May 29, 2023

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - 17 Things To Do First

Published May 19, 2023, 7:20 a.m. by Monica Louis

1. Head to the Great Deku Tree.

2. Get the Kokiri Emerald.

3. Go to Zora’s Domain.

4. Get the Zora’s Sapphire.

5. Get the Goron’s Ruby.

6. Get the Gerudo’s Vai.

7. Get the Triforce of Wisdom.

8. Get the Triforce of Power.

9. Get the Triforce of Courage.

10. Defeat Ganon.

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The Legend of Zelda tears of the Kingdom

features a world that Rivals and in many

ways even surpasses that of breath of

the wild in terms of its scope whether

you're new to Zelda's open world format

or you know Hyrule like the back of your

hand you should expect things to have

changed in many unexpected ways

including where to find armor great

fairies towers and many more secrets

there's a lot to unpack both in the

opening Sky Island tutorial area and

once you arrive back on the surface and

it's easy to get lost and not know what

to do next so to help out we've compiled

some of the most essential things to do

first in tears of the Kingdom


leggings the great sky island is where

you'll spend the first hour or two of

your adventure learning the ropes in a

format that's fairly similar to breath

of the Wild's great Plateau but certain

aspects and the abilities you collect

will change things up one thing that has

not changed is the importance of finding

a way to stay warm in cold weather

environments aside from eating cooked

Peppers Sun drums or making elixirs from

warm Darner dragonflies the best way to

stay warm is to find suitable clothing

and one piece of armor on the great Sky

Island just happens to fill that role

once you've survived the cold Trek up

the snowy eastern part of the island to

the gutan back Shrine and gain the

ability to ascend you can use it right

outside the shrine on the wooden ledge

coming from a large hollow tree trunk at

the top of the mountain

look inside the trunk to find a small

recess in the corner that holds a green

zonite chest open it to reveal the

archaic warm Grieves this item will

negate any freezing effects in basic

cold temperature zones and when combined

with some cooked spicy peppers or

applicable food will fully negate even

the most frigid environments you'll find

next up you're going to want to

stockpile zonai devices it exploring the

great Sky Island will also begin to

teach you the importance of zonai

devices such as things like fans Wing

gliders and portable cooking pots many

places you explore May sometimes have

remnants of these devices that you can

find and Muse but nothing beats being

able to summon them at will luckily such

a way exists in the form of zonai device

dispensers which are large Globes filled

with capsules like a toy machine in

exchange for tossing in zonai charges

easily gained from defeating constructs

or looting broken down relics you'll

gain a large amount of capsules that fit

in your inventory and have no upper

limit be sure to stop by the two

dispensers on the island before heading

down to the surface and keep a good

amount of devices like fans that you can

take out whenever you find an abandoned

vehicle in need of a good push or Wing

gliders to get around between Sky

Islands note that each device dispenser

has a set variety so you should always

be on the lookout for more dispensers

all over the place to broaden the

devices you can pull out at any given


next up here's a familiar one explore

Hyrule Castle when you first descend

back down to the kingdom of Hyrule it's

always tempting to run off and see

what's changed or get sidetracked

exploring a newly opened cave but hear

us out play along with the main story

Quests for just a bit an early short

main quest will involve you delving into

the ruins of Hyrule Castle or rather

what's been left behind on the surface

thankfully since the guardian robots of

breath of the wild are no more the

castle ruins are surprisingly light on

enemies be sure to check out the first

Gatehouse and dining hall to find a

bunch of weapons and items that have

been left behind the real treasure can

be found in the guards chamber but be

warned getting there is a little tricky

as the guard posted outside will turn

you away until you advance the story if

you want to sneak past him now look for

a balcony on the ridge above past the

Gatehouse this room leads downstairs

where two extremely tough enemies are

hiding but if you sprint through and

down the left Hall to the second passage

on the left they'll stop chasing you

there are a ton of weapons stashed here

but you'll need to skirt around two

black vocabulins hiding under stairways

head to the right side of the chamber

and climb up around the broken stairs to

the back of the room then Ultra hand a

makeshift bridge to the corner and you

can find a chest holding the royal guard

uniform which grants four defense right

out of the gate

next you want to get the paraglider


hold off on racing away from Central

Hyrule to explore for just a bit longer

and be sure to check in with Pura after

returning from the castle so they can

activate the first Skyview Tower in

order to log more map points they'll

need to shoot you out of towers now and

thankfully they'll give you back the

paraglider first with all the Skyward

exploring you'll be doing the paired

glider is absolutely essential for

getting around and you'll even be able

to customize it later at the hatino dye

shop after finding new paraglider

materials then you'll want to get a

horse again it will likely be a while

until you can fly around the machines or

build a crazy car so in the meantime

getting around the surface will be made

a lot easier with a trusty horse luckily

you should be able to spot a few just to

the west of Lookout Landing horses spook

easily so if you have trouble

approaching them you may find it easier

to surprise one from the air and shoot

out of the nearby tower for height and

then match the L button with your

remaining stamina to calm it down using

stamina replenish food if you run out

once you've got one under control you'll

need a place to stable it and luckily

there's one not too far away to the

southeast at Riverside stable that you

can get to by following the roads from

Lookout Landing Stables now have a

Rewards program so the more you visit

new locations and the more horses you

board the more rewards you get in return

as an added bonus if you have saved data

on your switch from breath of the wild

any horses you've stabled in the

previous game will be ready and waiting

for you while you're stabling your horse

at Riverside stable look around the back

for a well that you can climb down there

are tons of Wells hidden all over Hyrule

that have their own secrets and this one

includes a well Hunter woman who will

start paying you for every well you

visit and catalog

and then offer a fruit to the cherry

blossom trees an interesting mystery

awaits you at various pink cherry

blossom trees scattered around the

surface of Hyrule and one is located

just to the east of the Hyrule Castle

Town ruins by placing a fruit in the

bowl at the foot of the tree you'll find

that nearby cave entrances Wells and

points of interest now emit a glowing

blue light and will continue to do so

for a short duration use this feature in

conjunction with your prayer pad zoom

and map marking feature to Mark

interesting spots and come back to them

later when you're up for exploring

then you're going to want to go into the

depths another early main quest you

shouldn't pass up before running off to

explore the wild world becomes available

after getting your paraglider Robbie

will want your help investigating giant

chasms that have appeared all over

Hyrule leading to a terrifyingly

enormous underground region known as The

Depths by helping him out and diving

into the Hyrule Field Chasm you can

catch up with him somewhere in the

darkness by using bright Bloom seeds to

navigate off to the West he'll then

activate the pur pad's camera function

which is necessary to undertake many

other side quests in the world and we'll

also unlock the Hyrule compendium

feature to help keep track of the many

creatures and items you find in your

travels and then you're going to want to

help the monster control crew not far

south from the Hyrule Field Chasm you

can spot Captain hose with a militia

aimed on taking out hordes of monsters

and they could really use your help

agree to help them and they'll move on

to a fort by the Hyrule Garrison ruins

it will be a big and K fight but worth

your while for clearing out monster

hordes plus you'll earn money for your

trouble and can help yourself to all the

monster parts and weapons left behind by

the battle there are plenty more of

these battles that can happen in every

region and may often block your

progression into new areas so having the

monster control crew to help you out is

always a bonus next up fix that poor guy

sign no matter where you end up

traveling in Hyrule you're sure to find

a strange sight in the form of a man

named Addison struggling to hold up a

sign for the Hudson Construction Company

these are fun little puzzles that almost

always have a Different Twist on trying

to help him keep the sign from falling

down when he lets go luckily there's

always Construction Supplies nearby to

craft the story support at which point

you can tell him to try letting go if it

works he'll always reward you with

pretty good stuff including money food

and tickets that let you sleep at any

stable free of charge then you're going

to want to get tips on armor locations

like breath of the wild before tears of

the Kingdom has tons of different armor

and clothing options to find while you

explore while you can buy some basic

armor and Lookout Landing you'll

probably want to start looking for armor

that adds bonus effects luckily there

are Travelers who can help point out

possible armor locations for you if you

head south and east on the road towards

the dueling Peaks you'll likely run into

a woman dressed in mushroom themed

clothing named Mishi she happens to be a

fashion Hunter and knows rumors of the

locations of misco's Treasure of Bandit

who hid away different types of clothing

speaking to her in central Hyrule she'll

tag the locations of three caves that

hold armor that will help you climb

increase your attack power and reduce

electric damage she'll also mention to

keep an eye out for her in other regions

and she'll even give you more tips on

where to find armor across all the land

and then find impa in the geoglyphs you

may have noticed them on your dive down

from the sky islands but strange

patterns and glyphs have appeared all

over the land and are usually visible

from high up in the air these serve a

special purpose but you'll need to

undertake a quest to Define their true

nature Head West and north from Lookout

Landing to reach the new Serene stable

in the Hyrule Ridge area which is on the

path towards another Skyview Tower

nearby in the field is a large glyph

that is being investigated by none other

than impa of the shika tribe by helping

her Define its true nature you'll be

able to unlock special features not

unlike the memory locations of breath of

the wild and then of course You're Gonna

Wanna locate hestu odds are you may have

stumbled across the korok as early as

the great Sky Island which may fill you

with joy or dread depending on how you

felt about collecting Clorox seeds in

breath of the wild and where there's

Clorox seeds there's a big old tree

fairy named hestu who needs some to fill

his magical Maracas sure enough enough

if you travel up The Path Northwest from

new Serene Stables towards the lindor's

brow Skyview Tower you should spot the

guy being Menace by a pair of angry

trees defeat them and you'll be able to

start trading in korok seeds in exchange

for expanding your weapon bow and shield

inventory which is just as important in

tears of the Kingdom as it was in the

previous game just like last time

however you'll only be able to give him

a few Clorox seeds before he runs off

but luckily his next appearance won't be

far away he'll talk about traveling East

where lots of people are and you've

actually already been there look out

Landing next up you're going to want to

get the Glide suit since you just found

hestu below the Skyview Tower in Hyrule

Ridge it's best to go ahead and unlock

it and expand your map doing so will

also put you high in the sky right next

to a large chain of circular Islands to

the Southwest if you land on the highest

platform and activate the special panel

it will trigger a series of floating

Rings you can dive through to the lowest

Island where a construct will

congratulate you and suggest doing an

official ceremony complete this task

once more in a certain amount of time

and you'll be rewarded for completing

the ceremony with your very own Glide

suit this new special armor will

increase your moving capabilities when

diving at high altitudes letting you

have better control over landing on

distant platforms finding similar

challenges on the other Sky Islands

above Hyrule will reward you with the

complete set and drastically improve

your handling in the air and then become

a reporter link has had to take on many

roles over the years to help the people

of Hyrule from sorting male and Wind

Waker to learning sumo wrestling in

Twilight Princess tears of the Kingdom

lets you live out your dream of becoming

an investigative journalist completing

the journey from Hyrule Ridge into the

Tabatha Frontier where Rito Village is

will lead you to the former Rito stable

which is now known as the lucky clover

Gazette headquarters by talking to the

owner you can team up with a

pelican-looking Rito named pen to travel

to different Stables all across Hyrule

and uncover Union the questlines these

quests won't normally appear at the

Stables unless you've been hired by the

lucky clover Gazette so it's good to

start on this Quest early so you won't

miss out on anything later as an added

bonus the more quests you complete from

the newspaper the closer you get to

receiving the ultimate reward a set of

froggy armor that negates the effect of

slippery walls a dream come true and

finally bring music to the fairy

fountains in breath of the wild the

great fairies would upgrade your armor

and unlock new set bonuses but were

often very hard to find in the wide

world this time around you'll find them

near different Stables but the rules for

coaxing them out of their flower buds

have changed instead of a huge sum of

rupees the great fairies will refuse to

come out unless they hear some wonderful

music and this Quest can only be

undertaken once you've become a reporter

for the lucky clover Gazette you can

start by traveling to the Woodland

stable which is just to the east of

Hyrule Castle across the large river at

the edge of the great Hyrule Forest a

traveling musical trip will report that

they want to play for the Great Fairy

but they need help getting their cart

working again by this point you should

have boarded a horse of your own and

visited at least two Stables which will

get you access to a towing harness which

you can have the stable Merchant

equipped when speaking to the front desk

fix up the cart's broken Wheels using

Ultra hand and then drag the card over

to your horse's Towing harness to glue

it on and then take them up the hillside

to the great Fair this will unlock the

first of four letting you begin

upgrading your armor in exchange for a

small sum of rupees and a few

ingredients depending on the armor piece

with this questline started you can

begin to seek out the other great

fairies that are helpfully marked on

your map and find the rest of the

musicians needed to get the fairy

fountains operational once again

and those are our picks of things you

should do first in tears of the Kingdom

for more tips tricks and guides make

sure to head over to to check

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Wiki and interactive map and for

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