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How to reach the Sky Islands in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

How to reach Hyrule's skies.

The sky in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a huge area that you can explore in the clouds above Hyrule's land, but it can be a little tricky to navigate at times due to its fractured nature.

Once Link freefalls down to Hyrule below, you can explore all its new content in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom at your own pace, but you will eventually have to return to the sky at some point.

To help you reach the various fragmented areas in the sky, we've quickly gone over all the ways we know of how to get to the Sky Islands in TOTK below.

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How to get to the Sky Islands in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

We currently know of four ways to get to the sky in Tears of the Kingdom:

  1. Teleporting to Shrines
  2. Using the Recall ability to ride a rewinding object
  3. Gliding from a Skyview Tower
  4. Using the Travel Medallion


Although teleporting to Shrines is the easiest way to reach the sky, it's not always the best method, as there's no gaurantee the floating islands surrounding a Shrine can take you to the destination you want to go to.

The sky is also a lot harder to navigate than the surface of Hyrule because of its floating, fragmented islands, so we recommend getting to grips with the other ways you can reach Sky Islands as well.

If you want to give it a shot though, you'll want to check-out our list of Tears of the Kingdom Shrine locations.

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Using Recall

This new ability is acquired in the Nachoyah Shrine, located in the Room of Awakening on the Great Sky Island during the beginning of the game.

You can use Recall on lots of things throughout your travels in Hyrule to solve puzzles, attack enemies, and quickly get up to the sky. You'll see the route an object will take when you equip Recall and aim it at something usable, so you can tell if the object can take you fall above Hyrule or not.

Make sure you're on the object after using Recall so you can go up with it!

Using Skyview Towers

Skyview Towers are your new Sheikah Towers in Tears of the Kingdom, letting you fill in large chunks of the map when Link is launched from one. They're also a great way to get to specific areas of the sky, and for finding hidden Shrines and secrets on chunks of little floating platforms.

So look out for these floating platforms while you're falling after using a Skyview Tower and glide your way over to one if you want to get to the sky this way. Just keep in mind you'll most likely have to use more of Link's abilities to continue ascending to other platforms above him.

Using the Travel Medallion

The Travel Medallion is back! This useful item was first seen in Breath of the Wild's DLC, but is thankfully included in the base game of TOTK.

We've got a full explainer on how to get the Travel Medallion, but in short, you have to complete the A Mystery in the Depths quest so Robbie moves to the lab at Hateno Village. Once you complete Robbie's Shrine Sensor and Travel Medallion quests, you can then use the Travel Medallion to mark an area where you want to fast travel to.

Link unlocking the Travel Medallion feature in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Image credit: Nintendo

The Travel Medallion can also be upgraded by talking to Robbie, so you can eventually mark three fast travel locations on your map.

All the best exploring the sky in Tears of the Kingdom!

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