Zelda Breath of the Wild guide: How to increase your inventory

It won’t take long playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before you run out of room to pick up more weapons. This is easy enough to fix if you put in a little work. Throughout Hyrule, there are creatures called koroks. When you find them, they’ll give you a korok seed. You give these seeds back to another korok named Hestu in exchange for an extra slot in one of your inventory categories.

There are a total of 900 koroks in Breath of the Wild, but you only need to find 441 seeds to max out your inventory. With so many koroks hiding around the map, it’s pretty easy to find their trials. They’re not always easy to reveal the korok and claim your seed, though. Below, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about korok seeds and expanding your inventory.

We’re not, however, going to walk you through how to find and reveal all 900 koroks. That’s, frankly, a lot of work and it’s already very well handled by the interactive map made by Zelda Universe and Hyrule Legends (which we wrote about here). But we aren’t leaving you on your own. At the bottom of this guide, you’ll find a walkthrough that will earn you 45 seeds — enough to expand all three of your stashes by five slots.

How to expand your inventory



First, to be clear, the only inventories you need to worry about are your weapon, bow and shield stashes. As for the others, your outfits and materials will expand automatically, and there is no way to expand your meals inventory. With that clarification out of the way, let’s talk about what you need to do.

Korok seed cost for each inventory expansion

Upgrade Weapon Stash Bow Stash Shield Stash
Upgrade Weapon Stash Bow Stash Shield Stash
1st Slot 1 1 1
2nd Slot 2 2 2
3rd Slot 3 3 3
4th Slot 5 5 4
5th Slot 8 8 5
6th Slot 12 12 10
7th Slot 17 17 10
8th Slot 25 25 10
9th Slot 35 10
10th Slot 45 10
11th Slot 55 15
12th Slot 15
13th Slot 15
14th Slot 15
15th Slot 15
16th Slot 20

The actual process of expanding your inventories is simple enough. You exchange a number korok seeds for a new slot. The cost of each slot increases as you continue to expand your inventories (see the table above for the number each slot costs).

The only catch is that Hestu doesn’t stay put.

Finding Hestu

There are three locations where you’ll meet Hestu over the course of the game.



The first time you meet him, he’ll be along the road to the south of Kakariko Village. He’ll stay here until you upgrade your inventory twice.

From there, he’ll move to the Riverside Stable. This stable is straight west of Kakariko Village next to Wahgo Katta shrine. After six more upgrades, Hestu will move to his final location.

Hestu finally makes it home and you’ll find him in Korok Forrest for the rest of the game. You can use the Keo Ruug shrine to get to him for quick expansions.


Finding and gathering korok seeds

There are 900 koroks scattered around Hyrule, so the short answer to finding one is to take three steps and look around. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s not really a difficult process. The key to finding koroks is to look for something out of place. Look for things like a rock that’s sitting on top of a pillar, or a balloon with a target painted on it, or an unnatural arrangement of stones.

If you listen very carefully, you’ll also hear a wooden wind chime sound when you’re close to a korok.

There are 13(ish) ways you’ll encounter koroks in the (Breath of the) wild.

Sparkling leaves



These are the easiest to find because they’re out in the open. You’ll usually find them after climbing up to the very top of something like a building, a tower or a flagpole.

Running sparkling leaves



Sometimes the sparkling leaves are racing around a location. You just have to get close and examine the sparkles.

Under rocks



This is the most common type of korok you’ll find. Just watch for an unexpected rock in a fairly conspicuous place. Lift the rock to find the korok.

Under rocks with an extra step



Sometimes you have to perform an extra step to find the rock to pick up. Look for something else out of place like a pile of leaves or a chunk of ice. Destroy whatever it is — usually by burning — to find the rock to pick up.

Offerings



Throughout Hyrule, you’ll come across sets of statues with offerings in the tray in front of them. Drop a matching piece of fruit into the empty tray to reveal the korok.

Archery

There are a few variations on this theme, but they all boil down to the same thing — use your bow to destroy a thing and you’ll find a korok. Sometimes it’s an acorn in a log or the hollow of a tree, or some number of balloons to shoot.

The most obvious version of these trials is to watch for a pinwheel. Standing next to these will start the trial.

Race (Pilotwings trials)



These are usually marked with a stump to stand on. When you do, a ring of lights will appear. Your task is to race to (or through) the ring before the lights go out.

Diving



Watch for rings of plants on the water. Diving through these will reveal a korok.

Rock patterns

These trials also have a few variations, but the task itself is pretty simple — complete the pattern. You just have to place the final rock to complete the pattern.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find that last rock, though. Use stasis to highlight them — this will make your job much, much easier.

Cube patterns



These are basically magnesis trials. When you find a pile of metal blocks in a sculpture-like pattern, there will be a loose metal block nearby. Use magnesis to make the piles match, and a korok will show up to reward you.

Ball and chain



A few times, you will find a metal ball on a chain. You have to use magnesis to place the metal ball into a nearby depression, or, like you’ll see below, arrange linked metal balls in a pattern.

Flower trails


Some koroks hide at the end of a trail of five flowers. Watch for a yellow flower that disappears when you touch it. Look around for a new flower to appear, then go to that one. Repeat this process until you find the korok.

Boulder in a hole



You will occasionally come across an out-of-place boulder. Look nearby for a hole in the ground. Push the boulder (or carefully use stasis) into the hole to find the korok.

Match the trees



If you come across a set of fruit trees that look suspiciously similar, your task is to make them all match. In the image above, you can see that the right two trees only have one apple each. Remove the four apples on the leftmost tree so that it looks like its neighbors to reveal the korok.

Your first 45 seeds

Looking at the table above, you need 45 korok seeds to upgrade all three of your stashes five times each. We’ve got you covered, though. With just a little work — a little over an hour of playing — you can gather these 45 and get a good head start on expanding your inventory. These are all along a relatively straight path from the Great Plateau, across the Bridge of Hylia and into the Farron Woods.

Each section below includes three things:

  1. A map with korok seed locations marked on it
  2. A gallery of images and
  3. A list telling you exactly how to find the korok seeds

The maps, gallery and list are all numbered so you can match the information as you need it. The maps will get you to the area, the gallery will help you pin down what you’re looking for, and the list will fill in any other details you need.

The Great Plateau



There are 19 korok seeds that you can gather on and around the Great Plateau in about 30 minutes. Our loop starts at Owa Daim shrine and loops around the plateau counterclockwise. Use the map above and the gallery below to help you find them.

These 19 seeds will let you upgrade your weapon stash (or your bow stash) by five slots.

Use the numbers on the map above, the numbered images in the gallery and the numbered list below to help you figure out exactly where each korok is, and what you have to do to reveal it.

  1. Climb onto the roof of the Old Man’s cabin and look for the sparkling leaves at the peak.
  2. Evade the guardians and head to the east of the Eastern Abbey, just on the edge of the plateau. Use magnesis to lift the metal door, then pick up the rock you find underneath.
  3. Climb all the way to the spire at the top of the front entrance to the Temple of Time.
  4. Jump through the ring of flowers in the pond to the northwest of the Temple of Time.
  5. If you have already completed everything on the Great Plateau and left once, there’s a korok at the very back of the Shrine of Resurrection.
  6. Look for the natural pillar. Climb to the top and lift the stone.
  7. Burn the pile of leaves under the tree’s roots, then lift the stone that reveals.
  8. Look for a stump on the edge of the pond that has a chain attached to it. Use magnesis to lift the attached ball and drop it into the depression in the center of the stump.
  9. Look for two rocks leaning against each other, then lift the stone you find undernearth.
  10. Find the huge, hollow log in the woods. Run over the five flowers to get the korok to appear.
  11. Use magnesis to lift the metal block into position on the right so that the two structures match.
  12. Use magnesis and one of the metal doors to build yourself a ledge and examine the sparkling leaves under the bridge.
  13. Climb to the top of the ruins to the northwest of Keh Namut shrine. There’s an out-of-place-looking chunk of ice. Melt it with fire to reveal the korok.
  14. There’s a ledge underneath the edge of the plateau with another metal sculpture. The extra metal block is around the pillar to the right. Use magnesis to make the two sculptures match.
  15. Climb back up top and continue southeast. You’ll come to a ring of rocks that is missing one stone. Use the stone you pass on your way to complete the ring.
  16. This one is also on the ledge underneath the edge of the plateau. Look to the south of the ruins. There’s a large, stone slab you’ll have to move with stasis, then pick up the rock underneath.
  17. Look around the eastern end of the ruins on the southern edge of the plateau. There’s a rock hidden behind one of the pillars. Pick it up.
  18. Cut all the way back across the plateau to the Eastern Abbey — or just fast travel to Ja Baij shrine. Paraglide off and down to the ground. There’s a metal door you can lift with magnesis to reveal a rock below.
  19. Head northeast from there. There’s a small cave facing the road on the western side. There are bunches of flowers with one, two, three, four and five flowers. Touch them in ascending order to reveal the korok.

Bridge of Hylia



There are eight more seeds you can collect along the Bridge of Hylia just southeast of the Great Plateau. You’ll have to do a lot of climbing and some backtracking, but you can grab these in about 15 minutes.

If you’re just joining us, or had to wander off, Ja Baij shrine on the Great Plateau is the closest shrine to the north end of the bridge.

Use the numbers on the map above, the numbered images in the gallery and the numbered list below to help you figure out exactly where each korok is, and what you have to do to reveal it.

  1. Climb to the top of the eastern tower at the north end of the bridge and light the brazier you find there.
  2. Toss one of the rocks on the bridge through the ring of stones on the water.
  3. From the middle of the bridge where the broken fountain is, climb down the western side to the ledge underneath, and pick up the stick.
  4. Climb to the top of the fountain.
  5. Climb down the eastern side of the bridge and follow the flower trail down. (The rest of the korok seeds are under the bridge.)
  6. Pick up the rock in the broken pillar.
  7. Look up at the bridge from a broken pillar north of the previous broken pillar. Shoot the balloon to find the korok.
  8. Move the stone slab with stasis and then pick up the rock underneath.

Faron Woods



Continuing to the southeast from the bridge, there are many more korok seeds to find. We’ve listed 18 on the map above (and in the gallery below) that you can gather with another 30 minutes of effort. If you’ve been following along, these 18 should bring your total number of korok seeds to a total of 45. This is enough to expand all five of your stashes by five slots each.

If you’re coming back to this area instead of continuing from the bridge walkthrough above, the fastest way back is to travel to the Lake Tower, then paraglide straight north. You’ll land pretty close to the south end of the bridge. You could also travel to Ya Naga or Pumaag Nitae shrines, but this will take you a bit longer.

Use the numbers on the map above, the numbered images in the gallery and the numbered list below to help you figure out exactly where each korok is, and what you have to do to reveal it.

  1. From the southern end of the Bridge of Hylia, follow the shore to the east. You’ll come to a tiny beach where you can lift a rock for a korok.
  2. Head straight south, and climb the cliff on the other side of the road. Push the boulder along the path to the east until it drops into the hole. (You can use stasis here, but be careful you don’t launch the boulder too far.)
  3. Head north and a little east back to the road. Watch around the rocky outcroppings for a korok running around.
  4. Continue northeast from there to find another boulder and another hole to push it into.
  5. Descend down the hill toward the northeast until you come to another small beach with a tree on it. Head to the water side of the tree to find an acorn in a hollow. Shoot the acorn to reveal the korok.
  6. Head back up the hill to the southeast. At the top, you’ll find another boulder to push into another hole.
  7. Travel straight south back to the road. Climb the tower on the south side of the road just before the fork. Lift the stone to find another korok.
  8. Continue east to Pumaag Nitae shrine. Just to the southeast of the shrine, there is a stump with a metal ball chained to it. Use magnesis to lift the ball into the hole in the stump.
  9. Back on the road, watch the south side for the start of a flower trail. (This one runs in a circle counter clockwise if you’re having trouble following it.)
  10. Shortly before the next bridge on the road heading east, watch on the south side again for a korok running around a log.
  11. Head to the bridge north of there and a little east. Use a combination of magnesis and stasis to place the three chained metal balls on the three rocks.
  12. From the bridge, follow the pond to the west all the way to the end. Climb out and dive through the ring of lillies.
  13. Work your way back to the road, and follow it east and then south to the Sarjon Bridge. Just before the bridge, watch on the right side — the west side — for the start of a flower trail. This one will take you across the river.
  14. Cross the road to the east and climb the two cliffs. Turn around and look at the tree behind you. Shoot the balloon to find another korok.
  15. Turn around and head back to the north along the eastern side of Dracozu River. The first pond you come to has a korok running around in the water for you to find.
  16. The next pond to the north has a waterfall. Climb up to the top to find another rock to pick up.
  17. All the way north at the Spring of Courage and Shae Katha shrine, look to the east and west to see that there are hands/claws on either side of the shrine entrance. Go to the eastern claw to pick up a metal cube from a sculpture. Carry the cube across to the western claw and complete the sculpture.
  18. From the top of the claw, look to the top of the head of the shrine — there’s a large tree growing out of the shrine’s head. Climb the shrine and the tree to find an oddly-located rock with a korok hiding underneath.

Source: Polygon – Full

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