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Best Early Game Weapons in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is finally out! The moment we acquired the ability to fuse things together, we knew it would become our game of the year. While you’ll eventually be able to create armaments that can only be described as abominations against the gods, it’ll take a bit of time before you have access to what you need. In the meanwhile, let’s go over some of the best weapons you can get a hold of early on in Tears of the Kingdom.

10 Best Weapons for Early Game in Tears of the Kingdom

While there’s been many duds and mishaps (do not ask us what happened to the bomb shield), we’ve found some of the best weapons to look out for as you play early on in Zelda: TotK. Here’s what we’ve got so far.

A Boulder

With some boulder weapons, you won't need anything else for the early game in Tears of the Kingdom.
Simple, yet effective. | Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

The tried and true. Anything that has a boulder strapped to it is a great weapon in Tears of the Kingdom, especially in the early game. While it doesn’t do insane amounts of damage, it still hits hard and will always be useful for breaking armor, walls, and ore.

We recommend fusing a boulder with any two-handed weapon for maximum impact. Better yet, skip fusing and use the Ultrahand to drop boulders on enemies from above. Bonus points if you attach a bomb to it first.

Bouncy Bat

While not very damaging, a Bouncy Bat is one of the best early game weapons due to its knockback.
Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

This is exactly what it looks like – a stick fused with a mushroom. Wait, don’t leave! Trust us on this, you’ll want to have this weapon with you as you explore Hyrule. The Bouncy Bat barely does any damage but what it lacks in damage it makes up for in knockback.

Whenever you would normally stagger an enemy, the mushroom on the Bouncy Bat knocks back enemies and causes them to go flying. By the time they land, they’ll be halfway across the kingdom. It’s pretty useful for when you don’t want to deal with enemies of if you’re next to a steep cliff or deep water.

Elemental Wands

Craft your own elemental wand for any situation.
Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

In the previous game, Breath of the Wild, Elemental Wands could only be found from chests or from Wizzrobes. Now in Tears of the Kingdom, you can make them yourself with any weapon and a gem. Like-Like Stones also work as a cheaper option for making wands.

While the damage will differ depending on the base you use, having elemental weapons at your disposal is incredibly useful in the early game of Tears of the Kingdom. You’ll never know when you need to have fire or ice to solve a puzzle or deal with an annoying enemy. Plus, you’ll never again need to waste arrows setting those stupid tree enemies on fire.

A Bomb Strapped to a Stick

A Bomb on a stick is one of the best early game weapons in Tears of the Kingdom.
It requires courage to use this in melee range. | Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

Ok, maybe we didn’t learn our lesson with bombs, but trust us on this one. An explosive barrel fused with a stick is one of the best early game weapons in Tears of the Kingdom. It’s easy to make, versatile and packs a punch. Don’t bother with wasting precious arrows and bomb plants when you can have couple of boom sticks in your back pocket!

While we recommend using it as a throwing weapon, you could technically use it as a melee weapon. Assuming you’re um… bold enough (and have enough hearts).

Eightfold Longblade + Monster Part

Your blade cuts through the wind and enemies alike.
Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

If you ever happen upon a Yiga Clan member, be sure to look out for the Eightfold Longblade. With every swing, this weapon creates a wind projectile. If fused with a decent monster part, you’ll be able to deal a ton of damage from range. Additionally, each projectile knocks down most enemies, including Boss Bokoblins.

We recommend using Moblin or Bokoblin Horns, since we’re not sure if other monster parts keep the wind projectiles. We assume they do, but unfortunately we used our remaining two blades to make an “Eightfold Blade Blade”. As you can see, that grand idea didn’t make the list.

Talus Heart + Any Base Weapon

Fusing a Talus Heart with anything makes for great early weapons in Tears of the Kingdom.
Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

Did you know that when you defeat a Stone Talus, they also drop their heart? Did you also know you could use their heart as fusion material to create weapons? By fusing a Talus Heart with any type of weapon, you can craft a stone hammer that delivers a tremendous punch.

Stone Talus Hearts possess a fusion power of 20, ensuring that this weapon will inflict substantial damage regardless of the base weapon used. Moreover, they exhibit solid durability, outlasting other weapons we’ve created. Personally, we fused the first one we discovered with a torch, and it remained effective for quite a while.

While the torch did the job, we suggest using a Sturdy Tree Branch or a Soldier’s Broadsword as the base when fusing a Talus Heart.

A Korok

One of the best early game weapons in TOTK, a Korok?
*Slaps hood* This bad boy can fit so many flamethrowers on it. | Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

While you’re out and about exploring Hyrule, don’t hesitate to get creative. Nintendo may have intended for you to escort the adorable little Korok to their friend, but why should you comply when you can create your very own KMD (Korok of Mass Destruction)?

Strap a couple of wheels, some power cells, and a whole bunch of flamethrowers to the little guy and take the scenic route. Don’t worry little Korok, you’ll reach your friend… right after we commit war crimes against a couple of Bokoblin camps.

Zonai Weapons

Zonai weapons are always a reliable choice.
Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

As you explore Hyrule, you’re bound to find some Zonai weapons and parts from Zonai Constructs. Fusing Zonai weapons with Zonai material gives bonus synergy damage to the resulting weapon. While they are a bit more fragile than we’d like them to be, Zonai weapon fusions are a solid weapon to have anytime anywhere.

Boomerang + Keese Wing

Keese Wings and Boomerang fusions are great early game weapons in Tears of the Kingdom.
Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

Boomerang weapons are back and better than ever in Tears of the Kingdom. With tons of fusion combinations, the Boomerang has the potential to be the best weapon in the game. As of right now, we find the Keese Wing to be the best fuse option.

By fusing a Keese Wing to a Boomerang, it travels farther even farther when thrown. Additionally, if you use an elemental Keese Wing as a component, their respective elements is infused into the boomerang. For instance, an Ice Wing Boomerang will emit an icy mist as it travels through the air, freezing anything in its path. A perfect throw can freeze multiple Bokoblins in one go.

Black Monster Weapons

One of the best early weapons in Tears of the Kingdom, the Black Boko Cleaver.
Use the fallen’s own bodies against their friends. | Image: Nintendo via HGG / Tyler Locke

Lastly, the best weapons you have for the early game in Tears of the Kingdom are Black Monster Weapons. To get these weapons, you’ll have to first kill one of the black monster types, which might be a little hard but totally worth it. If you find one of these monsters, such as a Black Bokoblin, don’t hesitate to take them head on. Defeat them, and you’ll be rewarded with a Black Bokoblin Horn.

Fusing a black monster part will create a powerful weapon with an attack power in the 30-40 range. Depending on the base you use, these weapons will last a decent amount of time before breaking. In fact, the first one we’ve made is still sitting in our inventory, even though we’ve used it quite a bit.

If you want a decent weapon to pull out in times of need, definitely be on the lookout for black monster parts.

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And that wraps up our list of the best early game weapons in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Thanks for reading! If you found some other good weapon suggestions, be sure to share in the comments down below. Make sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to never miss any of your favorite content.

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