Latest Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom physics hack lets you deal shocking amount of damage in a single blow 

A player of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has invented a sophisticated smacking device that makes use of Hover Stones and Construct Heads to deal ungodly amounts of damage to enemies. The invention has been gathering a lot of attention for its clever manipulation of TotK’s unique physics engine. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay screenshot

The Bokoblin “whack a mole” device in question was shared by r/HyruleEngineering user u/evanthebouncy. As can be seen in the video demonstration they provide, the device consists of two Hover Stones stacked on top of each other, to which a “beating stick,” made out of linked Construct Heads, is attached. This is the part that swings at oncoming enemies. 

The Construct Head is a Zonai Device that automatically detects enemies who enter its range and keeps itself locked on to the target’s direction. Through experimentation, players have observed that while tracking an enemy, the Construct Head’s line of sight shoots left-right, even when the target is stationary. This movement is  barely perceptible  when the enemy is close by, but grows more noticeable the further away the target is. This phenomenon led to speculation that the effect can be amplified by combining several Construct Heads together,  similar to causing resonance between vibrating objects. The Bokoblin whack-a-mole device makes use of this effect to smack enemies into oblivion. 

Its power is unprecedented too, as it seems to be able to take out high-level enemies such as the Silver Boss Bokoblin and Silver Bokoblin with a single strike of the silly looking row of Construct Heads. 

As for what makes this possible, evanthebouncy explains a crucial difference between real-life and Hyrule physics: “Suppose someone weighing 100 tons hits you with a floppy noodle. In real life, nothing happens, as the noodle cannot transmit any momentum from his weight. But in TotK, you will die because the total weight is used to calculate momentum transfer.” This is why their combination of heavy Hover Stones and a high-speed beating stick made of Construct Heads turned out to be such a deadly weapon. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay screenshot
Image Credit: evanthebouncy on Reddit 

User evanthebouncy has also created a Rocket device and other contraptions that similarly use the weight of Hover Stones to deal massive damage to enemies. It’s fascinating how players still able to make new discoveries on a regular basis even though quite a lot of time has passed since The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released.  

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: 2024-01-23 17:44 JST)

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