Back to farming and foraging for materials to upgrade my armor. I need Hinox and Lynel parts most, plus I also need a bunch of Hightail lizards and Swift Violets. I also need some rare stuff like Ancient Cores and Star fragments. And I need a Dinraal’s scale, and one more Farosh’s horn.
I transport out to Eldin and fight the Lynel out by the Leviathan skeleton. I screw up the first two attempts at this fight and restore from my save point. The third time it goes well. I nail the lynel in the face with arrows, mount him, and hit him 5 times, get thrown off, hit him in the back of the head a few times with more arrows on the way down, and repeat. I manage about 3-4 cycles of this, and then mess up the timing once and he gets me for a good hit, I have to eat and replenish, and then he does it again, and I have to take another meal to replenish. But after that I recover and take him down.
The Lynel drops a strar fragment (!), and his usual compliment of top tier weapons, about 20 lightning arrows, and the usual hoofs, guts, and horns.
I notice a stone circle nearby this Lynel’s patrol area, and find another korork seed here.
Then Dinraal the dragon makes his appearance, and I manage to collect my scale this time.
After picking up the scale, a Blood Moon occurs, and I get to fight the Lynel again. This time I fight him just about as well as the first time, maybe a little worse, but 2-3 meals to replenish my life meter after my mistakes, and I win.
I transport out to the shrine near the fairy by Tarrey Town, visit the Fairy, and upgrade my clothes, boosting one of my Barbarian Armor pieces and my Ancient Greaves.
Then I head to Tarreytown and buy out their arrow shop. It’s late at night, and down below at the lake’s bank, I see that Fang And Bone is open below. I have a bunch more monster parts that i can exchange for Mon, and so I do so, and get enough to buy myself the rest of the Dark Link outfit, as well as a Lynel Mask, and a Lizal mask, and then I’m down to not enough Mon to buy anything.
I’m not really sure that I have a lot of interest in the rest of the stuff that Kilton has for sale, but there are the boko and moblin masks left, some horse gear, monster elixir, and a spring loaded hammer. But I have very little practical need for any of this stuff, and would only be buying it out of curiosity to see what it does, and this late in the game most likely whatever it does will be disappointing.
I transport up to the shrine near East Akkala Stables, and take a short walk West to the Spring of Power, where I make an offering of Dinraal’s scale, to reveal the shrine here. This shrine, unlike the other shrines in the game that you reveal by completing shrine quests, has an actual challenge inside: a Major Test of Strength.
I arm myself, and step forward to do battle with the shrine guardian. With the Savage Lynel Sword that I took from the Lynel I just defeated, plus a Guardian shield and shock arrows, this fight goes pretty quickly. I manage to break the Lynel Sword, but I don’t take more than a heart and a half of damage from this guardian, which is awesome.
The guardian drops another shield, an axe or spear (I forget), and sword, so I pick up what I can that is worthwhile for my current inventory. The shrine also has a chest with a flame spear with an attack bonus, but I don’t take it. I get my spirit orb, and leave.
I transport back to the shrine south of Tarreytown and pray at the statue there, and receive another heart container. Now I am just two heart containers shy of two full rows, and I still have two more spirit orbs. I guess there are 10 shrines left in the game for me to find somewhere.
I now probably need to kill 1-2 more Lynels, 1 Hinox, and pick up two shards of Naydra’s Horn, and pick 14 Swift Violets and collect about 20 Hightail Lizards, and I’ll be maxed out. Once I do that, all that remains uncompleted for the game apart from hundreds of still-undiscovered korok seeds, is the 10 remaining shrines, plus Ganon.