Whirly Swirly Things Quest Guide: Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK)

What's big and round, and spins real fast?

Korok Forest TOTK
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Embarking on an epic adventure in Tears of the Kingdom to enter Korok Forest and clear the gloom lurking there is a magnificent accomplishment. Not only did this action restore the forest, but it also opened up an opportunity to help more of the Koroks residing there. Amidst these newfound adventures, one particular quest stands out. It involves a curious Korok, Kula, who believes that Link can help him see a “big, whirly circle” around some water without leaving the forest. If you’re curious how to proceed, this comprehensive guide will help you complete the “Whirly Swirly Things” quest in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

How to Complete Whirly Swirly Things Quest in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Players can follow these steps to complete the “Whirly Swirly Things” quest in Tears of the Kingdom:

  • Talk to Kula near the entrance to Musanokir Shrine.
  • Take a picture of a whirlpool.
  • Return to Kula in the Korok Forest.
  • Take a picture of a quicksand sinkhole.
  • Return to Kula again.

How to Start Whirly Swirly Things Quest

Talk with Kula near the entrance to Musanokir Shrine. You can find him to the left of the shrine as soon as you exit. He’ll be near coordinates (0419, 2131, 0143). Kula tells Link about the swirly circle he’s heard about and asks him to bring back a picture of it.

Where to Find the Whirly Swirly Thing

Tears of the Kingdom has a few whirlpools scattered throughout the map. One is located in Lake Hylia, with approximate coordinates (0159, -2514, -0017), near the Bridge of Hylia. This whirlpool can be reached in several ways, depending on what you’ve already done. If you’ve unlocked the En-oma Shrine, you can fast-travel there and ride the waterfall back up. This will kick you out right above the whirlpool. Find an area to take the picture, but be mindful of the Flame Gleeok on the bridge.

Otherwise, the Popla Foothills Skyview Tower is the fastest option. From the tower, head to the southwest and land on a nearby shore to get the picture.

Another option is the whirlpool in the east reservoir lake, close to coordinates (3679, 0124, 0236). This whirly, swirly thing is best accessed from Ihen-a Shrine. Once fast traveling there, players should head south until they can glide closer to the whirlpool.

After getting the picture, players should return to Kula. The grateful Korok will now ask Link to find another strange phenomenon: a whirly, swirly sand circle.

Where to Find the Swirly Sand Circle

While it does resemble a swirly circle, what Kula is looking for now is actually a quicksand sinkhole. These can be found scattered throughout the Gerudo Desert. It doesn’t matter which one, but two are relatively easy to get to. The first is close to the Kara Kara Bazaar. To reach it, you should fast-travel to the Mayatat Shrine. Then, turn right and head towards coordinates (-3361, -2682, 0027), which is in the direction of Gerudo Town.

Another option is to go to the swirly sand circle in the East Gerudo Ruins at coordinates (-2693, -2791, 0010). The quickest way to get there is by gliding from the Gerudo Canyon Skyview Tower.

After taking the picture, return to Kula. He’ll thank Link for his troubles and give him five Endura Carrots.

With that, you’ve successfully completed the “Whirly Swirly Things” quest and can continue adventuring throughout Hyrule. If you’re also working on getting all your Korok seeds, then you should also check out where to find a Korok mask in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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