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Where to find Hestu in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

There are a few locations you can spot Hestu in Hyrule

Hestu and some Koroks dancing in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Finding Hestu’s locations in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom can be a tough task. The character is still as elusive as he was in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and unless you know where to head next, you’ll spend a long time unable to increase your inventory.

Don’t fret, though, as we’ll be pointing out all the ways to find him so you can start cashing in your hard-earned Korok Seeds. Below are the three Hestu locations we’ve found in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and how we got to them.

But bear in mind, Hestu moves around a fair bit and the order in which he appears in certain locations seems to change based on how you personally play through the game — and where you are in terms of progressing through the main story.

First Hestu location – Lindor’s Brow

The first Hestu location is northwest of Lookout Landing at the coordinates (-1714, 1067, 0202), following the main road that leads to Lindor’s Brow Skyview Tower. Meeting him will kickstart the “Hestu’s Concerns” side adventure, which we’ll be detailing below. But remember, this won’t be the last time you’ll have to track him down.

The map location of the first sighting of Hestu in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Once you find Hestu at Lindor’s Brow, he will ask for one Korok Seed as an introduction. Then, feel free to choose whichever pouch slot you want between weapons, shields, and bows. If you have at least two more Korok Seeds on you, he’ll accept them for an additional slot.

After you’re done giving him Korok Seeds, Hestu will mention he’s thinking of parting ways to the east, as he’s looking for a “place to relax” somewhere around there.

Link stands in front of Hestu, who’s scared of a near enemy in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

I came across Hestu during my first few hours exploring Hyrule. By that point, I hadn’t even reached any of the four main regions following the main quest. If you started making progress on the main questline and skipped Lindor’s Brow, the first place Hestu appears will likely be Lookout Landing (more about this in the third section below).

Second Hestu location – Korok Forest

The Korok Forest is by far the best place to head to if you want Hestu to stay in a fixed location. The downside is that before Hestu appears here, you’ll first need make it through a few different trials — starting with finding your way through the Lost Woods and ending with a fight against Phantom Ganon.

We cover the general steps below, but if you find yourself stumped at any point, consult our guides for getting through the Lost Woods and clearing the Korok Forest of gloom.

A screenshot of the map location of the Minshi Woods Chasm in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Northeast of the Castle Ruins and southeast of the Great Hyrule Forest, you’ll see a path emerging from the north side of the Woodland Stable.

Around its center, right above Minshi Woods, there is a chasm that leads to the Depths, at the coordinates (1033, 1660, 0157), which is aptly called “Minshi Woods Chasm.”

Dive in, and you’ll end up right in Minshi Grove at the coordinates (1055, 1676, -0613). You can use the lit pillars to know when you’re approaching the ground so you can glide safely.

Link stands in front of Hestu in the Korok Forest in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Once you emerge in the Korok Forest, you’ll notice Hestu isn’t immediately present upon your arrival. First, you need to help the Deku Tree by clearing the chasm inside it and defeating Phantom Ganon. It’s a tough fight, but one you can overcome if you prepare yourself accordingly.

Once the encounter is over, return to the surface (you can fast travel to the Musanokir Shrine next to the Deku Tree!) and, lo and behold, your pal Hestu will be waiting for you at the coordinates (0412, 2124, 0143) from here on out.

As we mentioned, after you gain access to Hestu in the Korok Forest, he will stay there from that moment on. If you want to avoid having to manually search across Hyrule for him, this is a good method to lock Hestu into one easily approachable spot.

Third Hestu location – Lookout Landing

If you haven’t yet cleared the Korok Forest but already traded with Hestu at Lindor’s Brow, head to Lookout Landing.

A screenshot of Lookout Landing’s map location in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, sign sliding the spot between the clothing store and the stable Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

However, based on experiences of Polygon staffers, Hestu will only appear at Lookout Landing once you’ve made progress in the main story quests.

So if you’ve already completed at least one temple but haven’t yet ventured into the Lost Woods, you should be able to find Hestu near a tree at the coordinates (-0220, 0063, 0018), right between the clothing store and the stable.

Link stands in front of Hestu, who’s chilling next to a tree inside Lookout Landing in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Korok Seeds reward from Hestu

Finding Korok Seeds and tracking down Hestu can be tricky, but the reward is worth it. (And no, we aren’t talking about Hestu’s Gift of golden poop.)

At whichever location you find Hestu, you’re able to trade Korok Seeds with him for extra slots in your pouches, allowing you to carry more weapons, bows, and shields at any given time. Turning in Korok Seeds for inventory space may be even more crucial in Tears of the Kingdom than in Breath of the Wild, since Link’s Fuse ability means there are a near-infinite number of Fuse combinations you’ll want to experiment with. Our dedicated page on how to increase your inventory will walk you through the costs and best ways to plan out your upgrades.

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