Gerudo Desert (Breath of the Wild)

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This article is about the area in Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. For the location in other games, see Gerudo Desert.
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"This southwestern desert is known for dangerous sandstorms that even the Gerudo, experts when it comes to these phenomena, avoid. There are other facilities outside of Gerudo Town, including an observation post for watching the Divine Beast Vah Naboris and the Kara Kara Bazaar."

Creating a Champion, page 322

Gerudo Desert is a location found in Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. It is part of the larger Wasteland Tower region, which is located in the southwesternmost part of Hyrule, and is home to the Gerudo, who live primarily in Gerudo Town. It is also home to the Great Fairy Tera, who can be found in the southwest corner of the Gerudo Desert by the Gerudo Great Skeleton. The Gerudo Desert is the only place in Hyrule where the Molduga and the Molduking can be found living.

Breath of the Wild

Traveling through the Gerudo Desert during the day requires Heat Resistance Level 2 otherwise Link will lose health. To boost heat resistance, Link can wear the Desert Voe set (purchased at the Gerudo Secret Club or in Tarrey Town once the From the Ground Up side quest has been completed). The Sapphire Circlet, purchased at the Starlight Memories jewelry store in Gerudo Town, also provides heat resistance. Link can also consume Heat Resistance elixirs or foods for a temporary boost to his heat resistance. A variety of recipes are available for creating heat-resistant foods or elixirs.

At night, temperatures drop so that Cold Resistance Level 2 is required. To boost cold resistance, Link can wear the Snowquill set (purchased at Rito Village). The Ruby Circlet, purchased at the Starlight Memories jewelry store in Gerudo Town, also provides cold resistance. Link can also consume Cold Resistance elixirs or foods for a temporary boost to his cold resistance. A variety of recipes are available for creating cold-resistant foods or elixirs.

In addition to extreme temperatures, travel through the Gerudo Desert is complicated by sandstorms which can cause a loss of visibility. Deep sand also slows down travel. Wearing Sand Boots can help improve movement through sand, and traveling by Sand Seal is the preferred method for traveling long distances. Trained Sand Seals can be rented in Gerudo Town and untrained Sand Seals can be caught in various places throughout the Gerudo Desert. A shield is required in order to travel by Sand Seal, and said shield takes no damage when being dragged by the seals. If Link tries to travel to far in the desert, a large sandstorm blocks his path and he is not able to go further. Traversing the Gerudo Desert is an arduous task for Link, as the sand hampers his movement. To counter this, Link can obtain the Sand Boots from Bozai, who runs along the eastern corner of Gerudo Town.

The desert is littered with the bones of gigantic creatures long dead and forgotten, aside from the Gerudo Great Skeleton, which is the only complete skeletal remains in the desert of such nature, as the rest appear to be reduced to ribcages and vertebrae. Most of the Gerudo buildings in the desert are reduced to ruins and partly buried in the sand.

To the southwest, the Gerudo Desert appears to be connected to vast lands beyond which are inaccessible through the game; it happens to be the only location in Hyrule with said land connections, as the rest of Hyrule is bordered by either the sea, or by deep gorges.

Neither horses nor the Master Cycle Zero can be used or summoned inside the desert, and attempts to access the desert with the cycle will be met with an invisible wall if riding slow, or the cycle disappearing from under Link while riding fast; horses will just stop at the entrance to the desert. Due to the inaccessibility of horses, there are no Stables in the Wasteland itself.

Age of Calamity

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