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Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – Divine Beast Vah Ruta Dungeon

24 Mar

Into the belly of the water-spouting beast.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Walkthrough – Main Quest: Divine Beast Vah Ruta Dungeon

After that cool little set-piece where you worked with Sidon to get aboard Vah Ruta, you find yourself on your own abroad divine beast Vah Ruta – and it’s massive.

In another Zelda game this would’ve been called a Dungeon or a Temple, and though this is around as close as you get to those ideas in Breath of the Wild it’s still very different.

Let me explain the basics: once you enter Divine Beast Vah Ruta properly, your first immediate goal will be to get yourself a map. You won’t be able to properly progress until you do. Once you’ve grabbed a map, your goal is then much simpler and more open than typical Zelda dungeons – you then need to activate 5 different terminals scattered around Vah Ruta with your Sheikah Slate. Getting to these terminals or making them accessible is, of course, going to require some puzzle solving.

As well as being able to move objects around and interact with parts of the dungeon with your items and rune powers you have one other crucial ability – the ability to move the body parts of each giant beast. For Divine Beast Vah Ruta, it’s the trunk, which constantly spouts water… and you can use that water to help yourself out. Consider this the water dungeon or temple, if you will.

Inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta: Getting a map

Here we are. The belly of the beast. Literally. Head into the first room after the disembodied voice of the Zora’s champion is done talking. There’s a weakened guardian here, so pick it off – it’s weakened, thankfully.

A Terminal can be found in a side room down a ramp. Just want to point out: there’s a terminal in here but it’s useless to you until you activate several sub-terminals.

Back up in the main room, first focus on the water in the middle of the room and the door that was pointed out to you as the dungeon began. Use Cryonis on the water underneath the door to raise the door, then go inside and download the map to Divine Beast Vah Ruta. Handy! This map not only gives you information on where you are, but lets you move Vah Ruta’s trunk.

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Inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta: Terminal 1

Back in the main entrance room look in the water either side of the map room door with your Magnesis Rune equipped. There’s a metal chest here you can drag above water and open for some loot.

In this same room, look for the cogs in a corner. Use your Magnesis Rune to turn these cogs clockwise in order to raise a platform that holds the first of Vah Ruta’s terminal points that you can use your Sheikah Slate on.

Raise the terminal and then use it – this is your first terminal, done! This shouldn’t be so hard, right? Right?

Inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta: Terminal 2

Head upstairs and up the ramp via the side door. Upstairs there’s a big water wheel and a guardian. Kill that guy, then survey this large central room of Vah Ruta.

There are two enormous water wheels in here – a smaller one that’s turning and a larger one that’s stationary.

You should be able to see your second terminal right in front of you – it’s actually inside the smaller cog. The problem: the cog’s base is flooded with water, and it’s constantly moving.

Thankfully we have a power that can handle that. All you need to do is wait for it to be in the bottom of the cog and then use Cryonis on where the water is coming from to freeze it solid. The water level in that part of Vah Ruta drops and the wheel stops turning, freeing up the terminal for use – it powers on automatically.

Take the opportunity to use the terminal when the terminal is available.

Inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta: Terminal 3

Ignore the second larger cog/wheel for now and simply head on over to the other side of the room and up the stairs to the next floor of Vah Ruta. When you see the Ganon corruption there’s a portal thing that spits our endless enemies – look above this for the eyeball to shoot that’ll get rid of the corruption and the spawner with it.

Carry on upstairs until you reach a locked gate on the water wheel at a standstill.

Now use your map screen to adjust the position of divine beast Vah Ruta’s trunk, which is constantly spitting water. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Make water pour into the room so that the wheel turns so the orange ball falls into the blue slot. This opens the door, but now the door is out of reach.
  • Freeze the ball into the slot with stasis, then quickly direct the trunk so that the door is turned back to face you before Stasis expires.
  • With the door facing you and open, run in and activate that terminal, your third.
  • Once this is done there are three optional chests to grab. The first is gained by climbing onto the larger water wheel’s fins as it turns. Get to the apex, then look out towards the smaller wheel. There’s a chest on a ledge – paraglide out there.
  • The second chest is on one of the outer fins of the water wheel, so simply wait for the right bit of rotation and hop on.
  • The third spoke of the large water wheel has a chest trapped between two stone blocks. The key here is to use rotation of the wheel your advantage, freezing the top block with stasis for long enough while the ‘chest sandwich’ is parted so that you can run up and open the chest.

Once you’re done, ride the water wheel all the way up to the top and face the opposite direction of the previously mentioned chest – towards Vah Ruta’s trunk. Hop and glide to this new platform, kill the guardian, and press the switch on the left to create a shortcut waterfall that you can swim up with the Zora armor.

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Inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta: Terminal 4

Now you’re up where the switch is and where you just killed a guardian, go on through the only passageway here – this leads outside, to divine beast Vah Ruta’s trunk.

If you lower Vah Ruta’s trunk all the way via your map screen you’ll be able to get out to its end. Here you can shoot an eye to remove Ganon’s corruption and open a chest, but then you should raise the trunk again and try to stay on the end as long as possible. When you get enough height, jump and glide so you’re on top of Divine Beast Vah Ruta’s body.

There’s a hole atop Vah Ruta; drop down it and again find one of the corruption eyes to shoot on the ceiling. This frees up a mechanism. Grab this mechanism with your Magnesis rune and turn it clockwise to open a hole in the ceiling.

If your survey the room you’ll now notice that divine beast Vah Ruta’s lovely new sunroof has opened directly above a terminal surrounded by fire. Huh. You get the idea, I’m sure: once the hole is open, preposition the trunk so that it comes through the new hole and douses the flames.

Head on down to the newly extinguished area and use the terminal. This is your fourth terminal.

Turn back towards the cog room and drop down a level to find a chest on your way back down.

Inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta: Terminal 5 (Final)

For the final terminal, head back to the area where you can walk onto the trunk. Now, I’m not even sure if this is the intended way (it sure felt like a bit of a bodge), but here’s how I did this:

  • Bring the trunk all the way up into the position where water is pouring into Ruta.
  • Stand ready at the doorway out onto the trunk.
  • Make the trunk descend, then jump and paraglide towards the end of the trunk. You want to land on the part water is coming from.
  • Now make the trunk curl all the way back up again, being careful to remain on the right side of the trunk in order to not fall and to access the terminal once it’s the right way up – the fifth terminal is on a side of Vah Ruta’s trunk only exposed when it’s fully raised.

With this done, all that remains is to return to the main room and to head into the main control room – the very first terminal we pointed out that was useless before. Prepare yourself, then activate that terminal.

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Boss: Waterblight Ganon

This boss is a big old beast made of Ganon’s corruption and floats around the arena attacking. It has both ranged attacks and some nasty up-close and personal stuff with its enormous sword, but the fact that it’s waterblight is a good clue.

This boss has two phases. In the first phase I found it easiest to get in close and fight; like with the Lynel earlier on in the Zora quest line a priority should be to equip a weapon that lets you have a shield (so not a trident or greatsword if you can help it) and then get in close.

Attack like the blazes and raise your shield any time he begins to look remotely threatening. Be sure to eat to power yourself up in terms of attack and defence. If he goes down, switch to a two-handed weapon briefly and go to town with heavy attacks.

For phase 2 Waterblight Ganon raises four pillars in the water. This is a bit of a pain as it impedes your ability to move around him. Usually he’ll occupy one pillar and he’ll occupy another.

If you didn’t struggle too much on the boarding Vah Ruta mini-boss you now have a use for those other shock arrows – these wreck havoc on this water-based creature, so now you’re separated by water, blast him from afar. Aim for the eye.

If he gets downed by the arrows, run, jump and swim (don’t forget, the Zora armor helps you to move more quickly) to him and once again let rip with a heavier weapon.

The fight will soon be over, and you’re treated to some cutscenes, learn some solemn story information, and are then deposited back into the open world… which is now significantly less rainy.

You’ll also get a skill in for the bargain – this skill, Mipha’s Grace, will revive you once when you run out of hearts. Once used it’ll take some time – half an hour or so – to recharge, but it can be a lifesaver.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild glitch lets you dive in water, walk on the riverbed

20 Mar

There may be nothing for you there, but you can – if you want to – explore the riverbed in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn’t let you dive into the water. You can swim, but like everything else you do in the game, it relies on stamina.

However, if you can get something to push you into the water, you’ll be able to access what’s underneath. There’s nothing there to explore, sadly, but you can access it.

Twitter user Swiffy22 (via Destructoid) managed to trigger this glitch by getting an enemy to hit them. The shockwave sent Link flying and into the water.

Here’s the user getting hit by a Stone Talus.

You can also trigger it by simply detonating a square bomb near an edge. This is very easy to do, as you’re about to see, and achieves the same goal.

In the two clips, the area underwater happened to be a very small. It may be possible to reach a new location by continuing to walk, crossing the bond.

If you’re looking for honest-to-god tips to improve your Breath of the Wild game, look no further than our massive guide. It’s got everything you could hope for, from item and gear locations to walkthroughs and general tips.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player Dark Souls the crap out of a miniboss fight

20 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s combat system allows for a brutal ass-whooping if you know what you’re doing. This guy gets it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is full of some pretty tough minibosses that’ll give you a run for your money if you’re not prepared.

For the majority of us, that means stocking up on a plethora of eilxirs, and not even considering taking them on until our HP gauge has been significantly bolstered with heart vessels. But Jimmyqballs doesn’t give a fig about such things.

“This was my second time with the game,” reads the video description, “and was still getting the hang of how combat works.”

Well that explains why he was struggling so much. Seriously, Jimmy?

He strolls in with three hearts and one extra sliver of stamina, and beats the crap out of a Red Lynel. These sons-of-mothers will one shot you to the grave, and Jimmy parries and flurries his way to victory like it’s nothing.

These commbat mechanics aren’t a secret and in the first few hours of the game, a shrine will introduce you to them, but timing is key to executing them correctly.

Jimmyqballs also takes on the Silver Lynel in the Coliseum Ruins without taking any damage, and of course, he emerged victorious.

The fight was won with no eilxirs, no runes, no fancy weapons, and no clothes. Bravo, sir.

How are you getting on with Breath of the Wild? Have you mastered the art of parry and flurry? Chime in below.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s US programmer one day dreamed of working for Nintendo, ten years later his wish came true

18 Mar

Back in 2007, American high school student Corey Bunnell shared his dream of becoming a game designer at Nintendo on a message board. It’s now 2017, and it turns out, his dream came true.

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Bunnell not only works for Nintendo, but he is credited along with Shogo Kihara as one of the wildlife programmers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

After noticing an English name in the game’s credits, redditor Tizzlefix did some digging, and found a post by Bunnell from 2007 on the TranslatorsCafe message board (thanks, Calamity Jen).

In the post, he discussed how he spent the majority of his senior year as an exchange student in Japan, and how he one day wished to return there to live and work for Nintendo.

“My dream is to live in Japan and work for Nintendo as a game designer,” Bunnell wrote. “I realize this is a very large goal but it has been my dream since I first played Mario. I need help figuring out how to achieve this goal.”

Bunnell went on to attend Ritsumeikan University in Japan, as you can see in the student voices video below. The rest, as they say, is history.

Well done, Corey, and thank for proving to those of us who are the “half-empty” types that dreams really can come true if you want it bad enough.

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, World of Goo, others added to Switch eShop

16 Mar

Five titles are playable on Switch from today and each can be purchased through the eShop.

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Three of Tomorrow Corporation’s titles are now available on Switch, and these are World of Goo, Human Resource Machine and Little Inferno.

Each were originally slated for release at launch, but the team is a small one and said previously if each weren’t out for launch, they would arrive soon after.

Dungeon crawler and shoot ’em up The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is also available from today. It features randomly generated maps with over 11,000 room configurations, full of a variety of enemies, items, challenges and secrets.

ACA NEOGEO The King of Fighters ’94 can also be downloaded for Switch.

Other titles available through the eShop this week are:

  • ACE – Alien Cleanup Elite (Wii U)
  • Double Breakout (3DS)
  • Double Breakout II Wii U)
  • Fairune2 – Demo Version (3DS)
  • Picross 3D (Virtual Console – Wii U)
  • Sky Force Anniversary (Wii U)
  • Sudoku Party (3DS)
  • Sudoku Party (Wii U)
  • VROG (Wii U)

There is an eShop sale going on as well, and you can grab all Monster Hunter games for 3DS and Wii U for up to 66% off through March 22.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shee Venath and Shee Vaneer Shrines Guide – Puzzles Solutions, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

15 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shee Venath Shrine and Shee Vaneer Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrines of Trials and finding the Spirit Orbs in the shrines. The Shee Venath shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located at the top of the northern […]

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ree Dahee Shrine Guide – Puzzle Solutions, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

15 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ree Dahee Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine. The Ree Dahee shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located under the Dueling Peaks, directly above the river. For more […]

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Kaam Ya’tak Shrine Guide – Puzzles Solutions, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

15 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Kaam Ya’tak Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine. Kaam Ya’tak Shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located on the south side of the Central Hyrule Tower, south side […]

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Katah Chuki Shrine Guide – Defeating the Guardian Spirit II, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

15 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Katah Chuki Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine. Katah Chuki Shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located in the middle of the Quarry Ruins, on the southwest edge […]

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Saas Ko’sah Shrine Guide – Defeating the Guardian Scout, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

15 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Saas Ko’sah Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Saas Ko’sah Guide Saas Ko’sah shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located […]

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Your reward for collecting all Korok Seeds in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a piece of shit

15 Mar

It’s the experience that counts, right?

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Of the many things to collect in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there’s a thing called Korok Seeds. There are 900 of them, hidden in all of the game’s locations.

They’re a bit tricky to find, but because there are quite a lot of them, most players are nowhere near done collecting all of them. You exchange Korok Seeds for more inventory space with NPC character Hestu.

Spoilers to follow.

But what happens when you actually have every last one of them? Well, as Reddit user xFateAwaitsx discovered, is probably not worth the trouble.

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As you can see in the screenshot above, Hestu’s gift, the item you get for collecting all 900 Korok Seeds is the closest thing we have to a piece of shit in the Zelda universe. It’s shaped like one, and the game confirms it smells bad, so there.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the climbing gear armor set

15 Mar

Grab this armor to make mountaineering much easier.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the full climbing gear armor set

You spend quite a lot of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild clinging to the sides of ancient ruins, mountains or castles – climbing is a huge part of the game, and being able to climb well really opens up a lot of doors in terms of areas of the game you can reach and exploration you can do.

How far that you have the ability to climb is determined by the size of your stamina bar, and stamina is increased in the same way as your health/hearts – every time that you gather 4 spirit orbs from shrines you can spend that valuable capital to gain another stamina vessel, and each vessel puts you one fifth closer to having another complete bar of stamina to spend. Basically, building up stamina takes quite a while, and stamina can sometimes frustrate.

There’s another way to increase your climbing ability, however: the Climbing Armor Set. That’s made up of three pieces: The Climber’s Bandana, the Climbing Gear, and the Climbing Boots. Having it makes an absolute world of difference to exploration.

Each item of this set that you equip gives you a boost to your climb speed. It doesn’t feel all that significant when you have only one piece of the set equipped, but as this bonus stacks it begins to become a serious improvement, with Link clambering mountains like a spider. It’s better still if you want to combine it with a speed buff via an elixir or a cooked meal.

This armor also has a set bonus, meaning that if you’ve upgraded it all twice at a great fairy fountain you get an additional bonus. For the climbing gear set bonus stamina consumption when climbing is reduced, further making this an absolute must for your exploration in search of shrines.

Each piece of the Armor is found in a different Shrine. Here’s where you can track it down:

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Climber’s Bandana Location

The Climber’s Bandana is found in the Ree Dahee Shrine – that’s a shrine adjacent to the river that passes through the duelling peaks, inside the duelling peaks as you pass through the two mountains. You likely pass this one on your journey through Breath of the Wild’s story.

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Climbing Gear Location

The body piece of the Climbing armor set, the Climbing Gear, is found inside the Chaas Qeta Shrine. This shrine is on a small island off the far South-Eastern shore of Hyrule. Look out for an area of the land that curves into a tip and follow that tip up – there, out in the Necluda Sea, is the shrine you need. There are plenty of rafts you can use with korok leaves to carry you out, or spots to glide from.

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Climbing Boots Location

The final part of the set are the climbing boots, and these are found in the Tahno O’ah Shrine. This is found on the eastern edges of Mount Lanayru, again on the eastern side of the map, this time closer to the middle. A good place to start is the Hateno Research Lab, then head to the north-east.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the Hylian Shield

15 Mar

Kit Link out with an old classic.

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If you want even more Breath of the Wild help, we have a full guide hub with plenty of other detailed pages.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the iconic Hylian Shield

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a weird addition to the Zelda narrative for a lot of different reasons, but one of the primary reasons it’s a bit strange compared to some of its peers is because so much of the iconic Zelda imagery is suspiciously absent.

That’s by design, of course: it turns out you can have a Zelda game without Link being clad in the green tunic all game, with the only tunics available in the game amiibo bonuses or late game unlocks. It works fine without it. The same is true of even the Master Sword, which only shows up in Breath of the Wild as an entirely optional pick-up – you can storm Ganon’s lair without it.

Add another Zelda icon to that list – the Hylian Shield. This bad boy debuted in Ocarina of Time, though the basic elements of its design also appeared in A Link to the Past. It’s appeared in some form or another in most Zelda games since, and is considered a piece of the most iconic Link gear. But in Breath of the Wild it’s very rare. Here’s how to find it…

Where to find the Hylian Shield

One of the coolest things about Breath of the Wild is that it’s a very open, free-form game. As noted earlier you can head into Hyrule Castle (which here doubles as Ganon’s lair) at any time from the moment you escape the Great Plateau in the game’s opening – and the Hylian Shield can be found within.

The shield is found within an area of Hyrule Castle known as the Lockup – it’s in the basement on the West side of the castle. You’re best off approaching from the rear of the castle – so to begin with loop around the castle (the Woodland tower is pretty close) to the rear side.

If you look at the castle, five bridges extend out from the land across the moat towards the castle. Most of these bridges are broken, but they would’ve formed a sort of star shape before Ganon struck. You need to stand at the back of the castle near the top of the star shape, or the single bridge in the middle of the top of the castle.

Once near this bridge, you need to head to the right of it when facing the castle – this will take you West on the map of Hyrule. Look out for an area you can glide to on the castle grounds – a ramp that is low and close to the moat. You might be able to make out some blue-glowing luminous stones in the distance. Jump and glide over there.

This is where the lockup is. Head up the ramp, run past the guardian and head into the lockup.

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Inside Hyrule Castle’s Lockup & beating the Stalnox

Once you get into Hyrule Castle you should be on alert – this is a very late-game area, after all. Our aim is to get in, get the gear, and get out. Through the door you’ll encounter a locked metal gate; lift it either with Cryonis on the puddle or with Magnesis and walk through.

In this area there are enemies in cells, and you can let them out with the switches in the middle of the room. The cells contain some good high-end stuff, so if you want to head inside and take the enemies out do so, but be careful.

At the end of the lockup (which is a long corridor) you’ll find a side room on the right. There’s some bones in here… walk in the room and the gate will slam behind you and you’ll have a battle against a Stalnox.

This guy actually isn’t that hard – all you need to do is aim for his eye with a single arrow. Hit him there, then when he falls over go in hard with melee weapons. When he stands up, repeat the process. At the end of the fight his eye will fall out – smash the eye to pieces to finish it.

If you have the upgraded version of the Stasis Rune that can freeze enemeis in place, use that to make hitting the Stalnox eye even easier. This fight is doable – it’s downright easy with better gear, but even if you’re weaker you can do it if you’re careful.

Once the Stalnox is dead, the Hylian Shield will drop. It’s a good shield – it has the highest durability and parry ability in the game. It’s also a one-time deal – you can’t get it in this method again, and this is the only place in the game it appears naturally.

Alternative methods to the Hylian Shield

If you lose your Hylian Shield, a character in Tarrey Town will sell you another version of the shield – but it will only be available to you if you’ve already picked up the shield from Hyrule Castle or via an amiibo.

Speaking of amiibo, yes – as detailed in our guide to the game’s amiibo, the official Breath of the Wild Zelda amiibo drops chests containing shields when she’s scanned – and there is a chance that she can drop a Hylian Shield. As with the Hyrule castle shield, she’ll only drop this once, and unlike the one above it’s not a guaranteed drop, but you can keep scanning Zelda once a day and crossing fingers.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the Master Sword

15 Mar

Obtain the legendary blade.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – The Legendary Master Sword’s Location

The Master Sword is one of the most iconic images of the Zelda series – to the point where it has been an outright focus in a lot of the games in the Zelda series. It’s not so in The Legend of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild, however. Obtaining the Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is no simple story progression task. Things are actually as different as can be in this game, in fact – the sword of legend is actually entirely optional, and it’s easy to get very late into the game without knowing anything about it, though a lot of NPCs talk about it.

The key with the Master Sword is that you can actually run right to it from the moment you start the game. There’s a catch, however: you need to be powerful enough for the sword to deem you worthy of being its master, and if you’re not, well… the sword kills you. That’s some sword of truth, justice and light there, huh.

First thing’s first: where to find the sword.

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Heading to Korok Forest – the location of the Master Sword

The location you want is the Lost Woods, as pictured above. If you’ve played A Link to the Past (or indeed Twilight Princess) this location might not come as much of a surprise to you.

The Lost Woods are found directly north of Hyrule Castle, to the left of Death Mountain. The nearest tower is the Woodland Tower. To the East of the Woodland Tower there’s a path; follow this right the way up and around until you enter the Lost Woods.

When you do, you’ll find lit torches laid out. It’s foggy and creepy.

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How to get through the Lost Woods and reach Korok Forest

The path for now is simple: follow the lit torches. It’s fairly dark, so it’s not a bad idea to bring and light a torch of your own, or a wooden weapon that can double as one.

Pretty soon you’re going to come across the image above. Two torches and a creepy face. From here on out you’ve no more torches, though this is a checkpoint. Zelda fans will know the Lost Woods well – venture too far off the stated path and you’ll be returned to this point.

In order to get through the Lost Woods what you have to do is simple, but not necessarily easy: look for the trees with the creepy faces. Look at their ‘arms’ – you want to follow the directions their creepy arms are pointing.

This can involve a bit of trial and error, but I managed to do it on my second attempt. Here’s the path I took:

  • Keft at the two torches and the first creepy tree
  • Hook a right towards where there are a lot of face trees
  • When there’s a cliff face rising to your left, you want to turn left and follow it around as it curves.

Eventually you will pass through the Lost Woods and into the Korok Forest area. Walk straight forward and you will find the Master Sword waiting…

How many hearts you need to get the Master Sword

But wait! Before you do anything, consider heading to the right from the Deku Tree. Just around the corner is the Keo Ruug Shrine. Even if you don’t plan to do it, go activate this shrine – it then means you won’t have to travel through the Lost Woods again when you want to come back! If you decide to do this shrine, it’s a tricky one… it involves examining the constellations on the wall.

Anyway. Head up to the Master Sword for some lovely story exposition with the Great Deku Tree. How many Links has this guy known? (Could this be the same sproutling planted at the end of Ocarina of Time? Did this one live through Wind Waker?)

Ah, anyway – the sword won’t let you pull it. The sword requires 13 hearts to be pulled. To be clear, each and every one of those have to be real hearts, bonuses from cooking or other buffs don’t count.

To get hearts, you need to do some more shrines. Each shrine you complete will net you a spirit orb, and every 4 spirit orbs can be traded for a heart container – a small price to pay for the sword of legend…

When you return with the right number of hearts, you’ll be treated to the sword – and of course an iconic cutscene and the iconic music.

How good is the Master Sword? Does it have infinite durability?

The Master Sword is unbreakable, and if you have full health and ‘throw’ it, it fires a beam classic Zelda style.

It glows blue whenever it’s in the presence of an evil being it’s more powerful against, such as a dungeon boss or Ganon himself. In these circumstances it doubles its power stat from 30 to 60. Inside Hyrule Castle, home to some strong end-game bosses, it will consistently glow blue regardless of where you are.

If overused the sword will become unusable and need recharging, however, so you should use it sparingly and save it for those big encounters with demonic beasts. It will never break, but in this regard it sadly doesn’t have infinite durability. It’s still an amazing sword, however.

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Dunno why these Zelda: Breath of the Wild making of videos went offline, but they’re back and still great

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be one of the most ambitious games Nintendo has ever produced, and a look behind the scenes will not dispel the magic.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a very different kind of Zelda game, but at the same time, its roots are obvious enough to make you reach for a packet of hair dye.

Zelda fans waited a long time for Breath of the Wild, and although that patience seems to have paid off, it seems fair enough that they might have questions. Questions like, what took so long? What goes into making one of the best-reviewed games of all time? How did Nintendo hit on this apparently magical formula?

Get to grips with this gigantic game in our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide and walkthrough.

The answers to some of these questions and more can be found in a fascinating three-part video series from Nintendo on the making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

There are no story spoilers in the videos, but they do detail a number of gameplay systems and mechanics, and you could argue that discovering these on your own is part of the fun, so you may want to hold off if you haven’t yet played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and intend to. If you have started playing and you’re struggling with combat, though, you’ll discover a heck of a lot of cool new ideas here.

As well as exploring gameplay the video goes into some of Nintendo’s inspirations, like Japan’s Jomon period, which influenced the visual design. There’s also some footage of the NES-like 2D prototype of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, among other prototypes and concepts. It’s super interesting.

Nintendo took a couple of these Zelda: Breath of the Wild behind the scenes videos down for a few hours, but they’re back up on official channels now for you to enjoy. And oh look, they’re all embedded here. How convenient.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Toto Sah Shrine Guide – Aligning the Platforms, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Toto Sah Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine.

Toto Sah shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located near Hickaly Woods, southeast edge of the Dueling Twins. The actual shrine is behind a destructible wall alongside the Little Twin River.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Toto Sah Guide

In our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Toto Sah Guide, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about completing the Toto Sah shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Toto Sah Guide

Activate the first machine and get the Shield of the Mind’s Eye from the platform. The third machine controls a maze with the Small Key inside. After getting the Small Key, turn the maze one more time and line up both the platforms.

This should allow you to cross and open up the door to get the Spirit Orb from the monk.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daqa Koh Shrine Guide – Accessing the Gate, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daqa Koh Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine.

Daqa Koh shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located in the Eldin Region of the game. It’s a pretty straightforward shrine which requires the usage of Statis Rune in order to solve the puzzles inside.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daqa Koh Guide

In our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daqa Koh Guide, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about completing the Daqa Koh shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daqa Koh Guide

After entering the shrine, you’re tasked to head through the gate before the block trips the switch. In order to head to the monk, try to get blasted into the air along with the stone to paraglide on top of it.

Once you’re at the top, prepare your Statis Rune and freeze it while it’s at the top. The next thing that you need to do is to hop off and glide through the open door. Now all that remains is to speak with the monk and claim the Spirit Orb.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Mo’a Keet Shrine Guide – Finding the Path, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Mo’a Keet Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine.

Mo’a Keet shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located in the lower Eldin, on the west side of the Cephla Lake and directly above the Foothill Stable on the main road.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Mo’a Keet Guide

In our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Mo’a Keet Guide, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about completing the Mo’a Keet shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Mo’a Keet Guide

Upon entering this shrine, use the Statis to freeze the middle boulder and head up the slope. You need to move to the side in order to avoid getting hit. After getting to the top, you’ll notice a lot of boulders rolling down.

At this point, you need to use the middle boulder using Magnesis as a shield while moving up. Doing so should allow you to move up while crashing the incoming boulders and finally heading to the room with monk.

Once you’re inside the room, simply speak with Monk Mo’a Keet in order to claim the Spirit Orb – as simple as that!

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shai Yota Shrine Guide – How to Change the Wind’s Flow, Finding the Spirit Orb

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shai Yota Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine.

Shai Yota shrine in the LoZ: BotW is located in Horon Lagoon, north side of the Lanaryu Bay somewhere sandwiched between Talus Plateau and Brynna Plain.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shai Yota Guide

In our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shai Yota Guide, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about completing the Shai Yota shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shai Yota Guide

After using Kass to access the shrine, use the paraglider to ride the wind away from Kass. Bomb the breakable rock and use your Paraglider as well as Cryonis Rune to roam around.

You need to take note of the wind’s direction and bomb the rest of the breakable objects. Doing this should allow you to open the wind flow. After bombing all the rocks, climb the highest point of the rocks in the middle of the lagoon and jump towards the shrine platform.

The wind should now be enough to carry you to the platform. Once on the platform, open the chest to grab a Great Flameblade and approach the monk to get the Spirit Orb.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ne’ez Yohma Shrine Guide – Pushing the Sphere, Retrieving the Spirit Orb

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ne’ez Yohma Shrine Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about completing the Shrine of Trials and finding the Spirit Orb in the shrine.

Ne’ez Yohma shrine in the LoZ: BotW in the center of Zora’s Domain, under the Throne Room and behind Mipha’s statue in the area.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ne’ez Yohma Guide

In our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ne’ez Yohma Guide, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about completing the Ne’ez Yohma shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ne’ez Yohma Guide

After entering the shrine, slowly head up by sticking to the right side. Your job is to get the sphere at the top into the receptacle at the bottom without it falling into the gorge. You’ll also notice some boulders getting caught behind the walls.

You essentially can move them by creating an ice platform beneath them. Once you’ve cleared the area, create one block in the middle of the slope, above the laser beam. From there, head towards the sphere and push it into the receptacle.

It should allow you to access Monk Ne’ez Yohma and claim the Spirit Orb.

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