The Official Zelda Timeline, Now With Added Detail

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While we were able last week to bring you the official Zelda timeline, courtesy of the series' new art book, it was only the barest of structures, with just game names in chronological order. Now that the book has been out for a few days, more comprehensive translations are available.


In addition to listing the games in order, the book also provides some additional background information and commentary, along with names for each of the disparate "eras" in the parallel Zeldaverses.

The new info, and image below, is courtesy of translation hero GlitterBerri.

The added translations also reveal that the book's "supervising editor" was none other than Zelda boss Eiji Aonuma, so yes, this is as official as official gets.

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Alright, seems a lot of people are having trouble with the third timeline split in the Legend of Zelda: OoT. It isn't terribly difficult.

In OoT to beat the game without any sidequests or anything, you must travel through time four times. Once going forward the first time after acquiring the Master Sword, once to go back in time and get the Lense of Truth and the Silver Gauntlets, back forward in time after acquiring those items and using them to get the last Sages and defeat Ganon, then again after Zelda sends you back in time to relive your childhood. The three timeline splits occur in these four jumps.

The Hero is Defeated: This one occurs the first time you go forward in time. As you can tell by anyone who has played the game, it is impossible to actually get the last sages without going back in time. Once you do that, you alter the course of events in the game, and the defeated timeline occurs in the unchanged one where you couldn't defeat Ganon. Presumably, Sheik helped Link and rescued the last Sages, but not in enough time, and Ganon grew too powerful. So instead of defeating him, they merely sent him into the sacred realm, where he was powerful enough to completely change it to his whim.

Child Era: This is when Link is sent back in time by Zelda at the end to relive his lost childhood. He goes off on a few adventures (such as Majora's Mask), but before that, he warns Zelda of Ganondorf's intentions, possibly gives Jabu Jabu and the Great Deku tree's death as proof, and the King attempts to execute Ganondorf. He doesn't succeed, so they send him to the Twilight Realm in order to be rid of him. Thus the events of Twilight Princess take place.

Adult Era: After Zelda sends Link back in time, he no longer inhabits the timeline with them trying to rebuild after Ganon's attack of Hyrule in Ocarina. Thus, when Ganon does escape from the Sacred Realm, there is no one to stop him, and in desperation the Gods flood Hyrule and trap it in time. Thus the events of Wind Waker and the rest take place.

Hope this helps some! #speakup