In cold areas Link loses health over time. This can be overcome by carrying torches to keep warm, moving between campfires, and eating certain cooked food. This is tricky, though, and it's a much better option to acquire a nice warm set of clothing in the form of the Warm Doublet. You might think you can make do using fire, but in the long run this side quest is well worth undertaking. In this guide we'll explain how to surive cold areas in Breath of the Wild.
If you've already got the Warm Doublet or just don't fancy it for some reason, head over to our Breath of the Wild quest Walkthroughs and general tips article.
Getting the Warm Doublet from the Old Man
The Warm Doublet is offered to you by the Old Man, but it comes at a price. By reading The Old Man's diary (found in the hut near the southern edge of the Great Plateau) you discover a partial recipe for a delicious and warming Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry.
The Old Man can only remember that it mixes raw meat, spicy pepper and one other ingredient. If you can figure out what the third ingredient is, the Warm Doublet is yours. Head elsewhere for a large list of the best recipes in Breath of the Wild.
Complete recipe for Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry
- Raw meat - from boar
- Hyrule Bass - from pond (use bomb to kill fish then go down and take)
- Spicy Pepper
Thankfully all three ingredients are very easy to find. Raw meat can be obtained by killing any of the larger animals, such as a wild boar. While they spook easily, creep up and shoot them with an arrow and they don't take much to go down.
Hyrule Bass is in plentiful supply in the lake located near the centre of the Great Plateau. Toss a bomb into the water and detonate in order to send a few tasty fish to an explosive end. Now they are floating on the surface you can jump down and grab whatever you want. Spicy peppers are equally easy to find, with plants growing in numerous locations around the area.
With three ingredients in hand return to the Old Man's hut. Go to your inventory and hold the raw meat, Hyrule Bass and the Spicy Pepper. Return to the game, stand next to the cooking pot and you'll have to option to cook what you're holding. This will give you Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry.
Wait for the old man to return to his hut and sit by the cooking pot, then start a conversation with him. Tell him you've already cooked something and he'll see it's his forgotten Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry. The Old Man then rewards you with his Warm Doublet. Equip the Warm Doublet from the equipment menu and you'll have permanent resistance to the cold weather found in areas home to the Keh Namut Shrine and the Owa Daim Shrine.
Be careful not to wander into cold areas without the Doublet on. You'll get different items of clothing that grant alternative perks and may well switch them up to suit the area you're in. If you find yourself losing health, chances are you forgot to put this snug outfit back on.
How to Venture Into the Cold Without the Warm Doublet
If you'd rather head out into the cold without obtaining the Warm Doublet you do have options. Cooking raw meat and Spicy Pepper results in a Spicy Pepper Steak, which gives you three minutes of immunity to the cold. If you stock up you could venture far. Combine this with campfires and lit torches and you'll be relatively safe from the cold. Completing the simple task of cooking the Spicy Meat and Seafood Fry is, however, the better option.
The Warm Doublet can also be bought from Hateno Village, which you'll get to when unlocking the camera at the ancient tech lab.
Now you have the knowledge needed to conquer the cold areas found when tackling the trials in the Keh Namut Shrine and the Owa Daim Shrine. It's also worth getting as many rupees as possible and learning how to kill Guardians.
Cooking is one of Breath of the Wild's core mechanics so it's worth investing some time in learning what you can cook and what effects each meal has on Link.
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