Korok Seeds are a vital currency of sorts in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, that you will trade with Hestu in order to expand Link’s inventory size for weapons, shields, and bows individually. Koroks themselves are wood spirits that wear leaf masks and follow the Great Deku Tree. While there are approximately a thousand Korok Seeds to be discovered, there are only a handful of puzzle types and challenges that would grant you a Korok Seed upon completion. This guide will list each of these Zelda: TOTK mini puzzles and their solutions.
Tears of the Kingdom Korok Seed Puzzles
Chase The Sparklings
A simple task requiring you to have a vigilant eye looking out for sparkling trails racing about among leaves, tree tops, and in the snow. Just observe the pattern of its route and catch it when the opportunity arises to reveal a Korok.
Stone Pattern Completion
You will often come across visible patterns of stone emplacements with an obvious missing piece. Simply use Ultrahand to put a nearby rock into position and make the Korok appear.
Lone Rock Lift
In the opposite to Stone Pattern Completion, you will also stumble upon singular rocks that stick out like a sore thumb, and which upon lifting, will reveal a Korok.
A variation of the above, where sometimes the lone rock is obscured by leaves that need to be burned away or interacted with. Subsequently lift the rock and release the Korok.
Rock Slab Reveal
Another variation of Lone Rock Lift, but involving a large slab that must be lifted with Ultrahand to reveal the Lone Rock itself. Lift away to reveal the Korok.
If you come across any offering bowls for statues, get a look at what is already in them (usually an Apple, but your mileage may vary), and then add more of the same, in order to spawn the Korok. If the bowl is empty, the default offering of an Apple should suffice.
Line The Blocks
If you notice sets of blocks that look like they ought to be lined up into an obvious symmetrical pattern, do so with Ultrahand, to make the Korok appear. Missing puzzle components will often be located some distance from the puzzle itself, sometimes in water.
These escort mini quests require two Koroks to be reunited. Sometimes it is as simple as using Ultrahand to pick one up and move them a short distance. Other times it may be necessary to make use of a Zonai vehicle, or horse-hitched wagon. These will reward you with two Korok Seeds for your trouble–one from each of the grateful, no longer lonely Koroks.
Water Lily Swan Dive
If you notice a pattern of water lilies, dive off of a high point, or paraglide into its center. This will reveal the Korok, but only if you had sufficient height in your dive to begin with.
Slash away at the Dandelion and then catch the hovering flower as it descends back to earth. Do not panic if you miss it the first few tries, because they respawn immediately. Just slash away again, and observe the general pattern of its landing zone. Once you catch it with your head, the Korok will spawn in for you.
A flower will teleport away each time you approach and touch it, and as you follow it along, you will eventually be led to a white flower to claim the Korok Seed from a Korok.
Rock On A Tripod
Technically this would be an inverted tripod that you will stumble upon randomly. Find the nearby rock and place it in the tripod stand with Ultrahand to cause the Korok to spawn.
These leaf-patterned tree stumps set in the ceilings of random structures can be Ascended right through, which will then lead the Korok to spawn.
Stump to Stump
Stepping on the tree stump will cause another to spawn. Link must land on it perfectly, as if it were a game of the-floor-is-lava, in order to make the Korok appear.
Stump To Ring
A variation of Stump To Stump, this one has you race against time to reach a yellow checkpoint ring from a leaf-patterned stump you step on. The Korok will appear if you make it on time.
Pull The Cork
Another simple task involves uncorking a small hollow with Ultrahand in order to release a captive Korok.
Another flower based puzzle, this one has you make contact with groups of flowers based on the number of individual flowers in them. Begin with the group with the lowest number of flowers and then proceed in ascending order to spawn the Korok.
Acorn Target Practice
Any time you see a single Acorn just randomly strung up or stuck somewhere, fire at it with your Bow and the Korok will show up.
Balloon Target Practice
Stepping on a tree stump will cause Balloons, Pots, or Acorns to appear, sometimes in motion, and each of which will need to be shot down with your Bow, in order to spawn the Korok.
Pinwheel Target Practice
A variation of the above, but it is activated upon approaching a pinwheel. Complete the challenge to get the Korok to show up.
There are no Korok Seed quests to be found in the Depths, only in the Sky and on the Surface layers. You will, however, find the Korok Mask somewhere underground. It can be very helpful in finding undiscovered Koroks, due to the vibrating effect it generates when in proximity to them.
And that is every known Korok Seed puzzle type so far in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. There may actually be several more that have yet to be discovered, including slight variations of the ones mentioned above. Happy Korok Seed harvesting!
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