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Nintendo today announced more details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's expansion packs. The first is called The Master Trials, and it launches this summer, containing new items but no new story content. The second, which contains a new story chapter, is coming out during holiday 2017, but it does not have a name yet.

You can get the two expansions together for $20 on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. As announced previously, they won't be sold on their own.

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The Master Trials comes with a new Trial of the Sword challenge (previously referred to as the Cave of Trials) that begins with Link having no armor or weapons. There are 45 total rooms in Trial of the Sword, and if you beat them all, then the "true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state."

The expansion also adds Hard Mode, which increases the "rank" of enemies, making them more difficult to take down. Additionally, especially challenging enemies will show up in some places where they might not otherwise have. Additionally, enemies spot Link more easily in Hard mode.

The Master Trials also adds something called Hero's Path Mode, which is a journal of sorts it sounds like that documents "every step players take," with progress marked in green on the map.

"The route taken will be tracked for the player's last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline," Nintendo said. "This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven't visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven't encountered yet."

What's more, The Master Trials introduces a new chest "somewhere in the game world" that includes an item called the Travel Medallion. Using this, players can make a temporary travel point on the map where they are standing. "Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time," Nintendo said.

There are also new masks, including a Korosk mask. The mask shakes when you're close to a hidden Korok seed. There are 900 in the game and collecting them all earns you a pile of poop. Lastly, the Master Trials adds eight new pieces of equipment inspired by characters from past games in the series, including Tingle, of course.

No release date beyond summer was announced for The Master Trials. Details on the next Breath of the Wild expansion coming this holiday will be announced later.

Here's a full rundown of what's in The Master Trials, with descriptions written by Nintendo:

  • Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as "Cave of Trials Challenge"), where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.
  • Hard Mode: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already considered one of the most thrilling games in The Legend of Zelda series, and fans looking for a challenge are in for a treat with the new Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, the "ranks" of enemies in the game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and players might even encounter higher-ranking enemies they wouldn't find through normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle, forcing you to defeat them more quickly. They will also more easily spot Link as he approaches them, making these enemies tougher to sneak up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks, players can battle enemies and collect treasure.
  • Hero's Path Mode: Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it's sometimes hard for players to remember where they've been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero's Path Mode will document every step players take, and mark their path in green on the map. The route taken will be tracked for the player's last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven't visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven't encountered yet.
  • Travel Medallion: There will be a new treasure chest somewhere in the game world which contains the Travel Medallion. With the Travel Medallion, players can create a temporary new travel point on the map where they are currently standing. Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time.
  • Korok Mask: By finding the new Korok Mask, players will have a much easier time finding Korok locations in the game. When equipped, the mask will shake, indicating that a Korok is hidden somewhere nearby.
  • New Equipment: Eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games in the series will be added to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after downloading the first DLC pack. Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora's Mask.

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This sounds pretty cool...and is only the first half of it.

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I feel like you should be able to unlock the "True power of the master sword" in the normal game, it was very underwhelming once you got it.

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Looks good to me. I like the hard mode option, for a second play through. Being able to retroactively see the last 200 hours of gameplay locations you've visited is crazy. That's more time than i've put into the game in 3 entire months. And adding in the trials that give you unlimited master sword power should satisfy all those complainers about the breakable weapons system. Now at least they ahve the option (if they are good enough) to get an unbreakable weapon. And the Master Sword no less, which this seems a good fit for.

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@Phazevariance: Where did you get your profile pic? I assume that is Shephard, I haven't see any Mass Effect videos like that.

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sounds good.

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Sounds kind of interesting. Not the best dlc, but I guess it's something.

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After I beat the game I was forced to the menu title screen and was unable to complete some of the side quests that I had left (which I hoped I could finish after I beat the game). I know that Jess mentioned "For those of you who haven't even finished the main story....." but I still want to ask, will this new DLC allow me to also go back in the game after I beat the main story or will I have to load in before I beat Calamity Ganon ?

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@phili878: Once you beat Calamity Gannon, you can only load your last save point before fighting him. Everything will be as it was, except the game will recognize you completing it by putting a star in your save profile. After that it will also tell you your completion percentage.

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@ice12tray: Thanks a lot. I wish you could enter the game to finish side quests after you beat calamity ganon.

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@phili878: I mean, you can keep playing, it's just that the Calamity will still be there and you can fight him again.

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"This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled."

Wait, what?! Why would they have the game be tracking that already?? o.O


Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora's Mask.

Oh hell yeah.. Hope they have the actual mask.

Just thinking about how great it would be to have the whole MM transformation mechanic in this game. Open whole new options for the world. (i.e. think zora mask etc. ) It could prob never happen.. but a gamer can dream though. lol

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I would have been happy if all it gave me was a tingle outfit <3

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Well personally I'm excited for it. I think the Korok Mask is going to be useful, since I want to find every last Korok but don't want to spend forever and a half trying to track down all 900 of them. I can't remember how many I've found so far without checking, maybe 200?

I don't know how much the Tingle, Phantom and Majora's Mask equipment will add to the game, since as other people stated I'll be pretty far into the game or possibly even have the main story completed by the time this DLC comes out. But I'm curious to see what they do for Link when equipped. Especially the MM one.

The Travel Medallion will be useful.

Hard mode sounds...hard still. I am surprised how much people are complaining. Actually I'm not, you guys do this all the freaking time, you cynics. Anyway, I don't know if I'm going to be eager to sit down and play through this entire game a second time once I beat it, but maybe I'll try to complete the main story on hard mode for funsies, or come back to the game after a while and start hard mode.

Trial of Sword shall make for a nice little challenge!

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I wonder if the durability will still be there on the master sword. Probably, but at least now it will always be at 60 when it's recharged.

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cool stuff but the Hard mode sounds depressing, is just your standar Hard Mode.....they could make it more Impressive like a Survival mode with link needing to eat and actually Sleep.

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@CRAPCOM1926: Nintendo isnt the type to put in effort for their dlc packs.

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Sounds disappointing :(

But it'd be hard to make something that lives up to the default game

Korok mask seems like it takes some fun out the game

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Sounds like most of those things should've been in the game to begin with or be a free update. Especially the Hero's Path Mode. If it works retroactively they clearly had intentions to put it in the game if it's already tracking your movements.

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@catsimboy: We see Nintendo is learning from Capcom, the art of the On Disc Paid DLC.

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@Xylymphydyte: This.

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@Xylymphydyte: Are you really going to cry about the amount of content in Zelda:BOTW? REALLY!? Have you played it? It's a 100 hour + game.

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@timmyp1982: Yeah, its roughly 50 at the most imo

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@darksouls: 50 Hours at most, wtf is wrong with you. Do you just read stuff online and count it as fact. You can beat the game if you have skill in less than 3 hours easy "So I guess it is a 3 hour game". What kind of stupid logic is this. If you only focus on doing obvious shrines and clearing divine beasts you can do the game in less than 10 easy. "So maybe it is a 10 hour game?"

For people that actually play the game without reading a guide, and are playing the game for pure fun and story this game is 100+ hour game easily.

Also I have yet to speak to a single person IRL that has not had to use a faq or guide to clear a damn shrine designed for a 13 year old brain, the quality of gamers these days is sad.

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@SsjChrisKo: For me it took like fifty hours which is why I put "imo" at the end of my comment lol. Learn to read ;)

If a game can be ran through in three hours its not necessarily a three hour game. I can beat Dark Souls incredibly fast nowadays but my first playthrough (doing all the stuff I wanted took me roughly eighty hours). This Zelda game just simply doesnt have enough fun content to keep me entertained past fifty which is why, again, I said imo at the end of my comment. The game is repetitive, easy, and lacks worthwhile content in my opinion.

I struggled to finish it because at around the five hour mark I realized the game was going to be the same repetitive content over and over again and I dreaded playing it. I pressed on thinking it would get better only because I've finished every other Zelda. This is the first game in a while that I felt like abandoning (which I never do) because it was that boring/repetitive.

I have no idea what the point youre trying to make in your third paragraph. So all the gamers you know needed a guide for a shrine designed for a thirteen year old? Or did you mean that the quality of games is so bad that you need a guide since its not clear? Or did you mean that gamers are too dumb nowadays to beat games without guides? Im pretty sure youre the third one based on how dumb your comment was lol.

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@timmyp1982: Its beyond 100 hours (easy)

Average player is getting usually 90-120 hours thats a no brainer. Game is fine, 60-70-80-90 hours still loving it, sucks for others - but yea even my friend was just saying "easy anyone that only does 30 hours= quit without doing half the content" its not all that repetitive, (especially when you get later in the EXP & STS areas) see MOST people that are commenting on here

did not finish, explore everything, and comments on 10-18 hours of "it got repetitive early on" qualty is fine, quantity is fine, plenty of content...LOL its a no brainer, but everyone is different.

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@whatsazerg: I put about 30 hours into it. 5 hours in I was having a blast, 10 I was starting to sour, by 20 I was actively angry at the game for being so repetitive, after 30 I gave up in disgust. Quantity != Quality.

I was only commenting on the fact that these were planned concepts considering the retroactive nation of the Hero's Path thing, I think that qualifies as on-disc DLC, i.e., additional concept that's part of the base game they intended to charge more for.

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@Xylymphydyte: Yeah I was the same way with how boring and repetitive it was. For the first three or so hours I was having a blast but then things rapidly declined. I wanted to kms by the end of it lol First time I didnt want to finish a Zelda game which is shocking since I own every single one released and have completed them all numerous times.

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@Xylymphydyte: So you'd rather they delayed the launch till the holidays then? They've already openly stated that they wanted to do more but didn't have the time. They released a very large, fun game that wasn't for you, but many do love it.

The Hero's Path is more limited functionality that can be upgraded than on-disc stuff, its not like that's the prime thing your getting and they held it back. It would have been crazy to charge for something like this by itself but they're packing it in with other things that are worth it. The money really is going towards the new story and dungeon. The rest of this is really just cool stuff to tide us over till that comes out. People forget this and just see $20 for this other stuff.

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@darkelf83: They could have given it to everyone in an update instead of adding it to the paid DLC.

It doesn't matter to me either way, I haven't given Nintendo a dime in years, nor do I plan to in the future: voting with my dollar.

Also, being mercilessly critical of them.

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@Xylymphydyte: Good for you man, youre doing Gods work.

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@Xylymphydyte: Thats fine, rather give Nintendo a dime before I would the Sony or Microsoft. Better games on Nintendo. but everyone is different. DLC=cheap, BOTW=over 100 hours, enjoyed game, dislike Microsoft, Dislike Sony, PC & Nintendo period. I dont see why people debate opinion (there is no fact in any comment here) I'd give Nintendo a dime (considering all the content I've owned handheld market = doing great, tons of great games, huge back catalog, a $149.99 New 2DS XL...dirt cheap & for the AMOUNT of games I'd get..yeaaa (eye-roll) why wouldnt I ? cant take your money to the grave with you..dirt cheap prices, dirt cheap system, dirt cheap DLC...I dont see the point to complaining about $20 whether the stuff should have been included in base-game or not. Furthermore, and this isn't really a fanboy opinion but...I dont know the systems I get from Nintendo I end up owning down the road & I've always enjoyed...a HOST of games (pre-owned, reduced prices) cheap systems at a reduced price. I just sit & watching all the debates, crying & complaining like...uh...I'm 37....LOL I've been gaming 30 years...

I make a decent amount of money, not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination but....LOL Nintendo exclusives have the quality (and the quantity) I dont see how anyone COULDNT Put 100-120-130 hours (my Switch version) already setup with the micro Phaser (modified) game runs fine, enjoyed it (far LESS repetitive then the other games I've played on other devices) I dont see how anyone couldnt get 100+ hours easy EASY. And with Xenoblade Chronicles, Chronicles 2, New Super Mario Bros U, Fire Emblem Awakening, Dragon Quest (8, 9, 10), The Last Story, Pandoras Tower, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Majoras Mask, A Link Between Worlds, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (really one of the most underrated platformers in recent years), ARMS upcoming & Splatoon (1 & 2) being so fun, and Super Mario Maker, Mario Kart 8, and 8 Deluxe, Persona Q, Persona 2, XLT (Devil Survivor), Shin Megami Tensei III, IV, V - & Bravely Default, Bravely Second, Resident Evil Revelations, Mirror of Fate, 7th Dragon Code, Bayonetta 2, Super Mario Galaxy 1&2, Super Smash Bros U, upcoming: Super Mario Odyssey & Xenoblade Chronicles 2, The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth + (runs even better on the TBL mode/undocked) and as for the New 2DS XL (with adapter for $149.99) plus the announcement of the Switch Virtual Console & reduced price for holiday ($249.99) w/ my rebates I will be able to get the system for UNDER $220 (not to mention I didnt even pay $200 for the Wii U and that was 3 1/2 years ago) and I've gotten dozen or so great games out of it JUST in the past 2 years, 1 9/10 rated exclusive after another...see thats the thing, I know when it comes to gaming its all personal opinion (and moments after I post this, and [x] the webpage) I'll go back to my gaming & what we said wont matter BUT I often find it odd, someone wont give a penny to a company b/c of business practices (or something along those lines) for me ? as an older, lazy gamer who just wants to come home from work & enjoy a game this stuff is CHEAP, all of these devices, these games @ pre-owned prices, bundled systems months after release (they go down in price) why WONT I invest into Nintendo...and miss the 30, 40, + games I want to play (and the huge backlog of classic/Virtual Console downloadables I want to enjoy) the handhelds have worked great and for the upcoming New 2DS XL (despite the AMOUNT of iterations on the market) I think it makes perfect sense, & nobody can argue the # of content that entire DS/Advanced/SP line of games have to play. I can play every one of 17 major Zelda entries for dirt cheap and have plenty of room (with a micro SDHC card) ...plenty of room for future titles. I just see it as much simpler...less worry about business practices, ppl can be critical all t hey want, in the end its the games and I've enjoyed MANY of them (the ones I listed here and dozens of others I haven't) both on Wii U, DS line, & Switch (even if theres only a few games by end of year) thats fine.

The system was cheap I have a PC, tablet, PS Vita, X360 & XONE (I dont prefer any Microsoft or Sony console) their business practices are equally as bad (infact you could argue that with ANY game developer, publisher, hardware developer) but that wont stop me from enjoying the games. 30 hours into Breath of the Wild it was only JUST beginning to get good (just as Xenoblade Chronicles 130 hours in was great, but I kept enjoying the experience) eh repetition whatever, all games are repetitive to a certain point, I want quantity over quality, cause QUALITY is in the eye of the beholder, a GREAT amazing game with high production values and no performance issues that ONLY runs for 10 hours tops...vs a game w/. bugs, and performance issues that I could EASILY get 100-130 hours (not just games like BOTW, but you know any game like that open world rpg/adventure/action like say Bethesdas Fallout New Vegas, a game riddled with issues...but doesnt stop me 1 bit from enjoying it, the DLC or patches over the period of time...I could careless about that as well...basically as a hobby I'm not going to focus my attention on some random negative aspects of business practices, its not that Im not AWARE Of it, I just dont care...I care enough just to make a long-winded run on post (which nowadays I do less & less of) cause as my friend said "just ignore all comments & you will immediately start to feel better...when you realize the only opinion that matters is your OWN...then it doesnt affect you what others think...they dont like this, they think this is crap, thats fine,...they are the ones disappointed & unsatisfied...you are not them lol" after he said that he had a solid point. But I still find it odd to skip over something or an entire company (even if there is a load of games I want to play)

MY principles dont run that deep, its a hobby, like reading books or watching TV...these game systems run only a few hundred bucks (at best) everything I own ends up costing under $300 ...sometimes half that....and the games ? $29.99....$19.99...very rarely do I own a game so early in its shelf life (like BOTW) but same thing....$54.99 pre-owned...bought it, brought it home, updated it....played on a modified system & enjoyed it...well over 100 hours, lots of variety in actual world design, things to see, experience & enjoy exploration (which for me is a key factor) I cant speak for everyone but 30-40 hours is only a "skin off the head" for this game...the meat of the game was past the 50 hour point for me (after I obtained a near-70% completion rate....its when I really started to enjoy it) but the seasons pass is what this discussion is about...and I dont see the big deal (EVEN IF you are right) about it should of been included in the vanilla game upon release maybe the game should of been pushed back who knows...$20 is about what I spend in 3 days of gas for my Jeep Grand Cherokee lol...I can handle paying that...especially if I have a reason to want to continue on with the game. Basically I'm not going to politic/vote with my dollar....I dont value it as much...its alittle bit of money, not a house-mortgage lol. Besides I'd prefer to OWN them ALL & just play whatever game on whatever device I'm in the mood for (New 2DS XL, Wii U, Switch , Xbox One "S", Xbox 360, Tablet, PC, PS Vita Slim) all bought, paid for, not that expensive (the PC being the biggest purchase) - the rest....under $300, some under $200...all playable...a few unhooked, a few hooked up....hardwired to fios - some wireless. I play 1 game at a time, depending on mood & what game I want...complete & rinse n repeat. I'm glad I had the BOTW experience, and w/ the Seasons pass already (long paid for & out of the way) for me its no longer a question of price and nintendo-practices (besides) I see people saying "classic" nintendo, LOL actually if you want to split hairs here...this ISNT classic Nintendo, its more like (the guy says below) "Classic Millenials" other companies (the other big 2) have been doing this far less shamefully for a much longer time. I mean Xbox & FPS ? lol dont even get me started...games that you know you will complete in less then 8 hours...with 6 updates, and 3 expansion packs costing $49.99 (and you never know what your going to get in advance) by THAT comparison I'd say Nintendo is the less dangerous of the bunch (and remember I own a variety of devices, so this isnt "fanboy" talk) just saying.

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@Itzsfo0: gave you a like because people with Asperger Syndrome always have my respect.

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@Itzsfo0: Lol

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@catsimboy: Classic Nintendo

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@darksouls: Classic generation of Millennials you mean....Nintendo never used to do any of this shit until Millennials kept crying left and right for everything that was always left out (which when Nintendo introduced it got worse)...

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@phili878: Yeah they didnt do it back in the day but now they're arguably the worst at releasing low quality and lazy dlc imo.

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Sounds like more flying enemies and aerial exploration!

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O its on like Donkey Kong.

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@iandizion713: Cringe

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As someone whos almost done 100% with the game (119 shrines found and 870 something korok seeds found) this first expansion doesnt really feel like its worth it to me as I dont see these few armor sets adding anything to my game. Now if you look at the 2nd pack with the added dungeon, more original story elements and ''even more new challenges'' that might be more worthy of the purchase. Sadly you cant buy them separately so its $20 for the whole thing or pass.

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@gameroutlawzz: This is mostly bad wording on the media end. Nintendo is calling this an expansion pass with DLC pack 1 and pack 2. Above they state "You can get the two expansions" this is wrong, you get two packs in one expansion. Which is why you cannot break them up. Your mostly paying for pack 2 which has the new story and dungeon and getting pack 1 stuff early so you can enjoy it while waiting for pack 2. Would you really feel better if it was all packed together in one go during the holidays instead? Having to wait for everything or maybe enjoy some it sooner while you wait for the really good stuff?

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@gameroutlawzz: Almost there as well, I didn't even bother getting all the armor sets in the default game I certainly don't need more

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