Yes, You Can Still Duplicate Items in 'Tears of the Kingdom' — 1.2.1 Glitch

Jon Bitner - Author

Oct. 3 2023, Updated 6:48 p.m. ET

Link fighting an enemy in Tears of the Kingdom.
Source: Nintendo

In Tears of the Kingdom, the world of Hyrule is your playground. There’s no shortage of ways to travel across its vast stretches of land, defeat its enemies, or conquer its plethora of shrines. However, players are also discovering a variety of bugs and exploits with the game, and a newfound duplication glitch might be the most useful one yet.

Here’s a look at how to perform the Tears of the Kingdom duplication glitch, allowing you to quickly make a replacement for your best gear.

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How to perform the 'Tears of the Kingdom' duplication glitch.

There have been a plethora of duplication glitches found (and, subsequently, patched by Nintendo), but if you keep your game updated regularly, you'll also want to keep up with which duplication methods still work. These methods change frequently due to Nintendo's diligent updates and patches, but as of version 1.2.1, this is the best method we've found to duplicate items in Tears of the Kingdom.

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  • Ascend up through a high-ledge area. The more vertical space you have to work with the better, as you'll have to jump while pressing the d-pad multiple times to pull this off.
  • Drop all but one of the item you want to duplicate. This glitch only works if you have one in your inventory.
  • Hold the R button and swap so you're holding the item you're looking to duplicate.
  • Jump backward while holding the item as though you're going to throw it and press up on the d-pad.
  • Let go of the up button then press it again in quick succession.
  • Let go of both the R button and the up button on the d-pad.
  • Press up on the d-pad again, and you'll know if the glitch worked if your inventory says you have zero of the item you should be holding.
  • You should be able to drop the item you're holding now and find two on the ground in front of you.

This glitch isn't an easy one to replicate, so take your time practicing a few times to get it right. You can watch this video tutorial to help you out.

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Unfortunately, because this glitch only works if you have one of an item in your inventory, you can only duplicate the item 20 times, as dropped items will de-spawn if there are more than 20 on the screen at a time. If you choose to do this glitch, try to do it near a location where you can sell the item you've duplicated to maximize your rupee profit.

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Can you duplicate weapons in 'Tears of the Kingdom'?

Unfortunately, many of the weapon duplication glitches have been patched out as of this writing, so this glitch will only work on items. That said, it is still a handy glitch to exploit, as it can get you a lot of rupees with little effort, allowing you to upgrade and purchase armor sets.

It's possible a new duplication glitch for weapons will be found in the future as Nintendo continues to roll out updates and players continue to try to break the game, but in the meantime, this is a great way to get rich quick in Tears of the Kingdom.

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