Last Friday, Nintendo released the Champion’s Ballad DLC for The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Based around Link exploring new shrines and conquering new challenges to find out about the Champions and their backstory from before the Calamity struck, the expansion is a complex affair, adding tons of new armour sets to find and things to do.
As a result, it’s quite easy to get stuck and struggle to progress in the expansion. Whether it’s finding the new armour, activating the extra shrines or clearing the new dungeon, every step is filled with little things that may make you struggle for whatever reason.
But that’s where we come in! Thanks to our handy new FAQ for the Champion’s Ballad DLC pack, we’ve answered all your questions about the DLC, as well as various questions you probably wouldn’t think of asking but may want to read about anyway. So, if you’re interested and want to find out how this whole thing works, keep reading!
Starting with a few answers to the more basic questions you may have about the game. These aren’t shrine or quest specific, but they should at least help with some overall queries you may have about the DLC or its quality as a whole, as well as the structure it uses.
Where do I get the expansion?
If you’ve bought the Expansion Pass, you get it by updating the game from the Switch menu.
Does the expansion need a new save file?
Does it take place after Ganon as a postgame?
Is it a prequel set hundreds of years in the past?
There are memories from back then, but the actual gameplay takes place in the present day.
Do you play as Zelda or the Champions?
No, just Link
And how do I actually start it?
Well, you’ll need to have beaten all four Divine Beasts first. Once you’ve done that, Zelda will send you a message saying you should head back to the Shrine of Resurrection and place the Sheikah Slate in the terminal. This makes the One Hit Obliterator appear, and the quest begins.
Wait, what’s the quest format here?
It’s basically a challenge on the Plateau, a bunch of shrine missions related to the champions and then the new dungeon promised earlier.
There’s a new dungeon?
Yes, and it comes with quite the interesting final boss too.
Oh, okay. What about the armour? Where can I get that?
From various chests found in the world. Our guide will list them soon.
How about the horse armour?
Same deal, they’ll be in the upcoming guide.
And what does the horse armour even do?
The Ancient Bridle gives your horse two extra stamina when equipped, and the Ancient Saddle lets you teleport your horse to you when you whistle, regardless of where in the world you are at the time.
So it’s like how Epona worked in past games?
How do the extra spurs work?
They’re added on top of your horse’s stamina, to a maximum of ten. So if your horse has five spurs naturally, then it’ll get two from the Bridle and three more if it eats an Endura Carrot.
It doesn’t work on Epona or the Giant Horse, since you can’t change their bridle or saddle.
Okay, makes sense. What effects does the armour have?
The following ones:
- Royal Guard Uniform: Decreases the amount of stamina used for any action. So swimming, climbing and spin attacking uses less stamina now.
- Phantom Ganon Armour: Increases the power of bone based weapons (like Dragonbone Clubs or Stalkoblin Arms), acts as a disguise to stop enemies attacking (like Majora’s Mask) and makes you stealthier.
- Ravio’s Hood: Increases sideways climbing speed
- Zant’s Helmet: Stops you from being frozen by ice attacks. Like the Thunder Helm, except for ice stuff.
- Island Lobster Shirt: Grants heat resistance, for desert exploration purposes.
Is any of it useful?
Well, Zant’s Helmet is a nice thing to have when exploring the Hebra region (since it means you don’t need to equip the whole Snowquill Set), the Royal Guard Uniform is a decent exploring kit (because it reduces stamina usage for actions) and the Phantom Ganon Armour has neat side effects, but they’re all pretty situational.
Can any of this armour be upgraded?
No. Annoying, I know, especially given how amiibo armour always seems to be upgradable. Hmm.
Can the armour be dyed?
No. Seems like any DLC or amiibo armour can’t be dyed for whatever reason.
What’s with the tall shrines?
They’re shrines exclusive to this expansion pack. That’s it, they don’t act any differently from any other shrine you may come across.
What’s the deal with the bike?
It’s called the Master Cycle Zero, and acts as a new means of transport in this expansion. If you want to know more about how it works (and don’t mind spoilers), read the spoiler questions below.
Will there be more DLC in future?
Maybe. There’s a special broadcast about the game coming on the 12th December, and with the Champion’s Ballad already out, it’s anyone’s guess to what exactly will be included in it.
Honestly, if I had to be the guessing type, I’d say we’re getting at least two more expansions for the game, since the total number of upgrades you can get is always two short of a full health bar and stamina wheel. Add how a non amiibo player will still be short of armour, how the term ‘Expansion Pass’ likely implies more than just two expansions and how most Zelda games take time to develop, and I can see Breath of the Wild getting regular updates for another year or so just to hold people off until the next big game.
However, the real answer is that we don’t know. Nothing has been said one way or the other yet.
Wait, you’re limited in how much armour you can hold?
Yeah, at 100 pieces. It’s the same reason you can permanently lose the Thunder Helm or Champion’s Shirt if your inventory is full (since it doesn’t expand to accommodate them, and NPC gifted armour has questionable ‘checks’ for validity.
Damn, that sucks. Still, can I at least get duplicates of the DLC armour if I lose it?
Yes, you can repurchase DLC armour from Grante in Tarrey Town. You can also buy at least one copy of each set there too, meaning you can now have multiple copies of any DLC armour you like.
Last but not least, should I actually buy the Expansion Pass? Is the Champion’s Ballad (or earlier Master Trials) expansion worth the price?
Honestly, it depends on how much you liked Breath of the Wild without the DLC.
Did you adore it and think the game was one of the best ever made?
If so, buy the Expansion Pass. Both packs are literally just more of what you liked the first time around, and both the new armour and additional shrines/challenges are as well designed as the stuff in the original game.
However, if you didn’t like it that much…
These expansions will not change your mind on the matter. They don’t revolutionise the gameplay, they don’t replace the whole story, they don’t add giant traditional Zelda dungeons to the overworld and the number of new enemies introduced is fairly minimal.
So that ends our first set of questions. If you want to avoid spoilers, stop reading now, since the ones below are all about specific issues people may have in the expansion. If not (or you’re just plain stuck in one of the new shrines or challenges), keep reading!
Great news GR readers and Bayonetta fans, it was announced a special edition for the Switch will release which the bundle includes a game card with Bayonetta 2, a download code for Bayonetta 1, a SteelBook, Verse cards and stickers as pictured above. Japan will also get extra pleasure in getting a special edition, called the Non-Stop Climax Edition which includes physical game cards for both Bayonetta 1 and 2.
Both bundles are only announced for EU and Japan, no word yet on a United States release at this time.
Well, it’s finally here. After all that uncertainty and all those rumours, the Champion’s Ballad DLC has been released for the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. It’s a very surprising release, especially given the lack of build-up (they literally announced it straight after the game won Game of the Year at the 2017 Game Awards), but it’s a welcome one none the less.
So, here’s a trailer for the expansion:
As well as a few pages explaining more of what’s included. Yeah, the content online about it is a tad brief, but hey. It’s early days yet, and our own walkthrough/FAQ dealio is still being written. When that’s done, you’ll know far more about this content than ever.
For now, though, check out the trailer and download the update! It’s well worth it, and a million miles better than the first DLC pack released this year. Go get it Zelda fans!
Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC Details (official site)
Ever since 2013’s Scribblenauts Unmasked, it seems like the Scribblenauts has been stuck in limbo. With a sequel called Fighting Words cancelled in 2014 due to company issues and many developers laid off at 5th Cell after financial problems there, the sad reality seems to have been that despite interest in the series, its developers just weren’t in a good enough shape to make any more of it.
However, it seems that may be about to end! Why? Because as the title suggests, an intriguing entry on a Taiwanese rating board site lists a new Scribblenauts game in development! Titled Scribblenauts Showdown, this game is seemingly a Switch title due to be released sometime in December. Here’s a picture of the listing if you want to see it for yourself:
As well as a link to the page in question.
There’s obviously not too much info available just yet, but it’s seemingly proof of a new title none the less.
So yeah, it seems Scribblenauts’ time in limbo is over, and that the dev team have a new game to work on in the series.
Let’s just hope it’s successful enough to bring the brand back into the limelight, okay?
Scribblenauts Showdown Leaked (Nintendo Everything)