Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.(BotW)[1] The Royal Palace goes unnamed in Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom.

Features and Overview

Breath of the Wild

The Royal Palace is a feature of Gerudo Town, located along the southwest edge of the Town. A large rock spire rests on top of the Palace, which serves as the source Gerudo Town's Water. Riju, the chief of the Gerudo, inhabits the Palace,[2] and her Bedroom takes up its entire second floor. Initially, Link is unable to access this part of the Palace.[3][4] The left exit leads to a courtyard, where Patricia can be found, and the right exit leads to the Barracks and Relationship Classroom.

Alongside Riju, several Gerudo guards patrol the Royal Palace. Ploka and Reeza guard the front entrance,[2] while Bertri and Katta protect the stairs to Riju's Bedroom. Buliara acts as Riju's personal guard and protects her while she sits on her Throne.

Before Link's arrival in Gerudo Town, the Yiga Clan infiltrated the Royal Palace and stole the Thunder Helm, an heirloom of the Gerudo.[5] This has caused the soldiers of Gerudo Town to go on high alert.[6][7][8] Babi has also inflicted rigorous training on her soldiers as punishment for allowing the thieves to get by them.[9]

When Link approaches the Royal Palace, he can ask Ploka if he is able to go inside. While she wants to turn him away, Riju has allowed visitors to the Palace.[10] Though he is allowed inside, Ploka threatens him should he anything rude to the chief.[11] Her fellow guard, Reeza, thinks Riju allowing visitors in these tough times portrays her as a kind chief who puts her people first.[12] However, she also warns Link against disturbing Riju.[13]

The first time Link enters the Royal Palace, he will be greeted by Riju, who wonders how he managed to enter.[14] However, she takes note of his Sheikah Slate, calling it something interesting.[15] Link appraoches, but once he reaches the steps to Riju's Throne, Buliara demands he stop and declare his business.[16]

When Link returns to the Royal Palace after recovering the Thunder Helm, Buliara will direct him to Riju's room on the second floor, which he has been granted special permission to enter.[17] She threatens Link to be on his best manners, or else he will meet a bad end.[18] Both Bertri and Katta will be shocked by this.[19][20]

At the top of the stairs, Riju tells Link she has been waiting for him and can sense the power of the Thunder Helm from him.[21] When it was stolen, Riju felt as though a shadow had fallen over her,[22] but now she sees Link's arrival in such a dark time as the work of Urbosa.[23] Riju then puts the Thunder Helm on and asks how she looks,[24] which triggers the "Urbosa's Hand" Recovered Memory. Though Riju notices Link's staring, she dismisses it and asks if she looks right.[25] She tells Link to meet her at the Lookout Post before leaving.[26]

On top of the Royal Palace, Link can find Leaves with Fairy Dust. When he inspects them, a Korok will appear and give him a Korok Seed.[27] After, it will say goodbye to him.[28]


Tears of the Kingdom

Related Quests


Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

The Royal Palace appears as part of the Gerudo Town Stage. The Royal Palace's Throne Room is located on its first floor.


  • The elderly Gerudo, Rima, previously worked as a guard inside the Royal Palace as captain.[29]
  • The lamp pedestals found throughout the Royal Palace have Gerudo inscriptions. The inscriptions on their front translate to "Gerudo,"[30] while the side inscriptions translate to "Vigilant."[31]


Names in Other Regions
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See Also


  1. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 320
  2. 2.0 2.1 "This is the home of the chief of the Gerudo. It is my duty to make sure that no one suspicious enters." — Ploka (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Halt!
    This isn't a place someone like you can walk in and out of whenever you like! If you don't want me to skewer you right here, you'd better leave at once!
    " — Bertri (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Halt! Unless you have permission, you'll stay right there! I don't care who you are!" — Katta (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "The chief's heirloom was stolen by thieves belonging to the Yiga Clan the other day, so everyone is on edge..." — Teake (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "We're on high alert after the recent theft, so you should clear out." — Teake (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "We're on high alert right now. If you want to do some sightseeing, go check out the market instead!" — Liana (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Can't you tell we're on high alert right now?! And no, you can't help! Outsiders must stay out of it!" — Babi (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "*pant pant*
    Babi's training is really tough, but... It's our fault the thieves were successful. We have no room to complain.
    " — Marta (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "[Can I go in?] We're busy! It's an emergency!! Authorized personnel only!!! ...That's what I would say if I had my way, but he chief is a kind person. She's told me to allow visitors." — Ploka (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "If you want to go inside, be my guest. But if you say even one rude thing to the chief... You and my spear will have a very personal conversation!" — Ploka (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "The chief may be young, but she's a kind person who puts her people first. She told me to allow visitors through, even in these tough times..." — Reeza (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "Hey, listen! Even though I'm letting you inside, that doesn't mean you can go getting in the chief's way! Watch out!" — Reeza (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "Yet another traveler... How did you get in here?" — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "It seems you have something rather interesting there..." — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "You stand before Lady Riju, chief of the Gerudo! Declare your business, but come no closer!" — Buliara (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "If you are looking for Lady Riju, she's on the second floor. Normally people aren't allowed into her sleeping quarters, but she has given you permission it seems..." — Buliara (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Be on your best manners. If she deems you to be a disturbance to her, it will not end well for you!" — Buliara (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "You've got permission to enter the chief's bedroom?! Who ARE you?" — Bertri (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "You must be pretty special to have gotten permission from the chief." — Katta (Breath of the Wild)
  21. "I've been waiting for you... Oh, you needn't say a word. As the chief of the Gerudo, I can sense the power of the heirloom flowing from you. I know that you've succeeded!" — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  22. "When my family heirloom was stolen, I felt as though a shadow had fallen over me..." — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  23. "Yes, your arrival in the midst of all of this must be the work of Lady Urbosa..." — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  24. "Um. How do I look?" — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  25. "What's wrong? You're just staring... Anyway, what matters now is... is it?! Do I look all right?" — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  26. "I'll head out now. Let's meet up at the lookout post south of town." — Riju (Breath of the Wild)
  27. "Yahaha! You found me!" — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  28. "Buh-bye!" — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  29. "Especially since I've only ever served in the palace. I've never even set foot beyond the town's walls. I thought I could relax at last, now that Buliara has come of age. But then something like this happens..." — Rima (Breath of the Wild)
  30. "GERUDO" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  31. "VIGILANT" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)