A screenshot of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to demonstrate whether you can repair items by showing a badly damaged tree branch.

How to Repair Items in Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, like Breath of the Wild before it, has a weapon durability system that has proven a little controversial. Items break — a lot — so if you’re attached to a particular weapon, there’s a good chance you’ll want to get it fixed rather than throwing it out if it breaks. If you want to know how to repair items in Tears of the Kingdom, here’s the answer.

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What You Need to Know About Repairing Weapons in Tears of the Kingdom

Unfortunately, there’s no simple way of repairing a weapon. And once an item breaks, there’s no bringing it back. That might not make a lot of sense because if you’re going to have weapons or shields break, it only seems fair to have a means of repairing it, wherever you are. 

I’m a big fan of Fallout New Vegas’ system where you can use items to repair other items of the same or similar type. Got a few grimy pistols? Take the best bits from each to make one durable, fully functional pistol. 

Nintendo, apparently, doesn’t subscribe to this approach. However, what you can do is fuse the item with another object. This effectively gives it a durability boost and lets you use it a little longer. I’d advise fusing it with an item that’s actually useful, so sticking a steak on your sword is not a good idea. It’s funny — very, very funny — but it’s not going to take anyone’s head off. 

Even after fusing, your item is still going to break eventually. I’d certainly like to have a word with whichever blacksmith had a hand in crafting Tears of the Kingdom’s non-wooden weapons. 

However, there is one glimmer of hope when it comes to repairing weapons, and it’s all thanks to TotK’s Octoroks. 

How to Use Octoroks to Repair Weapons

If you’re prepared to travel, you can use Octoroks to repair weapons. However, each Octorok will only repair one weapon until the Blood Moon when the Octoroks, like other monsters, reset. 

The catch is that they don’t shake your hand and ask you to get a cup of tea while they repair your sword, garden hoe or so forth. What you have to do is get close to them and drop your worn weapon on the ground. 

They’ll then suck the weapon in and spit it out brand new, fully repaired. The catch is that they will then spit it in your direction, which can hurt you. So, dodge that before you even think of picking up your weapon. But once you’re clear, you can either kill the Octorok (you monster) or make good your escape. 

Where to Find Octoroks Locations

The best place to find Octoroks is in and around Death Mountain. It’s not hard to spot the mountain, it’s the one with the red fumes spewing from it. But unless you’ve crafted some kind of flying machine, it’s a long trek to get there. 

Helpfully, Reddit user Yer_Dunn has created a map showing where many of the Octoroks are located.

The mountain is inhabited by a variety of foes, Lizalfos included. I found the easiest way to get my weapon repaired was to skirt the mountain and head to Eldin Canyon. Then, on reaching the mine, I walked down and left to find an Octorok. 

Octoroks, or Rock Octoroks to be specific, have rocks on their heads which they use for camouflage. So if you don’t see a gray octopus-like creature but do see a rock just sitting there, doing nothing, it could be an Octorok in disguise. 

So, on the subject of how to repair items in Tears of the Kingdom, the answer is there’s no super easy method, no matter how much money you have. But if you’re prepared to walk over to Death Mountain you can get Octoroks to fix your weapons. There are plenty of other things you can do in the game though, so make sure to browse through our archive of guides for everything from clearing shrines to building useful machines.

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Chris McMullen is a freelance contributor at The Escapist and has been with the site since 2020. He returned to writing about games following several career changes, with his most recent stint lasting five-plus years. He hopes that, through his writing work, he settles the karmic debt he incurred by persuading his parents to buy a Mega CD. Outside of The Escapist, Chris covers news and more for GameSpew. He's also been published at such sites as VG247, Space, and more. His tastes run to horror, the post-apocalyptic, and beyond, though he'll tackle most things that aren't exclusively sports-based. At Escapist, he's covered such games as Infinite Craft, Lies of P, Starfield, and numerous other major titles.