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Almost all women
Sharp, bird-like noses[1]



Ocarina of Time
Gerudo's Fortress
Majora's Mask
Great Bay
Four Swords Adventures
Desert of Doubt
Breath of the Wild
Gerudo Town
Kara Kara Bazaar

Key Characters

"A kid like you may not know this, but the Gerudo race consists only of women. Only one man is born every hundred years..."

The Gerudo is a recurring race in The Legend of Zelda series. The most prominent trait of the Gerudo is the race only consisting of females except one male being born every one hundred years.


The Gerudo is a dark-toned race consisting of only females with the exception of one male being born every one hundred years. That male according to legend is supposed to be their king. However, Nabooru rebelled against her king in Ocarina of Time, the king being Ganondorf. The Gerudo females are usually dressed in purple attire, have red hair and wield Shamshir-like swords. They seem to not like Hylian culture at all and the relations with Hylian men are purely for survival reasons. The Gerudo seem to think that worshipping the Golden Goddesses and having gender roles is out of the ordinary.


Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Gerudo live in the Gerudo Desert, which is located northwest of Hyrule. They are a race of thieves and have a giant fortress called Gerudo's Fortress. They always live together as a pack in big forts and worship the Goddess of the Sand. They have built a huge monument for her as well as a Spirit Temple in the Desert Colossus.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, the Gerudo are referred to as "pirates". They have stolen the Zora Eggs that belong to Lulu, the singer of The Indigo-Go's. Their fortress is surrounded by guards that throw Link out if he is caught.

Four Swords Adventures

Only in Four Swords Adventures is the entire Gerudo tribe friendly. Their abode is located in the Desert of Doubt. Link's passage through Gerudo Village is initially halted by closed gates. This is due to Ganondorf passing to try to claim the power of the sacred Pyramid for himself in direct violation of the Gerudo law code.

Breath of the Wild

Main article: Gerudo (Breath of the Wild)

In Breath of the Wild, Gerudo refer both to a region and a race.




  1. 1.1 1.2 "[Ganondorf's] sharp, birdlike nose is characteristic of the Gerudo." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 148