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How to Climb Ice Walls in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

A screenshot of Link climbing an ice wall in Tears of the Kingdom.
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You’ll encounter ice walls in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom as you explore Hyrule and may be tempted to climb them. When you try to, Link will slip back down just like when it rains. Like I was, you’re probably thinking, “How the heck do I get up there then?” Here’s what you need to do to scale them.

How do I climb the Great Sky Island ice wall in Tears of the Kingdom?

At the beginning of the game, while you’re still on Great Sky Island, you’ll come across some ice walls in the snowy area that you need to climb up. But seeing as you’ve just started your adventure and have limited abilities and resources, you can’t do it the traditional way.

Instead, use an axe on the nearby trees and cut down some logs. Glue them together using Link’s Ultrahand ability to create a long pole. I used five just to be safe. Prop it up against the wall. Then climb the logs instead of the ice wall. If you make a mistake, you can unfuse the logs and try again.

I don’t know if this is Nintendo’s intended way of solving this early puzzle, but it worked for me and was quick and easy.

So, what about other ice walls in Tears of the Kingdom?

For later ice walls, there is no other way that I know of to get up them other than creating a tall log to climb on. I have seen reports of Sticky Elixirs, which requires cooking together either a Sticky Frog or a Sticky Lizard and a Monster Part, and the Froggy armor set allowing you to scale ice walls too. But I can confirm that neither of these methods worked for me. I tried them both and still slipped, even with the Slip Resistance that they both provided.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available now exclusively on Nintendo Switch. If you’re wondering how to get the Paraglider, here’s what you need to do.

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Brent Koepp
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Based in California, Brent is a freelance writer for Siliconera and has been a journalist since 2010. When he's not playing JRPGs or catching 'em all in Pokémon, you can find him spending time with his wife and two dogs.