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The Upheaval is an event in Tears of the Kingdom.[1]


The Upheaval collectively refers to the strange happenings and turmoil that Hyrule is subjected to during the events of Tears of the Kingdom.[2] It begins when Demon King Ganondorf breaks from his seal Beneath Hyrule Castle, which can be seen during "The Awakening" Memory. Using his Gloom, he propels Hyrule Castle into the Sky, and at the same time, both the Sky Islands and the Chasms appear.[3] A variety of Weapons, including One-Handed Weapons, Two-Handed Weapons, and Spears, were all decayed, leaving them in weakened states.[4] Due to Zelda and Link's disappearance shortly before the Upheaval began, they were declared missing by Purah, and the Monster-Control Crew began leading searches for them.[5]

Symptoms of the Upheaval can be found all over Hyrule. In an effort to prevent new Sages from finding their Secret Stones and awakening to face him, Demon King Ganondorf summoned a Colgera to cause the Extreme Cold Snap in Hebra,[6] a Marbled Gohma to hypnotize the Gorons with Marbled Rock Roast in Eldin,[7] a Mucktorok to rain Sludge upon the Zora in Lanayru,[8] and a Queen Gibdo to create a Sand Shroud in Gerudo.[9] Monster attacks have also become more frequent, with the residents of Lurelin Village being forced to flee as a result of a Pirate Ship invading.[10] Lastly, five Zonai Ruins known as Ring Ruins have fallen on Kakariko Village.[11]

To aid in advancing the Upheaval, Demon King Ganondorf created a Phantom Ganon that disguised itself as Zelda.[12] The impostor gave the Order of Princess Zelda at Kakariko Village, forbidding anyone from entering the Floating Ring Ruin.[13] The Great Fairies also claim to have hidden in their Great Fairy Fountains after the impostor exaggerated the ruined state of Hyrule to them.[14] She gave Yunobo the Weird Mask when he went to investigate the Death Mountain Chasm, which altered his mind and made him distribute Marbled Rock Roasts through his company, YunoboCo.[15] Lastly, she attacked Dorephan with the Sludge Like, resulting in him becoming injured and having to hide in the Pristine Sanctum.[16]

In Lookout Landing, Josha began her Chasm Research, which focuses on the Depths now accessible via the Chasms.[17] The Zonai Survey Team also began their investigation into the Ring Ruins, as well as other notable Zonai Ruins now present throughout Hyrule and within the Depths.[18] The entrances to several Caves have opened as a result of the Upheaval, within which are unique flora and fauna. The Geoglyphs, which were drawn by the ancient people of Hyrule, have also become visible once again.[19]

After Link returns to Hyrule from the Great Sky Island, Purah tasks him with investigating the four major disasters related to the Upheaval as part of the "Regional Phenomena" Main Quest.[20] By completing "Tulin of Rito Village", "Yunobo of Goron City", "Sidon of the Zora", and "Riju of Gerudo Town", he is able to defeat the Bosses summoned by Demon King Ganondorf, ending the crisis in their respective Region and awakening a new Sage.[21][22][23][24] During "Crisis at Hyrule Castle", he defeats the Phantom Ganon posing as Zelda, exposing the figure seen throughout Hyrule as an impostor.[25] He is also able to assist the people of Lurelin Village by driving out the Pirate Ship and helping them rebuild during the "Ruffian-Infested Village" and the "Lurelin Village Restoration Project" Side Adventures.[26][27]


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
天変地異 (Tenpenchii)[28]Cataclysm
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
天地異變 (Tiāndì yìbiàn) 
The People's Republic of China
天地异变 (Tiāndì yìbiàn) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
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  1. "The Upheaval is coming! Unravel the truth behind this cataclysmic event in The Legend of #Zelda: #TearsOfTheKingdom." — @NintendoEurope on Twitter, April 20, 2023 (112/https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/1649065391077969924 Archive)
  2. "The Upheaval has come to Hyrule
    Embark on a perilous quest to find the missing princess and unravel the truth behind a cataclysmic event that has sent the kingdom into turmoil."
    The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom , Nintendo UK, published n.d., retrieved April 20, 2023.
  3. "On that day, the land shook, and huge chasms that seemed bottomless opened in the ground. The clouds billowed and rolled as floating islands appeared in the skies, raining chunks of ruins down on us. And strangest of all, Hyrule Castle began to float in the air. It's hard to believe this is our world now. Whoever started calling it the Upheaval had the right idea." — Notes on the Upheaval (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "[What about the weapons?] Hey, it's a new face. During the Upheaval, all the weapons—swords, spears, clayymores, you name it—suddenly decayed. I've explored many regions in search of weapons that might still be intact. I found none. At this point, I'd be surprised if there were any intact weapons left in Hyrule. They're also a real pain to repair, so the best thing to do is strengthen them." — Purpen (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. "That settles it. I know you only just returned, Link... But I need you to meet with the search party up by Hyrule Castle. They've been searching tirelessly for you two. The captain in charge of the search is named Hoz. Work with him to find the princess as quickly as you can." — Purah (Tears of the Kingdom)
  6. "That monster you defeated, the source of that intense blizzard... It was summoned by the Demon King. He thought it could stop you from obtaining the stone you just found—my secret stone." — Sage of Wind (Tears of the Kingdom)
  7. "You defeated that monster—the source of those foul rocks. But it was the Demon King who summoned it. He sent that monster to keep you from obtaining the stone you just found—my secret stone." — Sage of Fire (Tears of the Kingdom)
  8. "You bested the monster that sullied our domain, but it was a servant of a greater evil—the Demon King. His true purpose was to prevent you from obtaining the stone that you just found—my secret stone." — Sage of Water (Tears of the Kingdom)
  9. "The Demon King is responsible for sending the monster that caused the sand shroud. But the monster's true purpose was to prevent you from obtaining that stone—my secret stone." — Sage of Lightning (Tears of the Kingdom)
  10. "Lurelin Village has been captured by monsters. The residents were able to flee, but Rozel, the village head, is worried because he can't get near the village as long as any monsters remain in their home." — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  11. "Five large, ring-shaped ruins fell down upon the village, and a large opening in the ground has been spotted at East Hill." — Diary of a Chief (Tears of the Kingdom)
  12. "I seeee. So, to summarize... There's no mistaking that what you all saw at Hyrule Castle was the Demon King from the legend of the Imprisoning War. And the princess you've been seeing was actually an impostor! And the reason she appeared at Hyrule Castle was so the Demon King could lure Link into a trap..." — Purah (Tears of the Kingdom)
    "I knew something seemed weird! I mean, about Princess Zelda not doing anything to help with these troubles everywhere in Hyrule. But it's all connected—the Upheaval, the problems our homelands have been facing, the fake princess. It's all happening because the Demon King came back!" — Tulin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  13. "I returned home to greet them, and that's when Princess Zelda arrived at the village. She seemed almost like a doll of herself... the same outside, but no spirit within. I could not hide my uncertainty. She forbade anyone from entering the broken and partially floating ruin. And then she left. Just like that. She did not mention the village's awful condition or have any words of kindness for our villagers." — Diary of a Chief (Tears of the Kingdom)
  14. "Ahhh... I couldn't resist coming out to bask in your beautiful music. Now that I'm outside, I see that the world is not at all how Princess Zelda described it to me. She warned me that an awful gloom was spreading over the land, and that the world would soon be lost to monsters. I hid myself away. But now that I look back on it, while Princess Zelda was speaking to me, I had the feeling that something wasn't right. In the deep dark of that night, I couldn't see her face clearly. Maybe it was someone else entirely..." — Great Fairy Tera (Tears of the Kingdom)
  15. "I remember now, goro! I saw Princess Zelda at Death Mountain's crater. She talked to me and gave me that mask to wear!" — Yunobo (Tears of the Kingdom)
  16. "Link. I will now tell you what happened when we last saw Princess Zelda... As well as the reason behind my seclusion here in the Pristine Sanctum. We encountered Princess Zelda just after Hyrule Castle ascended into the sky. Floating islands appeared as if from nowhere...sludge and fragments of ruins began raining down... Muzu and I had left the domain to investigate these strange occurrences. That is when it happened. Princess Zelda descended from the sky accompanied by a sludge monster. What happened next took us by surprise... She then unleashed the beast upon us." — Dorephan (Tears of the Kingdom)
    "King Dorephan valiantly vanquished the threat. However... He was gravely injured by the sludge during the battle... As for Princess Zelda, she vanished without a trace. If word got out that Princess Zelda lost her mind and harmed the Zora king... The resulting turmoil would be devastating. That is why were are temporarily remaining hidden within the Pristine Sanctum." — Muzu (Tears of the Kingdom)
  17. "A young scientist whose genius earned her the role of heading up Depths research.

    Josha finds it thrilling to be working with Purah, and though she helps with various investigations into Princess Zelda's disappearance, she's glad to focus her time on the Depths.
    " — Character Profiles (Tears of the Kingdom)
  18. "Due to the Upheaval, many ruins from the Zonai civilization came crashing down from the sky. We have known very little of the Zonai, but we may now have evidence that their culture once flourished in the sky above." — ZST: Three Big Ideas (Tears of the Kingdom)
  19. "Link, when Princess Zelda went missing, something else happened all over Hyrule. During the Upheaval, huge pictures appeared out of nowhere, images that sprawled across fields and hills. We are calling them geoglyphs. I understand they have been found in locations across the kingdom. Cado and I are traveling from region to region in hopes of seeing them all." — Impa (Tears of the Kingdom)
  20. "Since the princess flew off, maybe we should redirect our efforts and dig into the Upheaval. For now, at least. I've already got a few regions in mind to start exploring. I bet we'll pick up clues about where she flew off to as we look around." — Purah (Tears of the Kingdom)
  21. "Rito Village is no longer at the mercy of the unusual blizzard.

    Tulin, who inherited a secret stone from the ancient sage to become the new Sage of Wind, promised to lend you his power anytime.
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  22. "Upon returning to Goron City, you found that the marbled rock roast had vanished, and the Gorons had resumed their usual activities.

    Yunobo awakened as the Sage of Fire and is excited to help you. He has pledged to continue looking for clues about Princess Zelda.
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  23. "With the defeat of the fiend responsible for the sludge, the trouble afflicting the region was resolved. At the same time, Sidon awakened as a sage.

    He promised to rally the domain to assist you, declaring that it's now the Zora's turn to help their hero.
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  24. "Riju touched the secret stone and listened to her ancient ancestor. A new power awakened in her, and she became the Sage of Lightning. With the monster defeated, the sand shroud in the Gerudo region vanished.

    Questions surround Princess Zelda in both past and present, but Riju promised to investigate.
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  25. "You infiltrated Hyrule Castle and finally arrived at Princess Zelda's location.

    But the princess was an impostor—a duplicate created by the mummy. The impostor further warped its appearance and began attacking.
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  26. "You've defeated the monsters that invaded Lurelin Village. The village head is delighted that he's able to return. He plans to rebuild the homes the monsters destroyed so the rest of the villagers can return too. But rebuilding the village will not be a quick or easy task." — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  27. "The buildings destroyed by the monsters have all been repaired, and the Lurelin Village reconstruction project is complete. The villagers are so grateful for everything you did, they've vowed to give you free access to all of the village's facilities and goods from here on out." — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  28. "女性ばかりのゲルド族において、百年に一度だけ生まれる男として生を受ける。ハイラルを襲った天変地異と何か関係があるようだが……。"[1](web archive), , retrieved May 13, 2023.
  29. "Die Mumie, die du im Untergrund gesehen hast, steht gewiss mit dem Kataklysmus in Verbindung." — Purah (Tears of the Kingdom)