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Would it be vegan to eat a korok in Zelda?

As always, Redditors are asking the real questions, debating the ethics of korok consumption in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and BotW on Nintendo Switch.

Zelda koroks vegan - a korok, a cute forest spirit that looks like a mix of broccoli and leaves yet is humanoid-ish with a leaf for a face. It is surrounded by hearts and a crying cute emoji.

Ah, Reddit. Always serving up the goods. This week, the question is especially topical for us here at PT: are Zelda’s koroks vegan to eat? You know, those Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom koroks, the little forest spirits that look suspiciously like something out of Princess Mononoke? Well, it’s a hot debate for any Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fans.

One user, Lord_Berg, brings up a pertinent quote from Breath of the Wild. In the Lost Woods, there’s one korok dreaming of something rather odd. It says, sleeping, “Zzz… No. Vegetarians everywhere! STOP! THAT’S MY FACE!” Now, what this says for either side of the argument is muddy.

It seems to suggest that koroks are suitable for vegetarians, in spite of their sentience. In this dream, all the vegetarians are more than happy to chow down on these plant folk. However, it’s possible that the specific use of “vegetarian” proves the other side of the argument, as koolhallah points out: “This implies that they could have dairy or other animal byproducts still within them”.

Impossible-Loquat732 has a different opinion: “I’m pretty sure koroks are spirits rather than something that can die. I mean COME ON have you ever seen them die before? I think it would be rather impossible to eat a korok much less a korok seed.” deytookmynames is inclined to agree: “I’ve dropped rocks on so many korok heads and they’re just fine lol.”

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This then leads to a thread of people admitting to not being gentle with these little spirits. TheCharlieUniverse talks like they’re in a confessional: “I, too, am a Korok bonker. I mean, they wouldn’t make that cute sound if you weren’t supposed to bonk them.” sodamnsleepy begs to differ: “I always feel so terrible when I accidentally drop a rock on them”.

Uhh, what were we talking about again? Oh yeah, sorry, got a little sidetracked. Well, that’s because there really is no answer. The debate goes on and on – are spirits sentient? Are they plants or not? No one can decide. WhimsicalFishy seems to have the final word on this all, however: “They taste great. Mix ‘em into a salad with some balsamic dressing and BAM; you got a children of the forest salad”. We’ve got a veritable Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on our hands, ladies and gentlemen.

Anyway, is it vegan to eat a korok in Zelda? I’m gonna say no, mainly because they are too cute. For more top Zelda tips just like this one, check out our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom armor, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom shrines, and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Hylian shield guides.