Is there a fifth character in Cadence of Hyrule?

Addressing questions over a possible fifth unlockable character in Cadence of Hyrule.

While playing through Cadence of Hyrule, gamers have uncovered evidence that suggests there might be a fifth unlockable character. As of right now, only four characters can be unlocked which include Link, Zelda, Cadence, and Yves, the Deku Scrub. After unlocking all four characters, a blank slot for a fifth potential character can be seen when cycling through your available characters.

Does this mean there’s a fifth character in Cadence of Hyrule? If so, who could it be? Below, we’ve compiled a list of theories addressing whether or not there’s a fifth unlockable character in Cadence of Hyrule!

Is There a Fifth Character in Cadence of Hyrule?

Evidence suggests there's a fifth unlockable character in Cadence of Hyrule.
Evidence suggests there's a fifth unlockable character in Cadence of Hyrule.
© Brace Yourself Games, Nintendo

To address the question of whether there’s a fifth unlockable character in Cadence of Hyrule, all evidence seems to point towards yes. However, as of right now, no one has been able to find this character during their Cadence of Hyrule playthroughs. It’s possible the fifth character teaser is a placeholder until Brace Yourself Games releases DLC or a new update for the game (an update that may potentially include the addition of a fifth character).

It’s also possible that players simply haven’t met all of the requirements needed to unlock this character. On Reddit, several theories have been posted relating to beating the game with Permadeath Mode on. For example, Reddit user ainyagasm noted they beat the game on Permadeath Mode but nothing happened. They then suggested, “Maybe Yves permadeath might unlock? That does seem significantly harder than the other characters.”

Using Yves is an interesting idea as Yves only has a single heart, making him the hardest character to beat Cadence of Hyrule with, especially when Permadeath Mode is on. Gamers also have theories as to who the potential fifth character might be. The top guesses for Cadence of Hyrule’s undiscovered fifth character include Impa, Zora, and Octavo.

There’s evidence supporting each of these characters as possibilities, particularly for Impa. If we had to wager a guess, we’d also bet on Impa, though we acknowledge the character could be completely separate from these guesses. It’s also possible that Brace Yourself Games has plans to add additional characters similar to Crypt of the NecroDancer which offers eight different playable characters to choose from.

Based on this, having at least eight playable characters in Cadence of Hyrule isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Until the fifth character has been confirmed, we can only speculate. Check back, as we’ll be posting updates as more information on Cadence of Hyrule’s potential fifth character is revealed.

Now that you know more about the fifth unlockable character in Cadence of Hyrule, be sure to read through some of our other guides including how to unlock all four playable characters in Cadence of Hyrule, how to turn off the rhythm mechanics in Cadence of Hyrule, and approximately how long it’ll take you to beat Cadence of Hyrule.

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