Hestu is an oversized Korok who can initially be found along the path, north of the Dueling Peaks Stable and Kakariko Bridge, leading to Kakariko Village. When Link first meets Hestu along the road, Hestu is shocked that Link can actually see him, stating that nobody has been able to see him for 100 years. This is presumably because Hestu resembles a small tree and likely fits the surroundings around him.
The Priceless Maracas
- Main article: The Priceless Maracas
Hestu has a hidden power, but is unable to use it without his Maracas. The maracas had been stolen by some Bokoblin just up the road and Hestu tasks Link with retrieving them. This will begin the optional Side Quest titled The Priceless Maracas.
Up ahead on the path, just off to the right, Link will find a trio of Blue Bokoblin. After defeating them, Link can open the treasure chest to recover Hestu's Maracas. After collecting them, Link can return them to Hestu, who is delighted to have them back, but quickly realizes that the Korok Seeds inside them are missing. He tasks Link with retrieving the Korok seeds and in return, can use his power of inventory expansion to help Link.
When Link collects a Korok seed by finding one of the 900 Koroks in the Overworld, he can return to Hestu and give it to him. In return, Hestu will offer to expand Link inventory. Link can upgrade the amount of weapons, shields, or bows, that he can carry. Initially it costs just a single Korok seed to upgrade a spot, but it progresses from there, with Link needing more Koroks for later upgrades. All together, Link will need to find 441 Koroks to fully upgrade all of his inventory slots, although there are 900 of them in the Overworld.
Initially, Hestu can be found on the road leading to Kakariko Village. However, after Link upgrades two slots in his inventory, Hestu will note that the time is late.
However, on his way back to Korok Forest, he gets lost and will appear at Riverside Stable, Wetland Stable, and Woodland Stable. Link will need to find Hestu and after upgrade five more slots, Hestu will finally make his way back to the Korok Forest.
Hestu can be found at the center of Korok Forest, near the Great Deku Tree, where he will remain for the duration of the game. When Link has collected all 900 Korok seeds, Hestu will present him with Hestu's Gift.
- ↑ I need to get back before Grandpa yells at me. Shoko... - Hestu
- ↑ Shalaka?! You! You can see me?! - Hestu
- ↑ It's been 100 years since anyone has been able to see me! I'm Hestu, and I need your help! Those monsters over there stole my beloved maracas! I think they're still there on the other side of those rocks. I can't use my powers without them. Shoko... So please! PLEASE get my maracas back from them! - Hestu
- ↑ SHALA-KALA! Those are... Those are my maracas! Please giiiiiive them to meeeeeeeee! - Hestu
- ↑ But wait! There's something wrong with my maracas! The Korok seeds inside are gone! How am I supposed to dance now? Shoko... If I had just one Korok seed, I could sing, dance, and use my powers to help you.You see, I have the power of inventory expansion. So let me know if you find some Korok seeds! - Hestu
- ↑ The children of the forest must have taken the Korok seeds from my beloved maracas. I never thought I'd be the target of one of their pranks. Shoko... *sniff* But wait... *sniff sniff* Do you have a Korok seed?! You do! You got a Korok seed from one of the forest children! If you'll give me just one Korok seed, I'll make your inventory bigger in return! - Hestu
- ↑ Oh! Look at the time! I need to get back before Grandpa yells at me. Shoko... Sorry, I have to go. But I still need Korok seeds, so bring some to Korok Forest if you find any! - Hestu