Streamer Beats Zelda: Breath of the Wild Using Only Shields

You can get through the entire game without lifting your sword

In an incredibly impressive show of patience, YouTuber and Twitch streamer PointCrow has found a way to beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild without using any weapons whatsoever.

The play through took 27 hours, according to his Twitter, and to pull it off he utilized an infinite jump glitch to help navigate through the game while only using Link’s shield during any combat encounter. That means no melee weapons, bows, or bombs. According to a YouTube video recapping the entire experience, PointCrow decided to attempt this feat after originally beating the game with only shields and bombs, which was disputed as not a “weapons-free” play through on Reddit.

“The reason why we’re doing this, one of the reasons was I wanted to see if it was possible, right,” he said. “I just wanted to see if it was possible to beat Breath of the Wild with only shields. Just straight up, why not? […] There’s a lot of people being like ‘hey, you know our previous challenge of beating the game with no weapons and no bows just didn’t count because we used bombs.’”

Without Link’s sword, bows, or bombs, almost all fights in Breath of the Wild had to be won through shield parries, which reflect enemy attacks back at them. According to the tweet, the shield-only play through requires at least 180 perfect parries to see the game through to the end.

Much of PointCrow’s channel is dedicated to similar Breath of the Wild challenges, including beating the game with only bombs or without any stamina.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Nintendo Switch and Wii U, but the latest game in the series Nintendo has put out is the Switch remake of Link’s Awakening, which sports an updated visual style, gameplay tweaks, and Amiibo support. While the Breath of the Wild is the first in the series to feature an open, living world set up, it wasn’t the first in the series to let the player freely explore the world of Hyrule.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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