- This article is about Updrafts. For other uses, see Cyclone.
- "In order to get up to such a high place, you'll have to catch the swirling updraft. Can you see the updraft, swordsman?"
- — Olivio
Updrafts are only found in Stone Tower Temple. Updrafts shoot out of grated pipes, as well as certain holes in the ceiling of the temple after it has been inverted, such that the holes face downward to where the the sky is now found. When Link moves through one of these updrafts in his Deku form, he will be propelled upwards, holding the flowers he uses to glide. This will set the flowers spinning at full speed, resetting the radius in which Link can glide without dropping to about the same distance granted by a pink Deku Flower. If Link is not already gliding using a Deku Flower, he will take out his flowers and begin gliding regardless.
If Link passes through an updraft in any form aside from his Deku form, he will still be propelled upward to the same height regardless of the form's weight, but will lack the horizontal movement needed to reach most nearby ledges.
When Link uses the Deku Leaf to float, he can use updrafts to increase his altitude. These wind currents are found as cyclones throughout the Great Sea, as well as updrafts in various dungeons, most notably the one created by the giant fan found in the Wind Temple. Link must also use updrafts during the Bird-Man Contest in order to set a record. When Link sails the King of Red Lions into one of these cyclones, it changes the boat's direction.
When Link uses Ezlo to glide through the air, he must use updrafts to stay afloat. Updrafts are common in the Cloud Tops, found between various gaps in the clouds where Link can use them to his advantage.
Aside from using the standard updrafts, Link also uses various other types of winds in the Cloud Tops. Red updrafts are used to reach the higher level of clouds, and large whirlwind-style updrafts to reach the Tower and Palace of Winds. A large updraft at the peak of Veil Springs propels Link all the way to the Cloud Tops.
Updrafts spring from holes in the ground, and automatically propel Link upward on his Sailcloth to a specific ledge or point in the air. Some updrafts are in the form of dig spots, and must be cleared using the Digging Mitts or Mogma Mitts before becoming active. One large updraft can be found at the base of Eldin Volcano. When Link enters it, he is propelled all the way to a point near the summit. There are also many dormant updrafts in the Sealed Grounds, which become active when The Imprisoned begins to break free. They appear to have been created after The Imprisoned was sealed.
Updrafts appear in various locations across Hyrule. Revali's Gale gives Link the ability to create updrafts in any location. Dinraal, Naydra, and Farosh create updrafts around them allowing Link to glide close.
| Ezlo · King Daltus · Link · Princess Zelda · Smith · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Big Green ChuChu · Gleerok · Mazaal · Big Octorok · Gyorg Pair · Vaati Reborn · Vaati Transfigured · Vaati's Wrath|
| Castor Wilds · Cloud Tops · Eastern Hills · Hyrule Town · Lake Hylia · Lon Lon Ranch · Minish Woods · Mount Crenel · Mt. Crenel's Base · North Hyrule Field · Royal Valley · South Hyrule Field · Trilby Highlands · Veil Falls · Western Wood · Wind Ruins|
|Deepwood Shrine · Cave of Flames · Fortress of Winds · Temple of Droplets · Royal Crypt · Palace of Winds · Dark Hyrule Castle|
|Smith's Sword · White Sword · Four Sword · Small Shield · Mirror Shield · Bombs · Boomerang · Bow · Cane of Pacci · Gust Jar|
|Bottle · Flame Lantern · Flippers · Grip Ring · Mole Mitts · Ocarina of Wind · Power Bracelets · Roc's Cape|
|Elements · Kinstones · Tiger Scrolls|
|Deku · Fairy · Goron · Human · Hylian · Minish · Wind Tribe|