If there weren’t already enough reasons to pick up a Nintendo Switch and the sprawling Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the computer giants have just given us a whole host of new reasons. While we have already sunk many hours cooking up feasts and fighting Bokoblins, chances are that the surface of Zelda has only just been scratched. However, before the end goal is reached, Breath of the Wild has moved the goalpost with the latest DLC.
What some people are calling the best game ever is set to become even more addictive, and it is mainly thanks to a wardrobe spruce up for our hero Link. Details have emerged about the DLC release, which is sure to add to the already 40+ hours of main story gameplay that fans are currently enjoying. With new outfits, modes, and more, Breath of the Wild has taken its fishing rod and reeled us back in all over again.
Dubbed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials, you had better start working on your swordplay. Included in the mix is the “Trial of the Sword” (previously known as the “Cave of Trials Challenge”). Faced with room after room of approaching enemies, the reward for completing the 45 (or so) waves is an upgrade for the famous Master Sword. Those who manage to defeat the “Trial of the Sword” will be gifted a Master Sword that will permanently glow with its suped-up energy.
For others who aren’t very good with direction, “Hero’s Path Mode” will follow your progress every step of the way and chart where you have spent the most time (handy for those déjà vu moments of “Have I been here before?”). Better than that, “Hero’s Path” isn’t just for newcomers: working retroactively, the DLC will trace back over everyone’s last 200 hours worth of play and plot your footsteps on a handy slider.
Elsewhere, look out for the rather handy Travel Medallion – for moments when Epona just won’t cut it and your legs have given out too, players will now be able to create a fast travel point from anywhere on the map. Also, if the game wasn’t tricky enough, there is also a “Hard Mode,” where you may see some Red Bokoblins swapped for Blue Bokoblins of the ranks. You will also have to be quicker on your feet, as the DLC promises that enemies will regenerate as you battle them too.
Most people will undoubtedly be here for the outfit change though. There are eight pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games, further giving Zelda a “link to the past.” The introduction of the Korok mask will alert players when they are nearby Korok seeds, while there are other more aesthetic additions. There is the Phantom armor – a purple breastplate that also gives Link demon horns, the Majora’s Mask from the 2000 sequel game, and a snug-fitted Tingle suit from the fairy-obsessed character of the same name.
“The Master Trials” certainly sounds like a welcome addition to Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, even if it doesn’t add anything too revolutionary. However, with the second DLC still shrouded in mystery, could Nintendo be saving the best until last? There is still no release date for “The Master Trials” other than sometime this summer, but we do know that it has to be bought together with the second DLC pass for a reasonable price of $28.19.