Where is King Dorephan in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

Where is the king?

by Christian Bognar , Matthew Kevin Mitchell
Where is King Dorephan in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
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During the Zora’s Domain main quest, you will be tasked to visit various places around the Lanayru Region. One of your jobs is to locate King Dorephan, who Link has been told is “investigating the sludge.” You may have been looking everywhere for the king but have had no luck locating him. Don’t worry; he is in a secret hideout that is very well hidden. Here is where you can find King Dorephan in Zelda’s Tears of the Kingdom.

Where Can You Find King Dorephan in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

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After completing the Broken Slate quest and eavesdropping in Zora’s Domain throne room, you will hear clues about where you can find King Dorephan, who is extremely hard to locate in Pristine Sanctum, which is needed to complete the first objective of the Clues to the Sky quest.

First, however, you must find the secret entrance behind a clean waterfall between Ploymus Mountain and the domain to get there. Don’t worry. These instructions made me scratch my head too. So where exactly is this secret entrance located? You’ll get to him quickly once you follow these steps. So, here is how you find King Dorephan in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

First, head to the Ihen-a Shrine located in Mipha Court on the east side of Zora’s Domain. We have a picture of the shrine’s location shown below.

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Next, face the shrine and go to the right of it, where you will see a pillar near the mountainside.

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Run past this pillar to the edge of the mountainside, where you will see a waterfall below.

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Paraglide down to the waterfall below and head to the right side. Look down and see a small opening on the right side against the rocks (where the red arrow is pointing.)

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Jump down and head into this opening, where you will enter King Dorephans Hideout — Pristine Sanctum.

Related: PSA: Do This Quest Super Early in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

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You can find King Dorephan at the bottom of the Pristine Sanctum, where he sits on a throne. Talk to him to continue with the main quest! Below is a picture of his exact location so you always remember when you need to talk to him again in the future.

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It took me forever to find King Dorephan, so don’t be discouraged that you also had trouble with it. Tears of the Kingdom will throw more quests like this your way, making exploring a crucial part of the gameplay experience.

How to Use King Dorephan’s King’s Scale in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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After talking to King Dorephan, he will give you a set of King’s Scale — an essential item to continue the quest. The game gives you a hint on where to go with this item, but still, finding the exact location can be confusing. Bring King’s Scale to the fish-like platform in the sky (shown in the image below where my marker is.)

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Either use the Recall ability on a fallen platform to get to this island or equip the Zora armor and swim up the waterfall. Once on top of this fish island — your goal is to line up the floating blocks so they look like a teardrop. Just like this:

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Fuse a King’s Scale into an arrow and shoot it through this teardrop to continue the quest!

- This article was updated on May 26th, 2023

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Christian has been a writer of Attack of the Fanboy for seven months and has covered Shadows of Rose, Witcher 3, Wild Hearts, and Redfall; his favorite genre is Survival Horror. He has a business degree but felt the need to take his love for video games to the gaming community. Outside of writing, you can find him listening to all types of podcasts, especially Always Sunny Podcast and Morbid True Crime.