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25 Useful Tips to Get You Started in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Investigate anything slightly odd in the environment

Koroks are hiding EVERYWHERE and they want to give you their seed (in the least perverted-sounding way possible). If you see an odd-looking rock, investigate it. Wonder why there’s a random well in the middle of a forest? Go take a closer look. Anything that looks too obvious a pattern to just be part of the environment is worth interacting with.

Remember to visit Goddess Statues every time you have four spirit orbs

Goddess Statues can be found in every town, and when you have four spirit orbs – the rewards for completing shrines – you can trade them in for either a new heart container or a stamina upgrade. Storing them up has no purpose so you may as well reap the rewards straight away and visit as soon as you can.

Unequip metal items in lightning storms

It took two unnecessary deaths before I realised my metal objects were causing Link to be struck by lightning. They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but if you’re Link, it’ll strike you as many times as it wants as long as you’ve still got metal equipped. Outfits don’t count, but make sure as soon as you see lightning, you take off any metal weapons, bows and shields. They’re fine in your inventory; just don’t have them equipped.

You can freeze food

If you drop a food item in the snow, it’ll freeze. The frozen food will gain a new perk: it’ll  now offer heat resistance. So if you’re stuck for ways to cope with the heat around Gerudo desert, head for the snowier climes first. Providing you can deal with the cold, of course.

Remember to use your runes to solve problems

It’s easy to forget Link’s built-in toolset, but the Sheikah Slate runes have endless applications. Use them to solve most puzzles, to move objects in the environment or to cross bodies of water.

Those 25 Breath of the Wild tips are simply the tip of the iceberg; there is so much more to be discovered in the game, but hopefully we’ve given you a helping hand. Got your own helpful hint you want to share? Comment below and let us know!

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.