How to get the Paraglider in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom glider
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You'll get the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom glider  - also known as the Paraglider - is given to you after you leave the Great Sky Island and make it to the location known as Lookout Landing. The glider is absolutely an essential part of TOTK, as you can use it to prevent yourself taking fall damage, to reach the Depths, and to explore the Sky realm above you.

Clearly this is something you should make a quick priority while you're exploring Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, especially if you found yourself struggling to get down cliffs and steep drops up until now. Once you've combined the glider with fast travel in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, you'll have the basics for exploring the map, so here's a basic explanation of how to get the paraglider in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, and what you need to do first to unlock it.

How to get the glider in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom 

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom glider

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You won't receive the glider until you complete a main mission called To the Kingdom of Hyrule, meet Purah, and complete some tasks, as outlined below:

  1. Complete all four Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Sky Island shrines in the tutorial
  2. Head down to the Surface of Hyrule
  3. Walk to the floating Hyrule Castle
  4. Just South of the Castle is a settlement called Lookout Landing.
  5. Talk to Purah in the North building and follow her quest to explore the Castle.
  6. Afterwards, talk to Purah again to be told about the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Skyview Towers.
  7. As part of that explanation and tutorial, you'll be given the Paraglider, a key item that's a permanent part of your inventory from then on!

After using the Lookout Landing Skyview Tower for the first time, you'll be able to hit the X button while mid-air to drift safely back to land using your new glider, though keep in mind that gliding does use stamina. Check in with Purah once more after doing so the first time, and your paraglider should be permanently in your inventory, ready to use whenever you take a leap of faith or otherwise. 

Your glider will be especially useful when it comes to spotting those Zelda Tears of the Kingdom geoglyphs dotted across the Surface map. We have a guide on how exactly these work, but what are they? Well, it might have something to do with that broken Legend of Zelda master sword sitting in your inventory.

Funnily enough one of the team is kicking themselves for not trying Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's 'infinite' glider trick sooner.

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