Guidance Stone

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Guidance Stones are recurring Objects in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2] Guidance Stones go unnamed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Location and Uses

Breath of the Wild

Guidance Stones are pieces of Sheikah Ancient Technology that are capable of distilling information to a Sheikah Slate. They are outfitted with Sheikah Slate Pedestals, which keep the Sheikah Slate in place. Their power is derived from ancient energy.

According to Robbie's Memoirs, Robbie and Purah transported the Guidance Stone from Hyrule Castle to the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab.[3] Afterwards, Robbie returned to Kakariko Village to retrieve their second Guidance Stone and began his journey to Akkala.[4] Eventually, he settled in a lighthouse, which he turned into the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab.[5]

The first Guidance Stone that Link encounters will be the one belonging to the Great Plateau Tower. After the Sheikah Towers have been activated, Link will be able to approach Guidance Stones, which will cause it to distill local information.[6] A drop of ancient energy will drop onto the Sheikah Slate, granting Link a regional Map.[7]

The four Ancient Shrines on the Great Plateau all contain Guidance Stones. All of them will distill a Rune for the Sheikah Slate.[8][9] Link can obtain Magnesis at Oman Au Shrine, Remote Bombs at Ja Baij Shrine, Stasis at Owa Daim Shrine, and Cryonis at Keh Namut Shrine. In The Champions' Ballad DLC Pack, the Master Cycle Zero Rune can also be distilled after completing the Final Trial.

When Link first arrives at the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab during "Locked Mementos", Purah will ask Link to light the Lab's Furnace with the Blue Flame from the Ancient Furnace,[10] as doing this will reactivate their Guidance Stone.[11] Once he has restored the Blue Flame, the Guidance Stone will begin to work again,[12] and Purah will remove the lock on the Guidance Stone to fix his Slate.[13] When Link places the Sheikah Slate under the Guidance Stone, it will recognize the missing functions and initiate a repair.[14] This restores the Camera, Hyrule Compendium, and Album.[15][16]

After this, Link will receive the "Slated for Upgrades" Side Quest. With the appropriate Ancient Materials, he will be able to upgrade his Runes using the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab's Guidance Stone.[17] Link can upgrade the Sheikah Sensor,[18] the Remote Bombs,[19] and Stasis.[20] Additionally, once Link completes "Sunshroom Sensing", Symin will be able to unlock Hyrule Compendium entries for Link using the Guidance Stone.[21][22][23]

At the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab, Robbie has converted his Guidance Stone into the Ancient Oven, which he initially named Cherry.[24] The Ancient Oven is able to refine Ancient Materials into Ancient Soldier Gear.[25][26] This can only be done after restoring power to it after "Robbie's Research".

Each Divine Beast also contains one Guidance Stone, which the Champions will direct Link towards.[27][28][29][30] By interacting with them, Link can gain both a Map and minor control over the Divine Beast.[31][32] These Maps contain five Markers, representing the locations of five Terminals throughout the Divine Beast.[33][34][35][36]

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity


  • In Breath of the Wild, the theme that plays while information is being distilled is a rendition of the music that plays when Link opens a Treasure Chest in every 3D game of The Legend of Zelda series.
  • When transliterated into English, the Sheikah writings on the crystal's surface read "Master using it and you can have this."[37] This line is spoken by the White Sword-Giving Old Man protecting the White Sword in The Legend of Zelda.
    • In a pre-release demo for Breath of the Wild shown as part of E3 2016, the Sheikah writings read "Now loading", "Do not turn off", and "All your base are".[38][39][40] The latter is a reference to an early Internet meme.[41]


Names in Other Regions
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Sheikah-zuil[42]Sheikah Column
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  1. "This sweet little Guidance Stone will start working once you do that, allowing us to restore your missing runes!" — Purah (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "That there's a modified Guidance Stone, capable of amplifying ancient energy from the ground." — Purah (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  3. "But not before loading a cart with the Guidance Stone Dr. Purah had been using at Hyrule Castle." — Robbie's Memoirs (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "I returned to Kakariko Village to collect the remaining Guidance Stone, then I immediately set out for Akkala." — Robbie's Memoirs (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "In time, I reached the lighthouse in Akkala. What a perfect place to keep an eye on the monsters out there. I unloaded my Guidance Stone and settled into my new home." — Robbie's Memoirs (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Distilling local information..." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "Regional map extracted." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Sheikah Slate authenticated. Distilling rune..." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "Rune extracted." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "Let me explain what this errand details. You know the unlit furnace on the wall just outside this laboratory? Could you please bring the blue flame from the ancient furnace in town? Oh, and also use it to light our furnace?" — Purah (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "This sweet little Guidance Stone will start working once you do that, allowing us to restore your missing runes!" — Purah (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "Hey, you! Linky, thank you so much! Now then, take a look over there! The Guidance Stone must be starting to react! There's nothing mysterious about it—this is pure science!" — Purah (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "Hokay then, Sheikah Slate repair... underway! Guidance Stone lock removed! Now...let's do this thing!" — Purah (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "Sheikah Slate authenticated. Camera, Hyrule Compendium, and album missing files confirmed. Starting repair." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "A rune has been added." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "Repair complete." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "If you bring me some ancient materials, I'll power up you runes!" — Purah (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Sheikah Slate authenticated. Enhancing Sheikah Sensor." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "Sheikah Slate authenticated. Enhancing Remote Bomb rune." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "Sheikah Slate authenticated. Enhancing Stasis rune." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "As I was conducting my research, I found that there were still some pictures of the past left on the Guidance Stone! If you add those pictures to your Hyrule Compendium, you can search for their subjects with the Sheikah Sensor +." — Symin (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "Sheikah Slate authenticated.
    Adding picture to Hyrule Compendium.
    " — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Hyrule Compendium updated." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "It took some significant work, but I was able to successfully remodel the Guidance Stone. Thanks to my effort, it can refine any ancient material inserted into it and offer something in return. I named this machine Cherry, after the first girl I ever loved..." — Robbie's Memoirs (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "[Cherry?] Cherry... that is, the ancient oven... is a machine I made to create ancient soldier gear." — Robbie (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "My research didn't end with the creation of Cherry, not at all! I realized that if she was able to refine the ancient materials... There was no reason she couldn't also manufacture ancient soldier gear, too! Anyone could make ancient equipment!" — Robbie's Memoirs (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "You're gonna need a map that shows the guts of this place. You can grab the info from the Guidance Stone over there. Now get a move on!" — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "You'll need a map to prevent you from getting lost. The Guidance Stone there contains the information that you will need." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "That Guidance Stone has the information for the layout of this Divine Beast. Can you make it there?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "One thing at a time. You'll need a map to find your way around. Head over to that Guidance Stone over there. Sounds easy, right?" — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "Sheikah Slate authenticated. Distilling map of Divine Beast." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  32. "Divine Beast controls have been enabled." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  33. "Nice job getting the map of the Divine Beast! The terminals that control Rudania are noted by the glowing points on your map." — Daruk (Breath of the Wild)
  34. "Good! You've obtained the map of the Divine Beast. You will see several glowing points on your map which represent the terminals that control Ruta." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
  35. "You'll need to look closely at your map of the Divine Beast. The terminals that will activate Medoh are marked by those glowing points." — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
  36. "Good work getting the map of the Divine Beast! The terminals that control Naboris are noted by a series of glowing points on your map." — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)
    " — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  38. "NOWLOADING" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  39. "DONOTTURNOFF" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  40. "ALLYOURBASEARE" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  41. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Shrine of Trials Gameplay Part 3/4 - Nintendo E3 2016 , YouTube, published June 15, 2016, retrieved Nov. 5, 2021.
  42. "De blauwe vlam in de energiebron van de Sheikah-zuil." — Purah (Breath of the Wild)