The Great Plateau is the first region of the game where Link begins his quest. After awakening at the Shrine of Resurrection, Link ventures out into the Great Plateau and he must complete the first four Shrines to progress onward.

1.1 Great Plateau Tower

The game begins with a voice summoning Link to awake in a desolate cave. Wearing nothing but a pair of shorts, Link will awake within the Shrine of Resurrection. Wander over to a nearby pedestal to collect the Sheikah Slate, a mysterious tablet that will guide you along on your quest. This will trigger a nearby door to open up, so run on through.

Here you will find a pair of treasure chests containing an Old Shirt and some Well-Worn Trousers, giving our hero some much needed clothing. Run ahead and hold the Sheikah Slate up to the pedestal, causing the nearby door to open up. Run ahead and climb up the rock to get outside, and you’ll find yourself at the Great Plateau.

After an overview of the world, Link will see an Old Man in the distance walking towards a camp fire. At this point you can navigate the world as you please; you can find some Tree Branches, Hylian Shrooms, climb up some rocks, interact with your environment, and just get used to your surroundings. You don’t even have to talk to the Old Man if you don’t want to, and he’ll react differently depending on whether you put on clothes yet or if you take things without asking. So begins the complete openness and freedom to do as you please and see what happens which this game offers! This walkthrough will feature our recommended path to take, however.

After the title cutscene, make your way over and speak with the Old Man. He talks about the Great Plateau and how it is the birthplace of Hyrule. He gives you a glimpse of the nearby Temple in the distance. If you’d like to, you can run over to these ruins to find the Temple of Time, or continue and explore the world around you.

After awhile the voice who woke you will speak again and will highlight a place on the map using your Sheikah Slate. Make your way over to the location and you’ll find a Bokoblin guarding the entry. You can battle it or just run by if you’d like. Place the Sheikah Slate into the pedestal. This will activate the Sheikah Towers found all throughout the land, soaring them into the skies and giving Link a grander view of the region. Link will then appear atop the Great Plateau Tower.

Carefully drop down from the Great Plateau Tower and you will once again be joined by the Old Man. He gives you the backstory of Calamity Ganon, who appeared 100 years ago and brought ruin and destruction to the land. The Old Man indicates that you are not able to leave the Plateau unless you have a Paraglider. He offers to trade you as long as you acquire a treasure from a secret Shrine that has appeared in the distance.

1.2 Oman Au Shrine

This is the first case where the main storyline can be “put on hold”: There are a total of four shrines on the Great Plateau, and while the Old Man is pointing you at the closest, all four will eventually be required, and can be completed in any order, so feel free to take the game how you please. However, the Oman Au Shrine is the closest, so we’ll start there. There are a number of ways to navigate towards the Shrine, but it is a fairly safe route no matter which path you choose.

Shrines serve two main functions. Simply arriving at the shrine and putting the Sheikah Slate on the pedestal will unlock the shrine as a teleport spot, which can be traveled to at any time (even when within a shrine or dungeon). The secondary function is to enter the shrine and complete it. If you save the shrine for later, the inner portion of the icon will show as red on the map. When all treasure chests within the shrine are collected, a treasure chest icon will show next to its name on the map when it is selected. And finally, shrines that are not unlocked will show as red in the world, shrines that are unlocked but not completed will show as blue with a red top, and completed shrines show as blue.

Go ahead and enter the Oman Au Shrine.

Here you will find the Magnesis Trial. Run over to the pedestal and insert the Sheikah Slate to get the Magnesis Rune. This allows Link to interact with and move metallic objects from a distance, even heavy ones. When using the Magnesis Rune, targets made of metal will be highlighted to help find them. Use Magnesis to lift one or both of the two large metallic rectangles that are on the ground floor, revealing a pathway. Drop down below and climb out of the water if you’ve fallen into it. Run ahead and climb the steps.

Here you will find a large wall and looking at it, one of the blocks is different than the rest and is made of metal. Another metal block is also in the corner. The rest of the blocks can easily be maneuvered by pushing against them with a metal block using Magnesis. Move the blocks out of the way, or create a staircase over them, and continue.

Watch out for the small Guardian Scout I enemy that is roaming around. Guardian enemies do increased durability damage to any weapon or shield used against them, including bows, however there is one trick to finish off guardians easily. If you stand in one spot long enough it will aim its focus and shoot a beam at you. Use of the Perfect Guard maneuver can reflect the beam back at it, but if this is not correctly timed, it will do considerable damage to your shield and stronger guardians will likely destroy weaker shields. To use the Perfect Guard Maneuver, focus the target with a shield in hand, and press A to swing your shield. If correctly timed, this will reflect attacks back at the attacker and can also create openings when fighting other enemies. This move is not vital at the start of the game, but quickly becomes so. It is best to practice as much as possible and master it quickly.

In addition to the Perfect Guard maneuver, there are multiple other combat strategies. As this is a beginner enemy, you can simply run over and slash away to defeat it. Alternatively, you can use Magnesis to control the block and push the enemy down into the water, or even use the large block to smash the guardian.

There is a metal plate on the ground here and it serves as a bridge to the next platform. Run across and then use Magnesis to carry the metal plate over, using it as a bridge to get further across.

If you turn to the left you can see a treasure chest on a higher platform. Use Magnesis to grab the treasure chest and pull it towards you. Open it up to get some treasure. Up ahead there are two massive metallic doors. Use Magnesis to pull the doors open, allowing you to pass.

Run ahead and examine the altar to speak with the Monk, Oman Au. He is the Monk of this Shrine and as a reward for your completing his trial, he will give you a Spirit Orb. A Monk will be found at the end of every shrine.

You will then be warped back to outside of the Shrine. At this point, now that you have the Magnesis Rune, you can interact with all sorts of objects in the Overworld. You can control large boxes and toss them into the air, which upon destruction will give rewards. You can also pull up metallic treasure chests from underwater to uncover some more goodies. Some treasure chests, particularly in grassy areas, may be half buried, and can be pulled up with this rune. As always, the key here is explore, explore, explore!

1.3 Ja Baij Shrine

Once you complete the first Shrine, the Old Man will paraglide over. He informs you that you can warp over to previous locations that you’ve uncovered with the Sheikah Slate, including the Great Plateau Tower, as well as Shrines. He tells you to meet him back up at the top of the tower, so pull out your Sheikah Slate and warp on over.

The Old Man is already here. Odd? Talk to him and he’ll teach you about the scope ability of your Sheikah Slate. He suggests looking out into the distance so that you can pinpoint the location of the other three shrines in the area. All three of them are easily visible from the Great Plateau Tower, but they can also be easy to miss. Note that the scope does not have a zoom in or out function so often it’s better to use the normal camera for looking around and the scope specifically when you want to place a pin.

Pins will automatically clear themselves when you reach them, and show up on your minimap to make them easy to orient towards, even at long distances. Glance around until you see the three remaining Shrines and be sure to pin them with your scope, so that it is easy to head towards them later. While it can be easy to lose your sense of direction, one of the shrines is at the east area of the map in the Eastern Abbey section. Another is at the south-central part of the map, just east of Mount Hylia, and another is at the far west of the map, just west of the River of the Dead.

The closest of the shrines is nearby at the east end of the Great Plateau. It is located in a bit of a maze area that is surrounded by a couple of inactive Guardians. However, as you draw near, these Guardians will awaken and will shoot a massive beam of energy towards you after locking on. The path to the shrine is blocked off by a large boulder. Your best bet is to go to the backside of the shrine where you can climb the wall. Alternatively, you can use the Guardian’s beam to blast through the boulder, but that is much more difficult. Once beyond the wall, place the Sheikah Stone into the pedestal to open the entrance to the next Shrine.

Here we are at Ja Baij Shrine, also known as the Bomb Trial. Run over and place the Sheikah Stone into the pedestal and you’ll acquire the Bomb Rune. This will allow Link to use Remote Bombs, in both the spherical form we all know and love, as well as a new cubic form. The difference between the two bombs is that spherical bombs will of course roll, and cubic bombs don’t. Use cubic bombs when you want to make sure the bomb doesn’t move out of place, for instance. Other than that there is no difference between either bomb. And for a final bonus, these bombs do not have a timed fuse like in previous games. Instead, they only explode when they are triggered remotely, by the rune. As these bombs are magical, they require no ammo to replenish and are infinite, however a short cooldown is required between each use.

As an advanced technique, it is possible to get a bomb out, switch to another rune, and then later switch back to the bomb rune and detonate it then. Since there are two bomb runes, this means you can have one of each out at a time, detonating one or the other as needed, by switching between the two Runes in the Sheikah Slate.

In the first room there are a pair of boulders that can be blown up using your new rune. Take the path to the right and blow up some more boulders to find a treasure chest that contains some goodies.

Blow up up the boulders that were on the left and climb the ladder to progress onward to the next room. Here you will find a moving platform and there are some more large boulders that are blocking your path. You want to use a cube bomb here so that it won’t roll off the moving platform. Place the bomb at the edge of the moving platform and then return to a safe distance. When the platform moves next to the boulders, blow it up to get by.

In the next area, you will see some devices that shoot out in a direction. The first one you see on the right has a small tunnel where you can drop a spherical bomb into. The bomb will launch across the room and you can detonate the bomb to blast away some blocks.

Before progressing, head to the other side of the room where there are a pair of these launching devices. You can have one of them launch you to the other side to reach another treasure chest that contains some treasure.

Now drop down to the ground floor and make your way over to the ladder. With the boulders above now out of the way, climb on up and make your way over to the Monk. Just like the Monk from the previous Shrine, he will bestow upon you a Spirit Orb and return you to the surface.

With the Bomb Rune, another flood of possibilities is open to you in your exploration. You can now wander around the Great Plateau, using your Remote Bombs in various ways to find a wide variety of goodies.

1.4 Owa Daim Shrine

The Owa Daim Shrine is located at the south-central portion of the Great Plateau, at the south-eastern edge of the Mount Hylia region of the map, and is our next destination. This shrine, along with the final shrine in this area, are both located near colder climates, and Link will begin to take damage if he doesn’t have the proper gear or food. In our walkthrough we will first head towards the Temple of Time near the center of the map and get what we need to resist the cold, in order to make it easier to get to the fourth shrine, later.

(Note that the Owa Daim Shrine can be reached directly via other methods, such as cutting down a tree to fall across a chasm, as one example, and cold resistance is not required. There are various ways to get cold resistance for the fourth shrine along that route, too. But this walkthrough couldn’t possibly cover all the options you have in front of you! So as always, feel free to explore and find your own way whenever you please!)

From the Temple of Time head westward and you will see an archway that leads to a snowy plain. Just next to the archway there are some Spicy Peppers, so be sure to grab them. Before heading into the snow, walk northward a bit and you’ll see a Bokoblin camp. It’s a good idea to get rid of these enemies so that you can do some cooking. There are more spicy peppers in this area and I highly recommend grabbing them. Use a Bokoblin Club or a Tree Branch and light it on fire, and then use that flame to light up the fire beneath the pot.

Go into your inventory and select those Spicy Peppers you just got. You can hold up to 5 of them at a time and if you throw them all into the pot you can cook up some Spicy Sautéed Peppers. Five of them will allow you to have low-level cold resistance for over 12-minutes, which should give you plenty of time to navigate through the higher elevation regions of the Great Plateau. You can also experiment and create other recipes as well by mixing and matching ingredients, however if you include at least one Spicy Pepper, your result is likely to still give some amount of cold resistance. Cooking is pretty self explanatory; reading the description of each cooking material will give you a pretty accurate idea of what the results will be for combining various items (or multiple of the same item, such as with Spicy Sautéed Peppers.)

There are other ways to survive the cold, too! If in your travels you have come across a Warm Doublet (an option for how to get this item is later in this chapter), that will also provide cold resistance when worn. You can also carry a lit torch, although it is easy to accidentally put it away or break it when fighting, and then it may not be easy to light it again. Another option is to collect a lot of food and then continuously eat it all as you take damage from the cold while quickly traveling to your destination. This cannot be said enough, but there are many ways to accomplish objectives in this game, so feel free to come up with your own!

For this guide though, cook and eat some food to get cold resistance, and then run through the gate to reach the colder area. It’s now time to make your way over to the Owa Daim Shrine. By coming from this direction, you can climb higher up and then strategically climb down right when you are near the shrine. Per usual, once you arrive use the Sheikah Slate on the pedestal to open up the entrance.

Inside, run over to the Pedestal and place your Sheikah Slate to get the Stasis Rune. This will allow you to use the Stasis ability, which allows Link to freeze objects in time for a short period. These objects can also be hit to store kinetic energy and when time resumes, this energy will be expelled all at once, which can cause even the largest of objects to get launched across a room.

The massive gear on the left side of the room is causing the nearby platform to rotate. Wait until the platform is level and then use Stasis on the gear, freezing it in time momentarily. Quickly run across before the gear re-activates.

Run ahead and you’ll see a massive ball rolling down a narrow bridge. Once the ball passes you, quickly run up the bridge. Look ahead and you’ll see a second ball ready to roll down. Use Stasis to freeze it momentarily and quickly run up the bridge and off to the side to avoid the ball.

Before progressing further, there is still one more goodie for us to find here. Wait until the ball rolls by and then quickly run up to the top of the ramp where the balls first appear. Here you will find a treasure chest with some goodies.

Run ahead and you’ll see a large Iron Sledgehammer sitting against the wall. Be sure to pick it up as we’ll need a heavy duty weapon. Up ahead the path is blocked off by a stationary ball in the middle of the ramp. Use Stasis to freeze the object. In the few moments before it re-activates, use the Iron Sledgehammer to hit the ball several times. This will store the energy and once time resumes, the ball will be launched ahead.

At this point you can run ahead to reach the Monk. Like the previous ones, he will give you a Spirit Orb for completing the trial.

Back in the Overworld, the Stasis ability can be used on a variety of objects. It’s fun to use it on the nearby rock and launch it all the way across the map, for instance, and be rewarded with the chest underneath. Once more the possibilities for exploration have opened up even further to you. Feel free to get sidetracked as much as you like (that’s what this whole game is about after all), and when you’re ready, we’ll move on to the next Shrine.

1.5 Keh Namut Shrine

The Keh Namut Shrine is located at the west portion of the Great Plateau, just to the west of the River of the Dead and northwest of Mount Hylia. The Shrine is located at one of the local peaks of the mountain in this area, just near a small lake. The area around the Shrine is cold, so once again, be sure to get cold resistance in some way, such as cooking up some Spicy Sautéed Peppers. The River of the Dead is the biggest obstacle on the path to reach this shrine. I personally find that all routes across the river are a tad bit difficult, so your best bet is to simply go around the south edge. But once more, feel free to find your own way, and continue this walkthrough once you reach the shrine however you like!

If you are coming from the Owa Daim Shrine, immediately just climb the west wall to get to a much higher peak and it’s a pretty straight forward route from here. Otherwise, make your way to the Temple of Time near the center of the Great Plateau and travel westward through the archway. Travel around the south end of the River of the Dead and begin to scale the mountain.

Before heading to Keh Namut Shrine, make your way up to the peak of Mount Hylia. At the top of the mountain you will find the Old Man. He is impressed that you were able to make it this far and he’ll give you the Warm Doublet, which is an upgraded tunic that is resistant to the colder environment that we mentioned earlier. Be sure to also examine the nearby rock to get some Amber. Now make your way over to the Keh Namut Shrine.

(Note, this method of getting the Warm Doublet is only available during this chapter. Other methods are also available, for explorers intrepid enough to find them. After this chapter however, you can visit the log cabin south of the Owa Daim Shrine to get the Warm Doublet from a chest, or buy it from a store elsewhere in the world.)

You will arrive at the Keh Namut Shrine, otherwise known as the Cryonis Trial. Run on over to the pedestal and place your Sheikah Slate to get it infused with the Cryonis Rune. This will give Link the Cryonis ability, which allows Link to build ice pillars. There is a small pond of water and if you use Cryonis, you can create a pillar of ice. Climb up the ice and onto the adjacent platform.

Run ahead and you’ll find a gate that is just above a pond of water. Use Cryonis to create an ice pillar right underneath the gate, and the pillar will cause the gate to rise up, allowing you to pass. This is an ability of Cryonis that often gets forgotten, so make sure to remember it when you’re trying to figure out puzzles!

You’ll then run into another Guardian Scout I. Since there is water here, a new combat option is to use Cryonis to create an ice pillar, preventing its beam from hitting you. Run on over and defeat the enemy. Just to the side there is a small nook that contains a treasure chest. Uses Cryonis to create a pillar and climb up to reach the treasure chest.

At the end of this path, you’ll find a platform that is lying on the ground. Just beneath it on the right, use Cryonis to create a pillar, causing the platform to turn into a ramp and allow you to climb up it.

Run over to the end of the Shrine where you will find the Monk. Just as the previous Monks, Keh Numut will give you a Spirit Orb for completing the trial.

Once you exit the Shrine, you can get a nearby treasure chest that was surrounded by water by using Cryonis to reach it. Once more, your ability to explore has been increased. Cryonis is great for crossing any body of water, including ones that may be too far or have too strong a current to swim. You can use the ability wherever you see water and it will allow you to reach an assortment of new areas.

1.6 The Paraglider

Once you complete all four shrines, the Old Man will once again appear. He tells you that you should imagine an X on your map, with the four shrines as the end points. Find the spot where those lines intersect. That location would be the Temple of Time, located right near the center of the Great Plateau. You can warp over to the Shrine of Resurrection, or just make your way down the mountain. This will complete the Isolated Plateau objective.

Once you arrive at the Temple of Time, run inside and you will see a shining Goddess Statue. Whenever you have four or more Spirit Orbs, you can find a Goddess Statue and pray to it. As a trade for four Spirit Orbs, you can upgrade your Stamina Vessel, or you can get a Heart Container. Either one is a good choice at this point.

After communicating with the statue, the Old Man will call out from atop the Temple of Time. Go outside and climb up to the top of the Temple. One method is to go to the front of the temple, and then from outside, face it, and then climb the corner on your left. Run over and speak with the Old Man, who will reveal a bit more about what the heck is going on in the world. He will then finally give Link the Paraglider, allowing Link to finally get off of the Great Plateau.

After the cut-scene, two new Main Quests open up in your Adventure Log. The first one is Destroy Ganon, which is the last thing that you will need to do in the main quest. Technically, you can venture directly to Hyrule Castle now and take on the final boss. However, we are far from prepared to do so, but the game does give you this option. The other Main Quest is to Seek Out Impa, and that is where we will go in the next chapter.

Also note, amiibo are now free to use. The option to use them will need to be turned on in the settings menu. You will need to switch to the amiibo ‘rune’, aim at an acceptable place on the ground, and then tap the amiibo to use it. All amiibos that exist will grant some kind of reward and can be used once per real life day, each, although only amiibo related to the Zelda franchise give better (or exclusive) rewards. The exception is the Wolf Link amiibo; if he dies he may not be summoned again for another day, but otherwise he can be summoned as many times as you like. For more information, see the Breath of the Wild Amiibo wiki.


    I hope you will be able to get all the info before summer

  • Jaime Carlton

    Can I add a note? I’m not sure on the Owa Daim Shrine if when you mention climbing up and strategically down is how I reached it, but I will comment still the same. South of the old man’s hut/house and east of the bokoblins is a small forest. You might have caught the old man chopping them down and he mentions about chopping a tree down to fall just in the right spot. If you do this with one of the trees on the ledge, it can become a bridge to cross over the deep gully. Once across you can climb from cliff to cliff to reach the top, and the same to get back down. You will have to chop another tree to get across gully. I bypassed the cold temperatures going this route.

  • Eddie Anderson

    I think it’s funny how the strategy guide show’s a blue rupee as 1 and green as 5…. why can’t people who make the books ever get things 100% correct. A green is 1 and blue is 5 in the game.

  • spacefan1993

    I’d like to mention that in order to get the Warm Doublet, do not complete the last shrine. I made that mistake, thinking the Old Man would give it to me after completing the shrine, but he never did. After I talked with him at the Temple of Time, I traveled to the top of Mount Hylia to see if he was there, but he never showed up. So essentially, I missed my chance to get the Warm Doublet. I’ll have to find another article of heavy clothing later on in the game, but as it stands now, I’ll just have to harvest a lot of spicy peppers or use torches.

  • I did that, and then the person playing with me did the mountain route. I think we both agree the mountain route is easier, assuming you get the proper gear/ingredients for the cold.

  • DahStyle

    You can get the warm doublet before going to the cold area by doing the old man’s recipe

  • China Ross

    Actually, you can go get it. If you go back to the house that he was at where you find the diary, there’s now a chest with the warm doublet inside.

  • Thortok

    I did the chop-a-tree route as well. Plus the old man’s hut has peppers to use for cold protection later.

    The issue here is yet again, do it however you feel like! That is the beauty of this game!

  • Thortok

    Sweet, I was actually about to make the same complaint as spacefan, heh. I’ll verify this and then add it to the guide.

  • Thortok

    There’s even a diary that explains it in his house, heh.

  • DrMartinSweden

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! A million times thank you!

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    I got the warm doublet after the shrines. I went back to the old man’s cottage or house (after he revealed himself at the Temple of Time at the top of the building), and he left the treasure chest with the warm doublet inside.

  • Tamara Philips-arys

    did someone bought the extra dlc pakket and knows where to find te extra chests

  • Mark Horwath

    “It is located atop a hill and there are multiple ways to reach this Shrine.” – how about MENTIONING some of them??? Isn’t that the point of a walk through?

  • spacefan1993

    I actually did find it at the hut afterwards.

  • Thortok

    Did you read to the final sentence of that paragraph?

  • You can cut down a tree, cross the gap, and climb up to the shrine, but I think that’s not the best method. I only included my preferred method.

    “The most efficient way to reach these next two shrines is to first head towards the Temple of Time near the center of the map.”

    This way actually gets you prepared for the snow-filled region as well.

  • Mick

    I did, and found chests but don’t know which were the extra ones sorry. As far as I can see everything needs to be explored minutely as stuff is very scattered and there are chests all over the place. I’m on my fourth ‘re-start’ – it’s the only way I can get my head around the game I think, starting over and over until I get it. It really is very different from the others and not a lot of in-game direction via speaking to people. I’m sure I’m going to love this, but I’ll be happier when I’ve got a bit more idea how to work all the gadgets. Sorry not to be more help.

  • Mick

    I’m stuck trying to work out how to get the ‘scope’. The instructions say to press something that can’t be pressed. It will look in all directions but the result I got was to fall off a tower because I didn’t know where I was. Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong? Thanks.

  • Mick

    I found one in the Temple of Time and another at a bokoboblin camp, still searching.

  • Thortok

    What gadgets do you need help with?

  • Thortok

    On a wii u gamepad, you ‘click’ the right analog stick. Regardless of what controller you’re using, it should be shown in the ‘Ability Controls’ section of the pause menu.

  • Mick

    I don’t have a clue how you can ‘click’ the analogue stick 🙁
    I love this game already, but it can be frustrating – I forget how many times I’ve been mashed by monsters already. And it is so huge. I went back to my GC Ocarina of Time for a bit of light relief and kept falling down a pit and turned that off too. Maybe it’s not a good day for games 😀
    When I move the analogue stick it will show me a view of everything but will not work as binoculars or telescope. Getting it wrong somewhere.

  • Thortok

    I’ve died over 100 times already, and most times when I play Ocarina of time I can go through the game without even using a fairy. This game is HARD. In comparison. Once you get the hang of it, frustration does die down, but it’s got a steeper learning curve than any other Zelda so far.

    If you’re using a wii u gamepad, physically press down on the analog stick, pushing it into the controller, and it will make a click noise. Clicking the left control stick will make you crouch toggle. It’s just one more way for them to put another ‘button’ on the controller.

  • Mick

    Got it. I don’t tap, I press hard on the stick while I’m pushing up under the gamepad. I’ve had this from new, this gamepad, and it’s never asked me to ‘tap’ those controls before. Maybe it was just a case of never used so seized up. Thanks Thortok. There’s a concern with me and others that we are being told our Sheikah slate is broken. Have you heard this? There’s a discussion on YouTube but so far no reason for whatever broke. Mine’s broken and I’ve restarted the game now for the fourth time and it still tells me it’s broken. Maybe best not to look lol

  • Thortok

    Link me this discussion or show me a screenshot of what you mean.

    The only thing I know of is that there’s one character that ‘calls’ it broken just because you haven’t fully unlocked/upgraded the runes. There’s a main quest that gets you to upgrade it some more, and then a sidequest that gets you to upgrade it fully.

  • Mick

    It just needed brute force – thanks for helping with that. I think I need to turn my games off for the night – I’m definitely fed up with falling down a pit getting the Megaton Hammer. I usually do this quickly. The game on the GC is so much more controllable than the download version – Navi was almost murdered when I used the Pro controller. Oh – maybe just one more hour of my lovely new game …….. you’re right, difficult to understand what’s happening at the moment, but this looks like one brilliant game 🙂

  • Thortok

    The more of it I play, the more it looks like a masterpiece. I’m not sure how they’re gonna be able to top this one, honestly. lol But that worry’s a ways off!

  • Mick

    Hopefully I’ve got this right:

  • Thortok

    Alright, so what’s happening here is that you’re attempting to access features of the sheikah slate that you haven’t unlocked yet. Later on in the game (if you follow the main quest), you’ll get the option to ‘repair’ the slate and get these features (camera, compendium, etc.) You don’t have these features right away. Sorry it’s not clear yet to someone who just started.

    This has nothing to do with your save data. Your game is fine. Just tap L to get back to the map screen which is the feature you start with.

    As I said in my first comment, there’s a character who recognizes your slate is ‘damaged’ and tells you what to do. So this is intentionally part of the game.

  • Mick

    Brilliant – now I can just ignore it till later in the game. Silly Nintendo – don’t they know that we will go through every detail we come across when we start playing? With the ‘getting used to gadgets’ comment earlier I was probably referring to not getting the scope and being baffled about the ‘loss of data’ the slate was showing. Just thinking – until we believe we are in the game we’re playing it’s not so easy to make sense of all the bits and pieces we need, not so easy to concentrate on the ‘learning’ while we are still thinking ‘what the hell is this for?’. I still remember those horrible magnetic boots in TP, thinking what happens if I take them off, and being dumped into a sea of lava. Took me weeks to stop doing that 🙂

  • The_Colourful_Jester

    You can bomb a tree down to save your axe as well.

  • Darren M Gomes

    I managed to get the warm doublet by eating the sauteed hot peppers and going into the mountain area, I did the Keh Nehmut Shrine 3rd, rather than 4th, as I came to it first. On the way there, I climbed to the very top of the mountain peak, where you run into the old man and for your efforts of getting up to the top, he rewards you with the warm doublet.

  • Mick

    Can anyone tell me if it’s possible to turn off the tips that come up a bit too often? I must have read them 20 times already and that’s enough thanks 🙂

  • Thortok

    There is not, but you can always toggle to the next tip.

    Some tips only show up rarely but are all that much more helpful for it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that ‘don’t charge in’ tip after dying, as a subtle reminder to stop sucking at the game lol

    On the other hand, I died to lightning must have been 30 times before teleporting away and getting a tip a few minutes later to remove metal weapons when lightning is about to strike lol

  • Mick

    Thanks for this spacefan – I found it at the hut after completing the four thingies. It turned out to be easier than finding the old man 🙂

  • Mick

    Yes, the lightning got me too – although I got the tip before the lightning I didn’t give a thought to what might happen to my pitchfork or whatever it was. This is such a huge game. I’m going to start over (again) as I managed to get lost outside Kakariko. Keep starting again, keep memorising ….. this could go on for years. But love this game.

  • Jaime

    Did anyone beat that rock monster deep in the forest? Does beating it give anything? Stumbled upon it while looking for something to cook from the old man’s diary.

  • Thortok

    The giant talus world bosses give a ton of minerals (which sell for a lot to npcs).

  • Midstar

    Can anyone tell my why the map stays blue and doesn’t update with details as I venture across it. Do you have to unlock it by section.. If so, how do you do that?

  • Thortok

    Find a nearby tower. They are tall thin buildings such as in the picture at the top of this page. Ones you have done are blue, ones you have not done are orange. Climb and unlock the tower to reveal the region.

  • Midstar

    Ahhh. That makes sense. Thank you.

  • Jaime

    What is a npcs?

  • Thortok

    Non Player Characters, gaming term for ‘people’ in the world that aren’t controlled by other players. Since this is a 1 player game that’s all characters in the game other than Link. =P

  • Zeldafan25

    I honestly wish that there was a video walkthrough, although I don’t currently own the game, I just enjoy watching the videos and it doesn’t need to be a 100% walkthrough either.

  • Thortok

    I might do one after I 100% complete it, make a video walkthrough for 2nd playthrough.

  • Nynaeve

    If you read the diary in the old mans hut and recreate the lost recipe, he will give you his doublet. Just combine the ingredients in the pot, tell him you have cooked something and if its right, he will hand it over.

  • Livvie

    that would be fun. 🙂 i’m discovering more stuff in a 2nd playthrough vs. the first time (maybe wait until after the DLC storyline then you hit everything at one go, yah?)

  • Brad Dotson

    Beat it today, you gotta wait til it slams one of its fists down and then climb up it. I’m sure you can use other weapons but the iron sledgehammer is the best to hit the black rock on top of his head which is the weak spot. As long as you don’t lose your balance and avoid its rocks that it throws, you can beat it fairly easily. Like Thortok said, if you beat it early in the game its a great way to win some minerals like rubies and opals which sell a lot in the towns and villages.

  • Kamizura

    maybe you’d be interested in watching a youtuber play through the game, like ShadyPenguinn

  • Adso

    yeah: fish, meat and a pepper. I got doublet in a minute!

  • QueenLindsay

    I just started playing Breath of the Wild on my newly purchased Nintendo Switch (woohoo!) and I must have skipped over the part that tells me how to pull out my shield and use it? This seems so basic! I’m not sure why I can’t it figure out. Help?

  • Thortok

    Whenever you need to verify controls, pause the game and go all the right to the system menu.

  • Butch

    You probably already know the answer, but for someone else… ZL to target an enemy (and then the shield is automatic). However if you’re holding a two-handed weapon then you can either wield it (with no shield) or you can sheath it (and then have the shield). You can only have both a weapon and the shield if the weapon is a one-handed weapon.

  • Rachel Winship

    How do you get the meat?

  • Adso

    Killing animals 🙁

  • Rachel Winship

    How do yu kill the boars, it’s so hard to catch them and my arrows do nothing!

  • Soulforger

    You need to crouch to get as close as possible, then shoot for the head.

  • Ashley Sanderson

    Hey Zelda dungeon, will you be doing a video walkthrough or will this be it for breath of the wild?o;

  • BaconLord

    Zelda dungeon! In this tutorial you call the guardian scout (confirmed name by Hyrule compendium) Guardian (small) please fix this.

  • Linda

    I’ve only recently started playing this game on wiiu and can’t figure out a lot of things. How do you catch a fish? Also how do I find the 3rd shrine? I found the other 3(not very easily,) but can’t for the life of me find the 3rd one. The one near hylia

  • Brittney Brophy

    I havent fish like with a fishing pole, ive just thrown a bomb in the water and let it blow up. By the mountain? One is south of the map and one is west of the map closer to the skull by the spirit forest.

  • Brittney Brophy

    You can also kill birds for meat, it works

  • Brittney Brophy

    There are people on youtube who do specific walkthroughs. I dont believe zelda dungeon has ever done a video walkthrough

  • AJJK

    Hi everyone. Dumb question: I turned off the shrine sensor somehow, but I want to turn it back on. How do I do that? Thank you!

  • Evelynn Grace Maurer

    Press – and than Y and then you should be able to turn it back on

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  • Zyvyn

    either throw a bomb in water with fish in it or swin in the water and dash into the fish

  • Zyvyn

    they have done video walkthrough’s just only a games like zelda II skyward sword and oot

  • Mitch Yurkovich

    Or, get the Wolf Link amibo. Honestly, that dude is a huge help. Especially if you’ve done the trial dungeon quite a bit in Twilight Princess. My wolf link has like 16 or 20 hearts… damn near invincible on the plateau. I just walk around and he kills the boars and birds for me.