This is a guide to getting starting Master Mode in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) for the Nintendo Switch. This guide covers early game tips such as equipment, cooking, and exploration to get you started on your adventure.
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The Master Mode is an additional game mode included in the Master Trials DLC Pack. This is the game's Hard Mode and makes traversing even the early parts of Hyrule extremely challenging!
Separate Save States
Stronger and Smarter Enemies
Master Mode uses a separate save state from normal difficulty, so you don't have to worry about overwriting your normal game if you played before. However, only one autosave slot is available in Master Mode.
Additionally, you may encounter tougher enemies in early areas that weren't there before, like a Blue Lynel on the Great Plateau.
Enemies also detect Link faster and generally employ smarter strategies in battle, making even one-on-one engagements challenging!
Master Mode introduces enemies tougher than the Silver enemies you'll find in normal mode - Golden Enemies. These are the strongest enemies in the game and essentially turns some monsters into mini-bosses.
It's a good idea to unlock the Remote Bombs as soon as possible. You can obtain these runes from the Ja Baij Shrine, and you'll most likely be directed there by the Old Man once you progress through the first few quest.
With the scarcity of good weapons and increased health of enemies, the bomb is useful as it provides great chip damage and can knock smaller enemies off their feet, without costing weapon durability.
As soon as you get the Paraglider, travel to the Outpost Ruins and read Misko's Journal to start the EX Treasure series side quests. This allows you to unlock better armor than your starting ones, helping you throughout your journey.
One of the sidequests allows you to unlock the legendary Majora's Mask. Although the mask has very poor defense, wearing it allows Link to approach certain monsters without getting attacked - including Lynels!
Check out our full article below to learn how to get it:
In Master Mode, you'll encounter curious Sky Octorocks scattered throughout the overworld. You'll encounter them holding up platforms for Bokoblin Archers and lookouts.
Some of these platforms, however, contain treasure. The contents of these chest range from powerful weapons with extra effects, to crafting materials. You can either glide towards the platform or shoot at least two of the Sky Octorocks so the chest falls to the ground.
The high health coupled with the low durability of early-game weapons mean you can easily break all of your stored weapons on just one enemy.
Instead of directly attacking an enemy, sneak up and hit them with a Sneakstrike. A successful sneakstrike greatly improves the attack of your weapons, allowing you to deal high amounts of damage and stun them, making them a lot easier to finish off.
You'll want to prioritize getting more Heart Containers as soon as you start getting Spirit Orbs from the Shrines. Even the weakest enemies, such as the Bokoblins, can inflict over 4 Hearts of damage on Link and will often result in a Game Over. Getting more hearts ensures you have enough health to survive an attack.
You also want to prioritize upgrading the Remote Bomb runes. You can do this by starting the Slated for Upgrades sidequest that you receive from Purah in Hateno Ancient Tech Lab.
The Upgraded Remote Bomb runes have increased damage and a faster recharge rate, and is essential up to the late-game as you'll be using the bombs to supplement your weapons when damaging enemies and bosses.
Stasis is another rune you'll want to upgrade as soon as possible. You can do this by starting the Slated for Upgrades sidequest that you receive from Purah in Hateno Ancient Tech Lab.
The Upgraded Stasis rune can freeze enemies in place, on top of a faster recharge rate. This is extremely useful, especially if you find yourself pursued by Guardian Stalkers, giving you time to heal up or run away to a safe place.
|BotW Expansion Pack Content|
|Trial of the Sword|
|Master Mode Guide|
|The Champion's Ballad|
|All DLC Quests|
|How to Parry||How to Perfect Dodge|
|Weapons and Armor Guides|
|Weapon Repair Guide||Where to Get Fireproof Armor|
|Cooking and Elixirs|
|How to Cook Food||How to Make Elixirs|
|Travel Related Tips|
|How to Shield Surf||How to Tame Wild Horses|
|The Best Recipes||How to Get the Paraglider|
|How to Make it Stop Raining|
|Early Game Rupee Farming Guide||Treasure Chest Gambling Guide|
|What Items Should You Sell?|
|Other Farming Guides|
|Star Fragment Farming||Giant Ancient Core Farming|
|Ancient Arrow Farming||Arrow Farming|
|Dragon Parts Farming||When Does a Blood Moon Trigger?|
|How to Get the Master Sword||How to Get the Hylian Shield|
|How to Use Amiibos|
|100% Clear Guides|
|Master Mode Guide: Tips for Beating Master Mode||How to Complete the Hyrule Compendium|
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