|“||Impressive, I know. Very few can achieve a mastery of the sky. Yet I have made an art of creating an updraft that allows me to soar. It's considered to be quite the mastery of aerial techniques, even among the Rito. With proper utilization of my superior skills, I see no reason why we couldn't easily dispense with Ganon. Now then, my ability to explore the firmament is certainly of note... But let's not—pardon me for being so blunt—let's not forget the fact that I am the most skilled archer of all the Rito. Yet despite these truths, it seems that I have been tapped to merely assist you. All because you happen to have that little darkness-sealing sword on your back. I mean, it's just...asinine. Unless...you think you can prove me wrong? Maybe we should just settle this one on one? But where...? Oh, I know! How about up there?! Oh, you must pardon me. I forgot you have no way of making it up to that Divine Beast on your own! Good luck sealing the darkness!||„|
|“||The time has finally come. Brace yourself Ganon, for the STING OF MY REVENGE!!||„|
|~ Revali opens fire upon Calamity Ganon|
|“||Well, then. I suppose the time has finally come… to reveal Vah Medoh’s DIVINE POWER!||„|
|~ Revali as he prepares to counter Ganon’s forces with Teba at his side.|
Revali is a character in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He is a member of the Rito tribe and a major character in the game and returns in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
He is voiced by Noboru Yamaguchi in the Japanese version, and by Sean Chiplock in the English version.
Revali is very prideful in his abilities and also has an arrogant side to him, as he believes himself superior to Link. He comes across as rather flamboyant and over dramatic in his speeches, though he means well. He can be quite sassy, vain, and a bit gruff at times, who makes sure his friends know when he isn’t pleased, and far from being afraid to speak his mind and seems to always know what to say depending on what was said to him. He seems to be a tad sensitive about his image, as shown when he screams "My feathers!" in panic when hit with a fire attack in Age of Calamity, and when he felt insulted and mad when he saw that a Hollow copy of himself created by Astor stole his good looks and his talents. Given his hostility towards Link, he often refers to him as "little knight", or "pathetic knight", and has no qualms directing insults to his face. It is this side of his behavior that gets on the nerves of Urbosa and Daruk, who scold him often and even Mipha, whose facial expressions convey some annoyance when she had to listen to his rants. In addition, this also surprises Teba, who looked up to him, upon seeing the kind of person Revali actually was when he met him, but retained his respect for him. In spite of his pride, he harbors envious feelings towards Link (believing himself to be a worthier Hero than the Hylian).
Aside from his complicated relationship with Link, some of his relationships can be just as difficult with some of his friends as well. Revali can be snarky, impatient and easily angered when provoked by others, usually in a controlled manner, such as when he snapped at Daruk for telling him to scout the forest when it was too misty or he can sometimes even lose his cool when he lashed out at Terrako and Impa for their antics being done too close to him; but he knows when he needs to leave the vicinity to regain his composure. Despite this, Revali does have a more positive relationship with a few characters like Teba, Mipha, Princess Zelda, and later Terrako and holds a level of respect for them and they seem to do the same for him, despite having to put up with his salty attitude a couple of times. Teba is one of the few people that Revali treats with the most respect and admiration and will ask him about the Flight Range and how things are in his time in a side mission involving the use of Divine Beast Vah Medoh.
Revali exhibits a strong love and passion for archery and constantly setting records in several tournaments he takes part in and eventually took it up to a whole new level with learning how to control the wind that he would use in battle and is a formidable opponent to those who challenge him. While the most skilled warrior in his village, Revali can be somewhat modest when he voices his distaste towards anything he finds too fancy; as in his diary, he firmly doesn't believe that true strength relies on titles and uniforms alone and occasionally refers to ceremonies as meaningless pomp, as he had to work hard to achieve his Champion status. Even then, he does take a liking to his blue Champion scarf he was given.
Like the other Champions, Revali is completely devoted to his goal of stopping Calamity Ganon. This determination proves that despite his vanity, he'll set it aside in light of a bigger picture. He does have some sense of gratitude, swallowing his pride and commends Link for freeing his soul (while at the same time retaining his arrogance by attributing it to the Hylian's luck rather than his skill, but still, nonetheless, expressing some begrudging respect for Link).
As proud as he is, it is strongly implied that Revali suffers from an inferiority complex, indicating that he is, in fact, insecure about himself and his abilities and he went to extreme lengths to improve himself, often getting himself hurt in doing so. Revali's Diary revealed that he had been praised by the local villagers and looked up to by Rito children so much that he pushed himself to do better, but it also put him under much stress, becoming dependent on the praise of other people to feel better about himself. This brought about his conceited and arrogant persona; since Revali does not want to be seen as vulnerable and his sense of pride makes it very uncomfortable for him to admit any weaknesses of his own to his friends, he frequently used it to conceal his inner pain of trying to prove his worth. He will not hesitate to call out anyone who happens to meet him, while he is in that state; in other words, Revali is confident and smug on the outside when he is around his friends or in public, but he’s anxious and emotional on the inside when he is alone. When he learned of Calamity Ganon’s imminent return, he saw his chance to prove himself with Divine Beast Vah Medoh at his disposal, but it wasn’t until he learned from Princess Zelda that he is to assist Link with the other three Champions that he began to feel sidelined and developed a resentful attitude towards Link. Also in the diary, Revali admits that he struggles to understand those who aren't as talented as he is, as in the case of Princess Zelda, who has a hard time awakening her power required to seal Calamity Ganon away, and tries his best to be empathetic to her dilemma.
Revali is shown to be extremely protective of his village and cares deeply about the fellow villagers as shown in Age of Calamity, showing no tolerance to anyone who would dare endanger it, after a fierce battle against the corrupted Terrako (a.k.a. Harbinger Ganon) of the past. This, however, clouded his better judgment at one point, and it ended up creating a major misunderstanding as he and the Rito Warriors mistook the Terrako traveling with Link and company for the one that attacked his village.
While not very obvious, Revali does show that he has a soft spot inside of his heart for his friends at various points, (often through facial expressions and body language, occasionally using his words when necessary) which can be seen when Purah sees Mipha looking anxious when they were getting their picture taken, Revali looks over at her as though he was concerned, and smiles when she relaxed. During the battle with Windblight Ganon, if Link takes significant damage, Revali reacts with sincere distress, asking if he is okay. If the player completes the post-challenge boss battle in the DLC, one of Revali's extra dialogues consist of wondering about Rito Village's fate since the Great Calamity, and humbly admits that he will always consider it his home, making it the only time he doesn't exhibit any grandstanding or stating he is superior to Link in terms of skill level at all. When paired with a warrior in Age of Calamity, he’ll sometimes compliment and admire them and their skills. After Terrako was severely damaged after Link and Princess Zelda were forced to fight it, due to it being possessed by Malice, Revali looks on with the other warriors in silent sadness, as he genuinely felt sorry for Terrako and Princess Zelda, who lost her childhood companion. When Link is about to deliver the final blow to Calamity Ganon, he tells him, “Don’t screw this up!” which was his way of encouraging him, indicating that he respected Link and implied to have grown some faith in the Hylian warrior, despite his earlier resentment towards him. He also became very happy when Terrako was rebuilt and reunited with Zelda. During the credits scenes, following Terrako’s restoration, Terrako visits Revali at his village, where the latter strokes the Guardian and lets it ride on his back as he flies, and later joins his friends, who had took part in the war against Ganon, in a group hug at Hyrule Castle.
Revali’s features closely resemble that of an eagle, having a large beak, tail feathers, large wingspan, and black talons and white sharp claws. He has a slim body covered almost entirely in dark gray feathers (sometimes appearing to be light blue or gray in certain lighting patterns) he has small red circles around his green eyes with a bit of white as well and yellow eyebrows and light red patches on his cheeks. He wears four sets of braids with light brown ribbons woven in them and they are held together by jaded rings. Revali has some white feathers on both sides of his head, wings, fingers, abdomen, legs, and tail. For clothing, he wears a traditional Rito-styled garments consisting of a silver armor plates strapped on his chest and upper back, shoulders pads covered in brown and beige feathers with a golden tip at the top of their tipped ends decorated with twin light blue and white wing accessories below them. He sports a white vest and a form-fitting sleeveless dark red tunic with a small brown belt just below the vest, a large dark brown belt with light brown patterns around his waist and a beige zigzagged kilt with golden trim. He wears red and yellow leg warmers in his lower legs and jade anklets at the bottom near his feet.
Before becoming Champion, Revali wore a traditional large white tribal scarf with long tails behind him. Each of them has half of the yellow Rito crest with a red and yellow zigzagged trim at the bottom. After becoming Champion, Revali began wearing a sky blue scarf with a white Divine Beast Vah Medoh emblem. His Great Eagle Bow was also given a small sky blue ribbon similar to his Champion scarf tied to one end.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Revali lived in the Rito village with the other members of his race. He was then chosen by King Rhoam and Princess Zelda to become the Rito Champion and pilot the Divine Beast Vah Medoh (in which he was able to control with relative ease). Despite the honor of fighting alongside the other Champions, Revali in particular wanted to be the main hero and not Link; feeling that being a supporting fighter wasn't suited for him, and often looked down on Link out of envy and resentment. Sadly, he was killed by the Windblight Ganon and his spirit remained trapped inside the corrupted Beast for 100 years. Revali was freed after Link slays the demon inside the machine, he gives Link the use of his ability: Revali's Gale as thanks. When Link reaches the Hyrule Castle's Sanctum, Princess Zelda's power is exhausted, and Calamity Ganon is released. If Revali is freed, he sees the opportunity and tells Ganon to brace himself for his vengeance as he opens fire on the beast along with the other released Champions, weakening it.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which takes place 100 years before the events in Breath of the Wild when Link awoke from his rejuvenation sleep to find Hyrule in ruins, just before Calamity Ganon launched his attack, a small Guardian named Terrako that traveled into the past to warn the past versions of Zelda, Link, and the Champions of Calamity Ganon's impending attack gives them time to muster their forces for when he arrives.
|“||This nonsense again? Rito Village is my home. While I'm here, you won't be getting any closer.||„|
|~ Revali vows to protect his village from any intruders.|
Revali is defending Rito Village with his troops following an attack by that timeline's Terrako, infected with the Malice that followed the future Terrako into the past, turning it into the Harbinger Ganon, when Link shows up. When Revali's scouts see Link and Terrako, believing the Terrako with him to be Harbinger Ganon returning for another assault, they report to him about it and he orders them to take action. Revali attacks him with his Rito warriors, swearing that they will not threaten Rito Village so long as he lives and breathes. After having one of his Rito Captains take out the bridge that served as the quickest route to Rito Village with a Bomb Arrow, Revali watched as Link and his forces fought their way past everything the Rito threw at them and overpowered the Rito Captains in charge of the archer squads raining Bomb Arrows down on the Hyrulean forces, forcing him to personally join the battle and face Link himself once Link reached Rito Village himself.
|“||You may think you're good...but I'm better!||„|
|~ Revali as he's about to slay Link before Zelda intervenes|
Although he is overpowered and thrown back into a barricade by Link, Revali recovers and fires a Bomb Arrow straight up before circling around and kicking Link with his talons, knocking Link back as he blocked with his shield, only to be disarmed of it when the Bomb Arrow detonates in midair in front of him when warned of it by Terrako just in time. Revali then fires off a few more to create a smokescreen around Link and circles as he prepares for the coup de grace. When he makes his move, Link tries to counter with a slash from his sword, but misses, giving Revali the opening for his kill shot at point-blank range. Just as he's about to fire the fatal shot at Link's back before Link can use his sword to defend from it, Zelda intervenes, her shouting for Revali and Link to stop fighting making Revali hesitate to fire just long enough for Link to get his sword up just in time to deflect the arrow, leaving it to fall harmlessly to the ground near Zelda as she catches her breath, dressed in her winter attire and relieved neither Revali or Link are hurt. After being told of the situation, why Revali attacked them in the first place, and the reasons why Zelda, Link, Impa, and Terrako came to see Revali, he agrees to pilot Vah Medoh against Calamity Ganon, but still maintains some uncertainty and suspicion over Link, thinking he's nothing more than a pathetic knight in Zelda's service and unsure he is the chosen one to help seal Calamity Ganon away, though Revali is somewhat taken aback when Terrako says it is a knight in service to Zelda as well, before scoffing it off, calling them all ridiculous.
|“||Well...My one comfort is that your reputation...will be completely ruined once you fail. The fallen knight, heh heh!
Revali, how long do you expect us to put up with your prattle, huh?
|~ Urbosa is unamused by Revali picking on Link|
Revali continues his lack of faith in Link, such as when they head to Korok Forest, where though he is honored to help defend Hyrule at the request of Zelda's father, King Rhoam, he does not trust Link as their leader, boasting that Divine Beast Vah Medoh is the key to them attaining victory, and even taunting Link about failing and being called "the fallen knight", much to Urbosa's annoyance as she chastises him for his gloating before he summons Vah Medoh to help clear out the enemy resistance, including Hinox, Lynel, and enemy outposts, before giving the all-clear to head into the forest proper. However, while there, Mipha comments on the mist in the forest, which Revali then makes a complaint about it and believing they're likely walking in circles before a miffed Daruk suggested that he fly above to search the area and Revali calls him out for speaking before he thinks since it was too foggy to see through it. They soon meet Hestu, a giant Korok who's on a mission to return home, but has trouble getting around due to a monster infestation and requests their assistance, which Revali remarks that he can get around safely without carrying his noisy maracas around, but Urbosa tells the Korok not to take his rudeness personally and offers him help to handle the situation, to the big Korok’s joy. After helping Hestu with getting past the monsters infesting the forest, along with the mysterious appearance of Malice when Calamity Ganon hasn't awoken yet, Link and Zelda are attacked by Astor with Malice-born copies of Revali and the other Champions, known as Hollows, who manage to overpower Link and break his standard-issued sword from the Hyrulean Army. They nearly kill Zelda before being dispelled by the light of the Master Sword as Link draws it from its pedestal and forces Astor into retreat when he realized that the Master Sword is too powerful for him to face at this point, even after using the Hollows against it. After meeting with the Great Deku Tree and returning to Castle Town, despite some interference on the road from more of Ganon's monsters, Revali is officially given his Champion of Hyrule attire, replacing the scarf he normally wore with the Rito insignia on it with his Champion scarf that had Vah Medoh on it. Terrako begins teasing Impa and made her chase it around and they ended up running circles around Revali, irritating him and causing him to fly away, angrily grumbling "How asinine!" in response to their behavior. He then returns to Rito Village to prepare Vah Medoh for the inevitable. In the meantime, with the arrival of the Great Calamity looming closer once it is confirmed that Zelda's 17th birthday is when Ganon will break his seal, King Rhoam orders Castle Town and the surrounding communities evacuated of civilians to prevent collateral damage when Calamity Ganon arrives and takes over the Guardians to unleash mass destruction on everything and everyone. The soldiers evacuated as well are transferred to Akkala Citadel and Fort Hateno to reinforce the garrisons there. If those two bases are lost to Ganon's forces, Hyrule is as good as done for.
|“||This is bad. Extremely bad. If the Calamity was able to overtake Hyrule Castle--||„|
|~ Revali realizing the Great Calamity has begun|
Soon, Calamity Ganon arrives as foretold, starting with Yiga Clan members infiltrating the lab where Robbie and Purah were working on the Sheikah Slate and Terrako, holding them and their staff at blade-point. However, Purah is able to give the Sheikah Slate to Terrako and he flees with it to Zelda, Impa, and Link, before Calamity Ganon's seal is broken and the creature of Malice and evil incarnate engulfs Hyrule Castle. Revali is back at the Sheikah Tower near Rito Village when he sees the warp panel flickering and realizes the castle has fallen, and immediately realizes the towers are next before they are powered down, cutting Revali off from the other Champions, leaving him to fend for himself. King Rhoam and his Royal Knights are forced to stay behind and be presumably killed by the corrupted Guardians as Link and Impa grab Zelda and flee for their lives.
|“||All yours, Master Revali!
Some payback is in order!
|~ Teba and Revali face down Windblight Ganon|
|“||What? That thing's still standing?
Yes, and yet... I can't help but feel that the wind may finally be at our backs.
|~ Teba and Revali as Link arrives to help fight Windblight Ganon|
Meanwhile, Revali is attacked inside Vah Medoh by Windblight Ganon, unable to make an effective attack on the stronger Blight Ganon as it seems to outsmart him at every turn, even nicking him on the wing with one shot that grazes him, though he considers it just a scratch. Before he is slain like in the original timeline, Terrako, in Zelda's grief and guilt, is able to summon Teba from 100 years in the future in Breath of the Wild to arrive just in time to save Revali from Windblight Ganon, throwing off the Blight Ganon's aim as it prepared the surekill shot at Revali by shooting several arrows at one of its arms, breaking its concentration from the sudden sneak attack from the flank, and then distracting it to give Revali a chance to get some payback, but the Blight Ganon is able to intercept Revali's bomb arrows at the last second. However, Teba's support to Revali buys time until Link arrives to force Windblight Ganon into retreat for the moment, keeping Vah Medoh under Revali's control and saving his life in the process. With Revali and Teba piloting Vah Medoh together, they take a moment to finally slay Windblight Ganon when it returns for a second round while taking out enemy outposts, Hinox, Lynel, and Guardians, and joined by the other Champions and their future counterparts in the other Divine Beasts, they launch their counterattack against the corrupted Guardians and monsters to protect Akkala Citadel and Fort Hateno from them and save many Hyrulean Soldiers' lives in the process, with Teba shooting any Guardian Skywatchers targeting Revali, and Revali returning the favor taking out the Skywatchers pursuing Teba, before then attacking Hyrule Field to assist Riju and Urbosa with clearing the way to Hyrule Castle alongside the other Divine Beasts and their still-living Champions. Purah is able to activate a failsafe that wipes out most of the corrupted Guardian automatons in a single stroke when they concentrate their efforts on Fort Hateno, nearly causing the fort to still capitulate to the enemy onslaught, resulting in Calamity Ganon losing the main part of its army that it razed Hyrule with in the Breath of the Wild timeline, leaving only a few of them left to reinforce his monsters, giving Hyrule the advantage. With Zelda taking command of the survivors after awakening her powers granted to her by Hylia and the Triforce, they defend the Great Plateau with a reformed Master Kohga and his Yiga Clan, where Zelda discovers that her father, King Rhoam, and his Royal Knights are still alive thanks to the Ancient Guardian Shield she had given him earlier, which protected them from the Guardians' laser attacks and stunned them, buying the King and his men time to withdraw back to the Great Plateau before the automatons recovered. With Purah's help in using the restored Sheikah towers' teleportation ability, they are able to soon unite the Gerudo, Rito, Zora, Gorons, and Yiga Clan Sheikah together as a united allied force, and under Zelda's leadership with a still-living King Rhoam and his Hyrulean Soldiers joining their cause, they launch the full-scale assault to take back Hyrule Castle from Calamity Ganon. After defeating his Harbinger in that timeline's Terrako that had been corrupted by Calamity Ganon's Malice when it followed the future Terrako back in time, a clearly desperate and insane Astor finally spirals into a full-blown psychotic breakdown and orders Ganon to kill Link and every one of his allies. However, Calamity Ganon had enough of enduring one too many failures, and uses Astor as his conduit to assume a physical, and more human-like, form to fight the Champions, Zelda, and Link with, resulting in the destruction of Harbinger Ganon in the process. Link and Zelda reluctantly fought Terrako due to being corrupted by Malice during Ganon's transformation and bested it. Revali and the others share a moment of mourning and silence for the critically damaged Guardian, with Princess Zelda being the most affected by it, but they had to press on to the final battle at the Sanctum. In the end, Terrako sacrifices himself to weaken Calamity Ganon enough for Link to deliver the finishing blow with the Master Sword and allow Zelda to seal Calamity Ganon away once and for all. With Calamity Ganon gone, Teba and the other future Champions are returned to their time period by the residual energy from the ancient screw left from Terrako's sacrifice, and with himself and the other Champions still alive, Revali and the others are happy to see their future looking bright, especially after they are able to rebuild Terrako and reunite him with Zelda once more.
Super Smash Bros.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Revali appears as an advanced-ranked support spirit who increases the user's shooting attacks. His spirit battle is a stamina battle against Falco on the battlefield form of Skyloft with high winds in effect.
Powers and Abilities
Revali is able to fly like the other members of his race. He is also a talented archer, his weapon of choice is the Great Eagle Bow, that he uses with superb dexterity, in conjunction with his ability to fly.
The skill that he bestows to Link is the Revali's Gale - this ability allows Link to summon a temporary updraft, that'll send him vertically high into the air. As shown in Breath of the Wild, Revali uses this ability to give himself a huge boost to his takeoff so he can attack from the air and be more agile than he can be on the ground.
- Revali's special ability: Revali's Gale takes about six-minutes to recharge, making it the shortest cooldown period out of any of the other Champion's power. If Revali's Gale is upgraded, the cooldown time is cut to two minutes time; this can only be unlocked if the "Revali's Song Sidequest" part of the EX Champions' Ballad is completed.
- Revali's techniques had inspired male Rito to train their sons in the art of archery.
- None of the Rito other than Revali (and eventually Link) had been able to wield the Great Eagle Bow. This implies that Revali had incredible strength, in spite of his slender figure. Link demonstrates this too.
- Revali looks strangely like Falco Lombardi from the Star Fox series, but with different physical features.
- Alongside Princess Zelda, he also misunderstood Link mainly because of Link's silence; At first, he wanted to befriend Link and did what he could to impress him, but Link's silence and lack of reaction made Revali misinterpret this as arrogance, somewhat similar to how Princess Zelda thought that Link's behavior meant that he despised her. In both cases, they were unaware that Link's silence comes from having to bear the burden of his chosen hero title at the time. However, Zelda was never truly inconsiderate or arrogant to Link despite that as her lashing out was very minimum contrasted from Revali and had remorse for it.