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  Год назад +7813

    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 Месяц назад


    • Sean Halloran
      Sean Halloran Месяц назад

      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 месяца назад

      Nintendo apparently confirmed it was at the end all timelines

    • Phil Bergeman
      Phil Bergeman 6 месяцев назад

      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 месяцев назад

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

  • Connor Inglis
    Connor Inglis Час назад

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

  • Spraying The Gas
    Spraying The Gas 4 часа назад

    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..

  • Sodaz Corey
    Sodaz Corey 7 часов назад

    who is that bacon man

  • 4thPlayerDill
    4thPlayerDill 14 часов назад

    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 15 часов назад

    The beginning was really funny hahahaha

  • Mattiplier
    Mattiplier 17 часов назад +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 21 час назад

    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 22 часа назад

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

  • Glitch Dolphin
    Glitch Dolphin 23 часа назад +1

    actually it was monopoly

  • Sylveon animations and gaming
    Sylveon animations and gaming 23 часа назад

    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 День назад

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

  • Wim Krabba
    Wim Krabba День назад

    Its lime green not yellow.

  • andrew winkenwerder
    andrew winkenwerder День назад

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

  • Max Isenberg
    Max Isenberg День назад

    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 День назад

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

  • LE OOPIC [Your OOPIC Dood]
    LE OOPIC [Your OOPIC Dood] День назад

    0:00 I'll never sleep again

  • .Tango.
    .Tango. День назад

    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 День назад

    Botw is in and from all timelines

    Edit: good vid

  • Hikaru WDM
    Hikaru WDM 2 дня назад +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 2 дня назад

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

  • Terrible Fate
    Terrible Fate 2 дня назад

    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 2 дня назад

    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 2 дня назад

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

  • rawnihelper
    rawnihelper 2 дня назад

    That's not yellow

  • Pig Soda
    Pig Soda 2 дня назад

    Um thats not yellow in botw lol thats green clearly

  • Kung fu Cat
    Kung fu Cat 2 дня назад

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

  • FGTEEV2 Swain
    FGTEEV2 Swain 2 дня назад

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

  • Eucenor
    Eucenor 3 дня назад

    My mind is blown!!!


  • Darche 61
    Darche 61 3 дня назад

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

  • Ashton Dumond
    Ashton Dumond 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад +1

    slowly pans to the d!ck. 3:18

  • Lmenzol
    Lmenzol 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад

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

  • Sanctions Fury
    Sanctions Fury 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад

    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_ 3 дня назад

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

  • Brianna Almeida
    Brianna Almeida 3 дня назад

    *its just asinine*

  • Dyzinel
    Dyzinel 4 дня назад +1

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

    • Hikaru WDM
      Hikaru WDM 2 дня назад

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

    • Jan Moss
      Jan Moss 3 дня назад

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

  • Link _
    Link _ 4 дня назад

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

  • Eli Raloff
    Eli Raloff 4 дня назад

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

  • gazelle k
    gazelle k 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    Music at 14:10?

  • Sir Zesto
    Sir Zesto 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    Whoa I'm play botw right now and watching botw

  • Smarmy Slayer
    Smarmy Slayer 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    It's all the timelines

  • Douglas Morgan
    Douglas Morgan 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад +1

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

  • Frame Flash
    Frame Flash 4 дня назад

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

  • Camden Carpenter
    Camden Carpenter 4 дня назад +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 4 дня назад

      +Camden Carpenter okie

    • Camden Carpenter
      Camden Carpenter 4 дня назад

      No need to be a pessimist

    • Camden Carpenter
      Camden Carpenter 4 дня назад

      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 4 дня назад

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

    • Camden Carpenter
      Camden Carpenter 4 дня назад

      Let me theorize 🤣🤣

  • Arcticgamer64
    Arcticgamer64 5 дней назад

    Game theory it's common Sense on where it goes

  • The_Dead_Box
    The_Dead_Box 5 дней назад

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

  • Bryson Duckworth
    Bryson Duckworth 5 дней назад

    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

  • Bryson Duckworth
    Bryson Duckworth 5 дней назад

    What about the temple of time? It’s in botw but it’s only ever been in twilight princess after Ocarina. So it’s safe to assume it only exist in the child era timeline

  • Kyle Horn
    Kyle Horn 5 дней назад +1

    Id say brown sleeves are also a failed hero indicator

  • General Butterscotch
    General Butterscotch 5 дней назад

    Took until today to finish it but I'mma ready

  • Andrew Fike
    Andrew Fike 5 дней назад

    Makes a lot of sense

    LACE UP 5 дней назад

    A other huge Zelda fan said that botw connects all 3 timelines and therefore plays after all 3 of them in the same time. He explained it very complex but it made sense. You didn't talk about the lore if loz that's why these theory is interesting but not nearly enough to proof the timeline

  • Ark Files
    Ark Files 5 дней назад

    Fokka is from Zelda, Fokker makes planes.

  • Sam Werder
    Sam Werder 5 дней назад

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the yellow stripe might be symbolic of a halo? You know, to represent the fallen Hero of Time? If I'm just reading too much into this, I dunno, but you can never tell with Aonuma-Sensei...

  • Selena McMahan
    Selena McMahan 5 дней назад

    YAAAASSSSSS thank you i love your zelda vids and i swear this vid should be official cannon :)

  • BSD Fan
    BSD Fan 5 дней назад

    Gross, MatPat, here! Take this “Desert Voe” Set instead! This is MUCH better!
    (P.S. That *GUY* actually sells that set at an interest, costing more than you just buying the flat out set from the town, instead of him, and yes he is a dude)

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      BSD Fan 5 дней назад


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  • Jacob Vlogs.Havefun
    Jacob Vlogs.Havefun 5 дней назад +1


  • The Bassoonyst
    The Bassoonyst 5 дней назад

    You know when spirit tracks is your favourite and Matpat doesn’t even mention it once

  • The Bassoonyst
    The Bassoonyst 5 дней назад

    You know when spirit tracks is your favourite and Matpat doesn’t even mention it once

  • Max Gh0stRider
    Max Gh0stRider 5 дней назад

    Theory ? Every part of the game takes you to a different time line??

  • Lynox the chocolate fox
    Lynox the chocolate fox 5 дней назад

    I can’t believe that is the intro-
    Y bro

  • Remy Foeller
    Remy Foeller 5 дней назад +1

    Hey, maybe it connects all the three timelines together again!

    PRINCE N LEE 6 дней назад

    So you know the timeline split? What if Breath Of The Wild is in the end to every single timeline. Breath Of The Wild is the end to all the timelines.

  • Ur normal Raccoon
    Ur normal Raccoon 6 дней назад

    *sicko mode*

  • Andrew Lucia
    Andrew Lucia 6 дней назад

    Yeah, personally, I'm saying that hat band is straight light green. Definitely a color closer to the rest of his hat than it is his yellow hair. And yeah, like others have mentioned, this game falls in all timelines. It is the inevitable conclusion they all end in. But I love all the thought put in.

  • Robert Beauchamp
    Robert Beauchamp 6 дней назад

    The evidence and theories are good, but without the hit-and-miss humour the video could be done in under 10 minutes.

  • Anthony
    Anthony 6 дней назад +3

    Little did he know BOTW is at the end of ALL the timelines

    • Hikaru WDM
      Hikaru WDM 2 дня назад

      Yep. And link isn't dead in majora's mask either and Termina is an actual place and not some fever dream (although admittedly it has its fever dream moments).

  • Caro Gerrits
    Caro Gerrits 6 дней назад

    In botw Urbosa sas that ganon once transformed in a gerudo body

  • Exerberus The dude
    Exerberus The dude 6 дней назад +2


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    Super Mario LongPlay 6 дней назад


  • Mr. Universe
    Mr. Universe 6 дней назад

    What do you mean failed link???? Time line???? Link never fails..????!!!

  • Nova
    Nova 6 дней назад

    heh. heh. heh. that strap isn't even yellow. it looks more like the cap from TP. thats the worst possible eveidence for the failed hero timeline.

  • Blood_Lust
    Blood_Lust 6 дней назад

    ummm why child Zelda and not adult after the stamina joke...

  • Kill me
    Kill me 6 дней назад

    It makes a lot of sense that it’s in the failed hero timeline after all there’s that flashback of how link was “killed”

  • SoapyBoatman
    SoapyBoatman 6 дней назад

    or, ya know, the timeline really is just something the creators threw together for the fans and all these things just so happen to be a coincidence but that's just me x'D

  • Yordi rodriguez
    Yordi rodriguez 6 дней назад

    Actually breath of the wild belongs after everything 10000 years after skyward and after ganon has been defeated so many time he gave up and assumed true evil so it kinda restarts after breath of the wild

  • WebbWarrior
    WebbWarrior 6 дней назад

    It's actually the canon that the Zora evolved into Rito because of the dangerous sea monsters that would prey on Zora, which is what led to the dismatlement of the Zora's domain. Besides in a world where magic pig demons and physic defying tools exist, it's not that crazy for fish people to become birds.

  • Awesomemohawk 45
    Awesomemohawk 45 6 дней назад

    I cannot believe the timeline is so diverse and actually thought out!

  • Kirby :D
    Kirby :D 7 дней назад +1

    I watched the video from my cellphone and 2 different monitors, the straw its totally Lime green

  • UltimateArbiter117
    UltimateArbiter117 7 дней назад

    i think that botw connects the three timelines back together because of all the returning characters and themes

  • Kirby :D
    Kirby :D 7 дней назад +2

    What if breath of the wild somehow link back together the 3 timelines?

    • Hikaru WDM
      Hikaru WDM 2 дня назад

      It does, it's confirmed by Nintendo that BOTW takes place in all three timelines! Idk if it converges them or not (like this dragon break theory I've been hearing about) but I suspect it will in some way.

  • Odin
    Odin 7 дней назад

    It's funny to watch this after it was confirmed that the events of the game take place at all timeline.

  • FiredUpBoy y
    FiredUpBoy y 7 дней назад

    Mat pat changed his name when he came back in time. His original name was John titor

  • Cinderquil 229
    Cinderquil 229 7 дней назад

    Tp has a stripe, but what if he is just wearing his hat inside out

  • BaconHairIzBezt
    BaconHairIzBezt 7 дней назад

    The hylian shield wasn't in the defeated timeline

  • Alpha Lizalfos
    Alpha Lizalfos 7 дней назад

    That’s a map of termina. Not hyrule.

  • gboi gamer
    gboi gamer 7 дней назад +1

    Do you think the timeline will split again? Or does one end?

  • Duck_Vader 777
    Duck_Vader 777 7 дней назад

    dont look up john tidor wot teh hecc austin