Zelda: Breath of the Wild Tries to Annihilate Player, Player Unleashes Obscene Skill

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Tries to Annihilate Player, Player Unleashes Obscene Skill

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has received innumerable accolades since its 2017 release, but I still believe we don't say enough about its brilliant physics engine. At least Japan's obsession with showing off crazy Breath of the Wild tricks on social media reminds us how much work Nintendo put into making Link and his foes move like actual living creatures.

I use the term "actual living creatures" a bit loosely, because no human or animal is capable of emulating Link's smooth moves in these videos. The latest example of "Wow!" comes courtesy of @zb_yuhudaddy, who targets and destroys a veritable platoon of Guardian enemies with some clever shield-switching and beam-reflecting.

There's a deep trench running through Breath of the Wild's Hyrule, and within that trench you'll find this very ruined Temple. It's absolutely stuffed with Guardians, the most lethal enemy in the game. You're supposed to dodge each attack and duck in and out of shelter as you snipe each foe with arrows, but who's got time for that? Life is short, and the clock is ticking. Just use your stock of shields to return every single Guardian beam to its sender, and switch between them as they break from the impact. It's easy. I can do it. I just don't wanna.

Breath of the Wild took home tons of awards in 2017, and speedrunners from around the world keep finding mind-bending ways to exploit its robust physics. If you're thinking of taking your very first dive into the Nintendo Switch's iteration of Hyrule (do it!), you'll want to check out our massive selection of Breath of the Wild strategy guides, hints, and tips.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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