Breath of the Wild fan discovers barrel trick that may let you sneak past enemies

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A Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fan has discovered a stealthy way to sneak past enemies in pretty much plain sight. 

Originally posted in the Breath of the Wild subreddit, user u/alterpoda (opens in new tab) shared a clip of them playing as hero Link as he sneaks past a Bokoblin - an in-game enemy - without being detected. The user captioned the video “600 hours into the game and just realized you could do this.” Proving that this isn’t exactly a widely known mechanic.

Lol?? 600 hours into the game and just realized you could do this. from r/Breath_of_the_Wild

It's possible that this trick may have been missed due to the barrels being so scarce throughout the game. To pull off this trick for yourself though, you must first find one of these giant barrels and then interact with it by pressing the A button. This will then prompt Link to hide underneath the barrel and players can then begin to traverse the plains of Hyrule under the protection of this huge wooden shield.

A few other fans began commenting on the post sharing their experiences with this trick with one fan noting (opens in new tab) that “I tried that to sneak past a guardian stalker once. Fun fact, they don't notice you if you move in short bursts.” Another also stated (opens in new tab) that they tried to play the entire game inside of a barrel which although they found difficult, was worth it for the “3-hour long barrel cruise.”

This is just one of several recent Breath of the Wild tricks and tips fans have found, even though the game was released four years ago. Take a look at this impressive Boomerang trick in the game, as well as this previously unnoticed Link animation. We’ve also got the scoop on exactly what Beedle is always scribbling down in his notebook.  

If you’re about to start your journey across Hyrule, make sure to take a look at our Zelda: Breath of the Wild tips

Hope Bellingham
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