Kakariko Village from Breath of the Wild
|Item(s)||A Link to The Past:|
Piece of Heart ×2, Bug Catching Net, Bottle x2
Ocarina of Time:
Piece of Heart ×4, Bottle, Wallet upgrade x2, Stone of Agony, Quiver upgrade, "Song of Storms," "Nocturne of Shadow," Gold Skulltula ×6
Piece of Heart ×3, Hawkeye, Bomb Bag, Zora Armor, Poe Soul ×2, Male Ant
A Link Between Worlds:
Piece of Heart ×4, Bug Net, Bottle, Smooth Gem, Lost Maiamai ×3
Kakariko Village (pronounced /ˌkɑː.kəˈriː.koʊ/, KAH-kə-REE-koh) is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series. Kakariko is said to have been founded by the Sheikah, attendants who serve the Royal Family of Hyrule, and it used to be their village exclusively before Impa herself opened up the village to the common people. The graveyard by the village is known to be the final resting place of the members of the Royal Family and deceased Zora leaders.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Kakariko Village is the largest settlement in the game. It is located in the western side of the Light World, just south of the Lost Woods. Here there are several merchants, as well as characters with vital information for Link. Being the largest city in the game, Kakariko Village has a number of businesses, including a blacksmith, a shop, a Street Merchant, a Fortune Teller, a tavern, and an inn.
Kakariko is the home of Sahasrahla, the famed elder, and his family, and it is with the intention to find him that Link first comes to the village. Upon arriving in Kakariko, Link discovers that he has been blamed for the abduction of Princess Zelda, and that some villagers who believe him to be guilty will summon soldiers to arrest him. Others are more sympathetic, and the family of Sahasrahla will provide him with clues as to his whereabouts.
After Link retrieves the Master Sword from its pedestal in the Lost Woods, Kakariko Village will be overrun by soldiers who will attack Link at sight, forcing the village's citizens to remain inside their homes. It is also at this point that Link can free the bird sealed within the Weathercock located in the middle of the village. After the young hero receives the Flute from the Flute Boy in the Dark World, Link can play the instrument in front of the statue to reveal a small bird within. Now that the bird has been awakened, Link can call the flying animal so that it can transport the young hero to specific places in the Light World any time the ocarina is played.
Blind, the leader of a gang of thieves, once lived in Kakariko Village, where his home served as the hideout for his mischievous companions. However, when Link visits Blind's home, the hideout turns out to be vacant except for a couple of Treasure Chests the thief left behind. During Link's adventure to rescue the Seven Maidens, he journeys to Kakariko Village's Dark World counterpart: the Village of Outcasts, a town notorious for its corrupt establishments as well as the many thieves it has roaming around. It is here that he finds Blind, who reveals himself to be the boss to the Dark World's fourth dungeon: Thieves' Town.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Kakariko Village is the main settlement of Hyrule. It is located in the northeastern portion of Hyrule, right next to Hyrule Castle Town and at the foothills of Death Mountain. The town is an entrance to a number of locations, such as the Shadow Temple, the Bottom of the Well, the graveyard, and the Death Mountain Trail.
The village's origins are elaborated upon during the game, explaining that it was founded by the Sheikah, the guardians of the Royal Family of Hyrule. Moreover, it is revealed that the village was home to only those pertaining to the Sheikah tribe, although it was later opened up to the poor commoners by Impa, who was also born and raised in Kakariko. As such, she is often considered the leader of Kakariko Village, not only for having helped the poor commoners of Hyrule, but also for her great efforts in trying to turn the village into a great city to equal the bustling metropolis that is Hyrule Castle Town.
Kakariko Village as seen in Ocarina of Time is one of the most prominent locations in the game due to it being Link's primary destination many times during his adventure through Hyrule. The town is home to many important attractions, such as the windmill, which is used to draw water up from the well, the village's only source of water. It is also the location of the Kakariko Graveyard, where the souls of the fallen Hyruleans, Hylian Royal Family, and Sheikah tribe members are said to rest. The small town also contains many buildings of interest, including a Potion Shop, a Shooting Gallery (still under construction in the earlier time period,) and a Bazaar. Some notable residents include the Cucco Lady, the Carpenters, the Graveyard Boy and his family, and Dampé. Through various actions, Link will obtain numerous items from this village, including the Lens of Truth, a bottle, a Hylian Shield, and several Ocarina Songs, such as the Song of Storms, Sun's Song, and Nocturne of Shadow. The House of Skulltula is also here, where Link will be rewarded based on how many Gold Skulltulas he has killed.
Link's first visit to Kakariko is called upon when Impa advises the young hero to go to her village to learn more about the Spiritual Stone of Fire, the Goron's Ruby. When Link first visits Kakariko as a child, he finds that most of the village is under construction due to Impa's goal of trying to improve the small town and turn it into a true city. Later on, once Link learns the Song of Storms as an adult, the young hero can play that melody inside the windmill in front of Guru-Guru to dry up the well, allowing him to explore the interior of the well and obtain the Lens of Truth in the process.
During the time that Link remains in his seven-year slumber due to him retrieving the Master Sword from its pedestal, Ganondorf launches an attack on Hyrule Castle Town, forcing its citizens to flee to Kakariko Village to escape from his wrath. When Link returns to Kakariko after having awakened Princess Ruto as the Sage of Water, he finds the village in flames. The young hero learns from Sheik that the evil shadow spirit, which had been sealed by Impa long ago, has escaped from the bottom of the well, wreaking havoc on the village and setting it on fire (which is later extinguished by the constant rain falling upon the village). The spirit easily defeats both Link and Sheik, and once the young hero regains consciousness, Sheik explains that Impa has gone to the Shadow Temple in an effort to try and seal the spirit again. Sheik goes on to reveal that Impa is one of the six Sages, and he urges Link to go help Impa by teaching him the Nocturne of Shadow. This song, which is the melody necessary to gain access to the upper part of the graveyard, is the only entrance to the Shadow Temple, where the "Phantom Shadow Beast" Bongo Bongo resides.
Four Swords Adventures
- Main article: Kakariko Village (Four Swords Adventures)
In Four Swords Adventures, Kakariko Village appears as the second stage of The Dark World level. The village is set in the middle of the darkness that is covering northwestern Hyrule known as the Dark World, which as a result has warped its appearance into a cursed place in a state of anarchy. The Links arrive to the village on their search for the Dark Mirror, and find that the town is overrun with thieves and set ablaze by the Shadow Links. The Links work to capture the thieves and douse the village's flames, before continuing on their search for the Temple of Darkness. In this appearance, Kakariko Village has no prominent features, and is a simple collection of houses with a few residents.
To the east of town is a downstream river that leads to the end of the stage, where the Links encounter and fight a Big Dark Stalfos, and in doing so, rescue one of the four Knights of Hyrule and recover the Green Royal Jewel.
In Twilight Princess, Kakariko Village is located in the Eldin Province, right below Death Mountain and just southeast of Hyrule Field. It has several homes, as well as a Bomb Shop, an inn, a sanctuary, a spring, and a hot spring. Moreover, a graveyard can also be found right behind the sanctuary, housing the tombstone of the King Zora. According to Queen Rutela, Kakariko Village is considered to be a "sacred place for the Zora people" since that is where they take their eternal rest. This town is where many of the important plot events occur and where many items for the game can be bought and found, such as Bombs, the Hawkeye, a Hylian Shield, and the Zora Armor.
By the time the events of Twilight Princess take place, most of the townsfolk have been already transformed into Shadow Beasts due to the Shadow Invasion. The only survivors left seem to be Renado, Luda, and Barnes, and because of this, Kakariko seems to be a rather desolate place with many dilapidated buildings. When Link visits the village, he finds Beth, Colin, Talo and Malo taking refuge inside Renado's sanctuary along with Barnes and Luda. It is here that Barnes recalls how a woman was attacked by a Shadow Beast and, although a group of villagers went to save her, she was already gone by the time they arrived.
Once Link returns light to the Eldin Province, it is explained that Renado, who is actually the shaman of the village, took the Ordon children in after the Shadow Beasts left them to die. It is then that the young hero is tasked with retrieving the second Fused Shadow from Death Mountain in order to cleanse their sacred grounds from evil. However, after trying unsuccessfully to climb the mountain, he returns to Kakariko to find a wild Epona being controlled by Bulblins but is eventually able to tame her.
Link visits Kakariko Village once again just in time to witness Colin, who pushed Beth out of harm's way, being kidnapped by King Bulblin. Later on in the game, the young hero must lead Telma's caravan from Hyrule Castle Town all the way to Kakariko in order to bring the dying Prince Ralis to Renado, the only person capable of saving the young Zora boy. After successfully reaching the village and placing Prince Ralis in the village's care, Queen Rutela makes an apparition to Link and beckons him to follow her to the graveyard, where she rewards him with the Zora Armor for saving her son.
After obtaining the Mirror Shard in the Temple of Time, Link will receive a letter from Renado urging him to visit the village again since he has a clue on how to retrieve Ilia's Memory. Ilia eventually recovers her memory with the help of the Horse Call, an item which she gives to Link inside the sanctuary to aid him on his quest.
Kakariko Village is last seen during the ending credits when the Ordon children are saying their farewells to Luda and Renado as they get ready to depart back to Ordon Village with the help of Rusl and his caravan.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, Kakariko Village appears almost identical to its A Link to the Past appearance. It is located in the westernmost part of Hyrule, located directly south of the Lost Woods, and north of the desert. There are numerous shops, merchants and buildings in the town, and it even has its own Weather Vane, located in the same position as the Weathercock in A Link to the Past.
While the village is almost exactly alike to its A Link to the Past predecessor, there are still some locations worth noting. The Milk Bar is located to the south, where Link can purchase Milk; it is also the basis for a bottle sidequest later on. There is a smaller shop located in the northern part of the village, where Link can purchase Shields, Scoot Fruit, and Foul Fruit. A Street Merchant can also be found in the village, slightly to the west of the Weather Vane.
Other notable items Link can receive here are empty Bottles, the Smooth Gem, after its quest is initiated and it is purchased from the village merchant, the Bee Badge, and the Bug Net. Link can also take part in the Fortune's Choice mini-game, which is found on the east side of town. Gramps is found in the western region of the village, and teaches Link about using StreetPass.
Kakariko Village has three Lost Maiamais hidden in it. One can be found on top of the roof with a rock on it - this requires a Cucco and the Power Bracelets to reach. Another is behind the Cucco Lady's house, in the patch of sand. It requires the Sand Rod to unearth it. The final one is in the tree in the southwest of town, and must be knocked down with the Pegasus Boots.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Kakariko Village is a settlement in the West Necluda region of Hyrule, north of Dueling Peaks. It is the home of Impa as well as most of the living Sheikah in Hyrule. It contains several homes, gardens, an armor shop, an inn, and various general stores where travelers can purchase its locally grown food and supplies.
After completing the four shrines located on the Great Plateau, the Old Man reveals himself to be the former King of Hyrule and informs Link of the events that transpired 100 years ago. After his explanation, King Rhoam suggests that Link travel east to Kakariko Village where he can find the village elder, Impa. Upon his arrival, Link is introduced to Impa's granddaughter, Paya, who after noticing the Sheikah Slate dangling from his hip, affirms that Link is indeed the hero her grandmother told her about and urges him to meet with her quickly. Impa notices that Link has lost his memory upon their reunion and recounts to him the history of the Divine Beasts, urging him to free them from Ganon's evil influence. Additionally, she also tells Link that the director of the Hateno Village Research Lab might be able to unlock the full potential of his Sheikah Slate if he speaks with her. If Link has reclaimed at least one of his lost memories, Impa will also gift him his old Champion's Tunic.
Later on in the game, an ancient Sheikah heirloom found within Impa's house is stolen, greatly distressing both Impa and Paya. They suspect that someone must have infiltrated their home during the night, and ask Link to investigate the situation. It is later revealed that Dorian, one of Impa's gatekeepers, was once a member of the Yiga Clan, and he tipped off a Yiga Blademaster about the ancient heirloom in order to preserve Impa and Paya's lives. Once recovered, the heirlooms is used a key to reveal Lakna Rokee's shrine.
Stylistically, Kakariko Village is dramatically different from its previous incarnations in the series. Whereas in previous installments where the village adopted a traditional fantasy aesthetic, Kakariko Village in Breath of the Wild is very reminiscent of the Jomon, Japan's oldest historical period. In regards to the series's lore, this is because after the Sheikah's technological revolution, the people of Hyrule began to believe that their godlike powers were a serious threat. As a result, the Sheikah were forced into exile, causing them to cut off the ties to their technology and adopt a new, simpler lifestyle (although it should be noted that some of them did rebel, forming the Yiga.)
- In one of the houses in Kakariko Village from A Link to the Past, a portrait of Mario can be found. If Link pulls on it, he will obtain Rupees.
- In Ocarina of Time, the village's theme song in the past differs from the theme heard in the future. The future village's version of the theme is known as the orchestrated version.
- Although the village's theme song is featured in Four Swords Adventures, it is used for the Village of the Blue Maiden and not Kakariko Village itself.
The name "Kakariko" may have originated from "cocorico," a French onomatopoeia for the sound of a crowing rooster. It may also come from the Spanish verb "cacarear," which means the crowing of a chicken. This is probably due to the fact that Cuccos appear in every incarnation of Kakariko Village. The village's name in the French version is, in fact, "Cocorico."
- "Follow the road out to Kakariko Village." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "R.I.P. / Here lie the souls of those who swore fealty to the Royal Family of Hyrule / The Sheikah, guardians of the Royal Family and founders of Kakariko, watch over these spirits in their eternal slumber." — Tombstone (Ocarina of Time)
- "Zelda's attendant, the great Impa, opened this village to the common people." — Soldier (Ocarina of Time)
- "You were right to bring him here. Kakariko Village is a sacred place for the Zora people. It is where we take our eternal rest. My husband in life, King Zora, also rests his spirit here." — Queen Rutela (Twilight Princess)
- "Meet the elder of the village and get the Master Sword." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)
- "WANTED! This is the criminal who kidnapped Zelda. Call a soldier if you see him!" — A sign in Kakariko Village (A Link to the Past)
- "Hey! Here is Link, the wanted man! Soldiers! Anyone! Come quickly!" — Informant Woman (A Link to the Past)
- "Oh, Link. The rumors say you kidnapped the Princess, but I still trust you." — Sweeping Lady (A Link to the Past)
- "Hi Link! Elder? Are you talking about the grandpa? OK, but don't tell any of the bad people about this. He's hiding in the palace past the castle. I will mark the spot on your map. Here you are..." — Sahasrahla's Grandson (A Link to the Past)
- "Yo Link! This house used to be a hideout for a gang of thieves. What was their leader's name... Oh yeah, his name was Blind and he hated bright light a lot." — Man in Blind's Hideout (A Link to the Past)
- "The upper floor of Blind the Thief's hideout is simply furnished and brightly lit. Villagers claim that Blind and his men worked by night, hauling in treasure and hiding it in the basement. Only a small part of his booty has been found since he left, so some think that he must have had another secret hiding place somewhere in the house." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America Inc.), pg. 39)
- "At the foot of Death Mountain you will find my village, Kakariko. That is where I was born and raised." — Impa (Ocarina of Time)
- "This village used to be a Shiekah [sic] village, but the great Impa opened it to everyone." — Soldier by Impa's Old House (Ocarina of Time)
- "Impa, the leader of Kakariko Village, had sealed the evil shadow spirit in the bottom of the well...." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "I am the boss of the carpenters that Impa hired to improve this village and make it into a true city!" — Mutoh]] (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ever since he escaped from Hyrule Castle Town, he's become even more timid!" — Man in Kakariko Village (Ocarina of Time)
- "Since Ganondorf came, people in the Castle Town have gone, places have been ruined, and monsters are wandering everywhere." — Malon (Ocarina of Time)
- "A terrible thing has happened! The evil shadow spirit has been released! Impa, the leader of Kakariko Village, had sealed the evil shadow spirit in the bottom of the well.... But the force of the evil spirit got so strong, the seal of the well broke, and it escaped into the world!!" — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "I believe Impa has gone to the Shadow Temple to seal it up again, but...she will be in danger without any help! Link! Impa is one of the six Sages. Destroy the evil shadow spirit and save Impa! There is an entrance to the Shadow Temple beneath the graveyard behind this village. The only thing I can do for you is teach you the melody that will lead you to the Shadow Temple... This is the melody that will draw you into the infinite darkness that absorbs even time... Listen to this, the Nocturne of Shadow!!" — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Do you know this village, Link? Kakariko was once home to many kind people. Now however, it's become a rather dangerous place. The darkness that cloaks its people has cost many of them their humanity. It's madness. How much stronger will this darkness in Hyrule grow?" — Kaepora Gaebora (Four Swords Adventures)
- "Kakariko Village is a sacred place for the Zora people. It is where we take our eternal rest." — Queen Rutela (Twilight Princess)
- "They sure didn't seem impressed by my bombs! How long do you think we can hold this sanctuary against beasts that strong, huh? Once they attack, it's OVER! Remember the lady from the general store? Just one of those things attacked her, and a whole gang from town went to save her! And what happened? She was already gone, and there were TWO monsters waitin'! ...You connectin' the dots? That means that if we get attacked by them, then we'll be..." — Barnes (Twilight Princess)
- "The beasts took us and left us to die...but Mr. Renado found us." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
- "The dark power you seek lies in the sacred grounds of the proud mountain dwellers. But already those grounds have been defiled, draped in shadow and seeded with evil. You must go to those sacred grounds and cleanse them." — Eldin (Twilight Princess)
- "That old coot reminded me, though... I've heard of a shaman in Kakariko Village, in the Eldin lands, who's tended Gorons and Zoras." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "Looks like we've got one young swordsman left! And not only that, but it looks like this brave young man will escort us, so get ready to go, honey. Pronto!" — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "I am deeply grateful to you for aiding my son in his time of need." — Queen Rutela (Twilight Princess)
- "Well, young man, when the maidens began to disappear, the rumors began to fly. When Sahasrahla heard that the wizard might be responsible, he said, 'so it has begun...' and disappeared himself! [...] I'm sorry, but you know wise men like him... They often wander off without notice, in search of enlightenment. If you ask in the village, someone may know where he is... If I may ask, why are you looking for him?" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 5)
- "Hey! It's HIM! [...] You are under arrest by order of the king! Get moving!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)
- "The old man asked me to take care of his wife while he went away." (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 9)
- "Look at me! Do I LOOK like a bad guy?" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 9)
- "Leaving Sahasrahla, Link returns to Kakariko Village to look for clues to the location of the remaining two pendants..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power comic), pg. 4)
- "The House of Books is ablaze! The soldiers must have laid torch to it!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 4)
- "Hey, buddy! I just remembered! I have something that may help! Sahasrahla showed it to me! It's a bird that you can ride on!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)
- "Link: So all the approaches to the castle are blocked by Agahnim's sentries? Boy: Yep! Even approaching the castle means certain death!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 5)
- "That gives me an idea! I believe that a large bubble...filled with hot hair...will float! But to make such a thing...in one day...will be...hard work" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 5 and 6)
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