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Vaati was only a boy when I took him on as my apprentice. But...he became enchanted by the wickedness in the hearts of men.
~ Ezlo about his former apprentice Vaati

Vaati is a major antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series and the third most recurring villain after Ganondorf/Ganon and Dark Link; appearing as the main antagonist in the Four Swords sub series.

History

This biography of Vaati is organized into the latest "official Zelda timeline", this may change completely in the future as the timeline given is merely meant as an example, and their have been official timelines before it.

Unified Timeline

The Unified Timeline refers to events before the split in Ocarina of Time and thus occurs in every timeline, the split happens in the final battle with Ganon.

The Minish Cap

The origin tale of Vaati is told in the adventures that Link faced with the Minish Cap. Originally of the Minish race, Vaati was fascinated by the evil that could come from the heart of man. When his master, Ezlo, fashioned a powerful magical cap as a gift for the humans - one that could make one's wishes come true - Vaati stole the cap, transformed into a sorcerer and cursed his master into the shape of a living cap so that he would not stop him. Then, taking human form, Vaati set out to find the means to allow him to become the greatest sorcerer the world had ever seen.

Vaati's transformation

Vaati's transformation into his second form.

He found that means in the legends of the Light Force, a mystical magic said to bestow upon the wielder the powers of godhood. Over the course of the game, Vaati continuously sought its location, finding it, in the end, in the most unlikely of places - within Princess Zelda. Vaati managed to extract some of the Light Force from Zelda and transformed into a tall sorcerer form known as Vaati Reborn. Link defeated the form with the power of the Four Sword and Vaati transformed into a demonic, one-eyed black orb known as Vaati Transfigured, but was vanquished again. In his anger, Vaati transformed yet again, into a larger, more powerful version of this form known as Vaati's Wrath, but even this could not defeat Link, who sealed Vaati within the Four Sword. Zelda then proceeded to use the magical cap to restore what Vaati had done, destroying the cap in the process.

In the game, Vaati is seen in a total of five forms; a Minish, a human, a demonic sorcerer, a wind mage, and a true demon form.

Between The Minish Cap and Four Swords

Vaati managed to break out of his seal and attacked the land of Hyrule once again, he kidnapped maidens and took them to his Palace of Winds until Link rose up again and defeated him, sealing him inside the Four Sword again.

Four Swords

The seal on Vaati was apparently weakened over time, and a long time later Vaati managed to break out of his prison within the Four Sword. Vaati kidnapped Princess Zelda, taking her to his palace to make her his bride, forcing four Links to go off and search for the princess. After traveling over three different lands and the dungeons they contained, Link and his three other selves confronted the wind mage in the Wind Palace, the seat of Vaati's power. After a arduous battle between the sorcerer and the heroes, Link was able to reseal Vaati into the Four Swords blade.

Vaati has two forms in this game. The first is Vaati possessing a statue of himself, encased in armor, similar to the Vaati's Transformation form from later in The Minish Cap. In the second form, he appears as he does in the opening cutscene, and the battle is very much like the battle against Cyclok in the later Phantom Hourglass.

Child Timeline

This is the timeline where Link was sent back to the past and was able to warn the Royal Family of Ganondorf's treachery, leading to the events of the backstory of Twilight Princess.

Four Swords Adventures

After Link had rescued Zelda and sealed Vaati in Four Swords, Hyrule was at peace for a time. This changed when Ganondorf stole the Dark Mirror from the Temple of Darkness. Creating Shadow Link to kidnap Zelda and the Shrine Maidens, Ganondorf tricked Link into releasing the Four Sword, unsealing Vaati in the process.

During his adventure to save Hyrule, Link found out that Vaati was not the real enemy. Instead, Ganondorf had instigated the ordeal with Vaati to distract Link, allowing Ganondorf the time needed to steal the power of the Hylian Shrine Maidens.

Over the course of the adventure, Link rescued the Shrine Maidens and Zelda, and restored his good name upon defeating Shadow Link with Zelda's help. At the final battle, Link and his split selves defeated and killed Vaati, and sealed Ganon within the Four Sword with the help of Zelda and the Shrine Maidens. With this, peace returned to Hyrule, and the Four Sword was laid to rest in its shrine. With this being the last tale in the Four Swords era.

Adult Timeline

Vaati never makes any appearances, as he is sealed in the Four Sword located in the sunken Hyrule. When the flood of the Great Sea erases Hyrule after Ganondorf's defeat, Vaati and the four sword are erased along with it.

Decline Timeline

The Four Sword is unsealed in the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past, but Vaati does not make any appearance, suggesting that over time Vaati might have decayed into nothingness inside the Four Sword.

Hyrule: Total War / Hyrule Conquest

Vaati

Druthulidi Vaati

In the fangame by UndyingNephalim, Vaati is a combination of two different beings.

The Minish Sorcerer Vaati gives up his spirit in exchange for power from the Druthulidi that took his name. The Minish Sorcerer is completely taken over by the demon, who takes his image, name and personality.

Vaati uses his powers to become a god of the Darknuts, colluding with King Senturon, the Black Knight. Together, they lead a war against the Wind Tribe, who house sacred magic. Their war fails as the Wind Tribe ascended into the heavens. Enraged, Vaati attempts to murder Senturon, who gets healed by local Fairies. Vaati enstates Zalunbar, the Darknut Warrior as a god, using his powers to prolong his life span.

Minishvaati

After Millenia, Vaati is aproached by King Ganon and Bongo, who propose an invasion of the Kingdom of Hyrule and the aquisition of the Triforce. Upon arriving at the castle, he converses with Demise and Dethl, commenting on the possibility of Majora's involvement. He pulls out after the siege, aware of a conspiracy.

Vaati attempts to take the Triforce in the Gerudo Wars by colluding with the Sheikah traitor Agahnim. Their plan fails as Agahnim is destroyed. In the Citadel of Ontheon, a Darknut official Onan informs Vaati of strange horns on Agahnim's head. Vaati recognized the drawing of the horns as those of Majora, and is quickly assaulted by a vision of being told that his time is nigh and that there will no longer be any idols, as pedestals shall fall.

In the siege of Ontheon, Vaati is finally slain by Yaraxonal, despite trying to convince her that he is the only one who can stand against Majora.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Vaati's final form resembles Dethl from Link's Awakening.
  • Four Swords Adventures is the only game that Vaati appears in where he is not the final boss, instead he serves as the penultimate boss before Ganon emerges as the final boss.

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