Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is a massive game that players are still pouring over to find secrets and Easter eggs to this day. The entire game can be seen as a faithful and well-made testament to the legacy of the Legend of Zelda franchise.
From hidden game mechanics, secrets, references to older games and nods to the continuity of the games (or lack thereof) there are a ton of Easter Eggs that have been found that even veterans may not be aware of.
10 Lurelin Village = Outset Island
This is probably the most recent discovery in the game and fans have been gushing over it. Some eagle-eyed players have noticed that while exploring Lurelin Village it bears an uncanny resemblance to Outset Island from The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker.
With similar beaches, an identical lookout tower with a near-identical view, and the overall shape of the island just bears too much of a resemblance to be a coincidence. It’s one of many references to the worlds created by The Legend Of Zelda and proves that even now there’s still lots to find in this massive game.
9 Ranch Ruins = Lon Lon Ranch
Another call back to the more famous locations found in previous Zelda games Ranch Ruins is an almost exact recreation of the Lon Lon Ranch from The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.
This majestic ranch has since been burned to the ground as a result of Ganon’s evil exploits, but players can still find the charred remains of buildings, fences, and roadways that are a faithful representation of where players saved the ranch by winning a race with Epona. It’s a bit sad seeing the current state of the ranch, but a great nostalgic moment nevertheless.
8 Cucco Attack
A recurring Easter Egg in the Zelda games is the Cucco Revenge Attack where the player is assaulted by a swarm of the chicken-like creatures in retaliation for attacking them. Breath Of The Wild brings this entertaining Easter Egg back, but with an interesting twist that players are beginning to take advantage of to humorous effect.
It turns out that any character who attacks the Cucco will come under attack by the Cucco Revenge Squad. If players are holding a Cucco when attacked by an enemy that enemy can trigger the swarm and be mobbed to death by a horde of Cucco.
7 Temple Of Time
Another ruin from previous games players can find is the Temple of Time. Located by the Great Plateau, players can explore the abandoned temple as it was depicted in Ocarina Of Time. What’s interesting is the exterior is identical, but the interior is entirely different with the Statue of Hylia and its smaller companions.
Another interesting Easter Egg is if players listen carefully to the music playing within the temple they’ll discover that embedded within the notes is the familiar Song of Time from Ocarina of Time.
6 Dancing Dogs
This Easter Egg is an interesting mechanic included in the game by the developers to give more life to the game’s world and a fun secret to find. In the world are a number of dogs that the player can befriend and tame. They can lead Link to nearby treasures and serve a great practical purpose in the game.
What’s interesting is that if Link crouches down next to the dog and starts twirling the dog will crouch down and start twirling too. It’s a fun little Easter Egg that while it serves no real purpose in the game does give these faithful companions a little more personality.
5 Botrick = Satoru Iwata
Former CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata helped bring the company back from the brink of bankruptcy and into the limelight with creations like the Wii and Nintendo DS. Before dying of cancer in 2015 he was dedicated to the creation of the Nintendo Switch which Breath Of The Wild would be released on.
To commemorate his contribution to gaming the developers of Breath Of The Wild created the character Botrick who bears an uncanny resemblance to Satoru and aids the player by providing useful information. It’s a fitting memorial for the man who wanted to assist real life gamers by providing compelling entertainment.
4 Lord Of The Mountain
Speaking of Botrick, this character sends you on an interesting lore hunt to find the Lord Of The Mountain. He tells you of a mysterious being who dwells at the top of Satori Mountain. If the player spots a green glow at the top of the mountain they can climb to the top to find the mythical being, a ghostly two-faced horse.
Another interesting reference is that the name of the mountain, Satori, is a Japanese word for enlightenment and the verb form is Satoru, the CEO’s first name.
3 It’s Dangerous To Go Alone
There are a number of different things in the game that bear the famous runes of the Hylian text. This fictional language has been decoded by fans and used to identify the hidden messages the developers included in Breath Of The Wild.
While there are a number of plaques that bear Hylian text describing what the location is or funny references on the pillar that fills out your Sheikah Slate, perhaps the best Easter Egg is the text on the map marker that players can see when gazing through their scope. These pins read the famous text ‘It’s Dangerous To Go Alone’.
2 Ganon’s Horse
One of the more interesting side quests is Hunt For The Giant Horse. This quest has the player hunt down and tame a giant horse that will accompany them the rest of the game. What’s interesting about this horse is that it bears an uncanny resemblance to the horse Ganon is seen riding throughout the franchise.
Some fans speculate it may actually be a descendant of his horse or it’s large size could be a reference to how large the horse seemed when Link was a child. In either case this fiery maned black stallion is a great companion during Link’s quest to explore the land.
1 Dark Link
While not exactly a secret this is by far the most interesting and most useful Easter Egg found in the game. Link’s infamous Dark Link outfit from Ocarina Of Time can be purchased from Kilton at the Fang and Bone shop.
By trading monster parts for Mon the player can purchase the Dark Link set that provides enhanced speed when running at night and an appearance that terrifies NPCs. It requires freeing the four divine beasts and lots of monster grinding, but it’s worth it to play as one of the most popular villains in the franchise.