Where to Go First in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

The big world can be confusing.

by Christian Bognar
Where to Head First in Tears of the Kingdom
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Undoubtedly, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has a massive open world, and since there are so many points of interest, it can be challenging to know where to go. Specifically, after leaving the entry-level “Great Sky Island” and getting feet on Hyrule’s ground floor, the game doesn’t give you much information on where to go. You’ll notice there are endless areas to explore in Hyrule, but here’s where to go first in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

Where to Go First After Great Sky Island in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Players can do many activities once on the ground, but the main focus should be tackling shrines, increasing your inventory size, and finding your paraglider. Let’s take a look at each one individually.

Complete Some Shrines First

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First, finishing Shrines is the only way to increase health and stamina in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. So, you will find shrines nearby in the area you have landed after jumping from The Great Sky Island. While playing this part of the game, I found and completed four — giving me just enough Light of Blessings to increase my health. After finding and completing four, you can improve your health or stamina at the Temple of Time in the Great Sky Island.

It’s helpful to improve your health or stamina by at least one before continuing the main story considering Hyrule is a dangerous and brutal place, so you’ll need as much help as possible. If you have trouble locating Shrines in the nearby area, keep on the lookout for structures with a glowing green substance coming out of them. The image in the next section shows Shrines you will find along your way to the main objective.

Get Your Paraglider From the Main Quest

Exploring will be difficult without your Paraglider, so it is wise to follow the main quest until you acquire it.

On your map, there will be a yellow marker. Follow this marker, leading you to Lookout Landing, where you will talk to a woman named Purah. If you have trouble following the yellow marker, know that Lookout Landing is in the map’s center — directly north of where you jumped from Great Sky Island. We have an image for you below.

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Purah will send you off to Hyrule Castle (right next to Lookout Landing), so once again, follow this marker until you complete this section of the main quest. Purah will give you the Paraglider to make travel more manageable, and she will also add four yellow markers to your map. While you can explore these markers in any order, the first one you should head to is the one located Northwest — in the Hebra region.

Related: How to Use the Purah Pad to Place Pins in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

Increase Inventory Size on Your Way to Northwest Marker

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From my experience, heading to Hebra in the Northwest first is the best decision considering the area surrounding it is the easiest. It’s the most straightforward mission out of the four, and along the way, you will find Hestu, who allows you to increase your inventory size. Considering the game has so many weapons, increasing your inventory size as soon as possible is a must.

- This article was updated on May 12th, 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.