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|name = Great Calamity
 
|name = Great Calamity
|image = [[File:Great Calamity (Breath of the Wild).jpg|Calamity Ganon contained in Hyrule Castle]]
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|image = [[File:Maliceganonreturns.jpeg|The Hyrule Castle falls to Calamity Ganon]]
|caption = [[Calamity Ganon]] contained in [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] by [[Princess Zelda|Zelda]]
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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]])
 
|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|Breath of the Wild]]'' ([[2017]])
 
|games =
 
|games =
 
|country = [[Hyrule]]
 
|country = [[Hyrule]]
|region = Throughout [[Hyrule]]
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|region = Primarily [[Central Hyrule]] though most of Hyrule was affected
|occurrence = 100 years prior to ''Breath of the Wild''
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|occurrence = One hundred years prior to ''Breath of the Wild'' starting on Princess Zelda's 17th Birthday
|purpose = Failed attempt by the [[Champions]] to seal [[Calamity Ganon]]
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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
|characteristics = Calamity Ganon corrupts the [[Divine Beast]]s and [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardian]]<br />Four Champions died and [[Link]] is critically injured fighting Guardians<br />[[Link]] is placed in the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] to heal<br />[[Princess Zelda]] seals Calamity Ganon in [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] for 100 years
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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 discovers a ruined Hyrule, in which are several ruined locations such as the [[Temple of Time]] and [[Hyrule Castle]], which is now controlled by Calamity Ganon whom [[Princess Zelda]] had managed to seal there for 100 years.
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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.
   
== Story ==
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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.
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=== Background ===
 
10,000 years before the events of ''Breath of the Wild'', the [[Sheikah]] developed powerful ancient technology to help the [[Royal Family of Hyrule]] and the Goddess' chosen hero combat [[Calamity Ganon]]'s cycle of resurrection which had laid waste to Hyrule in the past. This resulted in the creation of the four [[Divine Beast]] and an army of [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardian]]s which would aid the Goddess-blood Princess and the Hero in defeating and sealing Ganon. The four Divine Beasts were piloted by four champions chosen from the [[Gerudo]], [[Goron]], [[Rito]], and [[Zora]]. Together with the Princess and Hero of that period, they used the Divine Beasts to defeat Ganon who was then resealed by the Princess and Hero. At first the Sheikah's technology was hailed as the power of the gods by the people of Hyrule and the Sheikah were considered heroes. However over time the people of Hyrule and Royal Family began to fear the Sheikah technology as a threat to the kingdom and the Sheikah became outcasts and were exiled despite all they had done for the kingdom resulting in schism among the Sheikah. While most Sheikah who remained loyal to Hyrule choose to bury their technology and return to a simpler existence, some Sheikah angry over how they had been treated turned against the kingdom and form the [[Yiga Clan]] dedicating themselves to eliminating all those who stood in the way of Ganon.
 
   
=== The Great Calamity ===
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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.
One century before Link's awakening inside the Shrine of Resurrection on the [[Great Plateau]], [[Hylian]]s rediscovered the ancient relics of the [[Sheikah]] constructed ten thousands years prior, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts, used to watch over the kingdom of Hyrule. The Sheikah still loyal to the Royal Family including [[Impa]], [[Purah]], and [[Robbie]] assisted the Royal Family in studying the ancient Sheikah technology and in the excavation the Guardians and Divine Beasts. [[Princess Zelda]] assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she had trouble awaking her powers. During that time, the Royal Guard series weapons where created using ancient technology to for the Royal Family's guard detail to combat Ganon, however the process was not perfect as while the weapons were powerful, their low durability made them unsuited for combat. The discovery of the Divine Beasts and Guardians coincided with the prophecy about Ganon's return, so [[Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule|King Rhoam]] and the people of Hyrule decided to create a group of warriors to protect them, the [[Champions]].
 
   
Commanded by Princess Zelda, their ranks included Link, her knight and personal bodyguard who was the current incarnation of the legendary hero, and a representative of each major race of Hyrule: [[Revali]] of the [[Rito]], [[Daruk]] of the [[Goron]]s, Princess [[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 [[Goddess Statue (Hylia)|statues of the goddess]] [[Hylia]] for the power to defeat Calamity Ganon.
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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.
   
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 near limitless dark power, it killed the pilot Champions, took control of the Guardians and Divine Beasts. With the Guardians and Divine Beasts under his control the fears of their misuse where realized resulting in the destruction of [[Hyrule Castle Town]] and countless settlements across Hyrule. King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived were helpless against the Guardian onslaught.
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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.
   
Link and Zelda were confronted by an army of Guardians at [[Fort Hateno]] and wielding the [[Master Sword]] Link valiantly defended both the Fort and Princess Zelda, but despite destroying countless guardians even his strength and skill were not enough to overcome their numbers and he was gravely injured. However, Zelda saved Link from the fatal blow, finally unlocking her power.
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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]]
Desperate Zelda sought the aid of her Sheikah allies, ordering Purah and Robbie to take Link 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 the [[Great Deku Tree]]. The Great Deku Tree enquired as to what she planed to do now that Link was incapacitated and Zelda reveals that the Master Sword spoke to her and told her that her destiny was not finish. Leaving the sword under the ancient tree's protection, Zelda then used her power to seal Ganon and herself within Hyrule Castle.
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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.
 
=== Aftermath ===
 
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With Zelda containing Ganon in Hyrule Castle, Impa, Purah, and Robbie chose to split up in the hopes one of them would survive long enough to aid Link when he woke up which could occur at any time. Impa remained behind to lead the surviving Sheikah in Kakariko Village which survived the Calamity, while Robbie escorted Purah to Fort Hateno where they parted company. Purah set up the [[Hateno Ancient Tech Lab]] in [[Hateno Village]] where she continued her research into upgrading [[Rune]]s to assist Link when he awoke. Robbie traveled to the Akkala region and set up the [[Akkala Ancient Tech Lab]] where he worked to develop high-tech weapons and armor to aid Link in combating the Guardians. The soldiers and knights who survived the fall of Hyrule Castle retreated to the [[Akkala Citadel Ruins|Akkala Citadel]] where they made their final stand against the Guardians, leaving Link the only known surviving member of the [[Knights of Hyrule]]. Princess Zelda and Link's heroic actions were remembered by the people of Hyrule and Hateno Village survived the Great Calamity due to Link's heroic defense of Fort Hateno while the Champions where revered among their respective tribes as heroes. Impa, Purah, and Robbie all managed to survive the next 100 years. Impa became a grandmother to [[Paya]] while Impa's elder sister Purah used an reverse aging rune in an attempt to restore her youth though it went to far and she ended up in the body of a six year old girl. Robbie married [[Jerrin]] a Sheikah woman whom Impa had sent to assist him in his research and the two had a son they named [[Granté]]. King Rhoam's spirit remained in the physical world in order to watch over Link in order to help him when he finally awoke. Though Ganon was kept under seal by Zelda, the Guardians and monsters that served him continued to roam the lands and ruins of Hyrule though the people of Hyrule managed to survive and forge a somewhat peaceful existence in the remaining towns and settlements that survived the Great Calamity. The divine beasts however became dormant until Link's awakening caused Ganon to reactivate them. Link would eventually awaken one hundred years later though the healing process had left him with amnesia and physically weakened, though through the telepathic guidance of [[Princess Zelda]] and the assistance of spirit of King Rhoam, the Sheikah, and Hylia herself he would set out on a quest to free the Divine Beasts and defeat Calamity Ganon to save Zelda and restore the Kingdom of Hyrule.
 
 
== Theories ==
 
{{theory}}
 
It is possible, although not clear, that this may be what caused Link's death in the possible "Hero Dies and Fall" branch of the [[timeline]] split in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]''; however, this may also be a new installation that splits either much earlier or much later in one of the other timelines.
 
 
Another possibility is it is not connected to any timeline splits due to the lack of time travel in ''Breath of the Wild'' and is implied to occur after the events of ''Ocarina of Time''.
 
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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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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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