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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide and walkthrough

Learn all about shrines, quests, towers, cooking and so much more

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is as remarkable as it is enormous. As we wrote in our beginner’s guide, it’s also a game that wants you to play at your leisure while figuring pretty much everything out for yourself. Sometimes, though, that isn’t easy or obvious. Breath of the Wild’s unmitigated freedom can be confusing, and we’re here to help.

In Polygon’s Breath of the Wild guide — every part of which appears in the links below — we’ll help you find your way through the continent of Hyrule. You’ll find stories offering you tips, tricks and strategies, as well as guides for cooking, for finding secrets and treasure, quest walkthroughs and the locations and solutions to the game’s myriad shrines.

Now that The Master Trials, the first expansion to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is in the, er, wild, we’ve updated our guide with tips, tricks, walkthroughs, item locations and more for the DLC. You can see those immediately below. Don’t worry, though: You’ll still find dozens of guides for the rest of the game just beneath the new ones, too.

The Champions’ Ballad DLC guides

The Champions’ Ballad DLC expands Breath of the Wild in several ways. Our guides will help you find all of the new gear, defeat your enemies and much more.

New clothes and armor

EX Champions’ Ballad Shrines (Great Plateau)

EX Mipha’s Song shrines and boss fight

EX Champion Revali’s Song shrines and boss fight

EX Champion Daruk’s Song shrines and boss fight

EX Champion Urbosa's Song shrines and boss fight

Shrine of Resurrection

The Master Trials DLC guides

The Master Trials brings a new gameplay mode (Master Mode), a horde mode-style challenge (Trial of the Sword), a couple new tools for exploring Hyrule (the Travel Medallion and Hero’s Path) and some new outfits and armor. The guides in this section will teach you everything you need to know about The Master Trials.

Great Plateau Season Pass bonus chests locations

When you purchase the Season Pass for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s DLC, you’ll get a “Purchase Bonus” of three chests. The screen you see when you first fire up the game with the DLC installed will tell you that they’re scattered around the Great Plateau. In our Breath of the Wild DLC bonus chests guide, we’ll show you how to find them all.

The Master Trials new armor

Master Mode

A hard mode challenge to even seasoned players.

Travel Medallion and Hero’s Path

Trial of the Sword

Trial of the Sword walkthroughs

There are nearly infinite ways to approach Trial of the Sword’s beginning trials. In this guide, we’ll offer you strategies for clearing every floor, with several goals assumed throughout: save your weapons, be stealthy and find every item before you leave.

Beginning trials
Middle Trials
Final Trials

Guides that give you a big head start

The guides in this section explain Breath of the Wild’s basics — everything from the Blood moon to cooking, recipes, making money and grinding for loot.

Weapon and armor guides

Looking for the best weapons and armor in the game? The guides in this section have you covered.

Finding important landmarks

It’s difficult to remember where everything is. With these guides, you don’t have to.

Korok seeds

Everything you need to know about Breath of the Wild’s golden turds — including a guide that’ll show you how to get 45 korok seeds in about an hour.

Finding secrets, treasures and more

Breath of the Wild is full of hidden items, secrets and treasures. These guides will tell you where they are and how to get them.

Breath of the Wild horse guides

Defeating tough enemies and bosses

Some enemies are hard. These guides make the fights easier.

Main quest walkthroughs

Main quests are the core of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this section, we’ll walk you through every one of them.

Divine Beast quest and Hyrule Castle walkthroughs

Everything you need to know about every Divine Beast. Every puzzle solved. Every treasure uncovered. Every Ganon defeated.

Side quest walkthroughs

Our curated collection of Breath of the Wild’s best and most lucrative side quests.


Shrines: walkthroughs, locations and puzzle solutions

We’ve organized our shrines guide based on geographic locations. Each tower unlocks a portion of Breath of the Wild’s map, and the shrines that appear in those regions appear beneath the region names below.

Great Plateau tower region

Dueling Peaks tower region

Lanaryu tower region

Hateno tower region

Lake tower region

Central tower region

Woodland tower region

Ridgeland tower region

Gerudo tower region

Faron tower region

Akkala tower region

Hebra tower region

Wasteland tower region

Tabantha tower region

Eldin tower region

Shrine quests

The next level of puzzles.

Take a break from your day by playing a puzzle or two! We’ve got SpellTower, Typeshift, crosswords, and more.