Rauru is a major character in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom but longtime fans of the franchise may recognize that name from a previous game.

During the Tears of the Kingdom prologue, Link will hear his first mention of Rauru in the game’s introductory cutscene where Zelda and her sworn knight encounter the Demon King.

After beginning the second main story quest, The Closed Door, Link will encounter an incarnation of Rauru in person. And it is there that he learns that Rauru is a member of the Zonai people, and the original owner of Link’s new right arm.

The following section will contain spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - for events that are revealed to have happened prior to the start of the game.

Who Is Rauru in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

Rauru was the founder of the Hyrulian Kingdom, and a member of the Zonai people.

The Zonai were a prehistoric civilization was first teased in BOTW and later fully revealed in Tears of the Kingdom, where they are said to be descendants of the gods who came down from the sky.

Rauru ruled Hyrule as its first king, marrying the Hylian woman Sonia and founding a great civilization. Despite his calm demeanor, Rauru was also a mighty warrior, thanks to his race’s magical capabilities and the power of the Zonai’s Secret Stones.

Who Is Rauru in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Though often portrayed as a peaceful ruler, the first King of Hyrule was easily able to put down Ganondorf’s rebellion until the evil Gerudo acquired a Secret Stone of his own.

Together with five other sages, each with their own Secret Stone, Rauru and the forces of Hyrule were no match for Ganondorf’s new power.

As one final resort, Rauru opts to sacrifice himself to seal away the Demon King, leaving behind only his arm to bind the malicious force and entrusting Link with obtaining the power to defeat Ganondorf for good.

Now that Ganondorf is free once more, Link must use the power of Rauru’s right arm to help seal him away for good.

Rauru in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Rauru will initially appear in various locations around the prologue missions, guiding Link around The Great Sky Island.

He is heavily featured in the Dragon’s Tears questline, which features Link looking into memories of the past.

Who Is Rauru’s Voice Actor in Tears of the Kingdom?

Rauru is voiced by voice actor Chris Hackney in the English dub of The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

Hackney recently confirmed that he is the voice of Rauru, after keen-eared fans previously identified him from his past work:

Other Chris Hackney Games:

Gaming fans will recognize Chris Hackney as having lent his voice to the following video games:

  • Fire Emblem Three Houses: Dimitri
  • Detective Pikachu – Keith Norman
  • Octopath Traveler – Barham, Ogen, Simeon
  • Rune Factory 5 – Reinhard
  • Scarlet Nexus – Yuito Sumeragi
  • Shin Megami Tensei V – Fionn mac Cumhaill
  • Soul Hackers 2 – Kaburagi
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim – Juro Kurabe

He has also had minor roles in the FF7 Remake, Lost Ark, World of Warcraft, Horizon: Forbidden West and many more titles.

Outside of gaming, Hackney has worked as an anime voice actor, where he is perhaps best known for the role of Illumi Zoldyck in Hunter x Hunter, Stinger in One Punch Man, or Khun Agnes in Tower of God.

Rauru in The Legend of Zelda Lore

In previous games, Rauru is the Sage of Light who first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and would later be referenced in The Wind Waker too.

Instead of being a Zonai, Rauru has previously appeared in a human form, as a bald, mustachioed man in an orange priest robe.

Rauru in The Legend of Zelda Lore

He has also appeared in another form, Kaepora Gaebora, the owl who watches over a young Link and aids him in his quests.

In this form, Rauru has appeared in Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Four Swords Adventure.

It is currently unclear as to whether Rauru in TOTK simply shares a name with this character or whether they’re meant to be incarnations of the same person.

However it’s worth noting that Tears of the Kingdom doesn’t share a timeline with most prior Zelda games. Therefore, even if they’re the same character, their backstory can be entirely different.

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