Annabelle is a big "Zelda" fan who loves exploring the lands of Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a largely popular and enjoyable game, that many are still buying and playing to this day. While the general story of the Zelda series is well known, this game creates different routes that gamers can go down, be it that they desire a quick finish to defeat the boss, or what I preferred in taking time to explore and learn the hidden gimmicks. The game doesn't have a clear path that you need to take and there is no order in which you must complete the main quest. So it can be a bit overwhelming when you first jump off the Great Plateau. To help inexperienced gamers progress through the vast map, I have compiled a list of tips from my wisdom of the game.
1. Don't Take on the Impossible
This one should be obvious, but trust me don't glide into a villain hideout with three hearts. It's not gonna end well, and the game isn't going to be too fun after dying repeatedly because you got yourself stuck in a dangerous situation with no way out. Just sit back, relax, and complete some shrines or side quests. Once you power up a bit then you can challenge yourself without it being impossible. This game can be a bit frustrating when you set a goal that you aren't able to achieve because your character is too weak.
2. Invest in Good Clothing
At the start of the game, your character starts with almost nothing—and those tattered clothes won't be able to protect you against cold or hot environments. When I first started, I just remember trying to climb a mountain for hours, wondering why traveling two feet up the mountain kept killing me. Me, being the genius I am, discovered how cooking hot peppers would grant me a cold resistance for about 30 seconds. So, I set out up the mountain with 20 cold-resistant stews prepared to finish the quest. After hours, I ended up just quitting out of rage after trying to balance eating the cold resistance stew and trying not to die. My advice to you is to save up your money so that you can buy clothes from villages that protect against all different types of weather. Villages like Gerudo Town, Rito Village, and Goron City offer an array of outfits that offer various benefits for any climate or battle situation.
3. Learn How to Cook
While I'm still not an expert regarding the different ingredients of the game, I have a respectable knowledge of what foods do what. While it may seem a bit boring, it can help a lot when you find the combination of food that provides a massive boost of strength or speed. So, if you have a bunch of "useless" mushrooms on hand and don't know what to do with them, try to match their properties with similar items. This might result in some disgusting dishes at first, but after a while, you will get the hang of it and stack your storage full of meals for different situations. I can't count how many times my stamina has been replenished by food and saved me from falling off a cliff.
If you don't want to discover all of the recipes yourself, you can read the entire cookbook online.
4. Unlock the Sheikah Towers
This one might seem a bit boring, but in the long run, unlocking the stupid towers will make exploration easier and help you know where you are going. My map was covered in black for the longest time because I couldn't be bothered to climb around thorns for 30 minutes, only to get a tiny map piece. Now, I am basically a cartographer with all the knowledge these maps have given me. So get it over with, and get the towers.
5. Get Yourself a Horse
While some horses in the game gallop at the pace of a rat, there are some good finds in the world of horses—if you know where to look. Thankfully, once you find a fast horse, any monster chasing you poses no threat. While catching a horse requires patience and sometimes luck, a horse can be a real lifesaver. Sometimes in a bind, it requires you to abandon your horse. But don't feel guilty, because they can be instantly transported to the nearest stable. This way, you aren't burdened with the responsibility of your horse's safety. There are also some really cool backstories and spots in the game centered around horses. (Yes, a horse reviving fountain.)
It's Time to Explore BotW!
Hopefully, this list was helpful in pulling you out of the beginner's cycle of dying at every turn. Even though I said I wouldn't say it, just have fun with the game, there are so many hidden spots and interesting places. Don't rush to beat the game and the game may quickly become a favorite.
© 2020 Annabelle Booker