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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Step-by-Step Guide

Regain a hero's memories

Alex Legard

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Welcome to my walkthrough for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; in this guide, I'll show you the best way to progress through the game. Of course, there are a lot of things to do but we'll primarily focus on the main story plus a few other highly useful unlocks.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild intro screenshot
This is a beautiful view of Hyrule at the start of the game

Pro tips

  • Exploring Hyrule for secrets pays off. The most important thing to find is shrines; of which, there are 120 in Hyrule. Your Sheikah Sensor will sense shrines once you leave the Great Plateau. Most major locations like towns also have a shrine nearby.
  • Koroks can be found everywhere in Hyrule. You'll usually have to solve a puzzle to get their seeds such as put a ball in the right hole, pick up suspicious rocks, follow yellow flowers, make a food offering, match 3 trees, or complete a race before time runs out.
  • Be sure to climb up those red towers to unlock sections of the world map.
  • Use your camera rune to take pictures of missable items and enemies such as bosses and the Master Sword. Otherwise, you have to pay 500 rupees per missed boss.
  • Having strong defensive armor is extremely important. Without it, you'll take high damage with every hit.
  • Use your Sheikah Slate to teleport to any shrine location you've visited even if you haven't completed that shrine. Speaking of which, uncompleted shrines are orange instead of blue.

Great Plateau

Pick up the Sheikah Slate, shirt, and trousers from where you begin. Outside the cave, go down the path and talk to the old man. Pick up the tree branch, mushrooms, and apples. Walk up to the lake and jump into the circle of lilies for your first Korok seed. Go to the big temple (Temple of Time) then walk down the stairs to some ruins. Open the chest for the Hylian Trousers. They have +2 armor over the old pants (-½ hearts taken per hit). Wait for Zelda to talk to you if she hasn't already then walk to the place marked on your Sheikah Slate. Put the Sheikah Slate in the pedestal then a tower will rise up from the ground. Climb down the tower then the old man will glide in to talk to you. Follow him to the orange structure for treasure and complete the shrine for the Magnesis rune and a spirit orb. v1d30chumz 3-235-173-74

The Isolated Plateau

Leave and the old man will talk to you again. Teleport to the top of the tower using your Sheikah Slate and pin the 3 nearby shrines on the map or you can just use this handy screenshot:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Isolated Plateau map screenshot
Blue: Bomb Shrine - Yellow: Stasis Shrine - Red: Cryonis Shrine

Ja baij (Bomb Shrine)

Start by going to the shrine in the Eastern Abbey. Climb over the wall to get to the shrine but make sure you don't get blasted by the guardians because they will defeat you in one hit. However, their lasers take a long time to charge so taking cover is easy. Complete the shrine for the Bomb rune and a spirit orb. Also, you might find a chest containing a traveler's claymore which is a decent melee weapon.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ja baij (Bomb Shrine) screenshot
Bombs have no timer and can be exploded at any moment

Getting the Warm Doublet

There are 2 ways to acquire the Warm Doublet:

  1. Climb to the top of Mount Hylia. It's a long walk and you will take constant cold damage so you need cold-resistant food to stop taking damage. Then, talk to the old man at the summit to claim the Warm Doublet.
  2. Find the old man's hut in the southern part of the Great Plateau. Read his journal and you'll find out that he's interested in a Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry so gather a meat, a Hyrule Bass, and a spicy pepper. Cook the dish in any cooking pot then deliver it to the old man at his hut. He will reward you with the Warm Doublet and you get to keep the food as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Getting the Warm Doublet screenshot
Cook a spicy pepper, meat, and bass then the Warm Doublet is yours

Owa Daim (Stasis Shrine)

Walk into the gate guarding the snowy area then take a turn south and keep going south and then a little bit east. You'll have to fall down a little as well. Complete this shrine for the Stasis rune and another spirit orb.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Owa Daim (Stasis Shrine) screenshot
Use Stasis to stop this gear at the beginning of the Stasis Shrine

Keh Namut (Cryonis Shrine)

Walk a little bit north of Mount Hylia and climb the smaller mountain. Complete this shrine for the Cryonis rune and another spirit orb.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Keh Namut (Cryonis Shrine) screenshot
You can make Cryonis blocks right below you like this

Meeting the Old Man

The old man tells you to create an X from the 4 shrines on the Great Plateau then go to the spot where the X intersects. The spot is the top of the Temple of Time so go to there and interact with the goddess statue. You can trade 4 spirit orbs for either a heart container or stamina container so choose the heart container; I recommend you get at least 6 hearts before any more stamina containers. Climb to the top of the Temple of Time from the ladder on the south wall then talk to the old man and watch the epic cutscene. At the end of it, he will award you with a paraglider. Now, you can use the paraglider to leave the Great Plateau. He tells you to go to Kakariko Village but you don't have to go there right away.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Meeting the Old Man screenshot
This mysterious location is on top of the Temple of Time

Great Plateau Stone Talus

This Stone Talus can be found near Hopper Pond. It's not so easy to kill using early-game weapons but if you manage to defeat it, it drops a lot of precious gems that can be sold at shops for a high price.

Early-game Shrines

It pays to explore, find shrines, and claim their spirit orbs. Here are a few easy-to-complete shrines in the Lake and West Necluda regions:

  • Bosh Kala Shrine (straight east from Great Plateau Tower)
  • Wahgo Katta Shrine (follow the river north from Bosh Kala Shrine)
  • Hila Rao Shrine (follow the river northeast from Wahgo Katta Shrine)
  • Ya Naga Shrine (middle of Lake Hylia southeast of Great Plateau)
  • Ree Dahee shrine (base of the Dueling Peaks)
  • Ha Dahamar shrine (east of the Dueling Peaks' north peak)
  • Ta'loh Naeg Shrine (north of Kakariko Village)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Early-game Shrines map screenshot
The first 5 shrines mentioned above are respectively red, blue, yellow, green, and magenta

Early-game Towers

While exploring the world, don't forget to climb those red towers. Once you reach the top, you can unlock parts of the world map which of course, is a huge convenience. You can also see the names of locations that I'll talk about in this guide:

  • Start with the Dueling Peaks tower which is straight east from the Great Plateau Tower
  • Cross the Bridge of Hylia which spans Lake Hylia southeast of the Great Plateau then climb the nearby Lake Tower
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Early-game Towers map screenshot
Red: Lake Tower - Blue: Dueling Peaks Tower

Meeting Hestu

Hestu can be found on the road just south of Kakariko Village. He will give you a side-quest to take back his maracas from the nearby bokoblins. I recommend you lure them into the narrow passage and blow them up with a bomb then get the maracas from the treasure chest. Give Hestu his maracas and he will let you spend some Korok seeds to increase the size of your stashes. All you need for now are 3 Korok seeds. You can increase your melee weapon, bow, and shield stash but he will only let you upgrade twice before he has to leave. If you don't have 3 Korok seeds yet, you can get them on the path to Kakariko Village:

  1. You'll see a suspicious-looking block pattern on the wall so use your Magnesis rune to put the loose block into the left square to complete the square
  2. At the fancy archway, shoot the eye with an arrow; you'll notice the correct eye has other arrows sticking out of it as well
  3. There's one inside Kakariko Village near Lady Impa's house; you'll see some baskets with apples but one basket is missing an apple so put an apple in the empty basket to get the Korok seed
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Meeting Hestu screenshot
This is the last you'll see of Hestu for a long time

Kakariko Village

Go to Lady Impa's house which is the big house with a moat surrounding it. Head inside, talk to Lady Impa, and watch the cutscene. She will tell you about the confrontation with Ganon that happened 10,000 years ago. Then, she will ask you to go to each region, talk to each elder, and bring each Divine Beast back to your side but first, she tells you to visit the Hateno Village tech lab to unlock some missing runes for your Sheikah Slate. Go into the nearby clothing store and buy the Hylian armor; feel free to sell any high-value items in your materials inventory. The Hylian set has 3 components (Hylian Hood for 60 rupees, Hylian Tunic for 120, and Hylian Trousers for 90). If you got the trousers from near the Temple of Time then there is no need to buy them.

Take a short walk northeast of Kakariko Village until you reach the fairy fountain then give the fairy 100 rupees and she will awaken. The Great Fairy, Cotera, will upgrade your armor sets in exchange for materials. The Hylian armor set is very easy to upgrade as all you need is Bokoblin parts and if you don't have enough, you can easily fight more Bokoblins on the Great Plateau. If you upgrade all 3 pieces then your Hylian armor will have a total of 15 armor (3¾ fewer hearts taken per hit). This is a very good early-game armor to have.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Kakariko Village screenshot
Upgrading your armor is far more effective than getting heart containers

Locked Mementos

Travel to Hateno Village. You can either walk there or you can ride a horse; there are a few horses just south of Kakariko Bridge. The Ancient Tech Lab is on a mountain just east of Hateno Village. Once inside, Purah will ask you to find the blue flame near town and carry it back to the tech lab. Grab the torch near the front door then glide to the furnace west of Zelkoa Pond. Note: the next part cannot be completed if it is raining. Use your torch to carry the flame and make sure you don't put the torch away or else the flame will disappear. Walk south until you reach the main path in Hateno Village then take the path east until you reach the Tech Lab. Finally, light the furnace at the front door. Along the way, you can light the lamp posts so you don't have to walk as far if you lose your flame.

Once the furnace is lit with blue flame, Purah will upgrade your Sheikah Slate with the Camera rune. You also get the Album and Hyrule Compendium. She will then ask you to take a picture of her using your new camera and you find out that the Sheikah Slate has 12 pictures that were taken 100 years ago. Return to Impa in Kakariko Village and she will give you a new main quest where you have to find the locations of all 12 of these pictures.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Locked Mementos screenshot
Nothing's more fun than a bit of privacy invasion

Sunshroom Sensing

This is an easy side-quest to miss but it offers a very useful unlockable. Speak to Symin in the Ancient Hateno Tech Lab; he wants a picture of a sunshroom and there's one behind the lab. If you already picked it, you can drop it on the ground and then take a picture. Symin will upgrade your Sheikah Sensor to Sheikah Sensor+ and the sensor now has a new function where it can detect any item in your compendium the same way it detects shrines. Symin will show you how it works and you can also use this function to detect lots of useful items like durians and mighty bananas. Next, Symin wants 3 sunshrooms and lots of sunshrooms can be found in Retsam Forest; that's the forest just north of the lab beside the lake. Attune your Sheikah Sensor to sunshrooms so you can easily find 3 then return to Symin for your reward. Now, Purah will let you pay rupees to progress your Hyrule Compendium.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sunshroom Sensing screenshot
The green sensor you see is currently sensing sunshrooms

Reach Zora's domain

Teleport back to Kakariko Village and glide north off the cliff. Start by going to Lanayru Tower to unlock the map for the Lanayru region then travel east until you reach Inogo Bridge where you meet Prince Sidon. He is looking for a strong Hylian who can deal with their problem (he doesn't say exactly what that problem is yet) so you need to take the path to Zora's Domain. It's constantly raining so you cannot climb cliffs easily. If you fall into the river, just try to find a place where you can climb back up to the main path. There are 2 milestones: one at Oren Bridge and one at Luto's Crossing; Prince Sidon is there to meet you at both of these. The path to Zora's Domain is guarded by monster camps full of Lizalfos and they use shock arrows so you need to find a way to defeat them or sneak past them. This path will likely be your first encounter with strong enemies like Moblins as well as a blue Wizzrobe.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Reach Zora's domain map screenshot
This is the long path to Zora's Domain

Divine Beast Vah Ruta

Complete the shrine in Zora's Domain so you can teleport back at any time then speak to King Zora, Prince Sidon, and Muzu in the throne room. They need your help to calm Divine Beast Vah Ruta. It turns out Sidon wanted a Hylian because Zoras can't use shock arrows and of course, Vah Ruta can only be subdued by using them. King Zora will give Link the Zora Tunic as a gift. Speak to Prince Sidon and Muzu beside the statue of Mipha and Link will remember his first memory with Mipha. Next, equip your Zora Tunic and speak to them again. Sidon will finally convince Muzu that the Zora Tunic Link wears was made for him. Your next task is to collect 20 shock arrows from the top of Ploymus Mountain. Leave Zora's Domain from the east bridge then swim up a series of waterfalls while wearing the Zora Armor to get to the summit easily. Once there, you must be extremely careful to avoid detection from the Lynel that lives on the mountaintop.

Once you have all the shock arrows, meet Prince Sidon on the docks of East Reservoir Lake. Also, make sure you have 30+ regular arrows so you can ward off the giant ice blocks that Vah Ruta throws at you. In order to subdue Vah Ruta, you need to complete a mini-game where you swim around the lake on Sidon's back and you have to shoot all 4 orbs with shock arrows.

Afterwards, you will be able to teleport to Vah Ruta's interior at any time. To bring Vah Ruta under your control, you need to activate all 5 terminals then defeat the boss Waterblight Ganon. You'll need a lot more arrows to defeat it or you can practice destroying those ice blocks with Cryonis. Once you defeat Waterblight Ganon, you'll get another heart container. Plus, Mipha's spirit will be freed and you'll get Mipha's Grace, a new power that will revive Link once with bonus hearts and it has a cooldown of 24 minutes. Also, speak to King Zora and he will host a celebration and give you a very powerful weapon: The Lightscale Trident which was once wielded by Mipha.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Divine Beast Vah Ruta screenshot
Although it doesn't look like it, the Divine Beast is no longer flooding everything with water

Reaching Goron City

Go to Foothill Stable which is northwest of Zora's domain and complete the shrine there. Buy 3 Fireproof Elixirs from the girl there for 150 rupees and if you need more, the recipe is 1 Fireproof Lizard and any number of monster parts. The more monster parts, the longer the elixir's duration will be. Take the path north to Death Mountain but don't drink your elixir yet. The road to Death Mountain is guarded by 2 Guardians and the easiest way around them is to simply climb the western rock face before you're seen by the first guardian. The rock face is quite high so take stamina-restoring food and a speed-boosting elixir.

Once at the top, you should be right beside the tower so climb up to the top to unlock the map for the Eldin region. Walk left until you reach a shrine in the middle of Goronbi Lake. Get to the shrine by climbing the nearby stone pillar then glide there with your paraglider. There is an Igneo Talus guarding the main path north from the shrine so either kill it or find a way to sneak past.

The next area is the Goron South Mine. Talk to the Hylian girl and she wants to trade her Flamebreaker armor for 10 Fireproof Lizards. Luckily, the mine area is swarming with these lizards. You have to sneak up if you want to catch them, though. Once you're done or if you just don't want to catch lizards, continue north until you see a cutscene of Divine Beast Vah Rudania hurling boulders at you. Point your camera toward the sky and you should be able to avoid the boulders easily. Finally, you'll make it to Goron City.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Reaching Goron City map screenshot
This is the ground path to Goron City

Divine Beast Vah Rudania

The first Goron you talk to after walking into Goron City will escort you to the shop that sells Flamebreaker Armor. Of course, if you got the Flamebreaker Armor from the Fireproof Lizards side-quest, you don't have to buy it. Make sure to have at least 2 pieces of this armor set equipped (Flamebreaker armor for 600 rupees, Flamebreaker boots for 700, and Flamebreaker helm for 2000).

Speak to elder Bludo beside the Goddess Statue to begin the Vah Rudania quest then travel to the north mine in search of Yunobo who is located on the north island in a series of islands and the cannon is on the island west of Yunobo's location. Whack the lever to rotate the cannon then drop a round bomb in the receptacle and fire the cannon. Go speak to Yunobo inside the cave and he will return to town. Return to Bludo and he will reward you with 3 Fireproof Elixirs then you'll watch your second memory; this time, it's a scene between Link and the Goron champion, Daruk. Finally, Bludo is about to set out to stop Vah Rudania but his back pain acts up again. Go forward to the Bridge of Eldin without him and meet Yunobo there. Kill the moblins that are attacking him and rotate the cannon toward the Bridge of Eldin, drop a bomb inside, and fire Yunobo toward the bridge.

Next is a puzzle/stealth section. Tap down to make Yunobo follow you or stop following you and progress through the area while making sure you and Yunobo avoid detection from the drones. In some sections, you can take out the drones and even use rubble to block the drones' vision. When you reach the cannons, make sure you don't walk past them as Yunobo will jump inside then you can turn the cannon toward the mountain and fire Yunobo at the Divine Beast. You have to do this 3 times before the Divine Beast is subdued then it'll take a dip inside the middle of Death Mountain. Once inside Vah Rudania, you can leave and you'll be able to return at any time.

Just like Vah Ruta, you have to activate all 5 terminals then defeat the boss Fireblight Ganon on top of the Divine Beast. Once slain, you'll get a heart container and a new power, Daruk's Protection which will improve your guard to prevent all damage for a single hit 3 times and it has a cooldown of 18 minutes. Also, talk to Bludo and he will reward you with a powerful weapon: the Boulder Breaker which is a greatsword that was once wielded by Daruk.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Divine Beast Vah Rudania screenshot
The Divine Beast is no longer throwing boulders at everyone; yay!

Akkala Ancient Tech Lab

Travel to the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab (north-east corner of the map) however you prefer. Even if you haven't unlocked that part of the map, you should eventually get there as long as you keep traveling northeast. Talk to Robbie inside the tech lab and he will ask you to light the furnace outside with blue flame just like you did at the Hateno Village tech lab. The blue flame is located on the other side of the ravine to the west of the tech lab. Gather the blue flame with a torch, carry the flame south and around the ravine, light the lampposts along the way, and make sure to avoid the annoying Decayed Guardian in front of the tech lab. Unfortunately, it rains very often in this part of the world so you will likely have to wait until the rain subsides.

After, you will be able to buy useful items like ancient armor and arrows. Ancient arrows are great to have as they one-shot Guardians if you shoot them in the eye. Pro tip: shoot arrows while falling to activate bullet-time which makes it much easier to hit their eye.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Akkala Ancient Tech Lab screenshot
Akkala Ancient Tech Lab is the best source of ancient arrows

The Lost Woods

Travel northwest of Lanayru Tower to Woodland Stable and complete the shrine nearby then climb the nearby Woodland Tower and unlock the map for the Woodland region. This tower is challenging to climb because of the swamp and enemies but as long as you can defeat a few strong foes, it should be no problem. Finally, take the path into the Lost Woods then follow the torches and keep doing so until you reach a spooky tree with 2 torches in front of it. Pick up the wieldable torch, light it, hold it above your head, and follow the direction of the embers. As you walk, the wind direction will keep changing so make sure you don't walk too fast. Just keep following the embers until you reach Korok Forest and you'll stumble upon the Master Sword. Try to pick it up and enjoy the dialogue.

Now that you reached Korok Forest, you can meet Hestu to trade in your Korok Seeds for extra inventory slots. Hestu is found east of the Master Sword and south of the Keo Ruug Shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Lost Woods screenshot
The key to getting through the Lost Woods is to follow the embers

The Korok Trials

You will fail to pull out the Master Sword if you have fewer than 13 hearts. However, the Koroks have prepared 3 Korok Trials. Each one you complete will end with a shrine. First, finish Keo Ruug Shrine near the Deku Tree. Then, complete the 3 Korok Trials in any order:

  • Southwest: Trial of Second Sight - Follow the trees with stones in their mouths. Use your Magnesis rune to see the stones easier. There are 2 special trees at the end; put a shield in the first tree's mouth and an empty chest in the second tree's mouth.
  • Northwest: The Lost Pilgrimage - Simply follow behind the Korok as stealthily as you can.
  • Northeast: Trial of Wood - Defeat the enemies, making sure not to waste durability on your forest dweller's sword, shield, and bow. If any of them break, you have to attempt the trial again. Also, make sure your wooden equipment doesn't burn.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Korok Trials screenshot
Using your Magnesis rune is key to getting through the Trial of Second Sight

Getting to Rito Village

Teleport back to the Great Plateau and look northwest until you see Divine Beast Vah Medoh high in the air (you should be able to see it from anywhere in Hyrule) then just keep traveling northwest until you get there. Vah Medoh actually circles around Rito Village. Take a horse if you like which is a very fun way to get to Rito Village. When you pass Tabantha Stable, talk to one of the guys inside and he will give you 500 rupees for free. He wants you to give those rupees as a donation to the Great Fairy Fountain near Tabantha Tower; you can see the Fairy Fountain easily from the top of Tabantha Tower.

Next to Tabantha Stable is the Tabantha Great Bridge which crosses over Tanagar Canyon, the biggest canyon in Hyrule and Tabantha Great Bridge is the only place to cross over the canyon. If you want, drop down from the bridge with your paraglider to reach Boom Bam Golf. That's a golf course where you have to putt a gigantic stone using your Stasis rune. At Tabantha Tower, you'll see that there's a lot of Malice covering the whole place up. Shoot the yellow eyeball underneath a pillar and the pillar will collapse. After that, climb the pillar to get onto the tower. Glide a little bit south until you reach the fairy fountain and give the fairy your donation. Rito Village is located in the middle of Lake Totori. Approach the lake from the east and visit the Rito Stable then cross a series of bridges to reach Rito Village.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Getting to Rito Village map screenshot
This is the path to Rito Village

Divine Beast Vah Medoh

At Rito Village, keep climbing up the stairs until you reach the elder, Kaneli. He explains that Divine Beast Vah Medoh is flying above the village, attacking any Rito who flies too high. A Rito warrior named Teba is planning to attack Vah Medoh alone so we need to find Teba's wife, Saki in Rito Village. She tells us that Teba is alone at the flight range. We will also watch another memory: a conversation with Link and the Rito champion, Revali. You will take cold damage in the Hebra mountains or in the sky. Fortunately, the shop in Rito Village sells the Snowquill armor set so make sure to wear at least 2 pieces (Snowquill Tunic for 600 rupees, Snowquill Trousers for 550, and Snowquill Headdress for 1000). If you don't want to take any cold damage, you need at least 2 levels of resistance and you have a few options:

  • 2 pieces of cold-resistant clothing
  • 1 piece of cold-resistant clothing plus cold-resistant food
  • 1 piece of cold-resistant clothing plus a fire weapon
  • A fire weapon plus cold-resistant food

Head to the Flight Range near the shrine north of Rito Village and talk to Teba. You have to convince him of your skill with a bow so you have to complete the flight range mini-game. All you have to do is shoot 5 targets in 3 minutes. Pro tip: if you hold your bow while Link is free-falling, you will enter slow-motion which makes it much easier to aim at the targets. After, you and Teba will agree to fight the Divine Beast and he will give you 20 Bomb Arrows to help you. Of course, the Divine Beast's cannons can only be damaged by Bomb Arrows. Once you are in the sky fighting the Divine Beast, shoot the cannons the same way you shot the targets at the flight range: get Link into position above each cannon, begin freefalling, hold your bow so that Link enters slow-motion, and shoot the cannons.

As soon as you enter the Divine Beast's interior, you can leave and teleport back at any time. When you're ready, activate all 5 terminals then you will go on top of the Divine Beast to fight Windblight Ganon. Once you defeat the boss, you'll get a heart container and a new power called Revali's Gale that will send Link flying upwards. It sure is a useful power to have while climbing tall mountains. Also, make sure to return to Kaneli who will give you a Great Eagle Bow.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Divine Beast Vah Medoh screenshot
Vah Medoh now stands above Rito Village as its protector

Getting to Gerudo Town

There are many paths you can take to get to Gerudo Town. Before going into the desert, make sure you have both heat and cold resistance. Note: Flamebreaker armor provides flame resistance, not heat resistance. Anyway, here are a couple of options:

  1. From the Great Plateau, climb the huge mountain to the west and scale the Wasteland Tower. It should be easy if you have Revali's Gale and some stamina-restoring food. Then, climb the mountain northwest of Wasteland Tower and travel west until you reach Gerudo Tower which is extremely tall but you can simply glide on top of it from the top of the mountain.
  2. You can also take the ground route. One reason to do this is that you'll pass by Gerudo Stable which has a shrine nearby and a couple of side-quests. Once you get to the desert gate, just keep walking southwest.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Getting to Gerudo Town map screenshot
For reference, this is the Gerudo and Wasteland regions

Forbidden City Entry

You cannot enter Gerudo Town yet because only vah (women) are allowed to enter. Talk to the guy nearby Gerudo Town to begin the Forbidden City Entry quest. All you have to do is travel to Kara Kara Bazaar northeast of Gerudo Town, climb on top of the big structure, talk to the mysterious woman, and buy some lady's clothes for 600 rupees. You can enter Gerudo Town unhindered as long as you're wearing the Gerudo armor set. Also, go around the pond at Kara Kara Bazaar to find one of the hidden memories.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Forbidden City Entry screenshot
We need to get into town without getting in trouble with the guards

Divine Beast Vah Naboris

Talk to the Gerudo leader, Riju in the throne room. Riju notices that you are no ordinary traveler because you possess the Sheikah Slate and she thinks you may be the hero from 100 years ago. However, she wants you to take back the stolen Thunder Helm in order to gain her trust. Speak to Teake in the barracks and she will tell you that the Yiga Clan thieves are located in Karusa Valley north of Gerudo Town. Travel to the valley west of Gerudo Tower and trek all the way through the valley until you reach a big chamber full of Yiga Clan symbols. Burn one of the symbols and the way into the Yiga Clan hideout will be revealed. Next, sneak through the entire hideout. If you're detected, you'll immediately get swarmed by Yiga Clan guards. However, you can distract them easily by dropping Mighty Bananas. At the end, you'll meet the leader of the Yiga Clan, Master Kohga. You can defeat him easily by using the metal balls he creates.

After recovering the Thunder Helm, return to Gerudo Town and present it to Riju who will wear the helm then Link will suddenly experience another memory; this time, a scene where the Gerudo champion Urbosa begs Link to protect the princess. Prepare some shockproof food or armor then head to Riju's location which is marked on your mini-map. Climb to the top of the tower and Riju will provide you with 20 Bomb Arrows then battle Divine Beast Vah Naboris while you and Riju ride sand seals. You have to shoot all 4 legs with Bomb Arrows and you need to stay close to Riju or else you'll get shocked by the Divine Beast's electric attacks.

Once you subdue Vah Naboris, you'll board the Divine Beast. As always, you have to activate all 5 terminals before fighting Thunderblight Ganon who is very difficult because its melee attacks are quick. It also deals high damage which is why it's important to have shockproof food and armor. Once the boss is defeated, you'll get an extra heart container and a new power: Urbosa's Fury. When using a special attack with your weapon, Urbosa's Fury will activate, dealing lightning damage and stunning all nearby enemies. It has a cooldown period of 12 minutes. After, return to Riju at Gerudo Town who will thank you and reward you with Urbosa's shield: The Daybreaker.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Divine Beast Vah Naboris screenshot
Somehow, it's even harder to see Vah Naboris close-up

The Master Sword

Acquiring the Master Sword requires your maximum hearts to be at least 13 (temporary hearts do not work). If you don't have 13 hearts yet, continue exploring Hyrule for shrines until you have the necessary amount. One easy way to get extra hearts is to visit the horned shrine in Hateno Village because there, you can trade in your stamina vessels and the horned shrine will give you heart containers for them. The Master Sword is located northeast of Hyrule Castle in the Great Hyrule Forest. If you haven't yet been to Korok Forest, now is the time. Check out The Lost Woods section of this walkthrough to find out how to navigate through this mysterious area.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Master Sword screenshot
You need 13 hearts to get the most legendary sword in gaming history

Destroy Ganon

Stock up on 20+ ancient arrows at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab then go to Hyrule Castle in the middle of Hyrule. The whole town in front of Hyrule Castle is swarming with Guardians but you can take them out in one shot by shooting an ancient arrow at their eye. Walk up to the castle drawbridge and jump left into the water. Equip your Zora armor, swim up to the waterfall, and swim up a series of waterfalls as high as you can. Find Zelda's study west of the sanctum and watch the memory then make your way into the sanctum which is at the very top of Hyrule Castle inside the tower. There, Calamity Ganon is waiting. Once you defeat Ganon, congratulations on beating The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Afterwards, your save file will have a star next to it. ⭐

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Destroy Ganon screenshot
The final moments before disaster...

Optional Content

Here are some optional activities that you can do if you want to keep playing (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Collect all 120 shrines to maximize your heart containers and stamina vessels
  • Complete all main quests, mini-quests, and shrine quests
  • Find all 13 memories for the Captured Memories main quest
  • Collect Korok seeds for Hestu to expand your melee weapon, bow, and shield storage
  • Play optional mini-games such as Hebra shield surfing, canyon golf, and flying through rings at Eventide Island
  • Collect all armor, find all 4 fairy fountains, and upgrade your armor sets
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Optional Content screenshot
Believe it or not, you'll need 900 Korok seeds to truly complete the game
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First 11 minutes
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