Chiko (or Chiko the Destroyer as she likes to be known) describes herself as the middleman between the development team and different teams within Nintendo. This makes her the perfect person to give help or advice for Breath of the Wild. One of the most addictive and fun parts of the game is the Hyrule Compendium, and recently on the Nintendo Treehouse Log, Chiko has given advice on completing it.
Interestingly Chiko claims that she is not a fan of real-life selfies, but enjoys the multiple opportunities created by Link posing. Chiko also explains that the Hyrule Compendium brings her both enjoyment and frustration because “for a crazy completionist/wannabe-photographer like me, this is both a dream and a nightmare at the same time! There are more than 380 things you can register in the Compendium.” Chiko is obviously not only an employee, but a huge fan of Breath of the Wild. With so much to do in order to complete the Compendium, she provides as much help as she can!
Chico’s first piece of advice is to remember that you can lose all your progress if you haven’t saved recently. “If you get killed before saving your game, all those glorious photos you so lovingly captured will NOT be saved in the Compendium. In other words, you’ll have to START OVER AGAIN.” This can be incredibly frustrating, especially when Link is trying to get the perfect picture of an enemy. Just like when about to face any foe, careful planning is recommended in order to be able to both get a great shot and to be able to escape.
It seems the whole team at Nintendo Treehouse are concentrating on completing the Hyrule Compendium. Chico also shares some advice from a co-worker. After finding a weapon to picture, “he has Link hold it in his hands at the location he found it, and then takes a selfie.” This not only looks awesome, but also register the weapon to the Compendium!
One of the best benefits to completing the Hyrule Compendium is the ability to search for the item once it has been registered. Chiko reveals that, “if you’re craving a certain dish, but you’re out of a specific ingredient, you can set your sensor to that ingredient, and just run around the area.” This can come in really helpful if you’re searching for a certain type of weapon, or the next ingredient to a perfect dish. However, Chiko explains that she uses this feature to hunt down Bokoblins. She justifies this by reminding herself that “Bokoblins are not human! It’s OKAY to jump on them while they’re peacefully enjoying their evenings around the camp fire”. I also find it’s best not to consider the lives of the Bokoblins while I’m killing them for their loot.
The final two tips from Chiko are to remember that the camera has a great zoom feature, and that you should enter every stable to find the poster with the recipe on it. Using the camera for this can help you remember the recipe for when you need it most. Likewise, the zoom can help with getting the perfect picture possible, great for all photographers and perfectionists alike!
The camera in Breath of the Wild has been a fantastic addition and really allows players to use their imagination and creativity. Obviously some previous games (such as The Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask) have used cameras before. But with the huge open world of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, there is so much to see, do and capture within the game.
You can check out all of Chiko’s helpful tips over on her full blog post.