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

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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  Year ago +7837

    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.

    • Nickolas Raven
      Nickolas Raven Month ago


    • Sean Halloran
      Sean Halloran Month ago

      The monk at the Noya Neha shrine says "Your triumph over the test of strength subverts a prophecy of ruin." I feel like this is pretty good evidence as well

    • dis dude
      dis dude 4 months ago

      Nintendo apparently confirmed it was at the end all timelines

    • Phil Bergeman
      Phil Bergeman 6 months ago

      I mean, I assumed that the CDi Zelda games were part of the fallen hero timeline, taking place immediately after dying because it takes place in Hyrule’s version of Hell.

    • Evan potterme
      Evan potterme 7 months ago

      Perhaps it’s being implied they will make a twilight game in the fallen hero timeline

  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing 11 hours ago

    "Some of if not the best equipment"
    This is why I dont take you seriously Matpat. The stripe is a reference to the original, they were doing the style of the original game where it's totally open to you.

  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing 12 hours ago

    Zoras are a fresh water species.

  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing 12 hours ago

    It's at the end of all of them. I don't care if it makes sense, it's what the people who made it say.

  • Ranvids Bl4Z3
    Ranvids Bl4Z3 16 hours ago

    I think the child hood era cuz then he takes a 100 year nap 😴

  • T- Series
    T- Series 21 hour ago

    Am I the only one who spent hours prepping for the final fight and then just beat it in 2 minutes with a freaking stick 😐 like that fight was so easy

  • JwGacey1
    JwGacey1 23 hours ago

    the intro i have one word


  • Anthony Hi
    Anthony Hi Day ago

    Not me

  • sitrukpc1
    sitrukpc1 Day ago

    Zelda Breath of the Wild unites all the time lines into one.

  • Glen Senecal
    Glen Senecal Day ago

    Breaking weapons made Breath of the Wild the worst Zelda game ever

  • ZzorsE Cookie
    ZzorsE Cookie Day ago

    Is it sad I stayed at my friends house for days just to play this game?

  • Kenny Smith
    Kenny Smith Day ago

    Actual theory starts at 13:58
    For real though. The idea that the triforce of wisdom enables each Zelda to be aware of all timelines is a HUGE bomb. Am I the only one shocked by this?

  • Isabel Archer
    Isabel Archer Day ago

    "the case for a converged timeline didn't have compelling enough evidence"
    big talk from a guy whose biggest piece of evidence is a hat

  • Luckyflowey
    Luckyflowey Day ago

    Pause. Then go to 1:25, what do you mean believe me?

  • Richard Avelino
    Richard Avelino Day ago

    The.... strap is... yellow...?

  • Trdbrglr KZ
    Trdbrglr KZ Day ago

    There is also only 2 other games in the series that had a sword going through the “Z” and those are both in the failed hero timeline.

    But cmon matpat a 1 inch yellow strap is your closing point. You can do better than they, I know you can.

  • Ja'qob
    Ja'qob Day ago +1

    Salt's flavour text tastes good on my mashed potatoes

  • The HiddenSpaceNinja

    13:20 thats green

  • otxyung luis
    otxyung luis Day ago

    13:14 here you can see in twilight princesses link has that line but it’s green

  • van
    van Day ago

    maybe botw is the last in timeline the legend of zelda is like a real legend it changes over time

  • Panda Games
    Panda Games Day ago

    13:06 hey thats called: old games
    and besides link from twilight princess has one too so i think it belongs after four swords adventures or four swords i dont know after that okay!

  • Kimberly Denton
    Kimberly Denton Day ago

    Nitpicking, but spectacle rock (8:58) also appears as an island in wind waker :)

  • St. Shamrock
    St. Shamrock 2 days ago

    Unfortunately literally all of this is irrelevant because BOTW is in its own separate timeline

  • funfoxy
    funfoxy 2 days ago

    One more thing, when you beat gannon you don't defeat him you can fight him agian but never beat him,and you never get a scene of him geting killed like the blights...

  • Super Piggy Enchilada

    Not disputing the theory, but spectacle rock is in windwaker

  • Craig Army
    Craig Army 2 days ago

    How do you come up with this stuff

  • willmist3r
    willmist3r 2 days ago

    Every time I watch these videos it's like a fortune telling. I watch the borderlands 2 vid not know what borderlands was, got the game 2 years later, re-watched the video while saying "oh ya that did happen!" The whole time. Now the same thing happened with Zelda! It's insane!

  • Dakadeezy
    Dakadeezy 2 days ago

    finally beat the game a few days after I got a switch when my brother was bored with his lol

  • kahuna3901
    kahuna3901 2 days ago

    Not a good theory. It's clearly the adult timeline. There's a direct reference to twilight princess from Zelda. She talks about the heroes of past games and mentions the hero of twilight.

  • Aidan Llewellyn
    Aidan Llewellyn 2 days ago

    The sword on the title is broken and beet up. So Breth of the wild makes sense to be in the fallen hero story line. But what if Link and Zelda are able to swap into the other story lines?

  • BlueDiamonds49
    BlueDiamonds49 2 days ago

    No, no, no! The Great Deku Tree still exists. This would mean it's placed in the child is victorious or the adult is victorious. Ganon would destroy the seed after Link dies in Ocarina. The strap is a coincidence, and is it even yellow?

  • Brady Boschert
    Brady Boschert 2 days ago

    You know what i love about these Zelda videos matpat? You never bull crap breath of the wild

  • Gwendolyn
    Gwendolyn 2 days ago

    I am so excited right now that my Absolute Favorite Zelda Game (A Link To The Past) is a part of the most badass timeline.

  • Bob Catt
    Bob Catt 3 days ago

    The og outfit

  • taleladar
    taleladar 3 days ago

    I think at this point, where BOTW belongs in the "timeline" is irrelevant. It should be clear that the whole thing is an incoherent mess. I can understand the bad guy being revived or unsealed time and again, but what I can't wrap my head around is a hero and princess who are eerily similar to each other with the same names throughout the history, with no mention of THEM being revived or whatever.
    Honestly? They should just be considered as standalone games, unless proven and designed explicitly otherwise, all with a unique little twist on the same stories.

  • ScarletGaming17
    ScarletGaming17 3 days ago +1

    Majora's Mask can be in the Hero's Defeat Timeline or its from its current timeline.
    If you let the moon crash,its from the Hero's Defeat timeline.
    If you save the world from moon,its from its current timeline
    so basically what I'm trying to say here is that Majora's Mask is split into two timelines.

  • Caloob Hordnandeez
    Caloob Hordnandeez 3 days ago

    If i got my swotch with money it would have costed 800 dollars to 910 because zelda botw and super mario

  • Tamitoast Nogira
    Tamitoast Nogira 3 days ago

    You can only get this outfit with Amiibos? (I think so)
    (I don't know much from Amiibos))
    That would prove this theory wrong.
    But I am not sure.

    (Please do not judge my english.)
    (I'm from Germany and not so good at grammar.)

  • Phantom Knight
    Phantom Knight 3 days ago

    Lmao nope it all equals to the end of all the timelines , all timelines connect to Botw

  • Yung Pepsi
    Yung Pepsi 3 days ago

    0:07 dude it's a trap ur geeaaaaayy

  • LJTwiggy
    LJTwiggy 3 days ago

    Duh. Link almost died fighting Ganon. That’s the entire exposition of the game.

  • Éva Beaudoin
    Éva Beaudoin 3 days ago

    Do rito

  • Connor Inglis
    Connor Inglis 3 days ago

    Ummm, Spectacle rock is actually in Wind Waker. It's just called Spectacle Island instead of spectacle rock

  • Spraying The Gas
    Spraying The Gas 3 days ago

    My theory, The gold head band explains alot, he died in OOT on the hero has fallen timeline , was in heaven got head band when ressurected, just
    Because theres refrence to twilight princes is kinda a hint to me, at the end the little fairy thing says theres always another dimension right next us, light and dark, but if that's the case if there's one other reality, and they can meet each other by walking threw a mirror, well u find that mirror on BOTW kinda hinting to me the god that made the mirror or the god of the temple of time it is at work and I seen it as the ending of the game, connecting all three timelines that ended up shaping BOTW alternate final ending time line, so they can make another final ending again or branch off, in ocarina of time its all about time manipulation and creating a differnt outcome well this is the final outcome of all the timelines actions combined or the final ending for the fallen hero of OOT and he got the short end of the stick in the 3 universe connected paradox world, the story connection when they first started making zelda games was nothing but with the use of time travel in there games and brillant ideas they were able to make a story for there fans and theyve been just expanding and tinkering from there , we all asked for a linked story and thus came links time travel adventures..

  • corzus creator
    corzus creator 4 days ago

    who is that bacon man

  • 4thPlayerDill
    4thPlayerDill 4 days ago

    I'm looking at the cap of the wild on a few sites, and it's definitely green, not yellow. Though, the cap of the hero is yellow, and that set is pretty similar to the wild set.

  • Mike's cool Channel
    Mike's cool Channel 4 days ago

    The beginning was really funny hahahaha

  • Mattiplier
    Mattiplier 4 days ago +1

    if legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild leads to the other time lines then legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is the end of all three time lines. (The Hero Is Defeated), (The Hero Is Triumphant) and finally (The Kid Time Line)

  • Jaxton Lango
    Jaxton Lango 4 days ago

    I think the Zora evolved into the Rito because the Zora are freshwater creatures, so they wanted to get as far above the ocean as possible, and so they grew wings.
    Like if you agree.

  • TrainBoyGaming 1983
    TrainBoyGaming 1983 4 days ago

    By bus monitor said she thought every kid has a switch 😂😂😂😂
    Seriously that’s so stupid

  • Glitch Dolphin
    Glitch Dolphin 4 days ago +2

    actually it was monopoly

  • Sylveon animations and gaming

    one thing the failed hero time line does not have lon lon ranch but botw does have its ruins also so many ruins are from the many stuff from twilight princes with the bringe and many more stuff from the child timeline not failed hero sooooo get your facts right

  • Lord Ark Illusions
    Lord Ark Illusions 4 days ago

    You can literally find the mirror of twilight broken and shattered in the game

  • Wim Krabba
    Wim Krabba 4 days ago

    Its lime green not yellow.

  • andrew winkenwerder
    andrew winkenwerder 4 days ago

    As I’m sure you know by this point... Botw is in all 3 timelines

  • Max Isenberg
    Max Isenberg 5 days ago

    is there a reason a link to the past and oracle of ages, 2 games which also heavily relied on time travel, didn't create branching timelines too?

  • 7DaysAWeek - SiebenTageHatDieWoche

    Yeah, but the Story of Breath of the wild suggests, that they all got tired of Ganondorf reincarnating all the time and Link having to defeat them, which was the reason for building the guardians.
    So MAYBE Breath of the wild ties all the three timelines together again🤔

  • Jacob Beu
    Jacob Beu 5 days ago

    What's the name of the saxophone song in the very beginning?

  • LE OOPIC [Your OOPIC Dood]

    0:00 I'll never sleep again

  • .Tango.
    .Tango. 5 days ago

    can we talk about how urbosa even mentions that Gannon once took the form of gerudo. Or how Kass plays eponas song at stables, or the deku tree, or the skyloft reference, or any other real reference to the OOT timeline. No? Okay.

  • Link. the Lucario
    Link. the Lucario 5 days ago

    Botw is in and from all timelines

    Edit: good vid

  • Hikaru WDM
    Hikaru WDM 6 days ago +1

    To save anyone new to this video the search in the comments. It has been confirmed by Nintendo (with the making a champion book if I recall correctly) that BOTW takes place in all three timeliness! Whether or not it's a convergence is up to Nintendo but it's mostly likely is. Some people have started calling BOTW Zelda's version of a "dragonbreak". A phrase from the elder scrolls skyrim if I remember right.

  • GG 2007
    GG 2007 6 days ago

    MATPAT! are you colorblind? strap is green! not yellow!

  • Terrible Fate
    Terrible Fate 6 days ago

    also notice how the hair in the defeated link timlines have the two strands going down the sides of his head just like in breath of the wild

  • It's Medi
    It's Medi 6 days ago

    Im just thinking about the BOTW is just the end of those three timelines but when i hear your theory...

    U r kinda right m8

  • Davon DeBaie
    Davon DeBaie 6 days ago

    You should figure out where triforce hero’s sits in the timeline, because it has been said it is cannon

  • rawnihelper
    rawnihelper 6 days ago

    That's not yellow

  • Pig Soda
    Pig Soda 6 days ago

    Um thats not yellow in botw lol thats green clearly

  • Kung fu Cat
    Kung fu Cat 6 days ago

    The yoga clan proves right as well the try and try again to revive ganon

  • FGTEEV2 Swain
    FGTEEV2 Swain 6 days ago

    he is wrong. bokoblins, lizalfos, and more is proof he is wrong.

  • Eucenor
    Eucenor 7 days ago

    My mind is blown!!!


  • Darche 61
    Darche 61 7 days ago

    It's $400+ for a switch... game not included... That's the price where i'm from FYI... Urgh...

  • Ashton Dumond
    Ashton Dumond 7 days ago

    I tried I tried for a long time it green it’s a light green definitely I Adjusted my monitor brightness, I played on my switch and I changed the brightness up and down it so green a very light green but definitely green

  • The Amazing Jeff
    The Amazing Jeff 7 days ago

    I just watched this video which was in my recommended for some reason and it made me realise something.
    I'm pretty sure I've watched one of your videos before about BotW and it was something about how BotW could take place as a merging of sorts of all the three timelines but I can't for the life of me find that video.
    It was either yours or someone elses video but I can't be sure on well either so if someone could link the video I'm trying to find or tell me where to find it that would be appreciated a lot.

  • Case Carroll
    Case Carroll 7 days ago +1

    slowly pans to the d!ck. 3:18

  • Lmenzol
    Lmenzol 7 days ago

    Dunno why everyone tries to setup a timeline for these games. To me each game is it’s own world

  • LSD in Wonderland
    LSD in Wonderland 7 days ago

    Bill Cosby: Wait you are supposed to wait for them to fall asleep????

  • Sanctions Fury
    Sanctions Fury 7 days ago

    Interesting theory. My personal opinion is that it takes place in all three timelines. Perhaps Zelda using the triforce of wisdom is able to see through all timelines, yes. However, is it not possible that all three timelines converge back into one? It would explain the connection to the three timelines and clear all confusion. Just a theory though.

  • Xhenon Grindz
    Xhenon Grindz 7 days ago

    Kinda mad you didn't talk about how in A Link between worlds it wasn't really ganon you were fighting. It was a demon god/goddess that wanted to revive ganon and take over his body but failed due to Ganon overcoming because of the triforce of power. So really when you think about it did ganon really go into full form for that fight?

  • Jar ed
    Jar ed 7 days ago

    So it's been a long time since this video came out, but I just realized something. In smash bros, there is 3 links. One from adult timeline (toon link), one from child timeline (young link) l, and, if we are going by this video, one from the failed hero timeline (botw link [yes I know you can select different outfits for link from different timelines but botw is the main one.]) Nintendo is going good

  • FireBros_
    FireBros_ 7 days ago

    later down the road, and several months later,
    Nintendo: It's in all three timelines.

  • Brianna Almeida
    Brianna Almeida 7 days ago

    *its just asinine*

  • Dyzinel
    Dyzinel 8 days ago +1

    Lemme guess, you stopped the video to check the comments after the 12:08

    • Hikaru WDM
      Hikaru WDM 5 days ago

      Why young zelda though!? That's just....ew! (Even by UK law that's just wrong).

    • Jan Moss
      Jan Moss 6 days ago

      Well.... i guess it's one way to repay link for saving the world...😖

  • Link _
    Link _ 8 days ago

    Actually I am a time drifter I live in many different realities ;)

  • Eli Raloff
    Eli Raloff 8 days ago

    Could we get a legend of Zelda game where link gets the wisdom triforce? Gimme somma dat wizard powers

  • gazelle k
    gazelle k 8 days ago

    It’s obvious because you literally start the game with the information that you were defeated by Ganon and Zelda went and faced him alone the 100 years before BOTW

  • Voltz_the_pikachu
    Voltz_the_pikachu 8 days ago

    My first clue was that Link begins the story from waking up from his epic power nap after Zelda, Link, Daruk, Revali, Urbosa and Mipha fail to stop Calamity Ganon

  • DudeMaster 5241
    DudeMaster 5241 8 days ago

    So did Nintendo just plan all of these games from the very beginning? Making all of their individual stories and clues before they were even made? Did they know from even before the first LOZ game they wanted 3 branching paths for the timeline?

  • MemeGodXII
    MemeGodXII 8 days ago

    Music at 14:10?

  • Sir Zesto
    Sir Zesto 8 days ago

    Unfortunately....Aonuma confirmed that it can be in any of the three branches. We get to choose. I like your answer more, though, MatPat! Thanks!

  • Kaleb Nisson
    Kaleb Nisson 8 days ago

    Whoa I'm play botw right now and watching botw

  • Smarmy Slayer
    Smarmy Slayer 8 days ago

    i just think botw is the very last of the timeline, master sword dirty, CALAMITY ganon (ganon reincarnated so many times he gave up and went mad)

  • Paper Animations
    Paper Animations 8 days ago

    It's all the timelines

  • Douglas Morgan
    Douglas Morgan 8 days ago

    With all the references in all three timelines, I originally thought that it was the tied up knot, but guess not.

  • Mega Tiger27
    Mega Tiger27 8 days ago +1

    Matpat i think I have a solution to the knighting scene it reunites all three time lines to one

  • Autumn Sprites
    Autumn Sprites 8 days ago

    I always wondered what happens with the master sword, do the events of Minish Cap and Four Swords adventure's

  • Camden Carpenter
    Camden Carpenter 8 days ago +1

    Wait, what if there is a link born in the twilight realm with the hero’s blood and that’s how breath of the wild starts, with this new link in the twilight realm after it being wished to normal, then going bat to darkness

    • Paper Animations
      Paper Animations 8 days ago

      +Camden Carpenter okie

    • Camden Carpenter
      Camden Carpenter 8 days ago

      No need to be a pessimist

    • Camden Carpenter
      Camden Carpenter 8 days ago

      I was saying since it resembled the twilight realm but mat pat makes more sense like I said I just commented this in the middle of the vid

    • Paper Animations
      Paper Animations 8 days ago

      +Camden Carpenter no it has no point of it being in TR you have no proof

    • Camden Carpenter
      Camden Carpenter 8 days ago

      Let me theorize 🤣🤣

  • Arcticgamer64
    Arcticgamer64 8 days ago

    Game theory it's common Sense on where it goes

  • The_Dead_Box
    The_Dead_Box 8 days ago

    Will you need a new theory to show which timeline MatPat is in?

  • Bryson Duckworth
    Bryson Duckworth 9 days ago

    I honestly feel like it takes place in all 3 timelines. I read an article where the creator was saying it’s up to your interpretation. I think at this point which is 10s of thousands of years after any of the previous Zelda games all 3 timelines came back to an exact fixed point