Have made significant progress in - I made it off the plateau and all the way over to the mad scientist lady, and am currently working on some side quests. Can finally see why BOTW is on so many "chill out" game lists!

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I spend a lot of time foraging and trying to throw bombs at fish. It’s fun!

update: Still noodling around with some side quests. Spent HOURS (in game) trying to murder goblins on the beach using bombs, and then the red moon thing happened at midnight & reset everything. 💀

literally just trying to find mushrooms in the forest and these stupid blue goblins keep killing me

😾

anyway I got back in there and killed it and now I HAVE THE MOP 😡

Me: hunting for mushrooms in the woods at midnight
Skeleton goblins: 👁 👄 👁

Me: trying to climb a tree to steal eggs

Blue goblin: waiting to murder me
🧹 👁 👄 👁

Made it over to one of the memory fetch spots and a centaur (??) watched me climb a tree and then shot me out of it with an ice arrow

I am IN THE ELEPHANT about to do a boss battle. I've noticed that I get way more nervous about fights than I do in other Zelda games, partly because of the realistic art but also the camera position/POV.

Like, if it was a FPS-style camera I think I'd be okay, but watching Link get squished by a monster looming over him is just upsetting.

have done a lot of things in since my last update (Zora side quests, mainly) and am now trying to make my way into the Akkala region but keep getting murdered by giant lizard skeletons, so it's pretty slow-going

Decided to backtrack and wander through Rabia Plains/Lanaryu Heights to look for new mushrooms & those floating seed babies. Ran into a cult member who I SWEAR I already killed days ago?? Do they come back after a red moon?

Why can I bond with dogs but not PET THEM

Abandoned volcano area because it was super boring and fire lizards kept killing me. Went south and ran into a beach town, then managed to activate 2 towers and have massively expanded my map! Yay!

I'm doing my very best to not look at walkthroughs or guides unless I'm REALLY stuck on a shrine or specific plot quest thing, as I think it's more fun to wander around and explore. It DOES mean that I'm currently 40+ hours into playing and still only have one divine beast tho

Beach town had the monster store guy & I scored a Bokoblin hat!! Can't wait to test it out and see if it makes murdering them easier

Went back over to volcano area; accidentally skipped over a bunch of exploration side quest things and made it to rock eater town pretty easily. Then got halfway thru the fire lizard beast quest before deciding to take a break and get upgraded armor instead!

But now I need to go BACK to volcano country and look for tiny fire lizards to sacrifice towards powering up my fireproof armor. It's just one thing after another.

Sucked it up and finished the divine fire lizard quest and actually it was EASIER than the water elephant quest because I just kept shooting ice arrows at Gabon until he died and it took like 5 min

So now I’m standing on a mountain ridge where I SWEAR I saw the fire dragon floating the other night but there is nO fire dragon here?? I need one of his scales for a shrine quest :(

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I stg I corrected Gabon to Ganon twice and yet auto correct still won 😩

@tozka maybe it's because of your illegal fish-bombing activities 🤔

@ljwrites I guess I’ll just have to find a goblin with a fishing rod and steal THAT then!!

@tozka clearly the road to sustainable fishing is a bloody one

@tozka your cleaning prowess will now be unstoppable 👏

@tozka I hope after you defeated the moblin you were like “Clean-up in aisle five”

@MK if I meet a goblin in the woods and he has a mop and I have a sword, I just feel like I SHOULD WIN the fight!!

@ljwrites I mean honestly he was very polite in waiting until I made it all the way to the top of the tree 👻

@tozka the lynel are the worst lol

They’re one of the few things left where I’ll get a side-quest to kill one and just be like ‘whelp! Nothing i can do, sorry y’all’

@tozka Them damn lynel man, hahaha. I lost my fear of the guardians long ago but I still vigorously nope out of there when a lynel looms on the horizon.

@tozka All the non-boss baddies come back, I believe, plus your harvestables and tools. The blood moon basically acts as a memory dump so that the game doesn't get clogged up trying to remember what all you've messed with. I heartell that's why it can sometimes hit prematurely, if it needs a dump right away.

@tozka
If the skeletons give you a hard time try to travel only at day by resting til morning at a campfire when the night comes. With a flint and a bundle of wood you can create an instant campfire.
Also the Yiga clan members are disguised as civillian travellers all over Hyrule. They are sadly rather persistent.

@tozka one of the most disappointing things about the game

@Satsuma @tozka Soothing and feeding your horse is a totally common thing in
Too bad this wasn’t implemented for dogs or other domesticated animals.

Even bears and other huge wild animals and spirits can be tamed. Why not pet the dogs?

Some things are just a mystery.😭

@quinnhempstead @tozka you can feed the dogs even! But no petting

A true travesty haha

@Satsuma @quinnhempstead I accidentally tried to tame a deer today and now all I want is a tame deer friend :( :( :(

@tozka
Too bad, only healthy horses (no skeletons) can be registered at stables. Wildlife can be tamed and ridden. But it usually just runs away after unmounting.
Befriending a dog actually has only one ingame mechanic: the dog shows you the way to a treasure chest that would otherwise be hidden.
Friend with benefits?
@Satsuma

@tozka Gosh I love those monster hats for all sorts of reasons.

One: Makes going through monster-infested places much smoother when you don't want to get stopped every five minutes.

Two: Watching the Blins do their things because they think you're a buddy, oh GOD please can Link make friends with them just once? That would be so cool.

@tozka OH MY GOSH NO, I HAVEN'T

THANK YOU

...I'm already tickled by the David Attenborough voice, this is gonna be good.

EDIT: That was such a delight, oh my gosh. Thank you for sharing that.

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@tozka Ohhh; that reminds me of the first time I played
I remember hearing Zelda’s voice, going like “Hurry link, you have to defeat Gannon”. Then shortly after suddenly the sky turned red and everything burned. I thought I lost the game because I was too slow to save Hyrule…

Turned out it’s just the monsters doing a respawn.

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