Kakariko Village Graveyard

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The Kakariko Village Graveyard,(OoT)[1] also known as the Graveyard,(OoT | TP)[2][3] and Kakariko Graveyard,(CoH)[4] is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[name references needed]

Features and Overview

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Kakariko Village Graveyard lies behind Kakariko Village. During young Link's time, the gravekeeper Dampé oversees the Graveyard at night to promote his Heart-Pounding Gravedigging Tour mini-game, while in the daytime, a little kid roams around the graves instead.[5] While Dampé is not out patrolling, he is sleeping inside his hut, which is located in the east corner of the graveyard. Within it Link can find the Gravekeeper's Diary, which talks about a treasure that he found while digging around.[6]

Poes of many fallen Hyruleans, Royal Family members, and the Sheikah tribe who founded Kakariko rest in the graveyard, and it is said that the latter watch over the spirits in their eternal slumber.[7] The gravestones that have flowers in front of them can be pulled back to reveal a secret room or underground chamber. These often contain a chest with a few Rupees, and one contains a chest with a Hylian Shield.

At the back of the graveyard rests the two famous Composer Brothers: Flat and Sharp, whose tombstones are separated by the Royal Family's Tomb. This tomb, which can only be opened by playing "Zelda's Lullaby" on the Ocarina, houses the Composer Brothers' "Sun's Song" as well as a poem to go along with said melody.[8]

After Link becomes an adult, he returns to the graveyard only to discover that Dampé has passed away. Link reads the Gravekeeper's Diary inside his hut, which beckons anyone who reads the text to come to his grave to receive the treasure he found seven years ago.[9] The young hero can uncover Dampé's grave on the west side of the graveyard to race the deceased gravekeeper and receive the Hookshot from him.

Even farther back, in a ledge high above the graveyard, is a small, concealed room with several torches and a sealed door decorated with the Sheikah symbol. Link can only access this chamber once he has learned the "Nocturne of Shadow" from Sheik, and uses it to travel to the area's Triforce Warp. By using Din's Fire in the middle of the room, the torches will light up, opening the sealed door and granting access to the Shadow Temple.

Twilight Princess

King Zora's tomb in Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, the graveyard is also located behind Kakariko Village, accessed by entering the gate behind Renado's Sanctuary. At first sight, the graveyard seems smaller than its Ocarina of Time counterpart; however, in the northern portion of the graveyard is a small opening leading into a wide open area with a small pond. At the end of the pond is a small patch of land where the King Zora is buried. According to Rutela, the Kakariko Graveyard is also where various members of the Zora race take their eternal rest.[10]

The entrance to King Zora's tomb is sealed off by a stone bearing the Zora Emblem when Link first visits the graveyard. Once Link takes the mortally-injured Ralis to Kakariko Village, Queen Rutela appears to him as a ghost just outside of Renado's house. She beckons him to follow her to her husband's grave, where she thanks him for saving her son in his time of need.[11] As she had already promised Link, Queen Rutela bestows the Zora Armor upon the young hero, which he needs in order to enter the Lakebed Temple.[12][13] Queen Rutela then joins the King Zora in his eternal slumber.[14]

Later on in the game, after Link receives Ashei's Sketch, he returns to King Zora's tombstone and shows the sketch to Prince Ralis, who had been praying for his mother.[15] Prince Ralis recognizes the Reekfish on the drawing and gives Link the Coral Earring, the item necessary to catch a Reekfish in Zora's Domain needed to proceed to Snowpeak.[16]

The graveyard is home to two Poe Souls as well as a male Golden Ant.[17] It also houses a one-way shortcut to Lake Hylia, which must be opened with Water Bombs.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Kakariko Village Graveyard is located in the northern part of Kakariko Village that Koko secretly visits during in the morning. If spoken to, she reveals her late mother is buried there and that she is aware of her death despite her father Dorian's efforts to hide the truth from her and her sister.[citation needed] Koko secretly goes to the Graveyard to grieve and cry.

Tears of the Kingdom

Other Appearances

Cadence of Hyrule

Kakariko Graveyard is the remains of Kakariko Village in the Future World. Having deteriorated following Ganon's takeover of Hyrule, the only remains of the Village are an overgrown fountain, a House filled with pits the heroes can fall into, and the Graveyard itself, tended to by the Ghost of its gravekeeper Dampé despite the rest of the villagers having disappeared.[18] The blue Cucco Cojiro can be found in the yard of the abandoned House. Several cutouts of Enemies from Cadence's world can be found inside of the House.

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chest

Across a pit inside the House
Can be accessed by knocking down the cutout of the NecroDancer from Crypt of the NecroDancer and walking over it

Treasure ChestContentsNotes

Across a pit inside the House
Can be accessed by knocking down the cutout of the NecroDancer from Crypt of the NecroDancer and walking over it

  1. The Item rewarded is randomly selected.


  • In Ocarina of Time, there is a mountain range which can be observed behind the Graveyard in the direction of Zora's Domain. The mountains seem to be that of a snowy range, which may be the origin of Twilight Princess's Peak Province, which lies in the same general location.
  • In Twilight Princess HD, some of the Gravestones with Modern Hylian inscriptions have the Hylian mirrored.
  • In Creating a Champion, there is concept artwork for the Ghost of a female Sheikah whom presumably would have been encountered in the Kakariko Village Graveyard.


Names in Other Regions
墓地 (Botchi) (OoT)[21]Graveyard
The Italian Republic
Cimitero (OoT | OoT3D)[19][20]Cemetery/Graveyard
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See Also


  1. "Kakariko Village Graveyard" — Sign (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  2. "Graveyard" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  3. "Graveyard" — N/A (Twilight Princess HD)
  4. "Kakariko Graveyard" — Map (Cadence of Hyrule)
  5. "Heart-Pounding Gravedigging Tour! / From 18:00 to 21:00 Hyrule Time / --Dampé the Gravekeeper" — Sign (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "When I dug a hole, I found a treasure that stretches--BOING! and shrinks--BOING! It's so fun, I'll never give it to anybody!" — Dampé (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "R.I.P. Here lie the souls of those who swore fealty to the Royal Family of Hyrule / The Sheikah, guardians of the Royal Family and founders of Kakariko, watch over these spirits in their eternal slumber." — Sign (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "The rising sun will eventually set, A newborn's life will fade. From sun to moon, moon to sun... Give peaceful rest to the living dead. This is an interesting poem... huh?" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Whoever reads this, please enter my grave. I will let you have my stretching, shrinking keepsake. I'm waiting for you." — Gravekeeper's Diary (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "You were right to bring him here. Kakariko Village is a sacred place for the Zora people. It is where we take our eternal rest. My husband in life, King Zora, also rests his spirit here." — Rutela (Twilight Princess)
  11. "I am deeply grateful to you for aiding my son in his time of need." — Rutela (Twilight Princess)
  12. "...There is armor here that my husband made for the coming hero. It holds the power of the Zoras. I am sure that having garb that allows you to move freely in water would aid you in your travels." — Rutela (Twilight Princess)
  13. "...That which I have promised you is within this grave." — Rutela (Twilight Princess)
  14. "Now, at last, I can join the king in slumber." — Rutela (Twilight Princess)
  15. "All he does is go to the graveyard behind the sanctuary and pray... All day, from morning until night, he prays..." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  16. "Hmm... The beast-man of the snowy mountain...perhaps? But more important is this red fish it is holding... It must be a reekfish. That is a rare specimen found only in the Zora village. It feeds on a valuable type of coral, and without that bait, even our best fishers cannot catch one. Look closely, Link... My earring is made of this coral. I would like to give it to you. I received it from my mother... But it is fine. I no longer need it." — Prince Ralis (Twilight Princess)
  17. "A golden-bodied ant. It was found in the graveyard of Kakariko Village." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  18. "Everyone else is gone. But I'm not about to abandon my work." — Dampé (Cadence of Hyrule)
  19. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 60
  20. "Cimitero" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  21. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 155

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