Zelda: Breath of the Wild – How to Get into Hyrule Castle

by Kyle Hanson

You’ve conquered the four Divine Beasts, you’ve defeated tons of enemies, you’ve explored and beaten dozens of Shrines, Link is strong and you’re ready to take on Calamity Ganon, but how do you get there? Sure, Hyrule Castle is kind of sitting right in the middle of the entire realm, but if you want to survive the long, winding path to Calamity Ganon and Princess Zelda then you need to know how to get into Hyrule Castle in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

This guide won’t act as a full walkthrough, as Hyrule Castle is simply too large and chaotic to lay out a definitive roadmap for you to follow. Instead I want to give you an easy way in, with tips for how to make it all the way to Hyrule Castle’s entrance. The area and grounds of the castle are swarming with Guardians, and they move around trying to find Link, so you’ll have to think on your feet. Make sure you have the Master Sword, as it will do tons of damage against these guys, and won’t be damaged by them. Here’s where and how to get it, in case you don’t already know. With that said, here’s all we have found so far.

The best way to get into Hyrule Castle in Breath of the Wild appears to be to the North. Sure, the flat, open land in front of the castle appear safe, but once you get close you’ll find it swarming with Guardians. If you’re strong enough to take these head-on, then that may be the best way in for you. If you’re anticipating a struggle though, you’ll want to head North, past Hyrule Castle and toward its back.

Once there you’ll see a moat down below, which you can sail over with the paraglider. There are many small ledges to grab or land on, so watch for one that looks relatively safe. If you’ve beaten all four Divine Beasts, which I highly recommend you do before taking on Hyrule Castle, you will have the Ritu ability to make a powerful updraft. Use this to land higher on the ledges, allowing for faster entry into the castle.

Once you make it onto the caste grounds you need to work your way up and around. A new 3D map will show up to help guide you. There are rooms highlighted on there that feature extremely tough enemies, but also very valuable treasure. If you want to get into Hyrule Castle you will likely want to avoid any of these that you can, but if you are OK backing out after a while they might be worth the effort.

Keep an eye out for Guardians, hitting them in the eye with arrows, then dodging behind cover whenever possible. Do this all the way up and around the castle and you should find yourself near the entrance. The final run is covered by Guardians of all sorts, including flying ones that can spot you like a sniper. Either utilize stealth gear or do what I did and simply rush. Use food that gives you extra stamina and hearts, making sure to stop behind any possible cover you find. Make it to the entrance and you’ll be in. Now the real hard part begins, but we have a guide to help you beat Calamity Ganon, in case you need it.

- This article was updated on January 27th, 2020