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Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1 guide: The Master Trials explained, including new item and gear locations

The Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1: Trial of the Sword is the first of two add-on chunks of content coming to the huge Switch and Wii U adventure.

The first adds new modes and features that expands the existing world: a harder Master Mode, a new special Trial, a Hero's Path Mode, new equipment, and a new method of fast travel with the Travel Medallion, with this Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1 guide explaining how to access them all.

There are also several expansion pass chests which give you bonus items and a fancy Nintendo Switch shirt.

If you're after help for the main game itself, then consult our Zelda: Breath of the Wild walkthrough and guide.

What is inside Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1 and how do you access it?

When you purchase the expansion pass and patch the game to the latest version (on Switch, select the Zelda game icon, press the + button then System Update) you'll be told about all the new content on the home screen. Here's a quick recap:

Loading into your save will activate all the quests, which must be completed before you can access their relevant additions. Hero's Path will be available from the off, while Master Mode will be accessible immediately from the main menu.

New features in Zelda DLC 1: The Master Trials

Three key additions to the gameplay itself in Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a harder Master Mode, and a special Trial, known as Trial of the Sword, and the Hero's Map addition.

Master Mode

Master Mode will let players take on Breath of the Wild at an increased difficulty, using a fresh and separate save file accessed from the main menu.


Highlights include:

  • All enemies have an increased 'rank', so Red Bokoblins instead appear as Blue, and so on.
  • Tougher enemies appear in traditionally 'low-level' locations - such as Lynels on the Great Plateau.
  • There are "higher-ranking enemies you won't find through normal play", according to Nintendo, so expect a few new surprises.
  • Enemies recover health during battle, and spot you earlier as you approach.
  • Floating rafts held aloft by balloons appear around Hyrule, holding enemies and treasure chests.
  • Just one manual save and one auto-save will be available.

Needless to say it's a very tough challenge that requires more care in combat than ever before - both in choosing your battles and retaining the few items you have - so make sure you've at least sunk a few hours into the regular version of the game before even attempting.

Trial of the Sword

The Trial of the Sword is the new name for what was initially announced as the Cave of Trials - a feature that was also present in previous Zelda games like Twilight Princess and Wind Waker, under the guise of the Cave of Ordeals and Savage Labyrinth.


This unique location will be accessible to those with the DLC once it's released, and features a special Trial with a particularly great reward for dedicated players.

Inside, you'll be stripped of all your items - including weapons and armour - and need to defeat wave after wave of enemies. After progressing through around 45 rooms worth of them, you'll gain a special prize: an improvement for your Master Sword.


With Trial of the Sword completed, the Master Sword will be 'awakened'; it'll be forever powered-up to level 60 without a cooldown. As it will still be unbreakable, it becomes perhaps the most useful weapon in the game.

Note that:

  • You need to have the Master Sword unlocked before you can play the Trial. Once you have it, put it back in its pedestal to start the trial.
  • Weapons, armour and items are removed, but your hearts and stamina remain - so it pays to visit as many Shrines as possible beforehand.
  • There are 45 floors, with two breaks along the way one third and two thirds of the way through which you can resume from. If you die between these respite periods, you have to start back at the last one. Starting from one of these wipes your inventory once more.
  • Someone has already beaten Trial of the Sword, with a surprisingly long time of four hours, which you can watch in full below:

Hero's Path

Hero's Path mode is a new tracking system that will be available as soon as you obtain the DLC. Essentially, it shows your following your path throughout your playthrough of the game so far, which you can rewind and fast forward and will.

The main use for this is tracking where you have and haven't been - or perhaps where abouts exactly that one cool thing was that you scrambled around that unidentifiable hilltop trying to reach one time.

It tracks back as far as a remarkable 200 hours of gameplay, so you can rest relatively easy in that most, if not all, of your playthrough will be tracked by it. And yes, it's been tracking you from launch, so it'll work on any save file you throw at it.


New gear locations in Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1 The Master Trials

Finally, some new equipment and items will be available in the Master Trials DLC. As soon as you load the game you receive quests to start them, and we have specific locations for each as follows:


It's worth noting that the above items cannot be upgraded like traditional gear in the original adventure. So while the latter set have additional abilities - such as increasing your running speed at night while wearing the Tingle costumes - they won't be as potent defence-wise as end-game armour.

That said, for new adventures or sheer novelty, they are well worth tracking down. As the game mentions, all of these are one-of-a-kind, so make sure you don't delete them from your inventory!

Thanks to a new update, it's now possible to play Zelda Breath of the Wild in VR. Want help with the main game? Our Zelda: Breath of the Wild walkthrough can help complete Divine Beasts Vah Ruta, Vah Rudiana, Vah Medoh and Vah Naboris and more. There's also how to get the Master Sword, Hylian Shield and all Zelda Captured Memories and Great Fairy Fountain locations, while our Shrines locations and Shrine maps hub explains where to find and solve every puzzle room, including dragon locations and Labyrinth solutions. We also have a DLC 1 guide and DLC 2 guide, including all Tingle, Majora's Mask, Phantom, Midna outfit locations.

Zelda DLC Expansion Pass chest locations

As well as the above, as part of buying the Expansion Pass you'll also have access to three chests within the starting Great Plateau area. Even if you started the game, you can head back and grab them.

Ruby: This chest is next to the Oman Au Shrine with the Magnesis Trial.


Bomb Arrow x5: From the Kah Namut Shrine with the Cryonis Trial, run round the back and look to the south. The chest is visible on the outside wall below - just jump or glide down and open it.


Nintendo Switch shirt: Head to the Ja Baij Shrine with the Bomb Trial, and climb the wall opposite.


Like the other outfits above, make sure you don't delete the shirt, as there is no way you'll be able to get another. Enjoy!

What we know about other Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC

The Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC is available only through a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass, which is available to order now.

To be clear, purchasing the Expansion Pass is the only way to get either of the DLC packs, so it's all or nothing. The bundle itself costs £17.99, or €19.99.

This first DLC, The Master Trials, is the first of the two that feature in the Expansion pass, with the other - the Champion's Ballad - coming at some point in winter 2017.

The second DLC will focus on Zelda and the four champions who fought and died 100 years before the events of the main game. As our announcement story speculates, could we be exploring the world of Hyrule of 100 years ago, and possibly be playing Zelda herself?

The pack will release with four new amiibo - based on the four champions - which can be purchased together in a pack. Their functionality has yet to be revealed.

Additional reporting by Chris Tapsell


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wiki Guide

The DLC packs contain the following features - some of which have not been elaborated on yet:

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass Bonus (Available March 3rd):

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion - DLC Pack 1 - The Master Trials

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion - DLC Pack 2 - The Champions' Ballad

Released on December 7, 2017 to coincide with the final launch trailer shown at The Game Awards, the Champion's Ballad provides the closure to 100 lost years of since the fall of the champions prior to the beginning of the main quest. New weapons, armor and other gear feature throughout, from the "Master Cycle Zero" that serves as the extended storyline's completion bonus, to additional series throwbacks on top of the Master Trials drops (up to and including the the fan-favorite "lobster tunic" from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker). Additional challenges and trials have been introduced as well. Most importantly, the extended story provides us with a full and complete look at the final moments of the fallen champions as introduced during the main quest.

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The Champions' Ballad DLC pack was the second expansion for Zelda Breath of the Wild, and takes place after the events of the main game. In this guide to the Zelda Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC, we'll be walking you through how to get started with the second DLC expansion for the game.

How to Start Zelda Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC 2

The Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2 marks the second and final DLC update for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. To initiate the Champions' Ballad quest, you need to have defeated all four Divine Beasts in the main game, but you don't have to have taken down Calamity Ganon himself. Refer to our guides on each Divine Beast just below, if you've still got them left to complete.

Once you've completed all four Divine Beasts, you'll hear Zelda call to Link, telling him to return to the Shrine of Resurrection on The Great Plateau, to the point at which you first got the Sheikah Slate. This marks the very beginning of the main Champions' Ballad DLC quest, but it it's far from the only activity you can take on in the new DLC Pack 2.

After you've activated the terminal where you were first given the Sheikah Slate, you'll be tasked with taking down four camps of monsters, in order to master a Divine Beast. However there's a catch to this, as although you're given the powerful One-Hit Obliterator weapon, Link's health is reduced to one quarter of a heart, meaning that you'll die if you take a single hit.

Just below, you'll find our comprehensive guides leading on from this point in The Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2:

How to get the Master Cycle Zero Bike in Breath of the Wild

As you might have noticed in the trailer that announced the release of The Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2, Link has access to a new motorbike, named the Master Cycle Zero.

For a complete guide on how to get Link his very own motorbike, as well as all the new features of the manic vehicle, head over to our Zelda Master Cycle bike guide.

The BIGGEST FLAW about Breath of the Wild's DLC

Whether you have completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or you are playing it for the first time, the Expansion Pass adds fresh content to your adventure. The first DLC pack of the Expansion Pass will be available this summer. Here's a peek at what will be included.

Trial of the Sword

Trial of the Sword
When you get to a certain sacred location, you can take on the new "Trial of the Sword" challenge. Face an onslaught of enemies, one wave after another. Link starts the challenge without any equipment or weapons. When all the enemies in a room are defeated, Link proceeds to the next. Clear all the trials (about 45 rooms in total), and the power of the Master Sword will be awakened, and it will always be in its glowing powered-up state while usable.

Hero's Path

Hero's Path Mode
This new map feature shows the path Link has walked through Hyrule from the last 200 hours of gameplay. Use the time tracker bar to see where you've spent the most time and where you have yet to explore. There's bound to be more adventures and maybe a shrine or two on the road less traveled.

Master mode

Master Mode
In Master Mode, enemies gradually regain health, so take them out as quickly as possible. All enemies are also powered up by one level. For example, Red Bokoblins in Normal mode are now Blue Bokoblins. Enemies can also have higher maximum levels than they would in Normal mode. Look up, and you may also find enemies and treasure chests in the sky!

Travel medallion

Travel Medallion
Somewhere in the world, there is a chest with a Travel Medallion inside. When you use this, you can register your current location as a fast travel point on the map. You can only register one location using the Travel Medallion.

Majoras Mask
Midnas Helmet
Phantom Armor
Tingles Outfit

More Armor
There are 8 treasure chests placed around Hyrule containing armor themed after previous The Legend of Zelda titles. Watch for tips as to the whereabouts of these chests as you travel around Hyrule.

Korok Mask

Korok Mask
The Korok Mask is also hidden in a treasure chest somewhere in the world. While wearing this mask, it shakes whenever Link is near a hidden Korok location. There are 900 Koroks hiding in Hyrule, so this should help you discover quite a few of them.

DLC Pack 1 is just a taste of the content included in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass. For more information about additional features, price, and how to purchase, visit the Expansion Pass page.


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If you have a physical version for the Switch, you might need to download the DLC manually from the redownload page. Once the DLC has been installed, you can start the game. When your save file loads, an otherworldly voice will speak to you. It will tell you that it feels you’re ready to undertake the Trial of the Sword. Once the monologue is over, you’ll get a bunch of new quests, pointing you towards the Master Sword trial, the Tingle Outfit, Korok Mask, Travel Medallion, Midna’s Helmet, Majora’s Mask and Phantom Armor.

Basically, you’ll have to fiddle a bit in order to download the DLC, but once you’ve got it, the game will automatically nudgde you towards the new content. You’ll still have to find the new items yourself, but you won’t be left stranded.

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack is available for download now, but since Nintendo is selling this extra downloadable content bundled in a season pass, rather than à la carte, it’s worth making sure you’ve taken the proper steps to initiate the download.

Otherwise, you might have to gaze longingly at your friend playing the new “Master Trials” mode while your DLC is still downloading. Here’s how to download the new Legend of Zelda DLC.

How to download the Zelda DLC

To start playing the Zelda BotW “Master Trials” DLC, you’ll have to open the Nintendo Switch eShop and navigate to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild page. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see an option to purchase the expansion pass for $19.99 if you haven’t done so already.

Once you purchase it, you should be able to start downloading the first DLC pack. Here’s a quick visual guide if you need help with that second part:

The second Zelda DLC pack, “The Champions Ballad,” will be available later in 2017.

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Expansion Pass

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When you purchase the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests appear in the game's Great Plateau area. Inside one of these chests, Link will find a shirt bearing a familiar crest: the Nintendo Switch logo! The other two chests provide useful in-game items for Link's adventure.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Master Trials Expansion Pass DLC Pack 1

DLC Pack 1 adds The Trial of the Sword, Master Mode, Hero's Path Mode, the travel medallion, and new armor.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Champions' Ballad Expansion Pass DLC Pack 2

DLC Pack 2 includes The Champions’ Ballad, nine armors you can find while treasure hunting, and an ancient bridle and saddle.

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Select the Downloadable Content option from the game’s main menu

Visit the game’s product page on Nintendo eShop

Purchase a digital download code from select retailers

DLC Pack 1 and DLC Pack 2 cannot be purchased individually.

Note: 3 GB of available storage are required on the Wii U system or external drive to play the main game. An additional 2.5 GB of storage is required to play DLC Packs 1 and 2. For the Nintendo Switch version, 2.4 GB of storage is required to download and play both packs.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass can be downloaded only in regions where Nintendo eShop is available.

The Expansion Pass will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game.

Full version of game required to use DLC. Sold separately.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Actual price may vary.


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