- Not to be confused with the Wingcrest.
The Hylian Crest is one of the two stylized successors of the Goddess Crest used within the same land during the Era of the Goddess Hylia, the other being the Wingcrest used to represent the Royal Family of Hyrule.
It is a common depiction of an archaic bird, usually beneath the Triforce. It can be seen on the Hylian Shield and in buildings such as Hyrule Castle and Temple of Time. This crest is mostly used to represent Hyrule and the Hylian race as a whole.
The depiction of a winged figure below the Triforce first appears in A Link to the Past, where the design of Link's shield features an avian design below the Triforce. Another avian figure guards the doorway of the Sanctuary as well. A similar winged figure can also be seen on the Hero's Shield in The Wind Waker.
The familiar red avian crest first appears in Ocarina of Time, on the Hylian Shield. As the shield was used by the Knights of Hyrule, it is possible that the bird or dragon may symbolize devotion to the Royal Family or to the Hylian people. The winged figure also seems to grasp a piece of the Triforce in its talons or claws, perhaps signifying dedication to the protection of the Sacred Realm or the realm of Hyrule. This same design appears on many versions of Princess Zelda's dress.
In Skyward Sword, the origin of the Hylian Crest is revealed; the outline originally coming from the Goddess Crest, with the common red coloring and the stylised head and claws being derived from the Crimson Loftwing.
The Hylian Crest depicts a stylised image of the Crimson Loftwing
The Hylian Crest outline originated from the Goddess Crest
The Hylian Crest on the Hylian Shield from Ocarina of Time
The Hylian Crest on the Hylian Shield from Twilight Princess
The Hylian Crest on Phantom Zelda's back from Spirit Tracks
The Hylian Crest on the Hylian Shield from Skyward Sword
The Hylian Crest on the Hylian Shield from A Link Between Worlds
The Hylian Crest on the Hylian Shield from Breath of the Wild