Icon of the Cryonis Rune
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 Waterfall. 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 pillarscan 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.
The word "Cryonis" comes from the Greek cryo or cryos (κρύο) which means "icy cold."
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