The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is filled with easter eggs and pop culture references related to not only the Zelda franchise but also some other well known personalities and games.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Easter Eggs and References guide will list them all down for players to easily find.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Easter Eggs Locations and References
Most of these easter eggs and references link to earlier titles in the franchise so while new players might not be able to relate to them, they will certainly be a treat for long time Zelda fans.
Ocarina of Time Ruins
A few ruined structures in the game are from the events of Ocarina of Time. The Temple of Time is one good example of that, and players can even hear the faint tune of the classic Song of Time theme in the background. The temple is located by the Great Plateau, and players are able to explore it.
Another easter egg is in Central Hyrule where players can see the ruins of Lon Lon Ranch with the giant oval fence and a destroyed tower to the side. The ranch has been burned to the ground because of Ganon’s doings
Satoru Iwata Lookalike
Breath of the Wild also plays homage to its former excutive producer, Satoru Iwata who passed away in 2015. A wandering NPC by the name of Botrick travels on the roads of Western Central Hyrule and he looks a lot like Iwata, down to the classic square-rimmed glasses and haircut. Botrick also talks about the nearby Satori Mountain. Satori being a Japanese word for enlightment, derived from the word Satoru.
This list includes locations named after other places and characters from the previous Zelda games and some of them might be easily recognizable. Below are some of the few references although the game contains a lot more:
- The Arbiter’s Grounds – a dungeon from Twilight Princess
- Bonooru’s Stand and Pierre Plateau – name of the two scarecrows from Ocarina of time
- Crenel Hills – a mountain region in The Minish Cap
- Eagus Bridge, Horwell Bridge and Owlan Bridge – names of instructors from Skyward Sword
- Gleeok Bridge – named after a recurring enemy in Zelda games
- Horon Lagoon – named after a town from Oracle of Seasons
- Kaepora Pass – name of an owl who has guided Link in past games
- Linebeck Island – named after Link’s friend from Phantom Hourglass
- Mount Daphnes – named after the King of Hyrule from The Wind Waker
Classic Link Clothes
Players can acquire the classic Link armor from previous games by using one of the Amiibos linked to the game.
Divine Beast Names
The divine beast names are references to character names from previous games in the series.
- Vah Naboris – a Gerudo hero known as Nobooru
- Vah Rutta – the Zora princess of Ocarina of Time
- Vah Rudania – anagram of Durania, the Goron leader in Ocarina of Time
- Vah Medoh – possibly named after Medli, the Rito girl who helps link in Wind Waker
A lot of the runes and ancient markings that are found on the Sheikah Slate and its related Shrines are ancient Hylian text, which first appeared in the earlier games. Many Shrines and other areas have this text describe what the area is about, or what a particular thing does. For an instance, some Shrine entrances have “Dungeon” written over them.
There is text such as “All Your Base”, which is a famous reference for the awful localization of the game Zero Wing.
If players view the text on the map marker while using their scope, they’ll read the famous text “It’s Dangerous To Go Alone”.
Attacking a Cucoo
Like in the earlier games, you can attack a Cucoo in this one as well. Once you attack a Cucoo, it will call for help and a whole flock of Cucoo will be after you.
The Original Legend of Zelda Art
The Breath of the Wild includes an homage to the original Legend of Zelda art. The image of the concept art for the first game, in which Link is kneeling on the edge of a cliff, with a grand view of peaks ahead was remade in Breath of the Wild. This scenic view can be observed from the starting area in the Great Plateau.
If you use one of the many Link Amiibos, you can choose to have Link’s armor from the previous games. Different Links will give you different armor sets. While you can also obtain the Tunic of the Wild if you complete all of the 120 Shrines.
There are a number of music references that you’ll end up listening if you pay attention. Here’s a list of them:
- The background music playing at the Horse God Fairy Fountain is the Great Fairy Fountain music alongside Epona’s song, which is the classic horse summoning song from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.
- You will hear Kass the Rito playing Epona’s song in counterpoint with the Foothill Stable theme. Try to be close or next to him to notice this.
- Rito Village, Zora’s Domain and Great Fairy’s Fountain have the same music as in the previous Zelda games.
Names of the Divine Beasts
The names of the Divine Beasts are references to characters from the previous games of the series:
- Vah Rudania is an anagram of Darunia, the Goron leader in Ocarina of Time.
- Vah Medoh may have been named after Medli, the Rito girl who aids Link in Wind Waker.
- Vah Naboris was named after Nabooru, a Gerudo hero.
- Vah Ruta is very similar to Ruto, the Zora princess of Ocarina of Time.
Dark Link Outfit
You can purchase the famous Dark Link outfit from Kilton at the Fang and Bone shop. For this, you will have to trade monster parts. The outfit will provide Link extra speed during the night, and the attire will terrify NPCs. Players will have to free four divine beasts and do a lot of monster grinding to get this infamous outfit from Ocarina of Time.
While exploring Lurelin Village, players have noticed that the place resembles Outset Island from Wind Waker.
In one of the quests of the game, players will be required to hunt and tame a giant horse, that will then accompany them throughout the game. The horse resembles Ganon’s horse from the series.
Lord of the Mountain
Botrick will send you to find the Lord of the Mountain. He will tell you that there’s a mysterious being that lives at the top of the Satori Mountain.
Once the players find a green glow at the top of the mountain, they can head up to the top to run into the being that is basically a two-faced horse. Satori is Japanese for enlightenment and Satoru, its verb form, is the CEO’s first name