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Other appearance(s)
Creating pillars of Ice on Water

Cryonis is a Rune in Breath of the Wild.[1]

Location and Uses

The Cryonis Rune is obtained in the Keh Namut Shrine on the Great Plateau. It allows Link to spontaneously create pillars of Ice from the surface of any body of Water, including Waterfalls. Link can create up to three pillars at once; raising a fourth one breaks the first. In addition to creating pillars, Cryonis can also be used to break these pillars as well. After using the Cryonis Rune to create a pillar, a timer gauge will appear which must fully restore before Link can use it again.

The ice pillars created have various uses, such as creating stepping stones, getting leverage and making obstacles. They are also used to manipulate certain surroundings, such as opening a gate by raising a pillar beneath it. Cryonis pillars will break if the Water they rest upon evaporates, or if a hidden Korok travels underneath them. Cryonis pillars can be placed on Bottomless Bogs, but not on Hot Spring Water. Cryonis pillars can be destroyed with the Remote Bomb Rune, though they are impervious to Bomb Arrows. When struck with Ancient Arrows, Cryonis pillars disintegrate, leaving the Ancient Arrow behind. Cryonis pillars are impervious to all other Runes, Weapons and Arrows.

Divine Beast Vah Ruta and Waterblight Ganon are capable of summoning Cryonis pillars as well as spiked balls of Ice. However, like all other Cryonis formations, these can be destroyed with the Cryonis Rune.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Cryonis is similar to the version of Breath of the Wild, making a pillar of ice. However, Cryonis has a reload time, and only one pillar of ice can be created. However, Cryonis can be used on both land and water, and does damage if used on enemies in water. This is mostly used to stop enemies from running, and to make their Weak Point Gauge appear.


The word "Cryonis" comes from the Greek cryo or cryos (κρύο) which means "icy cold."[2]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseアイスメーカー (Aisu Mēkā)Ice Maker
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  1. "Cryonis
    Create a pillar of ice from a water surface.

    Builds ice pillars that are very stable. These pillars can be used as stepping stones or as obstacles. Use Cryonis on an ice pillar to break it.
    " — Runes (Breath of the Wild)
  2. Definition of Cryo at Oxford Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary.