Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Ending [Explained]

Discover the exciting plot twists and unexpected turns of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom ending.

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom ending has been revealed now that the game is accessible on Nintendo Switch. However, Tears of the Kingdom ending spoilers leak 10 days early before the launch. As players immerse themselves in the updated Hyrule and its Sky Islands, they can expect to spend countless hours before reaching the finale, where they confront the adversary endangering the continent and its people.

Spoiler Warning: The following content may contain spoilers for The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom’s ending. If you haven’t played the game and you don’t want the ending or plot to be revealed, please proceed with caution or refrain from reading further.
Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Ending
  • Link confronts Ganondorf in the ultimate fight armed with the restored Master Sword.
  • Zelda, in her dragon form, joins Link in the battle to assist him in defeating the enemy.
  • After Zelda’s restoration, Link’s right arm also returns to its previous state.
  • Rauru and Hylia join hands and gradually vanish, causing the arena around Link and Zelda to crumble.
  • The saved game is marked with a star, indicating the completion of the campaign, despite it placing players back to moments before the final battle.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Ending 

Promotional materials like trailers have confirmed Ganondorf as the main antagonist of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, so players are anticipating a showdown with the Gerudo. Similar to other titles in the series, Tears of the Kingdom’s ending has several unexpected plot twists that add excitement to the storyline and provide players with an enjoyable and action-packed conclusion.

Here is what happens:

  1. Final Showdown with Ganondorf: Link, armed with the restored Master Sword, engages in an epic battle with Ganondorf, the main antagonist of the game. Despite defeating Ganondorf in his humanoid form, he transforms into the formidable Demon Dragon, posing an even greater threat.
    Ganondorf Demon King
    Demon King Ganondorf – [Image by eXputer]
  2. Zelda’s Transformation and Assistance: Zelda, having witnessed Hyrule’s struggle against Ganondorf in the past, willingly undergoes a spell to transform into a dragon to aid Link in the battle. Together, they face off against the Demon Dragon Ganondorf, with Zelda providing crucial assistance to defeat the enemy.
    Ganondorf Demon Dragon
    Demon Dragon Ganondorf – [Image by eXputer]
  3. Defeating Ganondorf: Link, with the help of Zelda, successfully destroys all the Eyes of Malice on the Demon Dragon’s body and strikes the Secret Stone on its head, ultimately leading to Ganondorf’s defeat. Hyrule is saved from the threat of the Demon King.
  4. Restoration of Zelda: After the battle, Zelda’s dragon form weakens, and Link uses the power granted by Rauru to heal her. Spiritual projections of Rauru and Hylia appear to assist Link, causing Zelda’s body to disappear and reverting her back to her original Hylian form.
    Link, Rauru and Hylia in Tears of the kingdom ending
    Rauru and Hylia assisting Link – [Image by eXputer]
  5. Revelations and Resolution: With Zelda restored, Link’s right arm also returns to its previous state, indicating a preconceived plan by the divine forces. As the founders of the kingdom, Rauru and Hylia, gradually vanish, Link wakes up mid-fall and rushes to save Zelda, who fell unconscious during the battle.
    Zelda saved by Link in tears of the kingdom ending
    Link saving Zelda – [Image by eXputer]
  6. Conclusion and Reflection: Zelda regains consciousness, and both she and Link find themselves safe by the lake. Zelda reflects on her journey into the past, her transformation into a dragon, and the experiences she wishes to share with Link. The game ends with the completion of Link’s mission to find Princess Zelda.

Once players complete Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, they are allowed to continue exploring the open world, but with a save point, before facing Ganondorf, the Demon King. The saved game is marked with a star, indicating the completion of the campaign, despite it placing players back to moments before the final battle.

Summary

Tears of the Kingdom’s ending raises some questions regarding whether Link has truly broken Ganondorf’s cycle of reincarnation. If Link was successful in ending the cycle, then this could be the last game in this specific version of the franchise’s storyline.

On the other hand, if Ganon’s chances of returning were not entirely obliterated, it is possible that he could become a threat to Hyrule once more. As is typical in the Zelda franchise, Tears of the Kingdom’s ending leaves some questions unanswered, despite wrapping up the current arc nicely.

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