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Sheikah Tower
BotW Great Plateau Tower.png
Overhead view of a Sheikah Tower
Main Appearance(s)
Related places

Sheikah Towers are recurring objects and locations in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] Sheikah Towers go unnamed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Features and Overview

Breath of the Wild

Sheikah Towers are tall, ancient structures that are found scattered across Hyrule. They were built to detect signs of Calamity Ganon's revival, and emerge from the ground when fed Ancient Energy.[2] When activated, the these Towers glow with a bright blue and their pronged tips will split open like a satellite. After being awakened from his deep sleep at the Shrine of Resurrection, Link is soon guided by a disembodied voice to a Sheikah Slate Terminal at a monument in the northeast of the Great Plateau. Upon placing the Sheikah Slate into the Sheikah Slate Terminal, all of the Sheikah Towers rise from the ground all over Hyrule and await activation.[3] The Great Plateau Tower rises where Link is standing. Upon activating the Great Plateau Tower, all of the Ancient Shrines also begin to glow orange and await activation.[4]

Sheikah Towers may be climbed by gradually scaling their wicker walls with platforms provided in-between elevations so that Link may rest. Sheikah Towers often have obstacles that prevent Link from climbing them directly, such as Malice, spiked vines or various enemies. These can be scaled by using Revali's Gale. At the top of every Sheikah Tower is a Sheikah Slate Terminal where Link can install data onto his Sheikah Slate, which gives him a detailed Map of the surrounding area.

Locations

There are 15 different Sheikah Towers scattered throughout Hyrule. Some Region of Hyrule, such as Necluda and Gerudo have multiple Towers within them.

Great Plateau Tower

Main article: Great Plateau Tower

The Great Plateau Tower is situated in the northeastern region of the Great Plateau. Initially, it is buried beneath the surface of the Great Plateau, requiring Link to use his Sheikah Slate to reactivate it. Upon reactivation, it causes a chain reaction across Hyrule, raising Sheikah Towers across all of Hyrule and activating all the Ancient Shrines in Hyrule.[5][6]

Out of all of the Sheikah Towers, it is the only one that doesn't have any major obstacles in the way of ascending it. It is also in direct view of Hyrule Castle being one of the closest Towers to the Castle.

Central Tower

Main article: Central Tower

The Central Tower is found in Hyrule Field in Central Hyrule. The Central Tower is southwest of Hyrule Castle near Mount Daphnes. Approaching the Tower from the east through the Hyrule Garrison Ruins requires avoiding or defeating two Guardian Stalkers while the base of the Tower is surrounded by three Decayed Guardians. Scaling the Tower involves jumping from platform to platform to avoid the Decayed Guardians below if he has not defeated them.

Ridgeland Tower

Main article: Ridgeland Tower

The Ridgeland Tower is found in the Hyrule Ridge in Central Hyrule. The Tower is to the west of North Hyrule Plain and southeast from the Thundra Plateau.

The Ridgeland Tower sits in a lake filled with Electric Lizalfos and Electric Wizzrobes. Scaling the Tower requires Link to either avoid the enemies below, lest he fall off the Tower, or to defeat them before he ascends.

Atop the Tower sits Branli, a Hylian researcher who studies the Rito. He was standing in the middle of the lake as Link activated the Great Plateau Tower and got stuck on the Ridgeland Tower.[7] For 20 Rupees, he will let Link play a mini-game where he jumps off the Ridgeland Tower to glide out as far as he can with his Paraglider. If he makes it far enough, Branli will reward Link with a Silver Rupee.

Woodland Tower

Main article: Woodland Tower

The Woodland Tower is found in the Great Hyrule Forest in the Eldin Region. It is north of the Military Training Camp and south of the Lost Woods. The Tower has a large stone skull on top of it covering a large portion of its view.

Hebra Tower

Main article: Hebra Tower

The Hebra Tower is a Sheikah Tower in Tabantha Frontier in the Hebra Region. It is located north of the Tabantha Village Ruins. The bottom of the Tower is surrounded with ice, which can be melted.

Tabantha Tower

Main article: Tabantha Tower

The Tabantha Tower is found on Nero Hill in the Tabantha Frontier in the Hebra Region.

Gerudo Tower

Main article: Gerudo Tower

The Gerudo Tower is found in the Gerudo Highlands in the Gerudo Region. The Tower is west of Birida Lookout and is the tallest Sheikah Tower in Hyrule. In order to climb the Tower, Link must glide to the Tower from Birida Lookout nearby. Kass can be found at the top of the Gerudo Tower.

Wasteland Tower

Main article: Wasteland Tower

The Wasteland Tower is found on Spectacle Rock in the Gerudo Region. It sits within a Bottomless Bog that Link must cross in order to get to the Tower.

Faron Tower

Main article: Faron Tower

The Faron Tower is found in the Bronas Forest in the Faron (Region) Region.

Lake Tower

Main article: Lake Tower

The Lake Tower is found in the Faron (Region) Region, overlooking Lake Hylia to the north.

Dueling Peaks Tower

Main article: Dueling Peaks Tower

The Dueling Peaks Tower is found near Dueling Peaks in West Necluda.

Hateno Tower

Main article: Hateno Tower

The Hateno Tower is found in East Necluda.

Lanayru Tower

Main article: Lanayru Tower

The Lanayru Tower is found to the east of the Lanayru Wetlands in the Lanayru (Region) Region.

Akkala Tower

Main article: Akkala Tower

The Akkala Tower is found in the Akkala Citadel Ruins in the Akkala Highlands in Akkala. It is guarded by several Guardian Skywatchers.

Eldin Tower

Main article: Eldin Tower

The Eldin Tower is found in Eldin Canyon in the Eldin Region, south of Death Mountain.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
French Republic FrenchEU Tour Sheikah Same as English.
Russian Federation Russian Башня шиика (Bashnya shiika) Sheikah tower

Gallery

References

  1. "Sheikah Tower activated." — Sheikah Slate Terminal (Breath of the Wild)
  2. Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion (Dark Horse Books), pg. 405
  3. "This tower and several others just like it have erupted across the land, one after another. It is almost as though...a long-dormant power has awoken quite suddenly." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "See that glowing structure there? That light appeared at the exact moment those towers rose from the ground." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "I'm not talking about mushrooms here! I'm talking about those towers! They seem to have popped up all over the place! And that's not the only strange thing that's happened. Those long-deserted shrines suddenly started glowing!" — Brigo (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "My my... It would seem that we have quite the enigma here. This tower and several just like it have erupted across the land, one after another. Very interesting... It appears that some long-dormant power has awoken quite suddenly. Did anything...odd happen to you while you were on top of that tower?" — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "I was standing on the ground watching the skies, when suddenly this tower erupted beneath my feet!" — Branli (Breath of the Wild)