(Speaking Tibetan)

Tenzin Uncharted 2 render
Tenzin, as he appears in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Biographical information







Political information


Nathan Drake (formerly)
Elena Fisher(formerly)
Karl Schäfer (formerly) †


Treasure hunter
Village Leader

Game information


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (multiplayer only)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (multiplayer only)

Voice actor:

Pema Dhondup

Motion-capture actor:

Robin Atkin Downes

Tenzin is a Tibetan explorer featured in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. He is currently the only main character in the series that is unable to speak English.


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

A leader in his remote Tibetan village and father to his only daughter Pema Tenzin meets Drake when he's part of the way though his perilous search for the Cintamani Stone. Their Partnership is made awkward by the language barrier - Tenzin speaks no English and Drake no Tibetan - forcing them to communicate largely through gesture. Despite this obstacle Tenzin is destined to become one of Drake's most trusted allies.

Official Uncharted 2: Among Thieves bio


Train Wreck & Ice Temple
Tenzin and Drake

Tenzin and Nate examining one of Schäfer's dead men.

Tenzin rescues a gravely injured Nathan Drake, who's been wandering the Himalayan mountains after surviving a train crash.

Returning to his village high in the mountains, Tenzin nurses Drake back to health in his home. Drake awakens a few days later, and is sent to search for Karl Shäfer's expedition in the Himalayan ice caves with Tenzin. While in the ice caves, both are attacked by a Yeti-like beast and discover an ancient ice temple hidden in the caves.

Drake and Tenzin solve numerous puzzles to reach the inner sanctum of the temple, where they discover the remains of the expedition. The two are soon attacked further, but narrowly escape in an ancient lift.


Tenzin and Nate overlooking the ruined village.

After escaping the temple, Tenzin and Drake find that the village is under attack by mercenaries led by Zoran Lazarević. Drake helps Tenzin and the other villagers fend off the assault and destroys a tank that has rampaged through the village. Once Tenzin is reunited with his daughter, Drake and Elena go after Schäfer, whom Lazarević has abducted, while Drake waves goodbye to Tenzin.

After Drake, Elena, and Chloe return from their journey to destroy the Cintamani Stone, Tenzin hosts a Tibetan funeral for Schäfer.


Tenzin appear as a playable character in Uncharted 2 multiplayer. He is free and available to be equipped whenever.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)


Tenzin re-appear as a playable character in Uncharted 3 multiplayer. He is only available through downloading the Classic Skin Pack #2. The skin is equivalent to Tenzin's appearance in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)

Born and raised in a small village high in the mountains of Nepal, Tenzin is a man of few words and a steely focus. He supports his young daughter Pema through farming and occasional jaunts into the world of treasure hunters. His peers admire him for his quiet dignity and his monogrammed grappling hook.

Official Uncharted 4: A Thief's End bio.

Although Tenzin doesn't appear in person he does make a appearance in a photograph in A Normal Life. Nate's states that he misses him. saying "Miss ya pal"


Tenzin appears as a playable character in Uncharted 4 multiplayer. He is unlocked through vanity chests or using Uncharted Points.

Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Skins


  • Tenzin
  • Suited Tenzin
  • Rock Climbing Tenzin
  • Prison Tenzin
  • Apocalypse Tenzin
  • Biker Tenzin

Pre-set Outfits

  • Terrible Tenzin
  • Tycoon Tenzin
  • Traversal Tenzin
  • Tavern Tenzin
  • Territorial Tenzin


Weapons-92FS-9mm 92FS-9mm: An elite standard pistol found in the Uncharted series.
Weapons-P08-9mm P08-9mm: A standard pistol which features rarely in Among Thieves.


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


  • The name Tenzin is of Tibetan origin, meaning "the holder of Buddha Dharma." [1][2]
    • Tenzin's name is likely a nod to the real-life Tenzin Norgay, a Tibetan Sherpa who accompanied New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953 and along with him became the first people to conquer the mountain.
  • Even with subtitles turned on, players are not told what Tenzin is saying. Instead they are just told that he is 'speaking Tibetan'.
  • Counting his photographic appearance in A Thief's End, he is one of seven characters in the series to appear in the story modes of multiple games, the others being, Nate, Elena, Sully, Sam, Chloe, Nadine, and Orca.
  • Tenzin's daughter, Pema, shares her name with Tenzin's voice actor.
    • Tenzin and his daughter also share their names with two characters from the Nickelodeon show, The Legend of Korra: Tenzin, the son of Aang, and Pema, his wife.


See Tenzin/Gallery


  1. Tenzin: Meaning Of Name Tenzin. Nameberry. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  2. Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Tenzin. Behind the Name. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
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