Astral Observatory

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The Astral Observatory is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Features and Overview

Majora's Mask

The Astral Observatory from Majora's Mask 3D

The Astral Observatory a building outside the walls of Clock Town in Termina Field in Majora's Mask. It is home to a giant Telescope, which is able to view the landscape of Termina, and also serves as the hideout of the Bombers.[3] Although the Observatory is located in Termina Field, the building is entirely fenced in, preventing entry through normal means outside. It is possible to enter the Astral Observatory by either reciting the Bombers code to the Bomber in East Clock Town, or by flying in with a Deku Flower.

The passage to the Observatory is guarded by one of the 6 children of the Bombers, who must be told a 5-digit password in order for Link to gain entry. The password is acquired by popping the Balloon in North Clock Town, talking to Jim, finding every member of the Bombers hidden throughout Town, and proceeding to recite the code to the Bomber guarding the passageway. Link can also use a Deku Flower in Termina Field to enter the Astral Observatory's dome.

Once Link enters the Astral Observatory's tunnels, he must go through a small sewer, destroy another Balloon, then go up the ladder leading to the Observatory itself.

Beyond the sewer segment of the Astral Observatory, Link can meet the famous dancing Scarecrow, Pierre. Upstairs, the hero will find the astronomer named Professor Shikashi with the huge Telescope overlooking Termina Field.[4] There is a Moon's Tear encased in a glass next to the Telescope, and upon checking it, Professor Shikashi comments on how he finds the stones falling from the Moon's eyes, and how they have been falling recently.[5] By using the Telescope to gaze at the Skull Kid atop the Clock Tower, Link can obtain his own Moon's Tear, which is required to start the "Business Scrub Scramble" Event. Through the Telescope, Link can also see two men waving at him, signifying the presence of Grottoes in the ground that he can venture into. The Part-Timer can also be seen in a Tree, trying to grab two Red Rupees. By watching the walls over South Clock Town, Link can spot a Business Scrub flying into a Grotto, initiating the "Follow That Scrub!" Event.

Link can find a Treasure Chest containing a Silver Rupee behind a bombable wall near the sewer-side entrance of the Astral Observatory.

Minor Enemies

Breath of the Wild

The Astral Observatory is the chamber in which Calamity Ganon is fought in Breath of the Wild. It is a hollow, hemispherical chamber made from the Sheikah Ancient Technology, situated far beneath the Sanctum. Scattered on the floor near the walls of the Astral Observatory are various Items, all of which can assist Link in the fight against Calamity Ganon.

Following Calamity Ganon's escape from his Cocoon in the Throne Room, Link and Calamity Ganon both fall through the floor and into the Astral Observatory, where they engage in combat. If Link has freed any of the Divine Beasts from Calamity Ganon's control, the Champions piloting them will launch their attacks on Hyrule Castle.[6][7][8][9] The Divine Beasts will then shoot lasers at the Castle, which rains down on Calamity Ganon in the Sanctum. The damage dealt from each Divine Beast is measured in increments of 12.5%, with all four Divine Beasts inflicting enough damage to remove 50% of Calamity Ganon's total health. If Link has not freed any Divine Beasts, the battle will begin with Calamity Ganon at full health. Upon defeating Calamity Ganon, he will shed his mortal form and escape from the Astral Observatory to Windvane Meadow in Hyrule Field. Following suit, Zelda will transport Link to Ganon's location, where she explains that he has assumed his most true and basic form as the very embodiment of his rage, Dark Beast Ganon, in a final attempt to destroy Hyrule.[10]



  • In Majora's Mask, the two men that wave at Link through the telescope closely resemble the man within the Oceanside Spider House, and the sons of the Cursed Rich Man from Ocarina of Time. It is likely that they are the Terminan counterparts of the latter, although any relationship to the former is unknown.
  • On the First and Second Days in Majora's Mask, the Skull Kid will taunt Link and fly away if he looks at him through the telescope. However, on the Final Day, the Skull Kid will simply direct his gaze towards the encroaching Moon.
  • In Breath of the Wild the Sheikah typography on the floor of the Astral Observatory translates to "Laboratory."[11]


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The Federal Republic of Germany
Observatorium (MM)[12]Observatory
The Italian Republic
Osservatorio (MM | MM3D)[13][14]Observatory
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 245 (MM)
  2. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 254
  3. "We Bombers have our hideout at the observatory." — Bombers Secret Society of Justice (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Are you here to do something for me? I am Shikashi, professor of astronomy!" — Professor Shikashi (Majora's Mask)
  5. "That is one of the lunar rocks that has been blazing from the surface of the moon lately. They fall from what looks to be the moon's eye, so I call them Moon's Tears. They are rare stones, valued by many in town." — Professor Shikashi (Majora's Mask 3D)
  6. "Now my moment has finally come. Brace yourself, Ganon, for the sting of my revenge!" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "This will be our final opportunity. We will not fail!" — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Let's go, little guy! Now! Open up wide, Ganon!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "A hundred years in the making... Hold on, Princess. Our moment has arrived!" — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "... Ganon... Ganon... Ganon was born out of a dark past. He is a pure embodiment of the ancient evil that is reborn time and time again... He has given up on reincarnation and assumed his pure, enraged form. If set free upon our world, the destruction will be unlike anything ever seen before." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "LABORATORY" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Mit der Zahlenkombination, die sich aus den Trikot-Nummern ergibt, wird Link in den geheimen Gang zum Observatorium gelassen, den die Bomber bewachen." (Offizieller Spieleberater: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Nintendo of Europe, pg. 20)
  13. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 244
  14. "Osservatorio" — Map (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)