How to unlock Autobuild in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

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Link showing off his Autobuild skills in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
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May 23, 2023: Tears of the Kingdom is out now and we've updated our guide so you know everything about how to unlock the autobuild feature.

The latest Zelda game introduces four new abilities for you to play around with, each of them changing how the gameplay works quite drastically. If you’re wondering how to unlock Autobuild in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, then you’re in the right place. This secret fifth ability has to be unlocked outside of the main story, but more about that later.

In this guide, we'll give you some tips on unlocking Autobuild in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. It can be extremely handy in helping you conjure up new creations at a whim, and moving around Hyrule in the blink of an eye.

How to unlock Autobuild Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Autobuild isn’t part of the core four abilities for Link, but that doesn’t stop it from being any less useful. In fact, it makes a lot of sense that this is the one that you learn last. The Autobuild feature will allow you to build any Ultrahand builds that you’re made in the past, as long as you have the materials with you.

This is a great quality-of-life feature that Nintendo has added to the game. To use it, all you need to do is press the L button to get a list of the builds available to you, and pick the one you want.

So, how do you unlock the Autobuild feature in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom? Well, it’s actually linked to a quest, Camera Work in the Depths. This can be triggered by talking to Josha by Purah’s Lab once you’ve got the Paraglider from Lookout Landing.

To complete the quest, you’ll have to make your way into the very intimidating new area, the Depths. Once in there, you’ll need to know how the light up the Depths in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, because it’s full of danger down there.

Once you’re in there, you’ll want to head towards the Iayusus Lightroot, which is where Robbie is. He’ll want you to take a picture of something down there, but we won’t spoil what just yet. Once you’ve done that and shown him the photo, return to Lookout Landing to complete the quest.

However, that’s not it! At a later point, Josha will offer you a second quest, A Mystery in the Depths. You’ll need to stock up on Brightbloom Seeds and head back in, warping straight to the Iayusus Lightroot. You’ll want to pass through the Grove of Time as you make your way to the Great Abandoned Central Mine.


When you get to the mine, you’ll be able to unlock the Autobuild feature through the quest there. Just make sure you return to Lookout Landing once you’ve finished helping the researchers in the mine. You can use your new Autobuild feature to help Josha out and get a Large Zonaite as a reward!

For even more on Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, we've got you covered. Check out how to get through the Lost Woods, as well as the best recipes. Lastly, you can read up on the Orochium shrine solution.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom page.