Here’s where you should go after you beat the introduction in Tears of the Kingdom.
It’s like saying the sun is hot to say that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a big game. It goes without saying, but you won’t really get what that sentence means until you look at it for a long time. Then the whole world opens up. You can blast to any of the game tasks from here.
When you leave the Garden of Time, the lesson ends in a soft way, but you can’t really leave the tutorial until you get the glider from Purah. From there, you have complete control over the critical path, which can make it hard to make choices. These goals can help you figure out what to do when you’re young and confused.
After a sky island shoots Link into the sky, he wakes up naked in a cave for the second time in his life. A notebook entry in Hateno kind of confirms that Zelda took his shirt, and it’s now hidden in Hyrule Castle, so you can get this armor on your first trip to the floating section.
In Breath of the Wild, you have to light several torches in the throne room above where you faced Ganon in order to get the Champion’s Leathers. If you turn on every torch in the room, a secret door will open. The armor has a good defense score, and it also lets you use the Master Sword to shoot beams at any health level.
You can also find the Hylian shield in Hyrule Castle, and you don’t have to fly to the floating spot to do so. Instead, the shield is hidden in the dock area on the back side of the lake. In the very back, there will be a stage with a single brazer that can be lit. When you’re done, you’ll have the Hylian shield.
This shield is by far the best in the game. The defense stat on shields isn’t explained in-game, but it does tell you if it will disarm enemies you parry when they attack with a lower attack rating than the defense rating, and if they will stagger when hitting your blocked shield. Lastly, it says how much durability will be lost when the shield is hit. This means that this shield will rarely lose more than one point of durability when it is hit. You might not want to use the shield because it is so valuable, but Cece can always sell you a new one.
The Soldier’s Set can be found in the Royal Hidden Passage Cave. This is the last piece of loot you can find near Hyrule Castle, and it will really change your early game. This mini-dungeon is pretty long and has a real boss at the end. But every piece of armor is hidden in rooms that look normal, making this very easy to miss.
The Soldiers set doesn’t have a special skill, but when fully upgraded, its defense stat is 84, which is the highest in the game. This makes up for the fact that you don’t have an extra skill. It will save your life more than once until you get more heart containers, at which point you can slowly put this set away to get the prize of a new one.
Activate Every Tower
In Tears of the Kingdom, it’s not fun to have a blank area. It looks bad and makes people who want to try new things feel bad. How can you have a good trip when you don’t even know where you are? Because of this, you can and should unlock each tower as soon as you can.
The towers will not only let you see, but they will also be your way into the rest of the world. So, having more towers makes exploring easy. More loot can be found the easier it is to explore. It’s a simple exchange, but one that will keep you up at night.
You can easily get the Glide Suit if you have all of the survey towers. There are three dive tasks in the sky near Lindor’s Brow Tower, Typhlo Ruins Tower, and Mount Lanayru Tower. A Construct will give you a time test, and if you pass it, he will give you one of the three pieces.
You will spend a lot of time in Tears Of The Kingdom flying and gliding, so being able to get to these sky islands so early is a blessing. On top of that, the upgraded Glide Suit fully cancels out fall damage and comes with a bow. You can teleport in the air, so it’s probably not that usual to die from a great height. But it’s still fun to crash Link nose first into the ground at mach 3.
As you move from the early Tears Of The Kingdom game into the main story. You will want to make sure you have completed the Hyrule Gazette job chain in Hebra, near Rito Village. This chain of quests will take you to every stable on the map. So it’s best to do them as soon as you arrive at a new stable.
The chain also comes with a pretty good prize. You will get the Froggy Suit as a prize for reaching different goals. It will make you almost impossible to slip. Unless you improve the suit to level 2, in which case you won’t slip at all. This changes Tears Of The Kingdom in a big way. Some puzzle rooms are literally made to be easy if you could climb. But it’s either raining or the walls are made of ice. This suit doesn’t care about that.
Start The Kohga Quest Chain
The Depths/Kohga quest chain is another important one that you should start as soon as possible. The first fight can be done as soon as you can get underground. The first fight happens in the Central Mining Facility on the Great Plateau, right under the Goddess Statue. A close sinkhole in the Eastern Abbey will drop you next to a minecart rail that will take you the rest of the way to the facility.
This should be taken care of as soon as possible because it gives you power. This first mining facility will give you access to Autobuild. Which will save you minutes or even hours of making the same things over and over again. You will unlock schematics and be able to set faves. You will also be able to choose from your most recent builds from a history. It’s the best way to improve Backrooms game’s quality of life, and you need it.