The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 Theories: An ancient evil returns to Hyrule

We are expecting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (BOTW) to be one of the highest-grossing games of 2020, considering the immense success it saw at it’s launch in March 2017.

BOTW2 is finally in development, but the 82-second teaser trailer had a whole host of hidden clues for us to sift through.

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These clues have birthed a series of theories that have the community split right down the middle, so continue reading this piece for all the latest on BOTW2 theories.

Return of an ancient evil

An unidentifiable warrior is resurrected by an insidious force

The trailer opens with a torch-carrying Link and Zelda finding their way through a dark dungeon beneath Hyrule. The pair are riding a large elephant when something shocks them, which is when we are brought to a scene of the resurrection of a haunted-looking skeleton. 

Could this be the return of Ganondorf? What about the return of an even older evil, the self-proclaimed King of Twilight, Zant?

One Reddit user by the name of u/ReroFunk seems pretty convinced of the latter, having pieced together a rather convincing argument, called the ‘reverse audio’ theory.

If you listen to the audio in reverse, u/ReroFunk argues that there are definitive notes that echo the music played in the final encounter with Zant.

Listen here for yourself:

While the return of Ganondorf, Demise or something else entirely could be on the cards, this ‘reverse audio’ theory is the closest thing we have to an answer.

Playable Zelda

Zelda and Link pass through the mysterious dungeon on a massive elephant-like creature

We’re pretty used to seeing Zelda as a damsel in distress, but she could finally become an optional playable character in the sequel, or even a fully playable heroine.

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There is some weight behind this idea, as Zelda’s clothing and new haircut suggest she will be going on an adventure instead of sitting safely on her throne in Hyrule. 

Some fans have gone as far as speculating that Zelda could be rescuing Link this time round, but we have no evidence to support this claim.

A dark turn

Insidious forces threaten the kingdom of Hyrule

At this point, all we can really tell you is just how little we know. And there are enough rumours out there that even the game’s design team are probably confused. 

However, an interview between IGN and Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed that the sequel is going to have a much darker tone than Breath of the Wild. 

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“The new Breath of the Wild or the sequel to it, it’s not necessarily going to be related to Majora’s Mask or inspired by it… What we showed you currently is a little darker,” Aonuma said.

The trailer certainly supports this darker notion, with a decomposing corpse being resurrected by a disembodied hand. If the Twilight Princess’s darker tone was in response to the far cheerier the Wind Waker, we can expect Breath of the Wild 2 to be a lot more haunting than the original.


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