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Zelda Breath of the Wild guide: How to find and gather korok seeds

The 13 ways you’ll encounter koroks in the wild

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

It won’t take long playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before you run out of room to pick up more weapons. This is easy enough to fix if you put in a little work. Throughout Hyrule, there are creatures called koroks. When you find them, they’ll give you a korok seed. You give these seeds back to another korok named Hestu in exchange for an extra slot in one of your inventory categories.

There are a total of 900 koroks in Breath of the Wild, but you only need to find 441 seeds to max out your inventory. With so many koroks hiding around the map, it’s pretty easy to find their trials. They’re not always easy to reveal the korok and claim your seed, though. Below, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about korok seeds and expanding your inventory.

Finding and gathering korok seeds

There are 900 koroks scattered around Hyrule, so the short answer to finding one is to take three steps and look around. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s not really a difficult process. The key to finding koroks is to look for something out of place. Look for things like a rock that’s sitting on top of a pillar, or a balloon with a target painted on it, or an unnatural arrangement of stones.

If you listen very carefully, you’ll also hear a wooden windchime sound when you’re close to a korok.

There are 13(ish) ways you’ll encounter koroks in the (Breath of the) wild.

Sparkling leaves

These are the easiest to find because they’re out in the open. You’ll usually find them after climbing up to the very top of something like a building, a tower or a flagpole.

Running sparkling leaves

Sometimes the sparkling leaves are racing around a location. You just have to get close and examine the sparkles.

Under rocks

This is the most common type of korok you’ll find. Just watch for an unexpected rock in a fairly conspicuous place. Lift the rock to find the korok.

Under rocks with an extra step

Sometimes you have to perform an extra step to find the rock to pick up. Look for something else out of place like a pile of leaves or a chunk of ice. Destroy whatever it is — usually by burning — to find the rock to pick up.


Throughout Hyrule, you’ll come across sets of statues with offerings in the tray in front of them. Drop a matching piece of fruit into the empty tray to reveal the korok.


There are a few variations on this theme, but they all boil down to the same thing — use your bow to destroy a thing and you’ll find a korok. Sometimes it’s an acorn in a log or the hollow of a tree, or some number of balloons to shoot.

The most obvious version of these trials is to watch for a pinwheel. Standing next to these will start the trial.

Race (Pilotwings trials)

These are usually marked with a stump to stand on. When you do, a ring of lights will appear. Your task is to race to (or through) the ring before the lights go out.


Watch for rings of plants on the water. Diving through these will reveal a korok.

Rock patterns

These trials also have a few variations, but the task itself is pretty simple — complete the pattern. You just have to place the final rock to complete the pattern.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find that last rock, though. Use stasis to highlight them — this will make your job much, much easier.

Cube patterns

These are basically magnesis trials. When you find a pile of metal blocks in a sculpture-like pattern, there will be a loose metal block nearby. Use magnesis to make the piles match and a korok will show up to reward you.

Ball and chain

A few times, you will find a metal ball on a chain. You have to use magnesis to place the metal ball into a nearby depression, or, like you’ll see below, arrange linked metal balls in a pattern.

Flower trails

Some koroks hide at the end of a trail of five flowers. Watch for a yellow flower that disappears when you touch it. Look around for a new flower to appear, then go to that one. Repeat this process until you find the korok.

Boulder in a hole

You will occasionally come across an out-of-place boulder. Look nearby for a hole in the ground. Push the boulder (or carefully use stasis) into the hole to find the korok.

Match the trees

If you come across a set of fruit trees that look suspiciously similar, your task is to make them all match. In the image above, you can see that the right two trees only have one apple each. Remove the four apples on the leftmost tree so that it looks like its neighbors to reveal the korok.

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