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The Era of the Wilds is an Era in the Zelda Timeline.[1] The Era of the Wilds goes unnamed in Breath of the Wild.


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Princess Zelda holding back Calamity Ganon within Hyrule Castle

The Era of the Wilds is marked by the destruction of Hyrule Kingdom and the collapse and reconstruction of Hylian society following the second Great Calamity. During this time, Princess Zelda kept Calamity Ganon contained to the ruins of Hyrule Castle.[2] A great many settlements were destroyed in the Calamity, and very few people survived.

Link's Slumber of Restoration[]

After collapsing during the Great Calamity, Link slept for 100 years in the Shrine of Resurrection.[3] Following this, rumors spread about what happened to Link at Blatchery Plain. While most believed that he died, stories spread about him being put into a deep sleep so he could return to fight Calamity Ganon.[4]

Aware of Link's condition, the Koroks of Korok Forest prepared the Korok Trials for him.[5]

Age of Burning Fields[]

Main article: Age of Burning Fields

The Age of Burning Fields began in Necluda following the Great Calamity.[6] During this time, farming in the Region was impossible due to the destruction incurred during the Guardians' attack.[7] Eventually, Necluda recovered enough for Hateno Village to start harvesting crops, leading to it becoming self-sufficient.[8]

Divine Beasts' Rampage[]

Prior to the beginning of Breath of the Wild, the Divine Beasts were reactivated and began rampaging in their respective Regions.[9][10] Divine Beast Vah Medoh started circling above Rito Village, attacking any Rito who flew too close.[11][12] Meanwhile, Divine Beast Vah Naboris stormed through the East Barrens and causing Lightning strikes, which made the Gerudo fearful of it coming towards Gerudo Town.[13][14] Divine Beast Vah Rudania began stomping on Death Mountain, causing the Scorching Climate and Magma Bombs throughout the Eldin Canyon.[15] To deal with this, Bludo began launching Yunobo at the Divine Beast with his Cannons while he was shielded by Daruk's Protection, preventing it from crossing the Death Caldera.[16] Finally, Divine Beast Vah Ruta generated an endless amount of Rain from the East Reservoir Lake, threatening to flood both Zora's Domain and the Hylian settlements downstream.[17] Due to this, Sidon began searching for a Hylian who could help him face the Divine Beast.[18]

Breath of the Wild[]

Hearing the voice of Princess Zelda, Link wakes up in the Shrine of Resurrection after 100 years.[3][19] As Link explores the Great Plateau, Zelda instructs him to head to the location marked on his Sheikah Slate's Map.[20] This leads Link to the top of the Great Plateau Tower, which is partially exposed in the ground. Placing his Sheikah Slate into the Sheikah Slate Pedestal activates the Tower, causing it and the other Sheikah Towers to rise from beneath the ground.[21] At the top of the Great Plateau Tower, Princess Zelda bids Link to remember, informing him that he has been asleep for 100 years.[22] As Malice begins to swirl around Hyrule Castle, Zelda warns Link that the world will end when Calamity Ganon regains its power.[23] She begs Link to rescue her soon, or else it may be too late.[24]

After leaving the Great Plateau, Link can enter Hyrule Castle at any time to face Calamity Ganon. The fight begins once Link enters the Throne Room, which makes up the first floor of the Sanctum. If Link did not reclaim a Divine Beast, its respective Blight Ganon will appear in the Throne Room to confront him. After all Blight Ganons have been defeated, Ganon's Cocoon will emit a golden glow, and Link will hear Princess Zelda's voice.[25] She apologizes, revealing that her power is not strong enough to hold Calamity Ganon any longer.[26] A Guardian laser then erupts from the Cocoon, and Calamity Ganon crashes through the floor of the Throne Room. This causes both him and Link to fall into the Astral Observatory. If any Divine Beasts have been purified, their pilots will unleash their attacks on Calamity Ganon.[27][28][29][30]

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Princess Zelda sealing Calamity Ganon

Once both Calamity Ganon and Dark Beast Ganon have been defeated, Princess Zelda will emerge from inside its body. Using her sacred power, she seals Calamity Ganon away once more. Standing in Windvane Meadow, Zelda admits that she has been watching over Link during his journey.[31] For the past 100 years, she has always believed that he would be able to defeat Calamity Ganon.[32] Turning to Link, Zelda thanks him, and she asks if he remembers her.[33]

After gazing upon Hyrule Castle, Princess Zelda and Link share a look and walk away. As they do so, the spirits of King Rhoam and the Champions can be seen looking down on them. The spirits then begin to disappear, and by the time they turn around to face them again, they are already gone.

Tears of the Kingdom[]


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  1. "Era of the Wilds Tunic" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  2. "Even now, as she works to restrain Ganon from within Hyrule Castle, she calls out for your help." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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)
  4. "The warrior, though... Some say he gave his life here too. But others think he went into a deep sleep to prepare to fight another day. Which would mean he's still alive, right? I wonder if I'll still be around when he wakes up. I'd love to meet the guy." — Garill (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Us Koroks all got together and prepared some trials just for you, Mr. Hero!" — Chio (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "I didn't come along until everything was already over... I was born during the Age of Burning Fields." — Uma (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Oh, yes... When I was a child, this whole region wasn't in a state fit to be sown, much less harvested." — Uma (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "By the time I was old enough to be aware of it, the plants around Hateno Village were budding... We were self-sufficient." — Uma (Breath of the Wild)
  9. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 364
  10. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 365
  11. "Now that I know you have the blood of a Champion, there is something I must ask of you. How shall I put this... I would like you to deal with Divine Beast Vah Medoh. The giant beast circling above us. Only a chosen one, a Champion, can stop a Divine Beast. You must enter the beast and bend it to your will. I tried explaining this to the more headstrong Rito warriors, but they wouldn't listen to reason. Teba and Harth tried to confront Medoh, but it did not go well, and Harth was injured." — Kaneli (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Did you see the beast in the sky? That's Divine Beast Vah Medoh. It showed up a while back. The Rito warriors who flew up to check it out were shot down. They say it used to be a divine being that protected the village, but it doesn't seem very divine to me. Thankfully, the thing only shoots at anything flying high up above the village. But still... It is pretty demoralizing for us Rito to have to fly so low to the ground." — Mazli (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "You saw it on your way to our town. Divine Beast Vah Naboris, cloaking in a massive sandstorm, hurling lightning at any who dare approach." — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "[Divine Beast?] You don't know about Divine Beast Vah Naboris? Supposedly, it is the guardian deity of the Gerudo people, but it suddenly started acting up a while back. There's nothing we can do to stop it, either... It's protected by a fierce sandstorm and intense lightning. Though it hasn't yet, it could easily head toward Gerudo Town or this oasis. I do my best to keep an eye on it from here." — Ripp (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "With Rudania runnin' will recently, Death Mountain's eruptions have gotten real bad. Do ya see Rudania stompin' around up there on the mountain? They say that 100 years ago, it actually used to protect our people from harm... but that was then, and this is now! Now all it does is mess up our mining operations! We're all suffering because it's stoppin' us from doin' business!" — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "...What's gotten into you? Hylians sure are strange. Anyway, Yunobo is actually a descendant of the Great Daruk That's why that slacker an even use Daruk's Protection! He uses it to protect himself when we fire him at Rudania. That's the only way we can chase that blasted beast away. We have no choice because normal cannonballs are no good against him." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "... Link. Divine Beast Vah Ruta has great power. It has the unique ability to create an endless supply of water. Of late it has been mercilessly spouting water into the air. As a result, this area has been plagued by heavy rains. For us Zora, water and air are as one, so you would not think this would be quite so critical of a problem. Sadly, the rains have filled the eastern reservoir nearly to the point of flooding. If the reservoir bursts, as it soon will, I fear immense damage will befall not only Zora's Domain... but also the area downstream from us. There, Hylian lives are in very great danger." — King Dorephan (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "I have been searching for someone like you for a long while. A man like you, Link, who carries himself with power! Right now, Zora's Domain is in grave danger because of the massive rainfall coming from Divine Beast Vah Ruta! Please promise you will help us! We need your strength, warrior! Won't you please come to Zora's Domain with me?" — Sidon (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "... ...Open your eyes... Open your eyes... Open your eyes. Wake up, Link." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "... Link... Link. Head for the point marked on the map in your Sheikah Slate." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "Sheikah Tower activated. Please watch for falling rocks." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Remember... Try... Try to remember... You have been asleep for the past 100 years." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "The beast... When the beast regains its true power, this world will face its end." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "Now then... You must hurry, Link. Before it's too late..." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "... Link... Link..." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "I'm sorry...but my power isn't strong enough... I can't hold him..." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "Now my moment has finally come. Brace yourself, Ganon, for the sting of my revenge!" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "This will be our final opportunity. We will not fail!" — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "Let's go, little guy! Now! Open up wide, Ganon!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "A hundred years in the making... Hold on, Princess. Our moment has arrived!" — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "I've been keeping watch over you all this time... I've witnessed your struggles to return to us as well as your trials in battle." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "I always thought—no, I always believed—that you would find a way to defeat Ganon. I never lost faith in you over these many years..." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "Thank you, Link... ...the hero of Hyrule. May I ask... Do you really remember me?" — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)