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A Recap of Everything That Happened in the Prequel of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Published 05/07/2023, 2:30 PM EDT

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Everyone awaiting The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is aware of the people involved in this upcoming conflict. From Link to Zelda to Ganon, all the characters are pretty well known among the most dedicated fans of this series.

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But there are always gamers who decide to skip the prequels and jump straight to the sequel. And they usually struggle with understanding the story of that game due to a lack of exposition. For such hyped-up fans, here’s a recap of everything that happened in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

What exactly happened before Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?


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In Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link awakens from a deep sleep as a voice calls to him. He walks out of his tomb and finds Hyrule surrounded by wilderness and weird monsters. If that was not enough, there was no friendly face to be seen, and Link had no memory of what was going on.

Eventually, the voice of Princess Zelda reminds him of what happened 100 years ago. In the Kingdom of Hyrule, Calamity Ganon is about to be revived. Princess Zelda, aided by four champions, each from a different tribe of Hyrule, and Link, a champion equipped with a powerful sword, tries to stop Ganon.


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Princess Zelda tries to awaken powers within herself but fails, and Ganon finally rises. He takes over Hyrule and destroys everything. The King and four Champions are dead, and just when Link is about to be defeated, Zelda awakens her power and saves him. She stops Ganon’s progress and puts Link in a restoration chamber. That’s where he wakes up after 100 years.


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 Zelda is still struggling to keep Ganon captured. Link finds the ghost of the King, who tells him all that has happened and helps him on his initial journey. Link fights through the obstacles and slowly frees Hyrule from Ganon’s minions.

And gradually, he also gains his powers back. Then he goes and once again grabs his Master Sword, and with the help of a number of newfound allies and Zelda, he defeats Calamity Ganon.


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This is the story Breath of the Wild follows; it has to be seen where the Nintendo Switch exclusive sequel would go. We would not have to wait long either as May 12 is not very far.

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Written by:

Rohit Sejwal


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Rohit Sejwal is a veteran eSports writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for gaming that has been fueled by over a decade of experience in both playing and writing about games. His deep understanding of gaming and its finer nuances is evident in his engaging and insightful coverage of eSports. With a Masters degree in Science in film-making, Rohit brings a unique perspective to gaming, viewing it as a perfect blend of science and art.
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Jito Tenson