Nintendo has detailed the first DLC expansion for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Releasing this Summer on Wii U and Switch, this first expansion adds the trial the sword, a new hard mode, a new feature for the map, and more.
The new "Trial of the Sword" challenge will put players' skills to test as they face an onslaught of enemies, one wave after another. Link starts the challenge without any equipment or weapons. When all the enemies in a room are defeated, Link proceeds to the next.Completing all the trials (about 45 rooms in total) will awaken the power of the Master Sword, and it will always be in its glowing powered-up state while usable.
In Hard Mode, enemies gradually regain health and are also powered up by one level. For example, Red Bokoblins in Normal mode are now Blue Bokoblins. Enemies can also have higher maximum levels than they would in Normal mode. In addition, there will be hidden treasures floating in the sky.
Hero's Path is a new map feature that shows the path Link has walked through Hyrule from the last 200 hours of gameplay. Use the time tracker bar to see where you've spent the most time and where you have yet to explore. There's bound to be more adventures and maybe a shrine or two on the road less traveled.
Along with these additions, the first DLC expansion also includes the following equipment:
- Travel Medallion: Somewhere in the world, there is a chest with a Travel Medallion inside. When you use this, you can register your current location as a fast travel point on the map. You can only register one location using the Travel Medallion.
- Korok Mask: This mask is also hidden in a treasure chest somewhere in the world. While wearing this mask, it shakes whenever Link is near a hidden Korok location. There are 900 Koroks hiding in Hyrule, so this should help you discover quite a few of them.
- Themed Armor: There are 8 treasure chests placed around Hyrule containing armor themed after previous The Legend of Zelda titles.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting a second DLC expansion this Holiday.