Reddit user, Rangers_Of_The_North, discovered a nifty glitch in Breath of the Wild that essentially alters Link’s cell-shaded visual effects. It actually appears the shader effect is disabled or unable to load in a very specific location located in Lake Hylia. Now it isn’t permanent but it the glitch allows players to catch a glimpse of what Link could have looked like without the signature cell-shaded look. I have to say, he looks rather doll-like. Depending on the outfit you equip on Link, it actually looks cool.
The Reddit user breaks down how to replicate the glitch which is by traveling to Lake Hylia and standing near a very specific location of the structure pictured below. He states, “While on the hunt for korok seeds on my master mode run, I discovered a strange glitch on the bridge over Lake Hylia. On the left side of the gate there is a broken concave section that I rested at. While zooming in to get a better look, I saw that Link’s look has completely changed! He looks like a doll, he has a shine to him and the shadows on his body became realistic. Other things changed too, fire enchanted weapons, bombs, even Fierce Deity armor have altered looks. The lighting effects of fairies have an awesome glow to them too!
I have looked and looked online to see if anyone else has found this, but I couldn’t find anything. Try it out before the Big N finds it and removes it!”
Gamers alike have managed to find several glitches throughout the game since the March 3rd release. No word on whether Nintendo plans on patching this one as it doesn’t necissarily allow players to “cheat” in the game, it’s simply a cosmetic glitch, and a cool one at that.