In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Link’s health is vulnerable to certain environmental or climatic effects if he lacks adequate protection. These effects include Shock, Cold, Heat, and Flaming. A thermometer located near the minimap on the bottom right of the screen indicates the current temperature. If the thermometer enters the blue zone, Link will suffer from cold damage, while entering the orange zone will result in heat damage. Additionally, in the northeastern region known as the Eldin Region, underground caves pose a risk of Flaming Damage, which has no bearing on the thermometer.
Generally, there are two methods to counter these effects: preparing a cooked meal/elixir, or wearing specific armor that nullifies the weather’s impact. Different regions have varying levels of cold or heat. While a single piece of weather protective armor might suffice in a mildly cold or warm area, a significantly colder or hotter region would necessitate the use of two armor pieces or the preparation of a cooked meal to withstand the weather.
Shock Resistance Strategies
There are a number of electrically charged enemies in Hyrule, not to mention the environment itself that can electrocute you during storms. For Shock Resistance, you can consume an Electro Elixir, which is made by cooking any random monster part and either an Electric Darner or a Thunderwing Butterfly.
During storms, your safest bet is to retreat indoors whether it’s a house, stable, shop, or cave. Fast traveling away from the stormy region is also an option.
Finally, there is Armor that can nullify shock damage, and these are indicated by a yellow lightning bolt icon, and the label “Shock Resistance” in the item description. The investment in rupees might not be worth it, considering how rare your encounters with shock inducing enemies will be. It is recommended you stick to the Elixirs, and save up for Armor that can resist Flaming Damage instead, since that is the only elemental damage that cannot be mitigated in any other way.
Heat Resistance Strategies
There are several consumables available to Link to beat the heat. The absolute simplest is any kind of Frozen Dish:
- Icy Meat
- Icy Prime Meat
- Icy Gourmet Meat
- Frozen Bird Drumstick
- Frozen Bird Thigh
- Frozen Whole Bird
If you don’t mind added complexity, then you can also toss either Chillshrooms or Hydromelons into a pot for a dish with some heat resistance. Each ingredient contributed to the dish will confer two and a half minutes (02:30) towards low level heat resistance, with stacking up to five pieces providing a total of twelve and a half minutes (12:30) of defense. A bare minimum of three ingredients in the same dish will provide Link with a more advanced mid level heat resistance, for seven and a half minutes (07:30).
Cooling armor will be described as having “Heat Resistance” and an orange sun icon in the description of the item. Each piece of armor will let you mitigate a measure of heat, but only up to two pieces, at which point a consumable is the only way to keep yourself alive.
Flame Resistance Strategies
Over and above what is known as “desert heat”, there is also volcanic heat, especially in the Depths. Flaming Damage cannot be nullified by any of the usual Heat Resistance strategies and there are no consumables to mitigate it either. The only solution is the purchase of specific Flame Resistant Armor. These pieces are indicated by a label of “Flame Resistance” and a red flame icon in their description. Link will need these if you hope to explore the lava caves and other areas in the Depths which can cause Flaming Damage.
Cold Resistance Strategies
For a quick solution to your warming needs, simply consume a bowl or two of Spicy Sauteed Peppers. This is prepared by tossing some Spicy Peppers into a cooking pot, with every individual piece contributing two and a half minutes (02:30) towards low level cold resistance, stacking up to five pieces for a total of twelve and a half minutes (12:30) of protection. There is no bonus for cooking and consuming a fully stacked dish, with the only benefit being that it saves you from having to micromanage your temperature during extended stays in cold regions.
Spicy Peppers are found in abundance around Hyrule, especially in the vicinity of resting areas like Stables and villages. As a general rule, you will usually find exactly the ingredients you require, in the very regions you would need them.
The other more effective and less fiddly method to keep warm is to wear armor described as having “Cold Resistance” with a blue icon of a snowflake in the description of the item. Each piece will grant you one point of resistance to the freezing weather. However, this stacks only up to two points from two pieces. If the weather gets significantly harsher, you will have to consume a hot meal to keep from taking damage.
That was every type of Resistance method for the major elemental damage types in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.