Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity isn't Breath of the Wild 2, but it's looking to be a smorgasbord of story, nevertheless. The latest trailer for the Musou action game puts the spotlight on the bizarre Yiga clan, and a very mysterious—yet eerily familiar—wizard who's guiding them.
The new trailer, which Nintendo put up earlier today, heavily features Master Kohga, the beer-bellied leader of the Yiga. Kohga shrieks about how he's gonna "kill you all…to death!" which echoes his goofy personality in Breath of the Wild. As usual, the mysterious Yiga clan delivers conflicting vibes. They're a reclusive people made bitter by unwarranted persecution against the Sheikah race, and they serve Ganon as a means of striking back at the kingdom that betrayed them. They're fierce assassins, masters of the shadow, and they have no qualms about killing women and children. At the same time, they revere Kohga's ample belly, and they have a weird thing about bananas. I have to hand it to the Yiga: it's been years since I played Breath of the Wild, but they still make me wonder. I also wonder if Kohga's appearance suggests he'll be playable at some point in the game.
But the new Age of Calamity trailer suggests at least some of the Yiga are organizing under a shady character—maybe a wizard—who looks to be a much bigger threat than Master "Kill You All to Death" Kohga. The hooded figure carries a staff and is adorned with the symbol of the Gerudo clan. We get a glimpse of their eyes, but it's not enough to ascertain who they are, exactly.
This is a fun character to guess at because there are several interesting possibilities. Some Zelda fans on Twitter suggest the newcomer is Yuga, the female counterpart to Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. It's a possibility since the stranger's eyes are the same shape as Yuga's. That's where similarities end, though. Their iris colors don't match, and the stranger has a lock of hair dangling in front of their face while Yuga doesn't.
Another possible match—and the one I'm betting on—is we're looking at a character who's heavily inspired by (or will actually identify as) Agahnim, Ganon's wizard alter-ego from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The giveaway might be the eye symbol on the stranger's forehead, which matches the symbol Agahnim has on his robes.
Age of Calamity tells the story about Ganon's campaign to destroy Hyrule; it wouldn't surprise me if he sent a part of himself to perform some dirty work as a human pawn. If this wizard is indeed male, however, that brings up a whole host of new questions. He wears the Gerudo symbol, but the Gerudo tribe only gives birth to one male every century. (This male is invariably Ganondorf across the series' lore.)
If the wizard is a pawn of Ganon, did he start life as the Gerudo tribe's prophesized male? The Gerudo in Breath of the Wild are generally kind and good-natured; what are they doing about the rogue Man-King making trouble in Hyrule?
The story and intrigue for Age of Calamity is building up in ways none of us expected. The newest trailer obviously wants us to keep on guessing about the identity and motives of Mister (or Missus) Wizard. We'll be happy to keep on writing nutty fan theories until Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity comes to Switch on November 20.