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Weapons and Shields
- The Master Sword. It has durability like any other weapon, but when it "breaks", it simply goes on a cooldown for a while, meaning once Link has this, he'll always have some weapon on hand, even if he has to wait a bit. This also makes it a good tool for mining and logging should Link lack the proper tools. The sword itself has a good attack power of 30, which doubles to 60 when in the presence of Malice or Malice-infused enemies like Guardians. The only caveat is that Link needs 13 permanent hearts to obtain it, but it's well worth acquiring.
- The Trial of the Sword DLC upgrades it further. The trial has three stages, and each one adds 10 extra points of damage to the Master Sword's base power, so once it's fully cleared, it'll basically be in its glowing, double attack state against Malice but permanently. Its durability also shoots up through the roof, being ten times more durable than the base form. The only issue now is that the trials are quite difficult, but if the player is skilled enough, it's possible to power up the Master Sword right after obtaining it, thus giving Link an incredibly powerful sword for the rest of the game.
- Ancient and Guardian weapons are some of the strongest and most useful weapons in the game. They're all effective against Guardians, so Link can slice off the legs of a Guardian Stalker to debilitate it and get more Ancient parts. The Ancient Arrow can instantly kill any Guardian if aimed at their eye, and will also vaporize any other enemy, although they will not leave behind any loot that way. These weapons are also effective against the four Blight Ganon bosses as they also have Guardian technology. They can be even stronger if Link has the Ancient Armour set upgraded to have the Ancient Proficiency effect, which boosts the power of these kinds of weapons by a whopping +80%, which can then stack with attack buffs. Give Link an Ancient Bladesaw or Guardian Axe++, start swinging, and watch the carnage. Finally, as a nice little bonus: Ancient and Guardian weapons are neither wood nor metal, so they will not burn up in the Eldin region, and they will not attract lightning in a thunderstorm, making them pretty safe in any weather.
- Guardians in Shrines will regenerate every Blood Moon, giving the player plenty of chances to harvest them for their weapons and Ancient parts. The Guardians in Major Tests of Strength in particular tend to carry either three weapons or two weapons and a shield, allowing Link to quickly stock up on parts, weapons, and shields.
- Multi-fire bows. While this includes the Great Eagle Bow, which also has a fast firing rate, the Savage Lynel Bows are what's especially broken in this regard. Savage Lynel Bows boast good attack power, but they can fire at least three times. Some of these can get a Five Shot Burst effect, letting them fire five times. With proper aiming and use of updrafts, Link can just arrow spam and annihilate any Lynel or Guardian if he aims for their respective weak spots. Each arrow can be a Critical Hit, which can help Link fell these enemies without breaking a sweat.
- Ancient Arrows. They are basically this game's equivalent to the Light Arrows, being able to One-Hit Kill almost anything they touch. Any organic, living monster is instantly vaporized upon being hit by one of them. From the Yiga guards in their base, to the ferocious Lynels, one Ancient Arrow shot will do them in. The only downside is that they will not drop any loot. Guardians will not be destroyed in one hit unless their eye is struck, so they just require a bit more aiming. And unlike the Light Arrows of old, these can be obtained pretty easily. All of the resources needed to make Ancient Arrows are obtained when a Guardian is destroyed, so as long as the player can aim their shots well, the player will have a nice self-sustaining loop. Purchase Ancient Arrows from Robbie, destroy Guardians with them, use the materials to sell for rupees and to use for buying more Ancient Arrows, and repeat.
- The Ice Rod can freeze an enemy solid, letting Link get some free hits on them, or it can be used to help Link flee from the scene in a pinch. The Blizzard Rod has much bigger radius, and a spin attack with it will basically freeze any enemy in a huge 360 degree radius around Link. The only limitation, aside from the durability, is that ice monsters and any Elite Mook (like Lynels or Hinoxes) will be immune, but everything else is fair game.
- Fire and Ice weapons in general are good thanks to how Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors work with their Fire/Ice/Lightning set up. Any ice attack against a fire based enemy will be a One-Hit Kill, and vice versa, while lightning has no obvious exploit. Fire and ice weapons also serve a Mundane Utility, as an ice weapon can cool Link down in Gerudo Desert, while a fire weapon can keep Link warm in the Hebra region or in other colder areas. A fire weapon can also help slowly but surely melt ice blocks that hide items or Korok seeds simply if Link stands nearby, without using up any durability.
- Thunderspears don't have much attack power, but have a good utility. It's effectively the Hylian equivalent of a taser, allowing Link to disarm his enemies. Poke them once, loot their weapons and either run off, or finish the job with a different weapon. However, this won't work on electric based enemies, as well as bigger enemies like Lynels.
- Savage Lynel weapons. While Lynels are incredibly tough to defeat, they drop some of the strongest weapons in the game. The Savage Lynel Crusher and Sword can easily reach over 100+ Attack with the right bonus, while the Savage Lynel Bow is the only bow that can fire up to five arrows at once.
- The Hylian Shield. It is the best shield in the game, with a high defense rating of 90, and the highest durability of 800. For comparison, the second most durable shield is the Daybreaker, with only 60 durability. In the hands of a skilled player, the Hylian Shield is all one would ever need. In the very rare occasion that it breaks, another one can be purchased at Tarrey Town once it becomes a full settlement. It's also not too difficult to obtain, if the player is brave enough to venture to Hyrule Castle. It can even be obtained almost immediately after getting off the Great Plateau of the player is brave and skilled enough.
- In general, the armour upgrade system can help Link become tougher, stronger, and grant him all sorts of effects. Defense is based on a subtraction system, as in: Damage Received = (Enemy Strength + Weapon Strength) - Armor. With lower defense levels, enemies can still one-shot Link, but as Link continues to upgrade his armour, he'll take less and less damage, letting him stand up to even the toughest of enemies. Some armour sets also include bonus effects when each part of the set has been upgraded at least twice.
- The Ancient Armour set. It gives an incredible amount of defense, and also helps Link withstand Guardian attacks better. Its set bonus is Ancient Proficiency, which gives a massive +80% damage boost'' to Ancient and Guardian weapons, which also stacks with attack buffs. Said weapons are also effective against Guardians themselves, allowing Link to tear them to absolute shreds. It can be quite cathartic given how dangerous they are early in the game.
- The Champion amiibos come with their own Ancient helmet that's based off of the Divine Beast that they are associated with. Not only do they also grant the Ancient Proficiency bonus, they can also be dyed like most regular armour, and they also come with other cool effects that match the Champion's region, like flame resistance for the Vah Rudania Helm, or cold resistance for the Vah Medoh helm. They also let Link view an enemy's remaining HP, just like the Champion's Tunic.
- The Champion's Tunic has the highest defense rating in the game, with a defense of 32. With a bit of patience and a lot of Rupees, it can be upgraded to max pretty quickly, like say, right after obtaining it, making it a Disc-One Nuke of sorts. It also lets Link see how much health an enemy has left, to help give the player an idea of how much longer the fight will go on for.
- The Thunder Helm. While it requires a lot of effort to obtain, requiring every side quest in Gerudo Town to be completed, it lets Link No-Sell any lightning damage. No lightning strike will harm Link, and he won't have to fear dropping his weapons around electric based enemies. The Rubber Armour set provides the same effect as a set bonus, and can be obtained before stepping foot into a Divine Beast, but it requires the whole set to be worn while the Thunder Helm can still allow for Link to wear other armour. The Rubber Armour will also not protect Link against Vah Naboris.
- The Zora Armour. The helm lets Link do a swimming attack, the top lets Link swim up waterfalls, and the whole set increases his swimming speed, with the set bonus increasing his swimming stamina. The ability to swim up waterfalls is especially great in Hyrule Castle, which has some conveniently placed waterfalls, allowing Link to bypass most of the dungeon and traverse it with ease.
- The Flamebreaker armour set has a Fireproof set bonus, turning Shrines that rely on flamethrowers as their obstacles into a Breather Level, as Link would not need to fear burning up. It's also very useful on the Eldin region in general, and against any fire enemy.
- The Barbarian Armour set. While it is hard to obtain, being hidden in enormous mazes throughout Hyrule, and requiring Lynel parts to be upgraded, it permanently increases Link's attack power, giving him a permanent +50% attack buff while it's worn. Its set effect cuts down stamina cost when using charged attacks, like say, the spin attack, giving Link more opportunities to use it in combat. On top of that, given that it acts as a permanent attack buff. This means Link can take on other buffs, like say a speed buff, to make Link a Lightning Bruiser, being both fast and strong.
- The Fierce Deity armour set is the exact same as the Barbarian Armour, with the same effects. It just requires different materials for upgrades, and it requires the Majora's Mask Link amiibo to obtain. However, this means it's far easier to obtain as the player just needs to scan the amiibo a few times and get lucky. It's also worth it to be able to cosplay in-game as Fierce Deity Link.
- The Phantom Armour set is a DLC Disc-One Nuke version of the above two sets. It can't be upgraded, but it offers the same Attack buff effect when worn. Each part has a decent 8 defense, making it good in the early game, especially when backed by defense buffs. This makes it especially helpful in Master Mode.
- Majora's Mask. It is a DLC helm that lets Link blend in with any Bokoblin, Moblin, Lizalfos, and even Lynels. The majority of enemies in the game consist of the first three groups, letting Link walk up to most enemy camps without fear, steal their weapons, or defeat them easily. It can be obtained almost immediately after hopping off the Great Plateau, and can act as a Disc-One Nuke for Master Mode in particular.
Abilities and Techniques
- The Champion's abilities. They are all very useful and effective spells, aiding Link in either combat or exploration heavily, and their only draw backs are their long cooldowns, as they can take minutes, even nearly half an hour.
- Revali's Gale creates instant, tall updrafts where Link stands, giving him incredible vertical height. This can only be used three times before going on cooldown, but proper timing and planning can trivialize a lot of climbing sections and even dungeons, including Hyrule Castle. It also has combat application, as Link will go into Bullet Time when he draws his bow in midair, letting him destroy his foes by simply spamming arrows at their target's weak point. Link just has to be mindful of his stamina.
- Urbosa's Fury casts a tremendous thunderstorm that deals massive damage and stuns enemies in an enormous range around Link. This also has three uses before going on cooldown, but it is perfect in a pinch when Link is surrounded, or if there is a strong enemy that needs to be subdued. Not only do enemies stay stunned for quite a while, but they are also disarmed and drop their weapons, letting Link loot them.
- Daruk's Protection creates a Beehive Barrier that surrounds Link while he targets an enemy. This protects him from three attacks, and anything that hits the barrier that gets reflected back at the attacker. It's basically a perfect shield bash without any need for proper timing. After that, it goes on cooldown. This can especially help immensely if Link is surrounded by Guardians.
- Mipha's Grace revives Link when he falls in battle, and it also grants Link some extra hearts upon revival. At lower maximum health, this doesn't sound like much, but at higher heart counts, it is a full heal and is nothing short of miraculous. This spell is the only one with a single charge before going on cooldown, given how effective it is.
- All of these spells have quite lengthy cooldowns, making them feel like they're Too Awesome to Use at times. However, Hyrule Castle has a hidden property where the cooldowns are cut down to a third of their original duration as long as Link is within the Hyrule Castle area proper. If the player's waiting for the spells to recharge, the player can just have Link warp to Hyrule Castle quickly, like perhaps warping to the Shrine there, wait a bit, restock on items or weapons, and the spells will be recharged very quickly.
- The Champions Ballad DLC hastens the cooldowns even more after clearing the specific trials tied to each Champion, which includes challenging and defeating the Blight Ganons once more. This stacks with the Hyrule Castle effect however. In these conditions, the once quite lengthy Mipha's Grace now recharges in two minutes and forty seconds. Daruk's Protection takes two minutes, while Urbosa's Fury takes a minute and twenty seconds. Revali's Gale, the most useful spell in exploring Hyrule Castle, will recharge in simply forty seconds.
- As noted under Revali's Gale, arrow spamming while using an updraft makes for a simple but effective way of destroying foes. However, this can be done even without Revali's Gale. Simply lay down five bundles of wood and light them all on fire, or lay down a Spicy Pepper and a Flint, let the flint's sparks hit the pepper, and either method gives you an updraft. The former is longer lasting, while the latter is quicker and doesn't necessarily require a source of fire. This works anywhere except in Shrines, and the materials are very easy to obtain.
- Shield bashes. While they are difficult to master, they are very effective against Guardians since a shield bash will reflect their lasers right back at them, which can destroy them very quickly. This makes them far less threatening and much easier to deal with. Just be mindful on Master Mode, as they have a tendency to delay their shots to throw off the player's timing. Daruk's Protection can also be used for this effect, as the player just needs to hold down ZL and watch the Guardians destroy themselves as the lasers will auto-reflect. It can only be used three times this way and will have to go on a cooldown afterwards however. The Ancient Shield can also do this. It requires Guardian parts to even create, but it can auto reflect Guardian lasers without the need for a shield bash, so simply holding it up will do the job. This will damage the shield, but it is a very safe option against them as well.
- Stasis+. It can be used to put a stop to any enemy coming at Link, even Lynels. Simply stop it, hit it quickly, and it'll be stunned briefly, letting Link get in some damage on it. It can also be used to stop a Guardian from firing at Link, giving Link time to move out of the way.
- In general, having an understanding of the game's physics and thinking outside the box will greatly reward the player in Shrines, like here for example.
Food and Recipes
- The cooking system in general can help Link survive the harshness of Hyrule quite easily once the player figures out the best recipes. Link can do all sorts of things, like cooking food that'll sell for a good amount of Rupees, or cook all sorts of food that give him effects like extra hearts or more attack power. There's also no real consequence to spamming food items either. Should the player feel like Link needs to win through sheer attrition, then the player can stock up on up to 60 full healing items and just spam away once Link's in peril.
- Meat skewers are simple, but effective. 5 Prime Meats will create a Prime Meat Skewer, which heals for 15 hearts, and sells for 210 rupees. 5 Gourmet Meats will create a Gourmet Meat Skewer, which will fully heal Link no matter how many hearts he has, and will sell for 490 rupees. The ingredients for both can be easily found in the Hebra region, making it a good spot to farm for them. Sell them all back after cooking and Link will have a good amount of Rupees to spend on whatever is needed.
- Hearty items. Their special effect is to temporarily raise Link's maximum health by granting him extra hearts. This means they function as a full heal at the very least, so a single Hearty item will help restore Link's full health and give him extra health on top of that. They aren't too hard to find either, as a bunch of them are conveniently next to Faron Tower, as well being near the Shrine on Satori Mountain.
- Dragon parts. They require a bit of side questing first, as each dragon needs to be sought out and Naydra needs to be saved from Malice, but afterwards, they can be farmed for their parts. The horn fragments in particular are the absolute best in terms of effects, as they increase any buff timer to half an hour. Half an hour of extra speed, attack power, weather resistance, whatever it is, dragon horn parts are incredibly useful in this regard. They're also not too hard to find once the player finds a good spot to farm them, and any dragon's horn shard will do. One notable location is the Riola Spring. There's a Shrine for easy warping, and a waterfall that is easily ascended with the Zora armour. Farosh will spawn near there every morning, making its parts the easiest to farm.
- Monster Extract. While its effects are random, sometimes making the resulting recipe worse than it'd normally be, it's possible to get the same half hour bonus that a dragon horn would give. It can be obtained without having to encounter any dragons either, and the player can just save before cooking and then reload if the result was not desirable.
- The Master Cycle Zero. While it borders on Bragging Rights Reward, it's still very useful for traversing Hyrule. It is faster and easier to control then the average steed, and it can be summoned almost anywhere much like what the Ancient Saddle allows, but it also doesn't have the horse AI to contend with. There's also no risk of losing it as horses are vulnerable to enemies. The Master Cycle just requires some refueling every now and then, but that's easily doable as it can take any material. Apples are highly common and fill up the tank by a good amount. It also negates fall damage to a point, as Link can ride off of a tall cliff and as long as he's still on the bike as it hits the ground, he'll be safe. If the drop is too high however, Link will automatically dismount, so he'll have to take out the Paraglider pretty quickly. Finally, it has good combat application. Simply summon it, ride up to some enemies, hop off it and start firing away in Bullet Time, then hop back on and repeat the process.
- Even better, you can use certain materials to boost the amount of fuel produced from items. For example, using Monster Parts will be improved by adding Kilton's Monster Extract.
- Pick up a cucco. You know, those chickens that will summon a horde of fellow chickens to fly in and kill whoever stabbed them? Now take that cucco to a high-level Elite Mook and goad them into attacking the cucco. Watch and laugh at ensuing chicken fingering, unless you try this on a Lynel, in which it will completely backfire on you when the cucco horde attacks you instead.