Akkala Citadel

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This article is about the original location. For the location in its ruined state, see Akkala Citadel Ruins.

The Akkala Citadel is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Features and Overview

Breath of the Wild

100 years prior to the events of Breath of the Wild, the Akkala Citadel was a military installation in the Akkala Highlands, built during the peak of Hyrule's power.[3] Its purpose was to defend Hyrule against invaders from the sea, and to this end, it was constructed on a hill between the two roads that cover the entirety of Akkala, Kaepora Pass and the Shadow Pass.[4] The fact that Akkala Tower was buried underneath the Citadel was unknown at the time of its construction.[5] Highly skilled Soldiers were stationed at the fortress at all times for defensive purposes.[4]

The Akkala Citadel could only be entered by crossing Akkala Span and Akkala Bridge, which left the fortress vulnerable to a siege.[4] In preparation for such an event, the Citadel was designed to be self-sufficient, and it stockpiled supplies to last from a range of several months to a year.[4] Attacking from the Shadow Pass would leave invaders open to a counterattack from the Citadel.[4] Three batteries equipped with Cannons were also established facing Kaepora Pass in order to repel any invaders from the east.[4] The third battery was designed to counter the majority of invading forces, while the first and second batteries would deal with any remaining foes.[4]

During the Great Calamity, the Soldiers from Hyrule Castle and Hyrule Castle Town fell back to Akkala Citadel to make their final stand.[6][7] However, the Citadel's defenses were ill-suited for the intensity and direction of the Guardian onslaught, resulting in their defeat.[4][7] The fall of the Citadel is considered by many to be the fall of Hyrule.[7][8] In modern times, the remains of the Akkala Citadel are known as the Akkala Citadel Ruins.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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The Akkala Citadel from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

There are two variants of Akkala Citadel, though some features are present in both. Regardless of the variant, Akkala Citadel is very wide open, with a lot of terrain surrounding the titular citadel, including a training ground in a pit directly in front of the citadel. There are also deactivated Guardians and Simple Ancient Furnace around. The citadel itself is extremely tight, but interspersed with bigger rooms, a central chamber with a Sheikah Tower, and an exterior set up with Cannons. The second variant of the Akkala Citadel is a bit tighter, with fires raging and wrecked Guardians around and rubble covering the citadel. In the first Scenario the Akkala Citadel is in, it is taken over by the Yiga Clan, with Enemies in the surrounding Keeps. In the second, Enemies, headed by corrupted Guardians, are trying to take it over, with the Champion and Divine Beast Vah Ruta trying to save Robbie from inside.


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The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Akkala-vesting[10]Akkala Fortress
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See Also


  1. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 285
  2. "Head for Akkala Citadel!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  3. "That's the Akkala Citadel Ruins. Long ago, at the peak of Hyrule's power, they built a fortress to protect Akkala." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 386
  5. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 387
  6. "It was said to be unassailable, but during the Great Calamity, Hyrule Castle fell... The army had no royalty to lead them. With no other choice, they fell back to this citadel to make their last stand." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 384
  8. "Sadly, a concentrated assault from the out-of-control Guardians spelled the end for this fortress, too. In a real sense, the kingdom of Hyrule met its doom here." — Nell (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "Akkala-Festung" — Map (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  10. "Akkala-vesting" — Map (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)