Location and Uses
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, in an attempt to keep Ganon from obtaining the remaining Triforce of Wisdom, Princess Zelda divided it into eight fragments and scattered them throughout the land. She then sent Impa to find a man courageous enough to defeat the evil monster; however, Impa is eventually attacked and cornered by Ganon's minions. Just as there seemed no hope, the young adventurer known as Link saves her from peril. Impa saw the potential in this boy, and decided he would be the hero to end her search. She presented him with a mission: to find the eight shards of the Triforce of Wisdom and rescue Zelda. Link set out to end Ganon's reign of evil and recover both the Triforce of Wisdom and Power.
The Wind Waker
In the flooded land of Hyrule in The Wind Waker, Link must recover the eight shards of the Triforce of Courage that hid throughout Hyrule after the departure of the Hero of Time. With help from Tingle's cartography skills, he sets out to find the Triforce Charts that would show him the location of each of the fragments (or only three of them in The Wind Waker HD, where the rest of them can be found directly). It is only after Link assembles the Triforce of Courage that he sets off to fight off Ganondorf and save both the Great Sea and Hyrule.
In the original release of The Wind Waker, all of the Triforce shards were hidden beneath the sea and had charts leading to them, while in The Wind Waker HD there were only three of them beneath the sea and the rest could be found in the caves where the charts originally were.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||トライフォースのかけら (Toraifōsu no Kakera)||Triforce Fragment|
|German||Fragment des Mutes|
|Italian||Frammenti di Triforza|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 142 (TLoZ | TWW)
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 3
- "Once, long ago, he defeated Ganon and brought peace to the Kingdom of Hyrule... A piece of the Triforce was given to the Hero of Time and he kept it safe, much as Zelda kept hers. That sacred piece is known as the Triforce of Courage. When the Hero of Time was called to embark on another journey and left the land of Hyrule, he was separated from the elements that made him a hero. It is said that at that time, the Triforce of Courage was split into eight shards and hidden throughout the land." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)