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Not to be confused with the Great Sea from The Wind Waker, or the Lanayru Sand Sea from Skyward Sword.

"Link sailed to foreign lands where he disciplined his mind and body. When he felt ready to return to Hyrule, he bought a small sailboat and headed across the Great Hyrulean Sea. The journey ended in a storm that crushed and sank Link's ship. Clinging to a piece of floatam, our hero floated toward a mysterious tropical shore, unconscious and barely alive."
Hyrulean Odyssey, Link's Awakening guide

The Great Hyrulean Sea (also known as the Great Sea) is a recurring sea in the Legend of Zelda series.


The Legend of Zelda

Link explores along the western edge of the sea while he is traveling through Lesser Hyrule.

The Adventure of Link

Link crosses from Western Hyrule to Eastern Hyrule over the Great Sea.

Link's Awakening

"Koholint Island is a mysterious place. Believed to lie far off the coast of Eastern Hyrule in the Great Sea, Koholint Island was the stage for one of Link's most challenging quests."
The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia

The Great Hyrulean Sea is the sea surrounding Koholint Island in Link's Awakening. Link was traveling across the Great Sea on his way to Eastern Hyrule and other unknown lands from Lesser Hyrule when he was shipwrecked on the Toronbo Shores of Koholint Island.

"Sea Urchins live in the Great Sea surrounding Koholint Island. When they wash up on shore, their spiky bodies can make travel along the beach quite treacherous."
The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia
"One of the eight Instruments of the Sirens, the Coral Triangle was carved from a large piece of coral extracted from the depths of the Great Sea. Link combined the power of the Coral Triangle with the other Instruments of the Sirens to wake the Wind Fish on Koholint Island."
The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia.
"One of the eight Instruments of the Sirens, the Sea Lily Bell was wrought by mermaids to summon their offspring whenever a thick fog rolled onto the Great Sea. Link combined the power of the Sea Lily Bell with the other Instruments of the Sirens to wake the Wind Fish on Koholint Island."
The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

The introduction for both games shows Link riding on his horse by the sea on his way to the palace where the three pieces of the Triforce are kept.

Breath of the Wild

The map is based in part on the map from The Legend of Zelda, and thus contains the ocean to the east of the Lesser Hyrule region, which would be the Great Hyrulean Sea. The sea is split into smaller regions including Necluda Sea, Akkala Sea, Faron Sea, and Lanayru Sea in relation to their nearby regions. Link can sail across these seas using a Raft and Korok Leaf allowing him to access certain islands. Lizalfos and Water Octoroks live in the waters of these seas.

Eventide Island located in the Necluda Sea contains two locations that are references to Koholint Island such as Toronbo Beach and Koholit Rock. Additionally, Link becomes "Stranded on Eventide" a Shrine Quest where Link is stranded on the island with only his Runes his equipment and items are sealed, thus he must survive on the island using whatever equipment and items he can find on the island. Link being stranded on this island is a reference to him becoming stranded on Koholint Island in Link's Awakening.

Other appearances

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Hyrule Warriors series

Lesser Hyrule is depicted again during Adventure Mode.

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