‘BOTW’: What Is the ‘Impossible Arrow’ Stuck in the Sky Above Gerudo Town and How to Obtain It in ‘Breath of the Wild’

In games as massive as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo’s bound to overlook a few assets left out of bounds. High above Gerudo Town in BOTW is a Shock Arrow, dubbed the ‘Impossible Arrow’ by fans. However, you might wonder what makes it impossible and how you can have Link obtain it for yourself.

Link with the Traveler's Shield in 'The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild,' where Link can obtain the 'BOTW" Impossible Arrow'
Link with the Traveler’s Shield in ‘The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild’ | Nintendo

What is the ‘impossible arrow’ in ‘BOTW’?

BOTW players might have heard about the ‘Impossible Arrow’ but might not know exactly what that means.

As games grew from 2D to 3D, programmers ran into glitches or accidentally left assets in the final game. This resulted in things like ‘Impossible Chests’ or ‘Impossible Coins’ spawning out of bounds, seemingly inaccessible to players.

Even ports like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has their own frustrations.

However, glitch hunters and speedrunners took them as a challenge rather than an oversight. It started hunts and missions to obtain these items and chests through glitches, mods, or other means.

In BOTW, the Impossible Arrow is a Shock Arrow that spawns incredibly high above the Gerudo Desert, near the Daqo Chisay Shrine.

Speedrunner Luke Steelman figured out how to obtain the ‘BOTW’ ‘impossible arrow’ above Gerudo Town

The BOTW Impossible Arrow does not have any inherent value. It does not create a bow more powerful than the Twilight Bow or give Link any extra abilities. The Impossible Arrow is simply a Shock Arrow.

However, the journey entices players more than the prize.

“Glitch hunter and speedrunner Luke Steelman, who goes by “LegendofLinkk” online, estimates that this specific arrow was discovered around April 2021, near the Daqo Chisay Shrine in Gerudo Town,” Kotaku reported.

Players tried using a moon jump glitch, which caused an infinite jump into the sky, but Steelman said “the direction and seemed very inconsistent,” according to Kotaku.

He tried a few other methods and glitches, but most fell short. However, he figured out an unconventional approach to send Link high above Gerudo Chief Riju’s town to secure the BOTW Impossible Arrow.

Luke Steelman used bomb arrows to reach the Gerudo Town skybox in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Steelman detailed his exploits in YouTube videos that show Breath of the Wild players how they can obtain the Impossible Arrow in BOTW, too.

He performed an infinite jump glitch with an immunity glitch, but then he went for an even more surprising method.

“Steelman whipped out his overstocked bomb arrows to blow himself up,” Kotaku said. “This seemed to give him so much airtime, he actually ends up going above and beyond the arrow! Nearly 20 minutes of glitches later, with 10 of them filled with so many explosions that would probably make Michael Bay jealous, Steelman slowly descended to grab the impossible shock arrow.”

The feat might not equal some rare item or an interesting secret like the Lord of the Mountain, but the Impossible Arrow proved just how determined BOTW players could be.

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