Ancient Orb

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Ancient Orbs,(BotW)[1] also known as Precious Orbs,(BotW)[2] are Objects in The Legend of Zelda series. Ancient Orbs go unnamed in Tears of the Kingdom.

Location and Uses

Breath of the Wild

Ancient Orbs are spherical pieces of Ancient Technology constructed by the Sheikah 10,000 years ago. They come in two sizes. The first size is smaller, and Link is capable of moving them by picking them up. In addition, they come in a larger size which can be pushed, but usually must be moved by alternative means. Placing Ancient Orbs inside Concave Slots will activate Ancient Technology, such as revealing Ancient Shrines or opening doors.

Several Ancient Orbs are given specific names. These Orbs are involved in Shrine Quests throughout the overworld of Hyrule Kingdom. They are as follows:

In addition, there are unnamed Ancient Orbs that are also involved in Shrine Quests.

The following Ancient Shrines utilize Ancient Orbs as part of their trials:

Tears of the Kingdom



Names in Other Regions
古代球 (Kodai-kyū) (TotK)[8]Same as English.
The People's Republic of China
古代球 (Gǔdài qiú) (BotW)[10]Ancient ball
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Eeuwenoude bol (BotW)[9]Centuries Old Orb
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See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The ancient orbs guarded by the giants of Mount Taran lead to the shrine." — Stone Tablet (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "If you offer precious orbs to each of the three altars on the island, the voice has promised to return your things." — Stranded on Eventide (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Only a hero bearing this ancient orb shall be granted the right of trial on Rist Peninsula." — Stone Tablet (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Offer up the orbs to the three altars on this island. Only then will I acknowledge your skill and return your items." — Korgu Chideh (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Once you offered precious orbs to each of the three altars on the island, an ancient shrine appeared." — Adventure Log (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Offering these orbs to the matching pedestals caused an ancient shrine to appear." — Adventure Log (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "STONESPHERE" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "古代球" (The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Perfect Guide, Kadokawa Game Linkage Co., Ltd., pg. 419)
  9. "De eeuwenoude bol die door de reuzen in het Taran-gebergte wordt beschermd, wijst de weg naar de tempel." — Stone Tablet (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "此颗古代球定能指引前往马秋兹半岛的勇者试练之路" — Stone Tablet (Breath of the Wild)