Game Theory: How Zelda Breath of the Wild SOLVES The Zelda Timeline!

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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    THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD is a stellar addition to the series. But ever since its release, Breath of the Wild has plagued fans with one big question - where does this fit into the Zelda Timeline? Well, after hours of gameplay (followed by even more hours of research), I have solved the puzzle! And Breath of the Wild may reveal more about Nintendo's Zelda timeline than we could ever imagine.

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  • The Game Theorists

    The Game Theorists

     1 years ago +7477

    Ladies and gentlemen, you may have to adjust the color of your is definitely a yellow strap! Haha...I didn't realize it would be so controversial. Pull up the Wiki shot of it and it's pretty obvious.
    (You can also judge based on the brown underpieces that Link wears as a part of that outfit as well, plus the little laces in front at his neck...the hat to me was the most obvious, though)
    Also, just to clarify: A lot of people are saying "It's obvious it's Fallen Hero because Link wakes up in a Reincarnation Chamber." Technically, you can't use that as evidence here because the "Hero is Defeated" division is specifically related to Link losing at the end of Ocarina of Time against Ganon, NOT the battles described in BOTW.
    Lastly, a lot of people are mentioning the appearance of the "Mirror of Twilight" in the form of the "Fragmented Monument." And that's a really good point, however, if you look at the "Fragmented Monument" in BOTW, its design is pretty strongly different from the Mirror, in particular the writing in an ancient language around the rim of the circle.
    Could the timelines have united and this is at the end of them? That's actually what I was hoping for as I researched! Sadly, I just didn't feel like there was enough evidence to support that. When I stopped to look at all the evidence together as well as how Eiji Aonuma was talking about this game leading up to its launch, it felt like the team INTENDED this to be a return to that first timeline while making nods to the other games.

  • Lord Umpa

    Lord Umpa

     6 hours ago

    0:56 What the heck was that.

  • jérémy bossé

    jérémy bossé

     7 hours ago

    I mean it’s 10100 years after any of the games so I guess it would be all the timelines

  • Luke Drummond

    Luke Drummond

     9 hours ago

    Whoops I meant timeline not timing sorry.

  • Luke Drummond

    Luke Drummond

     9 hours ago

    Why don’t we just draw a line connecting all three splits in the timing (Gannon wins, Link wins as adult, and Link wins as child) And just end this damn conflict so we can all stay sane.

  • Skeletal Wish

    Skeletal Wish

     10 hours ago

    I hope they don't continue to take the game into the future. I wasn't big on the introduction of techy stuff in the game although I saw it coming. It just seems random that its waaaay after all the other games, and some things still confuse me about it even with Nintendo coming out about where it is placed. Then again, I literally thought Zelda took place in a multiverse for like 20 years until I just recently found out it is more of a Back to the Future esq deal which annoyed me. A multiverse would be soooo much less confusing! lol

  • Warning 64

    Warning 64

     11 hours ago

    Love this video butttttttt….. ITS IMPOSSIBLE FOR LINK TO DIE OR LOOSE SOOOOOO.....

    Just let me delete the failed hero timeline...

  • Warning 64

    Warning 64

     11 hours ago

    I never died on OOC

  • Robert Saumur

    Robert Saumur

     14 hours ago

    Go Go Hyrule Champions! My New Theme Song

  • Sᴛʀᴇss_ Fʀᴇᴇ_Rᴀfʏ

    Sᴛʀᴇss_ Fʀᴇᴇ_Rᴀfʏ

     19 hours ago

    Nah, Get a Wii U

  • Aanx Carlos

    Aanx Carlos


    Map pat that kinda obvious cousin the beginning of the game they said after he failed

  • RedPig



    7:10 change the language and it references 3 other Zelda games

  • Samperu



    The developers said that the game does not fit in the timeline...

  • Victini Com 13

    Victini Com 13


    Not the yellow stripe, the brown sleeves

  • nullsector76 76

    nullsector76 76


    skyward sword is after twilight princess since they referenced ancient skylands still up there and had no clue how to contact them. There were no skyland people on the ground yet it occurred after. The timeline is garbage.

  • Jacqueline Roberts

    Jacqueline Roberts


    Didn't they publish a book giving us the timeline of this game? Why are you making a theory about this? Just go buy the book.

  • Kris


     2 days ago

    There is no timeline.

  • Sudo Penguin

    Sudo Penguin

     2 days ago

    Yes you’re trying a tad too hard mate

  • Asher Lara

    Asher Lara

     2 days ago

    who is john titlor it was on 1:24

  • Eric Noh

    Eric Noh

     2 days ago

    ehhh the timeline is still a cop out no matter how you look at it. The timeline is so convoluted and messy that there's no way it was all planned beforehand from the very beginning.