"An item that you received from the king on the Great Plateau. It allows you to sail through the sky."
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, it is gifted upon Link from the King Rhoam after he has completed all four trials in the Great Plateau. It allows Link to exit the Great Plateau alive, and explore what remains of the Kingdom of Hyrule.
This item functions much like previous 'gliders' in the franchise, such as the Deku Leaf, or Ezlo's gliding ability in The Minish Cap. This time, Link can use the Paraglider for longer than ever before, as it only consumes stamina at a slow rate. It can be used to glide over large gaps, or to break falls, much akin to the Sailcloth.
- The Paraglider could not be possible in real life:
- It doesn't actually have a surface area large enough to support an individual with the mass of Link, or King Rhoam for that matter. In reality, it should require a considerably larger sail.
- If hit by horizontal winds, gliding with the Paraglider effectively nullifies altitude loss due to gravity, which is close to impossible in real life without vertical winds, winds with extreme velocity, or exerting resistance.
- Link's vertical stance by hanging from the Paraglider would focus too much weight distribution on a single point, which in reality would significantly prevent him from moving in any direction but down. That is, without going into steering, which is a whole other problem on its own.
- Its ability to break long falls would also be impossible, as Link can accomplish it from a height incredibly close to the ground regardless of the momentum built from the fall, or the height of the fall itself.
- On its sail, it's emblazoned with a Rito symbol, suggesting that it was manufactured by them.
- The Paraglider is the only wood/fabric made item in the game that both doesn't catch on fire at Death Mountain, and is unbreakable.
- It's the only Key Item in the game (aside from the Sheikah Slate) that is readily available and can always be used.
- Ironically, in-game, King Rhoam doesn't actually need the Paraglider at all, considering that he can manifest anywhere at will.
- The Paraglider is implied to be compacted so that Link can deploy it at will, but it's not visible on his character model.
Age of Calamity
The paraglider is used by most of the characters in the game except the Rito. When the characters are selected for main story quests, the cutscenes shows them jumping from the Central Tower deploying paragliders while heading towards their destination.
While in battle, the paraglider can be deployed after performing a wall jump, by jumping from a height, or by deploying it on ground wind vents to reach great heights upon prompt. Attacking while paragliding can be done for regular and strong attacks, mostly performing mid-air or ground-pound attacks.