The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild changes so much about the Zelda formula that we’ve grown accustomed to over these last couple of decades. It’s still a fantasy adventure, but in a lot of ways it is a more realistic experience, with Link affecting and being affected by the environment. This starts early, with the opening hour taking place on the Plateau, a starting area that teaches you many things about the game. Here you will encounter, for the first time, how the environment can impact you. To help you make it, we put together this quick guide on how to survive the cold in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

There’s two main ways to survive the cold in Breath of the Wild. The first is one that won’t be accessible to you until later on, which is to buy a certain type of clothing that will let you withstand the cold without a problem. More on this later, because I’m guessing that you want to know the method that’s available to you right away, on the Plateau.

To survive the cold in Breath of the Wild you can also cook specific dishes that will heat you up, making it so you can wander through the snow for minutes at a time, without taking damage. You can do this in an area that’s just behind and to the west of the dilapidated Temple of Time. Here you’ll see a gate leading into the snowy mountains, beside the gate are some Spicy Peppers. Grab them and head north a bit to find a Bokoblin camp.

At the camp is more Spicy Peppers and a cooking stove. Be sure to kill the Bokoblins, obviously, and grab the torch that sits nearby. Equip it as a weapon and swing it at the nearby fire to light it, then swing it at the stove to light the fire under that. You can now cook. We have a separate guide explaining how to cook in Breath of the Wild, but here’s a quick rundown for the cold survival meal.

Go into your inventory and select the hot pepper, then choose hold. You can now cook one pepper for 2.5 minutes of heat, or hold more to add additional time. I usually go with 2 at a time, cooking them all into 5 minute meals. Once you have the number of peppers you want, just walk up to the stove and press A when it changes to “Cook”. Link will drop them in and they’ll cook up into a nice cold survival stew.

Another method that doesn’t really count since it is tough to pull of is to simply sprint from fire to fire. You can light your own fire if you have a bundle of wood and some flint, but it’s just not as feasible as the other methods listed here.

That’s it for how to survive the cold in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Let us know if you need help with anything else in the game.