The Armies of Ruin

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The Armies of Ruin

Stage Hyrule Field
Playable Character(s) Link
Mini-boss(es) Volga
Boss King Dodongo
Completion Reward(s) Impa
Giant's Knife
Main Theme Music "Under Siege"
"Hyrule Field:1 st"
Next Scenario
The Sheikah Tribesman"
"The Dragon of the Caves
 The Armies of Ruin guide at StrategyWiki

"The Armies of Ruin" is the first Scenario of the Prologue arc of Legend Mode in Hyrule Warriors.[1]


"The Armies of Ruin" is the first Scenario that is unlocked and is the start of the War Across the Ages. "The Armies of Ruin" takes place in Hyrule Field.

"The Armies of Ruin" begins with Zelda having a dream of playing the Goddess's Harp in a grassy field. Suddenly, the sky turns from light blue to dark purple and the ground begins to shake, followed by an unknown dark substance that starts chasing after Zelda. Zelda drops her Goddess's Harp and runs, the Goddess's Harp sinking into the dark substance. The substance catches up with Zelda and overwhelms her, then she wakes from her dream. Zelda tells the alarmed Impa about the recurring nightmare,[2] to which Impa states that it could be a dark omen for Hyrule[3] Impa states that they must find the reborn spirit of the hero, Link, to help protect Hyrule.[4] Heading outside, Impa and Zelda look down at the Soldiers in training, to which Impa states that they will find no hero there and should look elsewhere.[5] Zelda notices one Soldier in training with more skill than the rest, Link.[6] Before she can think further, a Soldier runs up to Zelda and reports that a horde of Enemies is marching towards Hyrule Castle.[7] Zelda orders Impa to prepare the armies for battle and leaves.[8]

When the Dark Forces begin their siege upon Hyrule, the Hyrulean Forces intercept them in Hyrule Field.[9] As a Trainee, Link defies his orders to stay out of the confrontation and runs into battle.[10] Fighting breaks out throughout Hyrule Field,[11] with large amounts of Enemies worrying Impa.[12] Impa searches for Zelda, but finds that she is separated by a wall of Boulders.[13] Link appears and quickly fells many of the lesser Dark Forces with ease, surprising Impa.[14] Afterwards, Link encounters a Fairy, who hides within Link's body and introduces herself as Proxi.[15] Proxi enthusiastically attempts to maintain a conversation with Link, only to conclude that though he speaks little.[16] Link and Impa search for a way to rid of the Boulders and rescue Zelda. After defeating enough Enemies, the Abandoned Fort Gate opens revealing the Dragon Knight, Volga.

Link and Impa fight with Volga to keep him back from Hyrule Castle.[17] Volga accepts their challenge with a claim that he will win.[18] As Volga's health reaches the halfway point during the battle, he will stop the fight and attempt to destroy Impa and Link with a blast of fire.[19] Volga becomes shocked after learning that the two were protected by Link's Triforce and decides to flee from the fight.[20][21] Annoyed, the Dark Wizard opens the Abandoned Fort and sends out another wave of Enemies.[22] A Goron Captain pleads for assistance as he is attacked by a Lizalfos and a legion of Bokoblins.[23] Once Link rescues the Goron Captain, the Mine Entrance will open[24] and the Goron Captain thanks Link and recommends that he takes the treasured Bombs within it.[25][26] After the Bombs are obtained, Bokoblins will seal the Mine Entrance with Boulders, which must be destroyed using the newly-obtained explosives.[27][28] Just outside the Mine, a smaller Boulder can be destroyed with the Bombs to reveal a Chest containing 375 Rupees.[29] The Bombs are also necessary to destroy the Boulders blocking the West Field Keep, which leads to the area that Zelda is defending. After Zelda captures the West Field Keep, the two areas will reconnect so Impa and Zelda can reunite.[30][31] When Link joins with Zelda, she recognizes him as the promising trainee that she observed in Hyrule Castle prior to the assault on Hyrule.[32]

Suddenly, more Dark Forces appear and the Central Keep and the SW Bridge Gate open.[33] After reuniting, Zelda commands her troops to capture the Central and East Field Keeps and to close their respective gates. A Hylian Captain will declare that his forces can capture the East Field Keep on their own and requests that someone else captures the Central Keep in his place.[34] The Dark Wizard orders his troops to kill Zelda and the Hyrulean Forces and advance towards the Castle Keep.[35][36] Once the two Keeps are captured, their gates to the north will become sealed off preventing travel in both directions. Before they are closed, the Hyrulean Forces may make their way northward and capture the Keeps to the north, including the Enemy Base, where the Dark Wizard is situated. If he is attacked, he will retreat, saying that he has other matters to take care of.[37] A side mission will also start when a Guard Troop appears and moves to the W. Rockface Keep, to which Zelda orders to defeat the Guard Troop and take the Keep.[38][39]

After the Central Keep and East Field Keep have been captured, Zelda will travel to the Fairy Fountain to call upon the Great Fairy for help.[40] However, the entrance to the Fairy Fountain is blocked by a cracked wall, which must also be destroyed with the Bombs.[41] During this time, the Dark Forces may break through the barriers from the northwest and east, requiring the Hyrulean Forces to divert their attention to stop them.[42][43] Once the wall is destroyed, Link and Zelda may pray to the Great Fairy together by using the newly-charged Magic Circle.[44] The Great Fairy enhances the Hyrulean Forces' Bombs and detonates them across the battlefield to greatly weaken the Dark Forces.[45] Afterwards, the Hyrulean Forces receive a Morale boost[46] and Zelda leaves the battlefield.[47][48]

In response to this, the Dark Wizard will summon King Dodongo in the North Square.[49][50] King Dodongo will begin his rampage south towards Hyrule Castle and so must be defeated quickly. After King Dodongo is defeated Impa compliments the army.[51] A Soldier informs Impa that the Dark Wizard has taken Hyrule Castle and merely used King Dodongo as a distraction.[52][53] With Hyrule Castle under the control of the Dark Wizard, Zelda disappears, prompting Impa to employ Link's help in locating her,[54] granting him the Hero's Clothes as a symbol of his worthiness.

Upon completing "The Armies of Ruin" for the first time, Impa becomes a playable Warrior and her Weapon, the Giant's Knife, becomes available for use. Along with Impa, Free Mode, Adventure Mode, and the Gallery unlock.[55]


Hyrulean Forces Dark Forces



Goron Captains

Bokoblin Captains

Hylian Captains






Dark Wizard


King Dodongo


Item Location Condition

Gold Skulltula
Outside the southern side of the Abandoned Fort Defeat 1000 enemies

Gold Skulltula
(Hard Mode)
Hyrule Castle Checkpoint Follow Zelda's plan and use any variant of the Hylian Sword other than the 8-bit Wooden Sword.

Piece of Heart
West Rockface Keep Play as Link

Heart Container
Beneath a rock near the northwesternmost Outpost Play as Link



Names in Other Regions
The Federal Republic of Germany
Die Armeen der Verderbnis (HWDE)The Armies of Depravity
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  1. "The Armies of Ruin" — Select Scenario (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  2. "Impa...the same nightmare keeps haunting me..." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  3. "An omen, perhaps, of dark times ahead for Hyrule..." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  4. "We must find the reborn spirit of the hero." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  5. "We will find no fully realized heroes here... We'd be wiser looking elsewhere." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  6. Hyrule Warriors Legends—Collector's Edition Guide, Prima Games, pg. 82
  7. "A horde of monsters is marching toward Hyrule Castle!" — Soldier (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  8. "Impa, prepare the troops for battle!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  9. "Hordes of monsters began laying siege to the kingdom of Hyrule. Princess Zelda led a valiant defense against hopeless odds." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  10. "News of the Hyrulean army's imminent defeat reacheed the cadets at the knights' training yard. As the elite troops fell in battle, Hyrule's trainees were left to wait helplessly inside the castle walls. Despite the odds, one young knight took up is simple training sword and chose to fight. This brave young man was named Link. Compelled to act, he rushed to the monster-ridden battlefield to assist Zelda and defend Hyrule." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  11. "Hyrulean Forces are fighting in multiple locations!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  12. "Where did all these monsters come from?" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  13. "We can't get to Princess Zelda with those boulders in the way!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  14. "What's this? A new recruit? Who is this soldier, anyway?" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  15. "Someone! Help! I'm too little to fight monsters!" — Proxi (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  16. "Thanks! I'm Proxi! And who are you? Link, huh? Unusual name! What's it mean? Where are you from? Nice sword! Man of few words, huh? That's okay--I'll come along and do the talking!" — Proxi (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  17. "Don't let the dragon knight through!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  18. "If you're ready to join you ancestors, then I accept your challenge!" — Volga (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  19. "How noble. Enjoy your shared grave." — Volga (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  20. "Volga has retreated!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  21. "You haven't beaten me. You've merely hidden behind your shields, human and otherwise." — Volga (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  22. "Is Volga slacking off again? Fine! Send out the next unit!" — Wizzro (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  23. "We can't hold them anymore! Somebody, help!" — Goron Captain (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  24. "The Mine Entrance is open!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  25. "Thanks a ton! Hey, you should take the treasure in that mine as a reward!" — Goron Captain (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  26. "Head toward the interior of the mine and get the treasure!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  27. "Destroy the boulders and rendezvous with Zelda!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  28. "With those bombs, we should be able to break the boulders and proceed to Princess Zelda!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)
  29. Hyrule Warriors Legends—Collector's Edition Guide, Prima Games, pg. 84
  30. "Capture the West Field Keep! This will let us reconvene with out allies. Hurry!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  31. "Princess! Thank goodness! I fear I'd never have reached you if not for a brave trainee!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors)
  32. "You! I saw you in the training yard!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  33. "Dark Forces have received reinforcements! The Central Keep and the SW Bridge gate are open!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  34. "Leave the East Keep to us!
    Someone take the central one!
    " — Hylian Captain (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  35. "Attack! Destroy! Massacre! Kill the royal whelp before I grow impatient!" — Wizzro (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  36. "Dark Forces are advancing toward the Castle Keep!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  37. "I have no time for these vermin! There are preparations that need my attention!" — Wizzro (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  38. "Guard Troop appeared and is advancing towards the W. Rockface Keep!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  39. "We must not let the enemy fortify their hold on that keep. Hurry! Take it at once!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  40. "We have forced the invaders into the north! Now we must call upon the Great Fairy! I must put our plan in motion. Soldiers in training! Follow me to the Fairy Fountain!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  41. "If only we had a bomb... We'd have that wall down in a moment..." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors)
  42. "The Rockface Checkpoint is open! Dark Forces are advancing!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  43. "We must seal the northern gate to stop the dark forces from getting to the castle!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  44. "Zelda has charged the Master Circle! It's ready to use!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  45. "The Magic Circle dealt a devastating blow to the enemy forces!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  46. "Hyrulean Forces gained morale after their attack on Dark Forces!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  47. "Please, Princess Zelda, you must pull back. We can manage the battle from here." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  48. "I understand. May the goddesses protect you!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  49. "Hiya ha ha! This is where it gets interesting! Unleash King Dodongo!" — Wizzro (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  50. "How did the wizard transport a creature of that size to the battlefield so quickly?!" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  51. "Well fought, troops. This is why we never give up." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  52. "General Impa, terrible news! The enemy wizard has seized the castle!" — Soldier (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  53. "So, the beast was just a distraction... Where is Princess Zelda? Is she safe?" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  54. "We can't locate Princess Zelda. I pray she's safe... I must ask for your help in finding her. I trust you are willing? Link, be a hero worthy of wearing this tunic." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  55. Hyrule Warriors Legends—Collector's Edition Guide, Prima Games, pg. 86