Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #11

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

 I haven’t done much in the past few days, but I did try again for the Master Sword. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough hearts, but I knew a way to sort that out!

Firstly, I headed to Rito Village to get an extra heart from with the spirit orbs I received from the Korok Trails.

While I was there, I ended up starting a side quest which took me to the Warbler’s Nest.

I found one out of three in the shrine quest before I gave up for now. I have more important things to get on with!

I then took a tip from my brother and headed to Hateno Village. Near the south entrance to the village, there’s a statue that allows you to exchange stamina for health and vice versa.

I traded a few for hearts and went back to the Master Sword. I was in luck! With a few hearts remaining, I managed to get the sword.

This triggered a memory, where Zelda tells the Deku Tree to relay a message.The Deku Tree also told me Zelda is still trying to fight.

The first thing I did was manage to take a quick picture of the Master Sword – yay!

Doesn’t it look awesome? I feel like this is a big moment in my Zelda history.

Thanks for reading!

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #10

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

In this post, I explore the Lost Woods and Korok Forest, so avoid this post if you don’t want spoilers for that area.

I headed to the Lost Woods after completing all of my shrine quests, and took my horse there.

I ended up ditching my horse in the first parts of the woods and following the torches. I didn’t use a guide, and just used common sense to follow what I could see.

When I reached the end of the torches, I lost my way a little. The Lost Woods forces this steam/smoke over your screen and teleports you back to your last ‘marker’ or ‘waypoint’ (as I think of them), so it took me a while to find the right path. With a lot of trial and error, I came across a gorge and followed it.

This path led to the beautiful Korok Forest – a misty part of the woods that look constantly at dawn or sunset. In the centre, I found the Great Deku Tree. Talking to him recovered another memory – although I haven’t checked if it did lessen my memory toll!

In front of the Deku Tree, I found the Master Sword. I don’t have enough hearts to retrieve the sword (yet), but at least I know where it is now!

Koroks are – naturally – all over the forest, with one being bigger than the others. I talked to this one, and he offered me a series of 3 shrine trials, that were pinpointed on my map.

The first trial I went to was the Trial of Wood, which meant I had to wander along a path littered with monsters with only a wooden shield, sword and bow.

I didn’t find it too hard and eventually came across the shrine, where I received an ancient core from the chest.

The second trial meant I had to follow Okai, a Korok, through the woods without being noticed! It took me a couple of days and many tries, but I did eventually complete this one too.

The last trial meant I had to follow a trail of iron in the trees, made much easier by using magnesis! I found this probably the easiest of all.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon with a much-needed ACNL update!

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #9

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

I haven’t been really following the story in Breath of the Wild recently, but I have been completing some shrine quests, which has taken me across the map!

One of these included an endurance test I attempted a while ago but couldn’t complete. This time, with more hearts and help from food, I could! I then unlocked a shrine.

Another shrine quest took me to a collection of statues, and I had to shoot one in the eyes! At a certain time, a random statue lit up purple and I shot an arrow at it to unlock a shrine.

Another one took me to the north of Hateno Village, where I followed the line of cedars to yet another hidden shrine.

This shrine gave me the second part of the climbing set – boots!

I continued traveling north to the Spring of Power, where I found out I needed to search for a dragon.

I found the correct place on the map and eventually managed to shoot the dragon that flew overhead. I managed to receive a scale from the dragon.

On the way back to the Spring of Power, I found another horse! It sounds silly, but it’s full black apart from the nose and just beautiful.

I then gave the statue in the Spring of Power the scale I’d managed to get, which unlocked a hidden shrine at the back of the spring.

Inside the shrine, I had to fight a Guardian. It took a while, but I eventually managed it! I exchanged my new spirit orbs for a few more hearts.

Thanks for reading!

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #8

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

I haven’t been heading towards another Divine Beast for a while, instead I’ve been building Tarrey Town! If you want to avoid spoilers for Tarrey Town, I’d skip this post.

When I first arrived in Tarrey Town, Hudson asked me to fetch someone with a lot of physical strength. I carried on the conversation, and he asked for a Goron person with a name ending in Son. In fact, this happened with all of the people I fetched – everyone here has a name ending in Son!

I was heading up to the main City, with my brother watching me play. He quickly hinted that I should stay in another part, so I talked to the people in the Southern Mine. There I found Greyson and his son! They agreed to my plan, and headed off towards Tarrey Town.

Back in Tarrey Town, Greyson’s son is now running a little store!

The next task for me was to look for someone with good tailoring skills. He then pointed me in the direction of Gerudo Town, which is basically the complete other end of the map! I was still determined, though, and I headed off on foot.

On my way, I found a horse and a shrine. I then headed down to a brand new stable to register my horse!

I left my new horse on the outskirts of the desert before wandering over to Gerudo Town. I was then again given a tip by my brother that, I was in the wrong place once again! I headed to Kara Kara Bazaar and found the person I was looking for.

I headed back to Tarrey Town and he asked me for someone from Rito Village, which was again, in another part of the map.

On my way there, I headed past Hyrule Castle. Near there, I found another memory! It’s been a while since I last found one, so it was kind of cool to come across something new.

In Rito, I found someone to help – Fyson. I sent him on his way to Tarrey Town.

Back in Tarrey Town, Hudson sent me out again. This time, he wanted a Priest from the Zora region!

But that wasn’t enough for Hudson to marry the woman I fetched from Kara Kara Bazaar. He didn’t want to celebrate alone, and asked me to fetch his friends from Hateno Village.

On the way back to Tarrey Town for what felt like the 100th time, I went to enhance my first piece of armor – a climber’s bandanna.

I then headed back to join in with the ceremony. They said ‘I do’ under the promise that they will name their child a name ending in ‘son’. Of course.

Hudson gave me a big gift for helping build Tarrey Town – 3 diamonds. Honestly, I would have been happy to do this for free. It’s actually been one of my favourite parts of the game so far!

Before saving my game, I took my newest horse (Peanut) to my home in Hateno Village. Thanks for reading!

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Why I Don’t Fast-Travel in Breath of the Wild

As I’m sure you all know, I’m a big Breath of the Wild fan and I play almost daily. One of the best things for me is definitely the expansive world, and the fact it includes many different places to explore.

When I started playing, my initial goal was to find all of the towers and complete the map of Hyrule. As it happened, I ended up avoiding using horses for this. Why? Because if you’re not using paths, horses are practically impossible to ride. They can’t ride over as much as a stone, and you have to be on a completely smooth, flat area to ride effectively.

I wanted to climb over mountains and climb towers. A horse was no use.

But I soon hit another snag – I hate fast-traveling. There are two main reasons for this.

1. I’m missing everything on the way! If I walk, I can explore shrines, memories and much more. Fast-travel means I skip all of that.

2. Is it just me…or does it feel slightly like cheating?

I’m not saying I never use fast-travel. I do. But when I can, I try and skip it. For a long time, I used my feet (or Link’s feet) to get everywhere. I climbed most of the map, and it’s only now that I’m starting to see the positive side of using a horse.

At the moment in the game, I’m building Tarrey Town. That means collecting infinite bundles of wood and traveling from the far east of the map to Goron City, Gerudo Town and Rito Village.

I haven’t used fast-travel at all, but I have been using horses. Why?

It’s simply faster and easier. It’s faster to use paths as I’m heading to specific towns that all have pretty-direct paths to. It’s easier because I don’t have to keep climbing over mountains and swimming across lakes.

And another bonus? On a fast horse, galloping, it’s pretty hard for monsters to catch me. I’ve trotted through Bokoblin camps, trampled over Lizalfos’ and dodged Guardians.

Yet even on a horse, I’ve already come across another memory and a few shrines!

What do you think? Do you use fast-travel or still love seeing the world, like me?

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #7

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

I spent a few days deliberating whether to travel to the desert or volcano Divine Beast. Yesterday, I finally decided on the volcano Divine Beast – Vah Rudania! If you want to avoid spoilers for this beast, I would skip this post.

I started by going to the head of Goron City. He told me where I needed to go to complete the next part of the task.

On the way to the beast, I had to rescue a Goron who helped me on my way!

The head of Goron City gave me a fireproof elixir as a thank you.

While I was in Goron City, I recalled another memory.

 

I then headed back up the volcano to beat this thing!

On my way, I encountered a lot of these evil floating things. I had a Goron with me to help attack the Divine Beast as we found canons on our way, but it was also hard to keep dodging and destroying these!

I finally found my way up to the Beast, and started my own journey to beat it.

Once inside, it’s pitch black. You actually have to travel through a few rooms to find the map terminal, but it’s not too hard!

I activated the map, and found out about this Beast’s special feature. You can rotate this one 90 degrees.

A few parts of the Divine Beast then opened, to allow light inside!

The first terminal involved shooting a light through a keyhole with the nearby blue flame. I then had to block the flames behind with a magnesis block, rotate the Beast to create a gap and finally get to the terminal!

The second terminal meant shooting a fire arrow (or a normal arrow might do, in this heat), to break the wood across these doors. The terminal is pretty easy to get to from there!

The third terminal meant rotating the Beast while in the main room and gliding to the terminal at just the right moment.

The last terminal was a little tricky – as it also involved timing things just right. I climbed to the top of the Beast after rotating it, and then jumped on top while rotating it back.

I then unleashed Fireblight Ganon! Maybe I’m getting better at this, but I actually found this one quite easy. I had enough arrows to shoot fire arrows a number of times, followed by a few hits. I only had to eat a few spicy peppers and without a shield, I think I did okay!

I received another heart container, which brings me up to 9.

After taking over this Divine Beast, we now have another laser pointing at the castle! One to go!

I also received Daruk’s Protection. When you’re holding this protective shield, no attacks can hurt you!

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back soon with more stories from New Leaf.

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #6

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

Hi gamers! I wasn’t planning on another BOTW post so soon, but I spent a lot of time playing over the weekend and I defeated the Divine Beast Vah Medoh! Honestly, if you don’t want spoilers for this Beast, I would ignore this post.

Up in Rito Village, I was directed towards the Flight Range. I thought I might get lost on the way, but there was a helpful dot on my map 😛

When I got there, I was asked to prove my worth. I had to shoot 5 arrows at 5 targets while using updraft.

Once I completed the task, my new bird friend gave me 20 bomb arrows and agreed to fly me up to the Beast.

I hopped on his back, and he flew above the Beast.

My task was to shoot four cannons on the four corners of the beast. While being shot at by those guardian type lasers 😛

Once I shot them all with bomb arrows, the weird red force-field disappeared from around the Beast, and I glided down.

There, I reached a travel gate. This time, I had a different voice guiding me through – and it was a guys.

I made my way to the back (or front, I can’t remember!) to the map terminal. You can tilt this Beast as you can tilt the water Beasts trunk, and it is a big part of finding the terminals!

It took a while (and a lot of figuring out), but I eventually managed to find all of the terminals on my own. That means no guides or Googling!

I then used a helpful fan to glide onto the top of the Beast, where I activated the control terminal.

Here, I hit a snag. As with the water Beast, I had to fight a boss. I kind of knew I would have to, but I just headed in anyway.

Well, it turns out I didn’t have enough arrows or food to beat this one – I started eating in to my rushroom stack, and that lot is meant to earn me a diamond!

So I used the travel feature to leave the battle and head to all the villages I knew. In Hateno, I added another heart and another bit to my stamina wheel.

I bought out all of the general stores and stands I could think of, including arrows and food. I then ended at Kakariko Village, where I cooked up some food to increase my attack and defense.

Armed with a lot of food and over 130 bomb arrows (yes, really), I headed back to battle.

This time, I managed to defeat the Beast easily with a few dodges and around 20 bomb arrows. They may have cost me a bomb, but I don’t know where I would be without them 😛

I received another heart from completing the task, and I earned control of the Beast.

Revali, the Rito Champion, greeted me and thanked me for my help. He told me Zelda has been waiting me for a long time! Would that be about 100 years, perhaps? 😛

He also told me he would help me in the fight with Calamity Ganon, and I soon had another laser pointing at the castle.

I also earned Revali’s Grace, which should help me on my journey!

Back at Rito Village, I climbed to the top point of the rock to see the Beast in action. Before I reached the top, I found a Korok Seed!

I then headed back to speak to the Elder in Rito Village, who congratulated me on defeating the Beast. This completed the quest!

He also offered me the contents of the chest next to him, which turned out to be a Great Eagle Bow.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back on Thursday with an NL post.