Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is finally upon us, and perhaps you already have it? Whether you’re a fan of the original Hyrule Warriors or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or any combination in-between, I’m sure you’re ready to dig into this new adventure. However, for those that may be new to this genre of game, there will be some mechanics to get used to as Age of Calamity is a departure from the typical Zelda experience. With that in mind, here are seven need-to-know tips for getting started on your new Hyrule adventure.
1. Switch between characters and place them strategically.
Early on in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you get the option to switch between playable characters on the fly. While it’s great fun to try out each new character in battle, you also have the ability to call up the map and order your characters to different parts of the battlefield. Since you can switch between your characters at any time, this means that you can strategically place them in different corners of the map and zip between them to achieve location-specific objectives faster. Although, for tougher fights, you may want to call the team back together.
2. Keep an eye out for Korok seeds.
Just like in Breath of the Wild, suspicious objects or locations in Age of Calamity can contain the pesky Koroks! It may be more difficult to keep track of the little green creatures while you battle away, but if you take the time to explore and keep a keen eye out, you’ll be sure to find some — in crates or on bridges, for instance. Collecting Korok seeds will again allow you to expand your weapon inventory slots, making it well worth your time to poke around every nook and cranny of the map!
3. Link smash (for items)!
Some old habits never die, and this holds true for Age of Calamity. Breaking various items strewn across the map, such as crates, can usually yield some useful healing items and ingredients for crafting. The process is even simpler in Age of Calamity, as any dropped items simply fly straight to you. Be sure to unleash Link’s inner menace as grabbing these items will give you a wealth of bonuses like health items to use during combat and the ability to craft food for attack and health buffs. Better still, any rupees you find can be used to acquire new weapons, weapon upgrades, or even to pay to level up your characters and avoid unnecessary grinding.
4. Don’t spam attacks.
It pays to think about your moves in battle. Characters like Impa can use enemies to build up her number of useable clones. Special rune abilities like Remote Bombs and Cryonis can be used to thin out huge crowds. Dodging mini-boss attacks at the last second opens up the chance to use a slow-motion flurry attack (akin to in Breath of the Wild) that can shatter the enemy’s defenses. Likewise, mini-bosses will often have telegraphed symbols to indicate their weaknesses right as they wind up for a big attack, so take advantage of those moments. Finally, each character also has unique combos that can all be useful in their own right, such as using X and then Y to make Link juggle his enemies in air.
5. Mind your surroundings.
As mentioned earlier, there are plenty of boxes to break for rupees and ingredients in Age of Calamity. However, there’s also a lot more to each area of Hyrule than this. Trees can be taken down to get wood, and chests can be found containing weapons too. Enemy outposts that aren’t part of the main objective can be found off the beaten path and tackled to earn extra XP and loot.
Paying attention to your environment helps in combat too. Using Cryonis in a body of water will freeze any nearby enemies, Magnesis can turn metal boxes into weapons, explosive barrels will do massive damage to mini-bosses if you can lure them close enough, and you can kick off any wall or vertical surface for a quick getaway via paraglider.
6. Do the sidequests.
Once you gain access to the Hyrule world map, you’ll quickly notice some small yellow icons. Many of these are optional side activities that let you trade your acquired items for a variety of useful benefits. Some of these can give a character an extra heart or an extended combo attack, while others can provide you with new food recipes for stat buffs and even access to shops like the blacksmith. Be sure to pay attention to what is available on the map after each mission so you don’t miss out on a host of great upgrades.
Icons for quests you can complete right now will glow. If you don’t have the materials to complete a sidequest yet, use the Shiekah Radar unlocked from the Needed: Researchers! quest early in Chapter 2 to be told which stage(s) will grant you the materials you still need.
Completing sidequests is especially important early on when the recommended level for quests jumps from around 5-6 all the way to 16! Make the most of what’s available to you in the early game and give your group of characters the best gear possible for the fights to come.
7. Make the most of those menus.
Between missions, you can customize your characters. Changing your weapons and consuming food for boosts to health and attack power are all a vital part of how the mission might play out. A speed-boosting meal could be just what you need to escape the blast of a Guardian (if you’re not good at parrying), or you might not realize you had a stronger weapon available to you.
You should also be mindful of the party you bring into missions. View their combo attacks and unique moves, and even check what materials will be obtainable from the mission ahead. Knowledge is power, and getting to know the unique strengths of each character and what items you could gain to later use in a sidequest you’ve had your eye on is essential.
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