Breath of the Wild Backstory Uncovered via Hylian Language

Fans Discover Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Backstory Through the Hylian Language

We know that Breath of the Wild begins with Link waking after sleeping for a hundred years, but not much else. However, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, recently gave us a closer look at the map included in the Special and Master Editions of the game. On the flip side, the map features a tapestry of the Hylian/Sheikah language, and dedicated fans have decoded, revealing Breath of the Wild’s backstory.


Here is the translated text:

“Hylians pass stories of a destined time long past, where multiple races lived and worked together in harmony. The Sheikah Tribe’s blue aura breathed through the land, and this mutual prosperity continued, until a cataclysmic disaster struck. The hero and the princess attempted in vain to seal the terror, which became known as the Calamity Ganon. Divine Beasts awoke from four directions, and deployed a mechanical army which made the king and his people fearful. They fractured Ganon’s power and sealed him… But the Sheikah were banished from the land ever since.”

The map’s text was translated from Hylian/Sheikah to Japanese, then from Japanese to English. This finding is credited to Youtube user Zeltik and his fans, who worked together to uncover the text. You can watch his full explanation of the backstory here.