"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!"
The Wind Waker
Breath of the Wild
"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..."
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
|Tower Region||Available Seeds|
|Central Tower[KS 1]||114|
|Dueling Peaks Tower||59|
|Gerudo Tower[KS 2]||36|
|Great Plateau Tower[KS 3]||18|
|Wasteland Tower[KS 2]||68|
- A great number of seeds in the Central Tower region are concentrated inside the periphery of Hyrule Castle.
- 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.
- 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
- Eventide Island
- Death Mountain
- Great Hyrule Forest
- Thyphlo Ruins
- Lomei Labyrinth Island
- North Lomei Labyrinth
- South Lomei Labyrinth
- Most of the expanse of the Tabantha Tundra
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
(Starts with 8)
for Bow Slot
|Total Bow Slots
(Starts with 5)
for Shield Slot
|Total Shield Slots|
(Starts with 4)
|8th||25||16||25 (Max)||13 (Max)||10||12|
|11th||55 (Max)||19 (Max)||15||15|
|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
|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..."
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.
- The Battle of Hyrule Field Chapter 1 scenario (×7)
- Road to the Ancient Lab Chapter 1 scenario (×6)
- Mipha, the Zora Princess Chapter 2 scenario (×4)
- Daruk, the Goron Hero Chapter 2 scenario (×8)
- Revali, the Rito Warrior Chapter 2 scenario (×8)
- Urbosa, the Gerudo Chief Chapter 2 scenario (×9)
- The Yiga Clan Attacks! Chapter 2 scenario (×8)
- Freeing Korok Forest Chapter 3 scenario (×10)
- The Road Home, Besieged Chapter 3 scenario (×3)
- Akkala Tower Chapter 4 scenario (×5)
- Destroy the Yiga Clan! Chapter 4 scenario (×8)
- When Courage Fails Chapter 4 scenario (×5)
- Calamity Strikes Chapter 5 scenario (×7)
- Water and Fire Chapter 5 scenario (×3)
- Air and Lightning Chapter 5 scenario (×5)
- Relentless as a Waterfall Chapter 6 scenario (×6)
- Each Step Like Thunder Chapter 6 scenario (×4)
- The Great Plateau Chapter 7 scenario (×7)
- All Hyrule, United Chapter 7 scenario (×6)
- The Future of Hyrule Chapter 7 scenario (×3)
Hidden in challenges:
There are a total of 12 Koroks hidden in challenges who give one seed each.
- Mipha's Training Lv. 6 challenge (×1)
- Cross the Hebra Mountains Lv. 16 challenge (×1)
- Anti-Ice Training: II Lv. 25 challenge (×1)
- Innkeeper's Request Lv. 25 challenge (×1)
- Winged Escort Lv. 43 challenge (×1)
- Defend Zora's Domain Lv. 46 challenge (×1)
- Elemental Uproar Lv. 47 challenge (×2)
- Polishing His Technique Lv. 53 challenge (×1)
- Hair-Width Trial: Expert+ Lv. 57 challenge (×1)
- Hunting Partners Lv. 58 challenge (×1)
- Defend Hyrule Castle Lv. 58 challenge (×1)
- Hestu's Training Lv. 22 challenge (×3)
- Escape the Lost Woods Lv. 35 challenge (×5)
- Forest Dance Festival Lv. 42 challenge (×5)
- Hunting Partners Lv. 58 challenge (×5)
- Hold the Line Lv. 68 challenge (×5)
- Helping with Heights (×15)
- Frown-Reversal Magic (×1)
- It's Shakala Time (×9)
- The Eye That Sees Far (×1)
- Let's Dance (×3)
- It Takes Two (×20)
- The Lonely Goddess (×5)
- More Rattle, More Dance! (×1)
- The Korok Ballet (×2)
- Good Cheer (×5)
- Parade for the Champions (×8)
- Forest Minuet (×13)
- Birthday Waltz (×15)
- The Sweetest Salsa (×24)
- Gerudo Canyon Festival (×28)
- Fantastic Flamenco (×35)
- A Most Peculiar Korok (×5)
- 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.