Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. It features an expansive universe and open gameplay filled with limitless discoveries and adventures.
This open-world style of play is a departure from previous Zelda games, which were much more linear in nature. The benefit of this style is that there are hours and hours of great gameplay, with no two players having exactly the same experience. The only downside is that there are some great side quests that you can miss if you aren’t careful.
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From the Ground Up
This side quest is a classic. Few other side quests can claim to transport you and make you feel like you are really in the world of Hyrule like “From the Ground Up.” In order to initiate this quest, you need to own the house in Hateno Village. When there is nothing left to build, Bolson will send you a crewman named Hudson. After this initial meeting, you will find Hudson near Lake Akkala working on his very own town, Tarrey Town. This is where the quest begins.
After you have helped Hudson build Tarrey Town, you will gain access to some rare items, including a special armor set. This quest really shows off the way Hyrule can change in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and is one that every player should make sure they complete.
Gerudo’s Side Quests
There are a number of villagers who all request help in Gerudo. These side quests are not necessarily all tightly connected, except in one important way: If you complete all the side quests you get a special item. You receive the Thunder Helm.
Not only does the Thunder Helm look awesome (and it looks really awesome) but it also makes you immune to lightning, which is very helpful later in the game.
Hunt for the Giant Horse
Hunt for the Giant Horse is a sidequest that gets you one of the coolest items in all of BotW: The giant horse. With zero stamina, the giant horse is not the most practical steed but it does have Five Strength. More importantly, it looks awesome, and the horse is a direct reference to the steed Ganandorf has ridden in previous installments of Zelda. To start on this quest, contact a character named Straia, located just south of the Lake Tower.
Eventide Shrine Quest
As play progresses in BotW your character gains more abilities and experience, as well as additional items that will help you along the way. The Eventide Shrine quest is great because it strips all that away. To start the quest, go to the highest point on Eventide Island.
At the beginning of the quest, you will be stripped of all supplies, weapons, and armor. When you complete the quest, Korgu Chideh Shrine will be revealed, allowing for even more thrilling gameplay.
At various times throughout the game, you may see dragons twisting and flying in the sky. These may seem like nice decorations, but they actually have a purpose. If you get close enough, you can shoot the dragons with an arrow, and they will drop powerful items that can be used to upgrade armor and weaponry. Make sure to try shooting at the horns, claws, fangs, and body as each part of the dragon drops a different item.
With these side quests, you will get to have even more fun playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you haven’t tried it out yet, consider buying a gently used copy from Swappa!