Four Sword Sanctuary

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Four Sword Sanctuary
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The Four Sword Sanctuary in Four Swords Adventures




The Four Sword Sanctuary is a location in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. It houses the pedestal of the Four Sword and the Royal Jewels. The wind sorcerer Vaati was imprisoned within the sword after being defeated by an ancient hero.[1] After the hero returned the blade to its pedestal, the people of Hyrule built the sanctuary around it.[2]

Four Swords

Princess Zelda, sensing weakness in Vaati's seal, heads to the Four Sword Sanctuary alongside Link to check on it.[3] However, by the time they arrive Vaati has already broken free of his seal and captures Zelda.[4] After Vaati escapes with the princess, three fairies awaken Link and tell him to draw the sword in order to save Zelda.[5]

Now split apart, the Links venture to defeat Vaati, seal him back within the blade, and rescue Zelda.[6] With their task complete, Zelda and Link return the sword to the Four Sword Sanctuary.[7]

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, the Four Sword Sanctuary is accessed via a portal that is guarded by the Shrine Maidens.[8] When Hyrule is covered in dark clouds, Princess Zelda and Link meet at Hyrule Castle. Zelda explains that she fears it may be the work of the sorcerer Vaati who is sealed within.[9] With the help of the Shrine Maidens, she opens a portal to the sanctuary. However, Shadow Link appears and traps Zelda and the Shrine Maidens.[10] Link enters the portal in pursuit of Shadow Link and finds the Four Sword located within. Even knowing that it could release Vaati, he draws the sword.[11] Vaati is released and the Links are swept away.

After rescuing Zelda and the maidens and facing both Vaati and Ganon, the Links are finally able to return to the Four Sword to its pedestal in the sanctuary and are returned to one again.



  1. "Vaati terrorized the villages of Hyrule and kidnapped any beautiful girls who caught his fancy. It was then that a hero appeared wielding a sword that could divide his body into four, and those four heroes worked together to defeat Vaati. The hero used the Four Sword, as it came to be called, to seal Vaati, and the sword was placed in a pedestal in the forest." — pg. 262, The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia
  2. "Long ago, in the kingdom of Hyrule, a wind sorcerer named Vaati appeared. Vaati terrorized the people of Hyrule and kidnapped many beautiful girls from their homes. When all hope seemed lost, a young boy carrying little more than a sword appeared. According to the legends, when the boy drew his sword, he split into four, the four-who-are-one worked together to vanquish Vaati. The hero used his sword to bind Vaati in a remote area of Hyrule. The people christened the blade the Four Sword and built a shrine around it. There it remained undisturbed for many years. Ages flowed by... The wind sorcerer Vaati broke free of his prison and kidnapped Zelda, the princess of Hyrule. Princess Zelda's childhood friend Link used the power of the Four Sword to defeat Vaati and seal him away once again. And, for a time, the people of Hyrule believed that their land was safe. Until..." — Intro, Four Swords Adventures.
  3. "That is the sacred blade I spoke of, the Four Sword. Sealed away in its forged steel is Vaati, the wind mage. Lately I have been sensing weakness in the seal. It worries me. That is why we have come here..." — Zelda, Four Swords
  4. "My name is Vaati. I am the great wind mage! The seal is broken... so I shall rage yet again! Hoh hoh hoh! And what a gift awaits my return! I shall make you my bride! Onward we go, to my palace of winds! Hoh hoh hoh!" — Vaati, Four Swords
  5. "Young hero... The Princess Zelda has been carried off to Vaati's Palace. Hurry! You must go to her... But you cannot go alone... You have need of the Four Sword... Draw out the blade..." — Fairies, Four Swords
  6. "Gwohhhhhhhhhhh... I've been felled by a bunch of young kids?! My b-body! My being! I'm being sucked into the Four Sword!" — Vaati, Four Swords
  7. "The Four Sword is the only blade that can contain the wind mage. Since you have fulfilled that destiny, the sword's power over you will fade. Now, let us return! And let us return the Four Sword to its shrine once again." — Zelda, Four Swords
  8. "[sfx]These six maidens guard the portal to the Four Sword Sanctuary to keep it safe. I'm going now to make sure Vaati's seal remains strong. Now, the shrine maidens and I must open the portal to the Four Sword's resting place. Step back, Link..." — Zelda, Four Swords Adventures.
  9. "[sfx]Oh, Link... It's you! Thank goodness you came! The six maidens who guard Hyrule are gathered here in the castle. The sky has become so dark and foreboding... I'm worried about the seal that binds the wind sorcerer Vaati." — Zelda, Four Swords Adventures.
  10. "This Shadow Link, who looked exactly like the real adventurer, captured Princess Zelda and the maidens." — pg. 264, The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia
  11. "[sfx]This sword guards the seal on the wind sorcerer Vaati. If you draw the sword, you must know what will happen. Will you still draw forth the sword? [.]Yes [.]No" — In-game description, Four Swords Adventures.