A sequel may be on the horizon, but there’s still a lot of game ahead The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Half a century after its release, players are still finding new ways to hack Nintendo’s open-world RPG. Just this week, bug hunters discovered perhaps the most dangerous exploit: you can now overwrite weapon modifiers.
Released in 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild perhaps the gem of the Nintendo Switch. Unlike many similar games, including both previous The Legend of Zelda records plus BotWOpen-world contemporaries of its own, the game gives you a toolbox and playground and lets you go crazy – with very few restrictions.
This has spawned a highly collaborative community whose members have spent the past five years bugging, inventing exploits, and generally pushing the game to its limits by building on each other’s shared knowledge. (The largest general information base large-scale code decompilation project headed by Zelda reverse engineering Leoelitinowhich served as an impetus for further discoveries.) Over the years, players learned to “infinite jump”. They have opened “impossible” chests. They even figured out how to slide on the map.
The specific failure depends on another method called inventory slot transfer (IST). Discovered last month BotW glitch-hunter zxrobin, IST allows you to move items between save files – this means you can, for example, start a new playthrough with one of the best weapons in the game. Weapon Mod Transfer (WMT) takes it one step further by allowing you to imbue weapons through save files with staggering stat bonuses, all without modifying or hacking the game. However, you need to collect a hell of a lot of cooking items. Here is a summary, courtesy of BotW glitch hunter El Duende 5:
“This will probably be the biggest glitch in the game,” said one YouTube commenter.
“They probably made no mistake,” El Duende said. Kotaku over Discord.
Some of the results obtained support this assertion. The players have created broadswords that turn into cyclones:
When upgraded, Link’s trusty main sword is nearly unstoppable. even doing short work of the high-level enemies in Hyrule Castle:
But El Duende says Bow of Light probably the most unstoppable weapon to upgrade as it has infinite ammo and is unaffected by BotWX notorious weapon durability feature.
El Duende says a complete guide to WMT is not yet available because BotW the community still needs to work out some kinks and get a full understanding of the glitch. But the basic steps include forcing an IST exploit to apply Link’s culinary effects to weapons in your key item slots.
“What’s happening with IST is that you can force the game to not remove a number of items from your inventory every time you load a different file,” he said.
First, make sure you have 60 meals (maximum under typical conditions) and two key items, and empty any empty inventory slots between the Food tab and the specific item you want to upgrade. When you load your next save file, this will apply food effects to any item that is in the last key item slot.
Players, including popular Zelda speedrunner Satogashi, are in the process of compiling “recipes” for weapons. Endura Carrots plus four Raw Delicacies provide a bonus to Shield Durability. (Add this to the Hylian Shield to raise its rating above 1160.) Mighty Thistle and Four Raw Delicacies, meanwhile, can add a scatter effect to your bows; here is one player using it to take down two devastatingly strong Guardian enemies with a single shot:
This is a new technique that players are still trying to fully master, but it could very well be ne plus ultra in the broader canon. BotW glitches.
“There’s not much to want,” said El Duende, pointing to the wide range of discoveries made in the game over the past five years. It’s hard to imagine what else could be there.
untitled sequel to Breath of the Wild on the way, originally scheduled for this year but now scheduled for next year after a delay in March. Nintendo is keeping the game’s official name under wraps; apparently, subtitle is a spoiler. Whatever it’s called in the end BotV 2 shouldn’t be much more than “more BotWto earn widespread critical acclaim and sell 80 billion copies, but it remains to be seen what effect its release might have on the most dedicated members in the BotW community.
“I’m a little worried that Nintendo is looking at all of this and is going to tighten things up so that the game becomes less fun,” said El Duende. “But I also think that no matter what, we will find other things like in the first game. It’s only a matter of time.”