Teach Me a Lesson I

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Teach Me a Lesson I

Quest Giver Symin
Location Hateno Village
Reward ×10 Hylian Rice
Next Quest
"Teach Me a Lesson II"

"Teach Me a Lesson I" is a Side Quest in Tears of the Kingdom.[1]


If Link visits the Hateno School during the day, he will find Symin preparing to teach his students a lesson about the Great Calamity.[2] At the start of the lesson, he explains that several Great Calamities have occurred throughout the history of Hyrule, and 10,000 years ago, it was sealed away by a princess and the Ancient Hero.[3] Aster interjects, claiming that this story is a fairy tale.[4] Azu agrees, staring that legend is often blurred with history over time.[5] Karin also wonders what the significance of events 10,000 years in the past could be.[6] Lastly, Sefaro asks for proof of a Great Calamity from 10,000 years ago.[7]

Symin attempts to convince the students that a Great Calamity happened 10,000 years ago, but he realizes that he will need to find proof in order to do so.[8] He claims that he should have had the foresight to borrow the Screen of the Ancient Hero from Impa's House, but it is too far for him to ask for it now.[9] He believes that by seeing the Screen, his students would be able to conceptualize the Great Calamity.[10] Following their conversation, "Teach Me a Lesson I" will begin.

The Screen of the Ancient Hero can be found in Paya's Room on the second floor of Impa's House. Using the Purah Pad's Camera, Link can take a Picture of the Screen. Upon showing the Picture to Symin, he tells his class to look at it for themselves.[11] Aster is impressed by how real it looks,[12] while Azu is shocked that the legend was true.[13] Seeing the Screen makes Karin feel as though it happened yesterday.[14] Sefaro considers the Screen to be enough proof that the Great Calamity actually happened, and he urges Symin to tell them more.[15]

Before moving on with the lesson, Symin thanks Link and asks if he is willing to sit in on his lecture.[16] If Link agrees to listen, Symin explains that Calamity Ganon was sealed away due to the efforts of the Divine Beasts and the ancient princess, the Ancient Hero was capable of defeating the Calamity and bringing peace to Hyrule.[17]

When Symin implies that Calamity Ganon yet again returned,[18] Karin demands to know more.[19] Symin reveals that 100 years ago, a Fortune Teller predicted that Calamity Ganon would return, and when the Divine Beasts were excavated, four Champions were selected as their pilots.[20] Despite having both Princess Zelda and the hero Link, Hyrule was still threatened by Calamity Ganon,[21] Sefaro asks if something happened.[22] Symin reveals that Zelda was unable to awaken her sealing powers until after the Divine Beasts were overtaken and Link was injured, at which point she sacrificed herself to seal Calamity Ganon away for 100 years.[23]

Checking that his students are following along, Symin reveals that Link awoke from his Slumber of Restoration after 100 years, and from there, he reclaimed the Divine Beasts and helped Zelda seal Calamity Ganon.[24] After finishing his story, Symin apologizes for becoming emotional, though he asserts that it truly happened.[25] Standing from her chair, Aster realizes that they owe their lives to those who have fought against Calamity Ganon.[26] Azu proclaims that he wants to be like the Ancient Hero.[27]

With his lesson completed, Symin is relieved to have successfully taught his students.[28] He once again thanks Link for bringing him the Picture, giving him 10 stalks of Hylian Rice as a reward.[29] Symin claims that the development of new vegetables in Hateno Village have lead to Hylian Rice being farmed less, which he is disappointed by.[30] He quietly adds that his next lesson is on home economics and involves Hylian Rice dishes.[31] Afterwards, "Teach Me a Lesson I" will be completed.


Stage Description
1 Symin's students didn't put much stock in the story of the Calamity. He thinks that if he could show them an elaborate picture of the screen depicting the Calamity, they would believe his history lesson.

The screen in question is kept at Paya's Hall in Kakariko Village.
Complete Symin is pleased that the children believed his lesson after seeing the screen depicting the Calamity. He was able to finish his history lecture without further interruption.


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  1. "Teach Me a Lesson I
    Hateno Village
    " — Adventure Log (Tears of the Kingdom)
  2. "A lesson on the Calamity..." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. "Today's class will be a history lesson. The story of Hyrule is deeply intertwined with the Calamity. And that is no exaggeration or embellishment. The Calamity has been visited upon the land of Hyrule several times before. It was sealed away 10,000 years ago by the sacred princess and a hero wielding the sword that seals the darkness." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  4. "Isn't that just fairy tale?" — Aster (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. "Over time, history and legend sometimes blur together." — Azu (Tears of the Kingdom)
  6. "All this stuff about 10,000 years ago and such...who cares?" — Karin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  7. "You got any pictures or proof to back up this so-called 10,000-year-old Calamity?" — Sefaro (Tears of the Kingdom)
  8. "It's no fairy tale, I assure you. These are real historical events! This is a problem... I'll need to show them some kind of depiction of the Calamity from 10,000 years ago. Otherwise this lesson is over before it began." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  9. "I'm sorry, Link. This isn't how I thought the lesson would go. If I had more foresight, I'd have borrowed the screen depicting the Calamity from Lady Impa's Hall. Kakariko Village, where the hall is located, is also in Necluda, but it's too far to the northwest for a casual visit." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  10. "If only I could show these children a detailed image of the screen depicting the Calamity, I think they'd understand. " — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  11. "[I have a picture to show.] What's this?! A screen depicting the Calamity! C-class, please take note here! This is a rare opportunity to see a primary source regarding the Calamity!" — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  12. "Wow...this looks like the real thing." — Aster (Tears of the Kingdom)
  13. "So the legend was true? That's amazing!" — Azu (Tears of the Kingdom)
  14. "You know...seeing this makes it feel like it might've happened yesterday." — Karin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  15. "Well, if you got documented proof, that's good enough for me! Go on, Mr. Symin! Tell us the rest of the story about the Calamity!" — Sefaro (Tears of the Kingdom)
  16. "Ah— Of course! Thank you so much, Link. My lecture about the Calamity might run long, but I hope you'll stay for it anyway." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  17. "[Tell me.] The Calamity has visited this land of Hyrule several times over. However, 10,000 years ago, there were Divine Beasts, built by the Sheikah using their advanced technology. Each of them was controlled by a skilled pilot as well. With the sword that seals the darkness and the power of the sacred princess, the Ancient Hero stopped the Calamity. For a long while after that, the lands of Hyrule knew peace." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  18. "But the time when the people forgot about the Calamity was the moment it returned to menace them once more..." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  19. "Tell us more! When did all this happen?" — Karin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  20. "This all happened about 100 years ago. It began with an oracle prophesying the Calamity's return. The royal family took their cues from the legends of the past. They found and excavated the Divine Beasts. Skilled members of the Rito, Goron, Zora, and Gerudo peoples were selected to pilot them. They were called the Champions." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  21. "With the wielder of the sword that seals the darkness and the sacred princess, all the pieces from the legend were in place. But...this time, the Calamity would not be bested so easily..." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  22. "D-did something happen?" — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  23. "Sadly, the sacred princess was unable to awaken the holy power within her. The Divine Beasts were taken over by the Calamity. Those selected to pilot them lost their lives in the process. Worse still, the hero wielding the sword that seals the darkness was badly hurt. Just when all seemed lost... The sacred princess came into her power and devoted her whole being to keeping the Calamity at bay for 100 years." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  24. "Is everyone following along so far? After spending 100 years dormant, the hero wielding the sword that seals the darkness awakened, his wounds healed. He won back the Divine Beasts with the help of several allies, including some of the Champions' descendants. And in the end, the hero defeated the Calamity, and the sacred princess stopped the evil one." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  25. "Sorry, I got a little emotional there at the end. It's a true story though." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  26. "All that we have...our land, our lives, our civilization... We owe it to all those who fought for it through the centuries." — Aster (Tears of the Kingdom)
  27. "Wow. I wanna be like the ancient hero and give the next generation good lives too!" — Azu (Tears of the Kingdom)
  28. "Ahhh. That went splendidly. Words cannot convey my satisfaction." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  29. "And I couldn't have done it without you showing us the screen, Link. Once again, thank you so much for your assistance. Oh, that's right... You should have something for all your help. Would this do?" — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  30. "With the new vegetables being developed, they're harvesting less rice these days. That's a shame, as it's a favorite of mine. You should taste it for yourself, Link!" — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)
  31. "Speaking of rice, our next subject is home economics. I planned to use the occasion to talk up dishes that use Hylian rice..." — Symin (Tears of the Kingdom)