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The Zonai were a species in Breath of the Wild.[name reference needed]


The Zonai were an ancient tribe that once lived in what are now the Zonai Ruins of Faron Woods. They were a civilization which worshiped a water dragon, and carved its visage into the area.[1][2] They were powerful magic wielders who mysteriously disappeared thousands of years ago.[3] The Thyphlo Ruins have the same architecture and dragon carvings, implying they were Zonai made as well. Similar ruins can be found scattered all across Hyrule, but never in as high a concentration as within the Faron Region.


The name "Zonai" is derived from the Japanese word  (mystery, puzzle), referencing their mysterious nature.[4]

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  1. "Ruins in the Faron Woods thought to be home to a mysterious ancient tribe. The Spring of Courage is found within."  (Creating a Champion pg. 359)
  2. "The home of the Zonai. They are thought to have worshipped a water dragon, since the area has many rock carvings dedicated to such a being. The stone structure surrounding the Spring of Courage bears the face of a large dragon, and this place must have been a sanctuary for the Zonai as well."  (Creating a Champion pg. 413)
  3. "The Zonai themselves are spoken of in hushed whispers as strong magic wielders who disappeared thousands of years ago. The disappearance of the Zonai is one of Hyrule's greatest mysteries."  (Creating a Champion pg. 413)
  4. "As we were in the process of creating the cities and people of every region of Hyrule, we thought that if we showed fragments of a civilization that collapsed long ago, it would make the world feel more real. That's why we added Zonai relics throughout Hyrule. The ruins are primarily animal themed, but with the history of the Triforce in mind. The designs are symbolic -using dragons (courage), owls (wisdom), and boars (power). And, yes, their name is a pun. "Zonai" is a take on nazo, a word meaning "mystery" in Japanese."  (Creating a Champion pg. 342)