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Breath of the Wild tips

Posted 3 Weeks ago by Giga Bytes7 (2)

I'd love to post this on Zelda forums more people are likely to be engaging on but this seems to be literally the ONLY place you can discuss Zelda anymore because the idiots who run Zeldapedia shut it down telling other users to migrate to Zelda Wiki which doesn't have such forums or discussion sections and links to some forums that don't even work.

But here are some tips for Breath of the Wild that a lot of people on the playthroughs I saw just didn't seem to realize, or if they did, a lot later than they should have.

I know a lot of people who played it already might have no interest in replaying, and a lot of people who haven't probably won't if they haven't by now, but just in case there are any newcomers or replayers... Also for newcomers, some of this might not make sense right off the bat but it will when you get to these points.

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Always make sure you have arrows handy. If you're getting low on arrows, don't use them in battle or do Korok puzzles that involve shooting balloons. Some shrines require you to use arrows. Aside from buying arrows, you can pick up arrows you've fired unless you hit enemies with them, you can pick up arrows fired at you by enemies, and also the Lizalfos at the path of Zora's River (from Soh Kofi Shrine and Lanayru Tower to Zora's Domain) usually drop five arrows on death. Also they will respawn every Blood Moon.

I haven't found any uses for sapphires, rubies, and topaz so you can sell them for a lot. Also look up a guide on where and when to find dragons to shoot them with arrows and get scales or shards of their horns to sell - though their other uses include using their scales to enter shrines at their springs (one for each dragon), or enhancing armor. Also, as far as I know the only other use for diamonds is making Lightscale Tridents, which might not be worth it given how many other spears can be found.

If your weapons inventory is full, you don't have to be super shy about using weapons - there are so many across the land, including in the hands of enemies (who respawn every Blood Moon, plus sometimes skeletal monsters emerge at night, some of which have weapons), that a lot of players, myself included, find ourselves running out of space in our inventory and have to leave weapons behind. (If this happens, mark the location with a sword stamp on the map so you can return and get it later if you're low on weapons)

If you're trying to get some bundles of wood, either to make fires with flint or for Bolson and Hudson, rather than use an axe to cut down trees, you can use bombs to cut down trees, then blow up the logs for wood.

At the Zora's Domain shrine "Pushing Power", instead of using Stasis to knock the giant orb off the pedestal, use Cryonis on the waterfall behind it to push it off.

At Shatterback Point, it is nearly impossible to avoid the Lynel noticing you. So, go back down the mountain, then go back up, which will not trigger the cutscene there, and avoid the Lynel as you collect Shock Arrows. (Or, if you have some pretty good weapons and food, you can fight the Lynel, but if this is your first time, know that Lynels are some of the toughest enemies in the game, even though this is one of the WEAKER Lynels)

Against Ruta, use Cryonis on his ice blocks and save your arrows (though of course you do need to fire Shock Arrows at the four orbs once the ice is dealt with). You can either block the ice blocks with your own, or use Cryonis to directly destroy the ice blocks.

Inside Ruta, for the terminal on the wheel, if you're having trouble using Stasis to keep the gate open long enough, try adjusting Ruta's trunk so the wheel is spinning the OTHER way.

Against Rudania, it can be a lot easier if you use the metal blocks to destroy all the Sentries (except the first one, who can only be avoided). Also, the cannons are NOT for destroying the sentries, as many players seemed to think at first, but for attacking Rudania directly.

Against Medoh, if it targets you, fall as soon as it fires, then immediately take out the Paraglider again.

Against Naboris, using a bow that shoots two or more arrows will take out each foot in one shot. And they only consume one arrow per shot despite shooting two, three, etc., so don't worry that it'll burn through your bomb arrows too fast.

For the mid phase of Fireblight Ganon, when he starts sucking in air, throw a bomb at him.

For the mid phase of Thunderblight Ganon, use Magnesis to grab his lightning rods and levitate it next to him so he gets struck by lightning.

I think if you buy a certain hammer from Kilton (who opens his shop if you talk to him at Skull Lake), you can knock enemies that would otherwise give you a hard time over cliffs - even Moblins. (I'm not 100% sure it has that effect on them though but I will try it my next playthrough, especially the Moblins right before Rudania)

If you have trouble with the Hateno Village shrine, turn the entire maze upside down.

At Hateno Village near Firly Pond is a devil statue. You can sell a Heart Container or Stamina Vessel to it, then buy it back for about 20 Rupees more, but you can trade Heart Containers for stamina this way, or vice versa. So if you're three hearts away from the Master Sword, you can trade three Stamina Vessels for Heart Containers, get the Master Sword (requires 13 hearts), then trade back. If you have 120 Rupees to spare.

Elixirs are made by cooking critters with monster parts. Any monster parts will do but I think stronger monster parts make better elixirs. Cook either of them alone, or with anything else other than each other, or critters with different effects (like Fireproof Lizard and Tireless Frog with monster parts), and you get Dubious Food.

You can use bombs on the mining carts (by putting them in the hole) instead of Stasis, thus saving weapon durability.

When Hinox have orbs around their neck, you can Paraglide onto them and grab the orbs and run without having to fight them. (Though they may wake up and chase you, but go far enough and they might turn back) You can also attack them anywhere, but shooting them in the eye will stun them. This is easier if you have upgraded Stasis at Purah's lab and can freeze the Hinox with Stasis.

For tests of strength, you can freeze the Guardian Scouts with Ice Arrows if they're in the middle of a spinning laser, then attack them, interrupting the laser, or Paraglide above them on the updraft and do a melee attack from above. Also when they have a fifth of their health left they will charge up and shoot several lasers in a row. You can attack them until they die during the charge-up or, if you won't be able to, run sideways and dodge the lasers. Also, they will respawn every Blood Moon so you can fight them for their weapons again.

Freezing an enemy with either Ice Arrows or an ice weapon, then using an electric weapon on them, does massive damage and I think it can even one-shot Yiga Blademasters.

I highly recommend beating Medoh before climbing Hebra Tower, which is best accessed from the path going north of Serenne Stable. That, or get lots of Fire Arrows.

There are all sorts of goodies on Satori Mountain. There's a big apple orchard, a mushroom grove, a spot with lots of vegetables, etc.

If you don't have Revali's Gale by the time you reach these towers, find a high spot to Paraglide to Ridgeland Tower from (it'll be in the middle of a lake surrounded by Electric Wizzrobes) or Woodland Tower (surrounded by a bottomless bog and some enemies).

To enter the volcanic area, talk to Gaile at Foothill Stable (the shrine near that stable is visible from Lanayru Tower and it's west of Akkala Tower and near Eldin Tower). You can buy Fireproof Elixirs from her. You can also get fireproof armor at Goron City. It takes one piece of armor to be immune to the standard volcanic areas, and two to be immune to Abandoned North Mine and the area where you "fight" Rudania.

Likewise, it takes two pieces of cold-resistant armor (aside from Warm Doublet early into the game, other pieces of cold resistant armor can be found at Rito Village) for total cold resistance (excluding ice attacks and icy water).

Molduga can be beaten pretty easily by throwing bombs onto the sand. When they eat the bomb, detonate it. It will stun it and that will be your opportunity to attack. When it recovers, get back onto a rock fast before it attacks. It cannot get you while you're on a rock.

Don't forget Flurry Rushes, especially against bosses, Tests of Strength, or stronger enemies like Moblins or Lynels. If you dodge at the right time it will go slow motion around you and you can Flurry Rush, attacking them repeatedly. (This is what two-handed weapons are most effective for, as they are slower to swing, but one-handed weapons work good too) If the enemy is doing a vertical attack or a stab, do a sidestep dodge. If the enemy is doing a horizontal attack, do a backflip.

Guardians can be killed by Shield Bashing their lasers back at them. This will likely take some practice, so save just before you fight the Guardian, and if you lose your shields, load the save point before the fight.

Always be on the lookout for rocks in unusual places or other stuff that looks like mini puzzles - it is likely a Korok Seed!

It's good to always have a torch handy, though many places where you need one will supply them. Don't use a torch to attack enemies - they don't do a lot of damage and you don't want your torch to break. I'm pretty sure a torch can stay lit forever unless you either put it away or it's raining. (I've had a torch lit for a long time and it still shimmers in my inventory indicating none of its durability has been worn down)

You can burn thorns with fire.

You can use Cryonis to cross rivers and other bodies of water that you might not be able to swim across. (Swimming in this game is really slow and stamina-consuming, unless you're swimming up a waterfall with Zora Armor)

Bombs will destroy ore (the black sparkly rocks that give you flint, salt, or gemstones). But if you don't want them to go flying, use a Sledgehammer or Drillshaft instead. Sledgehammer is also the best weapon for hitting objects frozen with Stasis, like boulders or giant lead plates, so try to have one handy as well and use it only for mining or Stasis.

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I haven't found any uses for sapphires, rubies, and topaz so you can sell them for a lot.


There's a merchant in Gerudo Town who takes those gems for a special headset. There's one with heat resistance, one with cold resistance, and two others I can't remember right now. There's also a traveling merchant (haven't found her travel patterns yet unfortunately) who buys 10 amber for 500 rupees, and she said that she'd occasionally change which gem she wants. If you can reliably track her down, it'd be worth it to save up the gems unless you really just need rupees *right now*.

Also, as far as I know the only other use for diamonds is making Lightscale Tridents, which might not be worth it given how many other spears can be found.


They aren't worth it for Lightscale Tridents; however, once you kill the divine beats you get a special weapon from each of the tribes(?). A diamond can be used to repair any of these weapons, including the Goron's 60 dmg claymore.

(If this happens, mark the location with a sword stamp on the map so you can return and get it later if you're low on weapons)


I haven't had a chance to officially test despawning between areas or times but items I've dropped have despawned after leaving the area.

At Shatterback Point, it is nearly impossible to avoid the Lynel noticing you.


If you've got the stealth armor set, you can easily navigate around him. Just watch where he is, be patient, and sneak around using rocks and trees to LOS (line of sight) him. If you keep a rock/tree between him and you, he won't notice you unless you make noise such as accidentally whistling for your horse.

(Or, if you have some pretty good weapons and food, you can fight the Lynel, but if this is your first time, know that Lynels are some of the toughest enemies in the game, even though this is one of the WEAKER Lynels)


Can confirm, I wanted to see how powerful this guy was, with my all of 6 hearts, 5 fairies, great fairy +1 armor, and Defense +2 food. He 1-shot me 5 times in a row in the blink of an eye and it was game over. Literally ran through every single one of my fairies before I could even stop rolling on the floor long enough to try to run. Do NOT engage this guy unless you've got the thrice upgraded armor (total rating of ~35), Defense boost 2+ food (I used +3 and it was still a struggle but I'm also shit at parrying and dodging) and several 30+ damage weapons. You're also gonna want more than 6 hearts, but if you're good at the combat in this game and can consistently dodge + parry, then maybe you can make it work.

Inside Ruta, for the terminal on the wheel, if you're having trouble using Stasis to keep the gate open long enough, try adjusting Ruta's trunk so the wheel is spinning the OTHER way.


I don't think I even used stasis, I just jumped in there and smashed A like mad. As soon as the terminal unlocked, the gate stayed open and I got out fine.

Freezing an enemy with either Ice Arrows or an ice weapon, then using an electric weapon on them, does massive damage and I think it can even one-shot Yiga Blademasters.


If you have a decent weapon (30+ damage at least) and the stealth armor, you can sneak up behind the yiga blademasters and Sneak Attack with Y. This will 1-shot them. Be careful, because if they notice you, you'll get your shit pushed in. No amount of fairies will save you.

You can also get fireproof armor at Goron City. It takes one piece of armor to be immune to the standard volcanic areas, and two to be immune to Abandoned North Mine and the area where you "fight" Rudania.


Upgrade the full set twice from the Great Fairy and you get the Fireproof bonus, too. (To upgrade twice you'll need several Fireproof Lizards and Smotherwing Butterflies [not to be confused with Summerwing Butterflies...] so make sure to take a photo of them to track with your Sheikah Slate)

Likewise, it takes two pieces of cold-resistant armor (aside from Warm Doublet early into the game, other pieces of cold resistant armor can be found at Rito Village) for total cold resistance (excluding ice attacks and icy water).


Upgrading the cold set from Rito Village twice gives you the ice-proof set bonus.

Always be on the lookout for rocks in unusual places or other stuff that looks like mini puzzles - it is likely a Korok Seed!


One confusing one I found was a statue in the Faron area. It looked like a bird statue with a little leaf at the bottom for some kind of offering. The offering needs to be the fruit of the nearby tree. There's 2 of them in that area I believe - one is Bananas and one is Hearty Durian.

3 Weeks ago
foxygirl
 

I still haven't managed to beat the game. I've completed almost all the shrines and I've freed Medoh and Ruta from Ganon's control. I started to do Rudania, but I hate doing escort missions. I THINK I have most of the armor and I'm pretty sure I have the master sword too

2 Weeks ago
-Riku-
 

I still haven't managed to beat the game.

There really is no rush at all to beat it. I did ALMOST everything before even confronting Calamity Ganon. I think I got to 190 hours or so and decided to fight it after doing the master sword trials. I literally got every shrine as well. After beating CG all I really had to do was wrap up and collect all the seeds and get the medals. I think I played up to 60 or so hours before even doing my first Divine Beast temple. I think I got around to the volcano area by hour 120. No rush to beat it at all.

2 Weeks ago
Fox Forever
 

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