Nintendo hasn’t given us much to go on regarding the story of the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild, however, one clue has managed to get out there related to the ancestors of the Champions. Today I am going to check out this potential story beat and look at what this means for Breath of the Wild 2.
Before we get into it, today I am going to talk about potential spoilers for Breath of the Wild 2. I should caveat this by saying this hasn’t been confirmed by Nintendo yet. I’m also going to be spoiling plot points from the original Breath of the Wild. If you don’t want to be spoiled, then click away now.
This was originally found by a ResetEra user by the name of Alexander_Wand, and featured on the Zelda-focused YouTube channel Lega Hyrule, who shared an interview with Daruk’s voice actor, Pietro Ubaldi. In the interview, Ubaldi said he voiced Daruk in the sequel, plus also one of Daruk’s ancestors.
Given at the end of Breath of the Wild, Daruk’s spirit passes into the afterlife, it makes Daruk’s appearance in Breath of the Wild’s sequel very interesting. In theory, this could be a flashback sequence to the past, where we get to find out more about Daruk and perhaps even his family too, given Ubaldi says he’s voicing more Goron characters, potentially ancestors of Daruk.
Daruk was the warrior Goron Champion, one of the appointed members tasked with piloting the Divine Beasts in the war against Calamity Ganon 100 years ago. He was the pilot of the Divine Beast Vah Rudania. Daruk was ultimately killed when Calamity Ganon corrupted and seized control of the Divine Beasts, pitting him against Fireblight Ganon. His legacy is kept alive by the Goron people, who have a stone statue in his likeness overlooking Goron City.
The implications of the details given away by Ubaldi are interesting, and it could give us some clues as to why we have seen two Links in the trailers for Breath of the Wild 2. Playing with Time is a major component of a few Legend of Zelda games, even in Breath of the Wild, where Link wakes up 100 years after Calamity Ganon laid waste to Hyrule.
If one of Daruk’s ancestors is going to appear in the game, then we could be going even further back in time. We have seen reference to 10,000 years ago in the tapestries and legends told in Breath of the Wild.
The history of Hyrule is closely intertwined with the history of the appearances of Ganon over the ages. The beast was known to have been turned back repeatedly by a warrior with a hero’s spirit and a princess who carried the blood of the Goddess through various tales and legends.
One legend told is that 10,000 years ago, the land of Hyrule had become very technologically advanced – so much so that fierce monsters were considered little threat. The Hylians crafted technological marvels to ensure the kingdom’s safety if Ganon was ever to return. Among these technical marvels was a legion of autonomous Guardians and four Divine Beasts. The Divine Beasts were piloted by four individuals of exceptional skill from across Hyrule, known as Champions.
Upon Ganon’s return, the princess of Hyrule and the hero fought with the other champions and their Divine Beasts against Ganon. The Guardians protected the hero while the Divine Beasts lay siege upon Ganon, until the hero could unleash his final blow and allow the princess to use her sacred power to seal away the beast.
This story sounds very familiar. If Daruk’s ancestor is going to be in the game, then perhaps we’re going to travel back to 10,000 years ago and meet the characters from that legend. We’re told of a warrior that beat back Ganon all those years ago, and this could potentially be the other Link we see in the trailers, the one with the long hair and the corrupted arm.
As to whether we’re going to travel back in time with our current modern-day Link and Zelda, or just travel back in time from a narrative perspective, we don’t know yet. However, Ubaldi gives us clues as to potential story beats for the sequel, when Nintendo is keeping its cards very close to its chest.
We don’t know anything about the story at the moment, which is why we’re jumping on every small detail that releases. I would imagine the title for Breath of the Wild 2 is going to reveal some major plot point, but going back to the story of 10,000 years ago, meeting the original Champions and also finding out more about the original hero that defeated Ganon back then makes a lot of sense.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
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