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Hidden Locations Most Players Miss



The mesmerizing franchise of The Legend of Zelda has enthralled its dedicated fanbase for numerous years with its immersive worlds and captivating quests. Tears of the Kingdom introduces an unprecedented expansive landscape, brimming with hidden gems and untold secrets. RELATED: Top Games to Indulge in if You’re a Fan of The Legend of Zelda Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a newcomer to the series, these concealed treasures offer thrilling challenges, valuable rewards, and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. While attempting to complete the game at lightning speed may present an exciting challenge, it is far more rewarding to take your time and thoroughly explore every nook and cranny of the enchanting realm of Hyrule. Updated by Stefania Ikeda-Stavridi on June 30, 2023: As players continue to traverse the vast new world of Hyrule, they are uncovering an increasing number of hidden locations and delightful surprises. From covert hideouts to cunning impostors, there are still countless discoveries waiting to be made. 15 Impostors of Zelda As you wander through the lands of Hyrule, you may stumble upon someone who appears to be Zelda herself. On one occasion, the princess may be trapped in a colossal cage, while on another, she may be seeking warmth by a crackling fire. However, upon closer inspection and interaction, you will discover that these individuals are actually members of the Yiga clan in disguise. After all, finding the princess so easily wouldn’t be much fun, would it? If you happen to be wearing the attire of the Yiga clan, they will mistake you for a fellow member and become furious, as you have unwittingly blown their cover. 14 Zelda’s Hidden Secret If you’ve played Breath of the Wild, you’ll surely recall the quest where you had the opportunity to construct Link’s very own house. Now, upon revisiting your former abode in Hateno Village, you’ll notice that the house has been renamed as Zelda’s dwelling. As you explore the surroundings, you’ll come across a concealed well. If you’re in a hurry, you might overlook it, as well as the clues left behind by the princess in her journal beside her bed. Upon descending into the well, you’ll discover a treasure chest and another journal from Zelda, providing hints about the whereabouts of the Champion’s Tunic. 13 East Gerudo Ruins Cave By now, you may have realized that sinkholes and whirlpools should not be avoided but rather sought out. In the vicinity of the East Gerudo Ruins, you’ll encounter one of these sinkholes. As you venture inside, you’ll stumble upon yet another hidden cave. RELATED: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncover the Treasures of the Gerudo Desert in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom The East Gerudo Ruins Cave may not hold any extraordinary treasures, but it is a noteworthy cavern. Within, you’ll come across a Bubbulfrog and have the chance to collect its precious gem. 12 Zelda’s Golden Steed If you managed to import your horses from Breath of the Wild, chances are you intentionally bypassed some of the horse-related quests. However, upon your visit to the Snowfield stable, you’ll be presented with a quest related to a magnificent golden stallion. This horse belongs to Zelda herself and was entrusted to the stable. Upon witnessing what appeared to be the princess passing by, the steed escaped from its confines and bolted away. Tracking it down is not overly challenging, as long as you head northeast and avoid the formidable Gleeok. 11 Lake Hylia Whirlpool Cave If you’ve successfully completed the Water Temple, you’re likely aware that whirlpools often conceal hidden secrets. The same principle applies to the whirlpool located in Lake Hylia. Within its depths, you’ll discover the En-oma shrine. To unlock the shrine, you’ll need to ascend to the skies and locate its green giant crystal. While there are instances where you must traverse various maps to unlock new areas, here, you’re fortunate, as only the sky and the surface are necessary. 10 Decayed Guardian at Hateno Tech Lab If you’ve played Breath of the Wild, the memories of battling against menacing Guardians will undoubtedly linger. However, in this sequel, these formidable foes no longer roam freely. Nevertheless, you can still find a single decayed Guardian perched atop the Hateno Tech Lab. This nostalgic presence serves as a pleasant reminder of the past and even conceals a Korok seed atop its weathered frame. 9 Shrine of Resurrection It is impossible to forget the iconic moment when Link awakens from a deep slumber in Breath of the Wild. The shrine where Link regained consciousness can also be found in Tears of the Kingdom. However, this time, the entrance is cleverly concealed behind an array of leaves. Additionally, uninvited guests have taken up residence within the shrine’s hallowed halls. 8 Deku Tree’s Mouth If you find yourself pressed for time and in a rush to locate the legendary Master Sword, you may overlook the comment made by one of the Koroks near the Deku Tree. This particular Korok has lost a companion who was last seen near the tree’s mouth. RELATED: Ranking the Finest Video Game Swords Through Ascend, you can directly enter the closed mouth of the Deku Tree and locate Oaki, the young Korok in need of assistance in adorning his room with luminescent flowers. Once you’ve aided him, you can relish in the tranquility of the most serene bedroom found within the game. 7 Hidden Passage in Emergency Shelter Once again, if you’re hurrying through locations and neglect to revisit them, you may miss out on numerous hidden quests and locales. The Emergency Shelter conceals a secret passage that opens after completing your first temple. Within this passage lie various quests, formidable adversaries, and potent loot waiting to be discovered. 6 Temple of Time Ruins As Tears of the Kingdom expanded the map threefold, certain previously iconic locations may have been forgotten. The Temple of Time is one such place. Upon revisiting its ruins, you can delight in its breathtaking vistas and embark on a special quest bestowed upon you by a statue of the Goddesses. Moreover, the sky is adorned with ruins perpetually descending, affording you an aerial view of the Great Plateau. 5 Gerudo Jail During your initial visit to Gerudo Town, you’ll notice that all its inhabitants have retreated to the underground shelter. As you explore the area, you’ll come across a familiar face imprisoned within. Wabbin, the individual you helped with his first date in Breath of the Wild, now finds himself incarcerated for attempting to enter the town to reunite with his wife and daughter. To access his cell, you must uncover a secret passage and utilize the power of ascension. 4 Lon Lon Ranch For dedicated Zelda enthusiasts, the mention of Lon Lon Ranch undoubtedly evokes a sense of nostalgia. The ranch has made appearances in multiple titles, including Ocarina of Time and The Minish Cap. While it may not harbor any hidden treasures or formidable bosses, it serves as a poignant Easter egg, albeit tinged with melancholy, as only ruins remain. 3 Gerudo Secret Club Once again, if you’ve played Breath of the Wild, you might recall the hidden club within Gerudo Town. Gaining entry to the shop required knowledge of a special code. RELATED: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Best Outfits for Customization This time around, you must navigate underground passages and employ ascension to gain access to the club. Within this exclusive establishment, you can acquire Gerudo attire specifically tailored for men. 2 Forest Coliseum While exploring the Depths of Hyrule, you will undoubtedly encounter multiple coliseums. These arenas pit you against a variety of formidable monsters, offering the chance to acquire potent loot. One coliseum that often goes unnoticed is nestled directly beneath the Korok Forest. Defeating a Black Hinox within this coliseum rewards you with the coveted Korok mask. 1 Eventide Island Eventide Island made its debut in Breath of the Wild, where Link found himself stripped of his equipment and forced to vanquish all the island’s formidable monsters. In Tears of the Kingdom, the island serves as a secret hideout for pirates. By following a vanishing ship, you’ll discover a hidden cave nestled along its rocky exterior. NEXT: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the…

The Legend of Zelda franchise has captivated its fans for decades with immersive worlds and intriguing quests. Tears of the Kingdom unravels a never seen before a vast landscape with various secrets and hidden gems.


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Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or a newcomer to the series, these hidden treasures can offer thrilling challenges, rewarding loot, or a dose of nostalgia. While speedrunning the game may be a nice challenge, it is way better to take your time and inspect every nook and cranny of Hyrule.

Updated by Stefania Ikeda-Stavridi on June 30, 2023: With players exploring the vast new world of Hyrule, there are more and more hidden locations and surprises being revealed. From secret hideouts to impostors, there are many things still left to discover.





15 Zelda Impostors

On the left fake Zelda pretending to be imprisoned in a cage, on the right a fake Zelda pretending to have amnesia

While you are wandering around Hyrule you may come across Zelda, or what seems to be her. In one occasion the princess will be imprisoned in a huge cage, while on the other she will be warming up next to a fire. When you go closer to talk to her, she is revealed to be a Yiga clan member in disguise.

It wouldn’t be fun if you could find the princess so easy, no? In the case you are wearing the Yiga clans clothes, they will mistake you as a fellow member, and get angry for blowing their cover.

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14 Zelda’s Secret Well

Link showing Zelda's hidden well behind her house

If you played Breath of the Wild, then you must remember the quest where you could build Link his own house. Now, if you visit your old home in Hateno Village, you will find the house has been renamed to Zelda’s house. When you go around it, you will find a secret well.

If you are in a hurry, you may not notice it, or the clues the princess left in her journal next to her bed. When you descend, you will find a treasure chest as well as another journal of Zelda, hinting to the location of the Champion’s Tunic.

13 East Gerudo Ruins Cave

A collage showcasing Link sliding into a sinkhole, and Link discovering a cave

By now you should have discovered that sinkholes and whirlpools should not be avoided, rather sought after. Near the East Gerudo Ruinsyou can find one of those sinkholes. When you enter it, you will discover yet another hidden cave.

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The East Gerudo Ruins Cave may sound like its hiding some marvelous treasure, but it is more or less a normal cave. You can, however, find a Bubbulfrog and collect its gem.

12 Zelda’s Golden Horse

Link riding on Zelda's golden horse near a stable

If you were able to import your horses from Breath of the Wild, then there is a chance you may have skipped intentionally some of the horse-related quests. When you visit, though, the Snowfield stable, you will be given a quest related to a golden stallion.

This is Zelda’s horse, which she had entrusted to the stable. After witnessing what seemed to be the princess passing by, the horse escaped from the stable and ran off. Finding it is not so difficult as long as you head northeast and avoid the Gleeok.

11 Lake Hylia Whirlpool Cave

Link swimming next to the whirlpool in lake Hylia

If you have completed the Water Temple, then you already know that whirpools are hiding various secrets inside them. That is also the case for the whirlpool found in Lake Hylia. Inside you will find the En-oma shrine.

In order to unlock the shrine, you will have to head to the skies and find its green giant crystal. There are various occasions where you have to travel through all different maps to unlock new locations. Here, you are lucky, as only the sky and surface are needed.

10 Decayed Guardian At Hateno Tech Lab

Decayed Guardian At Hateno Tech Lab

If you played Breath of the Wild, then you can not forget the Guardians you had to fight against. In this sequel, none of these previous enemies can be seen running around freely anymore.

On the other hand, only one decayed Guardian can be found on top of the Hateno Tech Lab. It is a nice bonus of nostalgia, which even hides a Korok seed on top.

9 Shrine Of Resurrection

Shrine Of Resurrection

It is impossible to forget the iconic awakening of Link in Breath of the Wild. The young hero awakens from a long slumber unaware of where he is and what has transpired.

The Shrine where Link awakened can be found in Tears of Kingdom as well. This time, the entrance is hidden behind leaves. There are also some uninvited guests occupying the place.

8 Deku Tree’s Mouth

Link helping Oaki decorate his room inside Deku Tree's Mouth

If you are short on time and rushing to find the Master Sword you might not notice the comment of one of the Koroks near the Deku Tree. The Korok has lost his friend who was last seen near the mouth of the tree.

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By using Ascend you can get directly inside the closed mouth of Deku and find Oaki. The young Korok needs help to decorate his room with glowing flowers. After you assist him, you can admire the most relaxing bedroom of the game.

7 Hidden Passage In Emergency Shelter

Hidden Passage In Emergency Shelter

Once again, if you are rushing through locations and don’t visit them more than once, you may miss many hidden quests and locations.

That is also the case with the hidden passage inside the Emergency Shelter. After completing your first temple, a passage opens inside the shelter that hides many quests, formidable foes, and powerful loot.

6 Temple Of Time Ruins

Temple of time ruins

When Tears of the Kingdom made the map three times bigger, some of the previous locations got forgotten. That is also the case with the once-iconic Temple of Time.

If you revisit the old temple’s ruins you will get to enjoy its beautiful views as well as a special quest from the Goddesses statue. There are also many ruins falling constantly from the sky, which allow you to enjoy an aerial view of the Great Plateau.

5 Gerudo Jail

Link at Gerudo Jail

When you visit Gerudo town for the first time you will notice everyone has hidden themselves inside the underground shelter. If you move around you will see a familiar face stuck in prison.

Wabbin is the person you helped out with his first date in Breath of the Wild. Now he has been imprisoned as he tried to enter the town to meet with his wife and daughter. To enter his cell you will have to find a secret passage and use ascension.

4 Lon Lon Ranch

Link walking around the ruins of Lon Lon Ranch

If you are a seasoned Zelda fan, then Lon Lon Ranch definitely rings a bell. The ranch has made appearances in multiple titles, such as Ocarina of Time and The Minish Cap.

While it does not hide any loot or hidden bosses, it serves as a nostalgic Easter egg; a bit melancholic, though, as only ruins remain.

3 Gerudo Secret Club

Gerudo Secret Club

Once again if you played Breath of the Wild, then maybe you remember the hidden club inside the Gerudo Town. To enter the shop you had to know a special code.

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This time you will have to use underground passages and ascension to enter the club. At this special store, you can buy Gerudo clothes made specifically for men.

2 Forest Coliseum

Link entering the Forest Coliseum

When exploring the Depths of Hyrule you will soon come across multiple coliseums. In those places, you will have to battle against various dangerous monsters to get powerful loot.

A coliseum that is often overlooked is the one directly below the Korok Forest. After defeating a Black Hinox here, you will acquire the Korok mask.

1 Eventide Island

Cave hidden behind Eventide Island

The Eventide island already made an appearance in Breath of the Wild. That time Link was stripped of his equipment and had to defeat all the island’s monsters.

This time, the island works as the secret hideout of pirates. By following a disappearing ship, you will notice there is a hidden cave on its rocky side.

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