The Hero's Spirit, also known as the Hero's Shade, Ancient Hero, Golden Wolf, or White Wolf, is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Once a famed swordsman of Hyrule, he died lamenting that he was never remembered as a hero, and calls Link of this era "son". This is the reason why he passes down the secrets of the sword to this Link. He manifests himself as a spectral golden wolf in the world of the living, and as an armored, skeletal warrior in the strange otherworld of the Ghostly Ether. The Hero's Shade's left eye glows bright red, while his right eye is missing; as a wolf, it is closed and appears scarred, while as a warrior, it is unlit and transparent.
He is the Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, filled with regrets from being unable to pass on the "lessons of his life to those who came after him" after he was sent back in time to his childhood. He also lamented that fact that he was not remembered as a hero. In order to ease his regrets and finally pass on his knowledge, he teaches the seven Hidden Skills to his descendant, the Link of Twilight Princess.
The Hero's Shade is impervious to attacks and cannot be damaged, although he can be knocked down during training sessions. He also possesses the ability to replicate himself, which he uses during training sessions involving multiple enemies, can launch large fireballs from the end of his sword, and is left-handed.
Powers and Stats
Tier: Unknown. Possibly at least 5-C
Name: Hero's Shade, Link
Classification: Hylian Spirit, Ancient Hero
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Master swordsman, Immortality (Type 7), Intangibility, Teleportation, Can launch large fireballs from the end of his sword, Can replicate himself, Can transform into a wolf, Dimensional BFR
Attack Potency: Unknown. Possibly at least Moon level (Comparable or superior to Twilight Princess Link early on in his adventure, though this was prior to him facing Ganondorf or Zant. It is also implied that the Hero's Shade is itself the spirit of a past incarnation of Link; its full power is unknown)
Lifting Strength: Class T+
Striking Strength: Unknown. Possibly at least Moon Class
Durability: Unknown. Possibly at least Moon level (Can tank hits from Link's Master Sword in training)
Range: Extended melee range. Possibly thousands of kilometers with projectiles.
Standard Equipment: His sword and shield
Intelligence: High, is very wise, and a master swordsman and has experienced in battle who taught his descendant Twilight Princess Link his hidden techniques.
Weaknesses: Nothing notable