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Gonzo (Ancestor)[1]

Alfonzo is a character seen exclusively in Spirit Tracks. He is the greatest train engineer in Hyrule,[2] although he doesn't like to admit this because of his humble nature.[3] He formerly was a part of the castle guard for the Royal Family of Hyrule.[4] During his time in the castle guard, he was the greatest swordsmen in the whole kingdom.[5] He lives in Aboda Village, and his main purpose throughout the game is putting new parts onto Link's train. Alfonzo is Link's mentor and at the beginning of the game, he reminds Link of the upcoming ceremony where Link will become a fully certified engineer. Alfonzo gives Link one final test, to travel to Hyrule Castle in less than 300 seconds while not getting hit by passing trains.[6] While riding to Hyrule Castle, Alfonzo will give you a number of tips on how to operate the train.[7][8] At the ceremony, Alfonzo stays at the train station while Link earns his certificate.

When Link comes back with Princess Zelda he questions why she was with him, and Zelda explains she wanted Link to take her to the Tower of Spirits to figure out why the Spirit Tracks have been disappearing. Suddenly, the Spirit Tracks disappear and the Tower of Spirits falls apart. Chancellor Cole and Byrne then appear, and Alfonzo valiantly tries to defend Zelda, but is overpowered by Byrne. Link and Alfonzo later wake up in the Hyrule Castle infirmary where Alfonzo tells Link to save Zelda, as he is in Bad condition. Later when Link encounters enemies that attack Link's train he asks Alfonzo for a solution, and is given a Cannon.




  1. 1.1 1.2 "Alfonzo is a descendant of Gonzo, who appears in The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass." — The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, pg. 207
  2. "Link's a gifted engineer, but the greatest in all the land is Alfonzo." — Spirit Tracks Prima Games Strategy Guide, pg. 26
  3. "He'd never say so himself, mind you." — Spirit Tracks Prima Games Strategy Guide, pg. 26
  4. "Alfonzo's humble person and formerly swung a sword for the princess as a member of the castle guard." — Spirit Tracks Prima Games Strategy Guide, pg. 26
  5. ""If something happens" is exactly why I need you! You were once the greatest swordsman in the whole kingdom." — Princess Zelda, Spirit Tracks.
  6. "Good! Then let's get going. Oh, but one last thing. You're going to drive the train to get us there! Call it your final exam! Don't look so worried--it'll be a piece of cake. You need to get us to the castle in 300 seconds. Right now, we're here in Aboda Village! And our destination, Hyrule Castle, is right here! [.]There are other trains on the tracks, so be careful not to hit them. The tracks you can drive on are darker colored. The other ones are off-limits. [.]So think you got it? [.]Yes![.]No way." — Alfonzo, Spirit Tracks.
  7. "You've probably got all this down, but humor me while I tell you again. This here is the gearbox. Slide the lever up and down to change speed. Slide to to go in reverse. You can use it as an emergency brake too! This is the whistle. Touch it and give it a good pull to blow the train's whistle! Oh, and you can look around by touching in the direction you want to look. Good engineers are always aware of their surroundings, you know! So, you catch all that? [.]Yes.[.]Not quite." — Alfonzo, Spirit Tracks.
  8. "See how there's a fork in the tracks ahead? We'll need to use the rail switch to decide which direction to go. This is the rail switch. Slide the handle in the direction you want to go. Your course is displayed on the map too, so check there. Got it? [.]Yep.[.]No. [.]From here on, we'll be sharing the tracks with other trains. Keep an eye on the map, and make sure you choose the correct tracks!" — Alfonzo, Spirit Tracks.
  9. "In these design sketches, however, the resemblance to [Alfonzo's] ancestor is not as clear." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 207