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The article is about the Era preceding Breath of the Wild. For the foundation of the Kingdom of Hyrule, see Era of Prosperity.

The Era of Prosperity is an Era in the Zelda Timeline.[1]


The Era of Prosperity began with the development of Sheikah Ancient Technology 10,000 years before the events of Breath of the Wild.[1] Due to their advanced Technology, the people of Hyrule Kingdom were protected from threats such as Monsters and lived peacefully.[2][3]

East Reservoir Lake[]

Main article: East Reservoir Lake

Every 10 years, the Region of Lanayru experiences heavy rain that causes the Zora River to flood.[4] During the Era of Prosperity, this would cause damage to Zora's Domain and wash away the Zora who resided there.[5] After seeking aid from the King of Hyrule, the Zora and the Hylians joined forces to create the Rutala Dam and East Reservoir Lake.[6] This project was completed in a single year, and it halted the floods that would plague Hyrule Kingdom from the Lanayru Great Spring.[7][8] Since then, the Zora kings have maintained the level of the Reservoir.[9]

First Great Calamity[]

Main article: Great Calamity
BotW Calamity Ganon Tapestry

The Battle against Calamity Ganon

Hyrule Kingdom began to prepare for possibility of Calamity Ganon's return.[10][11] This involved the construction of the Divine Beasts and the Guardians, which were designed to participate in the battle against Ganon.[12][13] Four Champions were chosen to pilot the Divine Beasts.[14][15] With their Ancient Technology, Princess, and Hero, Hyrule Kingdom was prepared to face Calamity Ganon.[16][17]

When Calamity Ganon inevitable emerged, Hyrule Kingdom was prepared to face him.[18][19] The Princess and the Hero were protected by the Guardians while the Divine Beasts attacked Ganon.[20][21] After the final blow from the Master Sword, the Princess used her sacred power to seal Calamity Ganon once more.[22][23]

Banishment of Ancient Technology[]

Fearing the Ancient Technology of the Sheikah, the King of Hyrule and the rest of the Royal Family of Hyrule sought to get rid of it.[7][24] Some Sheikah willingly parted ways with their Technology, living normal lives afterwards and settling in Kakariko Village.[7][25] However, others became hateful of Hyrule Kingdom and formed the Yiga Clan, which swore loyalty to Calamity Ganon.[26]

All forms of Ancient Technology were buried. However, the Sheikah of Kakariko Village kept secret records pertaining to their locations. This included Divine Beast Vah Naboris and Divine Beast Vah Ruta, which were hidden in Gerudo Canyon and Zora's Domain, respectively.[27] Other records referred to the types of Guardians and the Giant Columns hidden below Hyrule Castle.[28]

Second Great Calamity[]

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Princess Zelda and the Champions

100 years before the beginning of Breath of the Wild, a fortune-teller predicted the revival of Calamity Ganon.[7][29] Following this advice, King Rhoam began mass excavations across Hyrule Kingdom, which uncovered Guardians, several Ancient Shrines, and the four Divine Beasts.[30] Princess Zelda and the bearer of the Master Sword, Link, were identified as the two who would seal away Calamity Ganon.[31] Daruk, Princess Mipha, Urbosa, and Revali were chosen as Champions and pilots of the Divine Beasts.[32]

The second Great Calamity occurred on the day of Princess Zelda's 17th birthday. Before the Champions could return to the Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon corrupted both them and the Guardians with his Malice and Blight Ganons.[33] During this attack, Hyrule Castle Town was destroyed, the Champions were killed, and Link collapsed while protecting Princess Zelda.[34]

After unlocking her powers at Blatchery Plain, Princess Zelda returned to Hyrule Castle to face Calamity Ganon on her own.[35] Link was taken to the Shrine of Resurrection by Purah and Robbie.[36][37][38] Princess Zelda constrained Calamity Ganon within the Throne Room, which is part of the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle.[39]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 360
  2. "Hyrule was then bolossoming as a highly advanced civilization. Even the most powerful monsters posed little threat to the denizens of the realm." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "The kingdom of Hyrule was once a land of lasting peace / A culture of such strength and wit, that suffering did cease." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Once every 10 years, the Lanayru region experiences unusually heavy rainfall. The Zora River flooded every time." — History of the Zora, Part Two (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "The tides damages not only our domain but our people, washing away poor souls and causing great suffering and disarray." — History of the Zora, Part Two (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "The Zora king of that time, after seeking aid from the king of Hyrule, rode out to see what could be done. By joining the architectural genius of the Zora and Hyrule's technological prowess, East Reservoir Lake was swiftly built." — History of the Zora, Part Two (Breath of the Wild)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 362
  8. "Thanks to this fruitful partnership, Hyrule was no longer plagued by these devastating floods." — History of the Zora, Part Two (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "In gratitude, the Zora king promised the king of Hyrule to manage the reservoir level to protect all of Hyrule from floods. Each Zora king since has kept that oath, spanning 10,000 years. That is why the reservoir signifies our bond with Hyrule." — History of the Zora, Part Two (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "The people thought it wise to utilize their technological prowess to ensure the safety of the land, should Calamity Ganon ever return." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "But Ganon lurked beneath the surface, strengthening its jaws / So the ancient people of Hyrule set out to help the cause." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "They constructed four mechanical wonders that came to be known as the Divine Beasts. They also built a legion of autonomous weapons called Guardians." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "Their efforts bore fruit in an automated force,
    To help avert Calamity by sealing it at its source.
    Four giant behemoths for which power never ceased,
    Each of these titans was called a "Divine Beast."
    And free-willed machines that hunted down their prey / These Guardians were built to last so they coud join the fray.
    " — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "The Divine Beasts were piloted by four individuals of exceptional skill from across the land." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "To guide the beasts in battle, warriors were needed,
    So four Champions pledged to see Ganon defeated.
    " — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "And thus, the plan to neutralize Ganon was forged." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "Divine Beasts, Guardians, princess, and knight,
    Their plan to rout Ganon was looking airtight.
    " — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Upon Ganon's inevitable return to Hyrule, the princess and the hero fought alongside these four Champions against this ancient evil." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "And when Calamity Ganon reared its head, Hyrule rose against it / The optimism of Hyrule all the more incensed it." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "The Guardians were tasked with protecting the hero as the Divine Beasts unleashed a furious attack upon their terrible foe." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "Ganon raged in its assault, boiling with hate,
    It gnashed its teeth and thrashed about, but it was all too late.
    The Guardians kept the heroes safe through every hour...
    The Divine Beasts unleashed attacks that weakened Ganon's power.
    " — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "And when the hero wielding the sword that seals the darkness delivered his final blow... The princess used her sacred power to seal away Calamity Ganon." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "The hero with the sealing sword struck the final blow,
    And the holy power of the princess sealed Ganon so.
    " — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "We of the Sheikah tribe have long been heralded as a people of great wisdom. Our technology became the key to sealing Ganon away during the Great Calamity, some ten thousand years ago. At one point, our technology was praised as the power of the gods...but eventually the people turned on it. Turned on us. Our creations came to be viewed as a threat to the kingdom. The Sheikah became outcasts, forced into exile." — Cado (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "Some, like us, chose to cast off our technological advances and strove to live normal lives." — Cado (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "Others formed a hatred toward the kingdom that shunned them. These sad souls swore their allegiance to Ganon. They now call themselves the Yiga Clan." — Cado (Breath of the Wild)
  27. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 375
  28. "...But we have still yet to find all of the Guardians. Records mention a greater number of them—and even other types. They are said to be stored in five giant columns that rest beneath Hyrule Castle. The thing is... No matter how I search beneath the castle, I can't seem to locate these columns. They must be buried deep." — Zelda's Research Notes (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "Stories of Ganon were passed from generation to generation in the form of legends and fairy tales. But there was also...a prophecy. "The signs of a resurrection of Calamity Ganon are clear. And the power to oppose it lies dormant beneath the ground."" — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "We decided to heed the prophecy and began excavating large areas of land. It wasn't long before we discovered several ancient relics made by the hands of our distant ancestors. These relics, the Divine Beasts, were giant machines piloted by warriors. We also found the Guardians, an army of mechanical soldiers who fought autonomously." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "We also learned of a princess with a sacred power and her appointed knight, chosen by the sword that seals the darkness. It was they who sealed Ganon away using the power of these ancient relics. One hundred years ago, there was a princess set to inherit a sacred power and a skilled knight at her side." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "We selected four skilled individuals from across Hyrule and tasked them with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "He appeared from deep below Hyrule Castle, seized control of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts, and turned them against us." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "The Champions lost their lives. Those residing in the castle as well. The appointed knight, gravely wounded, collapsed while defending the princess... And thus, the kingdom of Hyrule was devastated absolutely by Calamity Ganon." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "However... The princess survived... to face Ganon alone." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "Take Link to the Shrine of Resurrection. If you don't get him there immediately, we are going to lose him forever! Is that clear?!" — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  37. "And the courageous knight who protected her right up to the very end... That knight was none other than you, Link. You fought valiantly when your fate took an unfortunate turn. And then, you were taken to the Shrine of Resurrection. Here you now stand revitalized, 100 years later." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "Dr. Purah and I had already taken Link to the Shrine of Resurrection and left him to recover." — Robbie's Memoirs (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "Even now, as she works to restrain Ganon from within Hyrule Castle, she calls out for your help." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)