The Legend of Zelda : Tears of the Kingdom can easily consume countless hours, depending on your gameplay style. On average, achieving 100% completion typically demands around 220 hours of playtime, assuming you’re not aiming for a speedy run-through.
Hyrule’s expansive and breathtaking landscape is teeming with puzzles, side quests, and dungeons that captivate players and divert their attention from the main storyline.
But let’s get to the heart of the matter: how much time does it actually take to complete the main story and all the other enticing content the game offers?
Seasoned players have triumphed over the game’s main story on numerous occasions, and according to reports, it generally takes approximately 50 hours to complete the main story alone, assuming you stay on track without getting sidetracked.
The main storyline compels Link to move all over the map, and to fully grasp the narrative, specific side objectives must also be accomplished, adding a significant chunk of time to the overall experience.
However, for those who dedicate their efforts to bolstering their power, tackling side missions, and reaching the story’s conclusion, the journey may extend to around 70 hours.
Main Story + Extras
Suppose you’re looking to do more than just finish the main story. In that case, you can power up your character, build crazy contraptions, and discover all that Hyrule has to offer.
You’ll find plenty of excitement in Hyrule by exploring the thrilling and perilous areas, completing side missions, and solving shrines. You will get to experience the game the way it is truly meant to be played.
This type of playthrough typically takes around 100 hours to complete, providing plenty of engagement for hours on end.
If you want to experience everything Hyrule has to offer, explore every nook and cranny, find every Korok seed, and traverse every inch of the map so there’s nothing left, it might take you around 220 hours.
The amount of content tucked away in Tears of the Kingdom is immense. You will have a small completion tracker in the down-right corner; you will need to complete 23 main quests, 60 side adventures, 31 shrine quests, 139 side quests, and 18 memories for the quests.
For the map completion, you will need to complete 152 shrines, 120 light roots,15 Skyview towers, and the list goes on.
There are also the Hyrule compendium entries, but they don’t count in the completion tracker. Still, it’s one of the things you will have to complete. Needless to say, you will be busy for a while.
Speedrunning is when you try to complete the game as quickly as possible. Players are still coming up with new and interesting glitches and skips to utilize the physics engine of Tears of the Kingdom to develop new and innovative ways to finish the game as early as possible.
Following the most recent speedrun, you can finish the game in 44:30, which is extremely impressive.
Tears of the Kingdom is a fantastic game, and these are the times it would take if you wanted to complete it in a certain way, but if you ask me, it should be experienced to the fullest. You should take your time and enjoy every aspect of this game and have fun with it.
Haissam knows his way around a laundry list of expansive open worlds. He has conquered Hyrule, mastered the art of the warrior in Sekiro, and he even delves into the occasional retro RTS RPG now and again. Outside of RPG gaming, Haissam is an anime nut, and keeps up with the manga to stay ahead of the pack.