Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown – theory and speculation

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we finally got the title Breath of the Wild 2 (Which means we can stop calling it Breath of the Wild 2) The latest Nintendo direct comes with a new trailer — and it’s called Tears of the Kingdom, which has already established a ton of theories. .

You know what that means, Zelda fans—it’s time to put our speculations to rest once again, and to dissect every wee bit of Zelda lore we can get into this trailer.

We won’t lie here – the trailer has a . was not very Moving. It’s going to be difficult. But still, we will stand! There must be something juicy in that footage, right?

Also, be sure to browse Your early pre-order options for the gameAnd check out our guide compiling all the information we have about TOTK so far:

Kingdom’s Tears: Trailer Breakdown

owl girl

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

At this point it is quite safe to say that the two subjects of the State of Tears are birds and fly. The first shot of the trailer looks like an owl. Now, we know that owls are very important in Zelda lore – Capora Gebora is the most important, and her owl-like Skyward Sword Ancestor Headmaster Gebora, who was Zelda’s father in the time before Zelda, is even a princess.

Can we tell anything about this bird from the trailer? Oh yes. Oh yes we can. More on that later. But for now, let’s just say whoever they are, they seem pretty important — they’re wearing a lot of fancy regalia, perhaps of a royal, a lord, or some other significant role.

And… it appears that she has Shekha’s marks on her face. Honestly, who knows what that means at this point. We’re not even sure Nintendo fully knows what Shekha is anymore… But In breath of the wild, the Shekha are an ancient mystical race whose technology lurks beneath Hyrule, ready to wake up to the chosen hero (that’s you). So, this owl boy (if he is shekha, and he doesn’t just have cold eyelashes) is from the past. got it.

(Some people are saying that the boob baby is a woman. Honestly, it’s hard to tell either way.)

Moblins, Bokoblins, and Malice (oh my!)

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

Our next shot is one that looks like a stone carving of a battle between your standard Zelda foes — Bokoblins and Moblins — along with a spreading swirl of Malice, the hot pink Rogue Goo from BOTW that represents Ganon’s growing power in the region. represents. There isn’t much to say about it except that they are all carrying weapons – Bokoblins have clubs, and Moblins have some kind of double-scythe.

Rito war?

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

What looks like Rito soldiers on the other side of this battle – the bird people of botw – which is surprising, given that the game is centered around the sky, with a ton of bird imagery. One thing to note is that they are all holding shields that look like the Helian Crest (albeit much simpler) without the Triforce.

But wait! that crest actually has its own name – it’s goddess crestwho first appeared Skyward Sword, and later in BOTW on Spirit Orbs. The goddess Shikha represents the goddess Hilia, and the loftwings that Skyloftians fly around. This Skyward may hold the Tears of the Kingdom in the Sword Age, as Hylian does not appear in the Crest (along with the Triforce). timeline until Ocarina of Time (Later riding cap And four swords,

And don’t forget that Zelda Is Helia reincarnation. Maybe these Rito are his soldiers?

who died?

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

At the center of this battle image is a single fallen Rito soldier. They don’t have any shields or swords, but that may be for simplicity. who are they? Was he the first to fall? Is this important? We just don’t know.

There is actually another one on the right, who has a shield (but not a sword).

I! Er… amber remains!

There are already seven little spirals around that owl boy, which resemble magatama. ace attorney (And Japanese Historycertainly) – a figure often seen in jewelry and relics, which may represent some sort of spiritual, religious or ceremonial purpose.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

But we’ve also seen these in Zelda before. Known as the Ember Relic and Dusk Relic, these comma-shaped materials are used to upgrade Link’s gear in the Skyward Sword. The former can be found everywhere, and the latter is only found in the Silent Realm, an area designed to test Link, which can only be accessed by the Hero.

“You have a amber remains, It is the amber colored part of the precious stone. No one knows why it’s the size.”
“you got a remnants of the evening, This item is similar in appearance to Amber Relic, yet very different. It is found only in certain places.”

It is also interesting that seven of these are around owls. We’ve seen number seven in Zelda games before – most notably, the Seven Sages, but in BotW there are seven maidens, heroines who were the divine protectors of the Gerudo race, represented by seven giant statues – and a secret eighth statue, too, represent the heroine who was “erased from history”, although no one knows why. These young women are also said to be descendants of the Seven Sages, including Princess Zelda.But this story appears only in a link to the Past And four swords adventures,

OK, the story of the seven actresses is good… but it might not be relevant here. On the other hand, the sage might Huh Similar to We already have the theme of owls, so it will come as no surprise to find that these seven sacred relics around the owl represent sages, especially since Rauru aka Kaepora Gebora in the Ocarina of Time One of the saints.

And maybe… they are the nominal “tears” of the state. Hmmmm.

We won’t guess right now what that means. You have to enter the speculation field for that (it’s on page three).

zelda is not okay

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

Oh dear. Oh no. All horizontal of Zelda.

“But wait – how do you know that’s Zelda?”

Have you ever seen any other women represented in the historical artwork of these games? No, Tetra, Hylia, Din, Farore, and Nayru don’t count. They are all the same person, more or less.

“Fair enough.”

Thanks. to continue: Oh no! Zelda Horizontal. This seems less than ideal. We don’t know why he’s horizontal, of course, but it’s probably something bad—you can see a few strands of Malis crawling under him.

big doors

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

Everyone loves that moment when you step out of the cave in BOTW and then the sun is all bright and it’s great. Well! Time for one of those moments, except for the big doors.

What is worth noting here is the insignia on the door – is it a snake? It looks like two chickens with really long necks. Could be dragons too, although BOTW had three The dragons represent the three gods and goddesses of the Triforce. This circle-snake theme comes back to the logo later as well. This is probably important.

colour scheme

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

Breath of the Wild was very blue and green – like the sky and grass – with touches of blue and orange to represent the Shekha technique. But the TOTK is very pale, with hints of teal and pink (perhaps representing good and bad).

(Hey, fun fact: blue -> teal and orange -> pink are basically just two vertices on the color wheel. What does that mean? Well, if we want to be really silly about it, let’s say Maybe it represents technology or the evolution of the world in some way, or even the repeating cycles of time. But honestly, they’re just colors. They probably just wanted new colors.)

The yellow color palette makes the world feel a little weird, as if it’s dying somehow — and honestly, because it seems like these sky-islands have been forcefully kicked out of Hyrule, we’re not surprised. All that grass is probably dead.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer breakdown
Image: Nintendo

It’s still there. It’s still yucky. You can read about our hand principles right here,


We are nowhere! Go to page two for more stuff from the trailer, and then page three for the speculative area…

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