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Best Defense Recipes in Tears of the Kingdom (ToTK)

Take an extra hit.

Sometimes you can’t beat a basic buff like Defense Up as you take on some tough enemies, and defense recipes are surprisingly easy to make in TotK. Here are the best Defense Recipes in Tears of the Kingdom.

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Defense Up Recipes and Ingredients in Tears of the Kingdom

Some of the best defense recipes in Tears of the Kingdom include a Tough Meat-Stuffed Pumpkin or Tough Salt-Grilled Meat. Because of the number of ingredients that have the potential for defense boosts in Hyrule, there are plenty of diverse recipes you can try as long as you have some basic meat or spices. Below you can find the best recipes around to keep you fortified.

Best Defense Recipes in ToTK:

  • Tough Meat-Stuffed Pumpkin – 2 x Fortified Pumpkin, 2 x Meat
  • Tough Salt-Grilled Meat – 3 x Ironshroom, 1 x Salt Rock, 1 x Meat
  • Tough Tomato Mushroom Stew – 3 x Ironshroom, 2 x Hylian Tomato
  • Tough Elixir – 1 x Rugged Rhino Beetle, 1 x Monster Part

All of these recipes can be altered to have fewer ingredients if you are running low. The name of the dish will remain the same, but the duration and potency of Defense Up can vary. That won’t apply to the elixir in this case, so don’t worry about the extra monster parts.

If you want to experiment with defense recipes on your own in Tears of the Kingdom, you simply need the basics. Having Fortified Pumpkins, Ironshrooms, and Armoranth can lead to all kinds of recipes depending on the base of the recipe. As long as the defense ingredient is the main priority in the dish, you will get the defense buff you want and you can start tanking through dangerous enemies.

Farming Defense Up Ingredients

Defense-boosting ingredients are found all over Hyrule and are surprisingly easy to obtain. Here are just a few and where you can find them:

  • Fortified Pumpkin: Carok Bridge Well or purchase from one of the general stores in Hateno or Kakariko Village. Once you have one, you can grow them as a crop in Uma’s Garden in Hateno Village after completing the Teach Me A Lesson II side quest.
  • Ironshroom: East Necluda in woode areas and West Necluda in the area between Dueling Peaks and Fort Hateno.
  • Armoranth: Akkala Highlands and south of Satori Mountain.
  • Rugged Rhino Beetle: On the sides of trees around East Necluda and West Necluda.
  • Armored Porgies: Necluda Sea and Lanayru Sea.
  • Ironshell Crabs: Necluda Sea and Faron Sea.

That’s all for defense up recipes in TotK. Next, you may want to check out best stamina recipes for when you just can’t seem to cling to rocks long enough.

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