Breath Of The Wild Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Breath Of The Wild Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Star Fragment Guide Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:20:55 -0400 Kieran Desmond

It's a fact: there's a lot to do in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And if you've hit the Star Fragment upgrade barrier or just want to know how to get Star Fragments when the time comes, look no further than this comprehensive guide on what Star Fragments are, what you can use them for, and how you get them.

Let's get started. 

What are Star Fragments?

Star Fragments are one of the hardest materials to find in Breath of the Wild. Literally, they are pieces of a star that have fallen from the sky.

What Can You Do with Star Fragments in BotW?

Star Fragments are primarily used for upgrading certain armor pieces in Breath of the Wild.

Each Amiibo exclusive armor set requires 12 Star Fragments to fully upgrade, with the exception of Sheik's Mask, which requires 10 Star Fragments. The Ancient and Wild armor sets require 3 to fully upgrade, the Diamond, Ruby, and Sapphire Circlets require 2, as do the Topaz Earrings.

You can also use Star Fragments in cooking. If you use a Star Fragment in any recipe, you are guaranteed a critical success, which means you’ll get one of the following bonuses depending on the dish you’re making:

  • Extra Hearts
  • Extra Yellow Hearts
  • Extra Stamina
  • Effect Duration Increase
  • Effect Level Increase

Star Fragments also sell for 300 rupees a piece. It’s a pretty nice amount of money, sure, but there are easier ways to make bank in the game. So if you’re looking at farming Star Fragments for that reason, I would look elsewhere. 

How do you get Star Fragments in BotW?

There are several different ways of obtaining Star Fragments in Breath of the Wild. They can be found in chests throughout the world, some of which you can be led to by dogs -- if you feed them. You can also complete side quests to get Star Fragments, as well as pick them up from The Toon Zelda, Breath of the Wild Zelda, and Ganondorf Amiibo, which have a chance at dropping Star Fragments.

However, the aforementioned methods of getting Star Fragments can only provide you with a finite amount. So if you want to upgrade all your armor sets you’ll want to try either farming Silver Lynels or actually waiting for Star Fragments to fall out of the sky at night.

Lets go over each method in more detail. 

Getting Star Fragments by Feeding Dogs

In Lurelin Village

Feed the dog three pieces of meat or fruit and it’ll lead you to the general area of a chest. Use Magnesis to locate and pull it from the ground to claim your reward. Alternatively, you can set your Sheikah Sensor to locate treasure chests to make it even easier.

At Snowfield Stable

This one’s exactly the same; feed the dog and he’ll lead you to an area with a chest. As a general rule, you should be doing this with every dog you come across as they all lead you to hidden secrets.

In Spool Bight

On the hillside west of Spool Bight is a treasure chest guarded by enemies. Approach from above to get the drop on them and take them out to earn your prize.

Getting Star Fragments via Quests in BotW

The Balloon Fight Quest – Located at the Woodland Stable

Speak to a kid name Shamae at Woodland Stable. All he wants you to do is make a few barrels float by attaching Octo Balloons to them. It's a pretty simple task for such a rare reward.

The My Hero Quest – Located at Outskirt Stable

Talk to Aliza at Outskirt Stable. All you need to do to complete this quest is to possess the Master Sword. This one’s real easy, assuming you’ve made it that far in the game. If not, head to Korok Forest with 13 hearts to acquire the iconic weapon. Here's our in-depth guide on how to find the Master Sword

Getting Star Fragments by Killing Silver Lynels

Silver Lynels have a chance at dropping Star Fragments once defeated, and some players even claim to have had two drop at once. However, taking down one of the toughest enemies in the game isn’t easy and you’ll probably spend more time replenishing your weapon supply than actually fighting. And that's not to mention that after doing so, you might not even get what you came for. But if you’re set on trying it this way, or you just happen to be coming up against a Silver Lynel, make sure to save before-hand in case he doesn’t give up the goods.

Getting Star Fragments via the Chasing Stars Method

If you want to farm this method, it will require you to set and light many camp fires, as well as run long distances -- but it's ultimately worth it for the reward. As such, you should prepare beforehand by collecting a load of wood, a flame weapon, and by upgrading the Stealth armor set to 2 stars. This armor set has the Night Speed Up set bonus, which will prove hugely beneficial as you’ll be running a lot at night -- but preparing some speed boost elixirs is also an option for doing things faster.

A good way to collect wood and conserve your weapons is to find a dense forest and use bombs to cut down and turn trees into wood piles. Do this until you’re satisfied with the amount of wood you’ve collected.

As for setting fires, I would advise against striking flint to set campfires as you’ll quickly and needlessly run through your stores. Instead, head to the Ancient Tree Stump west of the Central Tower to pick up the Great Flameblade.

It’s pretty poorly guarded, making it easy to acquire, and it’ll respawn after every Blood Moon, so you can come back whenever you need a replacement.

With preparation out the way, the first thing you need to do is find Hino to the left of Dueling Peaks Stable between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Go any later or earlier, and he tends to be asleep.

Hino tells you what type of moon will be out at that night, which is useful because Star Fragments have a higher chance of falling during a full moon. Speak with him and if he tells you that the moon is anything but a full moon, rest until noon the next day and try again. Once you know that it’s going to be a full moon, you need to head to a good lookout point.

Star Fragments spawn within your field of view, which is great because that means we can choose the type of area that we want them to fall in. Ideally, you want to find a place that is easy to navigate and preferably flat and open with no water. If a Star Fragment lands in water, it’s gone.

Dueling Peaks is a great place for this, but you can choose anywhere that’s elevated and fits the description of an ideal spot. Fast travel to the Shee Vaneer Shrine, climb up to the peak, get a campfire going, and sit until nightfall.

Approach the eastern ledge and keep your gaze on Hateno Tower. And now wait. Seriously, don’t touch the controller until a Star Fragment falls, which is usually between 9:40 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Once you see it shoot through the sky and land, it’ll emit a bright yellow beacon, so it’s easy to find. And if it lands close to Hateno Tower, you can fast travel to the tower to grab your Star Fragment even quicker. Remember to keep your eye on the sky when chasing it down in case you lose it! 

And there you go! Just wait until another full moon and repeat the process. 


Now go forth and upgrade your armor sets, make a tidy sum of Rupees, or create some gourmet meals with your new extra-terrestrial ingredients. The world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is your Octorok.

And make sure to check out our other Breath of the Wild guides!

What is the Monster Saddle For in Breath of the Wild? Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:19:41 -0400 LuckyJorael

I absolutely love The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s a huge departure from the formula of past Legend of Zelda games, with a slew of new mechanics, items, abilities, and even a tutorial area that brilliantly transitions from the more classic traditions of the series into the open-world game it truly is. 

As you explore the world of Breath of the Wild, you'll come across lots of different mounts that you can ride -- and there are multiple customization options (saddles and bridles) for these mounts that you can use to tailor them to your tastes. Saddles and bridles are purely cosmetic gear for your horses, and you'll get no varying benefits whether you use the Royal Saddle or the Knight's Saddle. 

However, some fans speculated that the Monster Saddle might be different. The secretive nature of how you obtain this saddle and the strange description that accompanies it made players think it might give them the ability to tame and register exotic mounts like Stahlhorses or the Lord of the Mountain.

 But unfortunately, this isn't the case. The Monster Saddle in Breath of the Wild is purely cosmetic, like any other saddle. (I know, I was disappointed too.) 

Even if this is just a cosmetic item, though, you may still want to pick it up for yourself. Here's everything you need to do to get the Monster Saddle, even if it's simply a cosmetic item (and not a super-cool secret item that can let you register special Breath of the Wild mounts like it should be).

How to Get the Monster Saddle in Breath of the Wild

Step 1: Tame a Horse

First off, Breath of the Wild doesn’t hold your hand much when it comes to new mechanics. I vaguely remember the shortest of tooltips when it came to finding a horse and taming it, but I mostly got my first horse Quincy by feel (and hitting the wrong button until it threw me off).

If you need some extra help taming horses, you can check out our Breath of the Wild horse taming guide for everything you need to know. Just make sure that once you've tamed your mount, you ride it back to the nearest stable and register it. That way, you can name it and the stable can get it back to you if you leave the poor fella somewhere.

Now that you’ve got your horse and given it a proper name – my daughter insists that Lily is the best name to give a horse, although Mix and Ocean are also up there, depending on the horse’s colors – ride it around! Whenever it seems like it wants to wander off, soothe it again – with (L) – and eventually you’ll build up a bond with your horse. This is key for later steps.

Step 2: Visit Kilton and the Fang and Bone

If you look at your map of Hyrule, way up north and just east of Death Mountain, you’ll see a lake shaped like a skull. Visit the island that makes up the left eye of that skull at night, and you’ll find a…peculiar man named Kilton who’s trying to set up his own traveling shop. You can’t actually buy anything from him when you first meet him, but he’ll announce that he’s opening Fang and Bone, his monster parts shop, and shows up at night near one of the villages in Hyrule.

I managed to find him and his patchwork balloon hanging out on the plateau above Kakariko Village. Talk to Kilton at one of his village-adjacent locations and he’ll tell you he only sells things for Mon -- his very own monster-parts currency, which you’ll need to trade (you guessed it) monster parts for.


Once you’ve traded some monster parts for Mon, Kilton will show you his inventory. He’s how you can get the Dark Link outfit, as well as monster masks, which disguise you as a Bokoblin, Moblin, Lizalfos, or Lynel. But we’re after the Monster Bridle and Monster Saddle, which are relatively cheap if you’ve collected enough monster teeth.

Step 3: Customize Your Horse

Once you have your horse up to the maximum bond, you can take your trusted companion to either the Highland Stable or Foothill Stable and talk to the person out front feeding the horses there. They’ll give you the option to change your horse’s mane, bridle, or saddle to something new and different.

My horse Quincy now sports a cool mohawk mane, to go with his wild temperament. My daughter’s horse Ocean has the stylish Long Blue Mane -- because yes, it does look like a wave, kiddo.

This customization doesn’t work with some horses, though. Tiny, my Giant Horse, won’t let me change his mane, saddle, or bridle, even though we’ve got the max bond. This is because some unique horses can only wear unique gear, so trying to put a regular ol' saddle on them won't go well.

And since you can’t build up a bond with other creatures (deer, bears, hogs, elk, Stalhorses, and the Lord of the Mountain), the people feeding horses next to the Highland and Foothill Stables won’t let you change their appearance -- even though I’m sure that Stalhorse would have trusted me if he survived once the sun came up.

Believe me, I tried.

No, Skelehorse! Don't go into the light!

Put It All Together…

…and you get an interesting-looking customization for your regular horse -- but nothing that lets you, say, keep a Stalhorse around during the day, or scare Bokoblins or literally anything cool. I’ve poured a ton of hours into Breath of the Wild, but I was hoping for something more than a saddle that looks like Kilton’s patchwork monster balloon.

Got a wishlist for things you’d like Breath of the Wild DLC to introduce, or an idea of something I never tried with the saddle or exotic mounts? Let us know in the comments. And be sure to check out the rest of our Breath of the Wild guides for even more tips:

Breath of the Wild Guide: All Master Trials DLC Items and Where to Find Them Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:58:46 -0400 David Fisher

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already a massive game, and the first DLC pack's release has added a bunch of new content to the game. One addition is the brand new armor sets and pieces exclusive to the Master Trials DLC. Their locations are well hidden, and although they are all marked with EX they can still be tricky to find, so we're here today to help you seek them out!

Let's begin, shall we?

Majora's Mask Location in Breath of the Wild

Coming straight out of the N64 title by the same name, the evil mask of Majora is located in the Kolomo Garrison Ruins. You can find this area north of the Oman Au Shrine, just outside of the northern part of the Great Plateau. Just glide north of the shrine to find the ruins, then use the Magnesis Rune to dig up Majora's Mask.

Majora's Mask is a somewhat useful tool that will protect you from most smaller enemies. While it doesn't guarantee survival from tougher enemies, it's a fun item to have if you want to run around with great glowing eyes at night or in dark areas. In any case, it's not bad for an easy to find mask.

Korok Mask Location in Breath of the Wild

Head to the Lost Woods' entrance, and proceed as you normally would until you hit the point with the two torches. From there, follow the embers toward the south as you normally would to traverse the Lost Woods -- but keep an eye out for a tree with an open mouth. It should be just beyond a thicker portion of trees that look more like a wall than an open area.

Inside that tree with the open mouth is a chest that is currently being used as an arborous breath mint. Use Magnesis to draw it toward you (going any farther on foot will lead to getting "lost" in the woods) to claim the Korok Mask.

This mask that bears a striking resemblance to Makar from The Wind Waker will help you find Korok Seeds, shaking every time you are near a hidden Korok.

Midna's Helmet Location in Breath of the Wild

This helmet once belonged to the snarky, titular, Twilight Princess, Midna. As for its whereabouts, it can be found near the Sage Temple Ruins. To get there, first travel to the Central Tower (just east of Mount Daphnes which is near the Outskirt Stable).

From there, you'll want to glide northwest over to the Sage Temple Ruins. You'll know you're there when you see a sunken area near the river north of Mount Daphnes, and a Lizafos tries to one-shot you with lightning arrows. To find the chest, use Magnesis near the walls by the raft. There you will find Midna's Helmet.

Sadly, Midna's Helmet won't give you a tentacle arm to start smacking enemies with, and isn't the most impressive item in the game by any means. If you're lacking a headgear that absorbs Guardian damage, it might just be up your alley. Otherwise, it's just a cosplay item.

Tingle's Outfit Location in Breath of the Wild

Tingle's Outfit is the clothing of the controversially loved Tingle of Majora's Mask and Wind Waker fame. The set is composed of several pieces: a hood, shirt, and tights. When their powers combine, you will be granted increased movement speed for the low, low cost of your dignity!

Tingle's Hood

Travel back to the Central Tower, but this time you're going to head directly south toward the Exchange Ruins. Nearby you'll find a puddle with a buried chest hiding a purple rupee, and a pile of rocks concealing yet another chest. Pop this one out of the ground to reveal Tingle's Hood.

Another way to find it is to spot the Korok nearby if you have revealed him already.

Tingle's Shirt

Surely an homage to The Wind Waker, Tingle's Shirt can be found at Hyrule Castle Town Prison. This area is just west of Hyrule Castle, across the moat, and south of the western-most anti-Ganon pillar. You'll know you have found the prison once you find a bunch of charred pillars, near a more than friendly guardian. It's also just east of the Stone Tallus on the hill. Yank the chest out of the ground with Magnesis to get Tingle's Shirt.

Tingle's Tights

I'm not sure how anyone could feel right wearing someone else's used tights --but for those looking for Tingle's, you can find them in the Mabe Village Ruins.

To get there, travel to the Wetland Stable in East Hyrule Field -- otherwise known as the Kaya Wan Shrine -- and head westbound toward the Mabe Prairie. Mabe Village is just west of the Ranch Ruins (RIP Lon Lon Ranch). Be wary of the Guardian patrolling the ruins as you approach if you aren't equipped to handle the damage.

Underneath one of the deactivated Guardians you will find the chest. Pull it out with Magnesis, and watch the Guardian flip out in excitement at you discovering the wonders that are Tingle's rosy underpants.

Phantom Armor Location in Breath of the Wild

Straight out of Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks is the Phantom Armor. This ghostly set of armor is broken into several pieces: the Phantom Helmet, Armor, and Greaves. Each piece grants you a decent attack upgrade, and the set doesn't look half-bad considering its leap into Breath of the Wild's art style.

Phantom Helmet

To get the Phantom Helmet, you will need to travel to the Coliseum Ruins in the southwest portion of Hyrule Field. Head back to the Outskirt Stable, and get ready to start climbing like the warrior you are! That, or head back to Mount Daphnes and have a nice stroll to the south, across Aquame Bridge.

The chest is hidden in the northwest corner of the coliseum, three arcs to the left of the giant pile of debris. And it must be pulled out of the ground with Magnesis. Oh yeah, and there's a Lynel here waiting to fight you after every Blood Moon, so watch out for that!

Phantom Armor

Because Nintendo hates you, the Phantom Armor will have to be found at the Sacred Ground Ruins, otherwise known as Memory Location #1 or "Hey look, three Guardians want to be my friend!"

Travel just south of Hyrule Castle Town to find the Sacred Ground Ruins, and then use Magnesis to pull the chest out of the little waterway just south of the central platform. Watch out for Guardian blasts if you're not prepared to face them. Otherwise, break out some Ancient Arrows, the Master Sword, or other Weapons of Guardian Destruction to clear a path to this lovely breastplate once belonging to Princess Zelda's spirit.

Phantom Greaves

Because you're feeling a little homesick for the Central Tower, head back to it once more, and head just southeast of it to find the Hyrule Garrison Ruins. Get shot at by several Guardian Anti-Air Batteries, successfully paraglide down to the landing zone (a bunch of ruined buildings), and get ready to fight.

Once the battle is over -- or Link has turned into a burning corpse -- start searching for the chest. This will be found once again near a deactivated guardian on the east side of the ruins, so use Magnesis to rip it out of the ground and reclaim the Phantom Greaves.

That's All Folks!

There you have it, all the DLC armor sets from the first DLC package for Breath of the Wild. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny to find more Breath of the Wild DLC content, and more!

Need more help saving the princess? Check out our other Breath of the Wild guides!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Cheat Guide -- How to Hold More than 3 Fairies at Once Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:31:03 -0400 Craig Snyder

Fairies, as a lore piece and in-game mechanic, have been in The Legend of Zelda series since the very beginning. As you should know by now, dying with a fairy on you will allow you to instantly respawn with full hearts. In Breath of the Wild, it's no different -- and you're capped to having a maximum of three fairies with you at any time. Or are you?

First off, if you're looking for locations for any of the Great Fairy Fountains, then we have a Great Fairy Locations guide for that. If you don't need location help, but want to be greedy and hold up to 11 fairies at're in the right place!

How to Hold Extra Fairies in Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild works so that when you have three fairies in your inventory, fairy spawning is completely disabled. But when you have one, two, or no fairies, fairies will show up in their intended locations. The game doesn't do the best job of checking other stipulations that probably should prevent fairies from spawning.

That's what we're going to take advantage of in this quick guide. Here's what you need to do.

With no fairies in your inventory, go to any of the Great Fairy Fountains. 

At the first fairy fountain, you want to pick up three fairies. Proceed to the next fountain and go to the location where fairies should spawn. When you're at this location, hold one of your fairies in your hand (instead of having it in your inventory). All four fairies that should be there will begin to spawn. You can now collect those fairies for a total of seven.

If you want even more, you can head to the third Great Fairy Fountain and repeat this exact process.

Except this time, you should hold five fairies in your hand, so that there are just two in your inventory. Now you can collect four more. You're now at eleven fairies total, which is the real cap on them.

Getting only three fairies at the first Great Fairy Fountain allows you to drop our fairies in inventory down to two. Having eight from the first and second fountain would result in us having three in our inventory (as we can only hold five in hand). That means no fairies would spawn.

There is a way to get 15 fairies, but it's incredibly difficult.

You can drop the fairies in your hand to spawn more, but they despawn in around three seconds. It's not really something I'd recommend for anyone to try. Eleven fairies should be more than enough to get you through the game at an extremely comfortable pace anyway.

Hope this guide was helpful for you. Leave me a comment below if you need any assistance getting this trick to work! And if you need more help with the game, check out our other Breath of the Wild guides:

Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild - Where to Find All 13 Captured Memory Locations Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:49:18 -0400 Ty Arthur

The much-hyped Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was well worth the wait, introducing Nintendo's rebooted Switch console in proper form following the disappointing run of the Wii U.

Shifting from linear to open world, Breath of the Wild has all the secret collectibles and hidden equipment you'd expect from a game world of this ludicrous size.

The photographs in Sheikah Slate's album show 12 different locations where long lost memories can be discovered. These areas are scattered all across the game world, so you'll need to have a fair bit of exploring under your belt. Several locations will require the paraglider to reach, as well as equipment for surviving in hot areas.

Each photograph gives only a vague hint of where to go based on the landscape. So if you're having trouble locating them, we've broken down each specific location below where the 12 memories (and one bonus secret memory) can be recalled.

All Captured Memory Locations in Breath of the Wild

1. Sacred Ground Ruins

This first captured memory is near the ruins of Hyrule castle and is easiest to reach by paragliding over the many enemies around. The memory itself is on the circular stone dais ringed by columns.

Subdued Ceremony Memory

2. Lake Kolomo

This memory is right next to the southwestern side of the lake, and can be reached by paragliding from the Oman Au Shrine warp point.

Resolve And Grief Memory

3. Ancient Columns

Grab this memory by the Tabantha section of the map in the grassy area directly next to Tena Ko'sah Shrine.

Zelda's Resentment Memory

4. Kara Kara Bazaar / Geruda Desert

This one is located on the road leading from Geruda Desert Gateway to Geruda Town. Look for an oasis to find the memory.

Blades Of The Yiga Memory

5. Eldin Canyon

This fifth memory is found next to a ring of stones on the ground in the mountains. It can be reached either by traveling from Woodland Tower or paragliding across the Goronbi Lake area.

A Premonition Memory

6. Irch Plain

Find this memory northwest of Hyrule Castle. Look for a small lake in a grassy area on the way to Korok Forest.

 Silent Princess Memory

7. West Necluda / Hylia River

In between Deya Lake and Scout's Hill, this one is best reached by paragliding from the Great Plateau Tower towards Hylia River. The memory is by a tree with a large rock.

 Shelter From The Storm Memory

8. Hyrule Castle

Although this is eighth in the photograph list, you may want to tackle this one last after acquiring the Master Sword -- and make sure to bring items that recover stamina. 

Head into Hyrule Castle from the southwest moat and keep climbing up towards the northeast. At the top of the tower you can walk out onto a stone walkway, where the memory is waiting.

 Father And Daughter Memory

9. Spring Of Power / North Akkala Valley

This one is just to the south of the North Aakkala Valley and can be found by traveling a short distance from the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab warp point.

Slumbering Power Memory

10. Sanidin Park Ruins

To access the tenth memory, cross the Regencia River and look for a hill with a statue of a horse rearing up on its hind legs.

 To Mount Lanuru Memory

11. Lanaryu Road East Gate

Head from Kakariko Village towards the Great Fairy Mountain to find the 11th memory on the road between two large hills.

 Return Of Calamity Ganon Memory

12. Hyrule Field

To the west of Hylia River and north of the Bottomless Swamp, you can find this memory in the forest by the Kaya Wan Shrine.

 Despair Memory

13. Blatchery Plain

Wait a minute, there's only 12 photographs, so why is there a 13th entry?

This is a secret memory that becomes available after you find all the previous ones. Talk to Impa at Kakariko village to find the picture giving a hint of the location. This final memory is on Blatchery Plain, accessed through the Ha Dahamar Shrine. 

 Zelda's Awakening Memory

Check out our other Breath of the Wild guides!

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Breath of the Wild Guide: Special Mounts and Where to Find Them Wed, 08 Mar 2017 04:53:46 -0500 David Fisher

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be the first Zelda game where the not-so-green clad hero's mount can be any horse he chooses, but did you know that there are more options beyond that? In this guide we'll be taking a look at some of the rarer horses and mounts that this game has to offer. Sadly, not all of them are registerable at the stables, so they will be gone after you catch them. Nevertheless, some are rather neat, and worth checking out for the fact they exist at all.

SPOILER ALERT: This guide reveals information about side quests, minor plot details, and more. Continue at your own risk!

Registrable Mounts in Breath of the Wild

The Royal Steed


  • Strength: 4
  • Speed: 3
  • Stamina: 5
  • Temperament: Wild

In several of Link's memories, Princess Zelda is seen riding a purely white horse. While 100 years has passed since those memories took place, it is still possible to find the descendant of that long forgotten era trotting about its ancestor's old stomping grounds. It is also one of the best -- if not most useful -- non-amiibo registrable steeds in the entire game.

To begin, travel to the Outskirt Stable -- marked above in yellow -- which can be found just north of the Great Plateau. The stable can be found right along the road, so there is no need for you to detour while on your way there. Once you get to the Outskirt Stable you will find an old man who remembers stories of the Hyrule Royal Family riding upon magnificent white stallions. If you promise to bring him a similar horse, this will initiate a side quest in which you will search for the descendant of Princess Zelda's own steed.

This side quest will have you venturing to Sanadin Park Ruins -- marked in red. Keep in mind that this location is also the place where one of the memories takes place, so if you want to hit both quests at the same time be sure to first visit Impa in Kakariko Village.

When you reach Sanadin Park, you'll notice that a white horse with a blonde mane has now appeared. Be sure to stock up on stamina potions and recovery items before trying to catch this horse as it has a wild temperament, making it one of the harder horses to catch in the game. Without stamina upgrades or recovery, this horse will be near impossible to catch -- even with rapid button mashing as there is a maximum number of inputs you can do with a full unexpanded meter.

Once you have calmed the horse, return to the Outskirt Stable to register the horse. This horse has some of the highest stats in the game, and is irreplaceable if it dies. That said, you can venture to the Horse God Great Fairy to revive it, provided you have already found it. Furthermore, if you talk to the old man afterwards to finish the quest, he will give you the royal saddle.

Giant Horse


  • Strength: 5
  • Speed: 2
  • Stamina: N/A
  • Temperament: Wild

The northwest section of the Faron Grasslands houses a big secret: a really big horse! If you head to the area marked with the red outline, you will find yourself in an area with about five horses. Among them is a horse that is twice the size of the others with an orange mane, and black body. That horse is none other than the Giant Horse, and once you get it outfitted, it bears a striking resemblance to a certain Gerudo male's warhorse.

It doesn't help that it's a Gerudo-print saddle either...

Taming this horse -- let alone catching it -- will require stamina boosts, and patience as the wild temperament and maxed strength rating will leave you in this horse's dust without at least one extra potion. The Giant Horse is a great addition to any rider's collection, but keep in mind it only has a speed rating of two, and cannot dash. That said, it does kill most smaller enemies on contact, so the trade off is there.

Epona (Requires Amiibo)


  • Strength: 4
  • Speed: 4
  • Stamina: 4
  • Temperament: Gentle

Epona is the horse typically associated with Link, having originating in Ocarina of Time. Sadly, the only way to get Epona to appear is through an amiibo exclusive. In particular, you will need to scan the Super Smash Bros. series Link amiibo.

If you have the Link amiibo, simply activate the amiibo rune (amiibos must be enabled in the game options), and then tap the Link amiibo onto the right Joy-Con if you are playing on the Switch or the amiibo panel on the Wii U.

Epona is a great asset to your journey if you are able to get her. With 4 stars in all stats, and a gentle temperament, there isn't a single in-game horse that you can find that will match her ability. The downside, of course, is that if Epona dies -- that's it. You cannot respawn Epona by tapping the amiibo again after she dies, and you will only be able to get her by restarting your game or by finding the Horse God's Great Fairy Fountain.

Unregistrable Mounts in Breath of the Wild


Bears, deer, oxen, and more can be ridden in Breath of the Wild. However, none of them are registerable at the stable since the network has a strict "horses only" policy.

Fauna prejudices aside, this isn't a terrible loss since mounts aren't particularly useful as none of them really have any special abilities, and can't dash. As a result, they're more useful for simply getting back somewhere without wasting stamina as most of them run at Link's sprint speed.

I will say that I am rather disappointed, especially since my first time catching a deer left me wanting to dye my hood red in order to mimic another Japanese pop-culture hero...

The Stalhorse

If you were a fan of Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare expansion, you'll be a fan of this one. Up in the Akkala Highlands (northeast) -- and several other locations where bokoblin horse riders exist -- you can find Stalhorses ridden by undead Bokoblins at night. These mounts are fairly ineffective since they have some of the lowest stats in the game, but that doesn't quite matter since they die by sunrise, and you can't register them at a stable either. Nevertheless, it's a neat touch in a game full of neat touches.

Lord of the Mountain

At the peak of Satori Mountain in the western part of Central Hyrule is a small pond with pink petals littered throughout. Perhaps you have found it before, but never quite knew what it was about. Well, if you come back to that same pond at night you can find a spiritual mount known as the Lord of the Mountain.

The Lord of the Mountain is yet another unregistrable mount, which is quite a shame since it has some fairly high stats -- about the same as Epona if my in-game behind-the-scenes testing is anything to go by.

That's it folks!

For the time being, these are all the various mounts that Link can find in Breath of the Wild. Be sure to check them out as some are required for side quests, even if you are only supposed to take a picture of them. Also, if you're having a hard time catching horses -- or just starting out on your own adventure -- be sure to check out the Horse Taming Guide among the other guides below!

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Breath of the Wild Guide: Keo Ruug Shrine Puzzle Tue, 07 Mar 2017 04:40:01 -0500 David Fisher

Not all Shrine Dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are about fighting or physics puzzles. Some instead require you to solve a riddle before solving the actual puzzle itself. Deep in the Lost Woods, beside the Master Sword, lies one of these puzzles inside the Shrine of Keo Ruug. The dungeon title - Fateful Stars - hints at the use of constellations to solve this puzzle, but it can be a little misleading at first.

Here's what you need to know to complete this shrine dungeon...

The Question of Stars

You will recognize the Keo Ruug shrine by its unique design featuring a stone sign that reads: "Look to the stars for guidance. The constellations are the key." Surrounding this sign are multiple pits that are activatable by the four orbs provided to you. The key to unlocking the gate where the Elder is located is to place these balls into the correct pits.

Ahead of you, you will notice a large square with various constellations drawn upon it. These correspond to the four large constellations shown on the inner wall at the head of each column of pits.

Your task will be to count how many of each constellation is found on the back wall. Each constellation appears multiple times, but they are in various angles. As such, be sure to zoom in using the Sheikah Scope (press on the right stick) and ensure that you have the correct count for each.

Once you have the number of constellations, grab an orb and place it into the corresponding hole. You will know which one to put it in based on the number of torches in each of the rows. From left to right, the numbers are: 5-3-1-2.

There is another set of constellations on the inner wall near the Elder's stasis cell. If you want to earn a Knight's Claymore, reorder the orbs accordingly to open a new path.

That's it for now!

Hopefully this guide helps you get through one of the more vague shrines in the game. Be sure to check out our other guides below!

Breath of the Wild Guide: How to Upgrade Sheikah Runes Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:49:20 -0500 David Fisher

The Sheikah Slate is your trusty mobile companion in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While it doesn't carry a cellphone signal, it does have plenty of useful runes that will open up a large part of the world. That said, you can upgrade three of these runes to further improve their utility -- namely the bombs, stasis, and sensor runes.

Here's where and how to get them!

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Where & How to Upgrade Sheikah Runes in Breath of the Wild

Before you get started....

While I would love to tell you that upgrading the Sheikah Slate is as simple as walking through the door, it isn't. Until you have completed the main quest up to the point where Impa sends you to Hateno Village to repair the Sheikah Slate, you won't be able to upgrade your runes.

Simply head to Kakariko to begin this main quest. Afterward, head to Hateno Village to repair the Sheikah Slate. There will be a short little quest that requires you to bring a blue flame to the furnace of the laboratory. To make it easier on you, be sure to light all the torches on the way -- or else you could risk losing the blue flame to rain.

Upgrading Your Runes

Once you have completed the main quest for this area, Purah will offer you the chance to upgrade your Sheikah Slate's functions in exchange for ancient materials. These materials are: three ancient screws, three ancient shafts, and three ancient cores. Only one set of particular materials is required to upgrade each rune, so don't worry about having all of them on hand.

Finding the items can be a chore since the most common place to find them are none other than Guardians. Thankfully, Shrine Guardians will also have these items as drops, so you won't have to worry too much about how to take down the colossal beasts. Alternatively, you can also try to find some of these pieces by interacting with the ruins of destroyed Guardians.

Upon upgrading the runes, each will receive a bonus function. The upgrades are as follows:

  • Sensor+: The Sheikah Sensor can now search for any item in your Hyrule Compendium. To select an item, open your Sheikah Slate, press R to navigate to the Hyrule Compendium, and then select any item that you have taken a picture of. The Sensor+ will now replace the Shrine Sensor, and will work in a similar fashion.
  • Bomb+: The Bomb+ rune creates a stronger blast, and also recharges faster. This is a recommended upgrade since it will make navigating through shrines or taking out foes much easier.
  • Stasis+: Out of the three, Stasis+ is perhaps the least useful, although it can be quite fun to use. What this upgrade does is allow Link to freeze enemies in time. By doing so, you get the chance to wail on opponents before they have a chance to react.

That's it for now!

It should be noted that the Sheikah Slate upgrades are purely optional, and only serve to improve your in-game quality of life. While they are still quite useful, they will not be needed to complete the game. That said, I would recommend upgrading at least the Sensor and Bombs since they have much more practical use in the field than the Stasis rune upgrade.

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Breath of the Wild Guide: How to Find the Master Sword Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:37:07 -0500 David Fisher

In past installments of The Legend of Zelda, the Master Sword is not only the ultimate weapon, but also a plot device that is required to complete the game -- unless you're a glitch-abusing speed runner, that is. In Breath of the Wild, however, the Master Sword is 100% unnecessary as the game can quite literally be beaten without so much as seeing the Master Sword once. Getting to the Master Sword can be quite the challenge.

Here's how to claim the Master Sword of Resurrection for yourself!

SPOILER ALERT: This guide will lead you to an important plot device in obtaining the true ending. Proceed with caution!

Getting to the Lost Woods

To find the Master Sword, we first need to find the Korok Forest, which is deep in the Lost Woods. To do this, simply travel on horseback to the northernmost reaches of Hyrule. You can evade Guardians as much as possible, or cling to the Lanayru side of Central Hyrule to avoid as many confrontations with the deadly crawlers as possible.

The Lost Woods are entirely accessible by following the main roads, and you'll know when you've arrived when you find a small stone ruin with a glowing torch inside.

Navigating Through the Fog...

Make sure you have a torch handy to get through this next portion, as it is completely necessary to navigate through the Lost Woods. Any other flammable weapon works too, but only torches last indefinitely. For the first portion, simply walk between the torches until you reach an area with two torches side by side. If you can't see the next torch, grab your own, and light it.

Once you get to the two torches standing side by side, you'll be at the first checkpoint on your way to the Master Sword.

When you get to the checkpoint, ensure you have a wooden weapon or torch equipped. If you don't have one, the torch on the right will have a hand torch for you to use. Grab it, then light it in the fire before heading forward. The strategy here is to stop in between every square of trees to check which direction the embers are glowing. You can do this by rotating the camera until you see the embers flowing in a certain direction (above).

Follow the embers through the Lost Woods, stopping as frequently as possible to ensure you don't get sent back to the checkpoint.

The Master Sword

If you successfully navigate the Lost Woods using this method, you should stumble upon the Korok Forest. Here you will find the Master Sword in its pedestal, as well as the Deku Tree. Depending on how many hearts you have, you can now grab the Master Sword for use. However, you will need at least 13 hearts to draw the Master Sword from its pedestal. Any less, and Link will meet with a terrible fate during his attempt.

To put this into perspective, Link will need to collect either:

  • 40 Spirit Orbs from 40 different Shrines
  • Complete all 4 Sacred Beast Dungeons to get 4 Heart Containers without the Master Sword, and then collect another 24 Spirit Orbs from the Shrines.

Don't worry if you can't draw the Master Sword immediately. To the right of the Master Sword pedestal is a shrine that you can activate to easily return to this location. The nearby Koroks will also have several secret shrines that can help guide you to in the Lost Woods. Complete these to earn an extra 3 Spirit Orbs.

Other Master Sword Facts

The Master Sword isn't the most powerful weapon in the game, but it does have the added bonus of being the only indestructable weapon. That said, it still does wear down over time, although this only affects its damage rating. Its base strength rating is 30, and wears down to 3 if used against non-Calamity enemies. Think of it as similar to the Fierce Deity mask from Majora's Mask.

And there you have it!

The Master Sword is a great tool in Breath of the Wild, and is key to unlocking the true ending of the game. Don't worry about getting it as soon as possible as it's not going anywhere anytime soon, and isn't necessary for completing any of the dungeons -- but it helps!

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Breath of the Wild Guide: How to get the Zora Armor Set Sun, 05 Mar 2017 21:55:20 -0500 David Fisher

The Zora Armor is a fairly useful set to have in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only does it provide you with a decent armor rating and speed increase, but it also grants you the ability to swim up waterfalls. It will also make fighting the Divine Beast of the Zora's Domain much easier.

As such, this armor set is a must-have when exploring the watery areas of the game, and we're going to tell you how to get it!


Getting the Zora Armor

Before we look at getting the other parts of the Zora Armor Set, we first need a means to get up waterfalls. While climbing does work, the areas where the Zora Armor Set pieces are located will require absurd amounts of stamina boosting items. As such, simply follow the main quest for the Zora's Domain until you speak to King Zora. After the cutscene discussing the fate of his daughter, you will receive the Zora Armor.

After you have equipped the Zora Armor cuirass, we can begin to look for the other pieces of the set.

The Search for the Zora Helm

After you equip the Zora Armor cuirass, head toward the northern-most point of Zora's Domain. There you will find a massive waterfall with a serious current underneath it. Using your paraglider, get as close to the waterfall as possible (while maintaining a healthy amount of stamina) and then swim upward. From there, swim up the next waterfall until you reach Toto Lake.

Once you arrive at Toto Lake, swim over to the flooded ruins and climb onto the rightmost brick wall. Near the back of the ruins, you should be able to use your magnesis rune to spot a metal chest hidden underneath the water. Drag it back onto dry land and open it to reveal the Zora Helm.

Putting Some Pants On

Laflat is a young Zora female who is looking for someone to help her with a problem involving the youth of the Zora tribe. Apparently, a Lynel was spotted atop Ploymus Mountain, and the youth venture up there in an attempt to see it. This is ill advised, as even Link will have a difficult time taking one down.

The young Zora will then ask Link to snap a picture of the Lynel to show how terrifying it is. Considering the fact that you will need to venture up Ploymus Mountain to collect Shock Arrows from the Lynel's shooting range, doing this kills two birds with one stone.

Return to Laflat with the picture, and she will reward you with the Zora Greaves.

That's it Folks!

The Zora Armor is a very useful kit to have for both exploration and the Vah Ruta dungeon. Be sure to upgrade this kit to its second level at the Great Fairy to unlock a set bonus that is sure to put a smile on your face!

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Breath of the Wild Guide: Making the Most of Your Melee Weapons Sun, 05 Mar 2017 13:39:15 -0500 David Fisher

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild made quite a few revisions to the 3D Zelda combat experience. No longer are we restricted to a sword and shield duel with dungeon items in between. Anything and everything can be used as a weapon. That said, weapons have durability now, and so using them effectively is as important as ever.

Whether you're wondering what a new weapon is used for, or you've run out of weapons to use, this guide is for you!

Getting a Weapon

Assuming that you at least got the Bomb Rune for the Sheikah Slate, there is rarely a time you will be out of weapons entirely. That said, human ingenuity can lead to some fairly unpleasant scenarios, so we'll start this guide off with an uncommon -- but terrifying --scenario.

Assuming you are near the start of the game, it is possible (though unlikely) that you will have absolutely no runes or weapons to fight with. This is entirely okay! While the method of obtaining a new weapon may be difficult, you can always rest assured that the world has one out there waiting for you to pick it up. Just don't expect it to be too easy...

Your best bet for finding an early weapon is to pick up farmyard tools or rusty weapons. These items are scattered throughout Hyrule, and regularly respawn on the Blood Moon. While rusty and unorthodox weapons won't exactly help you defeat Calamity Ganon, they can be useful for taking out weaker enemies. From there, start taking on stronger and stronger foes until you have a decent armory at your disposal.

In the rare case that you have literally exhausted the world's weapons and you still don't have any runes, there is still one way for you to get more: steal it from an enemy. While there are multiple ways to do this, the most effective and simple way is to kill the enemy by using environmental hazards. Otherwise, wait until night to sneak up on an enemy encampment, then take their weapons before high-tailing it out of there.

If you have runes, your best bet for getting weapons is to use every rune to defeat your enemy. Bombs are good for direct damage, while magnesis is effective for picking up metal objects to whack enemies around.

Melee Weapons

The following weapons fall into your "melee weapon" category. While not all of them are melee weapons per se, they fall into the UI's weapon category.

One-Handed Melee

Quick Facts:

  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Attack Speed: Medium
  • Charged Attack: Spin Attack
  • Throw-Style: The weapon goes upward slightly in an arch
  • Special Qualities: Most humanoid enemies

Legend of Zelda staple, the One-Handed Melee category is primarily occupied by one-handed swords, sticks, and even the arms of your enemies. They offer both offensive and defensive qualities. These weapons are best used against packs of enemies since the spin attack can dispatch foes that have you cornered. Simply spin the control stick once before immediately pressing B to use a mid-charged spin attack, or hold B to charge it to the Great Spin.

Other methods of attack include: a 4-hit combo, jump attacks (press jump, then attack), and a downward stab while using the paraglider.

The problem with one-handed weapons is that they lack range. While on horseback, the One-Handed Melee category of weapons is virtually useless, as you are more likely to put yourself and your horse in harm's way. Otherwise, the sword-and-shield combo is particularly useful for fighting humanoid ground forces in a one-on-one duel.

SPOILER: The Master Sword falls under this category, but it does not have a traditional durability status. Instead, it wears down over time, and must be unequipped until it repairs itself. However, fighting bosses with the Master Sword will not affect its durability.

Two-Handed Melee

Quick Facts:

  • Damage Level: High
  • Attack Speed: Slow
  • Charged Attack: Hammer Spin
  • Throw-Style: A low-arching toss that doesn't go very far
  • Special Qualities: Two-hit combo that usually guarantees knock-down
  • Where to Find: Lizafos, Moblins

Two-Handed weapons aren't entirely new to the series, having originated in Ocarina of Time in the form of the Biggoron's Sword, and later in The Wind Waker as enemy pickups. They are much more useful this time around since their abilities aren't limited to a single attack. These weapons include hammers, claymores, and axes.

Two-Handed weapons sacrifice all defensive ability for pure attack power. By holding down the attack button, Link will begin spinning around until the button is released. The longer it's held, the bigger the impact of the hammer spin will be, and the likelier an enemy will be knocked over.

Shields can still be used while the two-handed weapon is sheathed by using L-Targeting. They also make for very useful weapons while on horseback, as the double-damage bonus while riding can kill most smaller enemies with ease.


Quick Facts:

  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Attack Speed: Medium
  • Charged Attack: Spin Attack
  • Throw-Style: Flies straight, then returns to the user
  • Special Qualities: Humanoid enemies

Boomerangs in Breath of the Wild count as melee weapons. While not particularly effective for melee encounters, they make up for it by being the most effective throwing weapon in the game. Simply press R to aim, and then release to throw your boomerang in the direction you want it to go. After it comes back toward you, press A to catch it.

Boomerangs can also be used in melee combat in the same way as one-handed weapons. However, throwing doubles their damage, as well as their lifespan. Keep in mind that this game does use a robust physics engine, and so if the boomerang hits anything solid on its way back it will be prevented from returning. Otherwise, use it in situations where you want to pick off smaller enemies before entering the fray.


Quick Facts:

  • Damage Level: Low
  • Attack Speed: Fast
  • Charged Attack: Illusion Stab Combo
  • Throw-Style: Straight toward a target, dropping slowly
  • Special Qualities: Large reach, and powerful throw damage
  • Where to Find: Bokoblin strains, and other humanoid enemies

Spears are another weapons class that aren't particularly new to the series, but have been completely revamped. By tapping the attack button, players can unleash a flurry of mid-ranged strikes. The downside is that spears generally have less attack than other melee weapons -- including boomerangs.

Throwing a spear will launch it directly to an opponent, and will do considerable amounts of damage. Unfortunately, most spears will break upon impact, so this should be used as a last resort. Alternatively, it is a great way to use them when they are about to break since you will still get up to 4 times more damage out of it, and a headshot will double it further.

Spears are also great weapons for horseback combat since they have great reach, and the double damage from riding will more than make up for their lower damage rating.

Magic Rods

Quick Facts:

  • Damage Level: Low
  • Attack Speed: Slow
  • Charged Attack: Spin Attack
  • Throw-Style: Same as One-Handed Melee
  • Special Qualities: Shoots out various high-powered spells while charged
  • Where to Find: Wizrobes, and some shops

Rods make a comeback in Breath of the Wild as melee weapons. While virtually useless as melee weapons due to low durability, they are very useful for picking off enemies from a distance. How they function varies depending on the rod type, but generally they follow the same pattern of function -- sending out an elemental attack in the direction they were used.

Blizzard rods attack in a wide range with ice, fire shoots out bouncing fireballs, and lightning sends an electric orb in the direction swung. Spin attacks will fire off whatever elemental attack you have in all directions. Using a spin attack or multiple spells all at once will deplete the rod. Don't throw it away though, as it will recharge after a brief amount of time.

Magic rods are best used at a range, and coupled with another melee weapon for when the enemy closes the distance.

Good Luck!

Whether you're running around with farm equipment or the legendary Master Sword, melee weapons are going to be your staple in combat. Hopefully this guide helps you understand them just a little bit better as mastery of each will ensure a longer lifespan while out in the fields of Calamity Ganon's Hyrule.

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Breath of the Wild Guide: Great Fairy Locations Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:01:07 -0500 David Fisher

In most Legend of Zelda titles, the Great Fairy is responsible for upgrading your gear or providing you with useful bonuses. The same can be said about the ones in Breath of the Wild, as their use is similar to those previous incarnations, but quite a bit more important this time around. In order to upgrade your armor, and even revive your fallen horses, you will need to enlist the aid of the Great Fairy sisters.

But before we get to their locations, let's look at how some of the mechanics work real quick. 

How the Armor Upgrade Mechanic Works with Great Fairies in Breath of the Wild

The armor upgrading system in Breath of the Wild is pretty standard for an RPG. All you need to do is ensure that you have at least one Great Fairy that is responsible for upgrading equipment, as well as the items required to upgrade that item. 

There is no additional fee for upgrading armor outside of the required items, so don't worry about your wallet being on the lighter side. 

What you do need to pay for is the revival of each of the Great Fairy sisters.There are four sisters in total, and you will need all four to get the best possible armor upgrades. There is also one Great Fairy who is responsible for reviving horses.

The fee increases based on the number of Great Fairies you have freed: 100 rupees for the first, 500 for the second, 1,000 for the third, and 10,000 for the last. The Horse God Fairy will cost you 1,000 no matter what. Only once all four sisters are awakened will you be able to fully upgrade any piece of equipment.

There are many benefits to upgrading armor, such as increased defense, enhanced abilities, and other bonuses. Also, once you upgrade a set to the second level, set bonuses will begin to appear -- but only if the armor piece belongs to one.

Armor Upgrade Great Fairies

Cotera's Not-So-Secret Fountain

Cotera is the name of the Great Fairy that is most likely to be the first one you stumble upon. She lives just north of Kakariko Village, only about a stone's toss away from the shrine on the hill overlooking the town.

If you have already spoken to Impa for the main quest, you can receive a side quest from the painter just outside her home. He will guide you half way to the Great Fairy Fountain, and he will give you a reward if you bring back a picture of her fountain.

Mija's Akkala Getaway

Mija is an easy to find, but often overlooked Great Fairy. Hidden in plain sight, her Great Fairy Fountain is actually marked on the map, and is the only one, other than Cotera, who gets this treatment.

Akkala is found in the north-eastern part of the map, just north of Zora's Domain, and south of Death Mountain. You will want to hang close to the eastern seaboard, and the Great Fairy Fountain will be along the road.

Flying Over to Kaysa's Tabanthan Hideout

Kaysa is a bit tougher to reach than the other Great Fairies. In order to get to her fountain, climb the Tabantha Tower on Nero Hill. This will take a bit of effort since Ganon's dark matter is all over it, but if you climb the nearby columns, you should get there easily.

Once at the top of the Tabantha Tower, look south toward Piper Ridge. There, you should see a giant orange and green bulb. Fly over there with your paraglider to unlock the next Great Fairy

Bonus: If you reach the stable just east of the Tabantha Great Bridge, one of the visitors will offer you 500 Rupees as part of a quest. This is a great way to easily unlock Kaysa if she is your second Great Fairy.

Tera's Sandy Skeleton Hut

This one is by far the most annoying Great Fairies to reach. If the hot days and cold nights weren't enough, sandstorms, which knock out your map functions, are found in this area as well. Thankfully, all you really need is a marker in the general vicinity of the most south-western point of the map to guide you to Tera's fountain.

I highly recommend stocking up on healing items, as well as cold and heat resistance, before taking on this Great Fairy Fountain. Activating the Gerudo Desert tower will also make this much easier. As for getting to the fountain itself, take a Sand Seal, as it will greatly reduce travel time, as well as let you make several passes in the sandstorm cloud if you miss it the first time.

There is a shrine right next to her fountain, so don't be worried about finding it again if you don't have the rupees to revive her when you first get there.

The Horse God

South of the Faron Woods is the Lake of the Horse God. If you have already unlocked the tower for this area, this is an easy find. Getting there is similarly easy, provided you have a means to fend off the black bokoblins in the area of Fural Plain.

Unlocking this Great Fairy will allow you to bring any horse back to life -- provided that it was registered, and that you have the means to pay for it. Even legendary or rare horses can be brought back to life at this fountain -- including Epona (provided you already summoned her with an amiibo).

There You Have It!

This is how to unlock all of the Great Fairies in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Keep in mind that while it is possible to reach all of them without high-tier weapons and armor, it is generally advisable to be decently equipped before setting out.

With that said, enjoy your resurrected horses and upgraded armor, adventurers!

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Breath of the Wild Guide: Horse Taming 101 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:44:02 -0500 David Fisher

Link is a great hero, and great heroes need great horses! Today we'll be taking a look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and how you can get your own loyal steed.

The Lead Up Finding Your First Horse

Before you can even think of looking for a horse, you'll need to get off the Grand Plateau. To do this, simply finish the four shrines found on the Grand Plateau and find the Old Man to get his paraglider. Once you have that, travel past the Dueling Peaks on your way to Kakariko Village.

The grassy area north of Dueling Peaks Stable is where you will encounter some of the first horses in the game. Depending on the color and pattern of the horse, the stats of the horse will be different. Spotted horses typically have lower stats, while single colored horses have the highest. Keep in mind that non-spotted horses are much harder to capture and tame because they have wild temperaments.

While it has yet to be determined for sure, my tests have yielded the following results for each color:

  • Dark Horses: Low Strength, Medium Speed, High Stamina
  • Brown Horses: Low Strength, High Speed, Medium Stamina
  • Gray/Blue Horses: High Strength, Medium Speed, Low Stamina
  • White Horses: Medium Strength, Low Speed, High Stamina

Choosing the best horse is less of a matter of what is best overall, and more of what better fits the situation. If you're looking for a war horse, a horse with higher strength will be better since they can take more hits without dying. If you're looking to travel short distances, speed is key. Meanwhile, stamina is best for rides that will go on for much longer distances.

Grabbing the Reins

Once you find a pack of horses, your first reaction might be to run and grab it. Doing so will instead get you kicked in the face, and possibly launch you hard enough to get you killed if you are still near the start of the game. Instead, consider the following:

Stealth is the Key...

Sneaking up on a horse is the only way to ensure that you can mount it without getting a mouthful of horse kicks. To do this, press down on the left joystick, and slowly push upward so that the sound meter (the wave to the left of your minimap) is as stable as possible. Once you're close enough, press A to mount the horse. 

Remember that the horses can still see you, even if you are dead silent, so approaching from behind is a necessity. Stealth gear can help you approach horses easier as well, so keep that in mind. Alternatively, try to find a spot to use the paraglider and press the B-Button when you're directly above a horse to land on them.

That said, you'll need to prevent sacrificing as much of your stamina as possible or else the next section will be much more difficult...

Breath of the Wild's Mad Rodeo

Once you get on the horse, you've got about three seconds to calm it down. The mad dash to tap the L button begins as soon as you get on, so be sure to press it as many times as possible!

Remember: unicolored horses have the highest stats, but they also have the worst temperament. That means it'll be harder for you to get control without getting bucked off. Each "soothing" session stacks with the last one, so if you continue hunting the same horse you can eventually tame it using sheer stubbornness.

You can also eat stamina-boosting foods or items to increase your chances of success. If you find you're about to be bucked off, boost your stamina to get a second wind.

The Ride Home

Once the horse calms down a bit, you can start controlling it. The more stubborn the temperament, the more likely it will disobey your commands. To prevent this, move the joystick in the opposite direction of the horse. Once it listens, press L to soothe it. Every successful soothe command will cause pink hearts to flutter around the horse's head. This is the horses' loyalty level. A higher loyalty means that the horse will be less likely to ignore your orders.

When you get full control of your horse, start traveling back to the stables to register it. To register a horse, speak to the receptionist at the front while on horseback -- the one behind the counter, not the one standing in front of it. This will ensure that your horse will stay with you permanently unless you get it killed.

If you happen to lose track of your horse while out in the wild, you can return to any stable in the game and select "take horse" to get it back.

Finding Epona in Breath of the Wild (Spoilers)

Epona is the horse typically associated with Link. Originating in Ocarina of Time, Epona can be tamed in-game. Sadly, the only way to get Epona to appear is through an amiibo exclusive. In particular, you will need to scan the Super Smash Bros. series Link amiibo. 

If you have the Link amiibo, Epona is a great asset to your journey. With maxed out stats and a gentle temperament, there isn't a single in-game horse that you can find that will match her stats. The downside, of course, is that if Epona dies -- that's it. You cannot respawn Epona by tapping the amiibo again after she dies, and you will only be able to get her by restarting your game or by finding the Horse God's Great Fairy Fountain.

And there you have it!

Hopefully, this helps you better understand the mechanics of horse wrangling in Breath of the Wild. There are plenty of patterns and colors to explore, each with its own personality and stats. You can register up to five horses as well, so don't worry too much about missing out on the chance to get another, either!

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