There's A Tiny Spot In Zelda Where Cel-Shading Doesn't Work

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a very distinctive cel-shaded look. That, for some reason, breaks if you climb inside one tiny little space.

Rangers_of_the_North noticed it around a month ago (thanks, @MaxOfS2D) after climbing into the area, which you can find halfway up the gatehouse on the bridge over Lake Hylia.


As soon as you enter, the trademark shading is disabled, leaving Link looking like a terrifying children’s doll.

Actually, he looks more like a 1997 Square Enix cutscene.

Image: Marxally
Image: Marxally

There are more shots linked in the Reddit thread here.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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maybe they were experimenting with looks and forgot to re-enable it there.