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The Armies of Ruin

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The Armies of Ruin
HW Dark Forces.png
Stage Hyrule Field
Playable Character(s) Link
Mini-boss(es) Volga
Boss King Dodongo
Completion Reward(s) Impa
Giant's Knife
Next Scenario
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"The Dragon of the Caves

"The Armies of Ruin is the first Scenario of the Prologue arc of Legend Mode in Hyrule Warriors. It takes place in Hyrule Field.


When the Dark Forces begin their siege upon Hyrule, the Hyrulean Forces intercept them in Hyrule Field. As a trainee, Link defies his orders to join the confrontation and quickly fells many of the lesser Dark Forces with ease, surprising Impa.[1] Afterwards, Link encounters a Fairy, who hides within the young hero's body and introduces herself as Proxi.[2] Proxi enthusiastically attempts to maintain a conversation with the young hero, only to conclude that though Link is a "man of few words," she will continue to talk regardless.[3]

Once the Abandoned Fort opens, Volga will appear within its walls and confront Link and the other Hyrulean Forces in battle. As Volga's health reaches the halfway point during the battle, he will stop the fight and attempt to destroy Impa and Link with a fire blast. Volga becomes shocked after learning that the two were protected by Link's Triforce and decides to flee from the fight.[4] Afterwards, the Hyrulean Forces are free to regain the rest of the territory in Hyrule Field as the north gate of the Abandoned Fort opens. Afterwards, the Goron Captain pleads for assistance as he is attacked by a Lizalfos and a legion of Bokoblins.[5] After the Goron Captain is rescued, the Mine Entrance will open as the Goron Captain thanks Link and recommends that the young hero takes the treasured Bombs within it.[6] After the Bombs are obtained, Bokoblins will seal the Mine Entrance with boulders, which must be destroyed using the newly-obtained explosives.[7] The Bombs are also necessary to destroy the boulders blocking West Field Keep, which leads to the area that Princess Zelda is defending.[8] When Link joins with Princess Zelda, she recognizes him as the promising trainee that she observed in the training yard prior to the assault on Hyrule by the Dark Forces.[9]

Princess Zelda commands her troops to capture the Central and East Field Keeps and to close their respective gates. The Hylian Captain will declare that his forces can capture the East Keep on their own and requests that someone else captures the Central Keep in his place.[10] When these Keeps are captured, their gates to the north will become sealed off preventing travel in both directions. Before they are closed, the Hyrulean Forces may make their way northward and capture the enemy territories to the north, including the Enemy Base, where the Dark Wizard is situated. If he is defeated, he will retreat, saying that he has other matters to take care of.

After the Central and Eastern Keeps have been captured, Princess Zelda will travel to the Fairy Fountain to call upon the Great Fairy for help.[11] However, the entrance to the Fairy Fountain is blocked by a cracked wall, which must also be destroyed with the Bombs.[12] During this time, the Dark Forces may break through the barriers from the northwest and east, requiring the Hyrulean Forces to divert their attention to stop them. Once the wall is destroyed, Link and Zelda may pray to the Great Fairy together by using the newly-charged Magic Circle, dealing a devastating blow to the Dark Forces and summoning the Great Fairy who enhances the Hyrulean Forces' Bombs and detonates them across the battlefield to greatly weaken the Dark Forces. Afterwards, the Hyrulean Forces receive a Morale boost and Princess Zelda leaves the battlefield.

In response to this, the Dark Wizard will summon King Dodongo in the North Square.[13][14] King Dodongo will begin his rampage south towards Hyrule Castle and so must be defeated quickly. After King Dodongo is defeated, a Hylian Soldier will inform Impa that the Dark Wizard has taken Hyrule Castle and merely used King Dodongo as a distraction.[15] With Hyrule Castle under the control of the Dark Wizard, Princess Zelda disappears, prompting Impa to employ Link's help in locating her,[16] granting the young hero the legendary green Tunic as a symbol of his worthiness.

After the Scenario finishes, Impa becomes a playable character and her weapon, the Giant's Knife, becomes available for use.


Hyrulean Forces Dark Forces
HWDE Goron Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE Bokoblin Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE Goron Captain Mini Map Icon.png
Goron Captains
HWDE Bokoblin Captain Mini Map Icon.png
Bokoblin Captains
HWDE Hylian Captain Mini Map Icon.png
Hylian Captains
HWDE Lizalfos Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE Hylian Soldier Mini Map Icon.png
Hylian Soldiers
HWDE Zelda Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE Volga Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE Link Knight in Training Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE Wizzro Mini Map Icon.png
Dark Wizard Triforce piece.png
HWDE Impa Mini Map Icon.png
HWDE King Dodongo Mini Map Icon.png
King Dodongo


Item Location Condition
HW Gold Skulltula Icon.png
Gold Skulltula
Outside the southern side of the Abandoned Fort Defeat 1000 enemies
HW Gold Skulltula Icon.png
Gold Skulltula
(Hard Mode)
Hyrule Castle Checkpoint Follow Princess Zelda's plan and use any variant of the Hylian Sword other than the 8-bit Wooden Sword. Triforce piece.png
HW Piece of Heart Icon.png
Piece of Heart
West Rockface Keep Play as Link
HW Heart Container Icon.png
Heart Container
Beneath a rock near the northwesternmost Outpost Play as Link


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland EnglishUK The Armies of Ruin
Japan Japanese おそいかかる闇 (Osoikakaru Yami) Darkness Attacks
Canada FrenchCA L'armée des ténèbres
French Republic FrenchEU L'attaque des ténèbres
Federal Republic of Germany German Die Armeen der Verderbnis
Italian Republic Italian L'armata della rovina
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Las hordas del mal
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Las hordas del mal


  1. "What's this? A new recruit? Who is this soldier, anyway?" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)
  2. "Someone! Help! I'm too little to fight monsters!" — Proxi (Hyrule Warriors)
  3. "Thanks! I'm Proxi! And who are you? Link, huh? Unusual name! What's it mean? Where are you from? Nice sword! Man of few words, huh? That's okay--I'll come along and do the talking!" — Proxi (Hyrule Warriors)
  4. "You haven't beaten me. You've merely hidden behind your shields, human and otherwise." — Volga (Hyrule Warriors)
  5. "We can't hold them anymore! Somebody, help!" — Goron Captain (Hyrule Warriors)
  6. "Thanks a ton! Hey, you should take the treasure in that cave as a reward!" — Goron Captain (Hyrule Warriors)
  7. "With those bombs, we should be able to break the boulders and proceed to Princess Zelda!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)
  8. "Princess! Thank goodness! I fear I'd never have reached you if not for a brave trainee!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)
  9. "You! I saw you in the training yard!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors)
  10. "Leave the East Keep to us! Someone take the central one!" — Hylian Captain (Hyrule Warriors)
  11. "We have forced the invaders into the north! Now we must call upon the Great Fairy! If this plan works, we can greatly damage our foes! Quickly, to the Fairy Fountain!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors)
  12. "If only we had a bomb... We'd have that wall down in a moment..." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors)
  13. "Hiya ha ha! This is where it gets interesting! Unleash King Dodongo!" — Wizzro (Hyrule Warriors)
  14. "How did the wizard transport a creature of that size to the battlefield so quickly?!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)
  15. "General Impa, terrible news! The enemy wizard has seized the castle!" — Hylian Soldier (Hyrule Warriors)
  16. "We can't locate Princess Zelda. I pray she's safe... I must ask for your help in finding her. I trust you are willing? Link, be a hero worthy of wearing this tunic." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)