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Hestu is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He is a large sized Korok who plays the maracas. He is briefly mentioned by the first Korok discovered by Link. Hestu is looking for them, which is why the first Korok met initially thought of meeting Hestu when Link arrived. The Korok offers Link a Korok Seed and asks him to return it to Hestu when he meets him. It is later revealed these Koroks had played a prank on Hestu and had taken his Maracas and removed the Maracas’ Korok Seeds which allow Hestu’s Maracas to make noise.

Hestu

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Hestu

First appearance

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Homeland

Hometown

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Hestu is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He is a large sized Korok who plays the maracas. He is briefly mentioned by the first Korok discovered by Link. Hestu is looking for them, which is why the first Korok met initially thought of meeting Hestu when Link arrived. The Korok offers Link a Korok Seed and asks him to return it to Hestu when he meets him. It is later revealed these Koroks had played a prank on Hestu and had taken his Maracas and removed the Maracas’ Korok Seeds which allow Hestu’s Maracas to make noise.

When Link meets him in the West Necluda region, on the path to Kakariko Village, Hestu offers the side quest “The Priceless Maracas” in order to find his lost maracas. After bringing them back to him, Hestu expands Link’s inventory slots (weapon, bow, shield) in exchange for Korok Seeds. One Korok Seed is needed for the first expansion, two are needed for the second expansion, etc. Each pouch can be upgraded to a maximum number of seven times. After Link has given Hestu all 900 Korok Seeds, he will reward Link with the key item Hestu’s Gift in recognition of Link’s accomplishment.

Hestu is first found on the path north of Dueling Peaks Stable and Kakariko Bridge. He will leave once he has upgraded Link’s inventory a few times. Later, he can be found by Woodland Stable on his way back him to Korok Forest, near the fork southeast of the Lost Woods and will leave after upgrading Link’s inventory a few times. Hestu finally makes it back to Korok Forest where Link can find him after managing to travel through the Lost Woods to Korok Forest. Hestu will remain in Korok Forest for the rest of the game.

Upon first meeting him, Hestu is surprised that Link can see him as Hylians normally can’t see Koroks. However it is shown that fairies know of him and his powers as a young girl named Ena who lives at the Tabantha Bridge Stable as she reveals that a male fairy friend of hers told her that if one is nice to a big forest kid they will be reward with a bigger inventory. Hestu is the largest Korok encountered in Breath of the Wild as he is even taller than Link.

After returning Hestu’s Maracas, Hestu will allow Link to exchange Korok Seeds for additional slots in the weapons, bows and shields pouches. Link’s weapons pouch can be upgraded 11 times, his bows pouch 8 times, and his shields pouch 16 times. Only 441 Korok Seeds are needed to maximize all expansions. Collecting more after 441 seeds only counts toward acquiring Hestu’s Gift, which is a purely ornamental item with no functional purpose.

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Korok Seed

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The Korok Seed is an item from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Link can collect them in order to upgrade the pouch slots of his inventory. First seeds are accessible and can be obtained from the first Korok encountered on the Great Plateau, for example the one at the lake near the Temple of Time. There are 900 total that can be found throughout Hyrule.

Pouch slots upgrades

After returning Hestu’s Maracas, Hestu will allow Link to exchange Korok Seeds for additional slots in the weapons, bows and shields pouches. Link’s weapons pouch can be upgraded 11 times, his bows pouch 8 times, and his shields pouch 16 times. Only 441 Korok Seeds are needed to maximize all expansions. Collecting more after 441 seeds only counts toward acquiring Hestu’s Gift, which is a purely ornamental item with no functional purpose.

For weapons, bows and shields pouches, Hestu’s upgrade cost progression follows respectively these sequences:

Upgrade Weapons pouch
Korok Seed cost
Bows pouch
Korok Seed cost
Shield pouch
Korok Seed cost
1st upgrade 1 1 1
2nd upgrade 2 2 2
3rd upgrade 3 3 3
4th upgrade 5 5 4
5th upgrade 8 8 5
6th upgrade 12 12 10
7th upgrade 17 17 10
8th upgrade 25 25 10
9th upgrade 35 10
10th upgrade 45 10
11th upgrade 55 15
12th upgrade 15
13th upgrade 15
14th upgrade 15
15th upgrade 15
16th upgrade 20
Total 208 73 160

Korok Seed locations

Great Plateau

A Korok can be found by:

  • The circular floating flower formation of the pond northwest of the Temple of Time by diving in from the ledge near the place where the Old Man was first met.
  • Climbing to the top of the Temple of Time. It’s at the very the top of the steeple on the bell tower, then interact with the floating sparkles.
  • Following the yellow flower in the Forest of Spirits, it will end up leading Link to the ins > Map of Korok Seed locations