town, where they will launch their assault of Vah Naboris from.
At the South Outpost Riju can be found on the lookout dock, accessible from a ladder. She gives Link 20 bomb arrows and tells him the plan of battle before they then depart to take on the Divine Beast.
During the fight Riju protects Link from getting electrocuted by Vah Naboris by using the Thunder Helm, and guides him through the sandstorm to the Divine Beast's location. After Vah Naboris has been successfully brought down, she wishes Link luck as he charges ahead to infiltrate it.
After the Divine Beast has been freed, Riju can once again be found on the main floor of the throne room in Gerudo Town. For the rest of the game she can be found here, although sometimes she is in her bedroom or with her Sand Seal Patricia instead.