The open world nature of Breath of the Wild can take some getting used to. This article provides tips for new(ish) players who’d like some general advice on how to go about the adventure.
Take your time – there is a lot to do and see. Seemingly insignificant things can take on a lot of importance later on in the game.
You’ll never remember everything so keep notes – use the map’s Stamp feature to mark important spots. At times I wished I’d also used a notebook as I find stamps a bit limited for recording.
Exploring new areas
Climb up to higher ground where you can – take the time to survey the area and look for enemies as well as resources. Find a route up to the top of hills and peaks which you know you have the stamina for. If it’s raining or you don’t have food to restore your stamina on steep slopes, come back later.
Be careful exploring any new area – find a safe spot (such as a high point) and take the time to identify hazards and enemies. Plan an escape route for when it all turns to custard.
Remember you don’t have to stick to the road. Woods and caves can hold valuable materials – as well as enemies.
Take everything you find – you may not know how to use it now, but you will later. There is no limit to the amount of materials you can carry.
Cook the essentials – meals which restore hearts and stamina are probably the most important at any stage of the game. If necessary, you can get by without stealth or speed enhancements from food but hearts and stamina are must-haves.
Steal from enemies if you can – you may be able to sneak into a camp by crouching to take weapons or food.
Return to places you found resources in – these usually respawn every few days. You don’t need to wait for a blood moon.
Sell items if necessary, but not food that you need for hearts or stamina. Try not to sell rare or unusual items – later in the game you might need these. If you’re cooking food items to sell, always cook 5 items together in a pot – you get a better price that way.
Dealing with enemies
Pick your battles – early in the game, you’ll probably find it better to avoid combat in some situations. You can always come back later!
Soften them up – get to a safe higher place if possible and use bombs or boulders etc to cause some damage.
Preserve your stronger weapons – use your weakest weapons where possible so you can keep your stronger weapons for other enemies. Try to keep the undamaged weapons (they sparkle in your inventory) by using the already damaged ones until they break.
Rest at night if you are finding skeletal enemies difficult to deal with. Find a safe spot and sit by a fire (or, even better, a cooking pot) until morning. Cook some of the food items you found during the day to prepare yourself for the next day.
Go, and bring peace to Hyrule…