In addition to a new take on the franchise with an open-world setting, one of the most striking choices in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is its cel-shaded art style. Harkening back to but not exactly replicating the look of the Wind Waker, the aesthetic gives a cartoonish vibe that works well with the lighthearted and open gameplay. If you’ve wondered how the game might look with more traditional modern graphics, however, a recently discovered glitch allows you to see exactly that.
Reddit user Rangers_of_the_North posted several images of the graphical change in Link, which gives him more defined and natural features compared to the cel-shaded aesthetic seen throughout the game. It’s debatable if Link looks more squeaky clean or like a dead-eyed demon-possessed doll ready to wreak havoc on Hyrule.
Much like the hidden area players found in the Trial of the Sword DLC, this glitch is triggered upon entering a small alcove. It seems climbing into a hole in the wall of the gatehouse on the bridge above Lake Hylia will trigger the glitch, and thankfully, the user shared a screenshot of the hole itself, seen below, for easy reference.
The user found the glitch while hunting for the game’s many Korok seeds. Since the items can be found hidden practically anywhere in the open-world setting, it’s surprising it took this long for fans to find or notice that the hole in the wall seems to remove the cel-shading. Many other glitches have been discovered since the game’s launch, including a way to lose the Master Sword, spawn rupees, and even bring the hidden Korok seeds to one location.
For all the players with a little crush on our hero out there, another Reddit user shared a look at Link with the Barbarian armor on that shows off his abs. With the glitch’s glossy look, Link appears to have been doused in body oil to show off his hard work collecting stamina upgrades. Rock climbing does a body good!