How long does Zelda Tears of the Kingdom takes to beat?

The character is falling from the sky in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

The character is falling from the sky in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

Mainline 3D Zelda games don’t tend to be short. We never recommend deciding on a game to play based on length. You should always tackle them purely when you have the time to do so. But if you're wonder how long is Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, we've crunched some light numbers so that you know what you're getting into.

With the game finally released after years and years of gentle teases and little information, players are starting to rush through at all different speeds. And if you're hoping to get this out of the way over the release weekend, you might have to call in a few favours.

How long does Zelda Tears of the Kingdom take to beat?

Completing the main story should take about 35-50 hours if you're gunning for it. Weapon strength and gear upgrades might hold you back if you neglect them, but with enough skill, it's possible to push through without spending excessive amounts of time preparing for what's ahead.

If you're regularly getting caught off guard by distracting sidequests and intriguing caves, expect to roll credits around 80-100 hours in. Add a lot more on top if you refuse to see the final battle before completing every optional interaction.

Essentially, the exact time will be based on your play style, so expect some fluctuation from person to person.

Link preparing to fight a Guardian Construct.
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How long does it take to complete everything in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?

Without keeping track and using third-party tools like interactive maps to measure your progress, a complete run of Tears of the Kingdom could take hundreds of hours. Collectibles are bountiful, the land is gargantuan, and there are sidequests wherever you look.

With proper planning, though, you could probably wrap up a casual 100% run in around 150 hours.

Before you go, we have many other guides on this game. For example, you can read our article on how big Zelda Tears of the Kingdom's map is. On top of that, we have a list of all new enemies in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

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