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Tears of the Kingdom – How To Clean The Sludge In Zora’s Domain

Here's a walkthrough on how to wash away the sludge in Zora's Domain in Tears of the Kingdom and what items you need to use.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom allows players to return to Zora’s Domain and visit handsome Sidon again. Unfortunately for Link, Zora’s Domain and the surrounding lands are covered in sludge, and Link requires a specific tool to get rid of it.

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You will be allowed to visit Zora’s Domain as soon as they return to Hyrule and progress through the main story until the “Regional Phenomena” quest unlocks. Head directly to the East to reach Zora’s Domain, though you’ll have to pass through dangerous lands and climb many mountains in the process. It will soon become apparent that dirt is dropping from the sky and polluting Zora’s Domain.

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All Ways To Remove Sludge in TotK

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To be able to clean the sludge, the player will need an item called a Splash Fruit. These are found in the wild around Zora’s Domain, and it shouldn’t take long to accumulate a sizable batch. They resemble greenish-blue colored gourds (as seen in the screenshot below) and are often found in bunches of three.

Once the player has some to hand, they can use two methods to wash away the sludge. The easiest method involves arrows. Equip a bow, notch an arrow, hold up on the d-pad, and cycle along to the Splash Fruit. Once it’s ready, aim it at the sludge, which will explode upon impact, causing a section to be washed away.

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The second method involves Tears of the Kingdom’s Fuse ability. It’s possible to fuse a Splash Fruit to a weapon and perform a jumping attack into the sludge, causing it to be washed away at the point of impact. Simply drop a Splash Fruit, bring up the Fuse command with a melee weapon equipped, and your blade will soon be able to wash even the most determined stains.

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Additionally, players can also Fuse a Hydrant Zonai Device to a shield or weapon to spray water in a wide radius, effectively cleaning up particularly mucky areas. It’s important to note that Hydrants aren’t available as early as Splash Fruit, and they do have a low durability when Fused to shields and weapons.

If you’re following the main storyline in Tears of the Kingdom, you will need to acquire Splash Fruit and master the cleaning method, as the first quest in Zora’s Domain involves clearing sludge off a statute in the town square. With this knowledge, you’ll soon become the hero of mopping in Hyrule.

And that’s it! Check out our other The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom guides below to help with crafting, exploring, and tackling challenges across Hyrule.

Tears of the Kingdom Complete Guide | Every Ability & How To Unlock Them | How to Get The Paraglider | How to Get & Use The Travel Medallion | All Armor Locations & Where to Find Them | All Construct Materials & Where to Find Them | All Shrine Locations & Strategies | How to Get More Heart Containers

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