Does Tears of the Kingdom have fall damage?

Does Tears of the Kingdom have fall damage?
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Before you go flinging Link off the nearest Sky Island, you’ll want to know whether there’s any Tears of the Kingdom fall damage. After all, nobody wants to end up in a situation where you thought you could survive a fall in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom just to be greeted with a game over screen.

Whether you’re falling off one of the many Tears of the Kingdom Sky Islands, or one of your Tears of the Kingdom vehicles malfunctions mid-flight, here’s the lowdown on Tears of the Kingdom fall damage.

Tears of the Kingdom fall damage: Link paragliding in the sky with a backdrop of Hyrule.

Tears of the Kingdom fall damage explained

Yes, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has fall damage. Just like in Breath of the Wild, the amount of fall damage you took was dependent on how far you fell. A fall off a small cliff might briefly stun Link and deal a few hearts worth of damage, while falling off somewhere higher such as mountain will cause instant death. As a majority of the game is open world, and requires a lot of exploration, you will encounter a number of environmental hazards. Luckily, you have vehicles such as the glider to help avoid fall damage on your quests.

Can you avoid fall damage in Tears of the Kingdom?

Luckily, Link’s Paraglider from BotW is back in TotK, making it far easier to avoid taking damage should you take a tumble out of the sky. But watch out if you’re playing near a cliff or steep incline, as Link can roll down surfaces like these, making him take fall damage without being able to pull out the paraglider. The good news is that if you land in water then there will be no fall damage.

With Tears of the Kingdom fall damage, you’ll need to watch out for any new Tears of the Kingdom enemies that can push you off cliffs, so pay particular attention to your environment during combat. If you find yourself backed into a corner, you may want to try out parrying attacks, to buy you some time to move away from the danger. And if you want to make sure your flying machines are powered up and ready to go, check out our Tears of the Kingdom Zonai Charges explainer guide.