Getting through the Lost Woods and to Korok Forest is a good feature of any Legend of Zelda game. In Tears of the Kingdom it’s a little different that previous titles, as The Lost Woods always engulfs you in mist. Today I’m going to show you how to get through the Lost Woods, so you can reach Korok Forest and save the Deku Tree from the Gloom in the Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.
Rather than go through the Lost Woods to get to Korok Forest, you can go under the maze. If you try to go through the Lost Woods to get to Korok Forest, the mist will keep getting you and you won’t be able to get to Korok Forest. What you want to do is go underground through the Depths.
How to get through the Lost Woods
There is a chasm very close to the Lost Woods called The Minshi Woods Chasm, which is located at (1063, 1655, 0167). You can get here by going to the Eldin Canyon Skyview Tower, jump off the tower and then make your way to the Minshi Woods. Open up the map and place a marker on Korok Forest, which is at the centre of the Lost Woods. Then you can use that marker to guide you when you are down in the Depths.
When you have placed the marker, dive into the chasm and head towards the marker you just placed. Use Brightbloom seeds to light up the depths to help you see where you are going. Avoid the gloom on the ground, and climb into the trees if neccessary and jump from tree to tree. You are looking for Rikonasum Lightroot. If you follow your marker you placed on Korok Forest, that should take you directly to the Lightroot, just because of enemies down there, particularly the gloom hands if they appear. I jumped into the trees and waited for them to go away and they didn’t bother me too much. Next to the Rikonasum Lightroot there will be a concrete ceiling, which you can Acsend up into Korok Forest.
How to save Korok Forest
Korok Forest isn’t the bright and vibrant place we remember, it’s dark and dank because there is something wrong with the Deku Tree and the Koroks. To help save the Deku Tree you are going to need to dive into the Deku Tree Chasm, found under the Deku Tree, and then battle against the Gloom and Phantom Ganon.
Before jumping down into the chasm I’d recommend preparing, as it’s a reasonably tough fight.
- Fuse weapons to make for good blades to fight with
- Bring at least 6 bomb flowers (more if you can grab them)
- Make meals to replenish energy (cooking with sundelion also helps with gloom-afflicted hearts)
When you are prepared, jump down into the Deku Tree Chasm. First of all you are going to need to defeat the Gloom Hands. Take them out with bomb arrows, by attaching bomb flowers to arrows. If you shoot into the middle you should be able to hit multiple hands at the same time. This should take 5 or 6 bomb flowers to kill them all.
Then you have to face Phantom Ganon. This is all about dodging, parrying and flurry rushing Phantom Ganon. He’ll rush towards you, raise his sword for a second and then strike, and you want to dodge out the way using the jump button and get that perfect timing to get a flurry rush attack. This is going to cause the most damage. You can also parry, although I found the flurry rush was better for damage. Do this a few times, avoid the gloom and defeat Phantom Ganon. You’ll remove the gloom from Korok Forest, save the Deku Tree, plus Phantom Ganon will drop a nice sword and bow for you.
Once you have saved the Deku Tree, you’ll get a nice cutscene with Link and Zelda in Korok Forest, then The Deku Tree will mark the location of the Light Dragon on your map and you’ll get “Recovering the Hero’s Sword” quest.
Let me know in the comments what you think about the Lost Woods and Korok Forest in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.