One of the most important and integral parts of Breath of the Wild was the Korok Seed system. Koroks, the forest spirits who first debuted in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, return to Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in a big way, with new puzzles and methods to get Korok Seeds than before – like cutting down Dandelions, or helping a Korok find their friend after getting separated.
Korok Seeds serve the same basic purpose they did in the predecessor – Link can find them in every corner of Hyrule, often hidden, and they are used to upgrade his inventory via Hestu. In Breath of the Wild it was quite the monumental task to collect all 900 Korok Seeds, and that challenge is no easier – nor any more rewarding, unfortunately – in Tears of the Kingdom.
More Korok Seeds Than BOTW, But The Same Number of Koroks
In Tears of the Kingdom, there are said to be 1000 Korok Seeds that players can hunt down in every nook and cranny of Hyrule (well, not in the Depths). That's a good 100 more than there were in Breath of the Wild, but there's a catch: even though there are more Korok seeds, there is the same number of Koroks.
There are 800 individual Korok Seeds that players can find, but there are also 100 pairs of Koroks who have been separated from one another throughout Tears of the Kingdom. When Link successfully reunites a lost Korok with their friend, he gets two Korok Seeds, one for each Korok. So, 800 solo Korok Seeds to find, added to 200 Korok Seeds that can be earned from the 100 different separated friends, equals 1000 total Korok Seeds.
What Do You Get For Collecting Every Korok Seed In Tears of the Kingdom?
In Breath of the Wild, when players collected every single Korok Seed in the game and talked to Hestu, they got a special reward. Considering how enormous a challenge it is to find 900 different objects, players were expecting something big when this was initially found out all those years ago.
But, as it turns out, the reward for getting all 900 Korok Seeds in Breath of the Wild was a key item called "Hestu's Gift" which looks like something Hestu made himself, to put it lightly, and has a description that all but confirmed it is what it appears to be.
In Tears of the Kingdom, players who collect all 1000 Korok Seeds can expect to receive the exact same reward. There's nothing special about Hestu's Gift, and it doesn't give players any new powers or anything like that – aside from the power of bragging rights. It's a shame that there's no new reward for collecting all Korok Seeds, but Hestu's new dance almost makes up for it.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on the Nintendo Switch.