While The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom did improve Zelda: BOTW‘s weapon durability to an extent by allowing players to fuse materials to them, it still hurts to craft something compelling, only to lose it after a couple of fights. For this reason, the developers were kind enough to hide a secret way to repair an important weapon.
Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as hunting down some blacksmith and paying to repair it. Instead, it requires players to track down Octoroks across the Zelda: TOTK‘s map that will suck up the dropped weapon and then return it, repaired. Though strange, it is convenient to avoid losing more valuable weapons.
Where To Find Octoroks
As pointed out by Austin John Plays on Youtube, these unique octopus-like enemies are scattered around the surface of Hyrule in Tears of the Kingdom, but the easiest area to find them is the Eldin region, just outside of Goron City. While sometimes buried in the ground initially, they will pop up and reveal themselves when close enough. It’s recommended that players mark their spawn areas on the map for future reference. Additionally, interact with the Shrine in Goron City so that Link will have a fast travel point nearby whenever he needs to return to repair weapons.
While Octoroks did clean rusty weapons in Zelda: BOTW, they do not do that here. Instead, they only repair them as one of the story features of Tears of the Kingdom is that all the weapons have been corroded, which gives the Fuse ability its value.
How To Repair Weapons, Shields, & Bows
Once finding an Octorok, the process is relatively simple. They will begin their usual pattern of attacks, and all Link needs to do is simply drop the damaged weapon in front of it, so it will suck it up the next time it inhales. Once that happens, a sparkling effect will appear over the Octorok before it spits the weapon out, all bright and new. While this isn’t a fix for the weapon durability problems in Zelda: TOTK, this, combined with the ability to Fuse, does make it less frustrating than in BOTW.
Link can destroy the Octorok after it spits out the weapon. However, each Octorok will only repair one weapon, so once all of them have been found and used, Link will need to kill them and wait for a Blood Moon to respawn them.
While it’s a simple process, there are some quirks to keep in mind. Not every single Weapon, Shield, or Bow is repairable, but that mainly applies to some of the ones that are acquired through Zelda Amiibos for Tears of the Kingdom. Additionally, not only will the Octorok repair the weapon, but it will give it some boost. The boosts are entirely random, so there is no way to acquire a specific one without creating a save file right before and reloading until it gives the preferred buff. Regardless of how tedious, this ability to repair items in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is still an excellent way to hold onto valuable weapons.
Source: Youtube/Austin John Plays
- The Legend of Zelda
- Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo EPD
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the anticipated follow-up to Breath of the Wild, released in 2017. A rare occurrence in Zelda titles, Tears of the Kingdom is a direct sequel instead of loosely connected. In Tears of the Kingdom, Link will take to the skies and learn about a mysterious kingdom in the clouds. Additionally, he will discover the secrets of the dark ones that dwell below and above the earth. The sequel is being built on the same engine as the original, with unique physics tools again being utilized. However, little about the plot and gameplay is known.
- How Long To Beat:
- 35-50 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild