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The Bird-Man Research Study is a Mini-Game in Breath of the Wild.[2]

Location and Rules[]

The Bird-Man Research Study is run by Branli on top of Ridgeland Tower. When Link first approaches him, Branli assumes he is now also trapped on top of the Tower.[3] However, when he hears that Link is capable of using his Paraglider to glide from tall heights,[4] he realizes that he could be useful in his research.[5] He proposes a study to see how far Link can glide,[6] and he promises to compensate him based on how far he can go.[7] In the event of an accident, Branli has Link pay a 20 Rupee liability fee.[1]

When Link agrees to participate, Branli suggest he keep his landing destination, the Wind direction, and his Stamina in mind during the study.[8] Link's distance is tracked the second he jumps off of Ridgeland Tower. To go as far as possible, Link should jump off the southeast edge of the Tower, heading towards the Breach of Demise. In addition, he can also use Revali's Gale to gain additional height at the beginning of the study.

Depending on how far Link manages to glide, Branli will have different reactions. If Link travels less than 450 meters, Branli says he has added nothing to his research and refuses to give him a reward.[9] He encourages Link to think of himself as a Rito, free from gravity.[10] In addition, he suggests Link make adjustments to preserve his Stamina.[11] If Link flies between 450 and 600 meters, Branli will call it a small step.[12] Initially, he offers Link 21 Rupees as a reward, but he relents and gives him a Purple Rupee.[13] Finally, when Link surpasses 600 meters, Branli will be amazed that his unconventional methods worked.[14] As a reward, he gives Link a Silver Rupee.[15]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "As such, a liability fee of 20 rupees will be necessary to proceed. You know, in case I have to file an...incident report." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Complete Official Guide, Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 332
  3. "Oh, my! Now that you've climbed up here, how will you get down without falling?!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "WHAT?! You can fly?! You can fly like a bird-man?! Is that true? I thought it impossible for a Hylian to fly like a bird-man! Ah... It's more like gliding then? That's still a step in the right direction!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "If I can analyze your glide distance and trajectory, it may help us understand the science of bird-man flight." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Would you mind participating in a short research study? I want to see how far you can glide." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "You'll be compensated for your time and travel...depending on how far you fly. So how about it?" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Landing elevation! Wind direction! Stamina usage! Keep all these in mind as you consider the farthest destination you can reach by gliding!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "This does NOTHING for my research! I'm sorry, but I don't give rewards for paltry performances. I give rewards for poultry performances!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Just...try to imagine that you're a bird-man freeing yourself from the unjust chains of gravity!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "And if you run out of energy while gliding, try making some adjustments that will give you more stamina." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Small steps lead to great strides in the long run." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "Oh, right! Your compensation. Isn't the collection of priceless research data compensation enough? No? Fine. Well, a promise is a promise. Here's your reward: 21 rupees! ... Ugh. Fine. I'll make it 50 rupees." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "Your methods may have been unconventional—I didn't see you flap your arms once—but they were effective! The field of bird-man research will benefit greatly from this data." — Branli (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "You deserve heavy compensation for your stellar efforts. Please, take this!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)