We know surprisingly little about the game currently titled The Sequel To The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. But that won’t stop me from speculating anyway based on all the trailers we have so far and everything I know about the Zelda games!
You probably clicked on this feature because you Even Dear wild theories, so welcome to my equivalent of a shed covered in newspaper clippings and red string. Today I’m particularly focusing on the new feature I’m going to call “Link’s Weird Arm” which may be the most important new mechanic in BOTW2. We just don’t know!
Let the speculation begin.
Arm Theories, Part One
A link to the Skyward Sword
Skyward Sword is canonically the first in the Zelda timeline. Breath of the Wild is at the very end. But in some trailers we’ve seen that BOTW 2 will involve parts of Hyrule being shot into the sky, although we have no reason for it why. The beginning of Skyward Sword tells the story of how a select part of Hyrule was sent to the skies by the goddess Hylia to later become Skyloft – the place where the first Zelda and Link were born.
Could it be that the timeline is… a circle? The actual Legend of Zelda is a cycle we are all trapped in until the end of time? hmmmm. Likewise, it could be that Breath of the Wild 2 is actually far, far in the past…
How that relates to Link’s arm is interesting. For starters, Link uses his right arm in BOTW and the clips from BOTW 2 we’ve seen so far, which goes well with Skyward Sword – Link’s sword arm has been changed from canon left-handed to right-handed to better fit with movement controls on the Wii. Second, his new arm look is all black with tattoos that look a bit like someone we’ve seen before…
That’s right, Skyward Sword antagonist and servant of Demise, Ghirahim also has all-black arms and weird, branch-like tendrils. Demise later reincarnated as our old pal, the Triforce disruptor Ganon(dorf)… so who is Ghirahim? Is it Link from the future? hmmmm…
Demise’s eventual demise in Skyward Sword imprisons him in the Master Sword, which has a dual purpose: first, to infuse the Master Sword with evil (which looks bad!), and second, to trap Fi with him in it. Let’s get into that a little more…
A grand fi turn
The Master Sword in Skyward Sword is embodied by Fi, a genie who really loves to tell you things that are very obvious. Fi is somehow in Breath of the Wild when Zelda mentions that there is a legend about a voice in the sword, and later – when Link is almost killed – Zelda hears the master sword speak and tells her to take Link to the Shrine of Resurrection.
There are also audio and visual cues very similar to those in Skyward Sword that are scattered throughout the game, e.g. B. when Link lifts it skyward after completing the test of the sword. In this clip at 1:03, the sword lights up exactly as if Fi were talking and makes her signature sound. That must mean something.
If Fi and Demise are still stuck in that sword (or just Fi!), it could be the start of another great battle between good and evil – one that will once again have Link caught in the middle.
This detail is arguably more about the sword than the arm holding it… but maybe it’s the evil power of the sword that’s what caused the arm to become so weird in the first place.
The Melting Master Sword
Of course we’d be silly not to mention the melting master sword. It looks like the malice crawling up Link’s arm also affected the Master Sword, rendering it pretty much useless in the process. It’s not clear if Link will have to go on a quest to fix/restore it, or if he’ll just use his wobbly sword from now on, but we’d guess the former (especially since we’re not actually using it have seen). the sword in none of the previous clips).
But when Fi is in the sword, we can’t imagine her having a good time being all melted. Does this threaten the sword? Is Fi broken forever? Does the sword still work? We just don’t know.
Sick Tats, Bruv
Arguably the most eye-catching detail of Link’s Weird Arm is its tattoo-like design, echoing many of the images from the previous trailers and games. As I mentioned earlier, it’s similar to Ghirahim’s own arm designs, whatever that means.
For now, we have to wonder if that sleeve is actually a tattoo, or if it’s part of a curse/power Link gains in-game. We probably won’t see Link actually get tattooed, but it’s an edgy new look for him nonetheless.
Remarkably, the patterns – the kind of digital branches that look like Link’s shoulder – look like something out of Twilight Princess. A good time to re-release the HD remaster on Switch? We need to refresh our memory!
An interesting new feature of Link’s cool arm is the long nails. While long nails are fairly common among female video game characters (usually along with high heels and ridiculously tiny armor), it’s exceedingly rare to see a male character with neatly trimmed fingernails. in the breath of the wild, and the trailer for BOTW 2, it has regular, unobtrusive, short nails, so what happened here? Do the nails mean anything? I guess so…
It is not His poor
There is an important detail in the 2019 trailer: the sigil on Ganon(dorf) is a disembodied hand holding him tight. Wickedness (the manifestation of evil) pours out from under the hand. The arm is adorned with runic-looking metal bracelets, similar to the markings we left on the unknown Zonai race from Breath of the Wild.
The seal breaks and Link’s right arm glows a beautiful mint green, while magical-looking swirls surround it. Later in the trailer (but maybe before the events I’ve just described?), the ethereal hand grabs his (normal) left arm as he falls, and we see a split-second scene in which the arm grabs Ganon (dorf ) grabs while he’s still – presumably – the owner of the arm. It’s interesting that even in this past scene, when the seal was formed, the arm looks all old and shriveled, with long witch’s nails.
We don’t know whose arm that is. But we know it’s not from Link. He’s just borrowing it. And it was strong enough at one point to seal the greatest evil…
…It is Ganon‘s arm?
On the tapestry we see in BOTW, the hero who seals evil is a red-haired, turquoise figure covered in Zonai-like spirals.
What if the hero wasn’t Link, but Ganondorf? His origin is somewhat heroic: the only male born in the Gerudo female line for 100 years, Ganondorf was a red-haired male capable of great power, leading to him being the embodiment of the goddess, Din’s favor. In Skyward Sword, he turns out to be the incarnation of Demise’s hatred for Link and Zelda, the hero and princess… but what if he was a hero too once? A hero corrupted by power and hatred?
What if that’s his arm? It would match the teal color and we never see the face of the hooded figure that owned the arm… So why not Ganon?
Also, growing up in an all-female tribe would likely lead to having really nice nails.
This bombshell ends page one of the crazy theories… Head to page two for my wild color theories and if BOTW Link is the hero of the time, reincarnated (or pre-incarnated? The timeline is weird).
https://www.nintendolife.com/features/16-theories-about-links-weird-arm-in-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-2 16 theories about Link’s weird arm in Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2