As The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Approaching its fourth anniversary this year, players continue to push the game to the limit with incredible feats of skill and perhaps a touch of luck. In this sense, one of the players has been commissioned to launch a shot of 1,400 meters, almost 4,600 feet for non-metric readers, with millimeter precision using the Breath of the Wild bow.
The player had to use a combination of skill, in-game knowledge, and an exploit to fire the shot that instantly killed a Guardian Stalker. Of course, taking out one of the strongest enemies in Breath of the Wild with a single shot is already an impressive feat on its own, even without the extreme distance.
To pull off this kind of trick shot in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Twitter user @smaho_neko not only had to aim the bow of the arrow to land where they were trying to send it, but chase the shot the entire way. This meant using a popular exploit used for speedrunning where Link mounts his shield on top of an enemy’s head and sends them flying through the air and can be targeted with a paraglider. Using that, the player was able to follow an ancient arrow that was shot from the top of the Temple of Time at a Guardian Stalker that was destroyed with a single shot.
– ゼ ル ダ ね こ (Neko) (@smaho_neko) January 10, 2021
An additional aspect of this shooting trick is a little detail about the Guardians of Breath of the Wild. Where hitting one with an ancient arrow doesn’t usually kill them in one hit. It actually requires a direct shot at the small glowing eye in the center of the enemy’s head. Which will allow an ancient arrow to kill a Guardian Stalker with one hit. This means that the shot didn’t just require the player to track an arrow for almost a full mile across the map to make sure the enemy charged. But he also had to hit a precision point to assassinate.
This shot is also not the only one @smaho_neko has landed on a guardian from a distance, using different types of feats to follow the shot. However, that doesn’t mean it was a feat that the shot accomplished in the first place. Since the player still had to manually tilt and fire based on prior knowledge of where the enemy would appear. It’s an incredible feat of skill and persistence that shows how dedicated the Breath of the Wild content creation community still is to a four-year-old game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now available for Switch.