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Hyrule is a fictional kingdom in The Legend of Zelda series where many of the games are set. It was first featured in The Legend of Zelda, and has been the overworld for many games.


Hyrule is found in almost every Zelda game, with the exception of a few. It is present in The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, The Wind Waker, The Minish Cap, and Twilight Princess.

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Hyrule is huge, yet empty. The only people found here are the old men and the old woman in caves, and monsters who roam the land. It is mostly made of a mountain range surrounding a forest area, with a Graveyard to the west. Caves lead to shops, inhabited by the Merchant, or dungeons.

The Adventure of Link

The Adventure of Link's Hyrule is similar to how it is in the original Zelda, but it now has towns and many more inhabitants. It still contains many monsters, caves, and dungeons.

A Link to the Past

Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time's Hyrule is very different from the previous three. Castle Town and Hyrule Castle are both located in the north, populated by Hylians. Lon Lon Ranch and Hyrule Field are in the center, Hyrule Field being infested by monsters during the night. Death Mountain, Zora's Domain, Kokiri Forest, and six dungeons are all located in the east side of Hyrule, populated by Gorons, Zoras, and Kokiri. The south part of Hyrule is Lake Hylia, as well as the Water Temple. The west side of Hyrule is the Gerudo Desert, infested by monsters and populated by the Gerudo, along with the Spirit Temple.

Four Swords

In Four Swords, Hyrule has only five areas (seven in the anniversary edition): Chambers of Insight, Sea of Trees, Talus Cave, Death Mountain and Vaati's Palace (the anniversary edition includes Realm of Memories and Hero's Trial).

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, Hyrule is divided by levels like Four Sword, but is much more expanded.

The Wind Waker

The Hyrule of The Wind Waker has been flooded and its residents have mostly moved to the mountains, which have now become islands. The only dry area is Hyrule Castle, protected by the gods. The castle houses the Master Sword.

The Minish Cap

The Minish Cap's Hyrule is divided into small sections. Hyrule Town and Hyrule Castle are in the center. Minish Woods, Lake Hylia, and Cloud Tops are in the East. Mt. Crenel and Castor Wilds are in the West.

Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess has probably the biggest Hyrule so far. It is divided into four main provinces. Ordona Province and Faron Province are located in the South. Eldin Province is located to the West. Lanayru Province is in the center of the whole kingdom and Castle Town and Hyrule Castle are both located there. Gerudo Desert and Snowpeak are pare of the East side.

Spirit Tracks

Main article: New Hyrule

Hyrule in Spirit Tracks, found in the form of New Hyrule, is divided into five sections, which are connected by railroad tracks. The areas include: the Forest Realm (Southwest), the Snow Realm (Northwest), the Ocean Realm (Southeast), the Fire Realm (Northeast), and the Sand Realm between the Ocean and the Fire Realms. The Tower of Spirits is located right in the center of all five areas.