I gave in and started buying the normal arrows when I have the chance. Running out when you need them in shrines or to get a Korok seed is no fun. I avoid using the special types when possible. I used 10 bomb arrows on a frost talos (can't touch it for instant freeze death) which if I had bought them would have been 2000 rupees, for a 100 rupee reward to defeat him lol. He dropped gems too anyway to make it less painful.
I wish the game was a bit nicer with loot. Put what I need in those hard to get chests instead of another bow or sword I already have and can't carry. There are so many chests I have left behind full which could all have had some nice arrows in them instead, or gems.
Are gems needed for anything btw? I've been saving them up as I haven't really found much to buy so far other then arrows. Just the full Rito gear but I payed that with cooking gourmet dishes :)
I have 5 hearts now, no armor uogrades and still easily get ganked. Fighting more than 1 enemy at a time with a 2 hander is a no go. I do like how you can get quick hits in with 2 handers by charging at enemies, momentum for the win. Yet cancelling and putting the shield back up usually takes too long when there's a second enemy running around. And don't charge at bears, they're not impressed lol.
I imagine that hitting a Frost Talus with fire arrows could help, just like hitting a Fire Talus with ice arrows helps. By the way, don't use bomb arrows for a Fire Talus; the air on Death Mountain is so hot that they instantly explode.
Gems are needed for certain armor upgrades. Gems can also be used to create jewelry (head gear) in one specific shop. Jewelry seems to have the highest defense stats and each upgrade will take a lot of gems that were already needed to get the equipment in the first place. I'd advise that you hang on to a good number of the rarer gems. As in, you should keep a few dozens as a reserve.
No Master Sword for any of you stamina players
Does it break after 2 of the more difficult enemies like everything else? Then who cares!
Zelda is made for the ultimate consumer society, nothing lasts, everything is made to break two steps out the door.
The Master Sword doesn't break, but it can run out of power. At that point it takes ten minutes to recharge (actual gameplay, time spent in menus does not count). The Master Sword only recharges if it has run completely empty.
The number of shrines iirc is 120 plus you have the 4 dungeons.
Ahh, so 40 for stamina, leaves 20 extra hearts + 4 from dungeons, 27 total.
One of the hints during the loading screens states that there is competition for the statues of the goddess. I haven't found this person yet, but it should be possible to max out both stamina and hearts (30). Basically, three upgrades should be exclusive to this competitor.