Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Weapon Guide

Engaging in combat and vanquishing enemies is a core part of the gameplay in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. As the player, your character utilises a variety of offensive tools and equipment, including One-Handed Weapons, Two-Handed Weapons, Spears, and Bows, to deal damage to foes and bosses. A familiar mechanic from Zelda: Breath of the Wild, weapon durability, makes a return, meaning that a weapon can only sustain a specific number of strikes before it shatters, delivering double damage in the process.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom boasts an array of weapons for you to wield. However, the caveat is that the durability of these weapons depletes with use, and most cannot be preserved indefinitely. This mechanism applies to all armaments, with the exception of the Master Sword. Once a weapon’s durability hits rock bottom, the item is shattered beyond repair. Nonetheless, there is no scarcity of weapons in the game, as they can be found in various places, including chests, jars, grass, or even procured from an opponent.

An innovative feature of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is Weapon Upgrades, which allows players not only to restore a weapon’s durability but also to enhance its modifier. This process involves locating a Rock Octorok, which has made a return from Breath of the Wild. It lends a dazzling new feature that ensures your favourite weapons endure forever! The following guide will cover the list of all available weapons for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

The Art of Weapon Fusing in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Tears of the Kingdom enriches its arsenal by introducing a unique fusion feature, enabling the creation of different types of equipment through fusing various objects. Players can merge materials or other found items with Link’s current weapon, shield, or arrow, thereby enhancing durability, increasing damage, or even introducing a new effect. Players are encouraged to mix and match combinations for unpredictable and often amusing outcomes! This can occasionally add elemental effects to different equipment pieces. It also extends to Bows and Arrows, creating a new weapon variant which is reflected in the inventory item’s name. For instance, the fusion of a Wooden stick with a Sturdy Wooden Stick results in a Sturdy-Stick Stick. This combined weapon will exhibit individual statistics and their new stat as a fused item, which can be viewed from your weapons inventory. The fusion ability significantly broadens the options for exploration and experimentation in weapon choices!

Procedure to Fuse Weapons

The fusion ability permits players to choose any materials for fusion. Melee weapons can be combined with any object encountered, be it a boulder, stick, or even a Mine Card. Firstly, you need an item that can function as a weapon or shield. Equip the item intended for fusion and activate the ability. Then, choose the item you wish to fuse with your weapon. Items attached to equipment can be detached via your inventory. To reverse a fusion, access the Inventory, select the weapon, and opt to ‘Destroy the Fused Material.’

Consequences of Destroying Fused Material

On choosing to demolish a fused piece of equipment, only the attached material gets destroyed, leaving the original weapon intact. If the weapon was severely damaged prior to fusion, this action will revert your original weapon to its damaged state.

Materials Suitable for Fusion

In terms of fusion, remember this mantra: Everything is fair game. Literally, any material you can gather is a potential candidate. The fusion of materials with weapons opens up a myriad of possibilities, enriching the unique options for each weapon. While basic materials like wood, stone, and metal or special elemental effects like shock, ice, or fire continue to be a part of the fusion, the addition of natural materials and Monster parts brings in a whole new set of effects. For instance, a Chuchu Jelly can now bestow elemental powers to weapons. Even a Keese Eyeball can provide homing abilities when fused with arrows. This new ability exponentially increases the potential combinations of materials, thus enhancing the effects of each weapon as well.

Weapon Mechanics in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Weapon Statistics and Modifiers

Weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom come with a variety of attributes and Modifiers, usually randomized, allowing for duplication. It’s also possible to acquire multiple instances of the same weapon type, with each occupying a unique slot in your inventory. Even if weapons are of the same kind, they can bear different Modifiers. These statistics are visible at the bottom right corner of the weapon when viewed from the inventory. Weapons with Modifiers carry an extra label that reveals the modifier’s nature. For instance, you may see One-Handed Weapons of different kinds bearing different modifiers and stats. A symbol for the modifier will be prominently displayed at the top left corner of the inventory menu screen. Weapons with Modifiers also possess a sparkling attribute, making them identifiable even when lying on the ground.

Materials in Weaponry of Tears of the Kingdom

In addition to weapons that come with an extra elemental charge, adventurers in the game will stumble upon weapons composed of various fundamental Materials like Wood, Bone, Stone, or Metal. Now, players can even form and fuse weapons with different gathered or Monster Materials, so it’s crucial to understand how the environment will react to and affect these when equipped. For example, wooden items, susceptible to fire, can serve as torches. Lightweight materials like wood and bone can float in water, unlike other denser materials that will sink. Understanding how each Material type responds to environmental phenomena like storms & lightning is vital. Equipping Armor pieces with elemental resistances can help reduce damage to Link. Beyond regular elemental characteristics and fundamental materials, the fusion ability broadens the possibilities for Weapons, enabling players to fuse any Materials in their inventory.

Weapon Slots and Inventory Upgrades in Tears of the Kingdom

In Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, players can expand their inventory size, which is a boon if you’re fond of collecting Armor sets or hunting for them. To kickstart the expansion of your inventory size, you need to seek out Hestu, the fairy tree mainly responsible for inventory expansion. Next, complete the quest ‘The Priceless Maracas’ to win the fairy tree over. Following that, Hestu will accept Korok Seeds to boost your inventory size. However, brace yourself; you’ll need hundreds, literally! If you wish to maximize your inventory, make sure to gather hundreds of them. Our comprehensive guide on the locations of all Korok Seeds can provide more details.

Do Weapons Break in Tears of the Kingdom?

Yes, just like in Breath of the Wild, weapon durability returns as a feature. Apart from the Master Sword and Armor Equipment, all other weapon equipment will inevitably break with usage. Durability in the game isn’t a visible stat; as your weapon wears down, you’ll receive an on-screen alert indicating that your weapon is severely damaged. Players can then plan to switch their weapons as they anticipate their current weapon breaking after a few more strikes. A severely damaged weapon will also pulsate in red. However, if your weapon breaks while hitting an opponent, the attack will deal double damage with a critical hit.

Is Weapon Repair Possible in Tears of the Kingdom?

Finally, the ability to repair Weapons & Shields is here! Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom brings a feature allowing players to restore their Weapons’ durability. No catches, but some lung exercise! If you’ve played the previous game, you’re likely acquainted with Octoroks. For the newcomers, meet the adorable Rock Octorok from the Volcanic Mountains of Hyrule. Just find one, drop the Equipment you wish to repair, move away, and after a few seconds, the Rock Octorok will gleam and toss the weapon towards you. Pick it up, and you’ll find your Weapon rejuvenated in your inventory, with a new and improved modifier added. For more on upgrading Weapons, see the Upgrades page.

Upgrading Equipment in Tears of the Kingdom

Weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are not upgradeable, except for their modifiers. To enhance damage output, players will need to explore, fuse items, find chests, and acquire new weapons with higher existing stats. Armor, on the other hand, can be upgraded by finding the Great Fairies locations and offering the requisite amount of Rupees and matching Materials. Through this, your armor can gain certain effects when pieces are upgraded to at least ★★ 2 Star up to ★★★★ 4 Star. Some Armor sets also offer a set effect when all 3 pieces are worn together. For a step-by-step guide on upgrading your Equipment, refer to our Upgrades guide.

Types of Equipment in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Available Weapons in Tears of the Kingdom

Weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom comprise various types of equipment. Basic weapons you can acquire include Bats, Hammers, Clubs, Rods, Spears, Axes, and standard one-handed or two-handed swords. These weapons are categorized into One-Handed Weapons, Two-Handed Weapons, Spears, and Bows and Arrows. Nonetheless, nearly all objects that can be picked up can also be utilized in combat. Sticks, stones, leaves, and even monster parts can be employed for melee attacks or rolling and throwing. Alternatively, you can fuse them into an existing weapon. The Fuse ability in Tears of the Kingdom widens weapon possibilities as most objects can potentially be turned into a weapon.

This novel ability encourages players to experiment with new strategies and to pick up all objects to test their effects. Other items include elemental weapons and boomerangs. Depending on the object, some materials might work better with certain types of objects.

Other Equipment Pieces

To enhance your equipment effectiveness, ensure you’ve selected or equipped the right set of equipment. Players can choose from a combination of different Armor pieces either as a set or as individual pieces. You can also equip Bows and Arrows, a Shield, and some other accessories. Remember to consider elemental effects, and how each Material interacts with the environment or monsters, to maximize damage output for Weapons or increase resistance for Armor. Some Armor sets offer a status effect that grants Attack Up, providing Link with bonus attack damage. Equipment pieces vary in levels affecting Link’s attack level, defense, or elemental resistances. Read more about:

Armor, Shields, Bows and Arrows.

Choosing a Weapon in Tears of the Kingdom

Due to weapon durability, players are encouraged to try different types of weapons. Regardless of your preference, it’s wise to carry an assortment of Weapons when adventuring due to the Durability mechanic in the game. Picking up a weapon will display its description and attack rating. A higher attack rating will cause more damage. It’s advisable to adjust your weapon to each combat situation, using lower-level weapons against common enemies early in the game. Remember that Weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom have different elements and react differently to certain factors, which may affect the amount of damage they deal.

Master Sword in Tears of the Kingdom

The Master Sword is the iconic weapon that recurs in most Zelda titles. It’s Link’s signature weapon that usually requires him to locate it and then pull it from a stone in an Excalibur-like nod. The Master Sword doesn’t have durability and won’t break, but it can lose power and require a short recovery period when its power is exhausted. In Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you can retrieve this iconic weapon through the main quest: ‘Recovering the Hero’s Sword’. Refer to our guide for full details on acquiring the iconic weapon and its location.

In Tears of the Kingdom, the Master Sword initially appears as the Decayed Master Sword: The sword that seals the darkness. Its sacred power has diminished after being ravaged by the gloom beneath Hyrule Castle.

Other Tools in Tears of the Kingdom

Unconventional Weapons like Korok Leaves, Monster Arms, and Branches can be useful when fighting different foes. Surprisingly, anything you pick up can be used as a Weapon. This is particularly important early in the game when you have little to no Equipment parts. Some Items are natural objects that you can pick up from the ground around trees or by chopping down natural objects and trees. Others, like various monster parts and arms, can be picked up after combat. Even organic objects may have unique effects. For instance, the large Korok Leaf can create a gust of wind to blow away nearby foes, which can also prove useful when steering boats on the water. Other useful weapons as tools include sharp swords or axes for chopping down trees and obtaining Korok leaves. Duller weapons may not affect large trees upon striking them. Elemental items can also be used as tools to interact with environmental obstacles, such as fire weapons for melting ice or creating fire to cause a draft in grass, or for cooking.

Which Weapons Should I Carry?

If you have the choice and inventory space, it’s always good to also keep a low-level or common weapon on hand for when you encounter regular or common enemies such as Bokoblins. You can then easily swap out a more valuable weapon and save these weapons for facing more challenging encounters. This way you prevent unnecessarily damaging higher-attack weapons and preserve their durability. You can carry a wide variety of weapons as long as you have the inventory space for it (read our guide on Korok Seeds to expand your inventory). Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom offers a wide range of weapons. See the gallery below for the available Weapons.

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