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Great Plateau Tower

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Great Plateau Tower
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The Great Plateau Tower from Breath of the Wild
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Other Appearance(s)
Related places

The Great Plateau Tower is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][name reference missing]

Features and Overview

Breath of the Wild

The Great Plateau Tower rising from the ground

The Great Plateau Tower is the first Sheikah Tower that Link activates in Breath of the Wild. Though the Tower was buried beneath the earth, a portion of it became exposed when Calamity Ganon's resurrection shook the earth.[2] After awakening from the Slumber of Restoration in the Shrine of Resurrection, Zelda instructs him to follow the marker displayed on the Sheikah Slate's Map.[3] This marker leads Link to a Guidance Stone in the buried remains of the Great Plateau Tower. By activating the Guidance Stone, Link causes the Tower to rise from the ground,[4] activating 120 Ancient Shrines across Hyrule and causing the remaining Sheikah Towers to rise as well.[5] After it has risen, a Travel Gate will be activated atop the Tower and the Guidance Stone atop the Great Plateau Tower will begin distilling regional data of the Great Plateau onto Link's Sheikah Slate, granting him a Map of the Plateau.[6][7] In response to this, Calamity Ganon will assume an ethereal form and begin rampaging around Hyrule Castle before being subdued by Zelda's sealing power. From atop the Tower, Link can hear Zelda pleading him to remember his mission to destroy Ganon before her power wanes.[8][9]

Minor Enemies

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Great Plateau Tower appears as a Stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The top of the Tower can be destroyed by attacks or Fighters bouncing against it, though it will regenerate after a period of time. While the roof of the Great Plateau Tower is destroyed, a platform will appear in its place. The Old Man from Breath of the Wild can be seen Paragliding in the background of the Stage, and will occasionally glide down onto the Tower.


  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the platform that replaces the roof of the Great Plateau Tower bears text in the Sheikah Language which says "SMASHBROS", and on the side of the roof, text states "S HEIKAHTOWE R."Triforce piece.png


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 始まりの塔 (Hajimari no Tō) (BotW) Tower of the Beginning


See Also


  1. ↑ "Great Plateau Tower" — Map (Breath of the Wild)
  2. ↑ Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion (Dark Horse Books), pg. 404
  3. ↑ "... Link... Link. Head for the point marked on the map in your Sheikah Slate." — ??? (Breath of the Wild)
  4. ↑ "Sheikah Tower activated. Please watch for falling rocks." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  5. ↑ "Do you see that structure there? The one shining with a strange light? It began glowing at the exact moment those towers rose up from the ground." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  6. ↑ "Distilling local information..." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  7. ↑ "Regional map extracted." — Guidance Stone (Breath of the Wild)
  8. ↑ "Remember... Try... Try to remember... You have been asleep for the past 100 years." — ??? (Breath of the Wild)
  9. ↑ "The beast... When the beast regains its true power, this world will face its end. Now then... You must hurry, Link. Before it's too late..." — ??? (Breath of the Wild)