Zelda Tears of the Kingdom weapon durability explained

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Zelda Tears of the Kingdom weapon durability is back, and not only that, but the decayed weapon problem means that weapons break faster than every before. Weapons shatter after very little use, as do shields and bows, so you'll need to understand this system and how it works. 

Still, there are some ways to bolster the lifetime of your weaponry. The star of the show is your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Fuse ability, allowing you to combine the strength of your weapon's base value with the added resilience of a monster part, scavenged item, Zonai device, and more. Here's everything you need to know about weapon degradation in Tears of the Kingdom, including one unbreakable weapon that you'll definitely want to get your hands on soon.

Does Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom feature weapon durability?

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Yes, there is weapon degradation in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. What that means in this game in particular is that a basic weapon with no fused qualities will break very quickly, usually in 20 hits or less. A visual and auditory warning will trigger when your weapon has taken extensive damage and is close to breaking, so either stash it for later or make those last blows count!

Using Fuse to combine weapons with other weapons, monster parts, or found items is the best way to counter low weapon durability. Even when you fuse your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom weapons to create some unique tools, they will still break after some time. Fuse is the best way to delay your weapons breaking, however, since there is no way to repair weapons or even sell damaged ones for rupees. You also can't take apart your fusions, so be sure to check how much damage each monster part or item will give you by checking the the "Fuse ability" number in the upper left-hand corner of the item's picture in your inventory,

There is one weapon that won't break - at least, not a second time. If you want to source that Zelda Tears of the Kingdom master sword, we have a whole other guide to help you.

How to stop weapons breaking in Tears of the Kingdom

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You can improve your Tears of the Kingdom weapon's durability by means of Fuse, one of the new Zelda Tears of the Kingdom abilities. This is a great way to keep your favorite items performing at their best for longer. 

Some fused items, like Black Moblin Horns, add not only damage points but extra durability to your weapons. Other monster parts, like Gibdo Bone and Bokoblin Arm Bones, add a lot of damage but break extremely easily.

Remember, this isn't the same thing as repairing the weapon - it's just increasing its "max health", to use a helpful comparison. Still, it's more than what Breath of the Wild offered, and takes a lot of the sting out of weapon degradation in the long run since weapon drops are very frequent in Tears of the Kingdom.

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