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Niko is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series, having appeared in all three of the Toon Link games.

The Wind Waker

Niko is the lowest member of Tetra's Pirate Crew until Link comes along. This causues Niko to feel high and mighty and wants to see Link fail.[1]

Niko teaches Link how to swing from rope to rope across the Cargo Hold of the Pirate Ship. It is part of the test that all brand new pirates must take.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Niko gets Link to do this by promising him a prize, although he jokes with him that it will probably take him a full year to accomplish this task.[9] Link surprises Niko when he accomplishes the task.[10][11] Niko then has to give Link a treasure, which ends up being the Spoils Bag.[12][13]

During the Endless Night, when Tetra's Pirate Crew arrive at Windfall Island to steal some Bombs from the Bomb Shop, Niko is left behind to guard the ship. The entrance to the cabin of the ship is locked and a password must be said in order for Niko to unlock the door. There are six different password, and they are random for each game file.[14][15][16][17][18][19] The passwords include Treasure, Schooner, Plankton, Chummily, Swabbies, and Barnacle.

Niko is surprised to see Link, as he thought he got gobbled up by the Helmaroc King back at the Forsaken Fortress.[20] Once Link left, Niko was moved back to the bottom rung of the ladder, so he has to stay behind while everybody else is having a good time at the Cafe Bar.[21]

Niko has setup another game for Link to play, with this one being marginally harder. Link will need to swing from the hanging lantern ropes, making it to the other side within the time limit.[22] If Link makes it to the other side, Niko will allow him to open the chest, which contains the Bombs.[23]


Niko Figurine (TWW).png

Personality: Merry

Least Favorite Thing: Gonzo's underwear

Niko is the bottom rang on the pirate ladder, so he's responsible for all the odd jobs on the ship.

He's quite childish and rarely thinks of the consequences of his actions. Even so, he shows signs of having what it takes to move up the pirate ladder.

Phantom Hourglass

At the beginning and end of Phantom Hourglass, Niko can be seen on board the Pirate Ship. He plays a very minimal role basically only being shown in this game to show how Phantom Hourglass is the direct sequel to The Wind Waker. He does, however, tell Link the intro of the game, which is basically a summary of The Wind Waker's events.

Spirit Tracks

Niko is Link's roommate in Spirit Tracks. They live together in a house along the beaches of Aboda Village. Similarly to Phantom Hourglass, he will tell Link the intro to the game, which is a summary of the Spirits of Good's fight against Malladus, the Demon King. This is the same Niko from the previous two games, being evidenced by him saying that Link in his Recruit Uniform looks just like an old friend of his when he was young,[24] and by when he gives Link the Shield of Antiquity, he says it belonged to an old friend of his from his adventuring days,[25] and considering that this shield is the same one Link has in Phantom Hourglass, it is a solid connection to the previous game.


While Link is waiting for Alfonzo to hook up the Cannon to his train, Alfonzo says he should go visit Niko.[26] When he does, Niko says Link looks just like an old friend of his, which reminds him of the golden days.[27] Something from what he previously stated reminded him of something, as he will jump up and ask Link to do him a favor.[28] He will then proceed to explain to Link that he used to visit so many exotic places and always found a Stamp Station near these places. However, he never had anything to put the stamps in. He then continues to ask Link to use his Stamp Book to collect all the stamps. He himself missed and bring them to him.[29] He also hints at a prize for bringing the stamps to him.[30] With that, Link is off, looking for all of the Stamps.


There are three main rewards that Link can receive from Niko for collecting the Stamps. The first is the Shield of Antiquity, which Link can get by collecting ten Stamps and bringing them back to Niko. The Shield of Antiquity is the best Shield of the game, and thus is very valuable. If Link had already bought a shield, Niko will apologize and say he can switch back whenever he wants.[31] The second prize is the Engineer's Clothes, and they can be won by collecting 15 Stamps. At this time, Niko will offer Link the choice of either staying in his Recruit's Uniform or wearing the Engineer's Clothes, hinting that he prefers the Engineer's Clothes himself.[32] The third and final reward is the Swordsman's Scroll#2. This allows Link to perform a Great Spin Attack. This technique is very useful, and even Niko recognizes it.[33]



  1. "Oh! Well now! Ahoy there, swabbie! As of today... EH-HEH-AHEM! I am your superior... Niko! Now, I promise I'll go easy on you, so you do as I say, OK?" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  2. "Right! Now, first off you have to take the test all new pirates have to take. It's a bit of a doozy, so get ready! You watch everything I'm about to show you real careful-like so you can cram it into your no-doubt mushy swabbie brain!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  3. "First off, you gotta press this switch. This is the only easy part. Just walk up to it and tilt [+] [v] to step on it. Presto! Switch pressed!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  4. "Now, check it out! After the platforms rise up from the floor, you gotta jump on them!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  5. "OK, so I was able to jump to this first one myself...but that next one is too far, right? That's when you gotta do THIS!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  6. "If you jump right at the rope, you can grab onto it and use [+][v][^] to swing. Swing until you get close enough to the next platform then press [A] to let go and jump to it!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  7. "So, do you think you get how to do it? You have to swing from platform to platform and try to get to the entrance of that room over there!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  8. "Here's the problem, though, swabbie! The platforms only stay raised for a little while, so if you don't get there by the time they drop, you have to start over!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  9. "It will probably take you at least one year before you're good enough to make it all the way here. One rough year. One tough year, full of bumps and bruises. Of course, if you manage to do it faster, I'll reward you!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  10. "Whaaaaat!? You did it already??? ........." — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  11. "I... I... I'm proud to have you as... As my... As my underling!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  12. "All right, swabbie! I'll tell you what! You can have the treasure in that chest over there! It's your reward from the great and generous Niko!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  13. "Hu-Hurry up and take it! I'm serious! Grab it and get outta here! Someone might come! Hurry up, swabbie!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  14. "Who can't walk the plank?" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  15. "What do pirates love more than the sea?" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  16. "The ship's only tooth is a...?" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  17. "Who cleans pirates' ears?" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  18. "How do you treat a shark?" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  19. "I can sail upon the water or be filled with it. I am a..." — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  20. "Oh! [Link]! My old swabbie, [Link]! So you're alive? All the other pirates said you got done in by that bird-monster in the Forsaken Fortress, so I thought... Never mind what I thought! You're alive!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  21. "Oh, I get it now! You came back because you missed me so much! I had no idea you wanted to be my swabbie so badly! I see, I see... Well, after you left, I went back to being the bottom rung on the ladder...which is why I'm stuck here while everyone else is in town having fun and eating and stuff..." — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  22. "But...I guess being so worshiped by my swabbie ought to cheer me up! All right! Why don't we set you to your next test, huh? This one is harder than the last! Good luck! You'll need it, swabbie! You can see there are lanterns hanging throughout the room, right? Well, last time when you pressed the switch, platforms rose up for you to jump onto, right? Yeah, well, this time, there aren't any! Which means you have to jump from one rope to the next rope! Pretty tough... And that's not all! This time, I've put a gate on this door, too! The switch opens the gate, but it'll close if you don't get here before time runs out. Run out of time, and you'll have to try it again, little swabbie! The switch that opens the gate is in the same place as before, so go step on it. If you get all the way to this side before time runs out, I'll give you the bombs we got in town! Yeah, you heard me! Give it your best shot, swabbie!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  23. "What?! You've gotta be... You did it already?! You're... You're incredible! This isn't good... I've never even passed this test... How could he do it so quickly...? And make it look so easy?!? And if I give this to him, everyone will know for sure... Oh, I'll be so busted... Uh...OK! You're the best swabbie of all time! So...I guess I'll just give you the bombs! Go on! Take 'em! Just don't tell anyone, OK? I'm serious! Really serious! OK? OK!?!" — Niko, The Wind Waker.
  24. "Hi there, [Link]. How was the ceremony? So you're finally a real engineer. Ah, this is a happy day! Say, why are you dressed like a soldier? It's strange... You look just like a friend of mine from when I was a young man." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  25. "That shield once belonged to an old friend of mine from my adventuring days. Seeing you with it takes me back to when I was young. Sorry if you already spent money on a shield. Just leave it here with me! Come back if you ever want to switch shields." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  26. "Oh, but, it's going to take some time to get it ready. Come back here in a while. Why don't you go visit ol' Niko while you're waiting? I'm sure he'd be happy to see you." — Alfonzo, Spirit Tracks.
  27. "So glad you've come to see me again, [Link]! You know, you are the spitting image of one of my dearest old friends! Looking at you reminds me of those golden days..." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  28. "That reminds me of something! Since you can travel all over the world by train now... Would you mind doing a favor for ol' Niko here? [.]A favor?[.]I can't." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  29. "Back in the day, I used to love traveling. I visited so many exotic places. Every place I'd go, there'd be a station where I could get a special stamp. I never did figure out who built those stations... Anyway, collecting these stamps was a way to record my travels. I loved those little stamps more than anything! But back then... I didn't have anything with me to stamp them in. It was a sad state of affairs. Which brings me to that favor I was talking about, [Link]. Would you use this stamp book to collect those stamps for me? Here it is!" — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  30. "Please collect a whole mess of stamps for me. If you get a lot, I'll give you something special." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  31. "That shield once belonged to an old friend of mine from my adventuring days. Seeing you with it takes me back to when I was young. Sorry if you already spent money on a shield. Just leave it here with me! Come back if you ever want to switch shields." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  32. "Ah, yes, your engineer's clothes! I think you look much better in these. That said, if you ever want to switch back to your soldier getup, talk to me." — Niko, Spirit Tracks.
  33. "Oh, and this is something I got from an old friend. It's the great spin attack. To pull it off, draw a circle around yourself three times. Pretty neat, huh?" — Niko, Spirit Tracks.