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Ten Starting Tips While Playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

March 2, 2017 / 1:19 PM

By: Will Thompson

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So you’re starting out in Breath of the Wild. You look out toward the horizon as you stand at the cliff of the Great Plateau and think, what now? Well, here’s 10 tips to help you get started. No spoilers, but general knowledge and things you should get used to doing.

1.) 3 Words. Cook your food. You’re going to want to keep a good supply of food for health restoration. Raw ingredients hardly heal a single heart, but when cooked you get a larger restoration. You can heal yourself at any moment by going into the main menu, so always collect and cook food whenever you find a cooking spot.

2.) Go out of your way to collect Stamella Shrooms. Your stamina basically allows you to travel in various ways. You need stamina for Running, Gliding, Climbing, & Swimming. Run out midway in any of those and you’re in for a bad time. A good rule of thumb is to cook 2 or 3 Stamella Shrooms at a time. 2 restore 50%, 3 restore 75% of your stamina. So it’s always a good idea to make sure you have a bunch ready to go.

3.) Don’t upgrade your stamina right away. As stated above, it is very easy to restore your stamina early on. So, it is a good idea to focus on maxing out your heart containers. Some monsters hit like a truck, so you’ll want to have some padding just in case you make a mistake in battle. You’re also going to need an additional 10 hearts later on (for story reasons) so it’s better to make that a priority.

4.) Unlock the Amiibo Rune. As soon as you unlock your first rune in the sheikah slate, save your game and go to the title screen to unlock the amiibo rune. You can only scan the same amiibo once a day, but there’s a bunch of them that you can use to get rare low chance unlocks that are only obtainable through amiibo. Also, wolf link is a cool companion who can help with early battles especially if you powered him up in Twilight Princess.

5.) Always head to a shrine and unlock the door with your sheikah slate. Each shrine acts as a warp point and you don’t have to complete the shrine to use it as a warp. Activating it also marks it on your map. So go out of your way to do it! You can also easily return at a later time to complete the shrine, since it shows which shrines aren’t completed.

6.) Arrows are harder to find than weapons. Save your arrows for when you’re really in trouble, or if you need to stealthily take out a guard. Arrows are also used to solve specific puzzles, so if you run out you might have to improvise.

7.) Know when to run. Face it – you’re going to die a lot, and you need to know when you can win and when you can’t. Sometimes it’s better to avoid confrontations then to rush in, head strong, and end up with a game over screen. This is especially important when you stumble across a guardian early in the game.

8.) Don’t sell your monster parts. You are going to need them to make various elixirs, but they are also used to power up other equipment later in the game.

9.) Collect Wood & Flint! When you chop down a tree, you can chop it again to transform it into wood. If you break ore deposits, you can sometimes get flint. With both those items, you can create portable campfires, which you can use to rest and change the in-game time. This is handy early on because you should avoid traveling at night, since monsters get a bit of a strength buff as well as different enemies come out to play.

10.) Make your map where you find rare weapons and items. Weapons and Items respawn if they’re found outside of a chest. You can mark your map as a reminder and travel back at a later time to stockpile specific items or acquire stronger equipment regularly.

About the author /


A gaming enthusiast since the age of 2, Will has grown up on classic game series such as The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Mega Man. Classically trained in art and game design, he has used his design skills to question various elements in the games he plays.

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