Fast travel across the desert
"These seals use their large flippers to move through the sand as if swimming. They were once wild animals but have since been domesticated by the Gerudo. They rely on their excellent hearing to find their way while submerged in the sand. Their large, distinct tusks look pretty ferocious, but their favorite food is actually fruit."
Sand Seals are animals that appear in Breath of the Wild and Age of Calamity.
Breath of the Wild
Wild seals are found exclusively in the Gerudo Desert. They are usually seen near shrines, such as the Dako Tah Shrine and the Hawa Koth Shrine. In addition to wild sand seals, domesticated ones can also be rented from Gerudo Town for 20 Rupees. They travel slightly faster than the wild seals, and have red coats, not orange ones.
Riju owns a unique sand seal, known as Patricia. When offered fruit, she will offer insightful comments which may help Link on his quest.
Sand Seals are crucial in taking down the Divine Beast Vah Naboris, as they offer a fast means of transport in order to get up close and personal with the beast. They are an otherwise efficient way of travel in the desert. They are docile and skittish beasts, which require Link to sneak up on them to harness them.
Wild sand seals cannot be killed in the game, as any attack will just make them flee. This places them in a unique position between wild and domesticated animals, where the latter cannot be killed either. These wild individuals share the docility of the seals domesticated by the Gerudo. Unlike Blupees, they don't yield any drops when attacked.
Sand Seal Surfing
The primary use of sand seals is for traveling across the desert in the Wasteland region, where Link rides on his equipped Shield, holding on to a rope attached to the seal. In order to ride with a wild sand seal, Link must sneak up on one, making minimal noise, as they have excellent hearing. If one notices Link, they will move away to safety. It is recommended that Link wears an armor set with a Stealth Up set bonus in order to catch a wild one, such as the Stealth Set, or consumes meals or elixirs that increase his discretion. Rented seals keep pace, as well as staying put if Link dismounts, whereas wild seals will swim away.
Sand Seal Racing is the secondary use of sand seals. It is an activity enjoyed by Gerudo in the desert, and breaking the record of 1:30:00 to complete the course is required to unlock the Raqa Zunzo Shrine. Link rides through the desert, steering their seal through all checkpoints, while avoiding obstacles such as boulders, monsters, and other obstructions.
Sand seal surfing produces no damage on the shield, unlike other forms of shield surfing. This is because Link is riding on sand.
Age of Calamity
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