Early Game Guide for the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. See what to do first, progress in early game, available features, combat tips, guide and strategy for beginners.
Learn All About The Basics
Be Familiar With The Controls
The best way to get started is to learn the controls first. All the basic controls will be important, so practice around the area until you become familiar with the controls.
In-game settings can be changed by opening the menu with the + Button, then going to System and Options.Controls Settings - How To Change
|Gyro Function||Recommended having it OFF if you are not used to it|
|Jump Control Switching||ON if you want to set jump to B|
|Minimap North Fixation||Recommended having it ON|
Learn To Save
You can save at any time by using the "+ button" -> "System" -> "Save". The auto-save will go in at various times, and if you die, it will resume from the most recent saved date.How To Save Guide - Can You Stop Autosave?
Remember To Lock On & Evade When In Battle
|How To Lock On||Press & hold ZL (Also hold Shield)|
|How To Evade||Press and hold ZL. Jump left, right or back|
The combat right from the start can be difficult if you are not familiar with the controls, but if you just remember the combat technique of using ZL to Lock On an enemy and avoid them by jumping while holding down ZL, the early combat will be very easy.
Pick Up Materials On The Map & Cook Food In The Pot
At first, you will obtain materials from the map, and you must remember to put the materials into a pot over the fire to make food. Food had various effects such as Stamina recovery and Cold Resistance.
Food Recommendations For Early Stages
|Simmered Fruit||Apple x 5||5 Hearts Recovery|
|Energizer Fruit||Restless Cricket ×4|
Bokoblin Horn x 1
|1 Gauge Stamina Wheel recovery|
|Spicy Sauteed Peppers||Spicy Pepper × 5||5 Hearts Recovery|
Cold Resistance Lv1
12 Mins 30 Sec
How To Progress In Early Game
- Jump off the island when you wake up
- After obtaining the Purah Pad, jump down further to the Great Sky Island
- Clear 3 Shrines
- Go to the Temple of Time
- Warp to the fourth shrine and clear it
- Go to the Temple of Time again and go to the Surface
Recommended Order For The Shrines
Each time you clear one shrine, Link will learn a new ability. First, take the three shrines by following the recommended order below. After that, return to the Temple of Time, travel to the fourth shrines and clear it to get to the surface.Shrine List & Strategy Guide
Unlock Fast Travel After Returning To Temple of Time
After clearing the third shrine, the warp is cleared at the Temple of Time. From then on, you can warp to the shrine, so you can come back after advancing to the surface.
|How To Fast Travel|
|1||Open the map by pressing the "-" button|
|2||Move the cursor to the place where you want to warp|
|3||Press the "A" button to warp|
Get Warm Doublet
Archaic Warm Greaves can be obtained from a treasure chest on a large stump near the shrine marked above by ③ (Gutanbac Shrine). Ascend through the area where the tree roots are protruding on the east side when looking from the shrine.
How To Unlock The Clogged Point On Great Sky Island
Iron Bars Move With Hooks & Logs
The long Iron Bars along the way can be moved easily by combining hooks and wooden boards or logs with Ultrahand. It is also possible to force yourself to walk across the iron bars.
Travel The Lake By Building A Raft Of Logs
As you progress, a scene occurs where you cross to the other side of the river using Zonai Devices called Fan. Here, two or more logs are attached with Ultrahand, to which Fan is added to create a raft. Once the raft is floating in the water, you can move by hitting the fan.
Broken Rails Use Hooks
When trying to move with the trolley and the fan, you will encounter an area where one rail is broken. Here it is possible to move on one rail by adding a hook to the trolley Fan.
Floating scaffolds can be moved by Ultrahand. By moving them alternately, it is possible to climb to high places.
When placed on the rails, it begins to descend. The flying distance changes depending on the position of the wings, and if you are in front of the rail, you can adjust the position of the rail as it descends rapidly.
Focus On Main Quests Even After Getting Down To Surface
Continue to focus on the Main Quest after clearing the Great Sky Island. Check the section below to know what you have to do and what you need to remember when advancing through the Main Quests.
|How To Check Main Quests|
|1||Press the + button to open the menu|
|2||Select the Adventure Log with the L button|
|3||Select Main Quests with the right stick|
|4||Select the appropriate quest with the left stick and the destination will be marked on the map|
Things To Do & Remember In The Early Stages
Release The Emergency Shelter At Lookout Landing
After arriving at the Surface, proceed to the Main Quests Crisis at Hyrule Castle and report to Purah that you have seen Princess Zelda, and he will tell you about the Emergency Shelter. Talk to the soldier in the center to clear the Emergency Shelter.
Emergency Shelter Allows You To Rest In A Bed
The beds in the Emergency Shelter allow you to rest until morning, noon, or night, and even change the weather. Make the most out of it!
Get A Paraglider To Make Exploring Easier
If you proceed further to the Main Quests Crisis at Hyrule Castle, Skyview Tower and the Paraglider will be unlocked. Since the exploration is overwhelmingly different with or without the Paraglider, it is better to get it first.Paraglider - How To Get & Unlock Guide
Clear The Skyview Tower & Shrine To Make Map Exploration Easier
By clearing the Skyview Tower, you will unlock the areas revealed on the map, and at the same time, it allows you to fly to the tower as a travel destination. Liberating the shrine will also make the area available as a warping point, so if you see one, make sure to liberate them. (You don't have to clear the shrine!)
|▶Skyview Tower Locations||▶Shrine List Guide|
Heart Container & Stamina Vessel Enhancements
Hearts and Stamina Wheel are very important when exploring. They can be strengthened by collecting four Light of Blessings, which can be obtained by clearing the shrine and offering them to the Goddess Statue. The highest priority is to strengthen the Stamina Wheel, which also leads to the acquisition of the most powerful weapon, the Master Sword.Heart Container And Stamina Vessel - How To Increase & Which One To Get
Keep A Hammer & Axe With You At All Times
The hammer can be used to destroy ore deposits on the map and obtain materials that can be sold for a high price. The axe is useful for cutting down trees to make firewood and destroying crates. Always carry these two items at the beginning of the game.
How To Create With Fuse
|Finished Weapons||Weapon Materials||Materials|
Pick Up A Lot Of Bows & Arrows
Break The Crate & Get The Arrow
If you see a crate around, be sure to break it. You will find many items like arrows and ingredients that will help you with your adventure.
Collect Arrows Released By Enemies
|1||Enemies with bows will find you|
|2||Continue to avoid the attacks|
|3||Collect the arrows that stick in the ground|
|4||Save and load when the arrow is no longer stuck|
Prepare Strong Weapons & Collect Remote Bombs
Strengthening Weapons With Fure Is Fundamental
The basic idea is to strengthen your weapons by fusing the weapons you pick up with the materials you get from enemies. Remember to fuse your weapons, and note that each material has its own effects and greatly increases damage.Best Weapons List & How To Get
Bomb Flower + Arrows Is An Easy Way To Damage
In the beginning, just attach a Bomb Flower to an Arrow for a hand and powerful fire ranged attack. Be careful not to shoot too close or you will be caught in the explosion.
Get The Most Powerful Shield Early In The Game
The strongest Shield in Tears of the Kingdom is the Hylian Shield, which can be obtained at the very beginning by simply going to the side hole of the docks around the perimeter of Hyrule Castle and lighting a candelabra. It is recommended due to its high durability and an overwhelming enemy guard.Hylian Shield - How To Get & Stats
Learn How To Earn Money (Rupees)
In the Main Quest, you will have to buy Armor at Rito Village to get Cold Resistance. The way to get money in the early stages of the game is very simple. When you see a deposit, break it with a hammer, and sell the materials you get. Another good way is to kill Stone Talus and Bokoblin Talus.Rupees Farming Guide - How To Farm Money
Use Blood-Stained Moon To Get Items You Already Got
After 168 minutes (2 hours and 48 minutes) in real time, a Blood-stained Moon will occur and various things, such as enemies and materials, will respawn. Keep in mind that you will be able to repeatedly obtain Materials that have fallen or are dropped by powerful enemies.Blood Moon Guide - How To Trigger Red Moon Event
Find The Koroks & Expand Your Inventory
Koroks are still around, just as they were in the previous game. Finding a certain number of Koroks hidden in various places will allow you to expand your inventory. There are various riddles your need to clear to find them!Korok Seed Locations Map & Uses
Get Zonai Devices From Zonai Machines
Zonai devices can be obtained from Zonai Machines located throughout the map by inserting specific materials into the machine and then spinning the machine. The basic Zonai Devices cannot be put away, but you can add them to your inventory if you obtain them through the gacha.Zonai Gacha Stations - How To Use & What You Get
Gear Available Varies Per Location
The Zonai Devices available through the gacha vary depending on the location of the Zonai Machine.
Capture A Horse & Register It At The Stable
If you catch a Horse and bring it safely to the Stable, you can call it with a Whistle after registering it. As a means of transportation, it may be easier to explore the map so if you see a Horse, try to catch it.Horse Guide - How To Call & Register Horses
Nearest Stable Location At Early Stages Of The Game
New Serenne Stable is the closest one to Lookout Landing. There is a Hinox on the bridge on the way, but it is not a problem once you pass by.
Side Adventures Progression Unlocks Elements
Although each has its own prerequisites, Side Adventures, which occur by talking to certain NPCs, unlock new elements when you clear them. This includes strengthening Armor and releasing the functions of the Purah Pad.
Side Quests With Various Rewards
Talking to NPCs with an exclamation point will trigger Side Quests. By completing the quests, you will receive various rewards, such as weapons, armor, and materials.
When You Find Geoglyphs, Check The Puddles
Each of the Geoglyphs in Hyrule has a pool of water that can be examined. When you examine them, an event will occur and you will be able to see their memories. These Geoglyphs are also the conditions for obtaining the Master Sword, the most powerful weapon in the game.Geoglyphs & Dragon's Tears Locations List
Take Brightbloom Seed With You To Explore Depths
The Depths can be accessed by talking to Robbie at Lookout Landing after completing the Main Quests "To the Kingdom of Hyrule". After that, it is not possible to move to the Depths from the deep hole on the Surface.
Prepare Brightbloom Seed Before Going To The Depths
When you first go to the Depths for the first time, it will be pitch black and you will not be able to see anything. A Brightbloom Seed can light up the surrounding area, making it essential for this section!
|Immediately blooms upon impact and illuminates the surrounding area with light on the spot|