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Zelda Breath of the Wild guide: How to use the Hero’s Path

Knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

The Master Trials, the first expansion to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, brings the Hero’s Path to your map as soon as you download the DLC. Press X on your map screen, and the Hero’s Path will let you retrace your journey across Hyrule (or at least approximately the first 200 hours or so). In this guide, we’ll show you how to use the Hero’s Path.

How to control the Hero’s Path

The Hero’s Path in action. Please do not count (or judge) all the deaths in this GIF.

The analog thumbsticks control the map and zoom like normally, but the D-pad adds some functions. You have a few options for controlling the Hero’s Path (after you press X on the map screen) with the D-pad:

  • Left and right scrub through your timeline, and up and down control the speed.
  • The A button plays back your steps (either forward or backward).
  • The B button pauses playback.

Using the Hero’s Path

It takes a little practice (and a bit of frustration) to maneuver the playhead through your timeline, but that’s not how the Hero’s Path is most useful.

The Hero’s Path playback speed — even at its highest — is not very fast, so watching your game from beginning to end is going to take you a while. But you can scrub through the timeline faster when the playback is paused (with the B button). You can control the scrubbing speed the same way you can with playback — with up and down on the D-pad.

As fun as it is to watch your little icon running around (and dying over and over), you really only need to look at the most recent map. It’ll show you all of the places you’ve been and, more importantly, where you haven’t been. This can help you find all those shrines and koroks scattered across the world that you might’ve missed. Especially when you combine it with the korok mask.