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.