Friday Favorites: BotW Side Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda series has always had memorable characters, and Breath of the Wild was no exception. I feel as if every character, no matter how minor their roles, in Breath of the Wild had their own lives outside of just being there to assist Link. Each character had their own name and routine, some of which may have deviated if they were part of a side or shrine quest. This week, I’m celebrating some of the more memorable ones, in my opinion.

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Hestu

This giant Korok is so damn entertaining with his dances and maracas! Whenever he helpfully expands your weapon, bow, or shield stashes, you can’t skip his song and dance! That, and he has an amusing quote if you start talking to him when Link is wearing nothing but his underwear.

Bolson

Speaking of amusing quotes, Bolson is full of them. Having a character furnish a house for Link was an interesting idea, allowing you a place to call “home,” and Bolson was always up for the job. He was even greatly supportive of one of his former employees getting married!

Hudson

Hudson was Bolson’s former employee, and his long side quest was completely satisfying to finish. Going around the world to find others that shared his vision (and complied with the name rules) to help build a town from the ground up with a plethora of different races was awesome to see! The wedding at the end of the side quest was beautiful.

Kass

The Rito race is one of my favorites in the Legend of Zelda games, even if they haven’t been featured in many — actually, besides Breath of the Wild, I believe they’re only in the Wind Waker, so it was great seeing them again! Kass was a traveling musician and it was always fun to hear his music drifting through the air whenever he happened to be nearby. He helped with quite a few shrine quests and proving to be knowledgeable about the world, crediting his late teacher for many of the tidbits. I have a headcanon that his late teacher was someone like Kaepora Gaebora, the wise (and talkative) old owl from Ocarina of Time!

Who are some of your favorite side characters in Breath of the Wild?

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Friday Favorites: BotW Shrine Quests

Double Jump Kris MiiIn the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are Shrine Trials as opposed to dungeons. With a whopping 120 shrines in total, the shrines are everywhere! There are a set number, however, of shrines that are accessible only through a Shrine Quest, where Link takes on a task or solves a puzzle for other characters in Hyrule. Here is a list celebrating some of my favorite Shrine Quests!

Recital at Warbler’s Nest

I loved the Rito Village and all of the beautiful characters milling about, including the children. This particular quest involves searching the village high and low for four of five Rito sisters to join their fifth sister for choir practice. It was a fun way to discover the village’s little secrets and a new recipe to boot!

A Landscape of a Stable

While this was a fairly simple quest, I still enjoyed it. Seeing a picture of a landscape and then searching the world to find the image was how we discovered the memories, and that is one of our favorite aspects of this game.

A Song of Storms

Aside from being named after one of my favorite Zelda songs, this Shrine Quest was just a delight with the crazy weather that surrounded it. While I don’t particularly enjoy having Link get electrocuted, the graphics of the rain and lightning storms in the game are so much fun to watch. To see a bolt shatter away a shrine’s hiding place was fantastic!

The Spring of Wisdom

I fell in love with the three dragons that gracefully fly around Hyrule the instant I first saw one. I remember dashing after Farosh, completely heedless of the enemies I passed, when I first spotted it, hoping that the dragons could be Link’s friend and maybe let him fly with them. We eventually made our way toward the Spring of Wisdom, finding Naydra covered in the evil bile. The ensuing battle to free the dragon was lots of fun!

What are your favorite Shrine Quests in Breath of the Wild?

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Friday Favorites: Breath of the Wild Armor

Double Jump Kris MiiSince Rachel and I are still slowly but surely working through the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, today I thought I would celebrate another of my favorite aspects of the game — the different armor. We’ve had other games where Link would need to swap clothes based on the environment, but having full sets of armor as opposed to a color change was a fun extra for the game!

Snowquill Armor Set

One of my favorite areas in the game is Rito Village, with the beautiful Rito characters milling about. This set grants Link a cold resistance bonus, which is great considering I love climbing up every mountain I find, where it tends to get cold. That, and the feathers in Link’s hair looks awesome!

Gerudo Armor Set

The Desert Vai set is received during the story, and Rachel and I definitely cooed over the adorable pose Link struck when he first received the clothes. The heat resistance was obviously welcomed in the desert area. I have a theory that the majority — if not all — of the Gerudo know that it’s a voe hiding behind the veil. They just think Link is too cute to call him out on it!

Climber Armor Set

Climbing every building, hill, and mountain that you can see is such a huge part of the game and one of my favorite things to do (because, honestly, if you haven’t paraglided off of the tallest mountain in the game yet, you’re missing out on some fantastic scenery!), and the climber set is a lifesaver in terms of speed and stamina that Link uses.

Stealth Armor Set

The Sheikah were always one of my favorite races — the lore, the looks, the skills — in the Legend of Zelda games ever since Sheik first appeared in Ocarina of Time. The aesthetics of the armor are a wonderful tribute to the Sheikah, and the stealth bonus is tons of fun to use at night to sneak up on monsters.

What are your favorite armor sets in Breath of the Wild?

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Breath of the Wild Love

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In between a few other games, we’ve been really focusing on finishing the story of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch. At this point, we’ve freed all the Divine Beasts and Champions, and are kind of just wandering around and exploring while trying to find more shrines and complete more side quests. We’re still in love with the game!

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I don’t understand how most people beat the story so quickly. There’s so much to do and we want to do it all before we officially beat the game! Well… we probably won’t get to everything, but it’s nice to try.

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Definitely! We’re currently just running around with the Sheikah Sensor tracking treasure chests. Not only are those things all over the place, but it’s bringing us to nooks and crannies that we hadn’t visited yet. The exploration in this open world is amazing, and one of my favorite aspects about it is the nods to other Zelda games. The Temple of Time, the remains of Hyrule Castle Town, Arbiter’s Grounds in the desert, a child telling stories of people who used to live in the sky… It’s endless.

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It really amazes me how they created this map and everything it holds.We found another shrine just last night that looked like it was decent ways away, but it ended up being much farther than we anticipated. The overall world is just beautiful (despite half of it being destroyed).

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The nature of the world is just gorgeous. Speaking of the world, I adore how every NPC has a name. We’ve seen NPCs get into trouble, fight monsters on their own, plead with you not to jump if you’re standing on the edge of a bridge, and seem to have their own agendas outside of being static characters for the hero to interact with. That kind of touch really enriches the story for me.

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I agree. Each and every character has a purpose. Though I have to say, my favorite part of the game is the memories. I loved going on a scavenger hunt in such a big map to explore new areas all while piecing together the story.

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The memories were a lot of fun! Piecing together the story of what happened 100 years ago while Link was sleeping, then connecting the memories to events in the present day was a fantastic way to keep us engaged in the story while gallivanting off to every corner of the map.

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I developed lots of feelings for all the main characters; Zelda and all the Champions. The story is actually quite sad, but it’s engaging and they didn’t a fantastic job.

What were some of your favorite aspects about Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Make Breath Of The Wild More Challenging

How To Make Breath of the Wild More Challenging

Not that Breath of the Wild needs to be more challenging with how open the world is and the amount of monsters roaming the land, but if you were looking for a way to up the difficulty of the game on your own, here are a few suggestions from us:

  • No cooking — forget about saving yourself at the last minute with a heart-filling recipe. Sleeping at inns are the only way to heal up!
  • No paraglider or teleporting — travel everywhere either by foot or by horse.
  • Don’t use the Spirit Orbs — keep the default amount of hearts and stamina.
  • Only use tree branches as weapons (or weapons with stats 15 and under).
  • Wear Link’s original clothes and only use elixirs in super hot weather and the like.
  • No bonuses from amiibos.
  • Switch up your usual controller settings — try using the Joy-Con instead of the Pro Controller, for example.
  • Don’t do the side quests or use the rewards that are earned.
  • Just go straight to Ganon (because apparently that’s possible).

Have you tried any of these ways? Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: BotW Weapons

Double Jump Kris MiiHopefully you’re not sick of Breath of the Wild posts, because here’s another one!

One of the aspects I love about the game is the variety of weapons. I have yet to find the Master Sword, but until then, I’m doing well with some of my favorite weapons that I find in the game!

Guardian Sword

I was entranced with how much this sword glowed when I first collected it! The swords are definitely my preferred weapon of choice — besides the bows — so far in this game, and the Guardian Sword seems to be a decently balanced blade for combat. Not too heavy but still deals a nice amount of damage.

Sledgehammer

Generally I’m not one for the heavier weapons, the ones that take a few precious seconds to swing around before colliding with an enemy. However, the hammer definitely was fun, even just for smashing items along with the toes of the bigger enemies!

Shock Arrow

I love bows. In Legend of Zelda games, Fire Emblem games, Minecraft… Bow and arrows were always fun for me, for sniping enemies and triggering traps from afar. Breath of the Wild has a variety of arrows to choose from as well, and I particularly enjoyed using the shock arrows on enemies. It was difficult not to appreciate them, especially after dying a few times to that Lynel enemy using them near Zoras Domain!

Lightscale Trident

Spears and lances, like the heavier weapons in games, never were really one of my favorites, but there’s just something so satisfying with stabbing your enemies with a trident. I never thought I would have that much fun with a trident!

What’s your favorite weapon in Breath of the Wild? Do you have a preferred fighting strategy?

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Breath of the Wild Makes Me Feel…

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I can’t believe another week is coming to a close… We’ve been working our way through Breath of the Wild and I’ve come to realize a thing or two about it.

 

Breath of the Wild Makes Me Feel...

Games give us feels. Whether it’s the graphics, the music, or overall atmosphere, we often get that “good feeling” in the pit of our stomach when we play games, especially new ones.

When I first saw the trailer for Breath of the Wild, I’ll admit that I teared up a bit. I couldn’t believe how simple and atmospheric the music sounded and the graphics were just… breathtaking, to say the least. They’re so realistic and it amazes me that such technology exists.

Kris has been doing the majority of the playthrough because I always watch her play Zelda games. I’ll play on my own some other time, but I love to take it all in from the backseat (and laugh when she dies).

Our second day of playing the game, Link was hunting boars in the forest. It was daytime in the game, the grass was glowing in the sunlight and swaying in the wind. Birds were chirping in the background along with the soft, soothing music of the meadow. Flowers were blooming and the whole scene looked so peaceful, calm, and warm.

I had the sudden urge to go outside and soak up the sun. I had a strong desire for summer to officially come and get the chill out of the air. I wanted to go out, explore some woods, and just breath in the fresh air.

Granted, I’m not a social person in real life and even though I’m a gamer and joke about how the sun “burns,” I absolutely enjoy the outdoors. In the summer, I’m always taking my work outside with me whether it’s to read by the pool or get some blogging done on my deck. I love to take my dog for a walk, let my turtle roam around in the grass, and just listen to the birds and lawnmowers (yes, I love the sound of lawnmowers).

Despite my already loving the outdoors, I can’t wait for the warmer weather now more than ever.

The only downside to this is that I know my neighborhood isn’t as beautiful as the scenery in the game.

How do video games make you feel? Are you loving the open world in Breath of the Wild? Let me know in the comments below!

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