Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Pulse of the Ancients

Age of Calamity - Pulse of the Ancients Review

Is the Wave 1 DLC worth it?

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Pulse of the Ancients is rated Teen by the ESRB

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has been kicking around for a while so let's dive back in and check out the Pulse of the Ancients DLC.

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Link looks pretty badass in his Prototype Ancient gear, doesn't he?

Before getting to the Pulse of the Ancients pack, I should mention that if you opt to buy the Expansion Pass, you get a Purchase Bonus which includes a full set of Prototype Ancient equipment for Link (Helm, Cuirass, Greaves, and Short Sword) so if that sounds like a decent incentive, I recommend getting the Expansion Pass as it also contains Pulse of the Ancients and Guardian of Remembrance as well which is set to release in November. With that out of the way, Pulse of the Ancients essentially consists of a new character, a couple of new weapons / move sets, and some tasks to accomplish via the Royal Ancient Lab. Doing so will unlock the new content although it's kind of a bummer that you don't get access to it right away because the missions can become rather tedious to accomplish.

Specifically, you have to deliver loot and complete challenges in order to fill out a node-based map. Thankfully, Purah and Robbie are there to help elevate the mood with their eccentric personalities. Once you eventually unlock the Battle-Tested Guardian, it's a fairly fun character to play as because it's so different but what I found even more enjoyable was Link's new Flail move set and Zelda's Master Cycle which is absolutely ridiculous as she whips her motorbike at enemies and performs all sorts of unrealistic albeit fun attacks.

Although completing the challenges can be rewarding, I wish that the Pulse of the Ancients DLC featured more fleshed-out missions. For example, the story is only told through dialogue scenes which made me want full-on cutscenes instead. They are voiced, though, which is nice. Also, the new enemies are merely variations of existing enemies which is disappointing. Finally, one aspect about this DLC pack that doesn't sit well with me is that you can control the Battle-Tested Guardian because as I understood it, these guardians are supposed to be autonomous so controlling one (although cool) feels a bit odd lore-wise. I'm probably just being a tad nitpicky, though.

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Guess it's time to gather more loot...

If you're thirsty for more Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity then Pulse of the Ancients certainly has enough content for you to enjoy. Plus, the new character and weapon types are definitely cool but I wish that the actual missions had more substance.

  • + The new character Battle-Tested Guardian is pretty different and fun to play as
  • + Great new move sets for Link and Zelda
  • + Additional challenges can be rewarding
  • - New enemies aren't anything special as most are just reskins with new attacks
  • - Could have used more fleshed-out missions
  • - I wish all the content was readily available
7.2 out of 10
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