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Overview
Categories are the system that we use to organize and sort each page. They are located at the bottom of each page. A list of all categories can be found at Special:Categories.

How to Use Categories

There are multiple ways to add categories to pages. The recommended way is to make use of the Categories template. For example, if you wanted to add the Category:Hyruleans and Category:Sheikah categories to a page, you should add the following:

{{Categories
 |Hyruleans, Sheikah
}}

When adding categories this way, you should sort them alphabetically and separate them with a comma. These should also be left as upper-case words. Furthermore, you can also add "X in Y" categories by adding the "X" parameter as a separate field followed by = and a list of game initialisms in the canon order (the categories for Characters in Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) and Enemies in Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) would be placed before Bosses in Ocarina of Time).. For example, in addition to the categories listed above, you can add the following:

{{Categories
 |Hyruleans, Sheikah
 |bosses= TP, TPHD
 |characters= LA, LANS
 |dungeons= LADX
 |enemies= FSA
 |items= OoT, OoT3D, TMC
 |objects= MM, MM3D
 |places= MM, BotW
 |songs= OoT, OoT3D
 |stages= HW, HWL, HWDE, SSBfN3DS, SSBfWU
 |sub-bosses= TP, TPHD
}}

For all of the category types that follow with a =, it will generate and sort categories such as Category:Bosses in Twilight Princess. The Categories template presently covers the subjects of bosses, characters, dungeons, enemies, items, objects, places, songs, stages, and sub-bosses. For advanced details on how to use Template:Categories, visit the template's page.

Some categories are organized to form trees. The hierarchies of these trees depends on the subjects covered, though they often derive from commonalities between child categories. For example, the categories for Enemies in Breath of the Wild and Enemies in Link's Awakening are both sorted into the Enemies parent category.

Categories are traditionally added to pages by placing them within code that resembles the following: [[Category:Hylians]]. However, this is not recommended for Zelda Wiki as we have the Categories template to automate and condense our categories.

Code Categories
[[Category:Animals]]
(This format is not recommended.)
Category:Animals
{{Categories
 |bosses= OoT
}}
Category:Bosses in Ocarina of Time
{{Categories
 |bosses= OoT, OoT3D
 |characters= OoT
}}
Category:Bosses in Ocarina of Time
Category:Characters in Ocarina of Time
Category:Bosses in Ocarina of Time 3D
{{Categories
 |Undead
 |enemies= LA, LADX, LANS
}}
Category:Undead
Category:Enemies in Link's Awakening
Category:Enemies in Link's Awakening DX
Category:Enemies in Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

Creating Categories

Categories should be created before they're used on pages. To create a category, simply visit its page and begin editing it. There is a general rule that categories should only be created if five or more articles apply to it. If a category is created with less than five applicable pages, it may be subject for deletion. Exceptions to this rule include framework and support categories for games. For details on these categories, please refer to step 8 of the New Games guidelines.