- This article is about the recurring landmark. For the dungeon in Breath of the Wild, see Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild). For the dungeon in Twilight Princess, see Hyrule Castle (Twilight Princess). For the dungeon in A Link to the Past, see Hyrule Castle (A Link to the Past).
|Español||Castillo de Hyrule|
|Italiana||Castello di Hyrule|
Hyrule Castle is the seat of Hyrule's government and home of the Royal Family. Hyrule Castle was first seen in A Link to the Past, and has become one of the most recognizable locations of The Legend of Zelda series.
Hyrule Castle appears in eight different Zelda games. It has also appeared in some non-canon games.
A Link to the Past
- Main article: Hyrule Castle (A Link to the Past)
- Main article: Hyrule Castle Tower
In A Link to the Past, Hyrule Castle serves as the very first dungeon in the game. It is a rather short dungeon where Link fights the Ball and Chain Soldier and rescues Princess Zelda. Hyrule Castle leads to the Secret Passage, which takes Link and Zelda to the Sanctuary.
Ocarina of Time
- See also: Castle Courtyard
Hyrule Castle in Ocarina of Time only allows Link to enter the courtyard to speak to young Princess Zelda. Link must sneak past the guards to get to her. There are no dungeons or mini-dungeons within this version of Hyrule Castle.
The Wind Waker
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Hyrule Castle in The Wind Waker is underwater. It is where our young hero finds the Master Sword. The castle starts out with a black and white coloring until Link retrieves the fabled Sword of Evil's Bane (the Master Sword), which then turns the castle back to color.
Four Swords Adventures
- Main article: Hyrule Castle (Stage)
- Main article: Infiltration of Hyrule Castle
Hyrule Castle is a dungeon in Four Swords Adventures that Link visits twice. The first time is the third stage of Whereabouts of the Wind. The Links attempt to rescue the first Maiden from the evil Castle Guards. While there, Link reunites the two halves of the Fairy Queen, making her whole again. Link must fight Phantom Ganon in order to find the Maiden.
The second visit is during the Near the Fields level. This time, Link must use stealth to avoid being seen by the guards, who will throw Link into a jail cell if found. Once finally making it past the guards, Link needs to defeat Jalhalla in order to rescue the White Maiden.
Hyrule Castle in Four Swords Adventures highly resembles the one from A Link to the Past.
The Minish Cap
Link firsts visits here under the order of his grandfather to deliver the Smith's Sword, which is to be awarded to the winner of a sword tournament at the Picori Festival. Vaati wins the tournament, but holds no interest in the sword whatsoever. Instead, he attempts to steal the Picori Blade and instead he manages to break the blade and turn Princess Zelda to stone. Link then must use the Elemental Sanctuary to restore the power of the blade, and, after a while, the king appears to change his mood dramatically. In fact, this is due to the fact Vaati is disguised as the king, and ultimately decides to transform the castle into the Dark Hyrule Castle.
- Main article: Hyrule Castle (Twilight Princess)
The largest version of Hyrule Castle so far, this one is not fully accessible until the end of Twilight Princess. However, Link can access the roof in the early portions of the game. Hyrule Castle is the final dungeon in Twilight Princess.
Filled to the brim with guards who do not really do anything, Hyrule Castle in Spirit Tracks is a lot like the one in A Link to the Past, but with no dungeons. This is where Link gets his Engineer Certificate, Recruit Uniform, and most importantly, his Sword.
Breath of the Wild
- Main article: Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)
Hyrule Castle is located in the center of Hyrule, and is completely accessible to Link after leaving the Great Plateau. However, the difficulty is significantly increased, and it is wise to avoid the area until completing other areas and dungeons. Hyrule Castle is the final dungeon in Breath of the Wild, and the location of the trapped Princess Zelda and Calamity Ganon.
- Hyrule Castle was a playable stage in Super Smash Bros.. A very similar area, called Hyrule Temple, was a playable stage in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- The Link's Crossbow Training stage Hyrule Castle: Defender takes place in the Twilight Princess version of Hyrule Castle.
- The Hyrule Warriors stage Hyrule Field has Hyrule Castle at one corner of it, and cutscenes early in the game take place there.
- Hyrule Circuit, a DLC stage in the Wii U Mario Kart 8 and base track in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, takes place around and through Hyrule Castle.
- In The Wind Waker, there are stained glass portraits of the Seven Sages from Ocarina of Time in Hyrule Castle. There is also a stained glass portrait of Ganondorf.