Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or Zeruda no Densetsu in Japanese, is an open world adventure game fun for children and adults alike that was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Long-term Zelda fans and new players are enjoying exploring the rich world, collecting items, and gathering strength in order to defeat Calamity Ganon, a disaster that threatens to destroy the world.
After a hundred-year slumber, Link has awoken with no memory and told he must save the land from destruction. There are many things Link can do in the world; the most important of which is finding and solving shrine puzzles, following storyline quests, and upgrading his weapons and armor.
A very important set of armor scattered throughout the land is the Climbing Set, which includes the Climbing Boots, the Climber's Bandanna, and Climbing Gear. Climbing cliffs and walls is an essential part of this game, so Link needs to constantly upgrade his stamina wheel. However, stamina isn't always enough.
By collecting and upgrading the pieces of the Climbing Set, Link can climb much more quickly, and once you've got it, you'll wonder how you lived without it! This article is a guide on finding and upgrading each piece of the Climbing Set.
The Climber's Bandanna
Arguably the easiest of the three to get, the Climber's Bandanna can be found in Ree Dahee Shrine, which is in the Dueling Peaks region of Hyrule, near Kakariko Village. follow the river and it's on the north side, tucked on a small cliff.
The shrine's puzzle involves jumping on slates to manipulate platforms and get the balls into the holes. A full guide on the shrine puzzle itself can be found here.
However, to get the Climber's Bandanna, you need to do it slightly differently, making it easy to miss.
After solving the third platform, you'll be free to get the Spirit Orb. however, you might have spotted the treasure chest on the left. To reach it, use your Magnesis (hold the top left bumper button and browse with the control stick to activate it) to grab one of the metal barrels on the lower platform on the right. Bring it around and drop it on the moving platform you arrived on.
Follow the barrel onto the moving platform and drop it onto the button. The platform in front of the chest is now stuck sideways, providing a slope for Link to climb up and grab the Climber's Bandanna.
If you're still unsure of how to get it, there's a helpful video guide below.
The Climbing Boots
The Climbing Boots can be found inside the Tahno O'ah Shrine near Hateno Village, near the mountain topped with trees.
For this mission, it's a good idea to get hold of some cold-resistant food, as the Warm Doublet you received on the Great Plateau won't be enough to combat it this time.
Go behind Hateno Village's dye shop during the daytime, where you'll see a woman standing on some planks of wood overlooking the pond. Speak to her and she'll mention a possibility of treasure near the trees on the mountain, activating the "Secret of the Cedars" quest.
Equip your Climber's Bandanna to make the trip easier and make your way up the mountain towards the trees. Be sure to eat some cold-resistant food (you can easily cook some using Spicy Peppers and meat) to ward off the dropped temperatures.
Reach the first tree and just head east. Find the spot on the map above and use a bomb to blow up the wall. Inside is Tahno O'ah Shrine!
There is no puzzle-solving necessary to grab the rewards in this shrine, and the Climbing Boots are inside the treasure chest as soon as you walk in. Job done!
The Climbing Gear
The final piece of the Climbing Set is located in the Chaas Qeta Shrine on Tenoko Island, south of where you just grabbed the Climbing Boots.
This quest is more difficult than the other two because to solve it, you have to take on a Major Test of Strength. Equip your best armor and weapons for this quest, or you can leave it and come back to it later if you're struggling.
You can glide down to the small island that holds Chaas Qeta Shrine from the cliff where the Muwa Jeem Shrine stands. There is also a Korok puzzle near here where you can grab a Korok Seed.
Winning the Battle
You can take down this boss fairly easily with these tips. If you're not very strong yet on this playthrough, don't be disheartened! All you need is:
- Plenty of melee weapons, preferably with strength above 20.
- Plenty of arrows. Ice arrows can momentarily freeze the enemy.
- Decent armor. This doesn't have to be the best armor in the game, but it's essential if you're low on hearts.
Use things like Perfect Dodge so you can land a flurry of attacks on the enemy. When he shoots towards you spinning, use one of the pillars for cover. He will slam into them and knock himself out for a moment, giving you a window to dash in and land some good hits.
The final quarter of the battle is the most difficult. Use bursts of stamina to run out of the way of his strongest blast attack. Four come in quick succession before it builds up again. During this time, shoot arrows and throw bombs at him. It takes time, but be patient and focus on dodging the blasts.
With the full set of Soldier's Armor, his blast took three and three-quarters of heart from Link, meaning you'll survive one hit if you have at least four hearts and an armor set with a defense of 4 or above (including a helm). Even a low-level Link can beat this mighty foe with some patience! After that, you're free to go and grab the Climbing Gear (and any fallen arrows, if applicable) as well as the Spirit Orb.
How to Upgrade the Climbing Set
You can further improve each piece of the Climbing Set by visiting a Great Fairy Fountain. The first one you come across is east of Kakariko Village, and you need 100 rupees to free her. After that, you need materials to upgrade your things.
+2 Defense and Climbing Speed Up
3 Keese Wings and 3 Rushshrooms
+3 Defense and Climbing Speed Up
5 Electric Keese Wings and 5 Hightail Lizards
+4 Defense and Climbing Speed Up
5 Ice Keese Wings and 10 Hot-Footed Frogs
+8 Defense and Climbing Speed Up
5 Fire Keese Wings and 15 Swift Violets
The Climbing Set is incredibly useful to have early on in the game when Link doesn't have much stamina. Though some parts can be tricky, it's definitely worth pursuing and upgrading this armor set as soon as possible.
© 2019 Poppy
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on January 05, 2019:
Thank you, Hayley! I’m glad it helped!
Hayley Dodwell on January 05, 2019:
Brilliant article! I have recently got into Zelda, so this is extremely helpful to me. Thank you!