The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom performs surprisingly well, considering the hardware it’s running on, but that doesn’t mean it’s free of performance issues and the occasional FPS drop.

So, for those who want as smooth an experience as possible, we’ve put together some helpful tips to increase your FPS and reduce lag.

Tears of the Kingdom Low FPS & Lag Fixes

You can improve the FPS in Tears of the Kingdom by following these steps:

  • Play in docked mode. If you play in docked mode, the Switch’s GPU will operate at a higher capacity as it doesn’t need to rely on the battery directly. As a result, it should run smoother, especially if you lower the resolution.
  • Lower the resolution while docked. If you really want to play docked, you can lower the resolution through the settings menu. To change the resolution, follow these instructions:
    • Head to System Settings (the cogwheel icon) on your Home Screen.
    • Scroll down until you find TV Output.
    • Press the joystick left and then press A to select TV Resolution.
    • Switch it to 720p.
      • If you’re still experiencing a low FPS, switch it to 480p.
    • Press A to accept.
  • Put your Switch into Flight mode or turn off the WiFi. This solution helped reduce lag in BOTW as the system uses a lot of processing power when attempting to connect to the internet. To do this, follow these steps:
    • Go to System Settings via your Home Screen.
    • Scroll down until you find Flight Mode.
    • Push the joystick to the left and then press A to switch on Flight Mode.
Changing the resolution on a switch
Changing the resolution setting on your Switch.

Unfortunately, there is little other recourse if these methods don’t work. Tears of the Kingdom is an enormous game, Nintendo’s biggest to date, and as a result, it requires a lot to run it.

It’s a miracle it’s running on the Switch at all, considering the size and scale of its open world, including the fully explorable and sprawling dungeons.

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Whether it's an indie platformer or a 100-hour JRPG, Tom loves talking about games. So much so, he made it his career. Since starting in 2020, he's covered a wide range of topics at sites including TheGamer and The Game Crater.