September 25, 2018
Even before the recent reveal about Breath of the Wild’s placement within the Zelda timeline, there have been endless debates surrounding the theories that fans have created to place the game within the chronology of the series. However, as we now know, Breath of the Wild has officially been placed by Nintendo at the end of the timeline – in every split. This has spurred many new conversations about what exactly such a placement means and how it fits into what we already know. In his recent video, YouTuber NintendoBlackCrisis postulates that just because Breath of the Wild is placed at the end of every timeline, it does not necessarily mean that the timeline must converge for the events of the game to take place. He takes us through a different theory, one that explains how Breath of the Wild can occur within every split of the timeline.
There have been countless videos made showing why and how Breath of the Wild fits into each of the specific timeline splits, each listing several in-game examples to defend their side. However, although they may successfully prove that it could occur in one specific timeline, they fail to disprove the possibility that it occurs in one of the other two. There is evidence to support that this game occurs in any of the three timeline splits. A few of the main points for each side are discussed in this video, using categories to break them down.
Main points that prove Breath of the Wild happens in the Adult Timeline:
1. The description for crystallized rock salt that can be found anywhere in the map reads “crystallized salt from the ancient sea” – a possible reference to the Great Sea in Wind Waker.
2. The appearance of Chuchus and Bokoblins is limited to the Child and Adult timelines.
3. There is a landmark on the map near the Lost Woods called “Mekar Island” – a reference to Wind Waker.
4. The appearance of the Deku Tree and Koroks is limited to this timeline. The Koroks in Breath of the Wild have the exact design as in Wind Waker.
5. One monument speaks of Ruto’s awakening as a sage and Ganondorf’s attack on Zora’s Domain.
Main points that prove Breath of the Wild happens in the Fallen Timeline:
1. Lynels only appear in games of the Fallen Timeline.
2. The appearance of Kakariko Village, which exists in Breath of the Wild, is only in the Fallen and Child Timelines.
3. A structure resembling Lon Lon Ranch can be found, which would not be standing if the land of Hyrule had been submerged under a Great Sea.
4. Spectacle Rock seems to appear in the Fallen Timeline, and it appears in Breath of the Wild – although far from Death Mountain.
5. This timeline is the only one where Gandondorf’s Gerudo form never appears – he only shows up as a beast, much like Calamity Ganon.
6. One monument speaks of Ruto’s awakening as a sage and Ganondorf’s attack on Zora’s Domain.
7. The Master Sword was put back in its pedestal in its last appearance, and this is where it is found in Breath of the Wild.
Main points that prove Breath of the Wild happens in the Child Timeline:
1. Arbiter’s Grounds, a place that is only found in Twilight Princess, can be found in the Gerudo Desert in Breath of the Wild.
2. The appearance of Chuchus and Bokoblins is limited to the Child and Adult Timelines.
3. There are areas of the map Lanayru, Faron, and Eldin, which also appear in Twilight Princess.
4. Breath of the Wild has two large bridges that resemble the bridges of Twilight Princess.
5. The appearance of Kakariko Village, which exists in Breath of the Wild, is only in the Fallen and Child Timelines.
6. A structure resembling Lon Lon Ranch can be found, which would not be standing if the land of Hyrule had been submerged under a Great Sea.
7. In Goron City, there are 3 Gorons carved into the mountain that resemble Daruk, Darunia, and Gor Coron (Twilight Princess).
8. The Master Sword was put back in its pedestal in its last appearance, and this is where it is found in Breath of the Wild.
A popular argument used to prove Breath of the Wild’s placement in the Child Timeline is the memory of Zelda’s speech, which mentions “the glowing embers of twilight” right after making references to Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time. This would prove that Breath of the Wild occurs after Twilight Princess, however, some fan research found online has shown that Zelda’s speech continues and she makes further references as her voice fades into the background. These references are to Link to the Past and Wind Waker, games in the other two timelines. Therefore this big piece of evidence changes quite a bit and instead proves that somehow all of these events have transpired, at least through legend.
The final conclusion is that Breath of the Wild is the “inevitable outcome of all timelines”. No matter what happens, the end result is the events of Calamity Ganon. The narrator believes that the Leviathan Sidequest is a direct parallel to the timeline debate, since all theories on their extinction appear to be possible. The next question is why would Nintendo do this? Is it their attempt to fix the split in the timeline and end the cycle? NintendoBlackCrisis will attempt to answer this question in the next part of this video.
In my opinion, this theory does tie up a lot of loose ends and explains how we can make sense of the evidence of all three timelines in Breath of the Wild. However, I do actually see it as a “unification” timeline nonetheless. The end result is the 3 splits become one again, therefore, have converged in a less obvious way. Do you think this could be the answer or is there something that was overlooked? Comment below and discuss!
You can watch the video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.