- "Say, wasn't there going to be a sword-fighting tournament at the castle? I wonder who won this year..."
- — Princess Zelda
The Picori Festival Tournament is an event from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Taking place once a year during the annual Picori Festival in Hyrule Town, the Picori Festival Tournament is a sword-fighting competition. The winner of the tournament is awarded with a new sword, as well as the honor of being able to touch the legendary Picori Blade.
During the events of The Minish Cap, Vaati wins the Picori Festival Tournament. Expecting to find the Light Force within the Bound Chest, Vaati breaks the Picori Blade when he gets the opportunity to touch it. He is disappointed to find, however, that the Light Force is not in the chest. Princess Zelda's powers are then revealed, leading Vaati to turn her into stone to keep her from causing him trouble later.
Little is known about the history surrounding the Picori Festival Tournament, but some past winners are revealed in The Minish Cap. Vaati is the most recent winner, and his victory spins into a chain reaction that becomes the game's plot. Also, it is revealed that every single one of the Blade Brothers won the tournament in the past. Interestingly, King Daltus and Smith are stated to have fought to a draw in the tournament's final round a long time ago. Finally, the Crenel Hermit brags about winning the Picori Festival Tournament as a youth.
Events in The Legend of Zelda series
|Age of Burning Fields · Creation of Hyrule · Great Calamity · Great Cataclysm · Great Flood · Peace Agreement · Shipwreck · Slumber of Restoration|
|Great War of Ikana · Hyrulean Civil War · Imprisoning War · War of the Bound Chest|
|Carnival of Time · Champion Festival · Hyrule Festival · Korok Ceremony · Picori Festival · Picori Festival Tournament · Wing Ceremony|
|Autumn · Spring · Summer · Winter|
|Blood Moon · Endless Day · Endless Night · Graduation Ceremony · Horde Battle · Jam Session · Lunar Phases · Oasis Flight · Restoration Ceremony|
|Bad Uncle Rupee's Ashen Rupeeland · Destruction of Termina · Game Over|
| Ezlo · King Daltus · Link · Princess Zelda · Smith · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Big Green ChuChu · Gleerok · Mazaal · Big Octorok · Gyorg Pair · Vaati Reborn · Vaati Transfigured · Vaati's Wrath|
| Castor Wilds · Cloud Tops · Eastern Hills · Hyrule Town · Lake Hylia · Lon Lon Ranch · Minish Woods · Mount Crenel · Mt. Crenel's Base · North Hyrule Field · Royal Valley · South Hyrule Field · Trilby Highlands · Veil Falls · Western Wood · Wind Ruins|
|Deepwood Shrine · Cave of Flames · Fortress of Winds · Temple of Droplets · Royal Crypt · Palace of Winds · Dark Hyrule Castle|
|Smith's Sword · White Sword · Four Sword · Small Shield · Mirror Shield · Bombs · Boomerang · Bow · Cane of Pacci · Gust Jar|
|Bottle · Flame Lantern · Flippers · Grip Ring · Mole Mitts · Ocarina of Wind · Power Bracelets · Roc's Cape|
|Elements · Kinstones · Tiger Scrolls|
|Deku · Fairy · Goron · Human · Hylian · Minish · Wind Tribe|