Great Fairy Fountains in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom


The Great Fairy Fountains are a returning feature in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK), offering adventurers a familiar and essential service: upgrading your armor. Just like in previous Zelda titles, these mystical springs are presided over by powerful fairies who, for a price (and sometimes a favour), can enhance the defensive capabilities of your gear.

This guide will delve into everything you need to know about the Great Fairy Fountains in TOTK, including their locations, unlocking procedures, and the upgrade process itself.

Finding the Great Fairy Fountains

There are four Great Fairy Fountains scattered across the vast open world of Hyrule. Unlike previous games where they were readily accessible, these fountains are often hidden or require specific actions to be unlocked. Here’s a breakdown of where to find each Great Fairy and what you need to do to activate them:

  • Great Fairy Tera (Woodland Stable): This is the first Great Fairy you’ll likely encounter. Head northeast of Woodland Stable, following the purple smoke rising from the spring. No additional tasks are required to activate this fountain.
  • Great Fairy Cotera (Outskirt Stable): Located southwest of Outskirt Stable, this fountain is initially inactive. To unlock it, you’ll need to help reunite a traveling musician troupe. Speak to Maestro at Outskirt Stable, who tells you they need a piper to complete their band. Travel south to Highland Stable and find Pyper perched on a tree. He’ll join the band for 10 Sunset Fireflies, which you can collect at night near bodies of water. Once reunited with Pyper, return to Maestro and take the troupe (including the giant bee carriage) to the Great Fairy Cotera.
  • Great Fairy Kaysa (Tabantha Stable): Head east of Tabantha Stable and look for the purple smoke rising from a hilly area. However, a giant obstacle blocks the path โ€“ a musician trapped in a hole. West of Tabantha Bridge, use your Sheikah Slate’s Magnesis ability to lift the musician’s wagon and free him. Take him back to Tabantha Stable, where he’ll rejoin the troupe. Speak to Maestro again and help them build a roof for their bee carriage. Finally, escort them to the Great Fairy Kaysa’s location.
  • Great Fairy Mija (Snowfield Stable): This Great Fairy resides far north of Hyrule, northwest of Woodland Stable, on a snowy mountain slope near Snowfield Stable. Similar to Great Fairy Cotera, Mija requires a specific musician to be brought to her. Travel west of Tabantha Stable and use Revalis’ Gale or another method to reach the musician trapped in a hole. Free him and take him back to Snowfield Stable. There, you’ll need to provide some Courser Bee Honey (obtained by helping the musician troupe) to build a horn for the band. Finally, lead the troupe with their newly acquired horn to Great Fairy Mija.

Upgrading Your Armor

Once you’ve unlocked a Great Fairy Fountain, you can interact with the Great Fairy to upgrade your armor. The process is similar to previous Zelda titles:

  1. Select Armor: Choose the piece of armor you want to upgrade from your inventory.
  2. Upgrade Cost: The Great Fairy will display the required materials and Rupees for the upgrade. These materials can include monster parts, gemstones, rare insects, or even specific types of honey.
  3. Upgrade Level: Each Great Fairy Fountain can upgrade armor to a certain level. Initially, they can only upgrade your armor once. However, as you unlock more Great Fairies, the maximum upgrade level increases.

Here are some additional points to remember about armor upgrades:

  • Upgrading your armor not only increases its defensive capabilities but may also unlock additional set bonuses or special effects.
  • The cost of upgrading increases with each level, so plan your resources accordingly.
  • Some rare or powerful armor sets may have unique upgrade requirements beyond the standard materials.

The Importance of Upgrading Your Armor

In the vast and dangerous world of Hyrule, having well-upgraded armor is crucial for your success. Here’s why:

  • Increased Defense: Higher defense translates to taking less damage from enemy attacks, allowing you to survive longer in combat encounters.
  • Unlocking Set Bonuses: Many armor sets offer special set bonuses when multiple pieces are worn together. Upgrading these pieces can unlock these bonuses, granting you powerful defensive or offensive advantages.
  • Facing Tougher Enemies: As you progress through the game, you’ll encounter increasingly powerful enemies. Upgraded armor ensures you’re well-equipped to handle them.


Q: How many Great Fairy Fountains are there?

A: There are four Great Fairy Fountains scattered across Hyrule.

Q: Where can I find the Great Fairy Fountains?

A: The Great Fairy Fountains won’t be readily available at first. You’ll need to help reunite a band of musicians to unlock each one. Here are some general locations to get you started:

  • Woodland Stable (North Central Hyrule): Look for a purple smoke plume near the stable.
  • Outskirt Stable (Central Hyrule): Follow the smoke signal again.
  • Highland Stable (South Faron): This one requires reuniting the band – the piper is hiding in a tree here.
  • Snowfield Stable (North West Hyrule): Another musician needs rescuing for this Fairy.

Q: How do I activate the Great Fairy’s at each Fountain?

A: Once you reunite the band at a stable, talk to Maestro. He’ll need your help transporting the musicians (in a wacky contraption) to reach the Great Faiiry. Complete the task, and the Fairy will awaken, offering armour upgrades.

Q: What do I need to upgrade my armour at the Great Fairy’s Fountains?

A: Each Fairy offers a different upgrade level. You’ll need specific materials like monster parts and rupees to enhance your armour.

Q: Are there any prerequisites to using the Great Fairy’s Fountains?

A: Yes, you’ll need to complete a small quest for each Fairy by helping the band reunite.

Q: Is there anything else to know about the Great Fairy’s Fountains?

A: Keep an eye out for beehives marked by dangling honeycombs near the Fountains. These contain Courser Bee Honey, which some Fairies request for additional upgrades.

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