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Thunderstorms,(BotW | TotK)[1][2] also known as Storms,(TWW)[3] are a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series.


The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker an endless night occurs when Ganondorf casts a curse across the Great Sea, resulting in a Storm that creates choppy seas and strong winds. Visibility is reduced as the world is cast in darkness. On Outset Island all of the residents will hide indoors as Chuchus and Miniblins have appeared across the island. The Ghost Ship will always appear in its pre-determined location.

Breath of the Wild

Thunderstorms occur in Akkala, Central Hyrule, Faron, Lanayru, and Necluda. Throughout the duration of a Thunderstorm, Rain will fall from the sky and Lightning will strike at random. Thunderstorms are also possible during Snow in places such as Mount Hylia. Any metallic Weapons, Bows, or Shields that Link has equipped will begin to spark during a Thunderstorm, eventually culminating in Link being struck by Lightning. In addition to this, metallic Objects, such as the metal blocks in Cube Patterns, will also attract Lightning.

Initially, Thundra Plateau and Calora Lake will be permanently under the affects of a Thunderstorm. After solving the "Trial of Thunder" and "A Song of Storms" Shrine Quests and activating their respective Ancient Shrines, these Thunderstorms will subside.

Tears of the Kingdom

Thunderstorms occur throughout the surface of Hyrule. Whenever a Thunderstorm occurs on the surface, Rain will fall from the Sky and Lightning will strike sporadically. Certain sections of the Sky such as those in the south of East Necluda are permanently engulfed in Thunderstorms.


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See Also


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 26
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom—The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 29
  3. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 260