Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Confirms Return of Controversial Feature

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has confirmed the return of weapon durability, a controversial feature that was divisive among Breath of the Wild players. Breath of the Wild introduced many new concepts to The Legend of Zelda, with weapon durability being one of them.

Prior to Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda players didn’t have to worry about weapon durability. They also had a much more limited arsenal of weapons at their disposal, with Breath of the Wild opening the door for Link to pick up and use nearly any weapon he came across on his adventure. Weapon durability was not particularly popular with many Breath of the Wild players, so some may be disappointed to learn that it’s making a comeback in Tears of the Kingdom.


This was confirmed in the recent Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay presentation, which not only revealed that weapon durability is back in the new game, but that Link will have some fresh abilities at his disposal. One such ability may actually help alleviate concerns about weapon durability in Tears of the Kingdom, though, as it allows Link to essentially create his own weapons with stronger durability than the ones he finds lying around.

Does Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Have Weapon Durability?

  • Yes, weapon durability is confirmed to be returning in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

As seen in the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay video, one of Link’s new abilities is Fuse. Using Fuse, Link can combine different objects to create new weapons. The example shown in the video saw Link using a stick as a weapon, something that players had to do many times in Breath of the Wild. The stick becomes damaged after Link’s battle, but there’s no need to worry about it breaking. Link was instead able to fuse the stick with a rock to create a brand-new hammer-like weapon, which had the bonus of fixing the weapon’s durability problems.

So even though weapon durability is indeed back for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the good news is that Link’s new abilities will make it sting a little less. Fuse could be enough to appease those who were staunchly against weapon durability after playing Breath of the Wild, though it’s possible it doesn’t go far enough. Ultimately, The Legend of Zelda players will have to wait and play the game for themselves to know for sure. Luckily, the wait to play is nearly at an end, as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom release date is coming up next month.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launches May 12, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Source: Gamerant

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