Stay on target
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’re going to die. You’re going to die a lot. The game’s remarkable sense of freedom lets you try any plan in any situation even if you’re terribly ignorant of and unequipped for the challenge. And that’s great! Learning as you go along is part of what makes the game such a joy to explore. However, if you want to make the ride a little smoother, here are some tips.
Explore Everywhere, Try Anything
Any place you can see you can get too. Anything you think you can do you probably can. The best piece of advice for playing Breath of the Wild is just to keep exploring and trying new things to see what happens. You’ll constantly be surprised and rewarded.
Use Your Runes
Instead of traditional Zelda items like Hookshots and boomerangs, your biggest tools in Breath of the Wild are unlimited magic runes for controlling magnetism, time, ice, and bombs. If you ever get stuck, using the right rune in the right way is usually a good idea.
Don’t Overthink Your Recipes
You can cook food you find into meals with special properties, and modifying the ingredients modifies the recipe. But don’t overthink it. Keep your meals simple with one goal in mind like gaining heat resistance with spicy peppers or increased stealth with blue nightshade.
Prioritize Your Weapons
Use your sword or shield or bow too much and it will break. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find new weapons. But some weapons are better than others. So use your weak weapons on weak enemies and save the big guns for the bosses.
If you find yourself in serious danger, just run away! You’ll be surprised how often it works, and you if mix desperate sprints with stealthy hiding (you can see how much noise you make) enemies might leave you alone.
Use the Map
No, this isn’t a CD-i joke. Navigating Breath of the Wild’s massive world requires good cartography skills. A smart habit to form is to zoom in on interesting structures and put a pin on them so you can use the map to find them later.
Mind Your Stamina
You can climb pretty much every surface in this game, but at a price. Link has a limited amount of stamina for strenuous activity. Get too tired while running, and you’ll have to catch your breath (of the wild). Losing stamina can also cause drowning and falling from great heights. Fortunately, stamina can be upgraded.
Don’t Ignore Motion Controls
Using dual-analog sticks works just fine, but I found that using motion control to subtly adjust actions like aiming arrows or manipulating objects was actually incredibly useful.
Remember, the Shrines are Fair
Shrines are mini-dungeons usually centered around a single mechanic like moving orbs or freezing water. They are clever, but the solutions are always fair. If you get stuck, don’t try to overthink or cheat the shrine somehow. Just take in your surroundings, and try to remember the shrine’s name as that is usually a big clue.
Love Your Horse
If you sneak up on a horse and mount it, you can claim it as your own at a stable. And if you keep using your horse, rewarding it with rubs as it follows your commands, its stats will increase along with your bond. Just don’t let it die.
Don’t Eat the Cartridge
If you eat the cartridge, you won’t be able to play the game. Plus they taste really, really bad.
This is just the beginning of what there is to learn about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The good news is, the game shows you even more tips while it loads after you die, and like we said, you’re going to die a lot.
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