Nintendo has been giving Breath of the Wild players free items for reading the Switch’s news feed. It’s a little broken.
On August 9th, Nintendo started giving Breath of the Wild players free items for reading tips posts in the news feed. If you opened the game through a link in a post about boomerangs, say, you’d receive a free boomerang. So far the free items have been pretty basic stuff that most players can pick up easily, and the tips are geared towards newer players rather than seasoned Zelda experts. Pretty much par for the course—Nintendo probably wasn’t going to give everyone free Master Swords just for reading a blog.
The most recent tip was about eggs. If you go in a hot spring with an egg, you’ll cook it. Neat! The post then offered up some free eggs, but it told players to go “somewhere safe” because eggs are fragile. Here’s what happens if you don’t heed this advice:
All items spawn from the sky, so eggs just break on impact. I was deep in Akala during the middle of a thunderstorm when this happened, and I figured hey, why not move from this craggy rock to that soft-looking grass over yonder and try again?
No dice. I could journey near and far to try to figure out what Nintendo means by a “safe place” to receive these free eggs. Or I could just buy some. Think I’m going with the latter.
Update—2:08: Some commenters have pointed out that the eggs won’t break if you spawn them over water because they float. I tried to get my eggs by wading into a pond and then saving the game. When I loaded the game from the tips post, I was instead on the shore and two of the three of eggs broke on the ground. The third landed in the water, shell intact.
By the way, don’t eat eggs that float in real life—they’re probably rotten.