Hyrule Field is a recurring large, grassy area that composes most of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda series. It is the central region of Hyrule that leads to all of the prominent locations of the kingdom, and as such, Link must travel through Hyrule Field to reach villages, markets, and lakes, among other places. In Majora's Mask, there is a parallel version of Hyrule Field called Termina Field. Though the many game-specific regions of Hyrule often have a large field common to and one that connects all areas of the map, only those specifically labeled as Hyrule Field are of any significance.
Features and Overview
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Hyrule Field is a large round area that acts as the hub or crossroads of Hyrule. All other areas of the game branch out from this region. However, there is little activity, and besides a few side-quests, it serves little purpose other than maintaining the illusion of a vast land.
Located in the center of Hyrule Field is Lon-Lon Ranch, and all other areas dwell on its outskirts. At the northmost section of the field rests Hyrule Castle Town, the main center of activity of Hyrule which also serves as the location of Hyrule Castle. To the northeast is Kakariko Village, the primary settlement for Hyruleans, and just north of the village is Death Mountain. Zora's River and ultimately Zora's Domain reside in the east, while the Kokiri Forest is situated in the southeast. Directly to the west of Kokiri Forest is Lake Hylia, a deep, pure lake that is home to the Water Temple. Lastly, Gerudo Valley is located to the west, where one the other side of the valley the gang of female thieves have established their hideout, the Gerudo's Fortress.
All of the waterflow in Hyrule is a direct source from the waters in Zora's Fountain, located in the northeast. This water flows through Zora's River and makes its way past Castle Town, continuing its path through the bottom of Gerudo Valley and eventually reaching its final destination: Lake Hylia.
As young Link, Stalchildren burrow out of the ground during the nighttime and attack the young hero. They can be avoided by sticking to the dirt road or by wearing the Bunny Hood. Peahats can also be found in the southern and northern corners of the field, and will attack anyone who gets too close to their territory during the day; however, if Link attacks the Peahats during the night, they will send out Peahat Larva to chase after him. Once Link turns into an adult by retrieving the Master Sword from its Pedestal, the Stalchildren and the Peahats will disappear; instead, Big Poes as well as ordinary Poes will roam the field, although they will only appear at certain spots.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, Hyrule Field is divided into two parts on the map: North Hyrule Field and South Hyrule Field, with Hyrule Castle Town between the two locations. Places linking to the two parts of Hyrule Field include Hyrule Town, Hyrule Castle, Lon Lon Ranch, Trilby Highlands, Eastern Hills, and Western Wood.
South Hyrule Field
South Hyrule Field is the home of Link and his grandfather Smith, and houses very few enemies, most of them being Octoroks. Tingle also appears in South Hyrule Field, standing upon a small tree stump just east to Link's house.
North Hyrule Field
In the center of the field where four trees make a square, Link must do a Kinstone Fusion with each of the four Tingle Brothers. Doing so will open each tree where Link will find both treasures and switches. When Link steps on each switch, a final opening will be revealed in the center of the trees which will reveal a chest with the Magic Boomerang. There is also a Minish Portal in the form of a stump.
In Twilight Princess, Hyrule Field is almost five times larger than in Ocarina of Time and spans three Provinces: Lanayru, Eldin, and Faron. It sports more landscape variety than its previous incarnation, including bridges, rocky cliffs, woods, and ancient ruins, and unlike Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess Hyrule Field is not one huge area, but several areas connected by pathways. Due to its immense size, it is easier to traverse the field with either the help of Epona or by warping through a Portal.
Hyrule Field surrounds Hyrule Castle and is full of shortcuts and entrances to many other areas, including:
- Faron Woods in the south
- Kakariko Village and Kakariko Gorge in the east
- Zora's Domain in the north
- Lake Hylia in the west
- Hyrule Castle Town in the center
Several important game events occur in the field. After Colin gets kidnapped by King Bulblin, Link follows him to the east portion of Hyrule Field, where the young hero defeats King Bulblin at the Bridge of Eldin. Link must once again journey through Hyrule Field as Telma, Ilia and Ralis are riding in a caravan on their way to Kakariko Village from the Hyrule Castle Town while the young hero defends Telma's caravan from enemy attacks during the ride. The last event is the final two fights against Ganondorf which take place on East Hyrule Field.
Breath of the Wild
Unlike in previous Zelda games, Hyrule Field in Breath of the Wild is completely open; all parts of the overworld will be accessible with no interruptions, whereas in previous games, different parts of the overworld were separated by loading screens. There are also enemies roaming the field such as the one shown in the game's reveal trailer. Central Hyrule houses Hyrule Field's location in the game.
- When riding Epona through Hyrule Field in Twilight Princess, a remixed version of the theme music is played, which adds brass instruments to the melody.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ハイラル平原 (Hairaru Heigen)||Hyrule Plains|
|French||Plaine d'Hyrule||Hyrule Field|
|German||Hylianische Steppe (OoT)
Ebene von Hyrule (OoT3D)
Plains of Hyrule
|Italian||Piana di Hyrule||Hyrule Field|
|SpanishEU||Pradera de Hyrule (TP)
Llanura de Hyrule (OoT3D)(TPHD)
|Prairie of Hyrule|
|SpanishLA||Llanura de Hyrule||Hyrule Plain|
- "We made a one-player game with dungeons under mountains that surrounded Death Mountain, but we couldn't shake that "I want to play aboveground, too!" feeling, so we added forests and lakes, and eventually Hyrule Field." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 2 (TLoZ))
- "Head south from here to reach Lake Hylia's full, rich waters. [...] Beyond this point lies Lake Hylia. It is full of deep, pure water. The Zoras, who live all the way upstream, guard the sunken temple at the lake's bottom, as well as Zora's Fountain." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you go west, you'll find Gerudo Valley. There's a hideout of a gang of thieves on the other side of the valley." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
- "All of the water in Hyrule flows from Zora's Fountain. That water flows through Zora's River, which eventually reaches Lake Hylia to the south." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
- Nintendo, Play Nintendo - Nintendo E3 Digital Event, YouTube, retrieved 2014-06-10.
|Regions in Ocarina of Time|
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|Hyrule in Twilight Princess|
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|Locations in The Minish Cap|
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