The Legend of Zelda Timeline

Jozaca

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This happens in a fictional universe so the dates are not very clear


Canonical Videogame
Non canon but if it was it would be here
Retcon Zone (Note 2)


Adult Timeline (Original Timeline)
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda the Minish Cap (Hundreds of years after the last one)
The Legend of Zelda Four Swords (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (A few months/years later)
The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks (One century later)


Child Timeline (Splintered from the Adult Timeline after the time travel at the ending of Ocarina of Time)
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda the Minish Cap (Hundreds of years after the last one)
The Legend of Zelda Four Swords (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask (A few days/weeks later)
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventures

Hyrule Warriors


Hero Defeated Timeline*
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda the Minish Cap (Hundreds of years after the last one)
The Legend of Zelda Four Swords (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Note One) (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past**
The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons**

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds (Hundreds of years after A Link to the Past)
The Legend of Zelda Triforce Heroes (Same link as previous game so probably a few years later)
The Legend of Zelda (Hundreds of years later)
The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (A year later)

Note 1: Aparently this timeline follows what happens if Link dies at the end of Ocrina of Time, so it is like a What if that happens if you trigger a game over in the final battle, I guess, even if the game doesn't have a special game over if you die in the final battle, but anyways...)


Unknow Timeline
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom



Note 2: Hyrule Historia finally revealed the timeline, and the order was: A Link to the Past, Oracle games and Link's Awakening, which is fine since at the end of Oracles Link decides to go on an adventure traveling the world by boat, exactly as Link's Awakening begins. But there are some inconsistencies like Link been skinier in Oracles than in ALttP and LA and Zelda presenting herself at the end of the Oracles as if she didn´t knew link already in ALttP. So, The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia says that the order is inverted and the Oracle games happened later, but wait, there is more! I don't know wich one is the japanese and wich is the American, but, apparently there are 2 different versions: one says that the Link from Oracles is the same, and the games happen a few years after LA, and another says that it is an entierly different Link so the games are set later than in the other version. So this is why this section is a different colour.
 
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