In a recent interview featured on the News channel for Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi spoke about the origins of the Yiga clan, and their obsession with bananas. According to Mr. Fujibayashi, the Yiga clan were members of the Sheikah tribe, and he imparts his knowledge about the Sheikah’s own taste for bananas nearly ten thousand years ago. Additionally, he says that players can find an interesting nod to this within The Champions’ Ballad which, while small, is an interesting easter egg.
Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 2, The Champions’ Ballad. If you haven’t yet completed the DLC, read on at your discretion.
According to an intriguing video from GameXplain, Maz Koshia, the ancient Sheikah monk who presents Link with the many various trials taking place in The Champions’ Ballad, is drawn to bananas. This fits with the answer provided by Mr. Fujibayashi in the interview, and may well be the easter egg which he was referring to. Dropping a bushel of bananas onto the platform while fighting the monk will cause him to become distracted, rushing to scarf them down. You can only do this once during the battle. Despite that it is still a small fact, it further ties together some lore presented during Breath of the Wild‘s main quest. If you’d like to see this strange sight for yourself, check out the video below.
Mr. Aonuma and Mr. Fujibayashi both note that the love of bananas exhibited by the ancient Sheikah tribe and the Yiga clan members is still a mystery, citing that neither of them can explain the phenomenon.