Posted on August 07 2017 by Sakib Hassan
Naturally, Breath of the Wild has been out in the wild for a few months, and fans are starting to speculate where in the timeline this entry fits. Turns out, it may be the latest game in the timeline yet. Now, there are those of you out there who believe it takes place of the Adult Timeline, due to the name of a few geographical locations like Linebeck Island and Mount Daphnes, but these are merely homages to previous Zelda games, much like the presence of Beedle in not just Breath of the Wild, but Skyward Sword too. With a few clues found within the game’s story, we can instead see that Breath of the Wild could in fact finalize the Child Timeline.
So where does the evidence for the placement of Breath of the Wild in the child timeline come from? It comes from Princess Zelda herself! In Memory #1, entitled “Subdued Ceremony”, as Zelda recites a long prayer as Link bows before her to be knighted as a Champion, the following words are uttered:
“You have proven yourself to be worthy of the blessings of the goddess Hylia, whether skyward bound, adrift in time or steeped in the glowing embers of twilight, the sacred blade is forever bound to the soul of the hero.”
Notice that the references are made in the order of Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, and “the glowing embers of twilight”, a la Twilight Princess. This should settle the issue of the placement of Breath of the Wild in the timeline once and for all, for it is an explicit mention from titular protagonist herself.
It can be safely assumed, this statement, along with the constant repetition of how 10, 000 years have passed since the last time Calamity Ganon was sealed away, that Breath of the Wild takes place very late in the child timeline.
However, this is just a theory. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!