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[Update] Meet The Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

Update:  The sages of fire and water join Sheik on the battlefield, and the bearers of the Triforce of Courage and Wisdom equip new weapons.

Ever since traversing Hyrule in 3D for the first time in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, fans have been clamoring for more action-oriented Link. He made an appearance in Soul Calibur II, but now, in Wii U's  Hyrule Warriors, he’s bringing some friends (and enemies) with him onto the battlefield to take down hordes of Moblins, Lizalfos Knights and Dodongos.

We'll continue to update this as more characters are confirmed. For now, check out some of the fighters and their more powerful attacks.

Link
The Hero of Time, Link is a master of both swords and staves. He can wield his trusty Master Sword, using his signature spin attack to take out surrounding enemies.

He also wields the classic fire rod, which offers more versatility than the master sword, acting as both a projectile weapon and a close-range flamethrower. In terms of garb, Link can ride into battle wearing his traditional green tunic (now adorned with a spiffy blue scarf) and the Twilight Princess version of the Zora’s Tunic.

This article previously listed the gauntlets as the ball and chain weapon from Twilight Princess, but it turns out Link can use these puppies for much more than swinging a spiky wrecking ball around. Not only can he lift enemies off their feet and throw them, he can also zap enemies directly or slam the ground to shock multiple foes at once.

Impa
Once portrayed as a frail, elderly nanny in the original Legend of Zelda, Hyrule Warriors’ Impa draws most heavily from the fierce guardian incarnation of Skyward Sword. Her movements are much more deliberate than Link’s, throwing her weight into each swing of her giant blade.

Zelda
The princess of Hyrule, Zelda brings both rapier and arrows of light into combat. Her movements are quick and swift, using the Triforce of wisdom and spells like Farore’s Wind to finish off hordes of foes.

And as if a rapier and arrows made out of light itself weren’t cool enough, Zelda can also orchestrate her foes’ doom with the legendary Wind Waker baton. Chiming up classic tunes like the song of storms, Zelda conjures powerful gusts to send moblins and stalfos alike flying and stuns them with electrified musical stanzas.

Midna
The princess of Twilight, Midna returns to cause some mischief on the battlefield. She rides atop a twilit wolf, who delivers lighter attacks, while she uses her ponytail and fused shadow relic on her crown to deal heavy damage.

Agitha
Who would’ve thought that someone with a hobby as innocuous as bug collecting could take on Poes? Agitha fights with her parasol in hand,  summoning bugs to fend off enemies.

Zant
The Usurper King slithers onto the scene with a scimitar in each hand. Whether he uses his previously seen abilities, like teleportation and energy blasts, remains to be seen.

It also seems like he will be an antagonist, though in Musou games, that doesn't mean he won't also be playable. We know that Skyward Sword's Ghirahim and The Imprisoned will also appear as enemies, but we don't yet know for certain whether they'll be playable.

Lana
A brand new, tome-wielding character, this blue-haired mage looks to bring a new twist on the crossover adventure. Lana conjures translucent blocks to squash her enemies and aid in acrobatics, shattering them with her magic to damage enemies with its shards. She figures into the story as a foil for antagonist Cia.

Fi
Link’s faithful companion from Skyward Sword, Fi is the spirit of the Goddess Sword incarnate, which Link and Fi would go on to forge into the Master Sword itself. Fi dances around the battlefield damaging enemies with magical pirouette strikes and transforms into the Goddess Sword to land finishing blows.

Princess Ruto
The Zora princess and sage of water packs quite a wallop with her repertoire of water-based attacks. Not only can she bowl over crowds with crashing waves, she can also shoot a school of aqueous fish at fools (yes, you read sentence that correctly).

Darunia
The amiable ruler of Death Mountain’s Goron City, Darunia wields his people’s prized megaton hammer. And, yes, he can also curl into a ball and steamroll his opponents with his rocky hide.

Sheik
Although we first got a taste of Sheik’s fighting ability in Super Smash Bros. Melee, we’re about to see what other tricks Zelda’s alter ego has in store. Sheik cuts through bad guys with quick, open-handed strikes and flings them through the air with the flick of a harp string.

Link and Zelda will receive their respective Twilight Princess costumes in the form of downloadable content in Japan, but there's no word on whether the DLC will come to the US. Hyrule Warriors comes to Wii U September 26, but until then, you can dig even deeper into Hyrule Warriors by reading our story on where the title fits into the expansive Zelda timeline and revisit our discussion of our readers’ thoughts on the game now that we’ve seen more of it.

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