How to use & control Zonai Wings in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to use & control Zonai Wings in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


25th May 2023 16:06


The Wings available in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are one of the many new Zonai devices available to control, but they can be quite tricky to use when encountering them for the first time. As the name suggests, Zonai Wings let you take to the skies - but you're also a risk of falling straight to the ground, and without a paraglider, you'll be toast.

Operating slightly differently to other Zonai devices in the game though, and it can be a bit of a struggle to get flying. Below, we'll go over everything you need to know about Wings in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, including how to use and control them.

How to use the Zonai Wings

To use the otherwise rather static Wings in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you need either a set of tracks or some wheels to get it flying. The first time that you'll encounter them is likely in the snow region of Great Sky Island, where you'll likely see a few rails or tracks built into the ground (as shown in the image above).

Wings on rails in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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To get started, simply place the Wings onto one of these tracks with the Ultrahand Rune Ability, and it should start moving - so make sure to hop on before it flies away! The best thing about the Wings is that you don't need any fans or additional Zonai devices if you're placing it on one of these track sets, as it should move entirely on its own.

Using Wings without rails

If there are no tracks about it, but you still want to use the Wings, there is something that you can do to get them into the air.

Zonai wings with a fan attached to the back
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Use Ultrahand to attach an item with wheels underneath, and then place a fan on the back facing away. The cart Zonai device is particularly useful for this, but anything with wheels - whether it be a mine cart or even just a plank of wood - will do.

This will allow you to use Wings at any point on the map - neat, right?

How to control Zonai Wings

Taking control of Wings is another challenging task, as it can easily go wrong if you don't know what you're doing. The first and most important thing you will want to do is ensure you're standing in the centre of the device where the circle is located.

Zonai Wings mid-flight in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Doing so means that you stay in a straight line and will maintain the natural flight pattern of the device. If you want to go left, right, down, or backwards, all you need to do is stand on the corresponding side and your weight will direct your flight.

The Wings on their own will naturally fall with the wind, but if you want to travel further or stay in a straight line, attaching a fan or two to the back of the device will give you a flight path that is much more direct. You will of course need to watch out for your Zonai battery, but that can always be topped up with various charges.

The final thing you will need to be careful of is that this battery will eventually run out and be destroyed. You are warned of this when the device flashes green - so make sure that you're ready to land or jump off before the device vanishes.

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Be sure to check out our dedicated Zelda homepage for even more guides, like where to find all of the Great Sky Island Shrines in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Harry Boulton
About the author
Harry Boulton
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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