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Pedestal of Time
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The Master Sword in its pedestal in Breath of the Wild
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Use(s) Housing the Master Sword
Time traveling

The Pedestal of Time,(OoT)[1] also known as the Sacred Pedestal,(HW)[2] is the resting place of the Master Sword as depicted throughout many games of the The Legend of Zelda series. It is usually portrayed as a small, gray pedestal with a Triforce symbol in the front, and in its Twilight Princess appearance, it has Hylian writing as well. The location of the Pedestal of Time varies from game to game, although it is normally found in a forest or inside the Temple of Time. The pedestal's purpose in the game's story ranges from being the key that locks and unlocks the entrance to the Sacred Realm to keeping the seal on Ganondorf and his magic intact.[1][3]

While the name "Pedestal of Time" was introduced in Ocarina of Time, it is implied that the actual pedestal was already first introduced in A Link to the Past. It has also been suggested to make an appearance in a few other games with differing amounts of evidence supporting each case.

Location and Uses

A Link to the Past

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Link removing the Master Sword from its pedestal using the Pendants of Virtue

In its first appearance, the Pedestal of Time in A Link to the Past is the resting place of the Master Sword, until it is sought by a hero.[4] It is located deep in the Lost Woods, and contains an inscription about the Great Cataclysm and the requirements for pulling out the Master Sword.[5][6] The prophecy of the Great Cataclysm refers to Agahnim's actions. He plots to release the seal that trapped Ganon in the Dark World at the conclusion of the Imprisoning War. According to the inscription, the Master Sword cannot be retrieved from the pedestal unless three pendants known as the Pendants of Virtue are obtained by someone worthy of the sword's power.[7]

During the first half of the game, Link has to collect the three Pendants of Virtue in order to retrieve the Master Sword, which is necessary to defeat Agahnim and prevent him from completely opening the way to the Dark World. After obtaining the pendants, Sahasrahla advises Link to go to the Lost Woods, telling him that if he really is the true hero, then the sword itself will select him as its master and allow itself to be drawn from its Pedestal.[7] The young hero travels to the deepest part of the Lost Woods and, using the Book of Mudora, he translates the inscription within the pedestal before presenting the Pendants of Virtue. By doing so, Link is able to acquire the Master Sword and continue on his quest to rescue the Seven Maidens from Agahnim's imprisonment. Once all the Maidens are rescued, the young hero defeats Agahnim as well as Ganon, the King of Thieves, which restores the Sacred Realm to its former glory and grants peace to Hyrule. Link is then seen at the end of the game returning the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time, allowing it to return to its eternal rest.[8]

Ocarina of Time

The Pedestal of Time in Ocarina of Time

In its first chronological appearance of the series in Ocarina of Time, the Pedestal of Time is shown to be the resting place of the Master Sword and is located within the Temple of Time behind the sealed Door of Time.

After Princess Zelda reveals to Link how to gain entrance to the Sacred Realm from Hyrule,[9] the young hero goes on to collect three Spiritual Stones as well as the Ocarina of Time in order to enter the Sacred Realm and obtain the Triforce before Ganondorf.[10] Link travels to the Temple of Time and uses the Spiritual Stones as well as the "Song of Time" to open the Door of Time, revealing the Master Sword resting in the Pedestal of Time. By drawing the Master Sword from its pedestal, Link unwittingly throws open the gate to the Sacred Realm, granting Ganondorf access to the Triforce; moreover, since Link was too young to bear the title of the "Hero of Time", his body was sealed away for seven years inside the Chamber of the Sages so that he would grow enough to properly assume the role of the prophesied hero.[1][11][12] Once Link wakes from his seven-year slumber, the young hero learns that, by placing the Master Sword back into the Pedestal of Time, he could return to his childhood years. In order to travel back to the future, Link needed only to draw the sword from the pedestal once again.[13][14] Link uses this ability to travel through time in order to awaken all of the Sages and defeat Ganondorf once and for all.

After Link and the Seven Sages seal Ganondorf within the Evil Realm, Link returns the Master Sword back to the Pedestal of Time, thus closing the road between times as well as the Door of Time.[15]

The Wind Waker

The Master Sword in its pedestal in The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, the Master Sword is found in a basement chamber sealed by a giant statue of the Hero of Time inside Hyrule Castle. It is seen once again resting in a pedestal resembling the Pedestal of Time. When Link discovers the blade, Hyrule Castle is frozen in time, along with all of its occupants. As he pulls the blade from the pedestal, the huge knight statues above the pedestal lower their swords, and time's flow resumes in the castle. At the same time, it was serving as a key that was keeping the seal on Ganondorf's magic intact, allowing the King of the Gerudo and his whole army to regain their powers when it was drawn.[3]

At the end of the game, after Link thrusts the Master Sword into Ganondorf's forehead during their battle atop Ganon's Tower, Link and Princess Zelda are sent away back to the surface as Hyrule is flooding, which is due to King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule's wish. It is assumed that both the Master Sword and the Pedestal of Time are buried by the Great Sea away along with Hyrule.

As in A Link to the Past, it is unclear whether this pedestal is meant to be the same Pedestal of Time seen in Ocarina of Time, but due to their striking resemblance, it is a distinct possibility.

Twilight Princess

The Master Sword's Pedestal inside the Temple of Time in Twilight Princess

The Pedestal of Time is officially present in Twilight Princess, located deep within the Lost Woods in an area known as the Sacred Grove. Since Twilight Princess takes place hundreds of years after the events of Ocarina of Time, the Pedestal is one of the few parts of the Temple of Time that does not lie in ruins at the time period in which this story unfolds.

After being transformed into his wolf shape by the power of the Shadow Crystal, Link is told to seek out the Master Sword hidden in the Sacred Grove in order to break the curse.[16] Once there, he is tested by a pair of statues who guard the entrance to where the Master Sword lies. Link must guide the statues to where they once stood and, once he beats their challenge, they allow entry to the "true" Sacred Grove.[17] It is here Link finds the Pedestal of Time as well as the Master Sword. When the young hero approaches the sword, the curse cast on him by Zant is broken, returning him to his Hylian form and allowing him to retrieve the sword from its pedestal.[18]

Later in the storyline, when Link returns to the Sacred Grove in search for one of the missing fragments of the Mirror of Twilight, he momentarily returns the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time in order to remove a statue blocking the way forward. This door, which is theorized to be the ancient Door of Time, is a temporal portal that allows Link to enter the Temple of Time as it had once been in ages past. Inside the past Temple of Time, Link once again temporarily returns the Master Sword to its pedestal in order to reveal a secret staircase which allows access to a corridor leading deep into the bowels of the temple.

After Link defeats both Zant and Ganondorf, he returns the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time. The Pedestal is last seen during the ending credits.

Upon closer observation, there are two identical Hylian inscriptions on the Pedestal of Time, both reading "Master Sword" when translated.

Skyward Sword

The Master Sword in its Pedestal in Skyward Sword

While never referred to as the Pedestal of Time in-game, Skyward Sword's incarnation of Link nonetheless placed the Master Sword in the Temple that would eventually become the Temple of Time. This implies that the pedestal was the Pedestal of Time.

A Link Between Worlds

As with its appearance in A Link to the Past, the Pedestal of Time appears in the Lost Woods of Hyrule. Link eventually finds the pedestal with the Master Sword deep within. Once Link acquires all three pendants, he can wield the Master Sword. The Pedestal of Time appears again during the end credits when Link returns the sword back to the pedestal.

Breath of the Wild

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors


  • Four pedestals similar to the Pedestal of Time appear in the Palace of the Four Sword, the dungeon exclusive to the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past.
  • During development of Breath of the Wild, the Master Sword's pedestal from Skyward Sword was used instead of the Rocks where Koroks hide.[19]


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 時の台座 (Toki no Daiza) Same as English.
Canada FrenchCA Piédestal du temps (OoT3D)
Italian Republic Italian Piedistallo del tempo
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Pedestal del Tiempo (OoT3D)



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Master Sword--the evil-destroying sword that you pulled out of the Pedestal of Time--was the final key to the Sacred Realm." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "Pull the Master Sword from the Sacred Pedestal!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Foolish child. While that sword is indeed the blade of evil's bane, at the same time, it has long played another role... You see, it is also a sort of key... a most wretched little key that has kept the seal on me and my magic intact! By withdrawing the blade, you have broken that seal..." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
  4. "Take the three Pendants into the Lost Woods. The Master Sword awaits you there." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)
  5. "The Hero's Triumph on Cataclysm's Eve, wins three Symbols of Virtue. The Master Sword he will then retrieve, keeping the Knights' line true." — Pedestal of the Master Sword (A Link to the Past)
  6. "『オオイナル ワザワイ』のふりかかる時、3つの紋章をかかげし『勇者』来たりて、その手で、この剣を引きぬくであろう。その者ナイトの一族の血をひく者なり。" — Pedestal of the Master Sword (A Link to the Past — Japanese version)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Incredible! At last you have the three Pendants... Now, you should go to the Lost Woods. If you are the true Hero, the sword itself will select you." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past)
  8. "AND THE MASTER SWORD SLEEPS AGAIN... FOREVER!" — End credits (A Link to the Past)
  9. "That's right... The Temple of Time is the entrance through which you can enter the Sacred Realm from our world. But the entrance is sealed with a stone wall called the Door of Time. And, in order to open the door, it is said that you need to collect three Spiritual Stones. And another thing you the treasure that the Royal Family keeps along with this legend... The Ocarina of Time!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "We must not let Ganondorf get the Triforce! I will protect the Ocarina of Time with all my power! He shall not have it! You go find the other two Spiritual Stones! Let's get the Triforce before Ganondorf does, and then defeat him!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "Geh heh heh! Excellent work! As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm... Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
  12. "Only one worthy of the title of "Hero of Time" can pull it from the Pedestal of Time.... However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time... Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years. And now that you are old enough, the time has come for you to awaken as the Hero of Time!" — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
  13. "If you want to return to your original time, return the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time. By doing this, you will travel back in time seven years..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
  14. Ocarina of Time Manual; Page 33-34 - Zelda Legends
  15. "You must lay the Master Sword to rest and close the Door of Time... However, by doing this, the road between times will be closed..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
  16. "Head for the sacred grove that lies deep within the lands guarded by the spirit Faron. There you will find the blade of evil's bane that was crafted by the wisdom of the ancient sages...the Master Sword." — Princess Zelda (Twilight Princess)
  17. "We are guardians of this land... Guide us to where we once stood. Only then can you enter the true Sacred Grove..." — Guardian statues of the Sacred Grove (Twilight Princess)
  18. "The sword accepted you as its master... This thing is the embodiment of the evil magic that Zant cast on you. It's definitely different from our tribe's shadow magic..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  19. "Can you guess the original concept behind this stone object? [...] That stone object was actually the pedestal where the Master Sword was located in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii."Countdown to DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials,, retrieved June 25, 2017.