A relatively small detail from previous trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has gotten much more prominent in the latest reveal, and fans are once again asking: what’s the deal with Link’s dead arm?
To start, we’ve gotta go back to the very first trailer for Tears of the Kingdom, from back at E3 2019 when it was still simply known as the ‘sequel to Breath of the Wild.’ This is the trailer that featured Link and Zelda exploring a spooky cave where a hand glowing with green energy held a mummified corpse in place. In brief flashes, we saw that energy enter Link’s own hand, while some apparent disaster had the cave collapsing and the corpse breaking free of its seal.
In the second trailer, it became clear that this energy will remain in Link’s arm for the majority of the game, and that it will be the source of the abilities you previously activated through the Sheikah Slate in Breath of the Wild. We also saw that Link’s arm was covered in runed braces.