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

Charge up and do a little gamba with Zonai Charges in Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

There are hundreds of new materials and ingredients in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, many of which have to do with the mysterious Zonai race. Zonai Charges are some of the most common of these mats. They also have a few important uses as you journey through Hyrule. One standout can crack the game wide open if you’re willing to invest in it and have a mind for building blocks. We’ll cover how to use Zonai Charges in this guide to Tears of the Kingdom.

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Tears of the Kingdom Zonai Charges Explained

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After getting a Zonai Charge from defeating a Zonai construct or purchasing them from the forge in the Mining Cave on the Great Sky Island, you have three core ways to use them: at Device Dispensers, as Fuse fuel, or to recharge your Energy Cells.

How Device Dispensers Work in Tears of the Kingdom

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Device Dispensers are giant gachapon machines that provide Zonai devices. These include fans, springs, balloons, and dozens of additional materials you can build with Ultrahand. You’ll find them all over Hyrule.

To use them:

  • Go into your inventory.
  • Select as many of your Zonai Charges as you want.
  • Deposit them into the basin at the Device’s base.

Giving a single Charge will only reward a single piece of Zonai tech. Giving five Charges awards 15 or so pieces of tech.

Every Device Dispenser can provide four pieces of tech, and all of them have a use when Attached with Ultrahand, so collect them all.

Fusing and Recharging with Zonai Charges in Tears of the Kingdom

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Zonai Charges have two other main uses. They can be used as early-game Fuse fuel or to recharge your Energy Cell. If you put a Zonai Charge on the ground and equip a weapon, you can Fuse the Charge to it.

You’ll only get two extra Attack for doing so, but for early-game enemies or bosses like Flux Construct 1, that might make the difference between winning and losing. You can also attach them to your arrows for a bit of additional damage.

Lastly, Zonai Charges are essential to actively recharging your Energy Cells. Whenever you use an active piece of Zonai tech, like boats with fans, you’ll expend energy from your Cell. Using a Zonai Charge in the middle of using a fan, rocket, or other piece of Zonai tech that needs energy, you’ll extend the time. It isn’t much, and as you acquire more Energy Cells, the amount a standard Zonai Charge refills will become less valuable but good in a pinch.

That’s how to get and use Zonai Charges in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. They’re a relatively simple but effective tool for the early game and will remain useful even after hours and hours of playtime. For more content on the latest entry in the Zelda franchise, check out our guides on where to find the Archaic Armor, how to open the Temple of Time door, and more in our TotK guides hub.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.