How to use the wings in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wings
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Using Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wings might seem mystifying at first, but all you really need to do is place one atop a slope at a great height, jump aboard, and let gravity do the rest. You can attach some other Zonai devices like fans, rockets, or even flame emitters to give them some extra thrust, or even secure a controller to your wings to turn them into a steerable aircraft.

You'll first run into the Zonai wings while trying to reach the Temple of Time after visiting all the Great Sky Island shrines in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Zonai wings look a bit tricky at first, especially if you've not yet come to grips with using Ultrahand or your other powerful abilities, but luckily all you really need are a few other devices at hand or a decent take-off point. Here's a look at how to use the wings in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, useful attachments to add to them, and where they might come in handy.

How to use Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wings

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom wings

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TOTK wings will only work when pushed off a runway or with other Zonai devices attached. Keep an eye out for anywhere with a downward-sloping runway; these locations make excellent take-off points, and all you need to do is simply pick up the wings using your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Ultrahand ability and place them at the top of the runway. 

Alternatively, you can use Ultrahand to attach fans or rockets to a set of wings when there's no sloping ground available, meaning you can take off from atop mountains or cliffs instead. If your wings slow down, you can take out your Tears of the Kingdom paraglider and glide the rest of the way.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom glider

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It's important to note that fans, rockets, flame emitters, and other useful TOTK wing attachments are powered by your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom battery. This is what charges your energy cell, which in turn lets you operate certain Zonai devices. You'll need plenty of charges at your disposal to max out your flight time, since your fans or rockets will turn off once the battery depletes entirely and you'll have to glide to safety instead. The wings themselves are not battery powered, so that's why it's almost easier to scope out a suitable take-off platform and leave the transport bit to physics.

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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