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Official artwork of Hilda


Princess of Lorule[1]
Her Grace[2]
Your Highness[3]






Zelda (Hyrulean counterpart)

"Welcome to Lorule. My name is Princess Hilda, and I have failed you in every way."

— Hilda

Hilda is a character from A Link Between Worlds. She is the princess of the alternate world Lorule.[4] As Zelda's counterpart in this world, Hilda looks almost identical to her. Though similar, the two have some noticeable differences, such as eye color, clothing, hair color, and makeup. Hilda wields a staff that has the upside-down Triforce symbol of Lorule on it.

A Link Between Worlds


Hilda in front of the trapped Yuga Ganon
In Other Languages[show]
Language Name
Japan 日本語 ヒルダ姫 (Princess Hilda)
United States English Princess Hilda
France Française Princesse Hilda (Princess Hilda)
Spain Español Princesa Hilda (Princess Hilda)
Germany Deutsch Königin Hilda (Queen Hilda)
Italy Italiana Principessa Hilda (Princess Hilda)
South Korea 한국어 힐다 공주 (Princess Hilda)

Hilda is first seen after Link first enters Lorule through a fissure in Hyrule Castle. Yuga summons Ganon using the power of the kidnapped Seven Sages.[5] Yuga combines with Ganon and gains the Triforce of Power, knocking out Link in the process.[6] However, just as Link is about to be destroyed by Yuga, Hilda appears and binds the monster with her power.[7] She explains that she can only hold him for a short while, but she takes the time to welcome Link to Lorule and introduce herself.[8] Even though she knew of Yuga's plan to imprison the Sages, she claims she was unable to stop him.[9] Knowing the extent of Yuga's power, Hilda warns Link that if Yuga is released, he will destroy not only Lorule, but Hyrule as well.[10] Yuga begins to break free, and Hilda tells Link that she can hold him back no longer and quickly warps both of them to safety.[11]

Once Hilda and Link are in a place of safety, she asks Link to do what she cannot: defeat Yuga.[12] In order to do so, Link must reach his full potential by rescuing the sages from the Lorulean dungeons they have been trapped in.[13] Hilda finally bids Link farewell and send him away.[14]

Hilda's Aid

Hilda speaking to Zelda's portrait

Shortly after Link meets Hilda, he is contacted by her again telepathically outside of the Blacksmith's House of Lorule.[15] She reminds Link that no matter how similar her kingdom is to Hyrule, it is very different, and they are only close together due to Yuga's plan.[16] Additionally, parts of Lorule have crumbled away, so she instructs Link to first find a way back into Hyrule and then return through a different location.[17] Hilda warns Link to be careful and then says goodbye.[18]

Throughout the game, Hilda contacts Link telepathically whenever he enters new locations in Lorule, always beginning by welcoming him back to the kingdom and ending it with "So say I, Hilda of Lorule."[19][20] She usually offers a hint as to what Link can expect to find in the area. Hilda shows that she has very extensive knowledge of all of the areas of her kingdom and seems to display some capacity for sensing the future. She also seems to hold many regrets over her kingdom's state of being. She often describes the greatness of its previous state of being compared to its current state, such as explaining that the Lorule Graveyard was once a holy place.[21] While Link is approaching the Dark Palace, she expresses remorse over the loss of many Lorulean soldiers, who abandoned the castle to follow the beast that sleeps within the palace.[22] She accepts full responsibility, blaming herself for being too weak.[23]

After Link rescues two Sages, she is seen talking to the portrait of Zelda, where she further describes her own thoughts and her hope for Link's success. She first longingly asks Zelda's portrait what it must be like to be from a kingdom with so many blessings.[24] According to her, Lorule was once a beautiful place as well, but it fell into ruin, and she needs Link's help to restore it.[25] She says that everyone deserves a happy ending.[26] She later continues these thoughts by telling Zelda how incredibly lucky she is to have such wonderful legends and heroes while Lorule has lost all of theirs.[27] She briefly fears that the Hero of Hyrule may fail her, but she quickly reminds herself that she must have courage and trust him.[28] Once Link has obtained all the Sages, Hilda is very excited by how close Link is to succeeding and she is grateful Lorule will be saved.[29]


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Hilda with the Triforce of Wisdom

Once Link saves all Seven Sages and acquires the Triforce of Courage, Hilda contacts him outside of Lorule Castle to warn him that Yuga has escaped and let his minions free throughout the structure.[30] She removes the barrier on the castle's entrance for Link so that he can go and conquer the evil being once and for all.[31]

Finally, when Link climbs to the top of the castle and enters the Throne Room, he again catches up with Hilda, who is standing in front of Zelda's portrait.[32] Link watches as she steals the Triforce of Wisdom from Princess Zelda. She congratulates Link on his work so far and begins to tell him the story about her land: they, like Hyrule, had a Triforce of their own.[33]

Similarly to Hyrule, a war broke out over who should possess the Triforce.[34] Eventually, after much debate, Hilda's ancestors decided to destroy the Triforce, never allowing man to reach it.[35] However, this turned Lorule into the sad state it is in now.[36]

Hilda, trying to restore the once great kingdom she rules, planned a scheme with Yuga to collect the Triforce of Hyrule to use as their own, thus restoring the land of Lorule.[37] Though she obtained the Triforce of Wisdom by capturing Zelda and the Triforce of Power from freeing Ganon, Hilda needed Link to lure out the Triforce of Courage, which would only appear in the spirit of the hero.[38][39] As she completes the story, she tells Link that she needs his Triforce.[40] She summons Yuga and orders him to take it from Link, thus beginning the ending battle.[41][42]

Hilda's portrait

After Link successfully defeats the first portion of the battle against Yuga Ganon, Hilda is seen telling Yuga to give her the Triforce of Power he possesses.[43] However, Yuga betrays her, and takes the Triforce of Wisdom that she took from Zelda for his own by turning Hilda into a painting, hoping that he can obtain the full Triforce to take over Lorule.[44][45] With two pieces of the Triforce in hand, all Yuga has to do is defeat Link, and then he will have the entire Triforce.[46] This begins the final phase of the final battle.

After Link defeats Yuga once and for all, Hilda appears again, collapsed on the ground.[47] Link quickly frees Zelda. Hilda awakens, still desperate to find a way to obtain the Triforce, and admits to imprisoning Zelda in the painting.[48][49][50] Zelda tries to explain to Hilda that she understands her motives, but Hilda refuses to listen.[51][52] Hilda still intends to try and obtain the Triforce.[53]

However, Ravio, the character who sold items to Link throughout his journey, suddenly appears. He reveals himself to actually be a servant of Hilda and asks Zelda if he may speak to her.[54] Hilda is furious that Ravio has returned after vanishing for such a long time and believes he is betraying her.[55][3][56]

Ravio and Hilda after sending Link and Zelda back home

He explains to her that he left because he knew that destroying Hyrule was wrong, but Hilda does not believe there is another way.[57][58][59][60] He insists that what she is doing is exactly what caused the Triforce of Lorule to have been destroyed in the first place.[61][62][63][64] Ravio, wishing that he could have prevented Hilda from worrying about Lorule, begs Hilda to make the right decision. [65]

After listening to him, Hilda changes her mind.[66] Though Zelda tries to stop her, Hilda apologizes and tells the other princess how lucky she is to have a courageous hero like Link.[67][68] She promises to lead them out of Lorule safely.[69]

Hilda takes the pair to Lorule's Sacred Realm.[70] A crack that connects the world of Hyrule to Lorule is there, which is how Hilda and Yuga were able to sense the existence of another Triforce.[71] At last, Hilda uses the last of the power in Ravio's Bracelet to send Link and Zelda home to Hyrule.[72]

Once back in Hyrule, Link and Zelda use the full Triforce to make a wish: to restore Lorule's Triforce. In their own Sacred Realm, Princess Hilda and Ravio witness their Triforce reforming. Hilda thanks Link and Zelda, and the game ends.[73]


  • In the German version of A Link Between Worlds, Hilda is known as the queen of Lorule, unlike other versions of the game where she is the princess of the kingdom.
  • While speaking to Zelda, Yuga tells her that she is even a match for "Her Grace" although she usually does not like golden hair, referring to the dark-haired Princess Hilda.[74][75]
  • It is possible that Zelda and Hilda's names are meant to be a reference to the two characters of the same name in the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
  • In Hyrule Warriors, Zelda's Master Quest costume closely resembles Hilda, using the same colored hair and dress.



  1. "As the Princess of Lorule, it is my duty to save my kingdom." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  2. "As I suspected, you're even lovelier as a painting. I think that Her Grace will be most pleased." — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  3. 3.1 3.2 "Forgive me, Your Highness. I'm a coward at heart. There was no way I had the courage to stand up to you and Yuga. But I was smart enough to go to Hyrule. I knew they'd have a hero who could help me." — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  4. "Hilda is the princess and the ruler of the realm of Lorule, which is the dark, opposite side of Hyrule." — pg. 33, Prima Games A Link Between Worlds Strategy Guide
  5. "I will use the Sages to reach the one who shall help me attain true beauty. I mean, of course... Ganon!" — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  6. "Behold! Join with me! Let us destroy all ugliness in this world or any other. We shall be TRULY superior!" — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  7. "A blinding flash fills the room, and a dark-haired maiden appears before Link. Using some sort of mysterious power, the woman holds the mighty Ganon at bay, trapping him with some sort of restrictive magic!" — pg. 146, Prima Games A Link Between Worlds Strategy Guide
  8. "Oh, Hero of Hyrule, I can hold the beast at bay for only so long. It should prove enough time to bid you a most sorrowful welcome to my kingdom. Welcome to Lorule. My name is Princess Hilda, and I have failed you in every way." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  9. "I knew Yuga planned to slip into your world to abduct Zelda and the Sages. I... I couldn't stop him. Now he has used them to summon the Demon King and siphon his power." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  10. "Yuga's appetite will soon consume our worlds. Hyrule and Lorule—the beast's for the taking." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  11. "I cannot hold him back much longer. So... I must see you to safety." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  12. "Ah, here we are... A moment more of safety, Link. Though Yuga is slipping his bonds, I will try to keep you safe from him as long as I can. I'm afraid I must ask you to do what I cannot—defeat the beast." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  13. "To do that, you must awaken your full potential, Hero of Hyrule. I sense that the paintings of Hyrule's Seven Sages are being sent to the far corners of Lorule. You must steal those paintings back. The secret to Yuga's defeat lies in uniting your friends!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  14. "Farewell, Hero of Hyrule... We shall meet again..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  15. "A solemn voice suddenly calls out to Link: it's Princess Hilda!" — pg. 147, Prima Games A Link Between Worlds Strategy Guide
  16. "Can you hear me, Hero of Hyrule? It is I, Princess Hilda. I wanted to warn you about the kingdom in which you've found yourself. My Lorule may remind you of your own home. But, in fact, our kingdoms are as different as night and day. Worlds apart, as they say. But Yuga's scheme has forced our two kingdoms close together. So close, they are now connected." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  17. "What's more, the Seven Sages you seek are spread across my land, locked away in dungeons. But because parts of Lorule have long crumbled away, you cannot get to them from where you now are. To reach them, you must first find a way back to Hyrule. From various parts of your world, you can reach the same parts of mine." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  18. "Now, one more thing. I have welcomed you to Lorule, but my kingdom...? It ISN'T so welcoming to strangers. Farewell—and be careful out there, Link." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  19. "Welcome back to Lorule Kingdom, Link..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  20. "So say I, Hilda of Lorule..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  21. "Welcome back to Lorule Kingdom, Link... Where you stand now was once a holy place. Now it could not be farther away from such a thing. However, nearby sleeps something that will help you on your journey. A thorough search will behoove you. So say I, Hilda of Lorule..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  22. "You are nearing the Dark Palace. It is home to the followers of a great and terrible beast. They were once soldiers from Lorule Castle. Now they revere a foul being and cower here in this temple." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  23. "I accept the responsibility. I was too weak to protect them. They were all good people... my people. If they find you, they will imprison you. Please be careful. So say I, Hilda of Lorule..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  24. "Oh, lovely Zelda. What is it like to be a princess from a kingdom blessed by so many happy endings?" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  25. "Once upon a time, Lorule was such a place. Once, but no longer. Lorule was just like Hyrule. So very beautiful. So very... promising. We have need of a hero—and your Link is superb." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  26. "We all deserve a happy ending, don't we? I can only hope that Link is victorious." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  27. "Oh, lovely Zelda. Can you begin to comprehend how lucky you are? Such legends! Such heroes! We had legends. We had heroes. Lorule had hope. But all that is gone. Lorule has only me now. And YOUR hero, of course." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  28. "And if the Hero of Hyrule fails me...? Oh, but I must have courage! He will succeed, or all is lost." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  29. "Oh, lovely Zelda. Can you sense it? Our brave hero almost has the Triforce of Courage. Lorule WILL be saved, thanks to him. And one princess to another...? I can't tell you how grateful I am." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  30. "Can you hear me, Hero of Hyrule? You have arrived just in time, for Yuga has escaped my bonds, and his minions are loose in Lorule Castle!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  31. "Give me a moment while I remove the barrier that protects my castle. Then make haste, Link!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  32. "In Lorule Castle's grand keep, Princess Hilda awaits our slatwart hero." — pg. 286, Prima Games A Link Between Worlds Strategy Guide
  33. "You have done well to come so far, Hero of Hyrule. I trust you now have the Triforce of Courage? Perhaps it's only fair that I share a story with you. It's the legend of how Lorule fell into its... current condition. Long ago, Lorule possessed a sacred golden treasure. It could grant the wish of anyone who touched it. It was known as the Triforce in our world, as it is in yours." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  34. "Many sought to control the Triforce, plunging Lorule into an endless war. Our kingdom was on the verge of ruin." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  35. "My ancestors got rid of the Triforce to stop the war—by destroying it. Utterly and absolutely." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  36. "It was done with good intentions. But it had disastrous consequences. The Triforce was the foundation of our world, and without it, our kingdom crumbled. Chaos has since reigned in Lorule." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  37. "We NEED a Triforce. So imagine my surprise when I learned of the existence of another one. Yours. A Triforce based on such virtues as Power, Wisdom, and Courage." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  38. "The Triforce was split into three pieces, separated forever. One piece remains with the royal family. Another piece has fallen into the hands of Ganon, sealed away with him. The third piece of the Triforce has vanished, though legend says it is hidden in the spirit of a true hero. It slumbers somewhere in Hyrule—waiting for the time when the world needs a new hero." — Painting V: The Triforce, Split Apart, A Link Between Worlds
  39. "To that end, I have guided your destiny, Hero of Hyrule." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  40. "As the Princess of Lorule, it is my duty to save my kingdom. So I know that you'll understand it when I say... I must have your Triforce of Courage!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  41. "Yuga! I command you! Seize the Triforce of Courage from him! Lorule shall be reborn!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  42. "After learning more of Lorule's trouble past, Link is soon confronted by the great monster that Yuga has merged with, Yuga Ganon." — pg. 286, Prima Games A Link Between Worlds Strategy Guide
  43. "Give me your Triforce of Power, Yuga! We mustn't be defeated! If we are, Lorule will be lost forever! Come now, obey me! Give it to me at once!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  44. "Ha ha ha ha... My dear, sweet, deluded Hilda...! What care have I to save your crumbling kingdom? It's no better than that hideous Hyrule. When the Triforce is mine, I plan to remake Lorule in MY image. Now you, my dark beauty, must serve your purpose." — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  45. "I can hardly decide which of my princess portraits is prettier. But I do know which of you foolish royal girls has what I need. And now it will be mine." — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  46. "Ha ha ha! I shall soon take my rightful place among the gods! And then the beauty of destruction will rain down upon this world! Now, I'll be taking the last piece of the Triforce from you, worm! How far you've wriggled! But at last you know your true destiny—to give me what's MINE." — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  47. "Urrrgh..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  48. "Wh-what more can I do...?" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  49. "So it was you who had me imprisoned in that painting, Princess Hilda?" — Zelda, A Link Between Worlds
  50. "Obviously." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  51. "Please, Princess Hilda... No one understands the sacred duty a princess has to her people more than I, but you can't—" — Zelda, A Link Between Worlds
  52. "You understand nothing! Your kingdom has been under the protection of your Triforce..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  53. "This isn't over! I must have it!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  54. "But not long ago, I served Princess Hilda here in Lorule. So, begging your pardon, Princess Zelda, but would you mind if I intervene here?" — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  55. "You vanish on me and now come crawling back? Why?" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  56. "Another betrayal?! This hero has proven useful to me, but you—! You wanted him to defeat me?" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  57. "I wish the best for our kingdom. But by ruining Hyrule...? You'd bring out the absolute worst in Lorule." — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  58. "You'd rather see Lorule crumble?!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  59. "No, no... Of course not, Princess. But there must be some other way." — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  60. "No..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  61. "Don't you realize? The reason your noble ancestors destroyed our Triforce was to STOP such chaos!" — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  62. "That's not what I...!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  63. "Look around you... This is EXACTLY what happened with our Triforce...!" — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  64. "Oh, no..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  65. "Princess Hilda, I... I just wanted to save you from all this—you, who've worried endlessly about the fate of Lorule. Please, Princess Hilda, let's do the right thing. Lorule may be doomed, but at least our kingdom won't be condemned for stealing their Triforce." — Ravio, A Link Between Worlds
  66. "You're right. Princess Zelda, I have been led astray, tempted by the power of you Triforce. But I swear... I did it for my people." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  67. "Please, Princess Hilda, there is no need to—" — Zelda, A Link Between Worlds
  68. "No, please, let me finish. You are so fortunate to have a hero like Link. What courage he has displayed! That alone proves that Hyrule deserves its Triforce." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  69. "Now I will ensure that you leave this dark kingdom of mine safely—and with your Triforce. Please, follow me. I know of a way that you can go home." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  70. "Welcome to Lorule's Sacred Realm..." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  71. "Yuga discovered that there was a strange crack in this grim slate... Through it, we could sense that there was another world beyond ours... a place where the Triforce still existed. He and I devised the scheme that imperiled your kingdom. But I alone will set this right." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  72. "Please now, if you will give me your bracelet, Link. I should be able to use the last of its power to send the both of your home to Hyrule." — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  73. "Thank you, Princess Zelda... Oh, thank you... And to you as well, Hero of Hyrule... Thank you, Link!" — Hilda, A Link Between Worlds
  74. "I daresay you're a match even for Her Grace." — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds
  75. "Ah, what golden hair you have... Such bright locks are usually far too sunny for my tastes." — Yuga, A Link Between Worlds