|The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Guardians|
|Developer(s)||Phazonworks Engineering Division|
|Genre(s)||High-Fantasy, Action-Adventure, Open-World.|
|Series||The Legend of Zelda|
|Predecessor|| The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (chronologically),|
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (developmentally).
|Age Rating(s)||ESRB: Teen, PEGI: 12+, OFLC: M, USK: 12+, CERO: B.|
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Guardians is a high-fantasy, action-adventure, open-world game released for the Nintendo Switch; released as part of a splinter in the Child Timeline some time after the events of Majora's Mask, Spirit Guardians sees the now 18-year-old Link's return to a very different and very unstable Hyrule. After the events of Majora's Mask, Link was left wandering the Lost Woods for some time, still reeling from his journey through Termina and encounter with the fearsome Mask that almost doomed it to a horrible demise; one day on his search, Link was ambushed by a mysterious shadow that overwhelmed his senses and left him blacked out. When he came to, he found himself at the edge of Hyrule Field, with only a few remaining possessions from his journey through Termina and the tunic on his back; although he was relieved to be back in his native land, it hardly is a familiar reunion: Hyrule has changed since his departure, due to a massive magical cataclysm destroyed the temple of time and caused a powerful magic explosion that severed Hyrule from the Sacred Realm; with the magical connection gone, Hyrule has slowly descended into a state of spiritual decay that caused monsters to run rampant and stronger ones to emerge from the woodworks.
To make matters worse, Hyrule is an even bigger mess politically than spiritually: a massive monster attack orchestrated by the forces of the two new commanders (Veran and Onox) left Hyrule Castle in ruins and the King dead, with Zelda only barely escaping; and without the wise Royal Family, the remaining races were at odds with each other: the Gerudo became hated outcasts often killed on sight, the Kokiri were no longer bound by the magic of the forest, and the Hylians fled the settlements already inhabited for a more safe location (Lon Lon Ranch, which has now formed into a settlement akin to Clock Town). With only so much time to restore the connection before Hyrule permanently falls apart at the seams and only a few items remaining from his quest throughout Termina, Link has his work cut out for him; but he'll find a new ally from the most unlikely place - a mask he received from the demented Majora, which seems to have a spirit of its own...
Taking place after both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, the cast of Spirit Guardians is similar from the past two, set in a splinter of the Child Timeline after the Cataclysm; alongside Link and Zelda are familiar faces like Skull Kid and Kaepora Gaebora, long-lost villains and the various inhabitants of Hyrule, from the Dekus to the Zora.
Hero of Time
|The same Link who travelled through time to defeat Ganondorf and saved the land of Termina from impending doom by Majora's Mask, Link has since continued his search for the invaluable friend he lost (his fairy guardian Navi) but has had little to no luck in finding her, despite having some help from his new friend the Skull Kid, who he wound up freeing from the control of the demonic Majora; now a young man again, he quickly finds himself embroiled in a quest to rescue Hyrule's spirtuality before the land he calls home plunges into eternal darkness.|
|Fierce Deity's Spirit|
Champion of the Four Giants
|The spirit that rests within the only Mask that Link was left with upon waking up in Hyrule Field, the Fierce Deity was Majora's worst enemy, protecting Termina from his chaos when necessary; when Majora was finally defeated, it transformed itself into a mask so that it would live in to the person who would wear it - and not wanting his old enemy to plague a new generation, the Fierce Deity sealed itself into a mask to keep a close eye on his old enemy. But now the mask is in Link's possession and Majora is no longer a threat; so Termina's Guardian Deity is ready to assist the hero who saved his land in whatever way it can...|
Guardian of Hyrule
|The childhood friend of Link and the last vessel for royal blood left in Hyrule, Zelda's life went from pampered and plush to harsh and unforgiving in a relatively short time - after the cataclysm severed Hyrule's spiritual connection from the land itself, the monsters of the world were quick to rise up against the monarchy; overwhelmed and outgunned, Zelda barely escaped with her life intact, forcing her to fend for herself for years afterward. Present day, she's taken a cue from her childhood friend and become a hero in her own right, honoring the memory of her Sheikah guardian and her late father while fighting to save innocent lives in Hyrule from the two evil forces seeking to gain power.|
The Soaring One
|A feathered sage wise beyond its species's own limits, Kaepora Gaebora is a mysterious owl who loves to observe the land of Hyrule and help those who seek to protect it; his ability to soar throughout the land is gifted to those he deems worthy, and he gives sage advice - even if they don't want it.|
|Though they don't recognize each other at first, this impish Skull Kid is the very same one that got possessed by the demonic Majora's Mask and the same one who learned Saria's Song in the Lost Woods from Link; oddly and ironically, it seems the little prankster has a new hobby - collecting masks and displaying them in his new home at the edge of the Lost Forest, where he lives with Tatl & Tael.|
Queen of Shadows
|A magically-adept Gerudo and the daughter of the combined witches Twinrova by an unknown father, Veran was the consort of Ganondorf before his imprisonment and hated by the other females as a result; after the Gerudo were forced into exile, she spent the better part of 6 years perfecting her magical skills - and now seeks to rule the world in Ganondorf's name, using her army of magically-charmed undead monsters to do it. However, she won't be obtaining this easy, as another would-be world conqueror is looking to take Ganondorf's place as Hyrule's #1 World Ruler...|
General of Monsters
|Though this Darknut general considered himself Ganondorf's right hand man in his conquering of Hyrule, the Gerudo warlock barely noticed Onox's efforts leading the monsters; this led to an inferiority complex in the would-be general, causing him to strive to impress his master no matter what. But now that Ganondorf is gone, Onox is all too eager to step up and rule Hyrule in his place; only Veran and her army of undead monsters stands in the way and he and his army of living creatures aren't about to let that happen - not without a fight, that is.|
Left stripped of most of his equipment when he was ambushed in the Lost Woods, Link carries very few items when the adventure begins; part of the journey he must undertake is to regain the lost items that he was stripped of, though not all of them - he retains most of his basic equipment, which can be upgraded over time with brand-new attachments or acquisitions.
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Though Hyrule hasn't really changed much from its Ocarina of Time incarnation, its lack of spiritual connection is slowly altering the land to the worse; Death Mountain's volcanic activity is on the rise, Kokiri Forest is now simply the Lost Forest since the Kokiri were forced to flee, and even the Gerudo's old fortress is abandoned now that they're forced into exile.
|Hyrule Field||None||The vast and open fields of Hyrule are a breeding ground for conflict and monsters these days - ever since the spiritual connection had been severed, by day they're the stalking grounds of bandits and monsters and by night, it's a battleground between Veran and Onox's forces, except on one day of the week where all life is mysteriously gone from the field after midnight...|
||Though it initially was only comprised of Lon Lon Ranch, Hytopia City is now a bustling utopia of many races (save for the Gerudo, who have become hated outcasts as a result of Ganondorf's treachery), primarily the Hylians, who've evacuated from Hyrule Castle Town and Kakariko Village after the Cataclysm and invasion made their homes a little less safe to be at; Hytopia City almost resembles Clock Town in a way, but doesn't have a clock in the town center - rather a giant pendulum.|
||In the years that Link has been gone, his old home with the Kokiri has fallen from grace, as his old peers are nowhere to be seen; Deku Scrubs now inhabit the old village where they used to live, the Great Deku Tree is slowly regrowing from a sprout born of the old, and floods have turned the deeper sections of the forest into a marshland filled of all kinds of amphibious life, be they plant or animal.|
|The Undying Army||
|With her black magic and dark charm, Veran managed to ensnare quite a bit of help in her bid to rule Hyrule in Ganondorf's name; she has armies of the living dead at her command, from the skeletal Stalchildren and the haunting Poes to the shuffling Redeads and creeping Wallmasters, and while these aren't the most intelligent form of minion, they grow more plentiful with every clash with Onox's forces - even if they aren't that bright.|
|The Living Legion||
- Despite this game being a sequel to both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Spirit Guardians takes elements from several other games in the series including Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild.