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Screw Baby Yoda, It's All About Age Of Calamity's Guardian Egg Now (Yes I Know It's Called Terrako)

By Cian Maher

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Sure, Baby Yoda is cool, but have you met Age of Calamity's amazing Guardian egg?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity recently launched for Nintendo Switch. Set 100 years prior to Breath of the Wild, it does all kinds of weird shit and throws a massive spanner in the works for Breath of the Wild 2 — I loved it. But instead of scratching your head while attempting to unravel the immense batshittiness of The Legend of Zelda’s ever-changing timeline, you could be hanging out with Guardian egg, the newest and irrefutably best addition to the ongoing trend of baby sidekicks in modern media.

Baby Yoda was all the rage when The Mandalorian first came to Disney+, but I haven’t seen half as many posts about him since season 2 started. In fact, the only time I saw anyone talking about him recently was about a week ago when pretty much every Mando fan I know said, “Baby Yoda is an idiot.” I haven’t seen the series, but I’m inclined to agree that he is, in fact, an idiot — at least in comparison to Guardian egg, also known as Terrako.

Editor’s note: This article includes spoilers for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

There’s a scene in Age of Calamity where Zelda and her mates are talking about a knight who is prophesied to fight alongside the four Champions in the inevitable battle against Calamity Ganon. “That’s Link!” I hear you say. Congratulations, that’s a gold star for you.

But we’re forgetting that everyone’s favourite Guardian egg was accidentally teleported an entire century into the past, and when Zelda says, “Well, Link is the knight,” Terrako decides it’s having absolutely none of it. In many ways, Terrako reminds me more of a golden retriever than a miniature automaton who’s supposed to grow up and become a cyclops-eyed death machine corrupted by the most nefarious evil power in history.

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The scene mentioned above transpires pretty early in the game. Zelda tries to field the pretty necessary discussion of how to save the world from being plunged into perpetual darkness, but Mipha and Daruk quickly start having a laugh while Revali flies away like the arrogant (but likable) dick he is. Meanwhile, Terrako starts taking the piss out of young Impa and all of a sudden it’s less, “Oh no, the world is ending,” and more, “Get back here you little shit,” like you say to your dog when he nicks a rock from the back garden despite knowing for a fact that he’s going to hurt his teeth by chomping on it. Terrako has the same energy.

However, Terrako is more than just a marketing-driven capitalization on a contemporary industry trend. Our little Guardian egg is the core reason as to why Age of Calamity and Breath of the Wild exist in alternate versions of the same timeline, and despite its cutesy design and cheeky personality, it sacrifices itself in order to save Hyrule and prevent the four Champions from dying against the Blights of Ganon. In a way, you could argue that it really was the knight it saw itself as, despite not being the guy with the blonde hair and green tunic. Zelda, I think his name is.

(I’m joking, please don’t leave angry comments).

We’ve seen loads of baby characters that revel in cute points and meme viability over the last decade or so — Baby Groot, Baby Sonic, and Baby Yoda spring to mind as three of the most renowned ones. Even Kojima played into it with the weird “babies as energy sources for invisible monster-detecting shoulder propellers” in Death Stranding. Terrako is different: it’s funny, and adorable, and endearingly mischievous, but it also plays a key role in a moving story that completely rewrites something we took as a de facto narrative back in 2017. It quickly went from a cute little advertising mascot to a central part of a compelling reappropriation of one of the most revered Zelda stories in recent memory, and that’s something that can’t be said for any of the other 21st Century baby characters.

Also, it looks like an egg, except it’s also a baby death robot. What’s not to love? Guardian egg is the best.

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Terrako,(HWAoC)[1] also known as the Diminutive Guardian,(SSBU)[3] is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.

Biography

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

As a young child, Zelda and her mother discovered ancient Sheikah relics while exploring their Kingdom of Hyrule.[4] During this time, Zelda inserted a Blessed Screw into a small Guardian which activated it. With the Guardian active, she gleefully presented it to her mother who was supervising her.[5] It was named Terrako and would play Zelda's Lullaby for Zelda before she went to bed, providing her with comfort.[6] Following the Queen's death, Zelda asked Terrako for reassurance that it wouldn't leave her too.[7] Some time after, her father, King Rhoam, confiscated Terrako from his daughter, seeing it as a distraction from her training.[8]

Many years later, Terrako is seen in a room in Hyrule Castle emerging from a box, at roughly the same time that Zelda's powers awakened in the timeline of Breath of the Wild. As it comes under attack by a Guardian Stalker, it escapes by opening a portal that takes it back in time to before the Great Calamity in an attempt to keep Zelda safe by changing the course of history.[9] Unknown to it, Calamity Ganon sends Malice through the portal, possessing Terrako's then-present self as its vessel, creating Harbinger Ganon.

Link and Impa discover Terrako in a dormant state during "The Battle of Hyrule Field" Scenario, where it is reactivated by Impa's Sheikah Slate and consequently saves them by making a Sheikah Tower rise out of the ground.[10][11]Terrako then runs off to find Zelda, who no longer remembers it.[12] She notices that the Sheikah Slate reacts to Terrako's presence. Link, Zelda, and Impa take Terrako to Robbie and Purah,[13] who confirm it to be a previously unknown type of Guardian.[14] According to them, it acts as a power amplifier for ancient technology.[15] Additionally, they are able to extract part of its memory, revealing the devastation that will occur if Calamity Ganon is not stopped.[16]

Terrako accompanies Zelda and her allies along their journey to recruit the Champions, proving itself to be a faithful ally of the Champion. Zelda notes that it seems to be unusually attached to her,[17] and Impa thinks it sees itself as her knight.[18] When it plays Zelda's Lullaby to calm the princess in one of her moments of despondency, she realizes that she has seen it before a long time ago.[19]

When Zelda is overwhelmed by her perceived failure to awaken her powers in time to prevent the Great Calamity,[20]Terrako plays Zelda's Lullaby again before opening a new set of time portals. These summon Sidon, Yunobo, Teba, and Riju (along with Patricia) from Breath of the Wild's timeline to intervene, preventing the Blight Ganon from killing the Champion like they were supposed to.[21][22]

After Calamity Ganon is defeated, it is possible to have Terrako as a playable character. This can be achieved by collecting the 50 different Terrako parts.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Diminutive Guardian — Spirit Battle Information

Diminutive Guardian — Spirit Information

SSBU Diminutive Guardian Spirit Icon.png

Diminutive Guardian
No.
Rank ★ NOVICE Cost
Skill
Improved Escape
Makes grabs and stuns easier to escape.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Diminutive Guardian appears as a Support Spirit, first appearing in the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity event on January 8th, 2021. The Diminutive Guardian holds the skill Improved Escape, which allowed for the fighter to escape grabs and stuns more quickly.

Trivia

Nomenclature

Gallery

  • Artwork of Terrako from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

  • An icon for Terrako from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

See Also

References

  1. 1.01.1"Terrako
    Guardian of Time
    An Guardian who has traveled from the future to save Zelda. It was broken in the fight against the Calamity but has now been repaired and reactivated thanks to the effort of Link and the others.
    " — Gallery (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  2. ↑"The Diminutive Guardian" — System (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  3. "Diminutive Guardian" — Nintendo, [Event] Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Nintendo.net, published January 06, 2021, retrieved January 21, 2021.
  4. ↑"This is from a long time ago. It's a relic I found one day... while mother and I were out exploring." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  5. ↑"Mother! Look, look!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  6. ↑"Nighty night." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  7. ↑"You're not going to leave me too, right, Terrako?" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  8. ↑"As the princess of Hyrule, your sole focus must be on your training." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  9. ↑"The Sheikah Slate conveyed the little Guardian's purpose. This anamalous vistor had traveled from a future of ruin-a time in the midst of the Calamity-to save Princess Zelda." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  10. ↑"Huh? Why is this happening?! It's...a tower?" — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  11. ↑"Hmm... An inexplicable Guardian... ...and a mysterious tower." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  12. ↑"Ah... What is that?" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  13. ↑"Impa proposed recuiting Purah and Robbie, renowned researchers of ancient technology, to study the Guardian and investigate the myserious tower that had appared on Hyrule Field. King Rhoam of Hyrule gave his assent." — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  14. ↑"This is technology the likes of which I've never laid eyes on! Which means...we've got ourselves a brand-new, never-before-witnessed GUARDIAN MODEL!" — Robbie (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  15. ↑"Devices like the Sheikah Slate, which are amplified by the power of such ancient relics, are but a meager fragment of such technology." — Robbie (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  16. ↑"I extracted some visual data from the Guardian's memory. (...) Yup, no doubt about it. Hyrule Castle after Calamity Ganon has been revived." — Purah (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  17. ↑"Why is it so...attached to me?" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  18. ↑"Oh, I see. Our friend believes itself to be a knight as well, in service of the princess." — Impa (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  19. ↑"That song... (...) I remember you." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  20. ↑"I have...failed... All of Hyrule...my friends...even my own father... It's my fault!" — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  21. ↑"When it happened, I could faintly hear a voice calling to me. As I searched for who it was, I suddenly saw my dear sister under attack... My only thought was that I had to help her. Next thing I knew, I was inside Vah Ruta." — Sidon (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  22. ↑"That was your doing, wasn't it? Thank you." — Zelda (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
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I Would Die for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's Baby Guardian

Things being the way they are, it didn’t seem likely that 2020 would follow in 2019's footsteps in terms of ushering in new, fictional babies designed to capture the public’s heart. But then, Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamitydemo came along and introduced a surprising bundle of joy into its already complicated story about a princess, her knight, and their fight to save to world.

Set 100 years before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Age of Calamity chronicles the final days of Hyrule’s valiant battle against the resurgence of Calamity Ganon, a primordial evil that’s been fighting to overtake and destroy Hyrule for thousands of years. Like the original Hyrule Warriors game that essentially boiled down to being little more than a Zelda-themed spin on the Dynasty Warriors franchise, Age of Calamity pits players against massive hordes of enemies meant to be cut down with furious button mashing that results in a variety of ridiculous, gorgeous combo attacks.

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But by being set within Breath of the Wild’s general timeline, Age of Calamity’s story beats take on a wholly different sort of significance. From the moment you begin playing, it’s already established that no matter how hard you fight, Link, Zelda, and Hyrule are all doomed save for one small, bright light that may come to play a major role in The Legend of Zelda’s future.

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Though Age of Calamity’s demo spends a solid chunk of time acquainting you with younger versions of the major characters previously seen in Breath of the Wild—like Impa, King Roahm, and the original four Champions—as they gather for war, the game opens with a dramatic scene seemingly at the end of the conflict with the forces of evil having gained the upper hand. As Zelda and Link stare down one of the many-legged mechanical Guardians known for shooting on sight, the two heroes are engulfed in a bubble of blinding light emanating from Zelda’s Triforce tattoo. While it isn’t spelled out explicitly, it stands to reason that Age of Calamity’s first cutscene takes place at the precise moment when Zelda was able to seal Calamity Ganon within Hyrule Castle and spirit Link away to the Shrine of Resurrection where he could heal and eventually return to fight again as Breath of the Wild begins.

At the very same moment Zelda unleashes her power, though, a similar light begins to shine from within a room in the castle that’s not too far from the princess, and the source of the light is revealed to be a diminutive, three-legged Guardian. In Breath of the Wild, the larger, hulking Guardians stalk Hyrule’s open areas intent on killing Link after the machines are corrupted by Ganon’s energy. Age of Calamity’s baby Guardian appears to be special, not just because of its size or its resistance Ganon’s influence, but also its unique ability to open portals through space and time by playing a specific series of sounds.

As you play through the demo, it’s explained that, like the larger Guardians, the baby Guardian was originally designed by the Sheikah as a defense measure against Ganon. However, for reasons that aren’t explained, no one can recall specifically when or why the new Guardian was created. Though the baby Guardian isn’t particularly hostile, it refuses to be touched or held by anyone save for Zelda, again implying that it has a connection to her or that it was programmed to accompany her and her alone in her fight against Ganon.

Age of Calamity is the first canonical Legend of Zelda game where you can actually play as the titular princess (we’re not counting that time she was a disembodied spirit in a suit of armor). Here, Zelda hacks and slashes her way across the battlefield by casting a variety of runes with her Sheikah slate. Zelda’s game movements speak to Breath of the Wild presenting her as a being both a brilliant scholar who relies on her intellect as wella magical princess powered by faith. Zelda’s connection to the wee Guardian encapsulates both of these aspects of Nintendo’s current incarnation of the character, and when you take a step back to consider Age of Calamity’s Zelda, it’s very easy to imagine her leading the charge against Hyrule’s foes in a game while Link merely acts as a supporting character.

By jumping back in time before Ganon’s attack, the baby Guardian raises a number of questions about how Age of Calamity is meant to come to a close. Even though the baby Guardian is able to warn the heroes about what it’s seen in the near future, Breath of the Wild makes clear that as hard as the Hylians fought, they eventually lost to Ganon—and most of Hyrule’s heroes save for Zelda and Link died. Throughout Breath of the Wild, there’s never any mention of Zelda being accompanied by a personal Guardian, but Age of Calamity presents the baby Guardian as a key element of The Legend of Zelda’s larger, overarching narrative. And it’s difficult to imagine that Nintendo would drop this character into the mix only to immediately kill it off.

Age of Calamity could very well end up being a simple (though epic) bottle story chronicling Hyrule’s final days of glory in the past where Zelda’s newest companion is ultimately destroyed. But there’s just as likely a chance that there’s a greater significance to the time-travelling droid that’ll only become clear by Age of Calamity’s end, and perhaps extend even further into the upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity drops on November 20.


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