Ganon is unlikely to return soon after Breath of the Wild, and this overlooked Zelda spinoff villain could take his place in Tears of the Kingdom.

Since it seems unlikely The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will use Ganon as a villain, or at least not the only one, there is an overlooked character that could take his place. As Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is not a main line Zelda game, it can be relatively overlooked, especially since the gameplay is quite different. However, one character, Astor, may be an option to fill the villain role in The tears of the kingdom.


[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.]

Due to the events of The Wild Spiritit is unlikely that Calamity Ganon will return as the villain in the sequel, The tears of the kingdom. One theory is that Demise will most likely replace Ganon in the TOTKconnects the game to Skyward Sword. But Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has a villain with ties to Calamity Ganon that could be explored in more depth TOTKwhich makes Astor a strong candidate for the role.

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Astor is a follower of Ganon in Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity

The Legend of Zelda's Ganondorf, as he appears in Hyrule Warriors, wearing purple, bejeweled armor and possessing his signature bright red hair and forehead stone.

He doesn’t show up The Wild Spirit, but Astor is a powerful sorcerer who was part of a cult that worshiped Ganon. The Cults found the Harbinger Ganon, who showed them the future before exposing them to its evil, resulting in the death of all the Cults except Astor. After this event, Astor becomes a pawn of Harbinger Ganon and this connection could be used in The tears of the kingdom to help break Calamity Ganon free from his seal.

Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom could use Astor to bring back Calamity Ganon

Princess Zelda looks up at Hyrule Castle, which is shrouded in Calamity Ganon's Malice.

It may be worthwhile for players to add Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity to their list of Zelda games to be played before TOTK as it has connections to Calamity Ganon. Astor himself becomes part of Calamity Ganon because its evil consumes him for his power. It is a possibility that Malice will appear The tears of the kingdomand that could increase the likelihood that Astor could be involved in a villainous role, again acting as an emissary trying to break Calamity Ganon’s seal.

Nintendo seems reluctant to divulge information about The tears of the kingdom‘s plot, and this has led to plenty of speculation and theories on topics ranging from the meaning of the game’s name to what elements could be included from previous Zelda game. The tears of the kingdom won’t be as dark as some gamers might have hoped due to its E10+ rating, but that mostly means developers aren’t making drastic changes to Zelda formal, which might not be a bad move. However, that doesn’t mean that overlooked villains like Astor don’t have a chance to make an appearance The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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