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Beacons in Breath of the Wild
Use(s) Facilitating navigation
Comparable Object(s) Column of Light

Beacons are columns of light in Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild.

Location and Uses

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, when Link places a Beacon on his Map, either on The Surface or The Sky, a blue column of light will appear, acting as a waypoint to reach the desired location. Beacons can only be placed on Overworld Maps by pressing the C Button.[1]

The power to place Beacons is only activated after Link first talks to the aged Impa in the Sealed Temple, at which point only one Beacon can be placed at a time. Once Link reaches the northern portion of the Lanayru Desert where the entrance to the Lanayru Mining Facility is located, Fi will enable the ability to place up to five Beacons on the map.[2]

The Sacred Tears also emit Beacons when Link collects a Light Fruit or when he is being chased by a Guardian in the Silent Realms.[3]

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Beacons can be placed while on the Map or by using the Scope. Up to five of them can be placed at a time, appearing in red, blue, yellow, green, and purple. When a Beacon is placed, it will be shown on the minimap at all times. They can also be seen as columns of light while using the Scope. Beacons can be replaced with any stamp while on the Map.


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Language Name Meaning
Canada FrenchCA Balise Beacon
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Baliza Beacon



  1. "When a beacon is marked on your map, a column of light will stand at that location. It will act as your waypoint from afar." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
  2. "Simulations suggest that placing beacons to mark a safe route along these paths before proceeding would significantly reduce risk. I recommend placing multiple beacons." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "You got a Light Fruit! This mysterious fruit enables you to see beacons over the positions of Sacred Tears for 30 seconds!" — N/A (Skyward Sword)