Posted on November 12 2017 by Rod Lloyd
With such little information announced about The Champions’ Ballad, we still don’t know exactly what new features will be added to Breath of the Wild beyond the new story content. But with the recent addition of a new side quest and new Xenoblade costume, it seems the Zelda team has a lot of options when considering new features. One such consideration brought up in the comments recently was the idea of new runes added to The Champions’ Ballad, so we figured this would be the best time to discuss what new runes should be added to the game.
I’m sure a lot of you are way more creative than I am, so you’ll probably have some great ideas for new runes. But if I was to offer one suggestion, I think that Breath of the Wild would benefit greatly from a Hookshot-like rune. As much I like climbing — or zipping through the air with Revali’s Gale and the Glider, even — I do think that the rush of scaling a gigantic structure diminished as the game went on. Toward the end of my playthrough, traversing up a huge cliff side seemed somewhat tedious.
So with The Champions’ Ballad, a rune that would swiftly and accurately carry Link across a large gap just by pointing at a target would help streamline the experience of exploring the overworld, especially if the DLC re-uses the original game’s maps. Hyrule Castle has already served as a final test of our abilities to climb a large structure effectively; there really isn’t more for us to prove. As well, I feel that the developers could present a slew of interesting Shrine puzzles with this mechanic. Just imagine gliding high into the air through a jet stream and quickly targeting a metal grating or treasure chest at the top.
That, of course, is just one example. What new runes do you think should be added to Breath of the Wild? How would a new rune change how we play through the game? Share your ideas in the comments below!