How to use Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Wing vehicles

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wings
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The Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wing Zonai device used for vehicles is a basic little glider piece that allows players to swoop down and even fly, depending on how they modify the wings accordingly. Fans, rockets and steering columns can certainly enhance the performance of the wings, but you can control them without such attachments, steering the little glider around before it eventually wears out. Here's how to use the Zonai Wing in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, so you can fly like the fleetest keese in all of speece - er, space.

How to use wing devices in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wings

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Here's a simple summary of every you need to know about how to use and control the wings in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom:

  • Wings will only fly when pushed off a runway or with other Zonai devices to propel them.
    • Wings need momentum to fly, to start moving so the can keep moving, and they can't provide that momentum without some help. A sliding runway can start them going, or using the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Ultrahand ability to attach other devices like fans and rockets to push them.
  • You can control a Wing by where you stand on it...
    • Once they're flying, wings turn depending on where the weight on them is. If all the weight is on the left, they turn to the left. If it's on the right, they turn right. If it's at the front or back, they'll lean down or up. That weight includes both link and any attached Zonai devices, so make sure anything you attach is evenly distributed and not all on one side. Once you're in the air, having Link stand on different parts of the wing can be an easy way to turn it.
  • ... Or use a steering stick.
    • They're rare early on, but very useful - a steering stick placed on the Wing will allow you to control it much more easily, rather than having to run back and forth. Weight still matters - too much on one side will make it harder to control - so space out any fans or other devices evenly and put the Steering Stick in the middle.
  • Wings don't use up or require battery power. 
    • Wings don't use up batteries, though if you stick a fan or other device on them, those will use up batteries. Check out our guide on increasing your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom battery charge if you want to make things easier on yourself.
  • Sadly, Wings don't last forever.
    • Some Zonai devices only last a certain amount of time before they just... pop, at least once you start using them. When a Wing starts flying, you have less than a minute before it self-destructs, marked by it starting to flash green as a warning. Once it does so, you won't have long before you're forced to rely on your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom paraglider to make any remaining distance.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom glider

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Using the Zonai wings is even easier once you've unlocked the useful Autobuild ability in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. This lets you build structures from schematics that you discover on your journey or even from memory, since Autobuild keeps track of everything you make with Ultrahand and stores these blueprints to be used anytime. Bear in mind that you'll either need the requisite devices in your inventory or be able to pay for them with Zonaite ore. You can mine for Zonaite in many of the caves dotted across the expansive Zelda Tears of the Kingdom map, so keep an eye out for discovery spots as you explore Hyrule!

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