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An Ancient Text

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An Ancient Text
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Use(s) Solving "The Cursed Statue"

An Ancient Text is a book in Breath of the Wild.

Location and Uses

An Ancient Text is found on a table inside Calip's cabin behind Fort Hateno's wall. It provides a riddle about the nearby graveyard, instructing people to pierce a statue's eye at night. This is the key to the Shrine Quest "The Cursed Statue", which is given by Calip. Calip himself studies it every night,[1] though he is unable to discern its meaning. If Link indulges in Calip's desire to be called "Doctor," Calip will directly quote the book for Link,[2] claiming that it's harmless to share the riddle that he has not yet been able to solve.[3]

Quote1.pngTile Empty.png "When a dark light resides in the cursed statue's eyes, pierce its gaze to purge the seal from the shrine."
— An Ancient Text

See Also


  1. "And since you asked, I'll inform you that I'm engaged in analyzing ancient texts. I haven't time for idle chitchat. [Ancient texts?] Soon, my long years of research will be revealed...and all the world will hail it as the discovery of the century!" — Calip (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Doctor...
    Did I...just hear you call me doctor? As in, not merely Calip, but DOCTOR Calip? It rolled off your tongue so naturally. It was downright salivary! Hrm... This changes things... Very well then! I'm feeling charitable, so I'll let a few things spill. This is just between us, understand. "When a dark light resides in the cursed statue's eyes, pierce its gaze to purge the seal from the shrine."
    " — Calip (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "I'm still in the process of deciphering that one, so I don't suppose there's any harm in sharing it with you." — Calip (Breath of the Wild)