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The Legend of Zelda Pot Lid Mastery Shows the Depth of Breath of the Wild Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has never looked more professional than in this perfect pot lid gameplay takedown of Guardians.

I thought I was pretty good at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s absolutely my most played game on the Nintendo Switch, and I’ve been playing it literally since before launch. But after watching a gamer take on six Guardians with a collection of pot lids, I think it’s time for me to hang up my Master Sword and dive into 2D Zelda games.

What am I talking about? Yesterday one of the best feats I have seen in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took place and was captured. Let me set the stage:

Link, tired and broken climbs to the top of a summit within a Temple. Completely stripped of any armor, he is weak and weary — carrying the base minimum of Breath of the Wild, half of a Heart. Instantly, six Guardians lock on to his position. Link raises the only combat item in his inventory: a pot handle.

Then, in a heartbeat, we see some precision-perfect item switching. As each laser hits and dissolves the pot lid, Link switches out with another lid. Narrowly escaping death, the lasers reflect and manage to kill all six Guardians in the room. Link stands triumphant. Six explosions go off in the background–the deed is done.

[BoTW] When you were partying, I studied the pot lid from r/zelda

In all seriousness, this highlights the continued growth of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay as people grow the meta and deepen the skillset. Whether it is for the speedrunning community or just to discover interesting facts about how the game has been played. It’s been pointed out that the shields aren’t breaking (like I mention in the dramatic re-telling). Instead, we are seeing pause buffering — a technique to remove the cooldown between parries.

For a quick example, here is an expert Breath of the Wild player taking on some of the deadlier foes in The Legend of Zelda with the same kind of finesse as a DMC player:

[BoTW] Playing the game like Devil May Cry (@Switch_movie_SS) from r/zelda

While The Legend of Zelda community should never be doubted, it’s always super interesting to see the level of commitment continually brought to the Nintendo Switch classic. This includes the father who created a custom Xbox Adaptive Controller to let their daughter play the game. Then we have another BotW fan recreating a ton of the in-game weapons.

If you haven’t picked the game up yet (and most have), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. You can grab that game via Amazon to help support the site, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile, a sequel will be in the works, coming out in 2020.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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