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BotW Despair
Number Recovered Memory #16
Main Quest "Captured Memories"
Location Northeast of Bottomless Swamp
Previous MemoryNext Memory
"Return of Calamity Ganon""Zelda's Awakening"

"Despair" is the sixteenth Recovered Memory in Breath of the Wild.[1]


This Recovered Memory can be unlocked in a small stretch of woods northeast of the Bottomless Swamp. It opens up with Link and Princess Zelda running through the woods and away from Hyrule Castle, Link holding Zelda's wrist. It is Raining, and the two of them are covered in mud. Zelda suddenly slips, falling from Link's grasp.

Kneeling on the ground, Zelda asks how it came to this.[2] She reveals that Calamity Ganon has turned all of the Ancient Technology, including the Divine Beasts and the Guardians against them.[3] Because of this, the Champions have become trapped in their Divine Beasts.[4] Zelda believes it is all her fault, since she was unable unlock her sealing power.[5] Crying, she states that everything she has done up until now has all been for nothing, and she calls herself a failure.[6] Zelda laments that she has failed her friends, Hyrule, and her father, leaving them all to die.[7]

With another sob, Zelda falls into Link's arms. He holds her, and the Recovered Memory ends with the sounds of her cries.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese絶望 (Zetsubō)
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTR絕望 (Juéwàng)
NetherlandsDutchDe wanhoop nabij
South KoreaKorean절망 (Jeolmang)
RussiaRussianОтчаяние (Otchayaniye)
Latin AmericaSpanishLADesesperación
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  • How Zelda cries differs between the two versions; in the Japanese version her cries consist of screaming and wailing, while in the English version, it is a quieter sobbing, albeit slightly audible.

See Also[]


  1. "Despair
    Recovered Memory #16
    " — Adventure Log (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "How... How did it come to this?" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "The Divine Beasts... The Guardians... They've all turned against us... It was... Calamity Ganon. It turned them all against us!" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "And everyone—Mipha, Urbosa, Revali and Daruk... They're all trapped inside those things" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "It's all my fault! Our only hope for defeating Ganon is lost all because I couldn't harness this cursed power!" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Everything—everything I've done up until now... It was all for nothing... So I really am just a failure!" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "All my friends... the entire kingdom... my father most of all... I tried, and I failed them all... I've left them...all to die." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)