Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is the fast-paced Legend of Zelda hack and slash game that I never knew I wanted. Reminiscent of games like Dynasty Warriors, Age of Calamity does play an important part in the Legend of Zelda overall story.
The game takes place 100 years before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Smack dab in the time of Calamity Ganon and the age of its four Champions. In all the chaos it may be hard to keep in mind that this is indeed a Legend of Zelda game, but Nintendo has been so kind as to leave a few Easter Eggs for us to delight over.
Lon Lon Ranch
Lon Lon Ranch is an iconic destination in the world of Legend of Zelda. It’s present in almost every game and even in Breath of the Wild, it’s dubbed as ranch ruins. It’s no surprise then that Lon Lon Ranch being a prequel of BotW will appear in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. While playing through ‘The Battle of Hyrule Field’, you’ll come across the ranch ruins on the Eastern side of the map.
This is the Lon Lon Ranch, home to Talon, Malon and of course Epona in Ocarina of Time. Eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot the same oval-shaped racetrack, the tower in the back and the sign over the fence of the original Lon Lon Ranch. Even the buildings around are placed in the same general location as in Ocarina of Time.
Mabe Village Ruins
Lon Lon Ranch is not the only location to appear in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, just nearby is Mabe Village. Head Northwest of the ruins of Lon Lon Ranch to find a small town with a sign that says ‘Mabe’. Mabe Village is in ruins in Breath of the Wild but here you’ll be able to explore some of it.
Mabe Village is the first place you discover in Link’s Awakening. It’s where he’s nursed back to health by Marin and all his adventures begin. Even though that game uses a different art style you still should be able to compare the layout and locations of places in the village with that in Age of Calamity. Not only do the homes feel similar but they’re in the same general locations. But the thing that seals the deal is the Cucco statue over a well, an iconic landmark in Link’s Awakening‘s Mabe Village.
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity you may notice that the scarecrows dotting Hyrule Fields are dressed in a red hat, blue vest, and a red bandana. This is extremely similar to the dancing scarecrows from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.
In Ocarina of Time, you’ll find scarecrows Bonooru and Pierre near Lake Hylia. Teach them the ‘Scarecrow’s Song’ when you’re a kid and in the future, you’ll have the ability to summon a scarecrow. The scarecrow feature also appears in Majora’s Mask under the name Scarecrow and you’ll have to teach him the ‘Scarecrow Song’ as well. So far the scarecrows in Age of Calamity don’t seem that interested in music but it’s great to see them all the same!