The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors mash up puts a selection of memorable characters in the Dynasty Warriors format, as you fight horde after horde of villains and enemies from the Legend of Zelda series.
The game has been explained, by series producer Eiji Aonuma, as being set in a separate dimension to that of the long running Nintendo franchise, but one that is very similar to the timeline. Aonuma went on to explain how he came up with the idea and that he wanted the game to be similar to The Avengers, in that the characters had been brought together against a common foe.
As a result, the game sports a wealth of characters to play as and to help condense the steady stream of updates that Nintendo has been giving us in the run up to its September release, we have decided to give you a list of all the characters you can play as, the enemies you can fight and the stages you will do battle in.
Link – In this timeline, Link is a Knight in training. Strong and powerful, he is already close to Princess Zelda and they are good friends, which causes the great witch Cia to act out of envy and become corrupted by the sealed evil. Link set out to save Hyrule from this great evil.
Link has three different attack styles:
Princess Zelda – Zelda is a playable character in this game rather than the Princess in peril is she is usually depicted as.
Zelda is a close friend to Link and as in other versions of Zelda, she represents the Triforce of Wisdom.
She has two attack styles confirmed so far:
Bow and Arrow
Lana – The white Sorceress is a new character created for Hyrule Warriors. Lana and the game’s antagonist Cia, have a rivalry that would seem to extend beyond that of the war. This forces Lana to stop Cia no matter what the cost.
Lana’s attacks are mainly focused around magic with her primary style reviles around a Magic Book. Her second attack style centres around a spear, where she can call upon the Great Deku Tree’s power.
Lana’s attack styles are:
Impa – In this version of Hyrule, Impa is a captain of the Hyrule Royal Army. Her appearance draws inspiration from her style in Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time, and she employs a giant blade as her primary weapon.
Impa’s fighting styles are:
Sheik – Although at this point it is unknown whether Sheik will turn out to be Princess Zelda in disguise, as is the case in Ocarina of Time, this fan favourite character is portrayed as a Sheikah Warrior with a questionable origin causing Impa to be sceptical of her.
Sheik only has one fighting style confirmed so far:
Darunia – The strong and powerful leader of The Goron tribe, Darunia is the powerhouse of the heroes of Hyrule. His rock-like hide and huge hammer make him a force to be reckoned with.
Darunia only has one fighting style confirmed so far:
Princess Ruto – As in her appearance during The Ocarina of Time, Ruto is the Princess of the Zora’s and has a long-term crush on Link.
Mainly a magic user, Ruto can use the Zora Scale to create giant waves of water to attack her enemies.
Ruto only has one fighting style confirmed so far:
Midna – The Twilight Princess, Midna has a mysterious reason for leaving her family. Turned in to her current form by Cia, she fights to be returned to her normal form.
Another magic user, she can some Twilit Wolves to attack her enemies or to ride on.
Midna only has one fighting style confirmed so far:
Agitha – A strange addition to the roster, Agitha is the bug collector from Twilight Princess. The princess of Insects, it makes you wonder how a character such as this could ever be formidable in a game such as Dynasty Warriors. But, armed with her parasol and power over her favorite insects, Agitha is lined up to be quite the powerful hero in Hyrule.
Agitha only has one fighting style confirmed so far:
Fi – The Spirit of the Goddess Sword, Fi has her history from the main series intact. After being locked away inside the Statue of the Goddess in Skyloft, Fi is now free to help the heroes of Hyrule against this new threat. Unlike her friends, she does not wield a weapon but rather transforms in to one, as she transforms in to the goddess sword to attack her foes.
Fi only has one fighting style confirmed so far:
Ganondorf – During the story mode of Hyrule Warriors, Ganondorf is an evil that has been separated in to four pieces and sealed away. It would appear that Cia may not be the true antagonist and that Ganondorf has been manipulating events leading up to his return.
Wielding dual great swords, his character design is a mixture of those from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, but some inspiration has also been used from Skyward Sword from the Demon King, Demise.
Ganondorf has no fighting style confirmed so far.
Zant – One of the main protagonists of The Twilight Princess, Zant is the Usurpur King of Twilight. Summoned by Ganondorf during the Story Mode of Hyrule Warriors, when playable he wields twin scimitars and has power over Twilight. His appearance appears to be unchanged.
Zant has no fighting style confirmed so far.
Ghirahim – The protagonist of Skyward Sword, also summoned by Ganondorf during the story mode of Hyrule Warriors wields his signature Demon Blade. His appearance appears to be unchanged.
Ghirahim has no fighting style confirmed so far.
Here is a list of enemies you can expect to fight and hack your way through during your time with Hyrule Warriors.
Cia – The main antagonist of the game. Cia is an original character to the Zelda universe and is introduced as the keeper, the one who maintains the balance of the Triforce. She is consumed by darkness and jealousy.
Valga – Another original character designed for Hyrule Warriors, Valga is a warrior who is loyal to Cia.
Wizro – The spirit of a cursed ring, Wizro was given physical form by Cia. Wizro is another original character created for Hyrule Warriors.
Dark Zelda – Nothing is known of their involvement but it can be expected that both Dark Link & Zelda will be boss characters.
Dark Link – Nothing is known of their involvement but it can be expected that both Dark Link & Zelda will be boss characters.
(Ganondorf, Zant and Ghirahim will also be boss encounters).
Aeralfos – A winged reptilian enemy from Twilight Princess
Bokoblin – A standard enemy which has taken different shapes in its appearances from The Windwaker, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.
Bokoblin (Shield) – A standard enemy which has taken different shapes in its appearances from The Windwaker, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. This version comes equipped with a shield and will block your attacks.
Bulblin – An enemy similar to the Bokoblin, The Bulblin has appeared in Twilight Princess and Spirit Tracks
Darknut – The huge Armoured Knight style enemy has been giving Zelda players trouble since the very original Legend of Zelda. Darknuts have appeared in nearly every Legend of Zelda game and have changed in design along the way, but it is their Twilight Princess design which will be present in Hyrule Warriors.
Fiery Aeralfos – A winged reptilian enemy engulfed in flame from Twilight Princess.
Goron – Gorons have appeared in the majority of Zelda games since their first appearance in Ocarina of Time. Although Darunia, the leader of the Gorons, is listed as a playable hero character, Gorons have been announced to be some of the enemies you will encounter. How they will feature as enemies at this stage is still unknown.
King Bulbin – The re-occuring boss from Twilight Princess is set to make an appearance as an enemy captain during his time in Hyrule Warriors
Lizalfos – A lizard-like enemy found in Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, they are tough enemies.
Lizalfos(Shield) – A lizard-like enemy found in Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, they are tough enemies and even more so when equipped with a shield.
Moblin – A larger version of the Bokoblin, Moblin’s are common enemies and have appeared in nearly every Zelda game since the original Legend of Zelda.
Poe – These ghostly enemies have appeared in numerous Zelda games since their introduction in A Link to the Past. How their appearance will be portrayed in Hyrule Warriors is unknown but you can put a safe bet that it will be based on their dark and imposing appearance from Twilight Princess.
ReDead Knight – An undead mummified knight from Twilight Princess. The ReDead Knight will be an enemy captain in Hyrule Warriors.
Stalchild – A skeletal enemy that has appeared in Ocarina of Time, Majoras Mask, Four Swords and Twilight Princess.
Stalfos – The Stalfos has appeared in every Zelda game except the Four Swords. The dual sword wielding skeletal enemy has been giving Zelda players a hard time for years..
Stalmaster – If you want to know how to make a Stalfos worse, give it another two arms. The Stalmaster is an armoured wearing skeleton soldier with four arms, with four different weapons. This tough enemy from Skyward Sword will likely be an enemy captain in Hyrule Warriors.
King Dodongo – The second boss of Ocarina of Time, King Dodongo is a huge dinosaur like enemy.
Gohma – A recurring boss, this huge one-eyed, spider-like enemy will have an appearance that draws a lot of inspiration from its earliest incarnations.
Manhandla – An interesting choice seeing as that the Manhandla has not appeared in any of the widely played Zelda games in the series other than the original NES Legend of Zelda. The huge plant enemy with four venus fly trapper style heads is largely unchanged in its appearance, but this will mark the first time that this enemy gets the 3D world treatment.
Argorok – A huge black, armoured dragon from Twilight Princess.
The Imprisoned – The gigantic black beast from Skyward Sword will likely be just as big but hopefully will have the same weaknesses.
Here are some of the battlefields you will visit on your quest to save Hyrule.
Hyrule Field – The expansive green fields of Hyrule have been memorable since travelling across the large grassy area upon Epona’s back in Ocarina of Time. Although they have only appeared in Ocarina of Time, The Minish Cap and Twilight Princess, they are memorable enough to be an obvious place to do battle in Hyrule Warriors
Lanayru Gorge – A huge desert landscape from Skyward Sword home to the Thunder Dragon
Twilight Field – An original stage based and set in the Eldin Province from Twilight Princess. During story mode on this stage you will play as Agitha and Lana and fight Stalchildren, and finally Midna as the boss.
Palace of Twilight – Based on the dungeon level of the same name from Twilight Princess, it is in this stage that you will obtain the Hookshot and fight Argorok and Zant as the stage’s bosses.
Skyloft – Skyloft is made up of the main island itself from Skyward Sword but also features some of the other floating islands from Skyward Sword, which seem to have crashed upon Skyloft.
Sealed Temple – The sealed temple is a stage based upon the dungeon of the same name from Skyward Sword, which can be found in the Sealed Grounds within Faron Woods.
Sealed Grounds – The Sealed Grounds is a stage based upon an area of the same name found in the Faron Woods in Skyward Sword.
Faron Woods – Faron Woods is a stage based upon an area of the same name appearing in both Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. Faron Woods will be based on its design in Skyward Sword during Hyrule Warriors.
Forest Temple – The Forest Temple is a stage based upon a dungeon of the same name from numerous Zelda titles. Although at this stage it is unknown as to which incarnation the Hyrule Warriors version will be based upon, but in keeping with the general theme of the game, it is likely that it will be based upon it’s Twilight Princess version
Eldin Caves – Although there is no real dungeon or area known as the Eldin Caves, it is likely that this stage will be based upon the Eldin Volcano dungeon from Skyward Sword.
Death Mountain – Death Mountain is a staged based upon a location of the same name from numerous Zelda games.
Goron City – Goron City is the home of the Gorons from Ocarina of Time and will appear as a stage during Hyrule Warriors
Lake Hylia – Lake Hylia is a stage based upon an area of the same name within numerous Zelda games. Lake Hylia is a stage seperated in to two halves, where the northern half is Lake Hylia and the southern half is the Water Temple. During this stage, Sheik and Impa are playable charcaters.
Gerudo Desert – The Gerudo Desert is a stage based upon an area of the same name appearing in Twilight Princess.
Temple of the Sacred Sword – This area is a new and original area designed for Hyrule Warriors. It takes inspiration from the Temple of Time in Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. It is said that this is the Temple in which the Master Sword resides.
Temple of Souls – The Temple of Souls is a new and original area designed for Hyrule Warriors. This stage appears to be a shrine dedicated to the hero of time, featuring statues of Link as a child playing the Ocarina of Time from The Ocarina of Time, Wolf Link from Twilight Princess and Link pointing the Master Sword Skyward in the classic pose from the Skyward Sword game.
Hyrule Warriors will be available from 19th September exclusive to Wii U and be sure to visit Twinstick Gaming for everything you need to know.