Link is given a slate of new abilities in Tears of the Kingdom, letting players explore Hyrule in an entirely new way (with a map that has greatly expanded from its predecessor). With these new abilities, players can fuse items to their weapons, shields, and other items in the game.
Since many of the weapons you'll find on the mainland have eroded thanks to the Upheaval, fusing is one of the only ways to have powerful weapons at the ready when facing off against difficult enemies.
That said, the sheer number of items you're able to fuse to your weapons is a bit overwhelming in Tears of the Kingdom — so here are some tips on how to fuse items and which are worth keeping on hand to use in a pinch.
How to fuse weapons in 'Tears of the Kingdom'.
First things first, you'll have to get the fuse ability to use it. Thankfully, Rauru will gift it to you when you enter the In-Isa Shrine, which is one of the first four you'll complete before leaving the Sky Islands and dropping onto the mainland.
Once you've acquired the ability, select it by holding the L button and using the right joystick to select its icon in the pinwheel (it should be the bottom-most selection). With it selected, you'll want to make sure you have the shield or weapon you want to fuse an item to equipped, as well as have the desired item on the ground in front of you. You can drop items from your inventory on the ground if necessary.
If you're trying to fuse an item to an arrow, all you have to do is ready an arrow by holding ZR and then press and hold the up button the D-pad. This will show a scrolling list of all items in your inventory available to fuse to your arrow.
Use the right joystick to select the item you want, and then let go of the up button to fuse it to your arrow. Once you put your bow and arrows away, though, the item will no longer be fused to the arrow and it will be destroyed.
Since items are once again breakable in Tears of the Kingdom, Fuse will be an important skill to master if you want to keep your arsenal stocked with powerful weapons. This allows you to take weaker items – like sticks and rocks – and turn them into deadly gear that’ll help you carve through enemies with ease.
The best items to fuse in 'Tears of the Kingdom.'
Since there are more than 100 different items available to fuse in the game, from various foods and monster parts you scavenge to pieces of the environment around you, it can be a bit daunting to discover which ones are the best. Here's a breakdown of some of the most useful and powerful items to fuse to your weapons in the game so you always have some on hand and ready to go.
|+4 damage and easy to find at the start of the game.
|+12 damage for all Light Dragon materials, +16 damage for Dinraal's Spike, +24 damage for Dinraal's Horn.
|Captain Construct Horns
|+15 damage for Captain Construct II, +25 for Captain Construct III and VI.
|+24 damage for the Gleeok Guts, +30 damage for Gleeok Horns.
|+40 damage, though can only be used for one hit. These are best on arrows or thrown weapons.
|Silver Enemy Horns
|+31 damage for Silver Bokobin, +33 damage for Silver Moblin, +51 damage for Silver Lynel Mace Horn, +55 damage for Silver Lynel Saber Horn
Of course, as you can see, the more difficult the enemy whose parts you're fusing to your weapons, the stronger that weapon becomes. If you can't acquire a Silver Lynel or Black Bokoblin horn just yet, feel free to swap it for one of a lower level — and use those parts to help you in your quest to get the most powerful items in the game.
Tears of the Kingdom is now available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.