The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is receiving its first DLC, The Master Trails, for the Switch and Wii U this summer and the second pack comes in holiday 2017. Both come as a bundle for $19.99. The details have been a bit sparse as to what these DLCs include, but now we have them in full for The Master Trials. The latter will include a few new modes: The Trail of the Sword, Hard Mode, and Hero’s Path Mode. As well as new equipment, some just for looks and some with more use.
The Trial of the Sword
Also known as the Cave of Trials Challenge, players enter this area and must defeat all enemies in a given room before moving on. Link starts out with no armor or weapons, so you must gain them carefully as you go. There is a total of 45 rooms to complete if you so choose, and once you’re done, you’ll get to have the Master Sword permanently in it’s powered up state.
In this thrilling mode, enemies are levelled up by one, for example normal Bokoblins are now Blue Bokoblins. Some enemies will also regain health if you don’t defeat them quickly enough, you’ll also be easier to spot if you plan on sneaking by so be extra careful. If all that wasn’t enough, there are not airborne enemies, held aloft by planks tied to balloons. These floating enemies are scattered throughout Hyrule and you can collect awesome treasure when you defeat them.
Hero’s Path Mode
If you’ve played Dragon Age: Inquisition, this may seem familiar to you. This mode will trace your steps on the map up to 200 hours of play time, with a timeline slider so you can track when you’ve been where. This may seem like it will end up being a confusing mess, but it will help you figure out which places you have and have not been to yet. Which makes the 200 hour period make more sense.
Now onto the equipment! This handy Travel Medallion will allow players to create a temporary fast-travel point on the map where they are currently standing. Once marked, you can run off and fast-travel to that point whenever you like. Unfortunately, only one such fast-travel point can be made at a time.
Been on the prowl for all those darn Koroks? Well, this summer you can wear the Korok Mask, which will make Korok locations easier to find, as the mask will shake if they are nearby. You will also receive new costumes, such as Midna, Tingle , Phantom Guard, and Majora’s Mask. Midna’s helmet and Majora’s mask are only head pieces, so you can match those with whatever you like. As much as I loathe Tingle, Link does look very silly in the Tingle costume and I can’t help but approve.
I think that all sounds totally worth it. The game already has enough replay-ability with the huge open world that it is, but these new modes with promising rewards would keep anyone coming back just to see how far they can get with hard mode.
As side, more audio languages are available now. These include Japanese, English, French (France and Canada), German, Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Italian and Russian. All you need to do is download the software update, or for the Wii U, get it for free on the Nintendo eShop as the Voice Pack.