This page covers the different types of Korok Puzzles in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
NOTE: Credit for this Korok Puzzles guide goes to /u/TobiasAmaranth from reddit
- 1 Flower Chase
- 2 Flower Count
- 3 Dash Ring
- 4 Dive Ring
- 5 Climbing Sparkles
- 6 Chasing Sparkles
- 7 Frozen Sparkles
- 8 Lonely Rock
- 9 Lonely Rock (Buried)
- 10 Rock Pattern
- 11 Block Pattern
- 12 Pinwheel (Balloon)
- 13 Pinwheel (Nut)
- 14 Lonely Balloon
- 15 Lonely Nut
- 16 Minigolf
- 17 Basketball
- 18 Ball-in-a-cup
- 19 Fruit Prayer
- 20 Fruit Match
- 21 Other
- 22 See also
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will come across a random yellow flower. Touching this flower will cause another one to spawn. (Surround Sound is of great benefit here.) Reaching this flower will cause yet another to spawn. This repeats for a total of either 5 flowers or 10 flowers. The final flower will be white instead of yellow, and touching this one will award you with the Korok Seed. These puzzles are navigational challenges, and some will require a high amount of stamina to complete, but they are not timed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will come across a cluster of yellow flowers. Within this cluster, you will find clusters numbered 1 through 5. These must be touched in order, and will turn purple when touched correctly. If touched out of order, they will all reset to yellow. Turning the 5-cluster purple will award you with the Korok Seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will come across a flat tree stump with a leaf emblazoned on it. Touching this stump will cause a yellow ring with 10 orbs to spawn in the direction the leaf is pointing. Reaching this ring before the last orb fades away and time expires will award you with the Korok Seed, making stamina a very important part of these challenges. For some, you will have to use other mechanics than just dashing, so have a trusty shield on hand or a set of climbing gear, depending on the nature of the challenge. Some will be very hard or even impossible without the right equipment or stats.
This is a non-puzzle type of Korok Seed. Simply 'dive' into a circle of plantlife found in watery areas. The method used to dive is not important. You can find a good place to splash down with an elegant dive, you can drop you Paraglider while above it, or you can just cast Cryosis nearby and jump off of that. Once you've splashed into the water, you'll be awarded with the Korok Seed.
This is a non-puzzle type of Korok Seed, however it consists of some of the hardest to find Koroks. Across your adventures, you will find various suspicious places that will strike you with the urge to climb them. Two early examples include the very top of the Temple of Time, and the top of the doorway of the Old Man's hut. The catch here is that these sparkles are only visible if you are very close to them already, meaning they cannot be spotted with your scope. Once you are next to the leafy sparkles, press A to Examine them, and you will be awarded with the Korok Seed.
This is a non-puzzle type of Korok Seed. While similar to the above sparkles in appearance, these can be viewed from a moderate distance, and even more easily at night. Chase after these sparkles, and when you catch and Examine them, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. They also make a rattling noise, which can help if you lose track of them temporarily.
This is a non-puzzle type of Korok Seed. For these, you must fully melt small pillars of ice scattered in the mountainous regions. Fully and completely melt them until they shrink to the size of a pea and shatter. Once they shatter, you will either find sparkles that will award you with the Korok Seed, or you will find absolutely nothing. Some ice pillars do have enemies in them, though. Yup.
This is a non-puzzle type of Korok Seed. Out there in the many mountains and cliffs and fields of Hyrule, you will find random, out of place rocks. Simply walk up to it, and pick it up, and you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. One major tip for these is to utilize your handy 'flashlight'. The Stasis Rune works wonderfully for spotting rocks that blend in with the ground.
Lonely Rock (Buried)
This is a micro-puzzle variant on the Lonely Rock. While you can locate the above somewhat easily, and can see them with your 'flashlight', these are only locatable with careful observation. The types you will find include rocks hidden behind Bomb Rocks, under metal doors, under the large flat rocks, or hidden underneath piles of orange leaves (the hardest, in my opinion). Once you've removed the obstruction, you will find a Lonely Rock. Pick it up, and you will be awarded with the Korok Seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find formations of unmovable stones. Somewhere nearby, you will find 1, 2, or 3 loose rocks. Sometimes, you may find these loose rocks first and confuse them for Lonely Rocks, so if you pick up a strange rock and don't get a seed, check around for one of these formations. Your goal is to complete the formation and fill in the missing spot with a fresh rock. Once the formation is complete, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. As with Lonely Rock, one major tip for these is to utilize your handy 'flashlight'. The Stasis Rune works wonderfully for spotting rocks that blend in with the ground.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find formations of unmovable patterned blocks. These formations always come in a pair, though there are times where the pair can be separated by a surprising distance. Also nearby, you will find a loose block that can be moved with the Magnesis Rune. Activate Magnesis on the block, and move it to where it will cause the two formations to become identical. It will spin around and lock into place, and you will then be awarded with the Korok Seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will first come across a rattling, sometimes-glowing pinwheel. Standing nearby it, balloons will appear with a loud poof. You are tasked with puncturing them with your arrows as they move around in wild fashion. Once all of them have been destroyed, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. It's recommended to have a Phrenic Bow or Golden Bow on hand for the zoom feature on some puzzles.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will come across a rattling, sometimes-glowing pinwheel. Unlike with the Balloon variant, standing nearby these will not produce a loud poof sound from balloons appearing. Instead, very small, very subtle nuts will appear that must be destroyed. While these are all certainly able to be accomplished with the use of just a good bow, even locating the nut can be a challenge at times. Fear not, for there's a cheap trick you can use here that you can't use with the balloons. Just pull out your Stasis Rune and use it to locate the nuts, and freeze them in place! Once the nut or nuts have been destroyed, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed.
This is a non-puzzle variant of the Pinwheel Balloons. Scattered around Hyrule, you will find occasional balloons. Shoot them with your bow, and you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. There's no easy trick for locating these, so keep your eyes to the skies, and pull out your Golden Bow to save some arrows.
This is a non-puzzle variant of the Pinwheel Nuts. Or maybe they are jars, I was never certain. In any case, these would normally be some of the hardest seeds to find, but yet again, our handy 'flashlight' reveals the sneaky placements. Destroy it with a bow or weapon and you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. A few standard ways that these are hidden are hiding inside knotholes in large trees, hidden inside the ends of log decorations, and the hardest to spot, dangling from little chains like lanterns in strange places.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find boulders and holes. The goal is to get the boulder into the hole. Usually this is just a matter of pushing the available large rocks from their resting locations, but sometimes you'll actually have to make use of your Stasis Rune to actually succeed. Once the boulder is inside the hole, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. Special Note: There's one hole and bounder pair that does not award a Korok Seed. It's by one of the Towers, and involves a rock that's situated on a wooden platform. I managed to get it into the hole using Bomb Arrows, and was quite pleased with my achievement in spite of it not actually giving out a seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find rock circles within the water, and loose rocks nearby. For these, you must successfully throw a rock into the ring of rocks. For some, this is a straight forward process. Pick up the rock, throw the rock. For others, you will need to think creatively. Namely, you'll need to create an ice path with Cryosis to help lead the rock into the ring. Once the rock splashes into the center of the 6 other rocks, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find tree stumps (or wells) with a hole in them. Attached to the tree stump is a metallic ball. Simply take the ball in 'hand' with your Magnesis Rune and transfer it into the hole. Once the ball is inside the 'cup', you will be awarded with the Korok Seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find shrines where you must offer items from your inventory to, usually fruit. If there are shrines without fruit, there will usually be enough context clues that you can figure out what to place. Once all shrines have the same, and the correct, item(s), you will be awarded with the Korok Seed.
In this type of micro-puzzle, you will find fruit orchards with three fruit-bearing trees (or bushes, or cactuses). Two of the trees will have one piece of fruit on them, and the other will have more. Your goal is to create three matching trees. To do this, either grab or shoot the extra fruit off of the third tree. Once all three trees match, you will be awarded with the Korok Seed. Special Note: This is the only type of Korok Seed, excluding the final category, to have eluded me in my 200 hour playthrough. I suspected there was something unusual about them, but after not figuring it out, I decided I just didn't want to worry about it, and moved on. Oops! Turns out it was making them match, just... not by cutting them all down, haha.
The above types are not the only ways to be awarded with Korok Seeds. Sometimes, the method is extra strange. These are the ultimate challenges, and if you find one of these on your own, consider it an achievement! While I'm not finished collecting all seeds, I have found 5 locations that did not match any of the above archetypes. Here's a list of what I've found so far.
- North Dueling Peaks - "Bowl between the two trees"
- Lake Hylia Bridge - "Loot the random Tree Branch"
- Ebara Forest - "Loot the random Luminous Ore"
- Lakeside Stable - "Burn the leaves on the horse's chin"
- Lurelia Village - "Loot the random Apple in the palm tree"
- Lake Hylia - "Complete the pattern of large metal boxes underneath the water"
- Zonai Ruins - "Play Dual Ball-in-a-cup, without the cup"
- Kakariko Village - "Shoot the eyeball to win a seed" (x2)
- South Nabi Lake - "Jump the fences with horse"
- Satori Mountain - By the Durian Grove