Ocarina Of Time’s Kaepora Gaebora Can’t Be Faulted For Being Annoying

Kaepora Gaebora of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most disliked characters in the series, but he has good reason for the way he acts. Although the way he goes about his advice is frustrating, he is only trying to help. Admittedly though, it can be hard to appreciate when he feels like he's frequently holding up the quest.

Ocarina of Time is still held up as one of the best games on the Nintendo 64, and one of The Legend of Zelda's more memorable titles. The game features many iconic characters and bosses, as well as the first appearance of Ganondorf, who is by far the series' most popular villain.However, on the flipside of the games' virtues are a couple of the series' most infamous characters: Navi and Kaepora Gaebora. However, although Shigeru Miyamoto hated Ocarina of Time's Navi, players have focused most of their ire on Kaepora.


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Kaepora Gaebora is a wise old owl who appears during Link's journey to offer him guidance. In concept, this is a cool idea for a character, especially with so many successful wise mentor figures in fiction. However, Kaepora's advice is rarely as useful as one would hope, and sometimes not even necessary. However, the biggest problem that players have with Kaepora comes at the end of his speeches. He will ask the player if they want him to repeat what he said, and the cursor will default to "yes", causing him to start over if the player was mashing A to speed through his dialogue, even with Ocarina of Time's Switch port differences. Obviously, this causes him to get on a lot of players' nerves, especially when they didn't want to talk to him in the first place.

Kaepora Gaebora Sincerely Tries To Help In Ocarina Of Time


Despite Kaepora's annoying habits in gameplay, it's not hard to see where he's coming from. Although he is knowledgeable about the world, he is not omniscient. He doesn't realize that sometimes he's telling Link about things that he already knows. Kaepora promised to watch over him for the duration of his journey, a promise that he makes good on. So even though Kaepora often isn't much help, he is just trying to make good on a promise and assist the young hero who is trying to save the world. Considering that Navi was almost cut from Ocarina of Time, one can assume the developers worried that these types of hints might be too overbearing, but Navi and Kaepora remained in the game regardless.

Link's youth at the beginning of the game is another thing to take into account. With Link being a child, Kaepora would obviously be wary of him going out into the world solo in an attempt to stop a tyrant like Ganondorf. Since Kaepora cannot assist in Link's fights, he instead gives him all of the information that he thinks is necessary in order to help him survive. He doesn't know what Link does or doesn't know, but he wants to be thorough regardless. After all, as far as he can tell, Link is just a kid. When one remembers that Ocarina of Time also features The Legend of Zelda's biggest scam, it's a bit harder to get mad at Kaepora in comparison.

Kaepora Gaebora is annoying to a lot of players, and that is hard to deny. His speeches are barely any help, and how easy they are to repeat does not earn him any extra goodwill from those who already disliked him. However, as a character, it is understandable why Kaepora Gaebora acts the way he does in Ocarina of Time.