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Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — How to Use Minecarts in TotK

Here's our guide to help you use Minecarts in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

You can use Minecarts in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to get through underground tunnels and distant sky islands alike. There are a few tools you might need to make use of them, though. And though you learn how to operate them early, it’s worth knowing more about them for later areas. Here’s our guide on how to use Minecarts in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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How to Use Minecarts in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

TotK Minecarts come in various shapes and sizes. The first one you’ll encounter, no doubt, is during your trek through the Great Sky Island area. After visiting a couple of Shrines, you’ll have to build a Hovercraft to get across a flowing river. On the opposite bank, you’ll see the cave where you’ll have your first opportunity to mess around with Minecarts.

The basic premise if you want to use Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Minecarts is this: there must be a cart that acts as your vehicle, and it should be placed on a rail or set of tracks.

How to Make TotK Minecarts Go

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To make Minecarts go, you’ll need other Zonai Devices or objects.

  • Fans: You have to place a fan at the back of the cart. Make sure that the yellow power button is facing away, as that is where the air will come from. Upon hitting the Fan, the Minecart can be ridden along the tracks. Just remember that your Energy Cell (i.e., Link’s battery) will slowly get drained while a device is active.
  • Rockets: Rockets are also a popular option, though they tend to be rarer. Instead of being placed in the back, a Rocket has to be placed in front. At the same time, it has to be rotated to point toward a direction that you need the vehicle to go. For instance, if the Minecart is on a rail and the next set of tracks is slightly upward, then the Rocket has to point diagonally upward as well. Rockets provide a burst of acceleration, but they’ll peter out and disappear after a few short seconds have passed.
  • Hooks, plates, and other contraptions: While these are not necessarily Zonai Devices, these tools can be used in some occasions. For instance, if a rail is further up and you can’t reach it, you can place a hook-like object (if one is nearby), and then attach the Minecart below that.

These are just some ways you can use The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Minecarts. For more tips, tricks, and help — including walkthroughs — visit our Zelda: TotK guides hub.


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