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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Also known as: Zelda no Densetsu: Tears of the Kingdom (JP)
Developer: Nintendo EPD[1]
Publisher: Nintendo[1]
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: May 12, 2023[1]

ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
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This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And as such, Link is of course the last line of defense.

To do:
  • This spreadsheet is full of useful data relating to this game and has some unused content in it.
    • Key items tab also has a unique Soldier's Helm icon in row 35 with an internal name of "Helmet_001" (seems to be unused), and an item internally named "Weapon_Base" in row 266 using the Sword of the Hero as the icon.
  • This folder in this text dump contains NPC terror messages for reacting to attacks and nearby stuff. "TerrorBomb" and "TerrorGuardian" seem to be leftovers from BOTW when taking out Remote Bombs and when Guardians are nearby. Steward Constructs (NPC_ZonauGolem) notably have text for these situations too.
  • Internal project name is EX-King according to this table.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info

Upcoming Paraglider Fabrics


There are two currently unreleased amiibo-exclusive paraglider fabrics, Princess Zelda Fabric can be unlocked from an amiibo with an ID of 1049 and it appears to be based on Zelda's white dress in Tears of the Kingdom, and the Gerudo-King Fabric can be unlocked from an amiibo with an ID of 1050 and it appears to be based on Ganondorf's Gerudo form outfit in Tears of the Kingdom.

(Source: https://youtu.be/Dpup5JDWnWA)

Unused Text

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
  • Can the Goddess Statue text be seen in this game in the same way it can be seen in BOTW using hacks this time?
  • The Horned Statue text is identical to text found in BOTW. Verify that it is used there and note here after confirming.

Goddess Statue

Hylia has this unused text:

You already overflow with life force and
stamina. Increasing your power any
further may destroy you.
(Source: MrCheeze (text dump))

This text was also unused in Breath of the Wild, and could be encountered if glitches were used to reach the maximum number of Heart Containers and Stamina Vessels, and then the player attempted to exchange four Spirit Orbs for another.

Horned Statue

The Horned Statue has unused text if first encountered without having obtained a Heart Container or Stamina Vessel yet. This is impossible because obtaining a Heart Container is required to open a door in the Temple of Time at the Great Sky Island, which is before the Horned Statue can be encountered.

What's this?

You haven't received even one more
Heart Container or Stamina Vessel?

Such a pity... I was eager to help you
with a minor transaction. But not if you
have nothing to trade.
Consult a Goddess Statue to improve
yourself, and then return here to pray.
(Source: MrCheeze (text dump))

Schema Stone

Schema Stones have a different description if Autobuild is not yet obtained. This is impossible to see because having Autobuild is a requirement to receive Schema Stones from Steward Constructs and Josha at Lookout Landing.

A stone etched with what looks like a design
schematic. It could be useful...
(Source: MrCheeze (text dump))

Unused Items

Ancient Hero's Aspect

An unused version of the Ancient Hero's Aspect armor exists with models and inventory icons for the body and leg pieces, called Armor_1036_Upper and Armor_1036_Lower. Instead of transforming Link into the ancient Zonai hero, it simply has Link wearing the garb that the ancient hero wears.

Zonai Arm

Data for Link's Zonai arm as an item can be found in PouchActorInfo, categorizing it as "Armor" with an ArmorRank of 1.

Master Sword

There are unused versions of the Master Sword called Weapon_Sword_071 and Weapon_Sword_071_Broken. They reference some parameter files from the regular Master Sword, Weapon_Sword_070, but have no WeaponParam or inventory icon.

Unused Effects

Cooking Effects

Unused cooking effects exist called TwiceJump and EmergencyAvoid. They do nothing when applied. They have a unique unused icon that is a half-green, half-yellow heart. They both have a menu name of 未定 "undecided", a BaseTime of 60, a Rate of 1.8, a Priority of 10, and range from Level 1 to 2. However, TwiceJump has a DispName of 二段ジャンプ and EmergencyAvoid has a DispName of 緊急回避. These DispNames translate to roughly the same as their effects.

The SwimSpeedUp, AttackUpCold, AttackUpHot, and AttackUpThunderstorm cooking effects have a MaxLv of 3 in the CookingTable despite it being impossible to cook food with level 3 bonuses of those effects.

Armor Effects

The AncientResistance armor effect parameters from Breath of the Wild is leftover in Player.game__component__ConditionParam.

Unused Inventory Icons

Several inventory icons exist in the files which are unused.

Actor Name Icon Details
Obj_SubstituteCloth_52 TotK Obj SubstituteCloth 52.png For the upcoming Tears of the Kingdom Zelda amiibo fabric
Parasail_Pattern52 Parasail Pattern52.png For the upcoming Tears of the Kingdom Zelda amiibo fabric
Obj_SubstituteCloth_53 TotK Obj SubstituteCloth 53.png For the upcoming Tears of the Kingdom Ganondorf amiibo fabric
Parasail_Pattern53 Parasail Pattern53.png For the upcoming Tears of the Kingdom Ganondorf amiibo fabric
Armor_1036_Upper TotK Armor 1036 Upper.png For an unused body piece of an unused version of the Ancient Hero's Aspect armor
Armor_1036_Lower TotK Armor 1036 Lower.png For an unused leg piece of an unused version of the Ancient Hero's Aspect armor
Npc_Zelda_Torch TotK Npc Zelda Torch.png Unused icon for the torch that Princess Zelda uses during the intro of the game
TotK Obj LinkHouse A 01 0.png Unused icon for a room of the dream home
Obj_LinkHouse_B_01_0 TotK Obj LinkHouse B 01 0.png Unused icon for a room of the dream home
Obj_LinkHouse_C_01_0 TotK Obj LinkHouse C 01 0.png Unused icon for a room of the dream home
PlayerRaulHand TotK PlayerRaulHand.png Unused blank 256x256 icon for Link's Zonai arm.

Unused Device Dispenser

There's an unused Device Dispenser, RBox_Field_P, that drops Beam Emitter at 20% chance, Sled at 20% chance, Mirror at 30% chance, Fan at 15% chance, and Small Wheel at 15% chance.


Tutorial Master Sword


The Master Sword that Link uses in the tutorial intro of the game is different from the one you obtain in the main game, both having a different model due to story reasons and because Nintendo gave it infinite durability to prevent a softlock from occurring. That said, it is possible to obtain this sword in the main game either through hacking or glitches, and it does have strange effects and odd behaviors when interacting with various elements of the main game it was never meant to. It has a unique inventory icon that isn't glowing despite it always glowing when held, even not near Gloom. When trying to use Fuse a message, saying "You can't use Fuse on this equipment" will appear and prevent you from using fuse on this equipment. However, if you glitch the game to fuse the weapon, its name will actually change back to "Master Sword" in the inventory, though its icon will remain unchanged aside from indicating it's a fused weapon and its description also remains the same.

(Source: Dot eSports)

Internal Names

Crystallized Charge

Regular Crystallized Charges are named Energy_Material_01, Large Crystallized Charges are named Energy_Material_03, and Huge Crystallized Charges are named Energy_Material_04. There is no Energy_Material_02, suggesting a type of Crystallized Charge never made it into the final game.

(Source: MrCheeze (text dump))

Paraglider Fabric

Paraglider fabrics aside from the Ordinary Fabric are named Obj_SubstituteCloth_XX, with XX being a number ranging from 00 to 56. Numbers 42, 44, 47, 50, and 54 do not have a corresponding fabric, suggesting some fabrics never made it into the final game.

(Source: MrCheeze (text dump))

Regional Differences

In-game UI Changes

Like in Breath of the Wild, the temperature gauge on the bottom right section of the HUD shows ºF in North America and ºC in every other region.

North America Japan/Europe/Australia

Additionally on the map menu, degrees are shown in Fahrenheit in North America and Celsius elsewhere.

In North America and Japan the game uses 12-hour time anywhere in-game time appears, while in Europe and Australia 24-hour time is always used.

Revisional Differences

To do:
Ask the speedrun community what glitches were known to be patched. These patches did impact speedruns from item duplication glitches getting patched. Clarify that 1.0.0 does exist as a digital version.

Version 1.0.0

The version of the game that was shipped on the physical Game Card format.

Version 1.1.0

Version 1.1.0 was released on May 5, 2023 for reviewers and the digital preload.

Official Patch Notes

General Updates
  • Horse name inputs now allow for Korean, Chinese (Simplified), and Chinese (Traditional) characters.
    • If the system language is not set to Korean, Chinese (Simplified), or Chinese (Traditional), some inputted characters will not display.
  • Made other, additional fixes to allow for a more pleasing gameplay experience.
(Source: Nintendo)

Version 1.1.1

Version 1.1.1 was released on May 18, 2023.

Official Patch Notes

General Updates
  • Fixed issue where, sometimes, the player could not clear main quest “The Closed Door,” even if they fulfilled the conditions to advance the quest.
    • If you have already encountered this issue, you will be able to clear the quest by downloading this update data.
  • Several issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience.
(Source: Nintendo)

Version 1.1.2

Version 1.1.2 was released on May 25, 2023.

Official Patch Notes

Audio Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where the sound would play at an extremely high volume in certain conditions.
Additional Fixes
  • Fixed an issue in the main quest, “Camera Work in the Depths”, where players could not progress beyond a certain point. Downloading the update will allow players to proceed past that point.
  • Several issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience.
    • A material duplication glitch was patched that uses shield jumping.
(Source: Nintendo)

Version 1.2.0

Version 1.2.0 was released on July 4, 2023.

Official Patch Notes

General Updates
  • By starting the game from within certain articles released on a specific Switch News channel (accessed via the HOME Menu) players can receive a number of in-game items.
    • Depending on the state of gameplay progression or the location in which the data is reopened, there may be cases in which the items cannot be received.
Additional Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where players could not progress beyond a certain point in the main quests “A Mystery in the Depths” and “Secret of the Ring Ruins”, the side adventures “Hateno Village Research Lab” and “Lurelin Village Restoration Project”, the shrine quest “Dyeing to Find It”, and the side quests “Village Attacked by Pirates”, “The Incomplete Stable”, and “Seeking the Pirate Hideout”. Downloading the update will allow players to proceed past that point.
  • Fixed an issue preventing fairies from appearing under certain conditions when they originally should have appeared.
  • Fixed an issue preventing the meals provided by Kiana of Lurelin Village from changing under certain conditions.
  • Several issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience.
(Source: Nintendo)