Resources on the Great Plateau

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Raw materials:

  • Apple
  • Hylian shroom
  • Stamella shroom
  • Rushshroom
  • Spicy pepper
  • Raw meat
  • Raw bird drumstick
  • Hyrule bass
  • Hylian herb
  • Blue nightshade
  • Silent shroom
  • Bokoblin fang
  • Bokoblin horn
  • Keese eyeball
  • Keese wing
  • Chu-chu jelly
  • Amber
  • Opal
  • Wood

Melee weapons:

  • Tree branch
  • Boko leaf
  • Bokoblin arm
  • Bokoblin club
  • Bokoblin spear
  • Traveler’s sword

Shields:

  • Pot lid
  • Bokoblin shield
  • Traveler’s shield

Bows:

  • Bokoblin bow
  • Traveler’s bow
  • Soldier’s bow

Armor:

  • Old threadbare shirt
  • Old threadbare trousers
  • Hylian trousers
  • Warm doublet

 

— An ongoing list. If anything is missing, please comment below! —

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How to get to the mountaintop shrine on Zelda Breath of the Wild

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On the Great Plateau, one of the shrines is located on top of Mount Hylia. If you try to go there immediately, you’ll find a few problems — first, that the temperature is freezing and Link rapidly loses health, and second, that you can’t cross the River of the Dead by swimming.

Two things need to happen before you can go this shrine: you need to acquire the Magnesis Rune and you need to acquire the warm doublet.

Getting the Magnesis Rune

To get the Magnesis Rune, you must beat the Oman Au Shrine (the first one the old man points out to you). Need help with that? You can read how to beat it here.

Getting the warm doublet

To survive the cold mountain temperatures, Link must have some form of cold resistance. It is possible to cook spicy dishes for this purpose (see recipes for that in this post), but these dishes only work for a limited amount of time. To explore freely in the cold without worrying about a time limit, you can get the warm doublet and equip it.

If you read the old man’s diary in his cabin, it says he will give the warm doublet to anyone who can tell him the ingredients to a certain recipe. To give him the recipe, you have to acquire the ingredients, cook it, keep it in your inventory, and talk to him.

The recipe is called Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry. You will need three types of ingredients: raw meat, a fish, and a spicy pepper. For a guaranteed recipe, use one of these combinations–I have tested them myself:

  • raw bird drumstick (acquired by hunting a bird) + hyrule bass + spicy pepper
  • raw meat (acquired by hunting a wild boar) + hyrule bass + spicy pepper

You must hunt carefully and cautiously or you’ll scare away your prey. Crouch and walk slowly–you can see how much noise you’re making with the little purple sound icon onscreen.

Look for birds around areas with trees, boars in the forest of spirits, and fish in any body of water. You may have to swim around for a bit before fish appear in the water. Places I have found them include the water next to the Oman Au Shrine, as well as the water near the plateau’s Sheikah Tower. Spicy peppers are found in various places, including some in the old man’s cabin. For more help finding resources, see this post.

Acquire all the ingredients you need, head to a cooking pot (there is one next to the old man’s cabin, as well as one in the forest of spirits), and then talk to the old man in one of those locations. Make sure you have the cooked recipe in your inventory. There should be an option to say, “I cooked something.” He will reward you with the warm doublet. Equip it from the inventory.

How to get to the shrine

Head over to the River of the Dead. Climb carefully up the cliff side and you will certainly have enough stamina. You might meet some white chu-chus along the river–watch out for their icy blasts. Keep going and you should find a broken bridge with a boat along the north side. Turn around and you will see a large metal plate. Use magnesis to grab the plate and carefully place it on top of the broken posts to complete the bridge.

Cross the bridge and climb up the icy slopes. You will come across some rolling rocks and a small encampment of bokoblins, so be careful! Defeat them, then continue climbing the slope to the shrine. Good luck inside!

How to beat the Bomb Trial (Ja Baij Shrine) on Zelda Breath of the Wild

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Enter the shrine by placing your Sheikah Slate on the pedestal and travelling in. Look to the corner for the next pedestal. Distill the rune to get the Remote Bomb Rune. You’ll get spherical bombs and cube bombs. They are detonated remotely (when you choose to set them off).

Return to the middle of the room and look down the ramp. There are two large stone blocks. Use a bomb and blast them out of the way. Next is a hallway. If you go to the right and blast the block there, you’ll find a hidden treasure chest. Then go to the left and explode the blocks there–you’ll find a room with a moving platform. Place a cube bomb on the platform (a sphere one will roll off), and detonate when it is next to the big stone blocks.

Go through and you’ll find a large room with some moving stone catapults. You’ll notice there is a treasure chest on the left-hand side. You can’t climb up to get it–the smooth marble has no grip. Instead, launch yourself over to the platform with the stone catapult to reach it and open it. Don’t worry; this doesn’t hurt you.

On the left you’ll also see a ball being thrown back and forth. Use this same concept to throw your own bomb through the chute on the right-hand side. Climb up the platform and feed a spherical bomb into the chute. Watch it launch and time it carefully–detonate when it is next to the stone blocks. Then either walk over and climb the ladder, or launch yourself over to the other platform.

Turn and go up the steps to reach the glowing cube. Talk to the monk inside and he’ll give you a Spirit Orb.

Recipes and Cooking Tips for Zelda Breath of the Wild

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General Cooking Tips

  • Using more ingredients will grant more health.
  • Various combinations can make the same recipe, but with different benefits.
  • For heat resistance, use a spicy pepper ingredient.
  • For haste, use a rushroom ingredient.
  • For stamina, use a stamella shroom ingredient.
  • Cooking in a pot and cooking over a fire can yield different recipes.
  • Adding ingredients with different properties (e.g., a spicy pepper plus a rushroom plus a stamella shroom) can cancel each other out.
  • Accumulating ingredients of the same properties (e.g., a stamella shroom plus a stamella shroom) will compound the beneficial effects.

Cooking Pot Recipes

For these recipes, find a cooking pot. Light the fire beneath it with a torch, hold the ingredients you want to use, and put them in the pot! Enjoy the music as your food cooks.

Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry

Requires: One raw meat ingredient, one fish, and one spicy pepper.

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Raw meat + Hyrule bass + Spicy Pepper
Benefits: 5 health, 3:00 cold resistance

Ingredients: Raw bird drumstick + Hyrule bass + Spicy Pepper
Benefits: 5 health, 3:00 cold resistance


Hasty Mushroom Skewer

Requires: One Rushroom. Grants haste 1:30 haste and 1 health.

Example recipe:

Ingredients: Hylian Shroom + Rushroom
Benefits: 2 health, 1:30 haste


Energizing Mushroom Skewer

Requires: One Stamella Shroom. Grants approximately 1/4 stamina wheel and 1 health.

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Stamella Shroom
Benefits: 1 health, approximately 1/4 stamina bar

Ingredients: Hylian Shroom + Stamella Shroom
Benefits: 2 health, approximately 1/4 stamina bar

Ingredients: Stamella Shroom + Stamella Shroom
Benefits: 2 health, approximately 1/3 stamina bar


Fried Wild Greens

Requires: One Hyrule Herb.

Example recipe:

Ingredients: Hyrule Herb + Hyrule Herb + Hyrule Herb
Benefits: 6 health


Omelet

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Hylian Shroom + Egg
Benefits: 3 health


Steamed Fish

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Hyrule Bass + Hyrule Herb
Benefits: 4 health


Steamed Meat

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Hyrule Herb + Raw Bird Drumstick
Benefits: 4 health

Ingredients: Hyrule Herb + Raw Prime Meat
Benefits: 5 health


Energizing Fish Skewer

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Staminoka Bass + Apple
Benefits: 3 health, approximately 1 1/2 stamina wheels


Tough Fish and Mushroom Skewer

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Hylian Shroom + Armored Carp
Benefits: 3 health, 1:20 low-level defense boost


Meat and Mushroom Skewer

Example recipes:

Ingredients: Apple + Hylian Shroom + Raw Bird Drumstick
Benefits: 4 health


Fire Recipes

For these recipes, light the ingredients on fire. You can do this by holding them and dropping them onto a fire, lighting them with a torch, or causing some other form of combustion near them.

Toasty Stamella Shroom – 3/4 health
Baked Apple – 3/4 health


More recipes and tips to come, including…

  • Glazed mushrooms
  • Spicy fruit and mushroom mix
  • Spicy mushroom mix
  • Hasty elixir
  • Dubious food

Comment below with what you’ve tried!

How to beat the Magnesis Trial (Oman Au Shrine) on Zelda Breath of the Wild

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Enter the shrine by placing your Sheikah Slate on the pedestal. It will open up and you can go inside to a small circular platform. Press “travel” here to enter.

Next, there will be a short introduction to the trial. You’ll see another Sheikah pedestal over in the left corner. Go over to it and place the Sheikah Slate there. It will distill a new rune for you — the magnesis rune.

Turn around and look on the ground. There are two large metal plates. Use the new rune ability to grab these plates and move them out of the way. Underneath you’ll find a large hole–go through here.

You’ll find yourself in a room with a wall of cube blocks. One is made of metal. Use Magnesis to pull it out of the wall, then jump or climb through. Behind this is a metal enemy. Defeat it.

Next cross the metal plate bridge to the middle platform. Use Magnesis to move it and place it as a bridge to the next platform.

Look around. Next to this platform high above there is a treasure chest. To get it, use Magnesis to wedge the plate into a position where you can reach it. Return to the platform.

Pull the large metal doors open with Magnesis. Approach the large blue cube and activate it to speak with the monk. He will give you your first Spirit Orb.

Zelda Breath of the Wild: Places You’ll Die!!!

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legend_of_zelda_breath_of_the_wild_game_over_screen_blue_fontOne thing that’s immediately apparent about Breath of the Wild: there are plenty of ways to die! And many of these are abrupt, sudden deaths. Here are a few ways I’ve died so far. Maybe you have, too.

Bokoblin Encampment

Mainly, the one with the big skull cave. You probably know the one. It’s in a little valley. Defeating the guy on the platform was no problem, nor several of the goblins inside–but that blue one. That guy. He killed me many times. I didn’t even think he touched me, but it seemed to be insta-death every time.

Eastern Abbey

Getting into the Shrine over at Eastern Abbey, you’ll find the Guardians. Yep, they’re hardcore. Initially, I had snuck around the backside of the wall and came face-to-face with the dreaded machine. I didn’t know what it was. The laser locked on, I shielded–then, I tried to make a dash for it! Alas–death came all too quickly. I died from these guys a bunch of times before I realized I needed to sneak around and climb across the wall tops instead.

River of the Dead

Step in, and you’re dead. Yep. I guess that’s way they call it that.

Muddy Bog, North of the Forest of Spirits

It didn’t really look like a safe place to go–a big murky boiling bog. But hey, you never know. So I tried it–and died.

 

— Surely more deaths to come. —

Zelda Breath of the Wild: Items and Resource Locations

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Tree branch

class: melee weapon

info: “Can be used a weapon in a pinch.” Can also be used to light fires.

locations:

Great Plateau – The very first one you can find is just outside the Shrine of Resurrection, in the grass. Also can be found in tree-heavy areas.


Hylian Shroom

class: raw material

info: The most common mushrooms. Can be added to recipes to increase health.

locations: 

Great Plateau – There are plenty of these outside the Shrine of Resurrection. Check around tree bases and along the shadowy rock areas.


Apple / Baked Apple

class: raw material / food

info: Can be eaten raw to recover 1/2 a heart, or baked to recover 3/4 of a heart. Bake it by setting it atop a fire.

locations:

Great Plateau – Found in trees. There are a lot of apple-bearing trees around the Shrine of Resurrection, near the old man’s fire. The old man has one baked apple next to his fire. You can cook more raw apples on the fire to bake them.


Stamella Shroom

class: raw material

info: Bright green color. Can be cooked and eaten to increase stamina.

locations:

Great Plateau – One is inside the old man’s home on the table. There are more on a large boulder near his home as well.


Rushshroom

class: raw material

info: Purple color. Can be cooked and eaten to hasten Link (give him a speed boost).

locations:

Great Plateau – Typically found on shadowy cliffsides.


Spicy Pepper

class: raw material / food

info: Can be eaten raw for health, or cooked in a dish for cold resistance.

locations:

Great Plateau – Climb the slope behind the old man’s fire and you will find a goblin camp with peppers. There are also peppers near the goblin camp on the north side of the River of the Dead. More are in the old man’s cabin, both on the table and in the pots in the back corner.


Raw meat

class: raw material
info: Can be cooked to restore health.

locations:

Great Plateau – Hunt wild boars in the Forest of Spirits to acquire raw meat. Be stealthy and cautious! They will run away and disappear if you’re not careful while hunting.


Raw bird drumstick

class: raw material
info: Can be cooked to restore health.

locations:

Great Plateau – Look in tree-heavy areas and listen for birds. Shoot them with arrows from a distance, otherwise they will fly away. After hunting, the bird will yield this meat.


More to be added soon, including…

  • Boko leaf (melee weapon)
  • fish (raw material)
  • raw bird meat (raw material)
  • steak (food)
  • bokoblin arm (weapon)
  • keese wing (raw material)
  • keese eyeball (raw material)
  • bokoblin horn (raw material)
  • bokoblin fang (raw material)
  • cooking pot lid (shield)
  • traveler’s sword (melee weapon)
  • traveler’s bow (bow)
  • Hylian trousers (clothing)

NOTE: This is an incomplete list. More details and locations will be added as I continue scouting in-game regions and jotting them down. Notice something missing? Comment below! —