Transportation in Breath of the Wild can take a bit of time. Sure, you have fast travel between discovered Shrines, Towers, and a few other locations. And sure, you can grab yourself Epona to ride around on. But you know what you can't do? Fly through the skies.
...Or can you?
You Can (Technically) DIY An Airship In 'Breath of the Wild' With The Right Tools
If you're like me, you hate the new #Zelda title's Octoroks. They have crazy-scary precision and you don't even know they're there until you have a rock propelled into your head. Thankfully, the airship-a-palooza involves revenge-murdering lots and lots of Octoroks. Why? You need Octo Balloons, and you need a lot of them.
I'll be honest, I had no idea what Octo Balloons were for the first time I read their description. Turns out, when you hold one and then drop it on a movable object, it expands like a balloon and causes the object to float straight into the air. And since you can hold up to 5 objects at a time, you can cause some pretty heavy things to take to the skies.
Granted, Octo Balloons don't last a very long time before popping, but with enough of them, you can chain-float objects to pull off some neat tricks only possible in a game like Breath of the Wild.
How To Use Octo Balloons To Their Full Potential
There are a couple ways to take Octo Balloons and get yourself where you need to go without worrying about those pesky ground-based enemies. Here are just a few ways:
- Grab a ship and set sail... for the sky! Ever run into those wooden boats and wonder if you could do more than cross water with them? Well even if not, repeatedly attaching Octo Balloons to one of these boats and using a Korok Leaf to control its direction will let you sail for as long and far as your Balloons allow.
- Find an object and float to the top of a Tower. If there's not a ship nearby, you can find any movable object (those giant stone slabs work best) and attach the Octo Balloons to it to float straight up. Now, since you can't control the direction, this is more limited, but it's a great way to reach the top of a Tower or scale a mountain if you're low on Stamina.
- Steal enemies' weapons/explosives. One of my favorite parts of this game is all the different ways you can approach a Bokoblin camp. Explosive barrel nearby? Enemy drop a weapon? Quickly grab an Octo Balloon and attach it to the object. It'll float away, leaving the enemies either weaponless or with an impending explosion looming above their head.
If you want to see the first method in action to get an idea for how to pull this off, YouTuber BeardBear made a video showcasing their own personal airship (minor spoilers):
What other creative uses have you found for the objects in Breath of the Wild?