Dragons: their paths and materials - The Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Guide
The heavens and the depths of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom are crossed by the passage of four majestic dragons. Each dragon has its own path that it follows relentlessly, and it's best to know it if you want to obtain powerful and precious materials easily.
What you need to know about Dragons
The Dragons all have a predetermined path that they will follow no matter what. This path is similar to a kind of cycle that unfolds in two stages. Dragons travel a long distance in the air before plunging into the depths to return to their starting point. Generally speaking, if you see an abyss that is wider than the others, it is probably being used by a dragon to move from one area to another.
The position of the dragons at a given moment does not depend on the time of day in real life, nor on the time of day in Hyrule. They actually follow a cycle that depends solely on how long you play. So there's no point in creating a dragon by sleeping at a campfire in the hope that it will appear more quickly.
To climb a dragon, you'll need a way to move through the air. You can free-fall from a celestial island or observation tower. You can also use a vehicle or a rocket shield. The simplest method is to wait for a dragon to enter or leave the depths, as it will then be within jumping range.
All dragons emit updrafts that make it easier to approach them with a paravane, as long as you are at a reasonable distance from them. If you fall off a dragon, don't panic and activate the paravane to climb back on easily.
From the four dragons, you can obtain around 15 elemental rocks and a rarer bonus item. This item is obtained by attacking the dragon at particular points. The dragon will glow before dropping the item to the ground. We therefore advise you to pick up the elemental rocks on the dragon's back first, before the special item appears and you leave the dragon to pick it up.
These objects are :
- claws, attacking one of its legs.
- a horn, by attacking one of its horns
- a tooth, by attacking his face
- a scale, by attacking any other part of the body
The claw makes very good cutting elemental weapons when amalgamated. Horns work best with long weapons. Teeth can be used as blunt weapons. Scales are mainly used in remedies.
Ordrac is the Fire Dragon. He roams the far north of Hyrule, skirting Death Mountain. When he's in the sky, he's the easiest dragon to reach, as all you have to do is throw yourself off the side of the mountain. In the depths, however, he is much harder to reach.
Ordrac generates very high temperatures. You'll only be able to climb on him without taking damage if you have fireproof equipment. What's more, he won't be easy to hit, generating huge fireballs that will shoot towards you.
The Ordrac route
This is the route taken by Ordrac. The dotted line represents the dragon's journey into the depths.
Nedrac is the Ice Dragon. He makes a grand tour between Necluda and Lanelle. He passes over the village of Elimith. The mountain of Lanelle is the best time to jump on him, but it's harder to see him coming and prepare your jump as he'll barely have emerged from the Depths by then.
Nedrac generates very low temperatures. You'll only be able to climb on him without taking damage if you're wearing an anti-cold suit. When you try to get close to him, he will also send out currents of cold air capable of freezing you in the air and knocking you over.
The Nedrac route
This is the route taken by Nedrac. The dotted line represents the dragon's journey into the depths.
Rordrac is the Dragon of Electricity. This yellow dragon summons lightning and generates bolts of lightning. He emerges from the Gerudo desert, crossing over the Prelude plateau before plunging into the abyss of Lake Hylia. It is easier to reach from the Depths, where it floats just a few metres above the ground.
Rordrac doesn't create temperatures or a particular climate, but it does fire relatively dangerous electric balls. As well as injuring you, they will cause you to drop your equipment and you could lose your weapons and shield in the vacuum.
The Rordrac route
This is the route taken by Rordrac. The dotted line represents the dragon's journey into the depths.
The White Dragon
The White Dragon is a new dragon that wasn't present in Zelda Breath of the Wild. At least, not strictly speaking. The very name of this dragon is a mystery. This dragon floats above the celestial island of Prelude at the start of the adventure before moving much higher into the air. It is particularly important in the history of the gamebut we won't say any more here.
When the adventure begins and you descend on Hyrule for the first time, the White Dragon will start circling over the whole of Hyrule. It's the only dragon that doesn't go into the depths - quite the opposite, in fact. In fact, the White Dragon flies so high that it's impossible to reach it without a vehicle with a lot of batteries in reserve. On the other hand, it will start to fly much lower once you have treat the Mojo Tree. It will then be much easier to spot it and climb on top of it.
The White Dragon is the only dragon that won't attack you. Its materials are weaker than those of the other dragons, but they will heal you if you attach them to weapons.
The course of the White Dragon
This is the route taken by the White Dragon. Whatever the altitude at which it flies, it will follow the same path. Note that its route passes through all the Dragon's Tears, but also through all the Reconnaissance towers. These towers are the best way to reach him, once he's flying low.