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|name = Great Calamity
 
|name = Great Calamity
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|image = [[File:Maliceganonreturns.jpeg|The Hyrule Castle falls to Calamity Ganon]]
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|caption = [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] falls to [[Calamity Ganon]]
|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|Breath of the Wild]]'' ([[2017]])
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|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|Breath of the Wild]]'' ([[2017]])
 
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|country = [[Hyrule]]
 
|country = [[Hyrule]]
|region = Throughout [[Hyrule]]
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|region = Primarily [[Central Hyrule]] though most of Hyrule was affected
|occurrence = A century ago
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|occurrence = One hundred years prior to ''Breath of the Wild'' starting on Princess Zelda's 17th Birthday
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|purpose = Calamity Ganon returns after being sealed for 10,000 years<br>[[Champions]] lead by the Princess of Hyrule seek to defeat and seal Calamity Ganon alongside the Master Sword's Chosen [[Link]]<br>War for control of Greater Hyrule
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|characteristics = Calamity Ganon spreading his [[malice]] across Hyrule<br />[[Divine Beast]]s and [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] becoming corrupted by Ganon<br />Hyrule being laid to ruins<br />The four [[Champions]] pilots slain and Link critically injured<br />Link placed inside the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] to heal for 100 years<br />[[Princess Zelda]] self-sealed with Calamity Ganon within [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]]<br />Death of the King and the Castle residents<br />Master Sword placed in its pedestal near the Great Deku Tree
 
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The '''Great Calamity''' is an event from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]''. This event serves as the main historical context of the game. It corresponds to the disaster caused by [[Calamity Ganon]] throughout [[Hyrule]] that occurred one hundred years ago before [[Link]]'s awakening from his long sleep inside the [[Shrine of Resurrection]]. After he awakens and leaves the Shrine, Link thus discovers a ruined Hyrule, in particular through several ruined locations such as the [[Temple of Time]], and a [[Hyrule Castle]] controlled by Calamity Ganon.
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The '''Great Calamity''' is an event from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]''. This event serves as the main historical context of the game. It corresponds to the disaster caused by [[Calamity Ganon]] throughout [[Hyrule]] that occurred on [[Princess Zelda]]'s 17th birthday one hundred years prior to event of the game. After Link awakens at the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] at the beginning of ''Breath of the Wild'', he discovers much of Hyrule ruined and devastated by Ganon's forces. However, thanks to [[Princess Zelda]] sealing herself and Calamity Ganon away in [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] the rest of Hyrule managed to survive and somewhat rebuild.
   
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Calamity Ganon first emerged in the distant past, ten thousand years before the events of ''Breath of the Wild''. [[Ganon]] transformed into a monstrous creature of pure [[Malice]] known as Calamity Ganon. He ravaged Hyrule before being sealed away by the chosen Hero wielding the [[Master Sword|blade that seals darkness]], and by the princess with divine powers inherited from [[Hylia|the Goddess]]. Assisting the hero and the princess were the [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] and four massive mechanical animal constructs called the [[Divine Beast]]s. The Ancient [[Sheikah]] tribe developed these machines with their unique technology, to help the [[Royal Family of Hyrule]]. Ganon.
One century, before Link's awakening from his long sleep inside the Shrine of Resurrection of the [[Great Plateau]], [[Hylian]]s discovered the ancient relics of the [[Sheikah]] constructed ten thousands years prior, including the [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] and the four [[Divine Beast]]s, used to watch over the Hyrule lands. This discovery event coincided with the prophecy about [[Ganon]]'s return, thus [[Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule|King Rhoam]] and the Hyrule people decided to create a group of warriors and protectors, the [[Champions]].
 
   
Commanded by [[Princess Zelda]], their ranks included Link, her knight and personal bodyguard, and a representative of each major race of Hyrule: [[Revali]] of the [[Rito]], [[Daruk]] of the [[Goron]]s, [[Mipha]] of the [[Zora]], and [[Urbosa]] of the [[Gerudo]]. While the other Champions piloted their race's respective Divine Beast, Zelda was sent on a pilgrimage under Link's protection, praying to statues of the goddess [[Hylia]] for the power to defeat Calamity Ganon.
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Ten thousand years later, during the reign of [[Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule]], it was foretold that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. The prophecy of Ganon's imminent return forced the Royal Family and Sheikah still loyal to the kingdom to excavate the ancient technology in preparation to confront Calamity Ganon as their ancestors had done 10,000 years prior. King Rhoam decided to act in accordance to their ancestors' plan and excavated the relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. They recovered the mechanical army and were successfully able to reactivate and use them. The teenage Zelda assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she still had trouble awaking her powers. King Rhoam then formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as [[Champions]] lead by his daughter Princess Zelda. He requested each race of Hyrule choose a Champion, and four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom by Zelda, Mipha the Zora Champion and crown Princess, Daruk the Goron Champion, [[Revali]] the [[Rito]] Champion, and Urbosa the Gerudo Champion and Chieftain. They were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist the [[Hylian]] Champion, the knight Link. The final key to defeating Calamity Ganon was the divine sealing powers of the royal family's bloodline, and the recent death of Hyrule's Queen saw this immense duty fall to her only surviving daughter who lost not only a mother but a mentor. As she was now sole bearer of this birthright which she inherited from her grandmother, the King ordered Zelda to focus on awakening her divine sealing powers to the exclusion of all else.
   
With the help of the [[Sheikah]]'s Guardians and the Divine Beasts, the people of Hyrule prepared for the return of Calamity Ganon. During this time, the Champions bonded with each other, with Zelda growing especially fond of Link once she realized their similarities as people burdened with tremendous legacies to live up to. However, Zelda was unable to unlock her power in time, and Calamity Ganon proved to have learned from its previous defeat; using its nigh-limitless dark power, it killed the pilot champions, took control of the Guardians and Divine Beasts, and nearly killed Link.
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Unfortunately, having learned from his previous defeat, Calamity Ganon created four phantom embodiments of himself representing the elements of [[Fireblight Ganon|fire]], [[Waterblight Ganon|water]], [[Thunderblight Ganon|thunder]], and [[Windblight Ganon|wind]], each tasked with corrupting and taking control the Divine Beasts, and killing four of the Champions and imprisoning their spirits in the process. Succeeding in taking control of the Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon proceeded to take control of the Guardians with his Malice to use against the people of Hyrule. He then destroyed [[Hyrule Castle Town]] and devastated much of Hyrule, slaughtering countless innocents. Among the chaos, King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived the attack on the castle were helpless against the Guardian onslaught and were forced to retreat to the Akkala Citadel in [[Akkala]]. The final remnants of the Hyrulean Army took their final stand in Akkala Citadel, the kingdom's largest stronghold, which was all but destroyed in the historic battle, leaving the once great structure in ruins.
   
However, Zelda saved Link from the fatal blow, finally unlocking her power. Link was then sent to the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau, where he would recover in a deep sleep for the next one hundred years. Zelda returned the battle-damaged [[Master Sword]] to its pedestal in front of [[Great Deku Tree|The Great Deku Tree]], then used her power to seal Ganon and herself within Hyrule Castle.
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Zora's Domain was attacked at this time, though the bottleneck that is Zora River allowed the Zora Knights to hold off the assault very effectively and their army survived to continue defending Zora's Domain. However the Zora people greatly mourned Mipha's death and many Zora Knights and adults blamed Link and the Hylians for the Great Calamity. However King Dorephan though regretting having allowed his daughter to fight understood she would not forgive him for holding Link responsible and realized they had all underestimated Ganon's cunning and power. Though he was very young at the time, Mipha's younger brother [[Prince Sidon]] would come to share his father's views in the years to come with the Zora out living most of their non-Zora allies due to Zora having longer lifespans and aging at a different rate.
   
Zelda's power has dwindled over the past century, putting Hyrule at risk of Calamity Ganon's return. Everyone hopes Link to recover, reawaken and regain his memories in order to free the spirits of the Champions, reclaim the power of the Divine Beasts, proceed to defeat Calamity Ganon, free Zelda from the depths of Hyrule Castle and save the world from immediate destruction.
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Link and Zelda, meanwhile, had been unable to help in Central Hyrule, and retreated south to [[Fort Hateno]] where they made their desperate last stand against an army of Guardians. Though Link wielded the True Master Sword which reacted to Ganon's corruption within the Guardians with skill and personally destroyed countless Guardians himself, they were simply too numerous and he was eventually overcome.
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[[File:Breath of the Wild Blade of Evil's Bane Zelda holding the rusty Master Sword (Recovered Memory 18 Cutscene).png|thumb|150px|Zelda placing the Master Sword in its pedestal within Korok Forest]]
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It was here, faced with the impending death of a loved one, that Zelda's powers were truly awakened, allowing her to shut down the Guardians with a blinding ray of light by purging them of Ganon's influence. The Guardians had been stopped from destroying Link, but despite being saved by Zelda he still succumbed to his injuries and collapsed to the ground, seemingly dying in Zelda's arms.
   
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Heartbroken, Zelda wept in despair. As if responding to her cries, the Master Sword activated on its own and spoke to Zelda. It revealed to her that Link was not yet dead and could still be saved reminding Zelda of the Shrine of Resurrection an ancient Sheikah medical facility her research team had discovered. Wasting no time, Zelda ordered her Sheikah allies, Impa, Purah, and Robbie, to deliver Link to the Shrine of Resurrection upon the Great Plateau, and to place him in the experimental Slumber of Restoration. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the [[Great Deku Tree]], making to the blade the promise that Link would one day return for it. In a final sacrifice, Zelda marched alone on Hyrule Castle and used her newly awoken powers to seal both Ganon and herself inside, ending the Great Calamity.
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* It is possible, although not clear, that this may be what caused Link's death in the possible "Hero Dies and Fall" of Hyrule timeline that splits from ''Ocarina of Time''.
 
* This also may be a new installation that splits either much earlier or much later in one of the other timelines.
 
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Latest revision as of 22:32, February 2, 2019

The Great Calamity is an event from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This event serves as the main historical context of the game. It corresponds to the disaster caused by Calamity Ganon throughout Hyrule that occurred on Princess Zelda's 17th birthday one hundred years prior to event of the game. After Link awakens at the Shrine of Resurrection at the beginning of Breath of the Wild, he discovers much of Hyrule ruined and devastated by Ganon's forces. However, thanks to Princess Zelda sealing herself and Calamity Ganon away in Hyrule Castle the rest of Hyrule managed to survive and somewhat rebuild.

Calamity Ganon first emerged in the distant past, ten thousand years before the events of Breath of the Wild. Ganon transformed into a monstrous creature of pure Malice known as Calamity Ganon. He ravaged Hyrule before being sealed away by the chosen Hero wielding the blade that seals darkness, and by the princess with divine powers inherited from the Goddess. Assisting the hero and the princess were the Guardians and four massive mechanical animal constructs called the Divine Beasts. The Ancient Sheikah tribe developed these machines with their unique technology, to help the Royal Family of Hyrule. Ganon.

Ten thousand years later, during the reign of Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule, it was foretold that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. The prophecy of Ganon's imminent return forced the Royal Family and Sheikah still loyal to the kingdom to excavate the ancient technology in preparation to confront Calamity Ganon as their ancestors had done 10,000 years prior. King Rhoam decided to act in accordance to their ancestors' plan and excavated the relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. They recovered the mechanical army and were successfully able to reactivate and use them. The teenage Zelda assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she still had trouble awaking her powers. King Rhoam then formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as Champions lead by his daughter Princess Zelda. He requested each race of Hyrule choose a Champion, and four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom by Zelda, Mipha the Zora Champion and crown Princess, Daruk the Goron Champion, Revali the Rito Champion, and Urbosa the Gerudo Champion and Chieftain. They were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist the Hylian Champion, the knight Link. The final key to defeating Calamity Ganon was the divine sealing powers of the royal family's bloodline, and the recent death of Hyrule's Queen saw this immense duty fall to her only surviving daughter who lost not only a mother but a mentor. As she was now sole bearer of this birthright which she inherited from her grandmother, the King ordered Zelda to focus on awakening her divine sealing powers to the exclusion of all else.

Unfortunately, having learned from his previous defeat, Calamity Ganon created four phantom embodiments of himself representing the elements of fire, water, thunder, and wind, each tasked with corrupting and taking control the Divine Beasts, and killing four of the Champions and imprisoning their spirits in the process. Succeeding in taking control of the Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon proceeded to take control of the Guardians with his Malice to use against the people of Hyrule. He then destroyed Hyrule Castle Town and devastated much of Hyrule, slaughtering countless innocents. Among the chaos, King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived the attack on the castle were helpless against the Guardian onslaught and were forced to retreat to the Akkala Citadel in Akkala. The final remnants of the Hyrulean Army took their final stand in Akkala Citadel, the kingdom's largest stronghold, which was all but destroyed in the historic battle, leaving the once great structure in ruins.

Zora's Domain was attacked at this time, though the bottleneck that is Zora River allowed the Zora Knights to hold off the assault very effectively and their army survived to continue defending Zora's Domain. However the Zora people greatly mourned Mipha's death and many Zora Knights and adults blamed Link and the Hylians for the Great Calamity. However King Dorephan though regretting having allowed his daughter to fight understood she would not forgive him for holding Link responsible and realized they had all underestimated Ganon's cunning and power. Though he was very young at the time, Mipha's younger brother Prince Sidon would come to share his father's views in the years to come with the Zora out living most of their non-Zora allies due to Zora having longer lifespans and aging at a different rate.

Link and Zelda, meanwhile, had been unable to help in Central Hyrule, and retreated south to Fort Hateno where they made their desperate last stand against an army of Guardians. Though Link wielded the True Master Sword which reacted to Ganon's corruption within the Guardians with skill and personally destroyed countless Guardians himself, they were simply too numerous and he was eventually overcome.

Breath of the Wild Blade of Evil&#039;s Bane Zelda holding the rusty Master Sword (Recovered Memory 18 Cutscene)

Zelda placing the Master Sword in its pedestal within Korok Forest

It was here, faced with the impending death of a loved one, that Zelda's powers were truly awakened, allowing her to shut down the Guardians with a blinding ray of light by purging them of Ganon's influence. The Guardians had been stopped from destroying Link, but despite being saved by Zelda he still succumbed to his injuries and collapsed to the ground, seemingly dying in Zelda's arms.

Heartbroken, Zelda wept in despair. As if responding to her cries, the Master Sword activated on its own and spoke to Zelda. It revealed to her that Link was not yet dead and could still be saved reminding Zelda of the Shrine of Resurrection an ancient Sheikah medical facility her research team had discovered. Wasting no time, Zelda ordered her Sheikah allies, Impa, Purah, and Robbie, to deliver Link to the Shrine of Resurrection upon the Great Plateau, and to place him in the experimental Slumber of Restoration. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the Great Deku Tree, making to the blade the promise that Link would one day return for it. In a final sacrifice, Zelda marched alone on Hyrule Castle and used her newly awoken powers to seal both Ganon and herself inside, ending the Great Calamity.

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