As a sequel to Breath of the Wild, Tears of the kingdom of course has numerous connections to its predecessor from the world the game takes place in to its characters to its story. But it also has an extremely tangible connection: it reads your Breath of the Wild save data, and uses that data in Tears of the Kingdom for a feature that we’re all surprisingly emotional about.
WARNING: Spoilers for what this feature does begin below the video. Read at your own risk!
Like Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom includes horses that you can seek out, tame, and ride around the fields of Hyrule. In fact, we have an in-depth guide to horsing around in our Wikis section. But one incredible feature of Tears of the Kingdom’s horses is that the game will read your Breath of the Wild save data, and let Link import any horses he tamed in Breath of the Wild simply by visiting a stable.
You’ll need to have the save data downloaded to your current console for this to work, so if you played on a different Switch, you have to make sure your data is uploaded to the cloud and then downloaded to your current machine, or manually transferred. Be sure to use your same profile as before too! But once that’s there, you can visit any stable in Tears of the Kingdom and speak to the man behind the counter to view horses you have boarded there. Their names and customization will be saved, too.
So if you have fond memories of the horse you rode on to defeat Ganon six years ago, good news: it’s still here waiting for Link all this time later. Thanks, buddy.
For more Tears of the Kingdom content and guides, we’ve got you covered. You can check out our review of Tears of the Kingdom, which we called “an unfathomable follow-up to one of the greatest games ever made, somehow improving upon it in nearly every way.” And for help with everything Tears of the Kingdom, take a look at our Tears of the Kingdom Walkthrough and Guide about making your way through Hyrule, in fact, you can start here:
Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.