How to use Star Fragments in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Star Shards in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are another of the many items you can collect on your adventure through Hyrule. However, rather than cutting down a tree or defeating a Bokoblin, finding a Star Shard is more a matter of luck than anything else.

The main thing you need to know about star fragments in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is that they are the product of catching or finding the landing site of a shooting star. However, they don’t stay long once you hit the ground. Shooting stars are known to appear during the day, but they are much easier to spot at night. If you are lucky enough to find one, it has multiple uses.

Without further ado, we’re here to show you how to use Star Shards in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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How to catch shooting stars in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

To catch a shooting star in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you have to be lucky enough to see one. Now, the drop rate for Shooting Stars is a bit unpredictable, as you may see many in one play session in Hyrule, or you may not see any in several play sessions in Hyrule. Therefore, we recommend following one and trying to capture it the moment you see it.

Once you see a shooting star, there are two ways to catch it. You can wait for the Star to hit the ground and it will create a long, tall beacon that rises up into the sky to show you where it is. If you are fast enough and reach the point in time, you will be able to collect the Star Shard. However, they don’t stay around for very long, so if you’re not quick they can disappear.

link zelda totk staring star fragment

The other way to catch a star is if it starts falling while you are skydiving or paragliding with Link. If you’re in the sky as the star falls, you can try to angle Link to dive/glide towards it and capture it by pressing ‘A’ once you’re close.

How to use star fragments in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Star Shards in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom can be used for a variety of purposes, from fusing weapons to using them for lighting; Below we list all currently known uses.

Fuse for a gun

You can fuse a star shard with your melee weapon to create one that shoots beams of light. The light rays travel in front of you for a fairly long distance, making it perfect for times when you’re stuck in an area too dark to see or for use at night while traveling through Hyrule.

Link zelda totk using melee weapon fused star fragment

fuse to a shield

You can also fuse a star fragment with your shield. However, this doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on the quality of your Shield, but it does mean that Link will be like a walking lamp as the Shard creates a constant source of light. Again, this is useful for exploring the depths and other dark places of the Kingdom.

zelda totk link with star zora shield in the depths
Link’s shield sheds some light on the situation in the depths.

Upgrade armor pieces

Now this is where star fragments become a little more interesting and valuable. To upgrade some pieces of armor when you talk to a Great Fairy, you will need to have one or more star fragments, as well as rupees and other materials. It’s definitely worth upgrading your armor pieces when you can, especially if it’s a set or piece you use a lot.

zelda totk link talking to the great fairy

Sell ​​to merchants

If you’re short on rupees, you can always sell your star shards to a merchant in a shop for 200 rupees a piece. Now, this isn’t really a lot of money for the effort of getting this item and the rarity of being able to catch a shooting star, so we recommend doing this only as a last resort if you really need it.

zelda totk link to merchant selling star fragment
We may have spent all our rupees in Gerudo Town.


This one is more about having fun with a star shard. Throughout Hyrule, you’ve probably seen builders’ material caches and you’ve probably already spent some time playing around with building various things. However, wood doesn’t let in much light, so at night your builds might be a bit dark. Also, fire in a log cabin is not welcome…

zelda totk link vs burning horse house
Don’t worry, we put out the fire before it reached the horse!

That’s where a star fragment comes into play! It is your own energy-saving light bulb, all you need to do is connect it to your creation to illuminate your interior space. We think Clomper will like his new stable.

zelda totk link and starlit horse house
Ta da!

With Fuse and Ultrahand, there are probably a million more things you can do with your Star Fragments, but we’ve covered the basics.

If you need more help on your adventure through Hyrule in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, check out our guide that shows you how to increase weapon durability and our guide that shows you how to get the Golden Horse.

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