Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Cast: Every Character and Voice Actor

In what is arguably the greatest casting choice in Zelda history, Matthew Mercer (real name Matthew Miller) will voice Ganondorf. Many audiences probably recognize Mercer as the host/DM of the Critical Role web series, but he has a long history in voice acting. He has played Chrom in several Nintendo games — most notably Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Fire Emblem: Awakening — Cassidy in Overwatch, and Sylas Briarwood in the Critical Role adaptation The Legend of Vox Machina. Most importantly, Tears of the Kingdom isn’t Mercer’s first time portraying Ganondorf; he dressed up as the character in Escapist’s There Will Be Brawl webseries (and directed the shorts, too).

Link – Kengo Takanishi

You are probably wondering how Link can have a voice in Tears of the Kingdom if the character has never spoken once in his long history. Well, Link might not speak, but he certainly utters a lot of “Hyuts” and “Hyahs” while adventuring. And Link will do that in Tears of the Kingdom.

Since Link only grunts in Zelda games, Nintendo only needs to hire one actor per title, and for Tears of the Kingdom, the company went with Kengo Takanishi. This casting makes sense since he played Link in Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. You might have also heard Takanishi as Emmanellain in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, as well as Nelson in The King of Fighters XIV and the fourth male avatar voice in Jump Force.

Princess Zelda – Patricia Summersett

Princess Zelda is the namesake for the entire Legend of Zelda franchise. Sure, she’s not always present in a Zelda game, and she’s rarely playable, but Zelda is in Tears of the Kingdom. It’s difficult to tell what role she will play, as the trailers make her look like a damsel in distress yet again. However, rumors suggest that Princess Zelda might be playable in Tears of the Kingdom, so only time will tell.

Patricia Summersett will reprise her role as Princess Zelda in Tears of the Kingdom. Summerset previously played the character in Breath of the Wild and Age of Calamity, but those aren’t her only prominent roles. Gamers probably recognize Summerset as Ash from Rainbow Six Siege/Extraction (and Ash in Arknights), Wenja in Far Cry Primal, and Mist-that-Burns in Wasteland 3.

Tarin – Rob Riddel

Well this is certainly odd. Many Legend of Zelda veterans likely remember Tarin, but not from Breath of the Wild. Instead, he is the character who looks like Mario in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. In that game, he saved Link from the beach, then got turned into a racoon (because magic). What does this Tarin have to do with the Tarin in Tears of the Kingdom? Probably nothing, but it’s still weird to see two unrelated characters share the same name.

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As a sequel to Breath of the Wild, Tears of the kingdom of course has numerous connections to its predecessor from the world the game takes place in to its characters to its story. But it also has an extremely tangible connection: it reads your Breath of the Wild save data, and uses that data in Tears of the Kingdom for a feature that we’re all surprisingly emotional about.

Like Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom includes horses that you can seek out, tame, and ride around the fields of Hyrule. In fact, we have an in-depth guide to horsing around in our Wikis section. But one incredible feature of Tears of the Kingdom’s horses is that the game will read your Breath of the Wild save data, and let Link import any horses he tamed in Breath of the Wild simply by visiting a stable.

You’ll need to have the save data downloaded to your current console for this to work, so if you played on a different Switch, you have to make sure your data is uploaded to the cloud and then downloaded to your current machine, or manually transferred. Be sure to use your same profile as before too! But once that’s there, you can visit any stable in Tears of the Kingdom and speak to the man behind the counter to view horses you have boarded there. Their names and customization will be saved, too.

So if you have fond memories of the horse you rode on to defeat Ganon six years ago, good news: it’s still here waiting for Link all this time later. Thanks, buddy.

For more Tears of the Kingdom content and guides, we’ve got you covered. You can check out our review of Tears of the Kingdom, which we called “an unfathomable follow-up to one of the greatest games ever made, somehow improving upon it in nearly every way.” And for help with everything Tears of the Kingdom, take a look at our Tears of the Kingdom Walkthrough and Guide about making your way through Hyrule, in fact, you can start here:

MORE: Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom paraglider location – how to get glider

You may be wondering what to do next after leaving Great Sky Island in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The map opens itself up to you and you can wander around doing whatever you like. Within limits. It’s highly recommended you pick up the paraglider as soon as possible.

Without the paraglider, you cannot fully explore different areas or complete certain shrines. The Windy Device shrine, for example, and Impa’s hot air balloon ride to get a bird’s eye view of a ‘Geoglyph’, are both impossible without it.

It’s a necessary item as it allows Link to glide around in midair and we’re here to help you find it. Perfect for navigating those large gaps and chasms and jumping off cliffs safely.

Read on to find out where the Tears of the Kingdom paraglider location is and how to get the useful glider item early on in the game.

How to get the paraglider in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – location

You can find the Tears of the Kingdom paraglider location in the Lookout Landing settlement. This settlement can be accessed very early on in the game and it’s highly recommended you pick up the glider as soon as possible

First, you will need to complete the early ‘Under Hyrule Castle’ mission — where you travel across the drawbridge, open the castle door and ultimately spot Princess Zelda from afar — and then return to Lookout Landing.

Now you are back in Lookout Landing, you will need to find and talk to the character Purah who is fascinated by the nearby tower. Purah and some other locals will be mid-conversation about the tower and should be pretty easy to find. These folk would have you flung up into the air by the tower and catapulted into the sky. How rude!

Continue the conversation at the foot of the first tower and these fine folk will give you the paraglider, so you, you know, don’t plummet to your death after being catapulted into the air.

Now, shoot up the tower and the paraglider is yours to keep for the rest of the game. Simply press the X button to use the glider whenever you’re in the air. Do watch out for its power bar, though! We don’t want you letting Link fall pointlessly to his death, now.

Interestingly enough, towers work differently in Tears of the Kingdom compared to Breath of the Wild. In Breath of the Wild, you had to climb towers manually but it appears as though in Tears of the Kingdom you’ll be catapulted into the sky by them instead

Using these towers will unlock the map details of the surrounding area. Nothing more comforting than an open-world game design trope. Just remember to use your shiny new glider on the way back down!

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