Zelda Vocabulary in Japanese

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Playing Zelda games in the Japanese language? In this article we will share a list of words related to franchise games, including the new Botw and Totk for you to expand your vocabulary and not get lost in the game. 

About Zelda in Japanese

"The Legend of Zelda" is a famous video game franchise that was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka and developed by Nintendo. The first game in the series was released in 1986, and since then has become one of the most iconic and beloved titles in the history of video games.

In Japanese, "The Legend of Zelda" is translated as "ゼルダの 伝説" (zeruda no densetsu). The word "ゼルダ" (zeruda) refers to the main character of the series, Princess Zelda, while "伝説" (densatsu) means "legend". Together, these words represent the essence of the series, which revolves around the legendary adventures lived by the protagonist, Link, in search of rescuing Princess Zelda and defeating villain Ganon.

In each game of the series "The Legend of Zelda", players are transported to the vast fantasy world known as Hyrule (ハイラル - Hairaru). In this world, they take on the role of Link (リンク - Rinku), the hero destined to face great challenges and protect Hyrule from the dangers that threaten it. The player explores dungeons, solves puzzles, defeats enemies, and gathers powerful items to progress in the story.

One of the main characteristics of the franchise is the presence of the Triforce (トライフォース - Toraifōsu), a sacred symbol that represents divine power. The Triforce is composed of three parts: the Triforce of Power, the Triforce of Wisdom, and the Triforce of Courage. These elements play a fundamental role in the games' narrative, with Link seeking to gather the complete Triforce to achieve his goals.

Zelda in Japanese - Breath of the Wild

Zelda Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom

See below for some Japanese words in both franchise games: 

  1. ゼルダの伝説 (Zeruda no Densetsu) - A Lenda de Zelda
  2. ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド (Buresu obu za Wairudo) - Breath of the Wild
  3. ハイラル (Hairaru) - Hyrule
  4. トライフォース (Toraifōsu) - Triforce
  5. ガノンドロフ (Ganondorofu) - Ganondorf
  6. プリンセス ゼルダ (Purinsesu Zeruda) - Princess Zelda
  7. リンク (Rinku) - Link
  8. シーカーストーン (Shīkāsutōn) - Sheikah Slate
  9. シーカーセンサー (Shīkāsensā) - Sheikah Sensor
  10. ハイラル王国 (Hairaru ōkoku) - Reino de Hyrule
  11. シーカータワー (Shīkātawā) - Sheikah Tower
  12. カカリコ村 (Kakariko Mura) - Kakariko Village
  13. ゼルダの像 (Zeruda no zō) - Statue of Zelda
  14. シーカーラボ (Shīkā Rabo) - Sheikah Lab
  15. カカリコ村長 (Kakariko Mura-chō) - Prefeito da Vila Kakariko
  16. ハイリアの盾 (Hairia no tate) - Escudo Hylian
  17. マスターソード (Masutā Sōdo) - Master Sword
  18. ハイリア剣士 (Hairia kenshi) - Cavaleiro Hylian
  19. シーカーストーンの力 (Shīkāsutōn no chikara) - Poder da Lousa Sheikah
  20. ハートのかけら (Hāto no kakera) - Heart Container
  21. クオリティ ショップ (Kuoriti Shoppu) - Quality Store
  22. アーマーショップ (Āmā Shoppu) - Armor Shop
  23. ポーション (Pōshon) - Potion
  24. 料理 (Ryōri) - Cooking
  25. クック (Kukku) - To cook
  26. ダンジョン (Danjon) - Dungeon
  27. ボス (Bosu) - Boss
  28. ミニゲーム (Minigēmu) - Mini game
  29. パラグライダー (Paraguraidā) - Paraglider
  30. シーカークラフト (Shīkākurafuto) - Craft da Tábua Sheikah
  31. バトル (Batoru) - Battle
  32. クライム (Kuraimu) - Climbing
  33. ライド (Raido) - Ride
  34. ヒネリ (Hineri) - Trick
  35. シークロック (Shīku Rokku) - Sheikah Torre Relógio
  36. ガーディアン (Gādian) - Guardian
  37. モンスター (Monsutā) - Monster
  38. ルーイン (Rūin) - Ruin
  39. シーカーダンジョン (Shīkā Danjon) - Sheikah Dungeon
  40. クエスト (Kuesuto) - Mission/Quest
  41. 祠 (Hokora) - Shrine
  42. 神殿 (Shinden) - Temple

Japanese names of Zelda Characters

Below is the Japanese name of the characters from "Zelda Breath of the Wild" or "Zelda Tears of the Kingdom" and some other games in the franchise.

  1. 神獣 (Shinjū) - Divine Beast
  2. ガノン (Ganon) - Ganon
  3. インパ (Inpa) - Impa
  4. メファ (Mefa) - Mipha
  5. レイボス (Reibosu) - Revali
  6. ウリッシ (Urisshi) - Urbosa
  7. ダルケル (Darukeru) - Daruk
  8. シダックス (Shidakksu) - Sidon
  9. ピア (Pia) - Paya
  10. カネ (Kane) - Kass
  11. シーク (Shīku) - Sheik
  12. ベッドル (Beddoru) - Beedle
  13. テラー (Terā) - Tarry Town
  14. パイ (Pai) - Pie
  15. ポロ (Poro) - Bolson
  16. ハトノ (Hatono) - Hateno
  17. カーコ (Kāko) - Koko
  18. タリー (Tarī) - Talon

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Japanese vocabulary from The Legend of Zelda

Now let's look at more words related to franchise games: 

  1. オカリナの時間 (Okarina no Jikan) - Ocarina of Time
  2. トワイライトプリンセス (Towairaito Purinsesu) - Twilight Princess
  3. 神々のトライフォース (Kamigami no Toraifōsu) - A Link to the Past
  4. 神々のトライフォース2 (Kamigami no Toraifōsu Tsū) - A Link Between Worlds
  5. マスターコンパス (Masutā Konpasu) - Master Compass
  6. フックショット (Fukku Shotto) - Hookshot
  7. ブーメラン (Būmeran) - Boomerang
  8. ガストの剣 (Gasuto no Ken) - Gust Bellows
  9. スピリッツトラック (Supirittsu Torakku) - Spirit Tracks
  10. フォーゴトンロープ (Fōgoton Rōpu) - Forgotten Rope
  11. ダンジョンマップ (Danjon Mappu) - Dungeon Map
  12. バトルアリーナ (Batoru Arīna) - Battle Arena
  13. ソウルメダル (Sōru Medaru) - Soul Medal
  14. カカリコ村の井戸 (Kakariko Mura no Ido) - Kakariko Village Well
  15. 魔法の隠れ家 (Mahō no Kakurega) - Magic Hideout
  16. 神秘の森 (Shinpi no Mori) - Mystical Forest
  17. ハイラル城 (Hairaru Jō) - Hyrule Castle
  18. デクの樹 (Deku no Ki) - Deku Tree
  19. ゼルダの守り手 (Zeruda no Mamorite) - Guardian of Zelda
  20. グレートフェアリー (Gurēto Fearī) - Great Fairy

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