How to use a raft in 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild': Tips and tricks for sailing even faster

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Sailing in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a bit different than Wind Waker and other previous Zelda games. Many rivers and streams are traversable using rafts, which you'll often find conveniently lying around. But with no controls or rudders on the boat, it may not be immediately clear how to control these seafaring vehicles. Nintendo isn't about to just hand you an hour, but we're here to help with some handy rafting tips.

How to use a raft in Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The basics

Link, the last airbender  Master0fHyrule/YouTube

Using a raft in Breath of the Wild is simple. To get the raft going, you'll need to whip out a Korok Leaf and hit the Y button in the direction of the sails. This will create a gust of wind and push your boat forward. Constantly hitting the Y button will help your raft build momentum. You can also do a charge attack to get a powerful burst of speed. 

Sounds simple, right? There's an eve faster way to use the rafts in Hyrule.

How to use a raft in Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The better way

Cheating, done right  Master0fHyrule/YouTube

This pro-tip comes to us from Master0fHyrule on YouTube. While sailing, you may come across some sunken treasure. Use your magnesis rune to lift the chest up out the water. Once aboard your vessel, use your magnet powers to push the chest against the boat. This, inexplicably, will propel you forward and at no effort on your part. 

The same thing will also work with large metal boxes. It should even work using a metal weapon in your inventory. Happy sailing.

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