The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom community has successfully invented a flying broomstick using Ultrahand. The sight of the broom in action is quite “magical,” and it can be recreated using a peculiar technique called Stake Nudging.
With Link’s Ultrahand ability and the many versatile Zonai Devices, Tears of the Kingdom has allowed for the creation of a plethora of useful and bizarre technology, ranging from a first-person view underwater exploration device to dramatic UFO abduction reenactments. Recently, things have gone magical with the invention of a flying broomstick, the creators of which are the r/HyruleEngineering users.
Having a look at this demonstration by user Scared_Cry_4931, the broomstick itself seems to be assembled from Hylian Rice and a Tree Branch using Fuse, with a Zonai Steering Stick attached to the combination. As Link takes hold of the Steering Stick, the Zonai Fan above him generates wind, which whisks the DIY broom into the air. Despite the Fan levitating above it, it’s a rather legitimate-looking flying broomstick.
If you’re wondering what’s keeping the Fan fixed in place like that in mid-air, this is made possible with “Stake Nudging.” Stake Nudging is a technique that allows you to pull elements of your build away from each other physically while keeping them attached. This is done by incrementally stretching out the glue connecting the materials, and detailed tutorials can be found on r/HyruleEngineering and YouTube.
I tried recreating the flying broomstick using this technique in the latest version of Tears of the Kingdom (Ver.1.2.1), and was delighted to find out that it works. I started by attaching a Steering Stick to a Fan, then attached two Stakes to both sides and drove them into the ground. Then, I detached one Stake and pulled it away slightly, and the material followed and attached itself to the Stake once again, forming a small gap between the Fan and the Steering Stick.
By repeating this cycle over and over, the gap between the two components gradually grows larger, with the glue between them stretching out. Though there’s a limit to how much you can stretch things out at a time, the procedure can be repeated using Autobuild. This gives you parts that look disconnected but act entirely as a single object. Attach this apparatus to your DIY broom to complete the magical broomstick.
The creator of the broom, Scared_Cry_4931, seems to have been inspired by a flying broom-like vehicle posted two months ago by user friendlywhitewitch. Though more than half a year has passed since Tears of the Kingdom was released, the community appears to be as active as it was on day one, continuously creating new inventions and inspiring others.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available for the Nintendo Switch.
Written by. Amber V based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2023-11-18 14:41 JST)