Ready for a challenge? Hopefully you are, because The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s difficult new The Master Trials DLC launches in a little under two weeks. Nintendo dropped a new trailer for The Master Trials and its follow-up DLC pack The Champions’ Ballad during their E3 2017 video presentation, and showed off much more of The Master Trials during a meaty half-hour Treehouse Live @ E3 2017 stream.
The footage shows off the game’s Hard Mode and the footstep tracking Hero’s Path mode, but the highlight is a first peek at Trial of the Sword, which challenges you to best an extra-nasty new Shrine. The Trial strips you off all your gear, healing items and weapons, and tasks you with battling through 45 floors of tough enemies. Ah, but if you succeed your Master Sword will always be powered up, even when you’re not at full health. Nice!
Here’s a full listing of everything included in Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials:
Trial of the Sword
When you get to a certain sacred location, you can take on the new "Trial of the Sword" challenge. 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. Clear all the trials (about 45 rooms in total), and the power of the Master Sword will be awakened, and it will always be in its glowing powered-up state while usable.
Hero's Path Mode
This new map feature 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.
In Hard Mode, enemies gradually regain health, so take them out as quickly as possible. All enemies 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. Look up, and you may also find enemies and treasure chests in the sky!0comments
The DLC also includes new armor, a mask that detects nearby Koroks, and other goodies.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials launches on June 30. You can check out WWG’s latest Breath of the Wild coverage, right here.