Where to find Thundra Plateau cave in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)

Totk Thundara Plateau Cave Opening
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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom introduces a massive assortment of caves players never got to explore in Breath of the Wild. Many of those caves are large enough to serve as home to various enemies. Some are much smaller, but still hold exciting treasure. Here is our guide telling you where to find the Thundara Plateau cave in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Tears of the Kingdom – where to find the Thundra Plateau cave

Right near the center of the Thundara Plateau, which is located southwest of the Lindor’s Brow Skyview Tower, at the northwest end of Ludfo’s Bog, you can find an area where the cave lurks. However, there is no visible entrance. This is a puzzle.

To enter the Thundara Plateau cave, you need to produce a shadow that passes over a particular point during the right time of day. Only then can you hope to enter the cave and claim a prize.

Totk Thundara Plateau Cave Location Map

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The map screenshot above shows the location of the Thundara Plateau’s hidden cave. Fast travel to a nearby landmark and then make your way to the plateau. It is easy to see once you are there, because it rests atop a stone structure with several pillars. Ideally, bring an ax or three.

Once you are in the appropriate area, you can get to work constructing a lengthy column. Use your ax to chop down the mushroom trees and produce a series of logs. Attach them end-to-end using your Ultrahand ability.

Totk Thundara Plateau Cave Using Autobuild Ability To Extend Shadow

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When you have your log constructed, use the Ultrahand ability again to grab one end of your constructed log. Just after noon, stand in the shadow of the south pillar, which stretches to the north at that time of day. Lift your log construction vertically, to continue the shadow so that it connects to the shadow cast by the north pillar. The cave will open.

If you don’t bring an ax, you may still be able to produce the cave opening. I used the Autobuild ability (check here if you need help figuring out how to get the Autobuild ability). Previously, I had stored a record of several wooden planks I attached end-to-end. I produced that build on the spot, and it made a shadow that was plenty long to connect the shadows of the north and south pillars (see the screenshot above).

Once you open the cave, you can enter it to acquire the Mask of Awakening.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on the Nintendo Switch.

Jason Venter
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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.