It's been over two years since The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild hit the shelves alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch and fans worldwide are still falling in love with this new and fresh installation in the Zelda franchise. With hours upon hours of magnificent gameplay, Breath of the Wild has set a new standard for the quality of games the fanbase has come to expect from Nintendo.
This past E3 we got an exciting announcement about a BOTW sequel, but no release date. This fueled up the Zelda hype train all over again. If you’re looking for some new Zelda experiences to curb your cravings, but have long since beat the main story of BOTW, look no further. Here are 10 things to do after beating the main story in Breath of the Wild.
10 Buy a House
The Hyrule housing market isn’t looking so good but it's time to start thinking about settling down. If you visit Hateno Village, you can start your journey towards becoming a “Hylian Homeowner!"
Once you’re in Hateno Village, you will see three men standing outside of an abandoned house. You’ll want to talk to the boss, Bolson (he’s the one with the pink headband, impossible to miss). He will then offer to sell you the house for 3,000 Rupees and 30 bundles of wood. Once you purchase your new home, you can return to Bolson and hire him to make renovations to your house. After that, you'll be able to hang bows, weapons, and shields on your walls. A completed home will also offer you a place to sleep anytime you want, fully restoring your health.
9 Travel the Countryside
Breath of the Wild is arguably one of the most gorgeous games to come out of Nintendo - or any game studio ever. The open-world map is the largest to be featured in a Zelda title. At an impressive 23.7 square miles, this massive open world is almost the exact size of Manhattan!
That being said, there is a lot of world to explore. It's always a good time to slow down, grab your horse, and try to experience every corner of Hyrule. The new horse riding mechanic is not only fun, but gives you efficient transportation for your journey. So stop by the stable, saddle up, and enjoy the view. Remember to snag some pictures along the way.
8 Find All the Korok Seeds
Koroks have been a staple in the Zelda franchise for almost two decades. First appearing in the GameCube classic, The Legend of Zelda Windwaker, as the spirits of the forest, they make their return to the adventure in BOTW.
By now, you’ve probably already uncovered a few Koroks hiding throughout Hyrule. You may have even exchanged their seeds for some upgraded storage. However, there are a total 900 Koroks to be found scattered around the map. Seems pretty daunting, huh? Don’t worry, it only takes 441 to max out your inventory. Just think about how happy you’ll make Hetsu with all those seeds.
7 Redesign Your Wardrobe
Breath of the Wild features a large variety of clothes that offer a bunch of different abilities and styles for Link to explore. However, every outfit may not come in your favorite color… But you can change that! All you have to do to spice up your wardrobe is visit the Kochi Dye Shop, which can be found in Hateno Village.
Koichi Dye Shop is easy to spot because of the giant multi-colored test tubes that can be seen right above the store. Once inside, you’ll want to chat with Sayge, who will explain all of your clothes dying options. Each project will cost you 20 rupees, and require specific items that correlate with the color you’re trying to achieve. Also, don’t worry about experimenting with colors, anything you dye can be reverted to its original color. So have fun with it.
6 Explore the Labyrinths
Breath of the Wild offers a new exciting dungeon-style challenge in the form of the three Labyrinths located throughout Hyrule. Lomei Labyrinth Island is the first of the Labyrinths and can be found in the Akkala region. In the Hebra region, you can find the North Lomei Labyrinth. And finally, in the Gerudo Desert lies the South Lomei Labyrinth.
Each Labyrinth is guarded by Guardians, but if you can get past them you’ll find all sorts of cool treasures. If you have the heart containers and weapons to bear the challenge, battling your way through the Labyrinths will be plenty worth the trouble. So gear up and good luck!
5 Finish Up the Shrines
One of the most unique experiences of Breath of the Wild is the addition of the mini-dungeons called shrines, each of which features a unique puzzle or challenge. Upon completion, you are rewarded with a Spirit Orb, which you can offer to Hylia in exchange for a heart container or an endurance boost.
By the time you’ve finished the main story, you’ve probably completed at least a handful. But there are a total of 120 shrines to explore throughout the land of Hyrule. Just under half of those are exposed after completing a Shrine Quest. Shrine Quests operate in the same style as the puzzles, but they take place out in the open. In most cases, upon completing a Shrine Quest, a shrine will appear without an additional task inside. In those instances, you can just enter the shrine and claim your prize.
4 Hunt Down the Lynells
Breath of the Wild introduces its audience to a new, incredibly challenging foe: The Lynells. There are four types of Lynells you’ll encounter in your journey across Hyrule. The most basic form of Lynell will have a red mane and be the least challenging to defeat. The blue-maned Lynell will be the next in line in terms of difficulty, followed by the White Lynell, and finally the Silver Lynell.
Any Lynell you battle will be a difficult task, but in the end it will be worth it. Each Lynell will drop a Lynel Horn, a Lynel Hoof, a Lynel Guts, and possibly some powerful melee weapons. If you’ve beat the game and want more of a challenge, hunting down a Lynell might be exactly what you’re looking for.
3 Become a Master Chef
Cooking is another unique mechanic introduced in Breath of the Wild. If you’ve beaten the main story, you’ve undoubtedly spent some time around the fire cooking up some concoctions. However, there are over 100 different dishes you can make with a bunch of different combinations.
Unfortunately, the game does not feature a mechanic that allows you to catalog your newly found recipes, so you might have to resort to an old fashioned way of keeping track of your dishes. If you’re looking for something to do, spend some time doing a little hunting in the forest, or gather some herbs from a field. With a little time and effort you can master all the food combinations Hyrule has to offer.
2 Finish Up the Side Quests
Side quests have always been a part of the Zelda franchise, but due to Breath of the Wild’smassive open map, they play a bigger role than ever before. With a whopping 76 in total, it's incredibly easy to find yourself spending more time with side quests than on the main story.
Side quests can be spotted when a character you encounter has a red exclamation point next to their text bubble. Make sure you revisit areas you’ve already been to see if any new side quests have popped up. Completing all the side quests will add lots of enriching hours of gameplay to your BOTW experience.
1 Buy the DLC
Breath of the Wild is already a massive game with hours upon hours of available gameplay. However, if you reached a point where you’re craving something more, there are currently two expansion packs available to purchase. The first expansion pack is titled “The Master Trials,” which adds The Trial of the Sword, Master Mode, Hero's Path Mode, the travel medallion, and new armor to the game.
The second expansion pack, “The Champions Ballad," features the addition of The Champions’ Ballad, nine new armors, and an ancient bridle and saddle to your copy of Breath of the Wild. Both expansion packs are now available for purchase and you can get both DLCs for only $19.99 (USD).