Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: How to use star fragments

It can be challenging to find star fragments in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but the effort is worthwhile. This resource is back from Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it serves new uses in the follow-up, and obtaining it is a little easier.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: How to use star fragments

The information in this tutorial will explain where to find, how to capture, and how to use star fragments in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Where to find star fragments

Finding star pieces is a random event, comparable to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can see them as light beams falling from the sky when you are walking about Hyrule. The light beam will remain put once it touches down, acting as a beacon. All you have to do is approach them and take the object off the ground.

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There are a few things to think about. First of all, the star fragments won’t remain underground indefinitely. The beacon and the item will vanish if you don’t reach them within a short period of time.

My own recommendation is to rapidly perform a manual save if you see that one is about to strike the ground and you are fairly distant from the region. If you happen to miss it, at the very least, you’ll get another shot.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, I can just fast travel to the nearest shrine or Skyview Tower to get closer.” Your intuition is correct, yet in my experience, using this technique made the star fragment travel to a new spot.

The object would therefore repeat its motion and land somewhere else anytime the fast travel loading screen ended and I returned to the game. However, after repeating this a few times, the object eventually vanished completely.

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Star fragments can now be caught in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in a new way. Again, this is purely arbitrary, although occasionally you’ll be able to see one alongside Link when skydiving.

When this occurs, you have two choices: either continue diving and attempt to grab it as you slowly approach with your paraglider (as shown in the GIF above), or simply accompany the fall and pick it up after it lands. Nevertheless, attempt to pick up the object in mid-air at least once because it is quite fulfilling.

Remember that star fragments can also be seen during the day. Unlike Breath of the Wild, encountering them won’t be made more likely by spending time around a campfire or staying up late. As a result, be vigilant while you are skydiving or exploring. Sooner rather than later, you’re going to catch one.

What are star fragments used for in Tears of the Kingdom?

At a glance, here’s how to use star fragments in Tears of the Kingdom:

  • They can be used as a (fairly rare) material for upgrading armor sets.
  • They can be sold at 200 rupees a pop if you want to make money.
  • You can Fuse a star fragment with a rod or a stick to shoot light beams and illuminate your surroundings.
  • Alternatively, you can Fuse a star fragments with a shield to have a lantern on your back, illuminating an area around Link. This is particularly helpful for lighting up the Depths.

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While upgrading the circlets that you may buy in Gerudo Town does require the item as well as other armor components, not all armor sets do. Therefore, I advise conserving as many as you can rather than selling them: 200 rupees is not a large sum to make the exchange acceptable.

Now, if you haven’t yet obtained the Miner’s Armor set, star fragments make a fantastic Fuse combo to illuminate Link’s path, particularly in the Depths. Although the effect’s coverage area is much smaller than that of the Miner’s Armor, it is still of moderate utility.

Instead of Fusing the item with a rod or stick, opting for a shield will greatly increase how long the effect lasts. Whenever you swing with a Fused weapon, you’ll inevitably reduce its durability. But with a shield, as long as you just keep it on your back, you’ll have a useful lantern for your travels underneath Hyrule.