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Oh, you think you know all about Zelda? Name all the Six Sages.

juice strike Just kidding, we’re not the (time) gatekeepers here — but there are plenty of facts about Breath of the Wild.Not a week goes by without us learning Something Learn about Nintendo’s open-world take on the Zelda canon, including new glitches to save you time on speedruns and secret boxes hidden in really obscure places.

In preparation for 2023’s highly anticipated sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, we’ve rounded up just 17 of our favorite finds from Breath of the Wild.

17 Zelda: Breath of the Wild Secrets

You all know the classic Link chest opening animation. This usually involves a young man pushing open the lid and picking up the treasure inside, leaving the audience in awe before showing them like a toddler with a toy. But in Breath of the Wild, you can crouch, lie on your side, or be naked, and you can take different poses, each with their own animations.

Sideways is probably the most common non-traditional opening, with Link kicking it open in the chest. However, if Link is not wearing shoes, he will hurt his toes if he kicks his chest. We could have told you that, idiot.

Similarly, if the link is crouching When Sideways on the chest, he’ll have to punch It hurts his hand – again – to open it. this are you your hero? this man? ? ?

There is a late-game Ocarina of Time reference

Hyrule Castle Zelda's Lullaby
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Head to Hyrule Castle and you’ll find this neat little reference to Ocarina of Time, with the notes of Zelda’s Lullaby arranged in a circle around the Triforce.

Making all the trailer breakdowns for Tears of the Kingdom has left us speculating as to what this means. Why Zelda’s Lullaby instead of the more traditional Hyrule Crest? How come this is in the room where the final battle with Ganon begins? Also, why aren’t there any ocarinas or other instruments that Link plays in Breath of the Wild? Twilight Princess also had grass to play with!!

You can speedrun bread

It’s called Bread%, was invented by a speedrunner called Pan Pirate, and the current world record holder is Sefra, who has a time of 16 minutes and 27 seconds. In Run you have to find bread ingredients and make bread. that’s it! It’s not Ganon, Zelda is also small, but who do you need when you’re eating delicious bread?

Zola is secretly musical

Many of the Zora Domain names are derived from musical terms. There are many names like Bazz, Trello, Keye, Cleff, Laflat, “Fronk” that don’t connect to musical names.

There are also several references to Majora’s Mask, with stories about Indigo Goth, dead bass players, and tadpoles that act as musical notes. Tadajakushi, which means “tadpole” in Japanese, is also a word that means “musical note”, and it turns out to be themed on the music of the Zora tribe. Also, the bridge leading to Zora’s domain is called the Inogo Bridge, a reference to Indigo. – Ghost.

But it goes deeper than that.From King Drephan and Prince Sidon to the sadly deceased Mipha, the Zora royal family has its own theme — and they are named after them. Even if you don’t know the name solfeggio, you’ve probably heard of it. It is the do re mi fa solatido scale. You know, Sound of Music.

Sidon has si-do — Japanese solfeggio uses “si” rather than “ti” — and you can hear those notes in his theme. Zora can even claim to be Sora in Japanese!

Kakariko Villagers Sneak Fruit

Orkin growing pumpkins
Orkin, taking care of the namesake — image: crocidile

While not as exciting or deep as Zora’s naming convention, many of Kakariko’s villagers are named after fruits. Avocado is kado, banana is nanna, coconut is coco, melon is merry, mangosteen is steen, papaya is paya, durian is durian.

There are also less prominent ones — Orkin is thought to be a reference to pumpkin, and he is called Tyrone in French — short for potiron, which means pumpkin in French. is named after raspberry, trissa for citrus, oli for olive, cotla for apricot and clary for cranberry. Many of these names are more obvious in French!

The Divine Beast has an ancient secret

Elephant Va Ruta
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Did you find the thread here?A lot of things in Breath of the Wild are named after other things! so Many things to name.

The names of divine beasts are no exception.

  • Va Meadow = Medili From Wind Take, the Rito Sage of the Earth
  • Van Rudania = Darunia Goron Sage of Flames from Ocarina of Time
  • Va Naboris = Nabor Ocarina of Time from Gerudo Spirit Sage
  • Va Ruta = Ruto Water Zora Sage from Ocarina of Time

Never forget Tingle (and his brothers)

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Now, finally the “did you know this thing is named after” fact. You may know that Tingel Island in the Akkara highlands is named after everyone’s favorite spandex-clad fairy, but all other islands are named after his brother. Did you notice the name?

Tingle’s siblings were introduced in Wind Waker: Ankle, David Jr., and Knuckle all wearing different (but still skintight) outfits.

The names of the islands are: You probably know which is which.

  • Tingel Island
  • Ankel Island
  • Davdi Island
  • knuckle island

Hylian Bridge wants to make you look ugly

This is one of the secrets we actually discovered. This is by no means intentional.

Breath of the Wild’s art style treads the line between realism and cel-shading, and you might not realize how the characters look thanks to special rendering effects layered on top of 3D models. So unless you go to a very specific spot on the Hylia Bridge, for some reason there is a little corner that takes away the effect and makes it look like Link… very Flat. And shiny.

Modders were even able to apply this glossy look to the entire game. You can see it here!