How to find & catch fairies in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to find & catch fairies in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Harry Boulton

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18th Sep 2023 17:35

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Once you figure out how to catch fairies in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the game will likely get a bit easier. It's important, if you can, to have at least one fairy in your inventory as you progress through the game, as it's a handy way to keep you out of a jam, and allows you to play a little bit more recklessly. 

That being said, catching these little fairies can be quite the challenge, and finding them is also no mean feat - so read on for how you can catch fairies and some hotspot locations on the map as to where you're bound to find them in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Where can you find fairies?

Screenshot of the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fairy map locations
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There is no one specific map location in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom where fairies will spawn, but they spawn most consistently on the Sky Islands and around pools of water.

Specifically, the three best places to look are the West Necluda Sky Archipelago, the South Hyrule Sky Archipelago, and Courage Island.

Another great place to look for fairies is down various wells - especially wells behind the numerous Stables dotted across Hyrule. Finally, the last common spawn point for fairies is surrounding Great Fairy Fountains - but only once they have bloomed.

How do you catch fairies?

Catching fairies in TOTK is a lot like taming a horse - you need to approach slowly and quietly, as otherwise, the fairies will fly away, and you will need to leave the area for them to respawn.

Here's a step-by-step guide for catching fairies:

  • Press the left analog stick to crouch and slowly make your way toward a fairy.
  • Once the prompt appears, press the A button to catch the fairy.
  • That's it! Now it will be all yours.

Fairies in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are usually found in groups so you're likely to get another chance if you mess up and one flies away. If you approach with patience, however, you're going to be near-unkillable as you continue collecting them on your travels.

What do fairies do in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

Screenshot of a fairy in the inventory of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Having a fairy in your inventory in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom means that you will be revived and brought back to full health after you die. This can only happen once per fairy as it will be consumed upon use, but it is an incredibly clutch tool that can save you in so many situations.

You do not need to cook the fairy or do anything else outside of just having it in your inventory, and it will be automatically consumed the next time that you die. This can sometimes be frustrating if it was used in a less-than-ideal situation, but it is more than made up for when you're fighting a tough boss or haven't saved in a while.

It's also worth noting you can only have a maximum of four fairies in your inventory in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, so it's worth maxing this out and by farming them before going out on your adventures. 

So, that's everything you need to know about fairies in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, letting you know what they do, how to catch them, and all of the most common map locations.

For more Zelda guides, stick with GGRecon. Alternatively, check out how to revive horses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and reunite with any dead pets.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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