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How did King Rhoam die and who killed him?

While Nintendo often has a reputation for making games with “safe” narratives, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had a darker tone, with several characters facing tragic deaths. Chief Gerudo Urbosa fell to Thunderblight Ganon in Vah Naboris, Goron Daruk died to Fireblight Ganon in Vah Rudania. However, among those who fell in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, King Rhoam, the last king of Hyrule, died under more mysterious circumstances. While Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity offered a possible answer, fans are still wondering who — or what — killed King Rhoam in BOTW.

King Rhoam at Hyrule Castle in ‘Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’ | nintendo

How and where did King Rhoam die in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’?

While the exact circumstances of King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule’s death in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remain uncertain, players have caught some details.

After Link wakes up from Resurrection Shrine, he encounters an old man. At the top of the Temple of Time, the old man is revealed to be King Rhoam, the last king of Hyrule before the Great Calamity.

He tells Link how Princess Zelda tried to awaken her powers to stop the evil Calamity Ganon from returning, but ultimately couldn’t. Calamity Ganon launched his attack, corrupting the four divine beasts Vah Medoh, Vah Rute, Vah Rudania, and Vah Naboris, as well as the Guardians.

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Link and Zelda escaped during an assault on Hyrule Castle, but most couldn’t. In the breath of the wild book, “Creating a Champion”, page 361, says he “perishes fighting Guardians and monsters while helping people get to safety”.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity apparently detailed how King Rhoam’s death occurred. However, fans have wondered whether or not Age of Calamity is a canon prequel to BOTW at all.

Fans wonder if ‘Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’ showed unchanged events from 100 years before ‘BOTW’

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity showed players Hyrule 100 years before BOTW.

In the “Calamity Strikes” battle, Link and Zelda rush through Hyrule Castle, taking down the Guadian Stalkers and monsters. They try to reach Zelda’s father, but the Guardians quickly surround them when they do. King Rhoam stays behind in a heroic sacrifice to give Link and Zelda a chance to escape.

However, due to Terrako’s time travel, most of the original events have been altered.

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It turns out that King Rhoam is not dead. When it looked like he and the Knights of Hyrule would surely fall, he used a Guardian Shield to protect them from the Guardian’s lasers. He found Zelda in the Age of Calamity battle “The Great Plateau”.

Fans hotly debated whether anything in Age of Calamity can be considered canon. This means that while King Rhoam’s “death” played out somewhat in the game, it may or may not have played out the same way in BOTW.

However, some things might still line up with the canonical events of King Rhoam in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

King Rhoam likely died from a Guardian in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Whether it be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, King Rhoam fell in Hyrule Castle or the Great Plateau, a Guardian, Bokoblin or another monster seems most likely responsible for his death.

According to the player, “Logically, Rhoam must have survived the initial assault on Hyrule Caste to make it to the Great Plateau. It’s only there that Rhoam dies, eventually surrounded by Guardians.

Spirits in The Legend of Zelda tend to stay where they died. This is true in BOTW.

“It would also explain why Rhoam’s ghost is tied to the Great Plateau the same way the Champions are tied to the Divine Beasts – that’s where they died.”

Additionally, the stone structure atop Mount Hylia is called “Field Object: King’s Tomb”.

While that’s still all fans know about King Rhoam’s death, the sequel The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could always shed more light on events.

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