So, we now find ourselves in 2020 and we're still talking about new discoveries being found in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It seems that for every trick you stumble across, three more are waiting just around the corner.
Today's new insight actually comes from a discussion that has been taking place between fans on the Breath of the Wild subreddit. It concerns the Korok Leaf, a pretty common item that you can usually find by chopping down trees, and how you can actually get a whole lot more use out of it than many first thought.
For starters, check out this method of hopping on a Sand Seal. At first, the player simply throws a bomb to stun the seal (poor thing), but you'll soon see that the Korok Leaf makes things quicker and more efficient.
If you're wondering, the video's creator lainerjob says that you do this by pressing 'Y' to blow with a Korok Leaf, then jumping quickly and pressing 'L' to drop a bomb.
The reaction to this post has been largely full of shock and amazement (as well as the odd bit of concern for the seal's wellbeing, which was nice to see), but some Redditers went on to share their own Korok Leaf tricks. One user going by the name of rugtoad discusses how the leaf can even be useful in the Master Sword DLC trials:
"Spend a little time exploring the world and experimenting with that leaf. You can do a quite a bit of hilarious nonsense with it.
"It's also surprisingly useful in the Master Sword trials, combat is a quite a bit easier if you aren't dealing with a mob, so getting on a platform and knocking a few [Bokoblins] off of it can give you the room you need to breathe. If it's a high enough platform (such as the one in Room 4 of the beginning trials where the bomb barrels are), you can straight up kill a [Bokoblin] by sending him flying off of a platform. The second-to-last room is another one, you can get rid of pretty much all of the high-powered [enemies] on the last platform by sending them sailing off into the water."
Other words of advice were also shared, including the idea that a blow of the Korok Leaf can have a bomb attached to an Octo Balloon fly a considerable distance, should you want to blow something up that's wildly out of reach. They're simple ideas once you've heard them, but most of these are things we never would have thought about trying.
What a game.
[source reddit.com, via destructoid.com]
I love the fact that we still learn new tricks about BoTW to this day.
It seemed crazy to use a slot in my inventory for the leaf, except the occasional puzzle that required it. But the creativity of the community is astounding. And, what an immersive world.
And, yes, though I know it is crazy, after killing a couple Moldugas, (quest related?) I had to stop. Those sand whales are such cool creatures that it did not seem right to end their life. Even virtually.
I'm considering starting another playthrough of BOTW. But with the fact I'm still to finish TW3 and in the last month I've bought LM3,Ori and Ashen, I've got a big backlog to get through too 😬
So basically now the next step for the BOTW community is to master air bending
To me, that's a sign of a great game. Love hearing about stuff like this.
Wow, I never used the Korok Leaf for anything except sailing. I didn't even know it could blow enemies back.
Whack the chicken with the leaf and you get an egg.
I mostly use the leaves to make raft sailing viable (last time I accidentally broke one against a mast, I spent a while navigating the vicinity of Eventide island with the help of ice pillars. Lots of ice pillars), and I've never even used bombs to catch sand seals - the more you know. The trials options sound handy as well, although I haven't found a leaf before room 4.
Nintendo probably didn't know about all the possibilities in this game.
@Ventilator They didn't, but they wanted to provide players with such tools that allowed them such immense freedom in experimentation. Just like how with Super Mario Odyssey they were aware at how the gameplay would allow players to perform such insane tricks, yet instead of toning down the controls they instead decided to reward players for reaching out of the way areas, via these crazy tricks, with coins and such. Rewarding the players for exploring those areas, and encouraging the speedrunning community.
@patbacknitro18 Yes, thats great. Many other devs is actually patching out these "exploits" in single player games.
In multiplayer it's obvious why they must of course at it makes games unbalanced.
This game is really amazing. The amount of discoverability is insane. I can’t wait for BotW2 but I wonder if it will be able to recapture the magic of the 1st game. Learning all these wild things you could do & different ways you could utilize items was a big part of what made this game such an incredible experience. It’s probably been 20 years since I’ve enjoyed a game as much as this.
Forget the korok leaf, check out this sand seal trick I discovered:
I never needed to throw a single bomb at the poor sand seals. I just sneak behind them, like we do with the horses.
To me, these "new uses" of things are just unnecessary and don't truly add anything to the overall experience of the game.
When I first played BotW I was like this is best Zelda game ever, but now the more I play it I'm slowly starting to believe it's the best any game ever. I've played through a lot of games since but I pick up BotW several times every week. Just running around and climbing things mostly. It's so good.
@GamingFan4Lyf Really? I love to freeze enemies by a cliff and use the leaf to push them off. Sure there's no loot then but it's absolutely hilarious
@Zeepzeep Wow, I am a pretty boring BotW player. I never even thought to do that, either!
I killed enemies the conventional way.
I think the only "un-Zelda-like" things I did was go full-on Solid Snake in Bokoblin Camps.
I still need to beat the master sword trials... anyone else??
Why can't they release some more DLC's (content) for the current game?
We still have no news about BOTW2 to this day, I mean, they'll get more $$$ but we will get something great until BOTW2, can't someone in Nintendolife get in contact with the publisher or can't we force them to give us more content? 🤣🤣🤣
The Switch is boring with out the exclusive Nintendo titles, and none is getting released any time soon...
There are 1001+hidden mechanics in the game.
This is what I call realism in a game and it doesn't have to be entirely graphic realism.
@PhilKenSebben It's a sign of creative game design. Something lot of uneducated gamers are unable to spot. Mostly the Playstation generation.
That's pretty cool.
Love the physics engine in this game.
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