Unlike past games in the series, getting arrows in the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is not always the easiest thing in the world. Enemies don’t drop them unless they’ve got a bow, grass and bushes don’t hold them like in past games, and while shops do sell them, their supplies are usually limited, and cap off at around the 200 mark or so.
However, help is now at hand. Why? Because thanks to the Breath of the Wild speedrunning Discord, a new way to farm arrows has been found in the game. What’s more, it’s both trivially easy to pull off and entirely free too!
Here’s how you can pull it off:
Firstly, make sure you’ve got the following items nearby:
- A multishot bow, like a Lynel one
- At least one arrow.
- A source of fire. This should ideally be either a campfire or a cooking pot
- Something arrows would get stuck in, like a tree or wooden object
Once that’s set up, you then need to take out your bow, and dip the arrow in the fire. Do that, and then shoot the thing at the tree.
This will cause the arrow to get stuck in the tree. However, as it turns out…
You don’t just get one arrow back from it. Nope, because your bow shot multiple arrows, you get as many arrows back as you shot out. This is a pretty damn good exchange rate, especially if your bow can shoot 5 arrows at once like some of the special Lynel ones can!
And it all works because Breath of the Wild does one little thing for player convenience. Namely…
It only uses one arrow per shot, regardless of how many your bow supposedly fires. So, while you only use up one arrow while shooting the tree, the game gives you back up to 5 arrows when you go and pick them up afterwards. It’s basically an infinite source of ammunition.
Plus, it’s quick too. In my video of the trick (shown below), I managed to go from 36 arrows all the way to 105 arrows in merely 2 minutes. Hence if you’re got about 15 minutes to spare (as well as a few disposable bows to use), you can easily make it all the way up to the 999-arrow cap without batting an eyelid.
Try it out if you can. It’s much easier on your wallet to going to all those Hyrulian shops!