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Getting started in Zelda Breath of the Wild: all our tips for making the most of it

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To view the Zelda Breath of the Wild map, you quickly learn that you need to find the Sheikah towers in each area. These high points are ideal to start identifying places to visit in the region: a strange forest, a sanctuary? All you need to do is place a beacon, open the map and (if desired) replace it with an icon that corresponds to the type of location referenced. Therefore, treetops are also excellent places to start mapping. We therefore strongly recommend that you use and abuse this system to tag your map to remember points of interest that you would rather omit or simply can’t get past.

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Sanctuaries are an important part of your exploration and progression. As we will see in an article that will be dedicated to them, sometimes it is not so much the interior of these mini-dungeons with riddles, but the way to find them that can also be part of the challenge. Anyway, to build your stamina and heart rate, you will definitely need to do as much as possible. So every 4 completed shrines you can go to a statue of the goddess to increase one of these two stats, knowing that there is a little trick to re-specialize yourself, but the latter will be subject to a dedicated guide.

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Don’t underestimate the power of enemies

Zelda Breath of the Wild is a much more difficult game than its predecessors, and for good reason it’s not uncommon to get killed with one hit. The best way to gauge your enemies is still to surprise them, in the middle of the night or when they’re busy, especially with a big backstab or a good family head. Once not common, proper identification of the environment is necessary if you want to get the most out of your environment: there are often situations where you can just get by without drawing a weapon. The purpose of a discreet attack is mainly to get rid of the lookouts on their tower: if they see you, they sound the horn and launch the whole camp in search of you.

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Modules as scanner

The Polaris and Cinetis modules use a scanner of sorts to quickly identify the objects they can be used on. This will prove to be very practical in many other cases and especially for finding hidden treasures. Without any possibility to dive underwater, Link will therefore be able to detect and excavate some surprises thanks to the scanner of these two tools. the best thing to do then is to scan an area that is considered suspicious or likely to contain valuables.

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One problem, many solutions

Zelda Breath of the Wild offers realistic management of physics and elements and with this in mind the same problem can have a multitude of solutions. For example, let’s imagine that you urgently need flaming arrows, well if you don’t have any more directly in your inventory, all you have to do is create them yourself: take a flint, a bundle of wood, put it on the ground and hit it with an iron weapon to make a campfire. Then dip one of your arrows into the flames and voila. The game encourages you to experiment with anything and everything, always keeping this thought in mind: “How could I handle it IRL?”.

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Never without my arrows

Arrows are very, very important in Zelda Breath of the Wild, as they are used for a whole range of things, such as solving puzzles, hitting enemy weak points, or landing big critical hits. Our advice: as soon as you see it in the store, buy all the stock if you can afford it, they’ll be useful either way and if you collect a lot of them in the early zones we’ve noticed they become rarer in the more remote areas.

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Cooking mom

Cooking is essential in Zelda Breath of the Wild and we’ll obviously be dedicating a complete guide to these mechanics soon, but it’s always good to remember a few basics. Many components have effects, very often indicated directly by their name: ice mushroom, max truffle, etc. These will have to be dominant in your dish to increase the level of the effect, while the rest of the food needs some kind of “catalyst” , which will determine the duration and effectiveness of the regeneration (for the dishes). Anyway). In the prelude area you will find enduro mushrooms (endurance regeneration): try mixing 4 with a venison recovered from one of the beasts that populate the forest, you’ll tell us the news!

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Rooster in stock

As mentioned above, you will encounter a large number of crafting components and other cooking ingredients during your journey. However, we strongly advise you not to waste these items: some are used for resale, others for trade or for side missions. To do it right, you should always have at least a few units of the same object with you, so as not to run out if you ever need them for something else. Above all, make sure to keep a good stock of sample compositions, they will be very useful for you to buy items in a particular store that we will talk to you about soon.

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Well kept secrets

You should absolutely talk to all NPCs in the game, even if they don’t necessarily have quests to offer you: any villager or traveler will probably give you some very interesting information about Hyrule’s different provinces. Between rumors, locations of memories from Link’s memory, exploration tips, cooking recipes… You’d lose a lot by not interrogating the resident, in fact, to tell you the truth, this is how we came across a key element of the game’s scenario.

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30 million friends

Interacting with the wildlife that inhabits Hyrule also has its benefits and is more useful than you might think. For example, a deer can be used as a makeshift mount, or fishing can also be made easier by throwing a few ingredients into the water, which will eventually attract local fish. What is still the most profitable and practical is to feed a dog until it is dry: once sated he will go on his own to a very well hidden chest that you just have to dig up with Polaris.

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