One of the tears of the kingdom’s skilled builders reveals its secrets

Tears of the Kingdom has been out for over a month now and the community’s enthusiasm for building bizarre vehicles hasn’t waned. A quick look at the r/HyruleEngineering subreddit today reveals quite a few airplanes, TrainsAnd automobiles with various quirks ranging from using very few pieces of Zonai technology to masses of lasers to decimate passing enemies. And players get more and more creative as they discover more tricks.

But for some, building something this complex can be daunting. Being a gamer who only builds when necessary to complete the game, I don’t know how much creativity it takes to make a “game”.Death Beyblade“seems completely out of reach. Fortunately, one of Tears of the Kingdom’s experienced engineers is here to allay my fears.

You may have seen some of Zaytri’s builds on the internet, either on Twitter, tick tock, or elsewhere. Zaytri is a content creator who, back in May, was one of the first developers to come up with a way to build a flying machine that can do this Stay in the air indefinitely through a combination of Zonai power and electric motors stolen from a specific shrine. There are a few different variations While there is an idea about this idea, Zaytri’s is specially accessible to all players without any problems and can be used to fly absolute upper limit of the map.

Zayti was first drawn to Tears of the Kingdom for the same reason many of us are: she loved Breath of the Wild. She says that the building mechanics immediately caught her eye in gameplay trailers and that building was the first activity she wanted to do when she got her hands on the game. It’s not as if Zaytri is no stranger to building, either, as she tells me she’s built fun and complex machines in games like Minecraft and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.

The first complex build Zaytri tried? A really big bike.

“I saw a video of someone building this big bike that you can go extremely fast across the country and I just had to try it,” says Zaytri. “Their design called for Link to be on a small platform outside of the wheel, but I wanted to make something with Link inside the wheel itself and it worked great! At least in a straight line you lose control very quickly when you try to turn in.”

Zaytri says her goal in building machines like the Wheel is to create something unique, something that others have not done before, which is what drove her to build her Infinite Flying Machine. She eventually realized she could fuse items in shrines to her weapons, but it wasn’t until she casually fused a propeller from the Gemimik Shrine and then found it at the Break-a-Part shop in Tarrey that she really realized the potential of this ability Town recovered the propeller “to effectively smuggle it out of the shrine”. Realizing she had something unique, her mind immediately jumped to another device, an electric motor, and she set to work figuring out what these items could be used for.

“It was a lot of trial and error trying to figure out how to build a vehicle that could effectively use these electric batteries for self-sufficiency while being strong enough not to fall out of the vehicle when the power is cut off,” says she. “This hybrid helicopter design was the first to actually work, a proof of concept for new possibilities!”

Aside from her infinitely flying helicopter and Ferris wheel, Zaytri has created a number of other structures. One of her favorites is an “energy-efficient electric witch’s broom” that uses the same propellers and engines as the helicopter. It won’t be able to stay aloft forever, but it can fly long distances, and Zaytri says she likes it mostly for the aesthetics. Zaytri also makes it clear that she’s focused on vehicles – while others build huge, armed machines for killing enemies or horse-washing stations, she’s still trying to build a good hybrid car that doesn’t get bogged down by rough terrain. And she made one updated version of the hybrid helicopter which, unlike its original design, can safely fly in the rain.

Zaytri admits that she has no background in any field that would help her build such machines. She’s a software engineer, which she says “doesn’t necessarily help with understanding the physics,” but adds that Tears of the Kingdom explicitly contains some pretty wacky fantasy universe physics that can be understood without real-world knowledge . Since “failed” builds have no significant consequences, she was able to learn all the tricks she needed to build the flying machine and other contraptions.

This should be encouraging news for anyone intimidated by Tears of the Kingdom’s building mechanics. Zaytri encourages players interested in building more complex machines to take to heart a lesson they learned as a software engineer, which is to try parts one at a time first:

“Make sure every part of your build works as intended before you put it all together, otherwise something will likely break and you’ll have to chase your machine if it flies away from you!” Even with that in mind, it’s only one Lots of trial and error to create something that works. I’ve built so many more machines that either break or don’t work at all than working ones, but honestly that’s part of the fun of it, and building a machine that fails can also be pretty good content.”

In particular, Zaytri advises players to become familiar with the Stabilizer, as its physics-defying abilities can help balance builds that otherwise wouldn’t work. And she has more tips for you:

“I know there are a lot of people who have trouble using the little wooden wheels,” she says. “The trick here is to attach the center to the ends of the wooden beams so they can actually rotate. Gluing them directly onto a platform doesn’t just glue the center down so they can’t rotate.

“Last tip: learn from the Yiga clan. They have to explore the depths to find their hiding spots and get blueprints, but I’ve actually learned a lot about what can and can’t be built from these blueprints, the vehicles they ride on, and the traps they set up everywhere how to build hideouts.”

Oh, and there’s one more absolute taboo Zaytri wants to share. She strongly advises players to stop messing with Koroks. “They’re just glad someone can see them.”

For help with anything Tears of the Kingdom related, take a look at our Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough and guide about your journey through Hyrule. In fact, you can start here:

Rebekah Valentine is senior reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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