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Unable to create "Issue Type" Epic

I am attempting to create an Epic (Issue Type), however, when I select "Epic", the "Epic Link" field below populates with the error message "An epic cannot have another epic linked to it".

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Hi @Theresa Tankersley ,


In Jira We have an Hierarchy 


Epics > Story > Sub-task.

Eg: Parent > Children > Grand Children


Stories / Tasks / Bugs / other same level can be linked with epic using "Epic Link" field 

So you are unable to link one epic with another epic using "Epic Link".

Hoping it helps a bit.

Thanks...I understand the hierarchy however, I'm not trying to link one epic to another...I'm simply trying to create a new epic. I'm unsure why it thinks I am linking to something else.

Epic error 1.8.21.png

Hi ,

You can try to create a story by providing "Epic Link".  you will get an idea.

Hi @Theresa Tankersley ,

"Epic Link" is used only for stories and tasks.

Many stories are created under epic with "Epic Link". 

"Epic Link" will shows the already Created Epics @ Story Level.

image.pngA story can be added into Epic by using "Epic Link" , Epic Link shows already created Epic names

I will try this...thank you! 


If it resolved your query. Please accept the answer ,it may be helpful to others in easily in community

@Theresa Tankersley  is it worked ?

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Jack Community Leader Jan 09, 2021

The reason you are seeing this error is that you have Epic Link field in thee create screen you are using when creating an epic. Basically you are using a single create screen for all issue types. Then if you select Epic as the issuetype during the create the error will appear. It want cause any issue unless you attempt to enter info into that field and then submit the form. So in short you can ignore OR you can create a new screen that does not have the EpicLink field and associate with Epic issuetype. 

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Hi @Theresa Tankersley

I see what you mean. In this step this is in other words not an error but rather some kind of "User Experience" issue - the message appears because "Epic Link" is on the corresponding screen but it does not mean specifically there is an error this time.
Or to rephrase it: it is just normal and the message can be ignored this time (when creating an Epic).

Edit: Jack was faster and my browser did not refresh. What he said applies :)


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