Oh, Breath of the Wild. The game has been out for about 2 months now, and since then, people have discovered all kinds of tricks, nuances, and secrets littered within the game and its code. Most people that have the game have beaten it by now, so we’re all looking for new things to do rather than rehashing old territory. No more hunting for Korok Seeds or looking for new shrines.
Because of the way the game is designed, it not only allows for many hidden spots that reference other Zelda games, but it also allows for new mechanics to be discovered that can change the way you play (or make for some interesting YouTube videos). These little touches make the game feel complete and make us wonder what else is hiding in this massive version of Hyrule.
Even if you’re a new gamer, you might be wondering what kind of things you can do in Breath of the Wild as you toy around with the physics engine and what it’s capable of. Well, we’re here to make your experience with the game easier, as we’ve discovered many of these little cheats for ourselves.
Get your Sheikah Slates ready, fire up your Switches (or Wii Us), and get ready to try out some new things in Hyrule, because here are 15 cheats you didn’t know about in Breath of the Wild.
15. Ride a Guardian
This is one aspect of the game that’s incredibly hard to pull off, but in the technical sense of the term, it is indeed possible to ride a Guardian. The way you accomplish this is through some very difficult and specific instructions. First off, you’ll need a Giant Ancient Core. These can be found in chests hidden in shrines and are sometimes dropped when you kill a Guardian. From there, you need to track down each of the three powerful dragons and get a fang from all of them. Then you simply cook it all together to get the Ancient Guardian Key.
After you acquire this item, this changes how you approach Guardians. You simply get close enough, and a prompt shows up to “Enter.” If you press A, then you’ll be in control of a Guardian and be able to use its power for whatever purposes you may have in mind. Want to raid a nearby monster camp? Just take your new friendly robot and take them down. The Guardians are some of the deadliest creatures in the game, so being able to use one for your own gain is a tempting maneuver no matter how difficult it is to achieve.
14. Stasis Enemies
Very early on in the game, you’ll be given the Stasis Rune. This will allow you to stop time on a particular object that can then be hit to gain momentum. Once the stasis wears off, the object will then rocket forward depending on how many times you hit it. It’s a useful little tool that’s mostly beneficial with regard to shrine and Korok puzzles, but it can be used effectively in combat.
After you find Purah in Hateno Village, she’ll offer some upgrades for the various runes on your Shiekah Slate. She requires some ancient parts in return, but the results are worth the cost. My recommendation is that you upgrade your Stasis with the use of some Ancient Cores. If you do this, then you’ll have the power to use your Stasis on enemies. It functions exactly like you’d expect. Just pound them with hits and watch them fly through the air once the stasis wears off. This added function allows you to get the upper hand in combat where you would normally lose. It has proven to be extremely helpful when dealing with Lynels.
13. Buy Special Armor
Throughout Breath of the Wild are an innumerable number of treasure chests. Most of them will give you arrows or some kind of valuable gem. However, there are some that contain unique items of clothing that can’t be found anywhere else. For example, the Climbing Set can only be found in chests hidden in three different shrines. The same goes for the Barbarian Set. Even the Dark Link set can’t be obtained until you conquer all four Divine Beasts. You get the point.
These armors are special and hard to come by, which makes what I’m about to tell you all the more satisfying. If you put in the time, effort, and money into building Tarrytown, there will be a secret merchant there who has somehow obtained many of these special sets of armor. If you’re like me and don’t want to spend all of your time trying to find all of the shrines and hidden areas, this is extremely helpful. Just put together all of the funds you’ve gathered throughout your quest in Hyrule, and get the armor that you’ve been so desperately wanting all that time. It’s not cheap, mind you, but by the time you complete Tarrytown, it won’t be a huge problem.
12. Create Your Own Go-kart
Special credits to IGN for discovering this one.
Breath of the Wild‘s mechanics are practically begging to be toyed with. This has led many players stretching the limits of what they can accomplish, and it has garnered some fascinating and entertaining results. One of the more humorous little cheats you can do is create your very own go-kart. You do this by grabbing one of the many minecarts you find in the game (through the use of Magnesis) as well as a metal treasure chest. From there, you place the treasure chest in the divot on the minecart.
The rest is easy. Because you cannot use Magnesis on an object that you’re standing on, you simply sit in the minecart and use it on the treasure chest. As you move the chest around, the cart will be dragged with it and actually move fairly quickly. It does get a bit buggy at times, but it’s fun nonetheless. It’s about as close as you’ll get to any kind of racing functionality within the game, but it certainly makes us want a minecart DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
11. Kill a Cucco
Yes, you read that correctly. The longtime rival of Link, the Cucco, can be killed in Breath of the Wild. Keep in mind that it’s extremely difficult, though.
You’ll find Cuccos in Kakariko Village. No matter what you do to them, they remain invincible. However, if you grab one and try to take it all the way to Death Mountain, you’ll get your chance for true revenge. All you have to do is chuck that little sucker into the lava, and you’re home free. You don’t get anything for it other than the satisfaction of saying that you did it. The only challenge with this is that you’ll encounter a lot of enemies along the way, as it’s no small distance. You can put the Cucco down, but if it stays idle for too long, then it will disappear, and you’ll have to go all the way back to Kakariko to get another.
10. Mount a Lynel
In all of Hyrule, there are no enemies more dangerous than the Lynel. These monstrous centaurs will march about their territory until they sense your presence. From there, they’ll just stop and stare at you. Make your next move carefully. You can normally sneak by, but if you’re detected, get ready for a world of pain. Lynels have a lot of health and have enough attack power to take you out with one hit.
There are many things you can do to even the odds, though. Along with trying to stasis a Lynel, there’s something much more unorthodox. While fighting one of these creatures, you can deal enough damage that it will stagger. From there, if you get close enough, you’ll see a prompt to mount the Lynel. You’ll sit on its back while it bucks. However, you shouldn’t try to soothe it because a Lynel can’t be tamed. Instead, use the time you have to attack the Lynel while on its back. Hits to this creature, while mounted, will deal more damage than normal, so it’s advisable to take as many opportunities to do this as you can. This will come in handy when fighting stronger Lynels.
9. Trick Enemies
Scattered across Hyrule are all kinds of different foes. Despite their monstrous appearances, they have very realistic senses that allow them to detect you from far distances (probably some of the best AI I’ve seen in a game). Like many AAA titles, you can either sneak around them or walk up and fight them. However, the terrain doesn’t always allow for you to do this, and you have to start putting up a fight. This can be quite frustrating at times when you still want to get the drop on a foe or walk past them without having to use any of your supplies.
Thankfully, there’s a solution. If you manage to find the dark salesman Kilton, you’ll get access to items called monster masks. You can get one for a Bokoblin, Lizalfos, Moblin, and Lynel. Once you put on these masks, you can disguise yourself as a monster and trick many of the enemies. (Lynels aren’t so easily fooled.) They’ll follow you around and investigate you, but it will take a bit until they realize you’re a Hylian. It’s important to note that in order to get better monster masks, you have to conquer Divine Beasts.
8. Destroy a Hinox in One Hit
There are a few bosses in the massive world of Hyrule, but the one you’ll encounter most often are the Hinoxes. These sleepy giants are essentially giant forms of Bokoblins that have the temper to boot. You’ll always find them asleep, but if you’re foolish enough to wake them, they’ll make you wish you were never born. They typically have a lot of health as well, so it normally takes several hits in order to take them down.
However, if you have the right equipment, you can defeat them in one fell swoop. The first thing you’ll need is a very powerful two-handed weapon (Ancient Axes usually do the trick). The second thing you’ll need is Urbosa’s Fury (obtained after Vah Naboris). Then, sneak up on a Hinox while it’s sleeping. Charge up your attack, and make sure the little ticks on your spin strike the creature. Then when you release, the lightning will come down, and that Hinox will be as good as dead. If you need a little bit of help still, you can always craft a potion or food to increase your attack.
7. Farm Arrows
Like any Zelda game, arrows are a consumable item in Breath of the Wild. But considering all of the puzzles and out-of-reach creatures that you need to tackle, you’ll need them in this game more than any other item.
Any person who has played through the game can tell you that you’ll constantly be buying arrows any chance you get. They’re always a valuable resource. Thankfully, there are many ways to get them outside of spending your hard-earned Rupees. The first thing you can do is find them in treasure chests. Secondly, archer enemies that you kill before they can fire off too many shots will drop bundles of arrows.
Yet, there is an even simpler way to get an unlimited supply of arrows if you need it. If you encounter some bad archers, they don’t have a set amount of ammo. They’ll constantly be shooting at you, and each time they miss, the arrows will drop to the ground for you to pick you. Secondly, if you have a wooden shield and block the arrows, they’ll get stuck to it. Once you put the shield away, all the arrows you’ve collected will immediately be added to your inventory.
6. Farm Rupees
It’s not often that Rupees become extremely useful in a Zelda game, and Breath of the Wild guarantees that you’ll be breaking every rock and turning over every chest to increase your revenue. Rupees go a long way, and you’ll be trading with merchants to get the highest amount of currency you can.
Apart from hunting down Stone Taluses and taking out white tier enemies, there’s a much quicker method of getting a high number of Rupees. In the Hebra Region, there’s a lonely man who runs a minigame called snow bowling. You’re given a large snowball and have to knock over all the pins at the bottom of a nearby slope. It costs 20 Rupees to play, but if you get a strike, then you’ll make a heavy reward of 300 Rupees. The slope itself is quite bumpy and requires some precision in order to get a strike. However, there’s a science to it. If you stand in a particular spot on the top of the slope, then you’re guaranteed to get a strike every time. If you repeat this over time, then you’ll be making a slew of Rupees in a short amount of time.
5. Cosplay as Different Characters
Credit to AustinJohnPlays for taking this crusade on his channel.
Not long into the game, you’ll come across Hateno Village. There’s a place there called the Dye Shop. There, you can select different clothing and dye them whatever color you want (granted that you have the money and parts first). However, with all of the armor sets available on top of the many colors, this opens up many opportunities for what Link can look like, including imitating other characters.
AustinJohnPlays has experimented with some different combinations. He’s created an Aquaman outfit, a suit based on Ezio Auditore from Assassin’s Creed (my personal favorite), Robin (the Batman sidekick), and even Sonic the Hedgehog. What makes these different outfits more exciting is that you aren’t required to have all kinds of special items and armor in order to do it. Some of them require some rare pieces, but as long as you’re creative, then the sky’s the limit. No doubt, as many more Breath of the Wild players discover unique combinations for clothing, there will be more possibilities and options when modeling Link’s appearance after another cool character.
4. Cook the Ultimate Dish
Breath of the Wild breaks many Zelda traditions, and among them are how you restore your hearts. Instead of finding health in glass or pots, Link restores his health by consuming food. Now, you could pick some apples and chomp them down, but you could also combine ingredients to make a succulent meal that will surely give you all the sustenance you need. From that point on, it’s all about knowing the right combinations to get the most out of your ingredients, and some are clearly better than others.
This possibility has also raised the question: what’s the ultimate dish? While that’s ultimately dependent on what you want out of the food in the game, we know a recipe for an extremely useful meal. All you need to do is get five Hearty Durians (they can be found in the Faron Region) and cook them. You’ll be rewarded with a meal that restores all of your hearts and adds an extra 20 for safe measure. Ganon and the rest of Hyrule’s worst foes won’t stand a chance with these meals in your backpack. Other plants cooked together will have a similar effect as the Durians, but they’re not quite as beneficial.
3. Get an Extra Cutscene
Breath of the Wild has some interesting cutscenes that provide the player with fundamental background information and context regarding the story. However, the game is structured so that you only know as much as you pursue. Scattered throughout the game are “Captured Memories” which can only be accessed if you stand in the right spot after you’re given the quest. However, you’re not given any direction. All you have are pictures of each location, and it’s your job to figure it out from there.
That being said, there’s a reward for finding all of them, and it’s not an immediate one. By restoring Link’s memories, you’ll be given an extra cutscene after you defeat Calamity Ganon. While this doesn’t seem like much, it’s always nice to see more of Link and Zelda interacting in the game, which also gives some closure regarding their story. (That’s about as spoiler-y as I’ll get.) The usefulness of the cutscene largely depends on how much desire you have to see it, but it’s always nice to get some more information about characters. Besides, the ending otherwise isn’t quite as satisfying.
2. Beating Enemies Without Taking Damage
This game is hard. Period. From the start of the game, you’ll figure out that Breath of the Wild plays dirty. Enemies gang up on you, you’ll get one-shotted, and your armor isn’t enough to protect you all the time. From white Moblins to powerful Lynels, there are also tough creatures to beat just about anywhere you look. You’ll likely be breaking a ton of weapons and going through your arrows trying to defend yourself, and it can be a daunting task.
That said, there’s an efficient way of beating enemies without taking damage (and it’s not based on a “git gud” principle). The game has a kink whereby if you pull your bow out in the air, you’ll slow down time to get some clear shots. Well, if you combine this advantage with a five-shot bow that you can take off of a Lynel, the enemies are going to be the ones running away. If you’re fighting a tough enemy, jump off of a high point, then pull out your five-shot bow. Equip some bomb arrows, then rain a barrage of terror onto your foes until they’re dead. Granted, you’ll need to stock up on bomb arrows and stamina increasing items, but it’s so worth it.
1. Upgrade the Champion’s Tunic
The tunic displayed in the promotional art for Breath of the Wild is known as the Champion’s Tunic. While it doesn’t look like much, it’s actually one of the strongest armors in the game. Right off the bat, if you’re wearing it, it lets you know how much health an enemy has once you fight them. It’s a unique piece of armor. But if you want to become even better, take it to a Great Fairy Fountain, and have it upgraded.
Because of how good the tunic is, it takes a lot of hard work in order to upgrade it. The first thing you’ll need is a lot of Silent Princesses. (Those aren’t too hard to find.) But the second things you’ll need are two shards of a horn from each of the three dragons. And those aren’t easy to come by. However, if you push through and continuously upgrade the tunic, you’ll be ready to take on Ganon and the rest of what Hyrule has in store with little difficulty. While it doesn’t look as cool as the classic tunic for Link, its benefits are too hard to ignore.