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Recovered Memory
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Game(s) Breath of the Wild

Recovered Memories are the events Link recalls in Breath of the Wild.


After undergoing a century-long rejuvenation process in the Shrine of Resurrection, Link's Memory is fragmented. Throughout the events of Breath of the Wild, Link slowly regains his Memory as certain locations or objects spark his recollection. There are a total of 18 Memories and they can be Recovered in any order. Link can view the Memories again in the Sheikah Slate's Adventure Log after recovering them. The majority of Link's Memories are Recovered by visiting the locations shown in the 12 photos found on the Sheikah Slate's album. These photos were captured by Princess Zelda 100 years ago. In addition, Link recalls a Memory during each of the four Divine Beast Main Quests and recalls a Memory after obtaining the Master Sword. After visiting the 12 locations from the photos in the Sheikah Slate album and regaining the Memories associated, Impa will show Link a picture that depicts the location of his final Memory of his past with Princess Zelda.[1] Recovering this final Memory completes the "Captured Memories" Main Quest. Zelda then tells Link through telepathy that he has Recovered all of his Memories of him and Zelda and that it is time to defeat Calamity Ganon.[2] Recovering all 18 Memories will also unlock a post-credits scene after defeating Calamity Ganon.[verification needed]


Number Memory Title Location Description
#1 BotW Memory 1.png
Subdued Ceremony
Sacred Ground Ruins Link is chosen to be the appointed knight to Zelda, princess of the royal family of Hyrule. Zelda does her best to facilitate the fabled "ceremony of legend," as suggested by Daruk, but her own insecurities are laid bare...
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Revali's Flap
Rito Village Revali, Champion of the Rito, openly expresses his opposition to supporting Link. He confronts Link in Rito Village, but to what end?
#3 BotW Memory 3.png
Resolve and Grief
Southwest from the Kolomo Garrison Ruins Zelda and Link head to Goron City to make adjustments to the Divine Beast there. Zelda expresses her commitment to researching the ancient technology and still struggles with her own quiet anguish.
#4 BotW Memory 4.png
Daruk's Mettle
Goron City Goron Champion Daruk is training with his Divine Beast on Death Mountain, but when he feels the ground rumble, he protects himself and Link from a landslide of boulders - and wonders whether the strange event was natural.
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Zelda's Resentment
Ancient Columns Zelda continues her research on the shrines, but her repressed frustrations builds as she is denied entry. When Link appears, Zelda loses control and is overcome by her anger.
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Urbosa's Hand
Gerudo Town Link is called to the Gerudo Desert by Urbosa. There, he sees Zelda, exhausted and asleep. Urbosa opens up about her concern for Zelda and reminds Link that is is a warrior's honor to protect a member of the royal family.
#7 BotW Memory 7.png
Blades of the Yiga
Kara Kara Bazaar Zelda is attacked by members of the Yiga Clan. She attempts to escape, but to no avail. At the last moment, Link appears and saves her.
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A Premonition
Northeast path from Woodland Stable Zelda explains to Link that in order to properly fulfill his role, he needs to exercise caution. She then expresses her unease about the growing numbers and types of monsters that have been seen recently in Hyrule.
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Silent Princess
Northeast from the Royal Ancient Lab Ruins Zelda shows Link some of the rare types of wildlife in Hyrule. She explains her admiration for a flower called the silent princess. She also catches something unexpected and inspiring!
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Mipha's Touch
Zora's Domain Mipha quietly expresses her concern for Link while tending to his wounds atop the Divine Beast. She reassures Link that he can count on her in the upcoming trials ahead.
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Shelter from the Storm
West from the Deya Village Ruins While Zelda and Link seek refuge from the rain beneath a tree, she opens up to Link about her own doubts and the choices she has made.
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Father and Daughter
Between Zelda's study and bedroom in Hyrule Castle Zelda gleefully watches the experiments with the Guardians at Hyrule Castle, but her demeanor changes quickly with the entrance of her father, King Rhoam...
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Slumbering Power
Spring of Power Zelda engages in a sacred ritual at the Spring of Power in hopes of awakening her sealing power, but she is overcome with the frustration and seeming futility of her dedication.
#14 BotW Memory 14.png
To Mount Lanayru
Sanidin Park Ruins Upon returning from a field survey, Zelda shows Link Mount Lanayru towering in the distance... Zelda commits to going to the mountain to initiate the sacred rites that may awaken her hidden power there.
#15 BotW Memory 15.png
Return of Calamity Ganon
Lanayru Road - East Gate Zelda's efforts at the Spring of Wisdom bear no fruit. Upon completing her descent down the mountain, she and the Champions witness the awakening of Ganon.
#16 BotW Memory 16.png
Northeast from the Bottomless Swamp Four of the Champions, King Rhoam, and everyone inside the castle lose their lives when Ganon takes control of the Divine Beast and the Guardians. Link suffers an unfortunate fate fighting Calamity Ganon alongside Zelda.
#17 BotW Memory 17.png
Zelda's Awakening
Ash Swamp Link continues to fight, protecting Zelda from a pack of pursuing Guardians, but collapses in exhaustion, terribly wounded. As the Guardians close in, Zelda stands against them and finally unleashes her sealing power.
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The Master Sword
Korok Forest Zelda entrusts the Master Sword to the Deku Tree. When she attempts to relay a message to Link, the Deku Tree suggests that she simply tell him herself upon his return.


  1. "No... All twelve pictures already? You've visited every place?! Hmm... Then I suppose it's time. I will reveal the location of the final memory. Here is what happened... Lady Zelda gave me specific instructions. She asked me to wait to show you this. This is the final picture. Does it look familiar? From this village, you should be able to get there in a half day's time. Now go, child. Seek out what Lady Zelda has shown you." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "... Link... Link. You have recovered all of your memories of us from 100 years ago... I am here...inside Hyrule Castle. It is now time for you to defeat Ganon." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)