Ancient Columns

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The Ancient Columns are a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Features and Overview

Breath of the Wild

The Ancient Columns are a set of Ancient Hylian Ruins located on the Rayne Highlands in the Tabantha Frontier.[3] Dozens of ruined stone columns litter the area, some of which have fallen over. There is a small pond in the center of the area, which contains Chillfin Trouts. The Columns are also home to Tena Ko'sah Shrine.

Prior to the second Great Calamity, Zelda attempted to investigate the Ancient Shrine using the Sheikah Slate, but she was unable to gain access.[4] When Link approached her, Zelda reiterated her annoyance at having an escort and ordered him to stop following her.[5] During the "Captured Memories" Main Quest, Link can claim the "Zelda's Resentment" Recovered Memory outside of Tena Ko'sah Shrine, which depicts these events.

BotW Korok Seed Icon.png

Two Korok Seed Puzzles can be found among the Ancient Columns. One can be revealed by diving into the Circle of Lily Pads in the pond. A second can be found at the end of a Race on the west side of the Columns. When Link solves each of these Puzzles, a Korok will appear and give him a Korok Seed.[6]


Minor Enemies

Tears of the Kingdom



ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
こだいせきちゅうぐん古代石柱群 (TotK) 
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
古代石柱群 (Gǔdài shízhù qún) (TotK) 
The People's Republic of China
古代石柱群 (Gǔdài shízhù qún) (TotK) 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Eeuwenoude pilaren (BotW)[8]Centuries Old Columns
Colonnades antiques (TotK) 
The French Republic
Colonnades antiques (BotW | TotK)[7]Antique colonnades
The Federal Republic of Germany
Antike Steinsäulen (TotK) 
The Italian Republic
Antico colonnato (TotK) 
The Republic of Korea
고대 돌기둥군 (TotK) 
Latin America
Pilares ancestrales (BotW)[9]Ancestral pillars
The Kingdom of Spain
Pilares ancestrales (TotK) 
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See Also


  1. "Ancient Columns" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Ancient Columns" — Map (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 412
  4. "Nothing. Just as I thought. Hmm... It appears that this structure was designed to be exclusively accessed by the sword's chosen one. But designs can always be worked around, at least I hope. How do I get inside...? I need to activate it somehow." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "I thought I made it clear that I am not in need of an escort. It seems I'm the only one with a mind of my own. I, the person in question, am fine, regardless of the king's orders. Return to the castle. And tell that to my father, please. And stop following me!" — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Yahaha! You found me!" — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Colonnades antiques" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Eeuwenoude pilaren" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "Pilares ancestrales" — Map (Breath of the Wild)