Palace Courtyard

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The Palace Courtyard is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2] The Palace Courtyard goes unnamed in Breath of the Wild.


The Minish Cap

The Palace Courtyard is an area located within Hyrule Castle, on the first basement floor. The Minish Door appears within it once every one hundred years, serving as an entrance to the Elemental Sanctuary and a bridge between Hyrule and the Minish Realm.

Link is first able to access the Palace Courtyard after obtaining the newly-forged White Sword from Melari. After searching the Castle, he and Ezlo discover the opened Minish Door that only they can see (due to Link being a child and Ezlo being a Minish sage) within the Courtyard.

After Vaati transforms Hyrule Castle into Dark Hyrule Castle, Link and Ezlo emerge from the Elemental Sanctuary to find the Palace Courtyard bleak and withered, newly populated with the cursed stone forms of two Vassals and Minister Potho. The Palace Courtyard remains like this until Princess Zelda is able to use the Mage's Cap to undo Vaati's evil and restore Hyrule.

Breath of the Wild

The Palace Courtyard is located in the southwestern corner of Gerudo Town, and it is only accessible through the Royal Palace. A room off the side of the Courtyard contains a Sand-Seal Toy. It is the home of Patricia, Riju's pet Sand Seal, with Padda standing as her guard.[3]


Tears of the Kingdom

Related Quests

After the Sand Shroud over Gerudo Town ends, Patricia will return to the Palace Courtyard.


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  1. "You know, I do recall a story my grandmother once told me long ago. She said she saw a doorway appear in the palace courtyard as a child. If this door does indeed open only once a century, it may be open even now!" — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  2. "This is nearly impossible to solve on my own. Maybe I should ask Patricia for a prophecy. She should be in the palace courtyard, I think." — Rotana (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. "Anyway, I make sure to care for Patricia so that she'll be ready at a moment's notice from the chief." — Padda (Breath of the Wild)