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|name = Great Calamity
 
|name = Great Calamity
|image = [[File:Great Calamity (Breath of the Wild).jpg|The Hyrule Castle controlled by Calamity Ganon]]
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|image = [[File:Maliceganonreturns.jpeg|The Hyrule Castle falls to Calamity Ganon]]
|caption = The [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] controlled by [[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]])
 
|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 = One hundred 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 = Calamity Ganon's destruction and control of [[Hyrule]]
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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 spread his [[malice]]<br />He corrupted the [[Divine Beast]]s and [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]]<br />The four [[Champions]] pilots died and [[Link]] was critically injured<br />Link was placed inside the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] to heal<br />[[Princess Zelda]] sealed Calamity Ganon within [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]]
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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.
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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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=== The prophecy ===
 
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. It was defeated thanks to an army of autonomous mechanical [[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]].
 
   
According to the Sheikah [[Cado]], his tribe had long been heralded as people of great wisdom since their ancient technology became the key in sealing Calamity Ganon ten thousands years ago. Their technology was at first praised as the power of the gods. However, the people of Hyrule began to fear it as a threat to the kingdom. As a result, the Sheikah became outcasts and was forced into exile. Although most Sheikah chose to cast off their technology and live simple lives, others fostered hatred towards the kingdom of Hyrule, leading them to swear allegiance to Ganon. This resulted in the creation of the [[Yiga Clan]], who dedicate themselves to eliminating all who stand against 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.
   
=== The preparation ===
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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.
Ten thousand years later, and one century before Link's awakening inside the Shrine of Resurrection on the [[Great Plateau]], it was foretold by the fortune teller that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. This prophecy drove [[Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule|King Rhoam of Hyrule]] to create an archaeology team to search for the fabled Ancient Sheikah's technologically-advanced relics. King Rhoam decided to act in accordance to their ancestors' plan and excavated the relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. The Sheikah still loyal to the Royal Family including [[Impa]], [[Purah]], and [[Robbie]] assisted them in studying this ancient technology. They recovered the mechanical army, and were successfully able to reactivate and use them. Zelda assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she had trouble awaking her powers. Many believed them to be simply a legend but their discovery made this legend a reality for them.
 
   
Realizing this, the King selected the hero chosen by the Master Sword, a young recruit of the royal army named Link. He was appointed as the personal knight of his daughter, Princess Zelda. King Rhoam then formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as [[Champions]]. He requested each race of Hyrule choose a Champion, and four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom, [[Mipha]] the [[Zora]] Champion, [[Daruk]] the [[Goron]] Champion, [[Revali]] the [[Rito]] Champion and [[Urbosa]] the [[Gerudo]] Champion. They were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist the [[Hylian]] Champion, the knight Link, and to use them against the demon.
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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.
   
The final key to defeating Calamity Ganon was the [[Triforce|Divine Power]] of the royal family's bloodline, and the recent death of Hyrule's Queen saw this immense duty fall to her only surviving daughter. As she was now sole bearer of their birthright, the King charged Zelda to focus on mastering her control over the Divine Power to the exclusion of all else, and duly appointed Link as her personal knight and bodyguard to ensure she stayed safe.
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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]]
=== The Great Calamity ===
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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.
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. During this preparation period, 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 all of this preparation proved to be in vain. Calamity Ganon was prepared for Hyrule's attempt to repeat history and proved to have learned from its previous defeat by using its near limitless dark power. Recalling the threat these enemies posed, Ganon reappeared and created four phantom embodiments of himself representing the elements of [[Fireblight Ganon|fire]], [[Waterblight Ganon|water]], [[Thunderblight Ganon|thunder]], and [[Windblight Ganon|wind]], tasked with corrupting and taking control the Divine Beasts, and killing four of the Champions in the process.
 
 
Calamity Ganon used his own dark power to take control of the Guardians against the people of Hyrule, destroying [[Hyrule Castle Town]] and the countless settlements across Hyrule. King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived were helpless against the Guardian onslaught. Link was confronted by an army of Guardians at [[Fort Hateno]], valiantly defended both the Fort and Princess Zelda wielded the Master Sword. Despite destroying countless guardians, his strength and skill were not sufficient to overcome their numbers and he was gravely injured.
 
[[File:Breath of the Wild Blade of Evil's Bane Zelda holding the rusty Master Sword (Recovered Memory 18 Cutscene).png|thumb|Zelda placing the Master Sword in its pedestal within Korok Forest]]
 
With the heroes' defenses crumbling, and even Link overwhelmed by the renewed assault, Zelda finally unlocked her power and saved Link from the fatal blow. She requested her Sheikah allies Impa and Robbie, to send him in the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau, where he would recover in a deep sleep for the next one hundred years. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the [[Great Deku Tree]]. As she revealed to the Great Deku Tree, the Master Sword told Zelda that her destiny was not finish. Zelda eventually used her Divine Power to seal Ganon and herself within Hyrule Castle.
 
 
=== Aftermath ===
 
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After the fall of Hyrule during the Great Calamity, and the seal of Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Castle by Princess Zelda, the surviving people of Hyrule recovered and settlements like [[Hateno Village]] where rebuilt.
 
 
== Theories ==
 
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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" 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 may be none connection to any timeline splits due to the lack of time travel in ''Breath of the Wild'' since it occurs 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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