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Snowball Bowling, also known as Snowling, is a Mini-Game in Breath of the Wild.[3]

Location and Rules[]

The Snowball Bowling Mini-Game is run by Pondo from his Lodge on the Tabantha Frontier. When Link first speaks to Pondo, he is pleased to meet someone new in such a remote place.[4] While he is unable to offer Link a warm welcome, he instead allows him to play Snowball Bowling, a game that he came up with himself.[3] Snowball Bowling is open 24/7 and can be played at any time.[5]

If Link asks how to play, Pondo will explain the rules to him.[6] Pondo will place 10 pins at the foot of the hill.[7] Link must push the Snowball down the hill, aiming to knock over as many of the pins as he can.[8] While the path it takes down the hill is rough, it is guaranteed to knock over any pins it hits.[9] Pondo claims that smashing all the pins at once is the coolest feeling and encourages Link to try.[10]

Pondo asks for 20 Rupees from Link before he can play the game.[2] Once this has been paid, he will go set up the pins.[11] Afterwards, he presents Link with his Snowball, explaining he has two rolls down the hill.[12] He explains that knocking all 10 pins over in one roll is called a strike, but only the best bowlers are capable of it.[13] Next, he shares that Link can get a spare by knocking the pins over in two hits, which is still impressive.[14] Before the game begins, Pondo wishes Link luck.[15]

There are two scenarios in which Link receives no reward from Pondo upon completing his second roll. If Link does not knock over any of the pins, Pondo advises Link to visualize where he is pushing the Snowball. Similarly, if Link knocks down between one and six pins, Pondo notes that such a loss must sting and encourages him to try again.[16]

Pondo will give Link a reward if his score total more than six. For example, when Link knocks down seven or eight pins, Pondo tells him that he was decent and gives him a Red Rupee as a sample.[17] When Link knocks over nine pins, Pondo remarks that he was close and gives him a Purple Rupee as a reward.[18] Should Link get a spare, Pondo will be impressed and gives Link a Silver Rupee for such a feat.[19] If Link gets a strike, Pondo will be pleasantly surprised and initially offers a Blizzard Rod as a prize, which he refers to as a Snowball-making device.[20][note 1] On subsequent strikes, Pondo gives Link a Gold Rupee.[22]

After reviewing Link's score, Pondo asks Link if he would like to try Snowball Bowling again.[23] If Link refuses, Pondo says he loves the pins too much to leave and will be waiting if Link ever wants to return.[24]

Nomenclature[]

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Notes

  1. If Link's Weapon Inventory is full, Pondo will instead give him a Gold Rupee.[21]

References

  1. "Location: Hebra Region Pondo's Lodge" (Nintendo Magazine, Winter 2021, pg. 17)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ah, the sweet music of "yes"! There's a catch, though. One game costs a cool 20 rupees to play. Still up for a round?" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Can't give you a warm welcome...buuuut how about a game I made up: Snowball Bowling! Or as I call it, Snowling!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Hail, kiddums! Nice to meet a fresh face in these parts. It's not every day I get company this high in the hills." — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Time: Open 24h" (Nintendo Magazine, Winter 2021, pg. 17)
  6. "[How does it work?] What a sweet boy to show an interest! If you don't know the rules, I can explain them in a flurry." — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "At the foot of the hill, we have 10, count 'em, 10 pillars or "pins."" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Give that snowball a good, hearty toss from the tippy-top of the hill to try and knock over all the pins you can!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "The ball might take a few detours on its ride down the hill, but any pins it hits when it reaches bottom are done for!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "There's no cooler feeling than smashing all the pins at once! But see for yourself! Go on, have a ball!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "Aha! Play bells are ringing! I gotta set up the pins, but I'll be back in a flurry." — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "This is the snowball you'll use. It might not look like much, but it's snow joke. You get two rolls. Knock 'em flat!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "If you can knock over all 10 pins in one roll, that's a strike. Only the most snowtorious bowlers can pull that off!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "A spare is when it takes both tries to finish the job. Not as good as a strike, but nothing to sneeze at!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "Well, good luck!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "Only 1... That's gotta sting. My advice? Stay frosty and play again!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "How many pins? Eh, 8? That's decent. Tell you what, I'll give you a sampler prize to get you shivering for more!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Ooooh, snow close! A throw like that deserves some kinda prize. Here ya go!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "You knocked 'em all down flat! That was no mean sleet, kiddums. I got you a special prize for pulling that one off!" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Well, bowl me over, kiddums! A snowing like that deserves an ice prize. How's about this snowball-making doohickey?" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "Leastaways, I'd offer it to you if you weren't snowverloaded with stuff. Will this do instead?" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Well, whaddaya know, kiddums! Just for that, you get a prize." — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Soooooooo... What do you think about giving it one more whirl?" — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "[I've lost interest.] No problem. I love the pins too much to ever leave! You bet your snowball I'll be here when you're ready for more." — Pondo (Breath of the Wild)
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