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- This article is about the Twilight Princess location. For the desert from Ocarina of Time, see Haunted Wasteland.
Gerudo Desert, also known as the Great Desert, is a location from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The desert is only accessible with the help of a special function of Fyer's cannon at Lake Hylia, or by the Twilight Portal that Link opens up at Gerudo Mesa. The desert is filled with Peahats and Moldorms. Despite its name, no Gerudo are shown to reside here (or anywhere in the game, aside Ganondorf).
The Arbiter's Grounds is located in Gerudo Desert, which is the fourth dungeon and home to the Mirror of Twilight. Also, the Cave of Ordeals, a long mini-dungeon that has many floors full of enemies, home of the Great Fairy, is situated within Gerudo Mesa, where the large piece of the Bridge of Eldin that was teleported by Shadow Beasts was sent. Link can teleport the bridge part back to its original location in Eldin Province, not only repairing the Bridge of Eldin, but also opening the entrance to the Cave of Ordeals.
According to Auru, there was originally a path to the desert, but it was closed off. As a result, this is one of the areas where Link cannot summon Epona. This may make crossing the vast desert rather difficult, but there are some Bullbos in a nearby Bulblin camp Link can ride, or he can travel in his wolf form, which is faster than his Hylian form.
Interestingly, the map of Hyrule has the words Great Desert, rather than Gerudo Desert, spelled in Hylian.
Given its location and name, it is likely that Gerudo Desert was originally the Haunted Wasteland from Ocarina of Time. Apparently some point after the events of Ocarina of Time, the desert region became cut off from the rest of Hyrule (either by geologically activity, by Ganondorf and/or the Gerudo during the King of Thieves rampage across Hyrule, or by the Kingdom of Hyrule and/or its allies). Following Ganondorf's capture, the Gerudo where either expelled/banished from the desert and/or condemned to imprisonment within the Arbiter's Grounds.
It is possible that Gerudo Desert was originally Lanayru Desert from Skyward Sword. The Lanayru Desert region, could have eventually become the desert region in Ocarina of Time and then Gerudo Desert in Twilight Princess.
Gerudo Desert is a location that appears in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends. In the story, after the seal on all four of Ganondorf's Soul Fragments has been removed and Ganondorf is fully revived, he returns to the desert of his birth raise an army to take back his Triforce of Power and acquire the other two pieces held by Link and Zelda. Reviving Ghirahim and Zant to serve as his generals, he begins his quest by defeating a group of monsters based in the desert and force the rest into submission. After raising his army, Ganondorf leaves the desert and reclaims the Triforce of Power from Lana (which she had claimed after Cia's death) in the Valley of Seers. He then invades Hyrule Field and after defeating both Link and Zelda, obtains the complete Triforce. Confident in his victory, Ganondorf disappears, while his Generals and army return to the desert. Undeterred Zelda, Link, and Lana lead the Hyrulean Forces into the desert to defeat Ganondorf's generals. They manage to secure two oasis found in the desert and confront both Zant and Ghirahim, who are defeated. However despite this, Ganondorf's Forces continue to fight and eventually manage to surround Lana, who uses her magic to summon their allies from across time (Darunia, Ruto, Agitha, Midna, and Fi) which turns the battle in the Hyrulean Forces favor. It is eventually revealed the Ghirahim and Zant they had defeated earlier where fakes and that the real ones had been leading Ganondorf's Forces from their hiding spot inside the Arbiter's Grounds. Ghirahim and Zant are eventually defeated restoring hope and boosting moral of the Hyrulean Forces, leading to the final showdown with Ganondorf at Ganon's Tower.