One of the most frustrating experiences in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a sudden rainstorm sweeping across Hyrule just as you were getting ready to climb Death Mountain or scale the walls of Gerudo Town. Rain made climbing nearly impossible even if Link had three full Stamina wheels. And that’s not even getting STARTED on the icy slopes of the Hebra region! Luckily, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom provides multiple solutions for scaling these wet, icy and slippery slopes.
New lizards, frogs, and other wildlife can be cooked into Elixirs to prevent slipping on troublesome wet and icy surfaces, and a brand-new armor set can give Link the sticking power of a frog himself. This guide will cover your best options when you need to climb in the rain or in a damp cave (or even the Water Temple) in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Track Down Scoops To Earn The Froggy Armor
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom adds several new armor sets for Link to wear, all with unique effects. One such set is the Froggy Armor, which grants Link slip resistance when climbing on wet surfaces. Each part of the three-piece set decreases the slip effect, and a Link fully clad in the Froggy Armor can climb on a wet or icy surface almost completely unimpeded.
Unfortunately, the Froggy Armor set cannot be purchased at any in-game stores or scanned in using an Amiibo. Instead, players will need to accept a job at the Lucky Clover Gazette newspaper, located in the Tabantha area just south of Rito Village, and complete a variety of side quests for the paper. Completing all twelve missions will earn you the full set – Froggy Sleeves, Froggy Hood, and Froggy Leggings.
To find the Potential Princess Sightings, search for Penn the Rito at twelve of the Stables located around Hyrule. Below is a brief list of Stable locations and a rough overview of what each quest entails:
- Dueling Peaks Stable (West Necluda, east of the Dueling Peaks) – Princess Zelda Kidnapped? – Defeat the Yiga Clan members lurking on top of the southern Peak
- Foothill Stable (Death Mountain foothills, northwest of Zora’s Domain) – For Our Princess! – Rescue a group of locals who entered a nearby monster-infested cave
- Gerudo Canyon Stable (At the entrance to the Gerudo Desert) – The Blocked Well – Clear the nearby well of rock walls and monsters
- Highland Stable (Faron Grasslands, south of Lake Hylia) – An Eerie Voice – Explore the Floral Plains at night with Penn to find the source of the strange voice
- New Serenne Stable (Northwest of Lookout Landing) – The Beast And The Princess – Head down to the Lakeside Stable in the deep Faron jungle to investigate rumors of a strange beast.
- Outskirt Stable (North of the Great Plateau) – The Beckoning Woman – Follow a woman named Ralera to her desired destination
- Riverside Stable (Southern part of Hyrule Field) – Gourmets Gone Missing – Cross the bridge and search the woods for the Gourmets’ tents, then cook them a proper Meat and Rice Bowl dish
- Snowfield Stable (Center of Tabantha Tundra) – Zelda’s Golden Horse – Find, catch, and register a rare wild horse believed to have belonged to Princess Zelda.
- South Akkala Stable (Akkala, west of Tarrey Town) – The All-Clucking Cucco – Find the “talking Cucco” and complete the tasks it request
- Tabantha Bridge Stable (Tabantha region, along Hyrule Ridge) – White Goats Gone Missing – Follow the trail of pine cones to find the missing goats
- Wetland Stable (Lanaryu Wetlands, east of Hyrule Field) – The Missing Farm Tools – Ride the raft downstream to Floret Sandbar to learn what happened to the tools
- Woodland Stable (In Eldin Canyon) – Serenade to a Great Fairy – Fix the musical troupe’s wagon using Ultrahand and then lead them to the Great Fairy’s bud to perform
Keep in mind that, although you can upgrade the Froggy Armor at Great Fairy Fountains, upgrading only increases its defensive capabilities, not how much slip resistance it provides.
Craft A Sticky Elixir
While the Froggy Armor is definitely the best option for climbing up slick surfaces in Tears of the Kingdom, it will likely be quite a while until you have completed enough Lucky Clover quests to earn the full set. In the meantime, you can craft the brand-new Sticky Elixir and drink it down to earn several minutes of slip resistance.
Sticky Elixir can be made by combining any monster parts with either a Sticky Lizard or a Sticky Frog. (As with other Elixirs, you can increase the duration of its effect by adding higher-quality monster parts or more Frogs/Lizards.) You need to use a Cooking Pot or a Zonai Portable Pot to make Elixirs – a simple campfire will not be enough.
Sticky Lizards can be found in caves, wells, and tunnels beneath Hyrule. To catch one, crouch down, creep up slowly and grab the lizard before it runs away. Sticky Frogs live in and near water and are typically found in the Lanaryu Wetlands or around Lake Hylia. They can also be found clinging to rocks both above- and below-ground in any region of Hyrule. Once again, move slowly towards the frog until you are in range to capture it.
If you find yourself needing to climb a wet, icy, slippery surface and you’ve got no Elixirs or Froggy Armor pieces on hand, don’t despair! There are other options available to you – and Tears of the Kingdom is all about getting creative. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help if you find yourself needing to scale that unscalable wall!
- Use Ultrahand to move nearby logs, planks, or pillars to create a ramp at least partway up and save some of your Stamina.
- Break out a Zonai Wing and Fan from your stored devices and fly up part of the way instead – just make sure to give yourself a good running start!
- If it’s raining, hop over to a Stable or Inn and spend the night – even the worst of Hyrule’s storms will not last forever!
- Offset the potential extra Stamina loss by chowing down on a meal that grants you extra Stamina wheels. (For this, you can use ingredients such as Staminoka Bass and Endura Carrots)
With this advice, you should be able to easily climb up any icy slope or rain-swept mountain in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Did you like the new additions to make climbing wet surfaces easier, or do you think the game needed to do even more to address this issue? Comment below and let us know!