Along with hearts and stamina, one of the most precious resources in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is your battery life. And we don't mean the battery of your Nintendo Switch that keeps running out from playing so much.
Link's Zonai batteries power all of his machines when outside Shrines, and you'll quickly discover that the single battery's worth of power he has at the start of the game is hardly enough to be getting on with. And while a Zonai Construct explains how to increase your battery early on, the numerous terms it throws at you so early (Crystallized Charges! Zonaite! What?) can seem overwhelming – not to mention how annoying it is to return to Great Sky Island to get upgrade materials when you do manage to figure it all out.
Fortunately, there are ways to make this much easier. We have a upgrading your battery in ToTK guide (aka upgrading your Energy Cell) in Tears of the Kingdom, but here's a short version if you just want some quick guidance on how to get more batteries in Tears of the Kingdom:
Collect Zonaite from the Depths
Whenever you're beneath the surface, you'll occasionally spot deposits of ore that seem to sparkle turquoise (not to be confused with glowing Luminous Stones). This is Zonaite, and you should mine all you can. You need three Zonaite to get one Crystallized Charge, and 300 to upgrade a battery one-third of the way. That's a lot of Zonaite! There are other ways to get Zonaite, such as by defeating certain enemies, but this is the most common one.
Convert the Zonaite into Crystalized Charges
Once you finish one of the Regional Phenomena quests, you'll be given another quest from Josha that sends you to the Depths. Do this as soon as possible, as it eventually leads to a Forge where you can trade Zonaite for Crystallized Charges. Before this point, you'll have to return to the Great Sky Island to trade with the construct you met there. You can collect Crystallized Charges in other ways, too, but this is the most common one.
Trade Crystalized Charges Outside Lookout Landing
With Crystalized Charges in hand, head north from Lookout Landing and look for the large piece of Sky Ialdn that's fallen just outside the gate. Atop it is a Zonai Construct that will forge 100 Crystallized Charges into an energy cell upgrade. In total, you can collect 21 upgrades to obtain eight full batteries. That means you'll need 2,100 Crystallized Charges…or 6,300 pieces of Zonaite. Get mining!
For a full rundown of how to upgrade your battery in Tears of the Kingdom, dig into our guide on the subject. And for help with everything Tears of the Kingdom, take a look at our Tears of the Kingdom Walkthrough about making your way through Hyrule. In fact, you can start here:
- 16 Things to Do First in Tears of the Kingdom
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- How to Uncover the Full TOTK Map
- How to Expand Your Inventory in TOTK
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Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.