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Regional Phenomenon Temple Order in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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Regional Phenomena is one of the main quests you’ll unlock shortly after leaving the Great Sky Island at the beginning of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

It tasks you with travelling across the Kingdom of Hyrule to aid four of the races - Rito, Zora, Goron and Gerudo - by overcoming the dangers they face in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. This will involve exploring four temples and defeating the boss which lurks inside them.

While you’re free to experience this storyline in any way you choose, there is a best temple order for the Regional Phenomena quest in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which we’ve outlined below.

Hey! Listen! While we’ve done our best to avoid spoiling the story, this guide does contain small spoilers.

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Best temple order: All of temples for the Regional Phenomena quest in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom listed

While Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gives you the freedom to tackle the temples in any order you like, there is a preferred path to take through the Regional Phenomena quest.

Here’s the path we recommend taking through the Regional Phenomena storyline, along with the individual quests you need to start to reach the temple:

  • Wind Temple - start 'Tulin of Rito Village' in Rito Village
  • Water Temple - start 'Sidon of the Zora' in Zora’s Domain
  • Fire Temple - start 'Yunobo of Goron City' in Goron City
  • Lightning Temple - start 'Riju of Gerudo Town' in Gerudo Town

Remember - this is our recommended order, if you’d rather visit the Gerudo first then do so! No matter which route you take though, you must always start the quest, such as Riju of Gerudo Town first, before you can enter the temple.

Though you could also ignore these quests and head to the final fight…

You should also continue completing Shrines as you complete the Regional Phenomena quest, so you can increase Link’s heart and stamina. Both of these are vital to your survival in Hyrule and, if you’re finding a temple a little too difficult, then take the time to complete a couple of Shrines.

Temple locations in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

There are four temples for you to complete in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - the Wind Temple, Water Temple, Fire Temple and Lightning Temple.

Wind Temple location

The Wind Temple is located within the West Hebra Sky Archipelago - the sky islands floating above the Rospro Pass region of Hyrule. To access this temple you need to start, and follow, the Tulin of the Rito quest.

Water Temple location

The Water Temple can be found in the Lanayru Sky Archipelago, which are the sky islands floating about Upland Zorana. You can’t access this temple straight away, however, as you need to start the Sidon of the Zora quest first.

Fire Temple location

The Fire Temple can be found in The Depths beneath Death Mountain in the Eldin Canyon region. To access this temple, you need to start the Yunobo of Goron City quest.

Lightning Temple location

The Lightning Temple is located in the Gerudo Desert - roughly south-west of Gerudo Town. If you want to complete this temple, you must first start the Riju of Gerudo Town quest.

How to start the Regional Phenomena quest in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

If you’re following the main questline of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you’ll start the Regional Phenomena quest shortly after your arrival in Hyrule.

After completing your adventure on the Great Sky Island, you need to head to Lookout Landing where Purah will task you with finding Captain Hoz and, when you return from this, she will give you the Paraglider.

It’s at this point, Purah will update you about what’s been going on in Hyrule since Link vanished and, in doing so, start the Regional Phenomena quest. She’ll then mark the four locations where you can start the individual quests connected to Regional Phenomena, such as Sidon of the Zora.

Now you can travel across Hyrule and save the day for the various races who make it their home! Unless you want to fight the final boss straight away of course….

How to complete the Regional Phenomenon quest in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

To complete the Regional Phenomenon quest, you need to complete the four temple mentioned above - the Wind Temple, Water Temple, Fire Temple and Lightning Temple - in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. While you can follow the temple order we've outlined above, remember that you can tackle the temples in whichever order you like, so, if you get stuck on one, you can always visit another.

After finishing all four temple, return to Lookout Landing and talk to Purah. You'll find her standing next to the telescope atop her lab, which can be reached by climbing the ladders attached to said lab. This will lead to a cutscene and, once that's finished, you'll have completed the Regional Phenomenon quest!

With Regional Phenomenon done and dusted, you can now complete the Crisis at Hyrule Castle quest. This will put you on the track for visiting the fifth temple - the Spirit Temple - through the Find the Fifth Sage and Secret of the Ring Ruins quests.

Good luck completing the Regional Phenomena quest and, if you’d like to learn more about Link’s adventure, visit our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough.

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