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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to Use Zonai Stake Devices in Tears of the Kingdom

Nathan Garvin

There are numerous Zonai devices in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and while you’ll be introduced to several of them during the tutorial portion of the game (Great Sky Island) there are many more that won’t be quite so formally introduced. You may stumble across them in Zonai ruins (especially sky islands), shrines, or just out in the wilderness, where it may take some trial and error to figure out how to use them properly. This page will discuss the Stake Zonai device in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

How to Use Zonai Stakes

Two places where you’ll encounter stakes are in Mayachin Shrine and Tsutsu-um Shrine, where this Zonai device will be put to very different uses. At its core, the most obvious use of the stake is to prevent other objects from moving. In both of these shrines, Stakes will be deployed to halt the progress/change the trajectory of a large ball, but stakes can also be placed to hold platforms, levers, and all sorts of moving devices.

You can use stakes to stop items from moving.

As the name of this device suggests, stakes have a pointy end and a flat end. The pointy end can often be embedded within surfaces when moved around by the "Ultrahand" iconUltrahand ability - just pin it in front of a moving object to arrest its momentum. This does not require you to use the attach command - selecting the stake and burying its pointy end in a surface while moving it with Ultrahand will suffice to form a steadfast bond when you release the stake. You don’t even need to set the stake for it to hinder other objects, dragging the stake into the path of an object will slow it down. This allows you to slow down or deflect some moving objects, but unless the stake is embedded in a surface, heavier objects or powered objects will not be stopped.

That said, you can also attach the flat end of the stake to some objects, allowing you to pin certain objects to various surfaces. This is most clearly demonstrated within Mayachin Shrine, where you’ll find a spinning device with a flat end that you can embed a stake into. Once done, you can attach a cylinder to the flat end of the stake, creating a “bat” which you’ll use to resolve this shrine’s puzzle. Mayachin Shrine contains another example of the stake’s utility with the puzzle to reach and open the shrine’s bonus chest, where a wooden wall hanging from a chain obstructs you. You can move this wall by attaching a stake to the front of it, then using Ultrahand to pick the wall up and rotate it so the stake is facing the wall above it. Embed the stake into a wall, and just like that, a nuisance gameplay element will be out of the way.

(1 of 2) Add a Stake to a spinning device

Add a Stake to a spinning device (left), and attach a tube to the stake to form a makeshift “bat”. (right)

Where to Get Stake Zonai Capsules

Below, you’ll find a list of Zonai device dispensers where you could obtain some Stake zonai devices. Each dispenser is unique and contains different devices, so you’ll need to go to specific ones if you want to obtain certain Zonai devices. You can also find zonai device capsules in chests.

Device Dispenser Map Location
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    12 May 2023
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Embark on a quest to find the missing princess, uncover the truth behind a cataclysm, and explore Hyrule’s landscapes and floating islands. This guide for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to Breath of the Wild, includes:

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