The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild begins on the Great Plateau, and you’ll spend your first few hours with the game here learning a frankly shocking amount about the game. The things you do here and the skills you learn will remain relevant dozens of hours into your playthrough.
But here’s the weird thing: That’s not immediately obvious. In fact, little about Breath of the Wild is obvious when you begin. It’s all a bit overwhelming.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through your first hours, showing you the obvious and not-so-obvious things to do on the Great Plateau.
With the Warm Doublet equipped enter the cold zone to the east of the Temple of Time and walk past the first broken bridge until you come to a second bridge, this time with only a single piece missing. Use your Magnesis to lift the nearby metal plate onto the pillars in the water, with one end of the plate on the land. Even if you don’t align things perfectly, you’ll be able to jump up to the bridge section without any difficulty.
The Keh Namut Shrine is the first shrine that teaches you to use the Cryonis Rune for the Sheikah Slate. Here’s how to beat it
- Interact with the device as soon as you arrive in the Keh Namut shrine to get another rune, cryonis, which allows you to turn water into giant chunks of ice.
- Use cryonis to create a huge chunk of ice, and then climb up and over it into the next room.
- Use cryonis to create a huge chunk of ice underneath the closed door.
- Use cryonis to create a ramp underneath the stone plank.
- Use cryonis to create a huge chunk of ice, and then climb up it to find the treasure chest where you’ll find a traveler’s spear.
- Enter the shrine to collect your spirit orb.