Zelda: Breath of the Wild - How to get the Paraglider and Locate the Old Man

A walkthrough and guide for each area, quest, and shrine in Nintendo’s highly rated Switch and Wii U adventure. Plus some advice to help you get through the game's more challenging moments.

Guide by Tom Orry, Hirun Cryer, .

The Old Man promised Link a paraglider in exchange for four Spirit Orbs, found by beating the Magnesis Trial in the Oman Au Shrine, the Bomb Trial in the Ja Baij Shrine, the Cryonis Trial in the Keh Namut Shrine, and the Stasis Trial in the Owa Daim Shrine. Here we tell you how to find the old man and get the paraglider.

If you already have the paraglider (sorry, you can't get another one by doing this all again) you're probably better off reading our Breath of the Wild in-depth quest walkthroughs and tips and tricks.

Where is the Old Man Located and how to get the Paraglider

On completion of the four trials the Old Man appears and tells Link that he'll get his reward and give him more information if he can find him. He disappears saying that he can be found at the point centred by the four Shrines. You might be thinking another epic quest is before you, but fear not, as we're here to help.

This is far simpler than it sounds, and you may already be able to guess where you're meant to be going if you explored the area thoroughly before this point. By drawing an imaginary line between Owa Daim and Oman Au, and a line between Ja Baij and Keh Namut, a point is centred on The Temple of Time. Head here and pray at the statue at the far end of the great hall. You'll be given a choice of reward: a Heart Container or a Stamina Vessel. At this point in the game the enemies you've faced aren't overly challenging, so an extra Heart Container would be for what comes later and wouldn't give the immediate benefit of improved stamina.

Climb this ladder to reach the old man

After selecting your prize in exchange for four Spirit Orbs you'll hear the Old Man shout. He's on the roof of the dilapidated Temple and asks you to make your way up. Face back down the main hall and head out to the right. Immediately outside is a large ladder that leads to the roof of the building. Climb up and walk left, following the edge of the building all the way round until you reach the far most point. Walk up the roof and to your left you'll see the Old Man.

Link Gets the Paraglider at last

Once you walk into the small room atop the Temple a cutscene plays telling you about the history of Hyrule. The Old Man is revealed to be the King of Hyrule, and he tells the tale of how Ganon destroyed the land 100 years ago using the mechanical Guardians to do his bidding. Princess Zelda faced Ganon alone after her protector fell during battle. That person was Link (suprise!), who was resurrected 100 years later and must now defeat Ganon and save Zelda. It's going to take some time to work up to that point, but thankfully the King also gives you another quest that is more immediately manageable: Seek out Impa.

Surprise! The Old Man is someone very important

Once the King has told his tale, he awards you the paraglider, as promised - which can be used to cross the edge of the Great Plateau. A treasure chest in the room houses a Soldier's Bow, which is significantly more powerful than others found up to this point.

You can now explore the Great Plateau for secret treasure chests or head out into Hyrule to find Impa. We advise you learn how to kill Guardians and get rupees as quickly as possible.

Don't miss out on leaping from the tower and using your paraglider immediately. There's no need to climb down from the top of the Temple. Remember that you can use the paraglider from any heigh point, but be aware that if your stamina runs out Link will fall! It's nice to jump from a high point and just take in the view.

We now have a completely new Breath of the Wild guides hub dedicated to the new Champions' Ballad DLC Pack 2. For complete guides on how to solve every new Shrine in the expansion, as well as how to get your hands on the new Master Cycle Zero, head over to our Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad guides hub.

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