By no means thoughts Ganon, anybody who has ever been courageous sufficient to look will let you know that the true Darkish Beast of the Zelda franchise is its timeline. Up till Skyward Sword, many people had been joyful sufficient to type our personal theories about how the video games slotted collectively, or simply play blissfully unaware of the intricacies of how one flowed into the following. Then the Hyrule Historia got here alongside in 2011 and shook all the pieces up.
As a substitute of 1 cohesive timeline, this official tie-in e book means that there are in reality three separate strands to maintain observe of after the occasions of Ocarina of Time — ‘The Hero is Defeated’ and ‘The Hero is Triumphant (Little one and Grownup eras)’. And this does not account for any of the video games that launch after Skyward Sword, so we’ve solely been capable of speculate on the place the likes of Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom slot into the combination. Merely put, it will get actually difficult, actually quick.
Luckily, we’re right here to assist attempt to make sense of all of it. We’ve got pored over official Hyrule chronologies from the books, seemed for clues within the video games, and browse via sufficient theories to make a Zonai go zany, all within the title of attempting to work out the place Tears of the Kingdom (and Breath of the Wild) fall on the order of occasions.
We’ll do a short recap of the ‘official’ timeline earlier than we delve into this newest technology simply in order that we’re all on the identical web page. And sure, we will likely be discussing set occasions and plot factors from virtually all Zelda video games on this one (although we’ve gone simple round Tears of the Kingdom for now), so do be ready for spoilers forward.
Notepads on the prepared. Let’s do some (ocarina of) time travelling…
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The Zelda Timeline, Defined
The Zelda Timeline, Defined
The Timeline In accordance To Hyrule Historia
We’re going to be very temporary with our summaries right here, so maintain on tight.
The Legend of the Goddesses and the Hero
Hyrule and the Triforce are created by three goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore) and are left within the management of one other goddess referred to as Hylia. Battle rapidly breaks out after an evil being referred to as Demise makes an attempt to get the Triforce however is sealed away by Hylia and her armies. Hylia lifts the Triforce and people into the sky on a large floating island referred to as Skyloft.
Hylia is reborn as a human (Zelda) who’s kidnapped by one in all Demise’s servants and pulled to the floor in an try and get the Triforce. She is saved by her good friend Hyperlink, who defeats Demise, however not earlier than the villain curses the pair, swearing that his quest for vengeance will likely be everlasting, and a model of his evil will endlessly hunt these with the blood of the goddess — spooky stuff.
Years move. The folks of Skyloft return to the floor and title it Hyrule. There may be some nasty enterprise with a mage referred to as Vaati, who’s finally sealed into a robust Picori blade referred to as The 4 Sword.
After some years of peace, Hyrule descends into Civil Battle. A child is entrusted to the Nice Deku Tree to be raised as a Kokiri, rising as much as grow to be Hyperlink. Hyperlink meets a brand new model of Princess Zelda (there’s going to be plenty of this reincarnation enterprise, to be clear) and the pair be taught that an evil Gerudo referred to as Ganondorf is making an attempt to steal the Triforce, and Hyperlink travels forwards seven years in time in order that he can wield the legendary Grasp Sword and defeat the evil.
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The Twilight Realm and the Legacy of the Hero (The Hero is Triumphant — youngster timeline)
Having defeated Ganondorf on the finish of Ocarina of Time, Hyperlink is shipped again in time to stay out his childhood. He locations the Grasp Sword again in its pedestal, warns Zelda of Ganondorf’s plans and flees with the Ocarina in order that the Gerudo can by no means open the Seal of Time simply in case he manages to flee punishment (spoiler: he does).
Hyperlink visits a parallel world, fights a scary moon, and returns to Hyrule to stay out the remainder of his days unremembered as a hero — it is all very unhappy, and the video games do not go into all of it that a lot.
100 years move, Ganondorf escapes his execution (who would have thought it?!) and is banished to the Twilight Realm the place he builds his energy and finally kidnaps Princess Zelda. A direct descendent of the Hero of Time (additionally referred to as Hyperlink) goes on a quest to save lots of the Princess. He kills Ganondorf, saves Hyrule, and the gateway between the 2 realms is shattered.
Ganondorf is reincarnated and frees Vaati from the 4 Sword, however Hyperlink makes mild work of them each.
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The Hero of Winds and a New World (The Hero is Triumphant — grownup timeline)
Rewind to the tip of Ocarina of Time. Hyperlink defeats Ganondorf (who’s sealed away by the sages) and is shipped again in time, so what occurs to the timeline with out Hyperlink? Nicely, carnage.
Ganondorf escapes the seal and takes over Hyrule. With no hero there to guard them, the king of Hyrule leaves the destiny of the world to the gods who swiftly flood the lands, letting solely a choose few survive.
Years move and Ganondorf escapes from his watery grave (yep, as soon as once more). Hyperlink gathers collectively the damaged shards of the Triforce, repowers the Grasp Sword, and descends to the underside of the ocean to place an finish to Ganondorf for good — he stabs the sword into his head, turning the Gerudo to stone (this one is critical). On the desires of the King of Hyrule, the Triforce, Ganondorf, and Hyrule itself are washed away within the hopes of a greater future.
Hyperlink and Zelda (right here referred to as Tetra) go on a quest to discover a new Hyrule. There are some shenanigans with a Ghost Ship alongside the way in which, however they finally discover a new land (and it even has its personal railway community). A whole bunch of years later, Zelda and Hyperlink (reincarnated) free the land from evil they usually stay fortunately ever after…
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The Decline of Hyrule and the Final Hero (The Hero is Defeated)
Again to the tip of Ocarina, however this time Hyperlink is defeated by Ganondorf. The Demon King takes the Triforce and is sealed away within the Sacred Realm by the seven Sages, corrupting it into the Darkish World. The Sages seal off the Darkish World utterly.
Ganondorf’s energy grows and a hero referred to as Hyperlink (shock shock) ventures to the realm to defeat him. He’s profitable and takes management of the Triforce, wishing for peace and entrusting the symbol to the royal household.
There are a selection of adventures within the ensuing years, with varied reincarnations taking the starring function. These contain fish islands, flame resurrections, and hopping between worlds. The brief model is that there is some household drama with the royals and Zelda is put into an everlasting coma.
Ganon is resurrected once more however is defeated by Hyperlink. Hyperlink regains the complete Triforce, makes use of it to awaken the sleeping Zelda, and peace is restored to Hyrule.
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When Does Tears Of The Kingdom Take Place?
In brief, there is no such thing as a official reply. However we do know that Tears of the Kingdom seems a lot in a while from all the pieces that has come earlier than.
In keeping with Making a Champion, the Breath of the Wild tie-in e book, we all know that this pair of video games come proper on the finish of a timeline. The BOTW prologue (which you will discover full particulars of within the article under) particulars the rise of the Nice Calamity and the next Imprisoning Battle 10,000 years previous to the occasions of the sport. It is a lengthy outdated time by Zelda requirements, so we are able to make sure that these video games happen far in the way forward for Hyrule, however which future?
Sometimes, there was no official phrase from Nintendo on this one, however from all the proof that we are able to collect from each BOTW and TOTK, the video games seem to reference a number of completely different timelines, suggesting that within the 10,000-year hole, the timelines converge — yay!
Look again to Breath of the Wild. We all know from the carvings round Zora’s Area that within the sport’s previous, Princess Ruto was woke up as one of many seven Sages. This aligns with each the Grownup and Fallen Hero timelines, as Ruto undergoes no such transformation when Hyperlink returns to being a toddler.
There are additionally each Koroks and Rito on this sport, pointing in the direction of the evolutions that the Kokiri and Zora respectively underwent after the flood of Hyrule within the Grownup timeline. Then once more, there are additionally nonetheless Zora in BOTW and TOTK, so there isn’t any affirmation there both.
All that is to say that the timelines which have beforehand held their very own narrative threads, resurrections and key historic occasions, seem to have converged within the Hyrule of Tears of the Kingdom. Making a Champion hints at this even additional, lumping each different sport within the collection collectively beneath the collective banner of ‘myths’.
May we be wanting on the first true Zelda video games within the collection? With all the pieces to have come earlier than being nothing greater than tales of a world lengthy gone — an actual legend of Zelda? Possibly.
Or, after all, these video games may simply belong to a timeline of their very own, however we actually, actually do not need to take into consideration that…
Nicely there you could have it, all the pieces that it’s essential know concerning the Zelda timeline and the place it’s possible that Tears of the Kingdom sits in it. It is a quite complicated one, is not it?
When do you suppose Tears of the Kingdom takes place? Have the timelines converged or is that this one thing utterly new? Drop your theories within the feedback under.