Skip to main content

Long read: The beauty and drama of video games and their clouds

"It's a little bit hard to work out without knowing the altitude of that dragon..."

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

How to unlock Popla Foothills Skyview Tower in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Who can fix the terminal?

Link standing in a field in Hyrule with the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower in the distance in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Image credit: Nintendo

Unlocking the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower will add the lands surrounding Lake Hylia to your map in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Though, like many of the Skyview Towers, the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower is experiencing technical difficulties. So, if you want to activate this tower, you need to find someone who can fix it.

Below you’ll learn how to unlock the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, along with this Skyview Tower’s location if you haven’t visited it yet.

On this page:

10 Things We Wish We Knew Before Starting The Legend of Zelda Tears of the KingdomWatch on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about Link’s adventure, visit our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough.

Popla Foothills Skyview Tower location

The Popla Foothills Skyview Tower can be found east of Lake Hylia within the hills before the Dueling Peaks. The Skyview Tower's precise coordinates are (0602, -2119, 0098).

Map showing the location of the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Image credit: Nintendo

As you can see from the map above, reaching the shrine does take a good amount of climbing or, if your stamina is low, walking around the hills.

How to unlock Popla Foothills Skyview Tower

When you arrive at the Popla Skyview Tower, you’ll discover that the terminal inside the tower isn’t working. Since Link doesn’t have any Computer Science qualifications, you need to find someone who can fix it for you.

First, you need to jump into the well near the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower and either blow up or destroy the rocks you find down here.

Link standing by a well near the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower.
Link getting ready to fire a bomb at a large rock the player wants to destroy in Tears of the Kingdom.
Image credit: Nintendo

This will reveal Elmerson, the person who is meant to be fixing the Skyview Tower, trapped in a jail cell. He’ll explain that he got trapped trying to find the treasure inside the well and will fix the tower if you free him.

To do so, you need to leave the well - thank you Ascend - and head to the cliff on the other side of the tower. At the edge of this cliff, you will see a collection of ruined buildings.

With the paraglider, glide down to these buildings and you’ll find the entrance to the Popla Foothills Excavation Site cave.

Link standing on a cliff edge overlooking the entrance to the Popla Foothills Excavation Site cave.
Map showing the location of the entrance to the Popla Foothills Excavation Site cave.
Image credit: Nintendo

Enter this cave and you'll find yourself on the other side of the jail Elmerson has got himself caught in. Now all you have to do is stand on the button in the middle of the floor to release him. He will give you 50 Rupees for your troubles.

Before you Ascend out of the cave, we recommend using Ultrahand to move the chest onto the button. This means you can freely travel through the cave whenever you need to.

Link standing in the Popla Foothills Excavation Site cave in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Image credit: Nintendo

Finally, head back to the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower and you’ll talk to Elmerson who will fix the terminal. Now you can finally activate the Skyview Tower, use it as a new fast travel point, add and this region to your map of Hyrule!

If you’d like to learn more about Link’s adventure across Hyrule and its sky, visit our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough.