BOTW locations that are actually Easter eggs from other games

THE Legend of Zelda the franchise is notoriously nostalgic as it continually references its own titles, lore, and characters with each new game, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has more Easter eggs than any other title. As Nintendo stated rather ambiguously that BOTW is located at the end of Zelda’s timeline, it makes sense that its iteration of Hyrule is full of references, connections, and even some areas that are almost identical to other games. Breath of the wild focuses heavily on environmental storytelling, weaving much of its own lore into Hyrule itself as well as the many Easter Eggs that can be found around the world.


Many places in Breath of the wild Hyrule is named after characters from the past, and the developers often include environmental details that make the connection clearer. Even the names of divine beasts are derived from heroes and champions from Hyrule’s past, such as Vah Ruta’s reference to Ocarina of time The anagram of Princess Ruto and Vah Rudania named Darunia, Chief Goron. These Easter Eggs might just be how Nintendo incorporates nostalgia into its game design, but it’s also possible that the nomenclature of these locations suggests that the tradition of Hyrule lives on in the game in the culture of each iteration of Zelda’s setting.

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With the ambiguous character of Zelda timeline and Breath of the wild place inside, it’s nearly impossible to tell if these Easter Egg Zones are little more than affectionate Nintendo reminders of past games, or if they matter more. While some locations only refer to a character by name, others are faithful replicas of entire areas found in other games, suggesting that those areas are, in fact, the same locations, or retain a connection to different eras in Hyrule history. However, whatever their true nature on ZeldaIn the timeline of, these Easter Eggs can pack a nostalgic punch and remind players of some of their favorite places and people from the rest of the series.

BOTW’s Lurelin Village layout matches Wind Waker’s home island

Breath of the Wild's Lurelin Village has the same layout as Wind Waker's home island.

Although the two locations do not share names, the layout of the Breath of the wild The charming seaside village of Lurelin is almost identical to that of Wind Waker’s departure area, Outset Island. Not only is the classic Outset Island lookout post at exactly the same height and position in the village of Lurelin, but the view from the top is surprisingly similar, aside from the fact that Outset Island has experienced much more flooding.

As Wind Waker’s Home island, Lurelin Village is a serene and peaceful area away from Calamity and most of the game’s main story on the south coast of Hyrule. While this area is far removed from the overall post-apocalyptic plot of Breath of the wild, it’s a nostalgic replica of Wind waker fans, and some theorize that the similarities might suggest a connection between the two games’ timelines.

Twilight Princess’s Arbiter’s Grounds appear in BOTW’s Gerudo Desert

The Arbiter's grounds are little more than the top of ruined pillars in Breath of the Wild.

Although it is not confirmed whether the ruins of Arbiter’s Grounds at Breath of the wild are, in fact, the same Arbiter’s Grounds as the Dungeon in Twilight Princess, fans believe the two might share a connection beyond their name. With the revelation of Ganondorf’s mummified corpse in the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer and its similarity to Twilight Princess’ incarnation of Ganondorf, it is possible that the actual prison that held him made an appearance in Breath of the wild.

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The Great Calamity which took place 10,000 years before the events of Breath of the wild would have occurred long after the events of Twilight Princess if, as the developers said, Breath of the wild comes to the end of Zelda’s timeline, and the crumbling remains of the Arbiter’s Grounds would certainly attest to that. Whether the structure was destroyed or buried under the desert sands, sadly too little remains to say whether it could be the same structure, but the Easter Egg is nonetheless a firm nod to Twilight Princess.

The Temple of Time returns from Ocarina of Time in BOTW

BOTW Temple of Time compared to Ocarina of Time

One of the first structures that welcomes players at the start of Breath of the wild is the familiar Temple of Time, which rests near the Sanctuary of Resurrection on the Grand Plateau. Although it fell into disrepair after the Calamity and was overrun by Shattered Guardians, the exterior of the building is almost identical to the Temple of Time of Ocarina of time. Like many remade locations or Easter Eggs in the game, the location of the temple does not match its location in Ocarina of time, but the resemblance is undeniable. However, in addition to its ruined state, the interior of the Temple is completely different from OcarinaIt’s featuring several statues of the goddess rather than the main sword pedestal, but players who listen intently can still hear the “song of time” playing inside.

Ocarina Of Time’s Lon Lon Ranch Became The Ruins Of BOTW’s Ranch

The Breath of the Wild Ranch Ruins share the same layout as Ocarina of Time's Lon Lon Ranch.

South of Hyrule Castle, the Ruins of the Ranch are nothing more than old ruins that are scorched and decrepit at first glance. However, on closer inspection, Ocarina of time players can recognize the layout of the fences as the same equestrian track where they raced for Epona. What remains of the ranch is a replica of the Lon Lon Ranch from Ocarina of time, up to the stone tower marking the outside of the track. This Easter egg location in BOTW may add an extra punch to nostalgic fans who remember the feeling of discovering that Lon Lon Ranch fell into Ingo’s hands after Ganondorf rose to power as the Hyrule Castle calamity looms near the familiar ruins of the ranch.

Majora’s Mask’s Zora group commemorated in BOTW Lakes

Zora’s estate is rich in Easter eggs, and most of its locations refer to famous Zora from the past, including Prince Ralis of Twilight Princess and Queen Oren of a link between worlds. There are several lakes in the Lanayru region whose names refer to members of the Zora Band in Majora’s Mask, the Indigo-gos. Lake Mikau, Lake Lulu, and Lake Toto lie just north of Zora’s Estate, commemorating Zora’s guitarist, singer, and drummer who Link helped by collecting Lulu’s eggs so she could sing again.

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Not only have these characters played a crucial role in the three-day cycle in which Link summons the Great Bay Temple giant, Mikau is also the Zora that Link transforms into after obtaining the Zora Mask by playing Mikau the “Healing Song.” That their fame made their name known centuries after the events of Majora’s Mask where the nomenclature of the lakes is nothing more than another nod from Nintendo, this is one of the more subtle Easter eggs in the game that is easy to miss to calm the Divine Beast Vah Ruta .

BOTW’s Lake Saria & Mido Swamp Reference Ocarina of Time’s Kokiri

Saria looks sadly at the viewer in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.

Ocarina of time begins in Kokiri Forest where Link was raised as a child, making Saria and Mido two of the first characters players interact with when they start the game. As each of these characters play a crucial role in Link’s visits in Kokiri Forest, they each gained locations named after them in Breath of the wild own version of Lost Woods. As Link and Forest Sage’s childhood best friend, Saria is one of Ocarina of time most recognizable characters and the composer of “Saria’s Song”, which has become a classic theme in many Zelda titles.

Mido, on the other hand, hated Link and caused him trouble for much of Ocarina of time, and its namesake swamp is a testament to its cranky temper and hostile demeanor. These two locations play a key role in the Korok trials that Link can complete as one of the Breath of the wild 76 Side Quests, a tribute to the themes of growth and transition to adulthood that are present with the very young Kokiri of Ocarina of time and their descendants Korok.

BOTW’s Spring of Power recalls Skyward Sword’s Earth Spring

Link to the source of power in Breath of the Wild

Breath of the wild Spring of Power is a crumbling replica of The sword of heaven Earth Spring where Zelda began her journey to purify herself and realize her power as the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia. It was here that Link first encountered Impa, who prompted him to take on the challenges of the Goddess in order to help and protect Zelda as the chosen hero. Centuries later Breath of the wild Zelda’s incarnation struggled to awaken the power of the goddess within her and visited the source of the power in an unsuccessful attempt to have the ancient gods answer her prayers.

Although this spring has fallen into disarray by the time Zelda engages in this ritual, her architecture is exactly the same as the spring of the earth in Skyward sword, including the waterfalls in the background, the winged ornaments on the pillars and the platform where Zelda and Impa had been found. If it is in fact the same spring, it is possible that Breath of the wildThe sequel can revisit this area as players return to the skies of Hyrule, opening up an opportunity for the lore of the two games to overlap even more.

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