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How to Get and Use the Earthwake Ability in Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)

To get the Earthwake Technique in TotK, you must become one with the Yiga Clan.

The Earthwake Ability isn’t on the long list of Link’s godly powers in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It’s a power that must, in fact, be learned in the game by means of Infiltrating the enemy. There are a few steps and locations to complete and know before you can acquire it. Here’s how to get and use the secret power that shakes the earth. 

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How to Get the Earthwake Technique in TotK

To get the Earthwake Ability or Earthwake Technique in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you’ll need to activate the Side Adventure: Infiltrating the Yiga Clan. To do this, you must find the main Yiga Clan Hideout. Once you’ve got that out of the way, you’ll need to find the complete Yiga Clan Armor Set to gain access to the hideout. 

When you’ve collected all the pieces, the next phase is to complete a couple of Yiga fighting trials before you are given the Earthwake Manual. Only once you’ve received the manual will you be able to Earthwake. 

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Entrance to Yiga Clan Main Hideout in TotK (Screenshot via Prima Games)

Location of the Three Yiga Clan Branches

As with every other armor set, there are three pieces you’ll need to find to complete the Yiga Clan Set. To acquire each piece, you must set the tailor free where you find the piece of armor. Each piece of the armor set can be found at different Yiga Clan Branches, and you’ll have to fight the members you encounter at all of the branches you visit. They are: 

  • South of the Temple of Time Ruins (Coordinates: -0781,-2257,0088),
  • Inside the Akkala Ancient Lab (Coordinates: 4512,3159,0247), and
  • Located on the Aldor Foothills in a cave (Coordinates: -0643,2040,0158).

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How to Activate Side Adventure: Infiltrating the Yiga Clan

To activate the Side Quest and infiltrate the Yiga Clan, you must make your way to the Yiga Clan Hideout and find the entrance. The hideout is located in the Gerudo Highlands, west of the Gerudo Highlands Skyview Tower. The coordinates are (3686,-1364,0331).  

Related: Tears of the Kingdom: How to Get the Travel Medallion in TotK

All that needs to be done to trigger the Side Quest is to walk to the entrance where an NPC is trying to get in and join the clan. Talk to him, and then Infiltrating the Yiga Clan will begin. All that’s left to do is travel to all the locations given above for each piece of the Yiga armor, collect them, return to the entrance, and interact with the doorman. He will let you in, and you can complete the rest of the task.

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Exact Location of the Yiga Clan Hideout in Hyrule (Screenshot via Prima Games)

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Passing Yiga Clan Tests for the Earthwake Manunal in TotK

When inside the hideout, there is a Yiga Clan NPC that you must talk to in one of the rooms to activate the training. This training is the final but most crucial step to obtaining the Earthwake Ability. You’ll have to fight some of the Yiga Clan members in a series of tests. 

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The first reward, if you are successful, will be Yiga Fabric. After that, you’ll fight them for a second time and if successful, you’ll receive the Earthwake manual. It’s important to know that you should have plenty of Rupees with you. Each trial will cost you 100 Rupees.

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Earthwake Manual Received After Passing All the Tests (Screenshot via Prima Games)

Side note: If you do the test for a third time, you’ll acquire the Lightning Helm, a lightning-proof helmet.

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How to Use the Earthwake Technique in Tears of the Kingdom

To use the Earthwake Technique, you must unarm Link and make sure he has no weapons in his hands. Once you’ve removed the weapon from Link, press Y, and you’ll perform an Earthwake strike.

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Link Using the Earthwake Technique in Tears of the Kingdom (Screenshot via Prima Games)

You don’t have to be close to the foe for this move to be effective. It has a good range and works well when used on groups of enemies. A good combination is to use the Earthwake Technique with a bow and arrow attachment. You can knock your enemy off their feet with the technique and then shoot them with a bomb arrow or freeze them with an elemental. 

Want to learn where all of the armor sets are in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? You can read all armor and locations in Tears of the Kingdom.

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