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Korok Seed
Korok Seed - HWAoC.png



Hidden across Hyrule


Growing trees (The Wind Waker)
Exchanging for inventory upgrades (Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom)
Completing Quests (Age of Calamity)


"Ya-ha-ha! You found me! Huh? You're not Hestu! But you can... see me? I didn't know your kind could see the children of the forest! Well, if you run into Hestu, please return this to him. [...] Oh, and my friends are hiding in lots of different places too! Don't be shy about poking your nose into suspicious places!"

— First Korok in the game, upon being discovered by Link

Korok Seeds are small, golden seeds found in Breath of the Wild. They can be obtained by locating one of the many Koroks hidden all over Hyrule.

The Wind Waker

Makar generates seeds which instantly grow into trees. This is essential for progression in the Wind Temple.

Breath of the Wild

A Korok Seed

"This small seed was given to you by a Korok. It has a distinct smell. If you gather a bunch of them, you never know what may happen..."

— In-game description

It is not necessary for Link to contact Hestu in order to start collecting seeds, but it's necessary to contact him in order to expand the inventory, completing The Priceless Maracas challenge to do so.

Each Korok will gift Link one seed, which cumulatively can be exchanged with Hestu to increase his inventory capacity. There are 900 Korok Seeds in total, all hidden across the land. They often require unique puzzles to be solved in order to find the Korok bearing them, such as:

  • Solving cube puzzles through Magnesis;
  • Rolling a boulder into a hole;
  • Lifting rocks from the ground, at the tops of thick trees, or underneath bombable rock piles.
  • Throwing rocks into a circle of rocks in water bodies;
  • Completing a circle or a pattern of rocks on the ground;
  • Diving/falling into a circle of lily pads in water bodies;
  • Shooting moving or hidden target balloons after triggering a wind chime;
  • Shooting jumping acorns after triggering a wind chime;
  • Shooting hanging acorns;
  • Shooting acorns on hollow tree trunks;
  • Shooting stationary target balloons under bridges and other tall places;
  • Shooting acorns inside hollow tree trunks and logs, and holes on trees;
  • Racing to reach a target after triggering a leaf pedestal;
  • Placing metal boulders into hollow trunks;
  • Solving boulder puzzles through Magnesis;
  • Climbing to the top of trees, poles, atop houses and buildings, and even the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab;
  • Following a trail of sprouting flowers;
  • Following an increasing sequence of flowers;
  • Making the number of apples on a tree match the other two trees; this applies to cacti and Voltfruits at the Gerudo Desert
  • Offering fruit to statues;
  • Melting ice blocks with fire.

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 and declines to do any more, stating that he needs to get back to Korok Forest.

However, on his way back to Korok Forest, he gets lost and will appear at Riverside Stable, Wetland Stable, or Woodland Stable. Link will need to find Hestu and upgrade five more slots, after which Hestu will finally make his way back to Korok Forest.

If Link goes directly to the Korok Forest without stopping at any of the aforementioned stables, Hestu will already be there.

Completion of the inventory slots does not represent any reward. Upon collecting all 900 of the seeds, Link is advised to speak with Hestu in the Korok Forest, where he will be given Hestu's Gift, a trophy of sorts marking the accomplishment.

Korok Seeds Per Tower Region

A large map with all the Korok seed locations. Good for downloading and crossing off the ones you have to keep track of them. Original size is 6500x5200 pixels
Tower Region Available Seeds
Akkala Tower 57
Central Tower[KS 1] 114
Dueling Peaks Tower 59
Eldin Tower 45
Faron Tower 58
Gerudo Tower[KS 2] 36
Great Plateau Tower[KS 3] 18
Hateno Tower 66
Hebra Tower 73
Lake Tower 92
Lanayru Tower 62
Ridgeland Tower 80
Tabantha Tower 37
Wasteland Tower[KS 2] 68
Woodland Tower 35
  1. A great number of seeds in the Central Tower region are concentrated inside the periphery of Hyrule Castle.
  2. 2.0 2.1 At 106 seeds total, the Gerudo Province (including the Gerudo and Wasteland Tower Regions) has a comparatively low amount of seeds for a province that covers roughly 1/6 of the map.
  3. Two of the seeds in the Great Plateau, one east of the Eastern Abbey, and one west of the River of the Dead cannot be reached until The Isolated Plateau quest has been cleared, as they're at the bottom of the Plateau. A third seed (the one in the Shrine of Resurrection's chamber) cannot be obtained either under the same conditions, even though it's placed inside the Plateau.

Major Locations With No Korok Seeds

Inventory Upgrades

Distribution of the Korok Seeds needed for the inventory slots

Generally, each slot upgrade requires more seeds than the previous. Below is a chart that lists the cost to upgrade each slot all the way. In total, 441 seeds are required to maximize all of the stashes. Completing the stashes will give Link a final total of 19 weapons slots (plus 1 for the Master Sword), 13 bow slots (plus 1 for the Bow of Light) and 20 shield slots.

Slot Nº Seeds Needed
for Weapon Slot
Total Weapon Slots
After Upgrade
(Starts with 8)
Seeds Needed
for Bow Slot
Total Bow Slots
After Upgrade
(Starts with 5)
Seeds Needed
for Shield Slot
Total Shield Slots
After Upgrade
(Starts with 4)
1st 1 9 1 6 1 5
2nd 2 10 2 7 2 6
3rd 3 11 3 8 3 7
4th 5 12 5 9 4 8
5th 8 13 8 10 5 9
6th 12 14 12 11 10 10
7th 17 15 17 12 10 11
8th 25 16 25 (Max) 13 (Max) 10 12
9th 35 17 10 13
10th 45 18 10 14
11th 55 (Max) 19 (Max) 15 15
12th 15 16
13th 15 17
14th 15 18
15th 15 19
16th 20 (Max) 20 (Max)
Total 208 Seeds 19 Slots 73 Seeds 13 Slots 160 Seeds 20 Slots

As previously mentioned, the 20th slot for the Weapons inventory is reserved for the Master Sword[KOR 1].; similarly, the 14th slot of the Bows inventory is reserved for the Bow of Light, which, accounting for the 6 types of arrows in that inventory section, completes 20 slots as well.


Planning for 441 Korok Seeds

Obtaining Korok Seeds in regions that have high concentrations of them, like the Central Tower region may come at a significant risk, due to the fact that said region is infested with Guardians of all types. Aside from that, the following region in terms of Seed quantity is the Lake Region, which requires a significant amount of climbing in an area characteristic for raining. As such, there are some options that the player may take:

Method (Total Seeds) Region Nº of Seeds (Cumulative)
By the most seeds
per region
Central Tower 117
Lake Tower 91 (208)
Hebra Tower 74 (282)
Ridgeland Tower 72 (354)
Hateno Tower 70 (424)
By following plot
Great Plateau Tower 19
Dueling Peaks Tower 55 (74)
Hateno Tower 70 (144)
Lanayru Tower 63 (207)
Akkala Tower 59 (266)
Eldin Tower 44 (310)
Wasteland Tower 69 (379)
Gerudo Tower 37 (416)

Age of Calamity

See also: Age of Calamity Koroks

"This small seed was given by a Korok. It has a distinct smell. Gather a bunch of them and surely something will happen..."

— In-game description

Unlike other materials, there are a finite amount of Korok Seeds that can be collected, and they cannot be sold. There are a total of 172 (175?) seeds, all of which are used for quests.


Hidden in scenarios:
There are a total of 122 Koroks hidden in story scenarios who give one seed each.

Hidden in challenges:
There are a total of 12 Koroks hidden in challenges who give one seed each.

First-Clear Rewards:




Tears of the Kingdom

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  • Beyond the weapon slots provided by the Korok seeds, Link can keep an additional three of each weapon type once he fully upgrades the gear displays in his house at Hateno Village during the Hylian Homeowner quest. However, these weapons are not readily available while Link is out questing, as he has to travel to Hateno to retrieve them.
  • On average, the weapon slots are the most expensive in terms of Korok Seeds with an average of ~20 per slot. It's followed by the shield slots (~10 per slot) and the bows slots (~9 per slot). However, this is inversely proportional with the slots available, as the bows have the least slots attainable, while the shields have the most.
  • It's heavily implied that Korok Seeds are actually Korok droppings, as Hestu's Gift is pretty much a giant "seed" in the shape of a turd.