Hyrule Castle Town

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Hyrule Castle Town
Castle Town Central Square
Castle Town Central Square from Twilight Princess
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Spirit Tracks
Other media Ocarina of Time manga
Link's Crossbow Training
Item(s) Piece of Hearts
Bomb Bag upgrade
Bullet Bag upgrade
Gold Skulltula Token (OoT)
Quiver upgrades
Wallet upgrades
Bottle of Fairy Tears
Poe Soul
Magic Armor (TP)
Force Gems
Heart Container
Treasure
Cuccos (ST)
Related place(s) Hyrule Castle
Hyrule Field
Theme Music
File:Hyrule Market.ogg (OoT)
File:Hyrule Town.ogg (TMC)
File:Hyrule Castle Town(TP).ogg (TP)
File:Castle Town ST.ogg (ST)

Hyrule Castle Town, also known as Hyrule Castle Town Market[1] or just Market,[2] is the main forum and center of activity in Hyrule, located in the same vicinity as Hyrule Castle. It is usually depicted as a bustling metropolis where Hyruleans come to engage in business and trade and, as such, it is considered to be one of the liveliest towns in Hyrule.[3][4] The population is mostly Hylian, but as seen in Twilight Princess, Gorons commonly occupy the streets in hopes to sell their wares.[5] In all the games in which it appears, Hyrule Castle Town is home to a wide variety of shops, sidequests, and even minigames.

As a means of some protection, the city is usually surrounded by a moat that is only accessible by bridges or drawbridges. Throughout the Zelda series, Castle Town has been prone to conflict multiple times and has been the subject of invasion more than once.

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Appearances and Features

Ocarina of Time

The Market in Ocarina of Time 3D

In Ocarina of Time, Castle Town Market is located in the northernmost section of Hyrule, directly in front of Hyrule Castle. The entrance to the Castle Town is surrounded by a moat whose source floats from Zora's River, and the only way to get across it is by using a drawbridge; however, since monsters roam the field at night, the bridge is only lowered during the daytime in order to protect the townsfolk.

Directly inside the gates of the town is the Guard House, which is a small building filled with jars. Further in is the main area of the Castle Town, a rather happy-go-lucky, yet surprisingly small community. All throughout the day and night, the Castle Town Market is home to various stores and outlets where Hyruleans from all over come for shopping and entertainment. It hosts a wide variety of shops, including the Bazaar, the Happy Mask Shop, and the Medicine Shop; moreover, businesses that focus in the entertainment area can also be found, which consist of the Bombchu Bowling Alley and the Shooting Gallery. While all of the previously mentioned shops and businesses are only open during the day, there are also other locales that are open exclusively during the nighttime such as the Bombchu Shop and the Treasure Chest Shop.

During the night, the Market becomes a quiet, calm town seeing as most of the citizens will have departed by now; furthermore, packs of dogs roam all over the now-empty town, and they will follow Link if he gets close enough to one of them.[6]

The smaller, less austere version of the city also serves as the home of the Temple of Time, a large structure that functions as the resting place of the Master Sword. The Temple of Time is located at northeast part Castle Town in a more secluded area, far from all of the bustling and noises that surround the Market.

However, when Link returns seven years later after retrieving the Master Sword from its pedestal, he is shocked to find the town completely in ruins as a result of Ganondorf's invasion. Most of its citizens managed to escape to Kakariko Village, leaving the town overtaken by hordes of ReDeads. Due to this, Link can no longer enter any of the previously inhabited locales of the Market. Directly outside of town, the drawbridge has been destroyed by Ganondorf, allowing the city to be accessed by Link during the day as well as the night. However, because of this, the monsters outside of town were able to cross the rubble of the bridge and gain access to the town as well.

Back Alley

The Back Alley

An area known as the Back Alley is also situated within the Castle Town, and it is considerably less crowded and quieter than its market counterpart mostly due to the fact that this is where most of the town citizens live. Not too many people roam these streets; thus, Link can usually only find one or two people dawdling in the alley at any given hour. The young hero can only enter through three doors in the Back Alley, two of which are residents' homes and one of them being the Bombchu Shop.

After obtaining all of the three Spiritual Stones and retrieving the Ocarina of Time from the moat near the Castle Town entrance, Link can go to the Back Alley to witness a dying soldier in the east area of the alley. If the young hero speaks to him, he will tell Link about Ganondorf's betrayal to the King as well as Princess Zelda's escape from the castle. He then urges Link to go to the Temple of Time and, shortly after, the soldier takes his final breath and dies. If Link tries to speak to him again, Navi will mention that he's not moving anymore.[7][8]

Once Link becomes an adult, the Back Alley becomes inaccessible due to its entrances being blocked off by rubble.

The Minish Cap

The Triforce above the bell in Hyrule Town

In The Minish Cap, the town is named Hyrule Town and is located in the middle of Hyrule, just south of Hyrule Castle. Unlike the other games, there are no other Hylian settlements, and most important buildings can as such be found in Hyrule Town. The town contains residential houses, a shop, a library, a school, a bakery, a cafe, an inn, a Post Office, a Figurine Shop, and several mini-games. The center square of town is predominately the settlement's market place, featuring a few stalls run by merchants and several shop buildings around the area. Merchants come to this square to sell their wares, which eventually includes Beedle, who sells Picolyte, and a Goron Merchant, who sells Kinstone pieces.

The mayor of Hyrule Town is named Hagen. Most of the townsfolk are more than happy to fuse Kinstones with Link; some of them being Marshall (an elderly man who tells of the Picori legend during the Picori Festival, found later in front of the Mayor's Residence), Keeley (a blonde woman found either in front of Brocco's stall, or with Verona near the well behind Romio's house), Anton (a blond man with a crew cut always near Borlov's shop), June (a brown-haired lady always near the cafe), Sheila (a blonde lady found in front of Simon's Simulations at the beginning, and between the bell and the Mayor's Residence later in the game), and Dottie (an elderly woman found at the Hyrule Town's market).

Twilight Princess

Main article: Hyrule Castle Town (Twilight Princess)
The Castle Town East Road

In Twilight Princess, Hyrule Castle Town is much larger than in previous incarnations, being about three times larger than Ocarina of Time's. It is divided into four sections: the West Road, East Road, South Road, and the Central Square. As with previous appearances, the castle town is located within the same vicinity as Hyrule Castle, whose entrance lies north of the Central Square. The castle town is situated in the center of the Lanayru Province, and also becomes covered in Twilight when the province falls to it.

Hyrule Castle Town becomes an important location throughout Link's quest that is revisited often, with Telma's Bar being the most notable, as this is where Link first finds Ilia and meets Telma and later the Resistance, who both help him with retrieving Ilia's memory and finding the Mirror of Twilight's broken shards.

Spirit Tracks

Castle Town as it appears in Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, the re-established Kingdom of Hyrule has a town that is located in front of the Hyrule Castle grounds and also houses a water fountain at the center, much like its predecessor. The Castle Town is very small in appearance, housing only a few buildings and people. It most notably features the Castle Town Shop, which has a different design from other shops, and an endurance level known as Take 'Em All On! Unlike in previous games, the town is not obligatorily revisited often, and as such, not much occurs there. However, a woman there will give Link a Force Gem that will extend the tracks in the Forest Realm in return for giving her the Fish purchased from Papuchia Village. A man here will also sell 5 Cuccos to Link for 50 Rupees, which can be transported by train to receive more Force Gems elsewhere.

A Stamp Station can be found here as well.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

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In Link's Crossbow Training Hyrule Castle Town appears in the backdrop of Stage 3 which focuses on aerial targets. The Fruit Balloons from the Fruit Pop Flight Challenge reappear with the same ranking system for the scoring. Watermelons are the largest, and worth the least; oranges are medium in both size and score; and strawberries are the smallest and highest-scoring. An occasional meteor can be seen streaking across the night sky, and shooting it yields 300 points.

Etymology

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ハイラルの町 (Hairaru no Machi) (TMC)
城塞都市ハイラル (Jōsai Toshi Hairaru) (TP)
ハイラル城下町 (Hairaru Jōka Machi) (ST)
Hyrule Town
Hyrule Walled City
Hyrule Castle Town
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Plaza del mercado (OoT3D)
Ciudadela de Hyrule (OoT3D)
Market Square
Citadel of Hyrule
French France Place du Marché (OoT, OoT3D)
Bourg d'Hyrule (OoT, OoT3D)
Citadelle d'Hyrule (TP)
Cité d'Hyrule (TMC)
Marketplace
Hyrule Town
Hyrule Citadel
Hyrule City
Canada Bourg d'Hyrule
Citadelle d'Hyrule (ST, OoT3D)
Hyrule's Town
Hyrule's Citadel
German Germany Marktplatz (OoT, OoT3D); Stadt Hyrule (OoT, OoT3D)
Hyrule-Stadt (OoT3D)
Marketplace; Hyrule Town
Hyrule Town
Italian Italy Mercato (OoT3D)
Città di Hyrule (OoT3D)
Borgo del Castello (TP)
Market
Hyrule City
Village Castle
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 城邑 Town

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References

  1. "If you go back to Hyrule Castle Town Market, you should check out the Bazaar." — A soldier in Kakariko Village (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "So, could you go and get the mask for me next time you are in the Market?" — A soldier in Kakariko Village (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "We have only a small population now, but someday this place will be as lively as Hyrule Castle Town! Oh, yes! It will!" — Clock soldier in Kakariko Village (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Thanks to all, the bridge is built, the trade route is secure, and we saved money for the economic development of Castle Town!" — A Goron (Twilight Princess)
  5. "The entrance to the viewing platform is on the side of this cafe. I heard that Gorons have been selling their wares there lately." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  6. "It seems strange that packs of dogs roam our streets at night... Doesn't that seem weird to you?" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Unnngh...are you the boy from the forest...? I-I-I have something to t-t-tell you... Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, betrayed our King... Zelda's nanny, Impa, sensed danger and escaped from the castle with our Princess... The Princess was... waiting for a boy from the forest... that's you... She wanted to give something to the boy... If you received it from the Princess, hurry... to the Temple of Time...." — Dying soldier (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "He's not moving anymore...." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
Regions in Ocarina of Time
Lon Lon RanchLakeside LaboratoryFishing HoleLake HyliaKokiri ForestInside the Deku TreeLost WoodsSacred Forest MeadowMarketHyrule CastleGerudo ValleyGerudo's FortressHaunted WastelandDesert ColossusKakariko VillageKakariko GraveyardDeath MountainGoron CityDeath Mountain TrailZora's RiverZora's DomainZora's FountainHyrule FieldHyrule Image Map.jpg

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Locations in The Minish Cap
Mount CrenelMount Crenel's BaseCastor WildsWind RuinsRoyal ValleyTrilby HighlandsWestern WoodHyrule Castle GardenNorth Hyrule FieldHyrule TownSouth Hyrule FieldEastern HillsLon Lon RanchVeil FallsCloud TopsLake HyliaMinish WoodsHyrule TMC Map.png
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