Zelda BotW How to Get True and Alternate Endings

SPOILER WARNING: There’ll be some major spoilers here, so tread carefully if you want to go in blind. The new Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, has several different endings. Which ending you get depends on your actions, specifically which missions you complete. In this guide, we’ll tell you how to get alternate endings in Breath of the Wild.

Zelda Breath of the Wild How to Get Alternate Endings
Zelda Breath of the Wild How to Get Alternate Endings

There are two endings that you can get in Zelda Breath of the Wild. They all depend on how many and which missions you’ve completed. The missions in question are freeing all of the Divine Beasts from Ganon’s hold, which are main story missions, and getting all of Link’s memories, which is more of a side quest. We’ll list how these actions affect the ending that you’ll get below. One final spoiler warning – turn back if you don’t want the endings ruined for you.

Alternate Ending in Zelda Breath of the Wild

This is likely the first ending that you’ll get. You can expect to get this one if you just breeze through the game. There’s not much to it – visit a few shrines to get your heart container count up, and don’t collect all Link’s memories. Just run through the story towards the last boss Ganon.

Zelda BotW True Ending

The True Ending is the hardest one to get, as it should be. For this one, you’ll have to free all Divine Beasts and get their help in the battle against Ganon, finish all main story missions, and get every memory as well. This will unlock the full ending – additional story after THE END cut scene.

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    Andrew Hoyt

    Lame there is only two endings. I got the true ending on my first play through.


      I got all the memories and everything else but didn’t get all the shrines do I have to do that to get the true ending

        Madeline Ortiz

        All you need are the memories and divine beasts, not the shrines. I only have 57 shrines completed, and I got the ending on only my second Ganon boss fight.

        Mike 616

        No I let 7 unfinished and I got the true ending


      how did u get the true ending?


      I finished all of the main story and it just went straight to the credits


        Its after the end of the credits that the mentioned ending starts


    I just do all the memories from the pictures then I got the true ending scene, battling all ganon blights and calamity at hyrule castle without the master sword, full shrines or any divine beast !!!

    Charles xavier

    Man I did the full package of main stuff
    I beat Gannon with maxed out armor of the wild using the master sword with the hylian shield in my first playthrough and my next will probably be using the new hard mode when they add it with maxed out tunic of twilight


    I have all the memories and beat Ganon but only got the regular ending. Anybody know why? A little annoying that I don’t get to witness the true ending in my own playthrough.


      Christian did you get all the divine beasts with you? You need all four as well.


        Along with having done every single main quest.

      Michael Barberry

      This happened to me too. I completed all main quests, including freeing all of the divine beasts and securing the master sword; and also caputured the mem.


    its not working for me, do you need the nintendo switch?


    I only did 3 of the Divine beasts and still got this ending


    Pretty lousy ending..

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