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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - DLC Guide and Release Date

A guide to the Age of Calamity Expansion Pass, paid DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity which includes new characters, weapon types, battles, as well as Royal Ancient Lab Quests. See all new content available in the Expansion Pass, and learn DLC release date, pricing, and more!

DLC Wave 1 Links
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Link Flail (DLC Top Partial)Flails Zelda Master Cycle (DLC Top Partial)Master Cycle Battle-Tested Guardian (DLC Top Partial)Battle-Tested Guardian

Pulse of the Ancients DLC Guide

Wave 1 DLC Highlights
Check mark New character: Battle-Tested Guardian
Check mark New weapon types: Master Cycle for Zelda and Flail for Link
Check mark New type of enemy: Vicious Monsters
Check markNew Quests
Check markNew Challenges
Check markApocalyptic difficulty

Battle-Tested Guardian

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity - Battle-Tested Guardian

The first DLC introduces a new playable character in the roster named the Battle-Tested Guardian. This guardian is one of the rewards for completing the new quests in the Royal Ancient Lab.

Battle-Tested Guardian Usage Guide, Combos, and How to Unlock

Master Cycle for Zelda and Flail for Link

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity - Master Cycle for Zelda and Flail for Link

Two new weapon types are introduced in the first DLC. These include Link's Flail and Zelda's Master Cycle.

Along with the Battle-Tested Guardian, these new weapons are some of the rewards obtained from completing the quests in the Royal Ancient Lab.

Weapon Guides
List of Flails List of Master Cycles

Vicious Monsters

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity - Vicious Monsters
Vicious Monsters are a new type of enemy introduced in the first DLC. These are a stronger variant of the usual powerful foes and can be found in challenges marked with the "EX Alert" on the map once unlocked.

List of Vicious Monsters and Rewards

New Quests

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity - EX Royal Ancient Lab

As part of the DLC Expansion Pass, a new set of quests will appear, most of which are part of the Royal Ancient Lab questline. After purchasing the DLC, a new icon will appear on the map in the Central Hyrule.

There are a total of 59 quests included in the first wave of DLC.

Royal Ancient Lab Quests and Rewards

New Challenges

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity - New Challenges
Along with quests, a total of 22 challenges are included in the first DLC. These challenges include the vicious monster sightings, allowing you to face more powerful foes and earn valuable rewards.

List of Challenges

Apocalyptic Difficulty

Another feature added in the first DLC is the new Apocalyptic difficulty mode. This mode makes enemies deal more damage and have stronger weak-point gauge, offering a new challenge to returning players.

Difference Between Difficulty Modes

DLC Release Date and Roadmap

On February 17, 2021, Nintendo showcased the Expansion Pass for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that was shown to feature two waves of DLC for the game. The new content for the game is set to be released throughout the year with the first one in June 18, 2021 and another in November 2021.

Wave 1 DLC Details

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity - Wave 1 DLC

The Wave 1 DLC, named Pulse of the Ancients, was released on June 18, 2021, and includes one new character, new weapon types for Link and Zelda, as well as new quests.

Wave 2 DLC Details

The second wave of DLC, named Guardian of Remembrance, will roll around on November 2021 and offers new character vignettes, new stages, a second roster expansion, and new battle skills for existing characters.

Which Character Would You Like To Be Playable in the Expansion Pass?

How to Buy the DLC (Expansion Pass)

    1. Select Nintendo eShop from the Home Menu.
    2. Search for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
    3. Select the Expansion Pass.
    4. Proceed to purchase.
    5. After purchase, you can play once the download is complete!

The DLC (Expansion Pass) can be purchased at the Nintendo eShop from the home screen of your Nintendo Switch. You will need a credit-card or a prepaid card to purchase!

DLC Purchase Bonuses

The Expansion Pass is currently priced at 19.99 USD. As DLC, the full version of the game is required to enjoy the upcoming content.

By purchasing the DLC, players will unlock the Prototype Ancient Short Sword and the Prototype Ancient Gear Set for Link. These bonuses have been available since May 28th, 2021.

Purchase is available on Nintendo's website and on the Nintendo E-Shop.

Purchase the DLC on Nintendo's Official Website

Prototype Ancient Gear Set

Prototype Ancient Gear Set
Headgear (Cap) Armor (Tunic) Greaves (Boots)
Prototype Ancient Helm IconPrototype Ancient Helm Prototype Ancient Cuirass IconPrototype Ancient Cuirass Prototype Ancient Greaves IconPrototype Ancient Greaves

Prototype Ancient Gear Set

Prototype Ancient Short Sword Stats

Prototype Ancient Short Sword
Prototype Ancient Short Sword Icon Weapon Type:
One-Handed Weapon
Attack Damage:
36
Hidden Seal (Lv. 25): Strong-Attack Damage: +7% Hidden Seal (Lv. 30): Strong-Attack Damage: +7%
A prototype developed at the Royal Ancient Lab. The data obtained from the time-traveling Guardian accelerated research progress by decades.

The Stat shown here shows the highest possible value that we have confirmed

Prototype Ancient Short Sword

Is the DLC Worth It?

Well Worth Buying!

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The DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is well worth buying for those who are interested in it. For only $19.99, you can get two waves of content, each with dozens of hours worth of enjoyment.

If I Don’t Have the Base Game Yet, Should I Buy the Bundle?

We Recommend Trying Out the Base Game First!

If you haven't played the base game yet, it might be best for you to get a feel for the story and gameplay first. There is no discount for buying the software and DLC separately or bundled, so get a feel for the base game first!

Alternatively, there is also a Free Demo available that lets you experience the first two missions of the game. If you choose to start with the Demo, you'll be able to transfer your save progress to the main game once you decide to purchase!

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