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Breath of the Wild’s ‘impossible treasure chest’ holds a mediocre surprise

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Someone busted it open, and the result is ... not as cool as we’d hope

There’s one treasure chest in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that can’t be opened while playing the game — at least, without some help. A player managed to break into this glitchy, seemingly impossible chest by using an emulator, only to find that its treasure is pretty underwhelming.

Leonardo Ramallo posted about his achievement on the Breath of the Wild subreddit, where he explained what makes this chest so tough to crack.

“It’s stuck in the ground and won’t budge,” he wrote of the chest, which is buried in the sand on an island between Aris Beach and Clarnet Coast. “You can grab it with magnesis, but it doesn’t move at all. You can freeze it and then shoot arrows at it to try and get it to rocket out of the ground, but that doesn’t work either.”

And so on, and so on. But it turns out that using CEMU, an emulator for Wii U games, can circumvent the issue. Ramallo captured his workaround, which makes this difficult feat look like a breeze.

CEMU version 1.7.3d has some glitches that make games run more poorly, according to Ramallo, and that includes the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild. One glitch that allows Link to dive into the water after being pushed into it makes this impossible chest accessible.

Once Ramallo opened it up, he found ... an Opal. These gems are easy to find throughout the game, and they go for a fairly low price at trading posts.

Anyone playing the game without the use of an emulator isn’t missing out on too much, based on the looks of this. But consider this secret uncovered, for better or worse.