One of the main reasons that many players enjoy the new Zelda games is due to their overall length. Players can easily sink over 100 hours into Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom without much hassle at all. However, there are some players that might want to skip all of that and get right to the end to truly test their skill level. If you’re one of those players, then you can technically beat Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom extremely early and without completing a single main story quest.
Not. A. Single. One.
Of course, this endeavor requires an extremely high skill level, as you are basically skipping the entire game and going right to the final boss battle. If you want to see exactly how to do this, I will explain all of the steps to beat Tears of the Kingdom early.
Obviously, there are spoilers for the end of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom found below, so read with caution.
Beating Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom early
From what we can gather, YouTuber Troyfu was among the first people to discover this neat trick. They do a great job of explaining how to get to the end of the game within an hour or two in their recent YouTube video. However, we will also break down the steps so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
For starters, you will need to head to the Hyrule Castle Chasm and dive into Gloom’s Approach, which, of course, is full of the deadly Gloom. You need to avoid the Gloom using your glider and side pathways throughout the depths. Eventually, you will reach the Forgotten Foundation and the end of Gloom’s Lair. Past this area, you will find an arena where the final boss fight is supposed to take place.
Before that can happen, though, players will need to defeat all of the dungeon bosses, as they didn’t do that by skipping the whole story. Once all of the dungeon bosses are defeated, which is an inordinately difficult task, you will face off with Ganondorf himself. The first phase of the fight is with the Demon King’s Army, which is a ton of mobs coming after you.
After the mobs are dispatched, players will then fight against Colgera, which is a large flying insect that can be extremely tricky to take down. Once Colgera is done and dusted, players will fight against the Marbled Gohma, then Mucktorok, then Queen Gibdo, and then the Seized Construct.
Finally, after all of that, players will face off against Phantom Ganon, the penultimate boss fight of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. After Phantom Ganon is defeated, the Demon King himself will step up to the battlefield. Ganondorf is the final boss fight of Tears of the Kingdom, and he has three distinct phases all on his own.
While you can use this method to beat Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom early, it will take a tremendous amount of skill to get through this gauntlet without having beaten the previous main story quests.
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