Gerudo’s Mega Digging is the last mission in a series of Mega Digs that Link can start early in his journey in Tears of the Kingdom. It requires players to head to one of the most inhospitable places in all of Hyrule, the Gerudo Desert, and solve the most complex fossil-based puzzle in the history of the Zelda franchise. This guide explains how to complete the giant excavation of Gerodo, so that all players can get to the end of this series and discover the location of the small Leviathan fossil.
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How to complete the colossal excavation of Gerodo
Link will pick up Gerudo’s Colossal Fossil as a reward for completing Hebra’s Colossal Fossil. Any player looking for this quest who hasn’t completed the prerequisites should go back and do it. NPC Link meets in this series of side quests, Loone, will give them a map marker for where to find Gerudo’s last mega-fossil. However, the Gerudo Desert has been covered in a sandstorm since the beginning of the Kingdom’s Tears. This makes finding the fossil much more difficult than the previous two fossils.
How to find the mega-fossil of Gerodo
To find Gerodo’s colossal fossil, Link needs to access Gerodo’s large skeleton at map coordinates -4816, -3871, 0000. This is in the lower left corner of the map. We searched for the Gerudo colossal fossil and quickly found that a sandstorm in the Gerudo desert prevented Link from using the Purah Pad. It is also so hot that it may damage the bond. The best way to find the cave where the skeleton is is by equipping a weapon that deals frost damage, having Link heat resistant clothing, and feeding them meals that provide heat resistance. When inside the sandstorm, players can use the tornadoes they see to get Link to take to the skies with their glider and reorient themselves in the right direction. This is necessary to find the cave.
Once Link reaches the cave, players can talk to Loone and understand what they need to do. She wants to see the huge fossil of Leviathan next to her child. Unfortunately, the baby Leviathan’s skeleton is missing its body and tail. Link needs to find these parts somewhere in the cave and put the fossils back together. They’re very well hidden, but we’ve outlined where to find them below.
Where to find Leviathan Baby’s tailbone
The tailbone of the infant leviathan is on the left of the mother. It is under a pile of sand and dust, barely visible to the link. To get the coccyx out, Link needs to use his Ultrahand to move the adjacent Fan device to blow dust away while it’s active. Then, Link can slide the tailbone back into the baby leviathan’s head, ready for assembly later.
Where to find a baby’s body
The body of the baby leviathan is on top of the mother’s body, wedged into some rocks. To reach it, Link needs to shoot explosive arrows at the rock to dislodge the object. Bomb flowers are located throughout the cave to help with this. It took us a few shots for the body to fall off, and we kept shooting to break up any minerals and gems we could use later. There are many more in this cave, and they are worth farming during this side quest. Link can lower it into the body of the baby Leviathan and then transfer it to the rest of the bones using the Ultrahand.
How to Assemble Leviathan’s Skeleton
To reconstruct the infant leviathan’s skeleton, Link needs to use his Ultrahand to attach the head to the front of the body. It’s easy to see where this is from the direction of the fin. For reference, the flipper, of which there is only one on this body, should be on the left side of the baby Leviathan. The head goes on top of this. The coccyx then moves to the back of the body, connecting its thickest part to the body itself. The tail should get smaller as it extends out from the body.
After putting the body back together, Link can talk Loone into completing the Gerudo Colossal Fossil side quest. Link will thank you for their efforts and reward them with 50 rupees. We were frustrated when we realized this quest had no secret fossil armor link you could earn. However, now that the side quest is complete, Link can dig out the baby Leviathan’s fossil from the cave and use it to build whatever vehicles players can think of. We’ve seen some players get into a boat, which seems like the most appropriate thing to do.