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The Triforce is a sacred golden relic left within the Sacred Realm by the Golden Goddesses, Din, Nayru, and Farore, once they finished creating the realm of Hyrule. It was formed at the point where the Goddesses departed, and that area became the Sacred Realm, a realm parallel to Hyrule itself. The Triforce consists of three separate triangles: the Triforce of Power on top, the Triforce of Courage on the right and the Triforce of Wisdom on the left. It is interesting to note that the Triforce, development-wise, did not start with three pieces. The first game only featured the Triforce of Power and the Triforce of Wisdom. The Triforce of Courage was added to the group one game later. This implies that the name "Triforce" initially referred to the shape of the pieces rather the number of pieces. (more...)
Majora's Mask is a mask and the primary antagonist in the game of the same name, once used by a nameless tribe as a form of hexing and torture. This mask is primarily seen being worn over the face of the game's supposed antagonist, Skull Kid, who uses its dark magic to wreak havoc across Termina.
The mask is first introduced after the Happy Mask Salesman removes the curse that was placed on Link by Skull Kid. The salesman explains that the mask is an ancient artifact that was used by an ancient tribe for its bewitching rituals, but the mask's wicked power became so great that it was sealed away to prevent a great catastrophe. However, since the ancient tribe vanished, no one accurately knows the true nature of its power. The salesman fears the great devastation that could befall Termina if the mask is not taken back from the Skull Kid. (more...)Ganon, also known as Ganondorf, is the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series. He has been present since the first game, The Legend of Zelda, and has been present or referred to in most.
Introduced in The Legend of Zelda simply as a monstrous Prince of Darkness, Ganon's character has seen much development throughout the series, from being a simple monster to a powerful warlock with deeper motives to his actions. As the manifestation of the Demon King Demise's hatred for the Goddess and her Chosen Hero, Ganon is destined to eternally reincarnate to pursue world domination. As such, through the series, he has seen several deaths and resurrections.
Since the release of the original game, Ganon has had different names. Hyrule Historia established that Ganondorf refers to the human form, while Ganon is a nickname and also the name given to him when he transforms into a boar-like beast. (more...)Golden Goddesses are Din, the Goddess of Power, Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom, and Farore, the Goddess of Courage, the chief gods and creators of Hyrule. It is understood that the Golden Goddesses have always existed, and that they are omnipotent and eternal. Though the Golden Goddesses are the most important gods of Hyrule, they are rarely mentioned by characters in the games, and most races worship their own patron deities. (more...) Stalfos (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Stalfos Knights) are skeletal knights that have challenged Link since their debut in the original The Legend of Zelda, and have appeared in nearly every game. The name Stalfos is both singular and plural (variations such as Stalfo and Stalfoses, etc. are incorrect). Their name is a portmanteau of stal- and -fos; meaning skeletal (see stal) humanoid (see fos). (more...) Midna (ミドナ, Midona) is a character in the The Legend of Zelda game, Twilight Princess. She is a resident of the Twilight Realm and a descendant of the ancient Twili people. At first she seems to be a strange, dark creature with an agenda of her own and little regard for Link, but she ends up changing her mind. Midna is one of the Twili, a race descended from wielders of powerful and evil magic who were banished to an alternate dimension by the goddesses Din, Farore, and Nayru. This alternate dimension, out of which the sublimated descendants could only exist as shadows, eventually became known as the Twilight Realm. She remains as an imp-like creature through most of the game. (more...) Veran is the antagonist of Oracle of Ages. She is the Sorceress of Shadows and has the ability to possess anybody she wishes. Dedicated to an unknown ultimate goal, she possesses the Oracle Nayru and wreaks havoc across time. (more...) Zant is a member of the Twili race, and is the ruler of the Twilight which engulfs much of Hyrule during Twilight Princess. He is portrayed as the main antagonist of the game and possesses powers beyond Link's comprehension. There are multiple ways of defeating Zant, the first suspected way being the use of the Fused Shadows. When Zant steals these away from Midna and returns her to the World of Light, the only option left to defeat Zant is to find the Mirror of Twilight. (more...) Dark Link, also known as Link's Shadow, is a dark reflection of Link. Dark Link is one of the most enigmatic enemy characters in the The Legend of Zelda universe, usually appearing with no backstory and no dialogue and presenting a challenge like no other, as Link has to face his own strength turned against him. Dark Link is more than just a mere battle against a monster for Link, but a battle against himself. As such, he is often the ultimate challenge, and is faced as final boss on one occasion and as the final boss of optional challenges such as the Palace of the Four Sword and Take 'Em All On!. (more...) Link is the name every protagonist in The Legend of Zelda series is known by. There are many incarnations of Link, each possessing the Spirit of the Hero, with some of them being blood related as well. They are chosen by the Goddesses to protect the land from evil whenever deemed necessary. In the majority of Zelda games, their adventures take place within Hyrule, traveling through the land, collecting important items, and defeating a wide variety of enemies while trying to save both Princess Zelda and her kingdom from the clutches of Ganon, Vaati, or other villains.
The first Link was introduced as a young sword-wielding boy, but since The Adventure of Link, the identity, appearance, and role of each incarnation of Link has varied from game to game. Many of the Links are given titles to identify them, such as the Hero of Time in Ocarina of Time and the Hero of Winds in The Wind Waker. (more...)Princess Zelda is the eponymous character of the series. Similar to Link, the protagonist of the series, Zelda has had many incarnations throughout series. Zelda is invariably the crown princess of Hyrule in whichever time period she appears. She is also the possessor of the Triforce of Wisdom, imbued with the essence of the Goddess Nayru. The essence of Nayru affords Zelda divine wisdom, allowing her to discern the wisest decisions, especially in situations concerning the welfare of Hyrule. It also grants her a myriad of mystical abilities, including the ability to heal others. (more...) Link's Crossbow Training is a spin-off of the Zelda series for the Wii. It ships with the Wii Zapper and most likely takes place at different times during The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It was created to train people to use the Zapper. Link must pass a series of tests to perfect his marksmanship with the crossbow. Link's Crossbow Training supports a four player turn-based multiplayer mode, where the Wii Zapper is passed along the players, who play individually and compete for the highest score. (more...)
Dodongos are large, reptilan enemies that are usually found in caves, volcanic, and mountainous environments, in seven, sporadic titles spanning The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess. Dodongos are well known for their consistent vulnerability to Bombs. (more...)
The Moblin is the primary muscle of Ganon's army. Common as foot soldiers and quite dumb, they've been around since the very first Zelda game, where they started as anthropomorphic bulldogs. Over time, they evolved into a more piggish appearance. In later games, Moblins change into the smaller, more agile form Bokoblin, or smaller still, the Miniblin. Moblins have appeared in most games in the Legend of Zelda series, except for Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess, where Bulblins might represent the missing beast. (more...)Pedestal of Time is the resting place of the Master Sword usually located in the Temple of Time. While the name "Pedestal of Time" was introduced in Ocarina of Time, it is theorized that the actual pedestal was already introduced in A Link to the Past. In Ocarina of Time, Link draws the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time, unknowingly opening the gate to the Sacred Realm and granting Ganondorf access to the Triforce. The Pedestal's most recent appearance is in Skyward Sword. (more...) Gerudo are a race of humans introduced in Ocarina of Time. They are named after Gerudo Desert, which was their home in said game. Typical Gerudo traits are round ears, a prominent nose, tanned skin and red hair. The race has an Arabic theme and seems to be based on the Amazons, a "real world" tribe of warrior women. The race consists of almost solely women, with a male being born only once every hundred years. It should be noted that this is only stated and the exact nature of this phenomenon is never explained, leaving many questions unanswered. (more...) Master Sword, also known as The Blade of Evil's Bane, is a recurring legendary sword in the Zelda series. Originally crafted by the goddess Hylia as the Goddess Sword, it was later forged into the Master Sword by the goddess's chosen hero and its spirit Fi, who bathed it in the three Sacred Flames located across the land that would become the Kingdom of Hyrule. It was then given the power to repel evil by the goddess Hylia herself, and it is usually the only sword that can defeat Ganon in the games it appears in.
True to its name, the sword is often seen to choose or accept its master by its own will, always a hero who has gone through great trials that test his courage, wisdom and power to prove him worthy of wielding it. This may be the conscious choice of the sword's spirit, Fi, who sleeps eternally within the sword and only assists her heroic master. (more...)
Darknuts are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They premiered in the first The Legend of Zelda. They resemble a large knight, equipped with heavy armor and a large sword. Darknuts are notoriously difficult to defeat, and are considered the hardest non-boss/non-miniboss enemy in the game. Darknut may be a mistranslation of "Dark Knight".
They are very similar to the Iron Knuckle. The only discernible difference is the name, and that the two have never appeared in a game together. Additionally, since Ocarina of Time, Iron Knuckles have wielded two-handed axes while Darknuts prefer swords or maces. Early Armos Knights also mimic the behavior of the Darknut. (more...)
The Gorons are a race inhabiting Hyrule, Termina and several other countries, and generally live in or under mountains. Their build gives them the ability to roll down mountains like rocks. Gorons are also capable of walking through lava and withstanding extreme amounts of heat, and thier bodies are extremely durable, and they are able to roll into balls as a way to traverse land. Besides their rock-like appearance, another notable feature is that their diet consists strictly of rocks, although it was hinted in Twilight Princess that they also drink milk. Some Gorons are known to be skilled smiths, notably Medigoron and Biggoron, of which the latter is responsible for creating the Biggoron's Sword. They are also known for harvesting bombs from Bomb Flowers. (more...)
Warping has been an ability of Link's as early as The Legend of Zelda. New additions to the series often bring newer methods of warping. In all cases, warping is the fastest mode of traveling across the land and sea. No physical or magical explanation is usually offered for these mysterious portals and songs. (more...)
The Sacred Realm, also known as the Golden Land, is a holy world connected to the land of Hyrule, said to be the resting place of the Triforce. The three Golden Goddesses, once they finished the creation of the land of Hyrule and its inhabitants, left behind a symbol of their strength, the Triforce, before departing for the heavens. The land where they left behind the golden power was said to be the Sacred Realm. The realm is said to be of twilight golden skies rather than the blue of Hyrule. The Sacred Realm serves as a mirror to reflect the heart of any who would enter it and come to claim the Triforce as their own. (more...)
Bombs are staple items in The Legend of Zelda series, premiering in the first game and recurring in every game since, excluding The Adventure of Link. People like Cannon and Barnes consider Bomb-making an art and sell the explosives at their Bomb Shops. Bombs are usually obtained early in each game, and they are commonly carried in Bomb Bags. Since their first appearance, they have kept a consistent design until Twilight Princess, in which they were given a more realistic appearance. (more...)
Since their introduction in A Link to the Past, the Sages, alternatively titled Wise Men, have become one of the prime elements of the The Legend of Zelda mythos. Serving as a bridge between the Sacred Realm and Hyrule, guarding the Master Sword's power and executing those who pose a high threat to Hyrule are included with their duties, leaving their purpose to Hyrule best to be described as main protectors. This puts them among the most important of the Hero's allies, however rarely without price. Throughout Hyrule's history, Sages have been abducted and/or killed to prevent them from uniting their powers against evildoers. In such cases, only the Hero has what it takes to save them or find and awaken the new Sages to aid him in return. (more...)
Fishing is a type of mini-game that was first introduced in Link's Awakening. Link can usually fish in Fishing Holes which allow him to cast his fishing rod for an unlimited time at a very low price; however, in Phantom Hourglass, the young hero can fish anywhere without any cost. While fishing, Link can earn various prizes from its respective fishing hole if he manages to catch a record-breaking fish. (more...)
Hyrule Castle is the seat of Hyrule's monarchical government and the home of the Royal Family of Hyrule, which usually includes Princess Zelda and the normally unseen King of Hyrule. The castle first debuted in A Link to the Past, the third game in The Legend of Zelda series. Each game that contains Hyrule Castle either features a different layout or denies Link access to parts that are available in other games. Near the castle is Hyrule Castle Town, which serves as the city's marketplace where Hyruleans come to engage in business and trade. (more...)Four Sword is a legendary magical blade that has appeared in four games of The Legend of Zelda series (A Link to the Past, Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures and The Minish Cap). Its blade sparkles with magical power, and it has a hilt of gold, usually encrusted with a jewel that varies in color. As its name implies, when wielded by one of pure heart, it has the power to split its holder into four near-identical copies of themselves. Not only this, but like its spiritual counterpart in the series, the Master Sword, it possesses the power to repel evil, meaning that like the Master Sword, it cannot be touched by those of impure heart. Like its counterpart, the only person shown to have wielded it in gameplay is the hero of Hyrule, Link. Typically when it is in use by Link, it will split him into four copies of himself with differing colored tunics: green, red, blue and purple. It has often been used to seal evil entities away such as Vaati and later Ganon. (more...) Kakariko Village is one of the main settlements in Hyrule, second only to Hyrule Castle Town. It has appeared in several The Legend of Zelda games, making its debut in A Link to the Past. Kakariko is said to have been founded by the Sheikah, attendants who serve the Royal Family of Hyrule, and it used to be their village exclusively before Impa herself opened up the village to the common people. The graveyard by the village is known to be the final resting place of the members of the Royal Family and deceased Zora leaders. (more...)
Ikana Kingdom, also known as the Kingdom of Ikana, is mentioned only in Majora's Mask. It was founded in the mountains barricading Termina's east face. The loyalty of its subjects is unwavering, and they continue to serve their Kingdom even in death. The King of Ikana, Igos du Ikana, still sits upon his ruined throne in Ikana Castle. While its past is mostly shrouded in mystery, the remarks of some of its residents shed light on the circumstances surrounding its eventual downfall, and how it came to be a "land where only the dead roam." (more...)