In Breath of the Wild, we have seen a number of places throughout the land of Hyrule that were once bustling places. Unfortunately, after Calamity Ganon’s attack, many of these places are now destroyed and stood as a reminder of the kingdom’s prosperity. One of the ruins located in central Hyrule are the Coliseum Ruins. These ruins greatly resemble the Roman Colosseum, and as Hick from TwoGuysPlayingZelda explains, likely had a similar purpose. Although much of the history of these places in Breath of the Wild are shrouded in mystery–including the coliseum ruins–Hick is able to piece together his theory on the coliseum and its purpose.

According to the video, the coliseum was more than likely built before the events of the new Zelda game and was called either the Hyrule Coliseum, or the Aquame Coliseum as it is near Aquame Lake. The ruins’ structure was a little strange, as it had no railings or seats for people coming to the spectacles, but the its grandiose state suggested that it was used for battles or other public events such as plays and other artistic performances. However, Hick explains that if it was used for these public events, it was challenging for many of the kingdom’s residents to get to the coliseum, especially for Gorons and other Hylians living on the eastern side as there was only one way to get to the coliseum. The coliseum was more than likely guarded heavily on days when it was not open to the public, and access was almost impossible.

In addition, the ruins’ majestic architecture suggests that monsters and other creatures were brought into the coliseum to be used in battle. This is further supported by the monsters in the coliseum currently. As the player travels up the ruins fighting the monster, their level of difficulty increases, as well as the weapons’ rarity. The hardest monster to battle is the Silver Lynel, whom is awaiting the player’s challenge in the center of the coliseum. But the coliseum could have served a completely different purpose and its current state is what led to this explanation, so be sure to check out the video above and begin formulating your own theories.

Do you agree with this theory? Why or why not? Do you have a different theory lined up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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