The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Link's new abilities

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Link's new abilities

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released March 3rd on Wii U and Nintendo Switch. Link's first outing into a (semi) open world, comes with a few new skills for the hero. We're listing five skills that Link has mastered in Breath of the Wild.

06-02-2017  -  by Iris Wijers

For Zelda fans amongst us, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most anticipated titles to be released next month. Whether you plan to play it on Wii U or on your shiny new Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild promises to be a breath of fresh air for Zelda fans, as it combines beloved elements from the series with new elements. Link, while always being competent, seems to have done some serious studying and has mastered these five skills that we haven’t seen him do before. You go Link! 


Cooking

It seems Link has decided that if he’s going to spend days on the road in Hyrule, he might as well have some decent food to keep him going. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild implements a cooking system, allowing Link to combine the various ingredients he picks up during his travels into delicious dishes that will give him bonuses when traveling or fighting. Link can follow the recipes he finds on his travels, or try out combinations himself. The latter will often lead to ‘dubious food’, which is ‘too gross to even look at’. Well, not everyone’s a natural-born cook, Link.  

Rock climbing

Maybe he’s done finding boxes to climb on or having to rely on kind Gorons to launch him up mountains, because Link has taken lessons from Nathan Drake and can now climb those mountains without needing any help. The days of trying to reach a ledge that is just too high up and shouting at Link to just jump, may be over in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will certainly be good for many a gamer’s blood pressure.


Jumping

As far as skills go, jumping is not the most impressive one, yet it is one that Link has struggled to master in his adventures. To be fair, Link has been able to auto jump in most his recent adventures, but jumping on command has only been possible on the side scrolling ‘the Adventure of Link’. Until now, that is, because in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link can jump to his heart’s desire with a simple press of the button. Now we can finally bunny hop around Hyrule, because it’s totally faster than running.

Wolf taming

If you are prepared to cough up the cost of the Amiibo figurine for Wolf-Link, or got the figure with Twilight Princess for Wii U, you can have your very own wolf in Breath of the Wild. The wolf in question is actually wolf link from the Twilight Princess game. Wolf link can help you hunt for food, herd animals or find loot for you. He’s also really cute. He has three hearts, but you increase them by playing Twilight Princess. If the wolfs hearts run out, he disappears for an unknown time, so be prepared for Dogmeat-levels of stress when your wolf runs into a group of enemies to his doom.  


Paragliding

We’ve seen Link utilize some interesting ways of getting around over the years. From simply running to riding a horse to snowboarding to being carried around in the pouch of a boxing kangaroo. While we probably won’t see Link being carried around by a Kangaroo in Breath of the Wild, Snowboarding does return, alongside another cool form of transportation: paragliding. Paragliding will allow Link to calmly fly into the air, giving you a spell of fresh air as you gaze down at the beautiful landscape of Hyrule below. To be fair, link has been able to glide for some time now using a chicken or a deku leaf, but using an actual paraglider was just too cool not to mention. Plus, the chickens will be glad they’re no longer needed.

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