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Master Mode
BotW Master Mode Home Select Screen.png
Master Mode main menu
Game(s) Breath of the Wild
Feature(s)Increased difficulty

Master Mode is a mode in Breath of the Wild included in The Master Trials DLC Pack.[1]


In Master Mode, most enemies and bosses are powered up by one level, can detect Link's approach easier and regain health over time; however, there is a limit to their health recovery. Stronger, golden versions of enemies are also introduced. Some enemies, such as Lynels, also appear in more areas, including the Great Plateau. Enemies and Treasure Chests may also appear floating in the sky on planks being held by Sky Octoroks,[2] usually containing strong and rare weapons such as the Royal Guard set.

There is ordinarily a mechanism preventing Link from getting killed in one hit by powerful attacks, leaving him alive with a quarter Heart instead. This protection is not present in Master Mode.

While playing Master Mode, a small Triforce will appear on the bottom left of the screen. Save data for Master Mode is kept separately from Normal Mode.[3] In contrast to Normal Mode, there is only one Autosave slot available.


  • The Master Mode was originally called Hard Mode during the Expansion Pass announcement.[4]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese マスターモードー (Masutā Mōdō) Master Mode
Netherlands Dutch Meesterstand
French Republic FrenchEU Mode expert
Federal Republic of Germany German Master-Modus
Italian Republic Italian Modalità master
Portuguese Republic PortugueseEU Modo master
Russian Federation Russian Режим мастера (Rezhim mastera)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Modo experto


See Also


  1. "Master Mode" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "In Hard Mode, you'll encounter tougher foes from the outset of your adventure – you won't find any Red Bokoblins in this quest! You might even see new ranks of enemies that you've never seen before. You'll need to rethink your strategies too – foes will be better at detecting your approach and they'll slowly recover health in battle. While exploring in Hard Mode, be on the lookout for planks floating in the sky. Tougher foes and useful treasures await those willing to tackle these airborne challenges!"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC revealed!, Zelda UK, retrieved May 2, 2017.
  3. "Save data for your game in Master Mode will be kept separately from youre [sic] regular mode save data." — Brian, Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC fact sheet, Nintendo Everything, published June 13, 2017, retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass, YouTube (Video), published February 14, 2017, retrieved May 2, 2017.