How to fast travel in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom sky island map
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In Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, fast travel is an essential element of the game, wherein players can use it to teleport across the map quickly and make it to any location you've visited before.

Fast travel unlocks after completing all the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Sky Island shrines, and from then on it'll link you to every Shrine, Lightroot and all the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Skyview Towers you've unlocked so far, though you'll need to reach and activate them first. Let's get into the details of how to fast travel in the Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

How to unlock fast travel in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom 

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Purah pad

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Zelda Tears of the Kingdom fast travel is unlocked by Rauru once you bring four Lights of Blessing to the Temple of Time. This will require you to have visited the first three shrines – Ukouh, In-Isa, and Gutanbac – where as well as the Blessing orb, you'll learn a new skill to help Link on his quest.

Each shrine will bestow you with a unique ability to operate with your demon arm. The powerful Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Fuse skill, for example, lets you combine weapons with found objects. Once you're given the new skill, however, keep making your way through the temple and testing out your new ability on the puzzles given. 

There are three key abilities in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, but they will only be a permanent part of your gameplay once you receive the Light of Blessing at the end of each Shrine. With all three Blessings under your belt, you're now free to head back to the Temple of Time.

You can fuse your wings to the Zonai fans that you'll find on a ramp near Gutanbac Shrine, and soar back down to the Temple. Jump off the wings, land safely in the pond with a graceful dive, and head up to the closed doors. After a cutscene plays out and you're given the Rewind ability, Rauru will show you how to open the Purah Pad and select a Shrine to fast travel to:

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Room of Awakening fast travel

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Visit more shrines as you go, spotting them via the glowing green swirls over each one, to unlock more fast travel points throughout each map level. Later on you'll be able to use your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom camera on your Purah Pad to make keeping track of your surroundings that much easier, or just to take selfies in pretty places. Eventually you'll be able to unlock some Purah pad upgrades in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, so check out our guide on how to get those if you're unsure how to go about that.

Who is Purah in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

Purah is a recurring character, last seen in Zelda Breath of the Wild. She's a researcher who uses ancient technologies to create dynamic new inventions that serve multiple purposes such as the Sheikah Slate in Breath of the Wild and the Purah Pad in tears of the Kingdom. You can find Purah at Lookout Landing the first time you visit by heading up to the second floor of the shorter tower, right in front of the floating Hyrule Castle.

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