In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Great Fairies of Hyrule still exist, though not many have ever seen one, and their locations have faded into legends told by travelers. For one so brave as to find one, that person could gain new power – for a price.
There are four Great Fairies to be found in Hyrule, each residing in a large closed orange flower that can sometimes be seen from a distance. These large flowers are also often surrounded by the familiar pink Fairies that you can grab if you sneak up on them quietly. Upon finding a Great Fairy, you’ll find that the reclusive fairies won’t be able to reveal themselves until they can gain power – which involves a monetary transaction.
Once you’ve agreed to pay said one-time transaction (which can vary depending on the fairy), the Great Fairy will burst forth revealing a splendid fairy fountain. In exchange for your heroic donation, each of the Great Fairies will offer to upgrade your Armor to bolster its effects and defense – however doing so will require several Materials that depend on the Armor chosen, and how upgraded the armor already is. This will add a star to the armor – showing that it has been upgraded. For every upgrade, you’ll get another star.
This also means you can upgrade your armor from different fairies for the same effect.
For example, any of the fairies can upgrade your Champions Tunic once. After that, the second fairy you find can upgrade it a second time, the third three times, and so on.
There are four Great Fairy Locations found across Hyrule.
Great Fairy Cotera can be found in the hills above Kakariko Village, in a clearing just past Tal’noh Naeg Shrine.
- Location: Piper Ridge, Tabantha
Great Fairy Kayasa can be found in the Tabantha Region, south of Totori Lake and the Rito Village. If you climb up the Tabantha Tower, look along the South side of the tower and you should be able to spot the large green flower bud below you on the ridge across from the tower – and you can glide all the way to it.
- Location: Lake Akkala, Akkala
Great Fairy Mija can be found in the Akkala Region far in the Northeast. It is located along the Southeastern lip of the lake, just to the East of Dah Hesho Shrine. You can spy the grove of green, yellow, and orange trees it hides in by looking from the Akkala Tower towards the East, just past the Dah Hesho Shrine.
- Location: Great Gerudo Skeleton, Gerudo Desert
Great Fairy Tera is one of the hardest to find, located in the vast desert of the Gerudo. To get there you’ll likely need heat or cooling effects to survive the extreme temperatures of the day and night, as well as a Sand Seal to make travelling easier. Head to the far Southwestern tip of the map (and note that your map functions may not work in some of the sandstorm areas. You’ll need to be on the lookout for a large skeleton under which both the Hawa Kosh and Fairy Fountain are located.