A Legend of Zelda : Kingdom of Tears player was forced to reevaluate their engineering skills after a spectacular trebuchet failure. They then shared their hilarious accident on social media, which garnered widespread attention online shortly after another viral “Tears of the Kingdom” clip demonstrated the importance of fire safety.
Like its predecessor, the new Zelda game is designed around emergent play, and it does so by incorporating an open-world map and various mechanics that favor creativity. One such system revolves around Tears of the Kingdom’s Ultrahand, the successor to Breath of the Wild’s Magnesis rune, this time not only for non-metallic materials, but also for Link to fuse objects together to create vehicles, traps and structures thing.
While many players were delighted to learn that this newfound power could be used to create complex mechs, such as the devastating Kingdom Attack Drone and bipedal mech, others found they could explode with simpler designs, Sometimes even literally. This was recently exemplified by Reddit user DrDalmaijer, who shared a gameplay clip of a misconfigured trebuchet designed to drop some time bombs. Unfortunately for them, the design failed in rather spectacular fashion, and the only thing that ended up getting pushed in the ensuing explosion was its control platform, including Link standing awkwardly.
DrDalmaijer elaborated on the humorous mishap that somehow left Link unscathed, writing that they were surprised to see their Kingdom Tears device explode in such a direct manner, suggesting that they actually had the foresight to bomb their Flowers are placed in baskets made of wagon wheels. Since the propellant is not actually connected to the machine, it will not receive a signal once the trebuchet is powered on.
Still, the placement of the bomb’s flower could have been part of the accident, and another possibility is that the basket was so heavy that the force generated was enough to lift the time bomb, which exploded first. DrDalmaijer flagged the latter scenario as a possible explanation and said they would try to rebuild the trebuchet with just one bomb to see if that prevented the entire payload from detonating.
This is far from the only humorous engineering disaster that has been circulating online since the new Zelda game hit store shelves on May 12. Just last week, a Tears of Kingdoms player regretted skimping on airplane parts after finding himself in a similar predicament.
The Legend of Zelda : Kingdom Tears is now available on Switch.