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Something I really love in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is hunting for Korok seeds. At first I didn’t play too much attention to it and just traveled with my horse to get to places quickly. Then after completing Vah Ruta Divine Beast, I decided to stop and go by foot so I could experience everything. And not miss anything including all of the hidden Korok seeds. Which you can get all around Hyrule by performing specific actions. These seeds can be traded with Hestu for increased inventory space for weapons, shields, and bows. There are a total 900 seeds, if these are all turned in you get a gift from Hetsu.
Now I’m not going into where to find all of the seeds as I haven’t found them all myself. And I think it’s more fun to discover them for yourself. So instead I’m just going to go over the different types of puzzles you will encounter that are hiding the seeds. A good rule of thumb is that Korok Seeds can be anywhere and everywhere. If something looks odd, or out of place, there’s probably a Korok Seed to be found. So here are the different types of puzzles you will encounter in Breath of the Wild:
- Acorn: Hanging under bridges, hidden in fallen logs, or within tree trunks are large acorns. Shoot them with an arrow to reveal a hidden Korok.
- Ball and Chain: Using Magnesis, you can pick up these metal orbs and drop them into a the hollow tree they are chained to. In some cases, you may encounter two metal balls connected by a chain. You may have to Stasis one of them to keep it in place while moving the other with Magnesis.
- Block Puzzle: There are usually two structures made from stone blocks. Use a metal crate with Magnesis to move it into the correct place. You want both structures to look the same in the end. Some of the sculptures may be flipped or upside down. Yet other puzzles rely on you finding the metal block nearby (just use Magnesis to spot it more easily) or carrying the block to a sculpture on the other side of a river.
- Boulder (Hole): Look for boulders near round depressions/holes in the ground. Just push the boulder into the hole to complete the puzzle. Sometimes the boulders are at the top of a hill and not right by the hole. Other locations will have the holes filled with lava, but the same principle applies.
- Boulder (Goal): If you see conspicuously placed boulders, such as a set of three, look for a possible “goal” such as two trees next to each other if no hole is near. That means you have to roll a boulder through the gap between the two.
- Flower Trail: Yellow flowers guide you to a Korok location. Link’s camera rune will not identify these flowers. Walk up to one and it’ll disappear; look for the next one and follow the path. In some cases, flowers appear in clusters. These correspond to numbers and the order you have to touch them in. If you don’t do them in the right order, the puzzle will reset.
- Fruit Trees: Look for suspicious tree formations that have different amounts of fruit on them. Pick fruit to even them out to make the Korok appear. You basically want to end up with all the trees looking the same. Use Arrows for better accuracy.
- Ice: If you see an isolated ice block, get out some fire and melt it. Once it’s gone, a Korok appears. If you don’t want to waste a fire arrow or wood, you can equip a flame weapon and just stand next to the block to make it melt.
- Lily Circle: If you see a circle of water lilies in a pond or lake, find high ground and perform a forward dive into the circle. As long as you land somewhere in the center, the Korok will appear.
- Moving Sparks: Look for moving sparkly firefly-like phenomena. Run up to one and examine it to reveal the Korok. You can identify these hidden Koroks by the jingling noise they make. In some cases, there are multiple Koroks moving in formation.
- Offering: You may find bowls with offerings to the gods, one of the bowls will be empty. The item you place must match the others. For example, there may be an offering requiring a Rusty Shield that you first have to find nearby.
- Petroglyph: A petroglyph is a formation made from rocks. These often appear as spirals or other shapes. Pay close attention to the number of rocks and whether there are gaps. Sometimes, you have to complete a puzzle by getting a nearby rock, sometimes you have to change the formation slightly. In some cases, there are multiple formations that have to be matched up.
- Pinwheel / Target Shoot: Look or listen for an orange pinwheel. When you stand close to it, any number of targets will appear typically it’s a balloon. You may have to move around a bit to see them all but if you get too close or step away too far from the pinwheel, they may disappear. Figure out their path, then shoot all the balloons with an arrow, then find the next ones and take them out until the Korok appears. In some cases, the pinwheel will trigger acorns being thrown up into the air from a tree. Shoot them to solve the puzzle.
- Rock (Single): There are rock markers throughout Hyrule that are usually located on peaks of mountains. Just pick up the rock to reveal the Korok.
- Rock Throw (Rock Circle): You will sometimes see finger-like rock formations forming a circle, such as in a river. Find a loose rock and get close, then toss it into the circle. Remember, you can’t jump while holding a rock, but you can drop down to a lower level and hop small gaps to get close. You can also create yourself an ice bridge with Cryonis and skid the rock into the goal or jump on top.
- Tree Stump: This is a timed race. The moment you step on the tree stump with the leaf symbol on it, a timer will start. Look for a round stopwatch circle somewhere that’s your goal. Run or float over there as quickly as possible to complete the puzzle. You can use horses, sand-seals, paraglider, or shield surf to get there faster.
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