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How Long Was Link Asleep for in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

How Long Was Link Asleep for in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?
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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom takes place several years after the events of Breath of the Wild. Link and Zelda descend into the murky depths below Hyrule Castle to investigate a mysterious and deadly new substance referred to as gloom. Of course, things go horribly wrong, and Link ends up asleep for quite some time. Just exactly how long was Link asleep for in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

How long was Link sleeping for after the intro to Tears of the Kingdom?

Mild story spoilers ahead for Tears of the Kingdom.

After discovering the slumbering Ganondorf underneath Hyrule Castle, Link is severely corrupted by the gloom, which destroys both his right arm and the Master Sword in the process. He is barely rescued in time by the Sage of Light, Rauru, who then puts him into stasis to heal.

When Link finally wakes up, he finds himself standing upon a massive floating island directly above Hyrule. With some guidance from Rauru, Link regains his strength and descends back down to Hyrule in search of answers.

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When Link makes it to Lookout Landing, the new center of operations for Hyrule’s restoration efforts, all the villagers are both surprised and happy to see Link back in one piece. There are several search parties still looking for Zelda’s whereabouts, though.

None of the villagers ever explicitly state how long Link was asleep for, but if we had to wager a guess, he was probably out for at least a couple of weeks, maybe even a month. However long he was out for, he definitely did not take 100 years to wake up this time, as he did in Breath of the Wild.

Link eventually learns of a cataclysmic event known as the Upheaval, a world-shifting earthquake that lifted the once underground Zonai ruins high into the sky. There are massive fissures throughout Hyrule now, and the strength-sapping gloom is leaking out onto the surface world.

Since the citizens of Hyrule are still getting used to the Upheaval, and are in the middle of researching the fallen Zonai ruins, it is safe to say that not that much time passed while Link was knocked out. Not to mention, the search parties for Zelda are still very much active.

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How Long Was Link Asleep for in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?