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Mercay Island

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Mercay Island
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Mercay Island from Breath of the Wild
Main appearance(s)
Related place(s)

Mercay Island is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Features and Overview

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, many earthquakes occur on Mercay Island.[3][4] These earthquakes often cause the bridge connecting the western part to the eastern part of the Island to collapse.[5] This forces the islanders to get from one side of the Island to the other by going through an alternative path that leads to a dark cave filled with monsters.[6][7] This happens to Link early in the game, forcing him to take a route though dangerous caves.

Link can find Oshus's Sword in the latter's storehouse,[8] a cave next to Oshus' house. The Sword is kept behind a locked door to prevent people from touching his belongings.[9] In order to open the door, Link must write a certain number on a sign, this number corresponds to the number of Palm Trees on the Island's beach: seven.[10]

In the main port village[11] on Mercay there is a shop selling Treasure, Potions, Power Gems and a Wooden Shield. There is a Tavern as well where Link must ask about Linebeck's whereabouts; he later meets Linebeck in the Temple of the Ocean King. Additionally there is a Shipyard where Link can get the Salvage Arm repaired and change Ship Parts, giving the Ship more stamina and a different look.

Mercay Island has a smaller island off its north-eastern coast, on which Link meets Freedle and gains a Wisdom Gem as well as a Treasure Map.

Breath of the Wild

Mercay Island is located in the Lanayru Wetlands in Breath of the Wild.


Minor Enemies



Mercay Island is named after Mercator projection, a technique for displaying maps.[12]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese パルカ峢 (Meruka Tō) (PH | BotW) Meruka Island
Canada FrenchCA Ile Mercay Same as English.
French Republic FrenchEU Ile Melka Melka Island
Federal Republic of Germany German Insel Melka Melka Island
Italian Republic Italian Isola melka Melka Island
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Isla Mercay Same as English.


See Also


  1. ↑ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 113 (PH)
  2. ↑ "Mercay Island" β€” Map (Breath of the Wild)
  3. ↑ "So many quakes lately." β€” Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  4. ↑ "We've seen so many quakes rattle the island lately, Link" β€” Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
  5. ↑ "Oh, heavens! That quake just broke the bridge again! So many quakes lately, and the bridge breaks every time there's a big one!" β€” Saya (Phantom Hourglass)
  6. ↑ "There's a second way to get to town, fortunately. Unfortunately, it leads through a frightening cave full of monsters." β€” Saya (Phantom Hourglass)
  7. ↑ "Be cautious, young ones. That cave up north leads to the port, it's true. But that path will be crawling with monsters." β€” Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
  8. ↑ "Grandpa uses this cave as his storehouse." β€” Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  9. ↑ "Keep your hands off my things. Please ask first." β€” Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
  10. ↑ "I remember he cracks open the door by writing a number on that sign. I think he says it's the number of palm trees on the beach" β€” Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  11. ↑ "Welcome to Mercay Island's port! You'd normally see sailors coming and going...." β€” Fuchiko (Phantom Hourglass)
  12. ↑ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 285