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Are These Breath of the Wild Shrines Hiding a Secret Triforce Message?

Could this really symbolize Zelda’s three golden triangles?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a very open, non-linear game — after the initial four shrines that all players must beat to proceed to the greater adventure. One fan now thinks he’s uncovered an Easter Egg in those early shrines that any Zelda fan will no doubt appreciate.

Nintendo hasn’t confirmed this fan theory, so it may very well not even be accurate. But be warned that this could be spoiler territory for anyone who hasn’t advanced beyond the opening shrines on the Great Plateau just yet.


In Zelda lore, there are three golden triangles known collectively as the Triforce, and whomsoever possesses the Triforce can have any wish his or her heart desires granted. This is a central plot point in many Zelda games, with the heroic Link and Zelda struggling to keep the Triforce out of the hands of the evil sorcerer Ganondorf.

The Triforce doesn’t appear in every single Zelda game, but it does either show up or at least get mentioned in most releases. Reddit user pkbronsonb thinks he’s found a reference to the golden triangles in the aforementioned shrines at the start of Breath of the Wild.

Breath of the Wild Triforce

As can be seen in the image above, the monks encountered at the end of each of these shrines are holding their hands in such a way that could be perceived as being representative of the Triforce. Some redditors were quick to point out, however, that these are traditional Japanese and Tibetan Buddist hand signals known as “mudras.”

While that appears to be true and is likely at least part of the reason Nintendo arranged the monks’ hands in this way, it does not preclude these particular mudras from having been chosen by Nintendo to signify the Triforce.

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