In the last screenshot released for Breath of the Wild, we saw what we presumed to be a pack-mule following another NPC out on the road. Today, Nintendo released new art of that donkey with a description of what exactly it is. It’s purpose is much the same as a pack-mule, except for the fact that it carrying all that stuff means the NPC itself is a traveling merchant. Here is how Nintendo worded it:
“Donkeys carrying a variety of merchandise accompany traveling merchants in Hyrule. Link will often find them at stables or on the road.”
Very interesting stuff. This also means Beedle is not the only merchant around.