We knew that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was an incredible game from the moment the Nintendo Switch launched back in March 2017. What we couldn't have known at the time, though, is just how much there is to discover.
Today marks the game's two-and-a-half-year anniversary, and yet players are still learning new tricks and techniques that lead to new ways to play, to speedrun, or in this case, to catch fish. Yes, a new fish-catching technique might not sound like the most exciting discovery at first, but wait until you see how it works.
Essentially, it has been discovered that whistling can scare any nearby fish to charge themselves towards the beach, sadly - but also productively - causing them all to get stranded on land. The technique has been shared online by Reddit user charlieboy95, who notes that this trick can only be pulled off by the ocean or a river, as the land around lakes tends to be too high for the fish to reach.
You can see exactly how it's done in the video below. Look at them go!
We love how the game provides absolutely no indication that this is possible, leaving players to learn everything for themselves. Just imagine how much more there might be to find.
lol. like it was 10 year ago released . just 2,5 years lmao
That's actually kinda funny, but I thought the ultimate way had already been found.
Imagine how many things have been discovered already but just haven't been posted online 😂
This is immensely helpful for my current play through. Thanks!
This is actually a really useful tip. Makes cooking and preparing for Guardian battles a bit easier!
"We love how the game provides absolutely no indication that this is possible, leaving players to learn everything for themselves."
Probably because it was unintentional.
Wow that puts my method of bomb fishing to shame!
You reeeeeeaaaaaaally think that?
Without programming fish to respond to sound, this sort of thing doesn't just miraculously happen. It's not likely that this is some unfortunate oversight or glitch.
The game that keeps on giving.
That is super useful. Can't wait to give it a try
@Alucard83 Same thought with how the title sounds. But, to be fair with the writer, you have to keep in mind that today is a time where entertainment products are consumed and then discarded to be replaced as fast as possible. In this regard, 2years and a half is a rather long time.
Redneck fishing (heavy explosives) is so much more fun though
... If I didn't have, like, 700 unused fish in my inventory, already!
try it with sidon around
@Rei indeed. I was like... but that game was just released.. so little time ago. Doesn't feel like years and year lol. I do get what they mean though but almost sounds like 5 years ago or something
I feel like this is a knock on effect of programming fish to be scared of sounds but not being programmed to not run aground in the attempt to run away from noise, not an intentional hidden secret
@boatie well said
"You hear that?! That is the sound of the enemy! To the land, my fish brothers and sisters! In land we will be safe!"
@Coach_A Fish running from noise is programmed, sure. They swimming out of the water though? I too really doubt it was intentional.
@boatie So, that would mean that they'd apparently always be programmed to flee directly opposite of the direction that the sound came from. They could also just have made them dive down deeper into the water, or flee sideways, to other parts of the rivers/oceans, but still away from the sound. (edit: like real fish would do)
Personally, I don't think this is some kind of glitch or programming failure. Knowing Nintendo, and especially Aonuma and his team, this sounds exactly like something that they would intentionally put into the game, just to have some fun with it, and hoping that players would eventually discover it.
They're quirky like that...
Two and a half years later, I still can’t get over just how incredible this game is. Action-adventure games are typically pretty good at giving you stuff to do. But I can’t think of another game in the genre that has managed to make doing nothing in particular quite so exquisitely compelling.
@ThanosReXXX I don't think of it as a failure either, I think of it as someone gaming the mechanics by doing something that was unlikely to be thought about by the developer
No way! Beautiful!!
I know I've scared fish out of the water before but I didn't realize that they could be frightened from such a distance! I feel like I've wasted so much time catching fish when I could have them just beach themselves.
What a damn fine trick. This game continues to amaze. I wish I had the time to get back to BotW.
@boatie Ah, okay. Well, no offense, but I guess we still only partially agree regardless. I can definitely see this as "gaming the mechanics" aka manipulating the game into behaving in perhaps unexpected ways in some respects, but I do believe that they put it in there intentionally, because of the reasons I gave earlier.
@ancientlii this made me snort my coffee. Can you imagine him flipping hopelessly on the beach because Link absentmindedly started to whistle xD
i always bombed them. that's much quicker
Miraculously, players are still unaccountably playing a huge game that requires hundreds of hours to fully experience that was released mere months prior to the writing of this article. Learning of new discoveries that have regularly been made in the years since the 1998 release of Ocarina Of Time must be comparable to seeing color for the first time for this writer. Is Super Mario Bros. 3 considered prehistoric by this measure?
@Dpishere lmao nice to know I'm not the only one who does bomb fishing! XD
@Maxz This is the only game I've ever just climbed a mountain to see a pretty sunset at the top. The music cues, the little "pitter patter" of Link's feet, and the sounds, make it a transformative experience.
I always used bombs. I wonder if the whistling may be more efficient?
@Coach_A Fish moving from sound is one thing, but this seems unintentional to me.
It makes absolutely no sense, it's not a thing fish do, hence probably why nobody has tried it. For it to work on one type of fish would be one thing, but for all of them?
I don't see how it wouldnt be an oversight. There's not a single NPC or hidden text in the game that points toward this being a thing and Nintendo are pretty happy about the fact everything in the game works logically and """scientifically""". This flies in the face of both and doesnt even serve as some nice little easter egg to anything, its just a weird thing that happens...much like many oversights in games.
That's totally insane! I should try it out someday.
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