The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK) is crazy popular right now. And why shouldn’t it be? This is the sequel to the beloved Breath of the Wild after all, and it hasn’t been a disappointment.

With an expansive world, painterly graphics, and all the Zelda elements a fan could want, it’s easy to see why so many are playing it.

Given the sheer size of Hyrule in this massive, open-world game, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when first starting out. There’s no shortage of things to do, from side quests to discovering shrines.

No matter what you choose, one thing is for sure: you’re going to need stamina.

Similar to Breath of the Wild, you’ll quickly see stamina is king in Tears of the Kingdom. Running, climbing, swimming, gliding — all these important things that get you from point A to point B take stamina.

In the beginning, this crucial green circle runs out fast, leaving you in trouble if you’re not careful. Nothing like climbing up a cliff and running out halfway up. Needless to say, upgrading your stamina early is a good idea.

So, how can you upgrade your stamina so you can climb to your heart’s content? Here’s everything you need to know about increasing your stamina so you can explore every inch of Hyrule.

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Here’s How To Upgrade Stamina

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Shrines. It’s all about the shrines. There are 152 of them scattered throughout the map, so keep a lookout for the glowing green light encircling each one. Inside each shrine is a puzzle or challenge you must defeat.

Here are the basics of shrines:

  • Completing a shrine will reward you with one Lights of Blessings which are used to purchase additional hearts and stamina wheels.
  • Four Lights of Blessings can be traded in for these upgrades.
  • For stamina upgrades, you can expect to increase your bar by about a fifth per upgrade.
  • Upgrades are purchased at any Goddess Statue which are scattered throughout the map and located in most major cities

The nice thing is if you decide later on that you wish you’d used your Lights of Blessings on Hearts instead of Stamina Vessels, you can respec by going to the Cursed Statue in Lookout Landing.

Once this statue is unlocked (via a side quest), you can sell your essence there, which basically means selling your heart or stamina. You can then buy this essence back, albeit at a higher price. From there, you can spend it on a heart or stamina, effectively allowing you to respec.

Other Ways to Increase Stamina

You can restore your stamina by making and using an Energizing Elixir or by making the recipe for an Energizing Mushroom Skewer or Energizing Seafood Skewer. You can also eat food, like Endura Carrots, for a boost. Keep in mind that these food and elixir-based benefits are only temporary but can make the difference between making it to the top of a cliff and falling to your death.

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