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As you may know, you have to get through the Yiga Clan Hideout to reach the Vah Nabooris Divine Beast in Zelda Breath of the Wild. And as you also might know, said mission involves stealth. Lots and lots of stealth, past dangerous enemies who can kill you one hit regardless of any fairies or Mipha’s Grace. It’s slow, it’s annoying and for people who don’t like stealth, might be torturous in general.
But luckily, there’s an alternative! Yep, thanks to an all new bug in the game, you can now skip the entirety of the Yiga Clan Hideout without ever encountering a single Blademaster or trap! Here’s a video showing the bug in action:
As well as a handy little text walkthrough for those who prefer it…
So first off, get to the hideout and climb onto the roof. You’ll know you’re in the right area if you can two slightly taller ‘mounds’ sticking out of a giant flat sandy surface. Or if you can see a giant pit in a decorative circle to the north of you.
Then, find a Stalmoblin. These enemies appear from the ground at night, and usually carry either a bow or a Moblin club. Make sure the one you fight has a Moblin Club (or another two-handed weapon).
Once that’s set up, wait until he swings the club horizontally. When he does, press X to do a backflip.
While still in the air, use the Bomb Rune to drop a bomb. Detonate it as Link lands from the dodge.
If done correctly, Link will plummet straight through the ground. Now, depending where you were standing, this is either going to end pretty well or extremely poorly for you.
What do I mean by that? Well, there are three possibilities here:
- You land smack bang in the middle of the hideout, perhaps right in front of a guard. If so, sucks to be you. Your next of kin will be informed in due time.
- Alternatively, you land in the room before the boss fight. If so, congrats. Maybe you should try your luck at the lottery or a casino, because fortune seems to favour you a lot. Open the door with Magnesis, and stroll on out to the Master Kohga battle.
- More likely however, you’ll land just outside of the hideout interior, underneath where the floor would be. While you’re here, the guards have no way at all of seeing you or detecting your presence, so if you want to mess around (like by whistling constantly), go ahead. It’s cathartic.
But if you want to reach the boss… eh, that’s pretty easy too. Just walk around under the floor until you get to the room before the boss, then climb or fly up above the roof. Here, you’ll notice you’re able to use Magnesis outside of bounds, so use it on the door.
Once done, go around in front of the open door, and you should be able to sneak to the loading point and activate the boss battle. Either way, you’ve skipped the most annoying mini dungeon in the game, and you’re now free to fight Kohga and take the Thunder Helm.
It’s a pretty neat if you can pull it off. However, there’s one thing you may want to remember here.
This glitch… is damn hard to use. Seriously, bomb clipping is basically frame perfect in Breath of the Wild, and it’s necessary to use this skip at all.
So, if you can’t pull it off first time, don’t give up. Keep going and you’ll nail it eventually, with all the benefits that entails.
As you may know, WatchMojo is one of the most popular channels on YouTube. Covering everything from TV and films to video games, their videos are usually your standard top ten lists about various subjects. Like the top ten worst selling consoles or the top ten most expensive sci-fi movies.
You know, the typical stuff you find on Buzzfeed like clickbait factories. Poorly researched, minimal effort attention grabbers that often retread the same ground as legions of others beforehand.
But in itself, that’s not a bad thing. After all, top ten lists aren’t a crime against humanity. And hey, everyone does need to just switch off and watch something a bit more mindless every now and again, right?
Well, I guess so. Except there’s just one problem.
Namely, the info in the videos is stolen from other YouTube creators.
Yep, I’m not kidding. All the facts are straight from other people’s work with no credit given.
How do we know this?
Because Guru Larry has seen his whole video ripped off and reused as a WatchMojo list. Yep, they took one of his Fact Hunt videos, noted down the entries there and remade the entire thing as a video on their channel.
Normally, that wouldn’t be too noticeable. Unfortunately for WatchMojo though, Guru Larry was prepared.
That’s because Guru Larry (like many map makers and dictionary writers of old) is known to sneak ‘copyright traps’ into his work. These traps are very minor ‘mistakes’ that can then be used to prove someone stole your data and reused it in their own work. They’re quite common on maps, with ‘trap streets’ often used to prove a mapmaker copied one of their rivals.
And since WatchMojo clearly didn’t do any other research on the topic, they copied the fake information without checking. Good job guys! How lovely of you to tell us where you get your information from now!
Here’s Larry’s tweet about the subject going into a bit more:
Great thing to wake up to, @WatchMojo has literally stolen all the research from my Worst Selling Consoles episode!
— Larry Bundy Jr (@LarryBundyJr) August 10, 2017
As well as Top Hat Gaming Man’s great video about the controversy:
So either way, the cat was out of the bag and Twitter was talking about it. So what did WatchMojo do?
Did they apologise for their actions like mature people would? Take down the video to stop people being fooled by fake information?
Well, not quite. They took down the video sure, but actually admitting they stole someone’s research never factored into it. Instead they sent Guru Larry the following, rather hilarious letter:
WatchMojo's email response to me about them stealing my research: pic.twitter.com/2gvnxhoyC4
— Larry Bundy Jr (@LarryBundyJr) August 10, 2017
As you can see, it’s filled with examples of questionable journalism ethics. For example, why don’t the organisation credit people for their findings?
Because they don’t know said people are the original finders. Yes really. They outright say they won’t credit anyone because they don’t know said people are the ones they should be crediting.
That’s just… wow. Can you imagine if someone did that in school or college?
Like, if they handed in an essay with no citations because they ‘didn’t know’ the researcher was the original discoverer? Or told the lecturer they didn’t credit anyone because they didn’t know whether their sources were the original ones?
They’d probably get thrown off the course. That’s an obvious example of plagiarism, no matter how you cut it.
Yet that’s not all the letter implies.Oh no, it also implies they’re rather terrible at research.
Well, isn’t the job of a journalist about verifying the information they’re posting about? Aren’t journalists supposed to hunt down the source of a piece of information before writing about it?
Yeah, I think they are. But thanks to the fact WatchMojo clearly isn’t finding the original source, it implies the channel’s ‘researchers’ don’t actually do much research at all. That they find whatever a few other YouTubers or writers have said about a topic, copy down the information and merely assume it’s accurate. Verifying stuff? Who has the time for that, right?
Additionally, they also seem to imply they don’t really check their videos for originality all that well either. That’s because their letter goes and says ‘their tool didn’t pick up the similarities to your video’, implying the only thing they do is put the information through an automated plagiarism checker and hope nothing comes up as a match.
That’s again pretty bad for a channel like this. It’s basically admitting that people can send in anything and they’ll post it so long as it doesn’t ‘look’ enough like the source it’s paraphrasing. It feels like one of those cases where someone assumes Copyscape or Turnitin is good enough on its own.
And when you add this to the clear mistakes the channel makes in their videos (Top Hat Gaming Man references the terrible ‘Jaguar sales data’ in his response), you’ve got a lazy, uninspired YouTube channel trying to cash in on other people’s work for their own gain. Which is a trend that’s all too common now. Giant clickbait channels spamming low effort videos based on other people’s work for quick views.
So don’t support these guys. They clearly don’t put a lot of work into their videos, they steal from other people and their journalistic integrity is virtually nil. Treat them like you would Brash Games or other thieves. Organisations you refuse to support for their complete lack of morals and sheer laziness.
Because WatchMojo doesn’t deserve your patronage. And nor do any other such channels who refuse to credit people for their work.
You may remember how a week or so ago, we posted about a Breath of the Wild multiplayer mod in development for CEMU. This mod had pictures of multiple Links on screen, a shadow Link battle and all kinds of other content. The works basically. To the point half the mainstream media ended up writing about it.
But hope isn’t lost for multiplayer Zelda modding! Oh no, it now seems there is a real Zelda multiplayer mod in development!
This mode (based on The Wind Waker and called Hero of the Winds) aims to turn the game into a full blown MMO with item sharing and co-op multiplayer!
So here’s a video discussing the mod by REGNR8:
As you can tell, it’s still in its really early days at the moment. Players don’t exist in the same world. Standard co-op multiplayer features don’t exist. And for the most part, things require a third party application to get working.
However, some aspects of the game do exist even now. For instance, you can send rupees to other players by pressing a button in the bundled app. This acts exactly like you’d expect, with the rupees coming from your wallet and ending up in the other person’s.
Additionally, it also seems to be setting up a system where you can gift other items (like bombs and arrows) to them, and comes with a nice built in chat system so you can view players online and talk to them about the game.
It’s an intriguing start for a system like this, and certainly shows promise.
But its creator (Melon Speedruns) cannot handle this alone. He needs help getting the game fully working with the system, as well as making it so multiplayer can interact in the same version of the Great Sea.
And that’s why it’s putting this news out there. He hopes that people will join him to improve on the setup, and eventually turn The Wind Waker into a full blown MMO with all the features of games like World of Warcraft. Or something similar.
So check it out, and maybe offer him your assistance if you can give it. Because if this project gets completed, it will be the biggest revolution the Zelda series has ever seen!
As is expected in a game as complicated as the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, there are many glitches that can get you out of bounds. There’s horse clipping, where jumping off a horse in front of a wall, then saving and reloading in mid air places you behind said wall. There’s Blood Moon clipping, where enemies respawning on top of you can push you straight through the floor. And there are numerous little tricks you can do with the Travel Medallion as well.
However, there’s a problem with all these methods. They’re situational.
In other words… you need to bring a horse to the point you want to get to. Find a weak part of the geometry the Travel Medallion will let you clip through. Hope for dear god a Blood Moon actually appears when you need it.
It’s annoying, it’s limited and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
But this new bug is different. Why?
Because as the title suggests, it works ANYWHERE in the game. All you need is a monster with an attack you can flurry rush via backflipping.
And there are a lot of those in this game. Heck, your standard Bokoblin with a club is one of them. As is pretty much every Moblin or Lizalfos in the game.
So here’s how to do the glitch:
- Approach the enemy and lock onto them with L
- When they swing to attack, press X to backflip
- While you’re in the air, drop a square bomb
- Finally, detonate said bomb as you land back on the ground.
If you did so correctly, Link will have shot straight through the ground. Here’s a video ‘guide’ if you need it:
However, I’m gonna warn you about one thing here. Basically, this is NOT an easy glitch to use. Unlike the infinite Korok seeds or infinite Compendium pictures bugs I wrote about earlier, you do need very good timing to pull this off.
Because of that, you’re advised not to give up if you struggle a bit here, since this is pretty close to frame perfect. Just keep trying until you nail it.
So what’s the use of this bug you may be wondering?
Well, that’s a good question really. In theory it lets you skip quite a few things, since you can climb up from under the ground rather than having to open doors or activate quests to progress. And given the Trial of the Sword is all on one big map, that might in theory let you skip a large portion of it by merely walking over to a room near the end.
But in practice, it’s more of a fun thing to do than anything else. That’s because the underside of Hyrule is actually a surprisingly beautiful sight. In a very alien planet like way:
[Underneath Hyrule 2]
And it’s also a good way to create Boundary Break episodes too. Want to know what’s at the bottom of the pit Master Kohga falls into?
Well, here you go. Turns out it goes down a surprisingly long way when you look at it from under the floor.
Which is also true of Sheikah Towers too. Seems those actually go quite a few metres further than it looks on the surface for whatever reason:
So yeah, if you’re interested in exploring Hyrule’s mysterious glitchy underworld, give this bug a try. After all, there’s some very interesting stuff behind the scenes here…