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Once you're on solid ground in Hyrule in Tears of the Kingdom, you'll be on the lookout for where to go next. Hyrule — and Hyrule Castle — are straight ahead of you. But it's never that simple in the world of Zelda.

In this guide, we'll tell you where you need to go after landing on Hyrule for the first time.

Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom: To The Kingdom Of Hyrule Main Quest

Where to go after Great Sky Island

From the Great Sky Island, you'll get to experience your first thrilling dive from the Sky to the Surface. Dive directly down, towards the lake, and make sure you land in it, otherwise, you'll be in for a world of hurt.

Once you land, if you look north, you'll spot Hyrule Castle floating in the distance. You're heading towards that, so swim to the shore and make your way over there. You can explore the world of Hyrule as you see fit, but since you're still missing some key info and abilities, we suggest heading north as soon as possible.

You might even spot a horse on your way, which makes travelling much easier, or you can build a vehicle using Ultrahand at many of the Hudson Construction material deposits.

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Your end goal isn't quite Hyrule Castle, but a bit before it. It's a brand new town — Lookout Landing. This will act as your base for the entire game.

Lookout Landing

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Lookout Landing is a place where you can relax a little bit. There are shops selling goods, arrows, and armour, as well as a place to rest, a Goddess Statue (for those lovely Heart and Stamina upgrades), and even a place to cook.

For now, talk to the people in town, many of whom will recognise you, and then head north to see a familiar face — Robbie. Head up the stairs and talk to the short grey-haired woman. This is Josha, Purah's new assistant. And soon after that, you'll meet the Sheikah researcher herself.

Crisis at Hyrule Castle Main Quest

This Crisis at Hyrule Castle main quest will activate, and you'll need to get started on it now if you want to access some very handy items as soon as possible. Note, you won't be able to finish the quest until much later on.

Purah will ask you to find Captain Hoz, who is stationed underneath Hyrule Castle. Head north from lookout Landing towards Hyrule Castle Town Ruins, and make your way past the gate.

Talking to the guards here tells you that the captain is stationed by the First Gatehouse. He can be a bit tricky to find, but if you talk to everyone, they will point you in the right direction, and you'll soon find Captain Hoz.

Open the Skyview Tower

Return to Lookout Landing and speak to Purah once you've found Hoz. Purah will then tell you about all of the town's facilities, including the Emergency Shelter, which is where you can cook, rest, and upgrade your hearts and stamina. Remember it well!

Now you can open up the Skyview Tower, which is on the left side of town. You'll also finally get the paraglider. Examine the tower and prepare to be catapulted up high in the sky. you'll also get your first piece of the map, for Central Hyrule.

Glide back down gracefully and speak to Purah again to get your first big quest — Regional Phenomena. You'll now be encouraged to visit four regions of Hyrule, and while you can do these in any order, we have our own recommended story route.

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You can also pick up another quest from Josha, Camera Work in the Depths, which will get you the Camera upgrade for the Purah Pad and will set you on the path to some excellent upgrades if you want to follow through and explore the Depths.

Your adventures in Hyrule begin properly now! Diving headfirst into the world? Make sure you check out our Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough for all the tips and tricks you need.