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Mercay Island is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Features and Overview

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, many earthquakes occur on Mercay Island.[3][4] These earthquakes often cause the bridge connecting the western part to the eastern part of the Island to collapse.[5] This forces the islanders to get from one side of the Island to the other by going through an alternative path that leads to a dark cave filled with monsters.[6][7] This happens to Link early in the game, forcing him to take a route though dangerous caves.

Link can find Oshus's Sword in the latter's storehouse,[8] a cave next to Oshus' house. The Sword is kept behind a locked door to prevent people from touching his belongings.[9] In order to open the door, Link must write a certain number on a sign, this number corresponds to the number of Palm Trees on the Island's beach: seven.[10]

In the main port village[11] on Mercay there is a shop selling Treasure, Potions, Power Gems and a Wooden Shield. There is a Tavern as well where Link must ask about Linebeck's whereabouts; he later meets Linebeck in the Temple of the Ocean King. Additionally there is a Shipyard where Link can get the Salvage Arm repaired and change Ship Parts, giving the Ship more stamina and a different look.

Mercay Island has a smaller island off its north-eastern coast, on which Link meets Freedle and gains a Wisdom Gem as well as a Treasure Map.

Breath of the Wild

Mercay Island is located in the Lanayru Wetlands in Breath of the Wild.


Minor Enemies



Mercay Island is named after Mercator projection, a technique for displaying maps.[12]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseメルカ島 (Meruka Shima) (PH)[13]
メルカ島 (Meruka Tō) (BotW)
Meruka Island
CanadaFrenchCAIle Mercay (PH)[14] 
FranceFrenchEUIle Melka (PH)[15] 
GermanyGermanInsel Melka (PH)[16] 
ItalyItalianIsola Melka (PH)[17] 
SpainSpanishEUIsla Mercay (PH)[18] 
Latin AmericaSpanishLAIsla Mercay (PH | BotW)[19][20] 
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 113 (PH)
  2. "Mercay Island" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "So many quakes lately." — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  4. "We've seen so many quakes rattle the island lately, Link" — Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
  5. "Oh, heavens! That quake just broke the bridge again! So many quakes lately, and the bridge breaks every time there's a big one!" — Saya (Phantom Hourglass)
  6. "There's a second way to get to town, fortunately. Unfortunately, it leads through a frightening cave full of monsters." — Saya (Phantom Hourglass)
  7. "Be cautious, young ones. That cave up north leads to the port, it's true. But that path will be crawling with monsters." — Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
  8. "Grandpa uses this cave as his storehouse." — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  9. "Keep your hands off my things. Please ask first." — Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
  10. "I remember he cracks open the door by writing a number on that sign. I think he says it's the number of palm trees on the beach" — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  11. "Welcome to Mercay Island's port! You'd normally see sailors coming and going...." — Fuchiko (Phantom Hourglass)
  12. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 285
  13. "メルカ島" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  14. "Ile Mercay" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  15. "Ile Melka" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  16. "Insel Melka" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. "Isola Melka" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  18. "Isla Mercay" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  19. "Isla Mercay" — Sea Chart (Phantom Hourglass)
  20. "Isla Mercay" — Map (Breath of the Wild)