Hilarious Link Fall Shows BOTW’s Ragdoll Physics Can’t Be Beaten

There is a lot that fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild love about the 2017 Game of the Year, including the title’s ragdoll physics which were recently showcased in a hilarious demonstration revealing an impressive fall from Link. Only recently did a good portion of the game’s community discover that there actually is a way to prevent BOTW‘s Link from falling while standing next to a sheer drop, though this mechanic is not usable for all sudden drops.

Compared to many other previous Zelda titles, BOTW‘s Hyrule is significantly deadlier to this incarnation of Link. Fearsome enemies like Guardians, Lynels, and more who can still one-shot the hero – even in the later stages of the game – are lurking all over the map. Without the right equipment, certain environments such as Death Mountain can prove to be deadly just by traversing through them. Perhaps the greatest threat to Link’s life in this open-world installment, however, is gravity, which has been the demise of many BOTW players who do not have enough stamina.


At least Nintendo decided to make BOTW‘s ragdoll physics when Link falls incredibly entertaining, as seen in a video from Reddit user ponderosa-pines. After an attempt at shield surfing goes horribly wrong, Link is left to the mercy of the world’s ragdoll physics as he tumbles his way all the way down the mountainside. The falling takes around 15 full seconds, with Link hitting cliffside after cliffside with hilarious results. Halfway through, Link would have died had it not been for the player using a Fairy to restore health. This allows our hero to somehow survive the fall after landing in a body of water, but he is still not yet out of danger thanks to the presence of an Octorok lying in wait.

BOTW‘s impressive ragdoll physics don’t only impact the playable Link, but also NPCs throughout the world, leading to carnage and hilarious defeats when used correctly. One BOTW player even made a Guardian tumble all the way down a mountainside after defeating it on a slope, only to see its final demise happen in a river far away. The ragdoll physics are an impressive addition to the game, making it feel more realistic and serving to provide additional threats not just for Link, but also for his foes.

Even being five years old, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is proving to be just as entertaining now as it was upon release. Aside from the players still uncovering secrets and mechanics, it’s possible to enjoy the gameplay mechanics for what they are and the limits they can be pushed to, as seen in this Redditor’s fall video. This is a testament to the in-depth design present across this massive title, and it’s perhaps no wonder that BOTW 2 was delayed, especially if it will be comparable in scope to its immediate predecessor.

Source: ponderosa-pines/Reddit

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