Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Wiki
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Wiki is the best source of information for the game, giving comprehensive details on the lore, mechanics, characters, chapters, challenges, and quests. In addition, we provide the best combat guides for every playable hero and villain in the game.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Wiki Content
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Wiki content is in-depth, it contains everything that can be discovered and learned within the game. In addition to the sections below, we created separate guides for each topic, to ensure we cover them comprehensively and thoroughly.
- Lore Guide
- Game Mechanics
- Characters Guide
- Services Guide
- Map Guide
- Chapters Guide
- Challenges Guide
- Quests Guide
- Combat Guide
- Divine Beasts Guide
- Bosses Guide
- Enemies Guide
- Koroks Guide
- Cooking Guide
- Armor Guide
- Weapon Fusion Guide
- Hylian Blacksmith Guide
- Weapons Farming Guide
- Rupees Farming Guide
- 100% Completion Guide
- Elemental Rods Guide
The core story of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity revolves around the group of heroes who banded together to defeat the evil that threatens the entire kingdom. Unlike the story of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which focuses on the aftermath of the attack on the kingdom, Age of Calamity focuses on the actual events that happened during Ganon's devastation of Hyrule.
In this context, the game's story can be considered a prequel to that of BOTW. However, there is a minor twist. As the story of this game involves a character that time-traveled from the future, the events that will occur in your gameplay are not exactly as what happened in the past of BOTW.
This does not make this game's story non-canon or even inferior to what actually happened in the past. In fact, this heightens the excitement of the story, as you will constantly be thinking in your gameplay - how much can this time-traveling character really change in the fate of the kingdom, and is there anything you can do while you play the various heroes of the game to contribute to the alteration of the future?
Some significant events alluded in BOTW which you might want to look forward to in the story of this game:
- What actually happened during the recruitment of the Champions?
- How are the Divine Guardians really used in the fight against the armies of Ganon?
- How did the Battle of Fort Hateno look like?
- What happened in the last stand of the Hyrulean army in the Battle of Akala?
- How did the four Champions lose against the four Blights?
You will be able to witness and experience all of the above.
The Prophesy of Ganon's Return
The story of Age of Calamity begins with a recap of the past of Botw. Ganon has returned and started the devastation of Hyrule.
Ganon's malice has consumed and controlled the Guardians and the Divine Beasts, using them to decimate the lives of the Hyruleans.
As we have learned from BOTW, this leads to the death of the king, the four Champions, and thousands of people in the kingdom.
Zelda's Sealing Power Awakens
All this time, Link protects the princess, but while in Fort Hateno, they got surrounded by a large swarm of Guardians. Link prepares for his final stand as he faces them, ever willing to risk and give his life for Zelda's safety.
Link is too weak to fight the horde of Guardians, and seeing this, Zelda rushed to help him.
It was at this moment when Zelda's power awakens. Her desire to save Link from certain death awakened her sealing power, which she used to disable the Guardians in Fort Hateno.
The story, up to this point, is exactly what happened in BOTW. However, upon the awakening of Zelda's power, something else turned to life in Hyrule castle.
The Awakening of the Diminutive Guardian
Placed in a box near Zelda's room, a small toy-like Guardian turned alive. As though searching for his life's source, he looked in the direction where Zelda and Link are located in Fort Hateno.
Zelda: I must protect... everyone!
The little Guardian moved as though he understood the princess's longing and her desire to protect Hyrule.
At this moment, a time travel portal appeared in front of the little Guardian. There are no explanations given, and in fact, none are required.
This portal is all that we need to have a new and exciting adventure.
One of the malice-consumed Guardians suddenly appeared and tried to blast the little Guardian. Fortunately, he was able to avoid the laser and ended up entering the portal.
And so the History Changes
Game: A tale of the Champions... a diminutive Guardian who traveled backward through time... and the Great Calamity they faced.
The Premise of the Game
With that background as a context, your gameplay's premise is to relive and experience the period before and during the Age of Calamity. Everything is the same except for that one minor twist, the little Guardian that visited your present timeline.
Starting the Game
Upon starting the game, you will be given the options to select the settings for the following:
- Voice Language
- Text Language
The game has four levels of difficulty:
- Very Hard
We recommend playing on the Normal level of difficulty. If you are not much into combat and are more after the story, play it on the Easy mode.
Note that even if you select Normal difficulty, the game is still challenging, and you will find surprising quests that are at a Dark Souls level of challenge.
The diagram below shows the basic controller scheme. There are more actions that can be done that are now shown in the image below. Continue reading, and you will see these additional controls.
These additional controls not shown below are related to:
- Usage of elemental rods
- Usage of runes
Walkthrough of the Menu User Interface
The menu interface of the game consists of the following screens. You move from one screen to another using the L and R buttons.
- Services - the left-most user interface. This contains various merchant services, most of which are not yet available when you are just starting the game. View our Services Guide to get more details.
- Map - Age of Calamity features the same map used in BOTW. However, instead of shrines and towers, you will be able to access Chapters, Challenges, Quests, and Services from the map itself. View our Map Guide to get the full details.
- Chapters - Chapters contain what could be considered the Main Quests of the game. These are story-driven quests with a mix of cutscenes and gameplay objectives. If you are aiming to complete the game, you have to go through all the entries of the Chapters. View our Chapters Guide to get the full details.
- Challenges - Challenges contain what could be considered the Side Quests of the game. These are objective-driven quests where you have to satisfy a requirement, typically within a time limit. Common examples are defeating a number of enemies within a certain range of time, liberating a number of outposts, or defeating bosses and minibosses. Some of the Challenges of the game are truly fun and challenging, like those that require you to defeat enemies without getting hit or without healing or without using items. View our Challenges Guide to get the full details.
- Quests - Though they are called Quests, these entries are not really quests in a traditional sense, not in the same context as those within Chapters and Challenges. The quest entries are actually rewards and game features that you can unlock by simply giving what is required. You don't have to do any gameplay to unlock and achieve the rewards. Just provide what is needed. Typical rewards are additional hearts and skills for your characters, combat advantages, and quality of life improvements, like being able to carry more apples in the game. It is also through quests that you unlock services, merchants, cooking recipes, and armor. To see the full details, visit our Quest Guide.
More Game Mechanics To Explore
We have covered only the basics of the game in the topics above. There are many more topics to be covered, which we grouped into their own guides. You need them to learn the following game mechanics:
- How do I easily level-up my other character?
- How do I upgrade my weapons?
- How do I add or remove attributes to my weapons?
- What are the other advanced Combat mechanics?
View our Game Mechanics Guide to explore the topic.
As a player in a Warriors game, you will be expected to control multiple characters in your gameplay. So, unlike BOTW, you will not be limited to just playing as Link.
We grouped the major characters between Playable and Non-Playable. We anticipate that if ever a DLC happens in the future, the list of Non-Playable characters might get reduced, as we expect most of the current NPCs to become playable as well in the future.
Note that each of the characters has its own dedicated guide, in case you want to see their combos, upgrade paths, and quests.
The full list of services are as follows:
You access the Services by navigating the left-most part of the menu.
Progression of the Map
Your progression in playing the Age of Calamity is most visible in the state of your map. The map beautifully summarizes the Chapters, Quests, Challenges, Services, and even Characters you have unlocked and completed. In fact, more than any screen in the game's various user interfaces, the map provides the most features to you. You can access almost everything available in the game through the map. It is the best place to track your game completion as well.
Contributions to Hyrule
Complete quests in a region to contribute there. Work together with the denizens across the kingdom to grow stronger and fight against the Calamity.
At the start of the game, the map is empty. As you complete the main quests in the Chapters and you unlock characters, the map begins to show more items. We will describe in a separate section below the meaning of the various icons and their color on the map. Completing Challenges and Quests also unlock more items on the map.
Note that the name of the currently highlighted region is shown and its completion rate through human icons.
End Game Map
Below shows a 100% completed game and its map. With your beginner map, you will gradually fill it up with icons, until finally you have unlocked everything and completed all of them after the icons become available.
Which Unlocks What?
Since the map uses an unlocking mechanic, it will be important for you in the future to know which unlocks what? Especially when you start to go for the end game content, as it is not obvious what makes certain characters to become available or what makes some Challenges and Quests to show up.
There is a total of 7 Chapters and 20 entries in the game. Each chapter is divided into entries and contains the following information:
- Treasure chest locations
- Korok locations
- Battlefield-specific materials
- Special rewards
As you progress your gameplay, the more advance the Chapter entry in the story, the better the rewards.
Chapters of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
There is a total of 161 Challenges in the game. We grouped the Challenges into the recommended level when you should be taking them. In addition, we also placed all Challenges related to the Divine Beasts into their own group.
Each Challenge contains the following information:
- Recommended level
- Main enemies
- Battlefield-specific materials
- First-clear rewards
All of the Challenges reward the player with:
There is a total of 365 Quests in the game. We grouped the Quests based on their target character or their goal.
- Quests for Link - 24
- Quests for Impa - 12
- Quests for Zelda - 17
- Quests for Mipha - 12
- Quests for Daruk - 12
- Quests for Revali - 12
- Quests for Urbosa - 12
- Quests for Hestu - 12
- Quests for Sidon - 12
- Quests for Yunobo - 12
- Quests for Teba - 12
- Quests for Riju - 12
- Quests for Master Kohga - 12
- Quests for King Rhoam - 12
- Quests for Great Fairies - 12
- Quests for Monk Maz Koshia - 12
- Quests for Terrako - 12
- Quests for Calamity Ganon - 12
- Quests to Improve All Allies - 19
- Quests for Sheikah Runes - 8
- Quests for Divine Beasts - 4
- Quests to Unlock Services - 17
- Quests to Unlock Services - 26
- Quests for Material - 7
- Quests for Cooking - 26
- Quests for Battle Support - 12
- Quests for Sheikah Sensor - 4
- Quests for Contribution Level - 9
Each Challenge contains the following information:
- Quest Request Details
- Materials Needed
- Quest Completion Details
As you progress your gameplay, the more advanced Quests will get unlocked.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Combat Guide is the best source of information for the combat of the game.
Background on the Divine Beasts
We learned that during the previous return of Calamity Ganon, he claimed these powerful weapons for himself, by sending his Blights to defeat the four Champions coming from the Rito, the Gerudo, the Goron, and the Zora.
Hence the Divine Beasts served more as puzzles to be solved in BOTW, culminating in boss fights with the Blight Ganons.
Experience Battles Using the Divine Beasts
In the Age of Calamity, we can experience first-hand how it feels to do battle with the armies of Ganon using the Divine Beasts. In this game's timeline, they were never consumed by Calamity Ganon, as the Champions, with the help of other heroes, triumphed over the Blights.
This opens up new and exciting gameplay mechanics and quests that can help us appreciate how powerful and useful they are in the fight against Ganon.
In your gameplay, you will experience various challenges like defeating a large number of enemies within a time-limit, capturing a number of outposts while maintaining your health, or defending a base from attacks while attacking the enemy's main outpost. There is even a Chapter entry where you can use a Divine Beast to defeat a Blight Ganon.
There is a total of 11 Bosses in the game, ranging from the main villains up to a few selected allies that you will fight only once.
Age of Calamity Bosses
Based on the sequence when you fight them in the game, they are as follows:
- Master Kohga
- Waterblight Ganon
- Fireblight Ganon
- Thunderblight Ganon
- Windblight Ganon
- Harbinger Ganon
- Calamity Ganon
Top 3 Best Boss Fights
If we select the top three boss fights in the game, they are as follows:
- Calamity Ganon - for the sheer brutality and savagery of his boss fight. If we disable the Rods and the Rune Skills in this boss fight and allow only dodging, blocking, and attack combos, this boss fight can match the experience provided by some of the best FromSoftware boss fights.
- Thunderblight Ganon - for giving the best challenge among all the Blight Ganons. This enemy provides a perfect balance of melee, ranged, and AOE attacks. He is also one of the fastest enemies in the game, with the capability to replicate itself.
- Revali - for giving the best aerial combat with astounding music. What could have been better is if there was a re-fight between Link and Revali later in the game when they are both at their strongest and all skills and attributes are already unlocked. Being the first boss fight in the game, there are limitations due to the player still learning the mechanics and has just started unlocking character attributes and skills.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Enemies Guide is the best source of information for the enemies of the game.
How Many Korok Seeds are in the Age of Calamity?
Korok seeds are among the major collectibles in BOTW. They return in the Age of Calamity, but instead of 900 seeds, there are now a total of 175 seeds.
Why Collect the Korok Seeds?
In the original BOTW, Korok seeds are mostly used for upgrading weapon slots. In the Age of Calamity, their usages have increased:
- Unlock Quests
- Unlock Hestu's skills
- Increase Weapon capacity
- Increase Apple capacity
- Increase Rod usages
- Acquire Terrako components
Are Korok Seeds Needed to Achieve 100% Completion?
Like in BOTW, the 175 Korok seeds are needed for 100% Completion. In fact, you would not even be able to unlock all the Quests and Characters in the game without collecting all the Korok seeds.
Total Korok Seeds in the Game
The majority of the Korok seeds can be acquired by collecting them while playing the Chapters. A large number of them are also given as first clear rewards.
- First Clear Rewards - 41 Koroks Seeds
- Total Koroks in Challenges - 12 Korok Seeds
- Total Koroks in Chapters - 122 Korok Seeds
- Total Korok Seeds - 175 Seeds
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Cooking Guide contains all the available meals in the game, providing details on how they get unlocked, their recipes, and meal effects.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Armor Guide is the best source of information for the armor of the game, giving you comprehensive details on the armor sets, individual pieces, descriptions, as well as the means of acquiring them through Quests.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Weapon Fusion Guide is the best source of information for the weapon fusion mechanic of the game.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Hylian Blacksmith Guide is the best source of information for the Hylian Blacksmith of the game.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Weapons Guide is the best source of information for farming weapons in the game.
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Rupees Farming Guide is the best source of information for farming rupees in the game
Our Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - 100% Completion Guide is the best source of information for the 100% completion of the game.
Background on Elemental Rods
In BOTW, after leaving the Great Plateau, we will be able to expand our choices of weapons. And this includes the usage of the elemental rods, powerful weapons that normally drop from Wizzrobes.
However, we easily discover in BOTW how fragile these rods are. They are very limited in usage, and if you accidentally use them as a melee weapon, they will soon break and disappear.
Hence, they never really got any special attention and are considered more like niche weapons, interesting but optional.
Why Use the Elemental Rods?
In the Age of Calamity, with the introduction of new game mechanics, the status of the elemental rods as niche and optional weapons no longer holds.
The Big Secret of the Game
In fact, there is one big secret in the game that nobody talks about. And that is - the most powerful weapons in the game are the elemental rods.
This is due to these changes in the game mechanics from BOTW to Age of Calamity:
- Weapons no longer break
- Rods no longer have limited use.
- Rods consume elemental crystals. As long as you have a crystal for a rod, you can use it.
- Introduction of the Weak-Point Gauge mechanic (WPG).
- Clearing the WPG of a major enemy is the most efficient way of reducing its health
- Optimal elemental attacks make the WPG brittle
- Elemental effects now apply to all enemies, from bosses to minor enemies
Combining the facts contained from points 1 to 7 above, we came up with the discovery that the elemental rods are the most powerful weapons in the game.
They will help you:
- Crowd control enemies
- Stun-lock bosses and mini-bosses
- Kill enemies of all kinds, with the least amount of time