It is implied by Zelda's dialogue when appointing Link as her knight that Breath of the Wild takes place in the "Child Link" Timeline, as in addition to referencing Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword, she references Twilight Princess. However in the original Japanese version also had references to both adult and downfall events/details as well in her extended speech as others talk over it (seas of wind waker and gold triforce of the gods). Zelda's dialogue in the French and German voiceovers Made this even more specific.

    • The French dialogue is "Par delà les mers... Dans sa quête du pouvoir d'or forgé par les dieux..." Which apparently means: "Beyond the seas... In his quest for the golden power forged by the gods..."
    • The German dialogue is apparently: "Ob der Held die Meere überquert oder eine Verbindung mit der Vergangenheit eingeht, du mögest stets an seiner Seite sein." Which apparently means: "Whether the hero crosses the sea, or creates a link to the past, may you always be at his side."
    • The original Japanese it is: umi o koe / kami no tsukureshi ogon no o motomen toki "You cross the seas when you seek the gold made by the gods"
    • Though English localizations drastically alter the line; "Forged in the long-distant past, the sword that seals the darkness…Guardian of Hyrule, ancient steel, forever bound to the hero. In the name of Goddess Hylia, I bless you and your chosen hero. Over the seas of time and distance, when we need the golden power of the Goddess… Our hope rests in you, to be forever by the hero's side. Again we pray…that the two of you will grow stronger…and be together as one."

Many locations from the span of Skyward Sword to Twilight Princess in the Timeline also appear in the game as ruins.

The Amiibo rune items make reference to details from adult, childhood, and downfall including Hero of Wind/Great Sea/Fierce Diety/Twilight Realm Baggins (talk) 15:32, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

Aounouma: : Skyward Sword, the latest installment of the series was at the very beginning of the chronology of the history of Hyrule. Where do you find this episode?

I can not yet answer this question because I want players to discover some elements of the game on their own, but you have some clues when you see that in the game there is the voice of a young person Woman who tells you that the world you are in has suffered many battles against Ganon. You can imagine roughly what period it is.

Fujibayashi and Aonuma also took on a question regarding where Breath of the Wild’s story is positioned in the history of Hyrule. Fujibayashi said that he’ll leave it to our imagination. Aonuma explained things a bit more, stating that Hyrule’s history has changed with time, and even now there are some occasions of canon histories becoming slightly changed. Some detailed parts in the history books have been changed as well. What’s being said here is that even history books used in schools have changed, so why not Hyrule? Aonuma also joked about how that’s why this time the situation becomes like finding a new ancient document.

Baggins (talk) 15:44, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

The Zora slabs speak of Ruto becoming a sage and helping battle alongside the hero of time and zelda. A reference to OOT's adult time period. Urbosa also mentions that Nooboru became a great sage also from OOT.

"Long, long ago... In a past more distant than even the Great Calamity or the creation of the Divine Beast Vah Ruta... There was a Zora princess named Ruto. We know that she was an attendant to the Zora patron deity and that she was a fair and lively girl, beloved to all. Around that same time, an evil man with designs on ruling the world appeared, bringing disaster upon Zora's Domain. It is said that Ruto then awoke as a sage, facing this foe alongside the princess of Hyrule and the hero of legend. Her achievements are remembered not only by the Zora, they are also forever etched in the history of Hyrule. The Divine Beast Vah Ruta, built ages later to face off against Calamity Ganon, was named in honor of Ruto. That the Zora princess - my sweet daughter Mipha - was chosen to pilot Ruta is surely the work of fate."

King Rhoams diary speaks of Zeldas being named Zelda based on tradition this is a reference to Zelda II from the downfall timeline.Baggins (talk) 16:05, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

  • With all these statements and all, I speculate that the game sets place in a 4th timeline, after the event of OOT, where all the past game took place in one timeline, probably not ALL the game, as the Hero's downfall has a lot of different situation. But if one looks into this, each event of the game takes place almost 100 years. I am not saying this should be put into the page, but I'd like to see what other people think about it.— Kinglink15 (Kinglink15) 17:08, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

Some people compare it to Dragon Break in Elder Scrolls or that the basic plot of Hyrule Warriors which shows a kind of Dragon Break scenario actually happened...Baggins (talk) 17:43, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

Also crossing the seas also occurs in Zelda II and Link's Awakening, as well as Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass/Backstory to Spirit Tracks. Of course Link also crosses the Ancient Sea in Skyward Sword. Just to throw all references to crossing the sea into account. Though it's plural seas in the Japanese...Baggins (talk) 17:51, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

True on that. I still think it is a 4th timeline, where the hero in OOT was never sent back in time, and instead stayed, so some event within the child, and hero fallen timeline did or did not happen. Then, during the time of the wind waker, Calamity Ganon (OR so it seems as the intro of the game states.) With also other references of Ganadorf and so on. So it all depends on what Nintendo wants to say.— Kinglink15 (Kinglink15) 18:03, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

Well there is also references to hero traveling through time or time and distance and Hero of Time in the game as well... so uh who knows what went on...Baggins (talk) 18:21, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

Those can be references to the hero placing the master sword in the pedestal of time, traveling back to get the gauntlets, and lens of truth. When I mean he wasn't sent back in time, I mean the ending of OOT, where zelda pretty much sent him back to relive his childhood.— Kinglink15 (Kinglink15) 19:13, May 26, 2017 (UTC)

Well there are problems with that too as it's possible to find references to young Link, some events/items with lore references linked back to Majora's Mask, the Six Sages binding Ganon (which happened in the Child Link timeline), left over remains of the Arbiter's Grounds in Gerudo's desert the prison where Ganon was once held, etc. In a lot of ways he game doesn't seem to care where and what references it makes.Baggins (talk) 09:59, May 27, 2017 (UTC)

Well, think of it like this, it happened, but differently. Like I said, some events could or couldn't have happened. Twilight princess probably did but in a different matter, like it could habe happened with the Yiga clan attempting to use it to help Ganon. Only problem with that theory is the fact that we don't know when the clan was formed, but it seems they were formed during the banishment of the Sheik, due to the invention. But yeah, these references are for the fan to get, in my opinion, which is why several people on the internet, and I believe this is a merging of timelines, probably a 4th timeline.— Kinglink15 (Kinglink15) 16:33, May 27, 2017 (UTC)

I think it might look a bit like the "timeline" given in Hyrule Warriors... which was set essentially after Twilight Princess line, but merged in some elements Wind Waker timeline too... If you count some of the extra dlc character content backstories, other characters form other timelines as well. Assuming something like that happened on the 'big scale' you get more 'merging' of the universes.
It's worth noting though even in Hyrule Historia concept the idea of separate timelines is an in-universe 'theory' from later in the Zelda timeline... It states specifically that its the theory of people of hyrule, made by historians, scholars, storytellers, etc... Which in itself begs the question of how in the world did they even know of those other 'timelines' (unless there had been 'crossovers' at times or some kind of merging of the universes at some point had already happened), and it does seem to allow for other 'theories' such as a singular combined timeline theory as well by other scholars (which these other scholars disagree with, or believe to be 'outdated')... see Hyrule Archives.Baggins (talk) 10:50, June 8, 2017 (UTC)

Baggins (talk) 09:53, June 28, 2017 (UTC)

Well there is some story details concerning four of the new armor sets based on past Zelda games in DLC1, they were apparently discovered and hidden by Misko, and he left a journal that discusses them further in the game. I'm going to go look for the journal and see if it offers any interesting details other than hinting at location of the lost treasures.Baggins (talk) 11:15, June 30, 2017 (UTC)

I think its where the timelines reconnect, so to speak. The ruins of Lon Lon Ranch are still there, not "too" destroyed as, say, having been submerged underwater for thousands of years. I think there has been some time shenanigans going on. While normally you don't think of timelines being able to recombine, Majora's Mask showed that they can. The Hero of Time simply cannot solve everyone's problems in 1 day and save the town (an example is the Anju and Kaife quest, which ends with mere moments left before the moon crashes down), yet at the end of Majora's Mask all the problems were fixed, implying that somehow each timeline where a problem was solved was combined into a single timeline where all the problems were solved. I feel a similar situation has happened here, with all 3 timelines recombining and, in a way, resetting to just after OoT.--RemingtonV (talk) 21:59, July 22, 2018 (UTC)