The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Captured Memories locations guide
Finding all the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Captured Memories is like piecing together the puzzle that is Link's amnesia. Finding all the captured memories will allow you to figure out exactly what happened before the game began, and are one of the most rewarding of the Breath of the Wild collectibles if you crave more story.
Handily, there are only 12 to find in Hyrule, and there's no benefit beyond filling in the story gaps. It's a big game though and with only a vague clue to guide you, it's not always easy to find the right landmark as you travel. With that in mind, here's a guide to find all 12 of the Breath of the Wild Captured Memories which will ultimately unlock a 13th bonus memory, and hopefully answer all your questions.
Memory #1 - Sacred Ground Ruins
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 1. Sacred Ground Ruins
The first memory in your album is easy to reach, but beware of the Guardians patrolling the area.
The location is directly to the south of Hyrule Castle.
Zooming in on the map will reveal a little puddle of water labeled Sacred Ground Ruins.
Take out the Guardians or sneak to the centre to see a glowing light. Step into it and hit recall to watch a cutscene, then consider hotfooting it out of there.
Memory #2 - Lake Kolomo
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 2. Lake Kolomo
This memory looks deceptive close to the Dueling Peaks, but is quite far out to the west.
Head south of Central Tower until you reach a lake.
There's a road that leads directly to the lake. Follow it and veer off to the left when it ends.
You'll spot the area from the photo here, along with the memory to the right of it.
Memory #3 - Ancient Columns
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 3. Ancient Columns
The next memory is in Hebra.
Head south from Tabantha Tower and follow the road to Tena Ko'sah Shrine.
The Ancient Columns surround the shrine.
The memory is on the path leading up to its entrance.
Memory #4 - Kara Kara Bazaar
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 4. Kara Kara Bazaar
The bazaar is in the south west part of the map, in Gerudo.
Being in Gerudo, you'll need Chilly food or potions to cool you down, or the Gerudo armour set.
Follow the road south west from Gerudo Canyon Stable. If you have a lot of healing items, you can essentially brute force your way there by topping up your HP gauge when it gets too low from heat damage.
You might arrive nude and dehydrated, but as soon as you recall the memory, you can fast travel out of there.
Memory #5 - Eldin Canyon
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 5. Eldin Canyon
Depending on you how plot your route here, you'll either need Flamebreaker armour to avoid bursting into flame, or a lot of stamina replenishing items for the climb up.
Eldin Canyon is on the upper right of the map, to the south west of Death Mountain.
The mountain we're after is directly to the west of Goronbi Lake.
More specifically, it has a Korok stone circle on top.
The memory is right next to it. If you brute force your way here, be wary of carrying any wooden items as they will catch fire, and possibly turn to cinders - even if they're not equipped.
Memory #6 - Irch Plain
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 6. Irch Plain
This memory is a nice and easy one to pick up.
Irch Plain is to the north west of Hyrule Castle.
There's a small lake here.
There are a few trees kicking about, but the one we want is marked on the map.
The memory is next to it.
Memory #7 - West Necluda
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 7. West Necluda
This memory location looks out towards the Bridge of Hylia in West Necluda.
It's midway down the river leading to Lake Hylia.
There's a big ol' tree opposite Scout's Hill, and that's where we're headed.
You can see the tree from Scout's Hill.
Paragliding over from there is a quick and easy way to reach it if you're struggling to find the location.
The memory is next to the tree, as you face the bridge.
Memory #8 - Hyrule Castle
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 8. Hyrule Castle
As daunting as the thought of going to Hyrule Castle before you're ready might be, this is actually super easy to get.
The memory is located on the west side of the castle.
It's in Princess Zelda's Study.
Look for the spire before making the journey across the moat.
The spire is patrolled by Guardians, as is the rest of the castle, but it's easy enough to avoid them and climb the tower. Just be sure you have enough stamina to do so.
Once you clamber through the window to the Princess' study, you can take a little breather as you time your dash outside. There's a flying Guardian out there, so wait until he scans the ground and leaves for another circuit around the spire.
When you're ready, run out and mash the recall button as if you're life depended on it.
Memory #9 - Spring of Power
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 9. Spring of Power
The Spring of Power is home to a shrine statue, so you can pray here for another heart or stamina vessel as well.
The spring is to the east of Death Mountain.
You'll find it to the north east of Ordorac Quarry, and south of North Akkala Valley.
It's a great big hole in the ground and you can't miss it.
The memory is directly opposite the statue.
Memory #10 - Sanidin Park Ruins
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 10. Sanidin Park Ruins
Another super easy one that you can enjoy a leisurely canter to.
The ruins are to the south west of Hyrule Castle.
Just follow the road from Outskirt Stable across Manhala Bridge.
The ruins are on the left side of the road.
Park your pony and pop up the steps.
The memory is next to the horse statue.
Memory #11 - Lanayru Road - East Gate
Breath of the Wild Captured Memories 11. Lanayru Road - East Gate
This memory is easy to find and you can get to the location via a few different routes.
Paragliding shortcuts work well for any occasion, and circumvent monster encounters and a lot of walking.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Captured Memories locations and how to get every Recovered Memory
Captured Memory locations in Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Below is the full order of Captured Memories in the game, as listed in the 'Memories' section in the game's Adventure Log, which orders each flashback in chronological order.
Note that five are encountered through story events in the game, and the penultimate Memory is locked until you find all 12 Memories out in the wild.
If you were interested in how you might be able to find these without a guide, then Pikango - the artist that helps you find the first Fairy Mountain - can be found in a variety of Stables throughout Hyrule. Speak to him and he'll point you in the direction of the nearest Memory.
You can, of course, skip this step and head straight there if you know where to look, which is where the following list comes in handy.
Captured Memory 01 - Subdued Ceremony
This is in the Sacred Ground Ruins in front of Hyrule Castle in the centre of the map. While not hard to find, it can be tricky to get to as the Central Tower region is filled with Guardians and other nasties.
We recommend gliding north east from the Central Tower and walking over, and being prepared to fight (here we explain the shield parrying technique to beat Guardians easily) or flee past enemies along the way.
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Captured Memory 02 - Revali's Flap
You'll unlock this as part of completing Divine Beast Vah Medoh.
Captured Memory 03 - Resolve and Grief
This is west of Lake Kolomo, which itself is just north of the Great Plateau, the game's starting area.
The easiest way to get there is to warp to the Oman Au Shrine on the Great Plateau, then glide over, where it's on the outskirts of the forest.
Captured Memory 04 - Daruk's Mettle
You'll unlock this as part of completing Divine Beast Vah Rudiana.
Memory 05 - Zelda's Resentment
As the photo suggests, this is not far from the flying Divine Beast Vah Medoh. It's on some cliffs named the Ancient Columns that's south of Tabantha Tower.
We recommend gliding south from the Tower to Piper Ridge, then gliding south again and climbing the cliff up. Be sure to activate the Tena Ko'sah Shrine while you're there, too for a useful fast travel point if you wish to come back later.
Captured Memory 06 - Urbosa's Hand
You'll unlock this as part of completing Divine Beast Vah Naboris.
Captured Memory 07 - Blades of the Yiga
This can be found at Kara Kara Bazaar, the settlement in the northern half of the Gerudo Desert in the south west corner of the map.
It's easiest collected when you visit Gerudo Town for the Vah Naboris Divine Beast, but if you want to get it early, then activate Wasteland Tower, and fly west. The Memory is just to the north east side of the oasis.
Captured Memory 08 - A Premonition
This is on a rocky outcrop to the south west of Death Mountain in the north east corner of the map.
It's a little tricky to get to - we recommend heading to Woodland Stable that's on the lower right part of the Woodland region, there there's a road that goes into the foot of the mountains.
Take the valley up, and climb up the first cliff to your left to see a circle of stones. Now go north, climbing up more cliffs, and you should come across another circle of stones, which is where our Memory awaits.
Captured Memory 09 - Silent Princess
This can be found north west of Hyrule Castle, across the moat and just south of Salari Hill and Irch Plain.
We recommend going to Ridgeland Tower to the west and gliding to the north east, where there are two bodies of water. In between those, on an upper ridge, are two trees. The Memory is just a few steps west.
Captured Memory 10 - Mipha's Touch
You'll unlock this as part of completing Divine Beast Vah Ruta.
Captured Memory 11 - Shelter from the Storm
This one is south west of the Dueling Peaks region and not far from the Great Plateau.
Head to the Bosh Kala shrine which is south of Proxim Bridge, and cross to the east side. Now head down, and not far from the border to the next region, it'll be visible on the cliff side next to an elevated piece of earth and a tree.
Captured Memory 12 - Father and Daughter
Set just outside Princess Zelda's Study in the grounds of Hyrule Castle, and so is the most dangerous and difficult Memory to find of all, but provided you have the Zora Armor from Zora's Domain, you're able to swim up waterfalls and make the journey both combat free and reasonably fast.
Head to the north east side of the castle, and take the waterfalls to the very top, where there is a rocky outcrop to you right. Head right round the back of the castle, past the turret Guardian on the wall (sprint past and you'll avoid its laser before it has a chance to fire) and you'll come to a sheltered path way.
Climb onto the outside wall and up the cliff, using the ledges as a place to rest, until you come to the top and the back of the Sanctum area of the castle.
Make your way around the body of the castle. On the west side, there is a tall turret that stands apart from the castle itself. This is Princess Zelda's Study, and from this vantage point, you can glide down onto the walkway in front of it, where the memory is located.
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Captured Memory 13 - Slumbering Power
This can be found in the Spring of Power in the Akkala region in the far north east of the map.
If you head to the East Akkala Stable that's on the way to the Ankkala Ancient Tech Lab, go directly west and you should find the spring sunk into the ground. The memory is on a plinth in front of the water.
Captured Memory 14 - To Mount Lanayru
You'll find this in Sanidin Park Ruins in the south of the Ridgeland Tower region.
The easiest way to reach it is to head to Outskirt Stable - which is north west on the road from the Great Plateau, if you leave by Hopper Pond - and follow the road north, over Manhala Bridge, turn right, and you'll run into the Park as you continue on the road.
The memory itself is in front of the statue.
Captured Memory 15 - Return of Calamity Ganon
You'll find this at Lanayru Road - East Gate, which is west of Mount Lanayru on the east side of the map.
We found warping to Jitan Sa'mi Shrine at the Shrine of Wisdom on Mount Lanayru (which, without spoiling, is one of the best Shrines in the game and worth doing if you haven't already) then gliding west to where the valley opens up.
Drop down at the first gate, and the Memory is just beyond. Be warned - drop too early and there will be a Lynel waiting!
Captured Memory 16 - Despair
The Memory is positioned between Hyrule Field and Lanayru Wetlands in the centre of the map.
The easiest way to get there is to warp to Wetland Stable's Kaya Wan Shrine to the north, cross the river and head left, where there is a forest underneath a cliff north of the Bottomless Swamp.
In the middle of this forest you'll find the Memory.
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Captured Memory 17 - Zelda's Awakening
This Memory will become available once you have captured all 12 main Captured Memories and spoken to Impa, who will give you the clue of its location from a painting on the wall.
To find it, east of Ha Dahamar Shrine and Dueling Peaks Stable and towards Hateno Fort, through the sea of ruined Guardians. The memory is close to the center of the battlefield.
Captured Memory 18 - The Master Sword
You'll unlock this as part of collecting the Master Sword from the Lost Woods.
It's chronologically the final Memory of the game, so might be best left until you find the others if you want to watch them in order. Enjoy!
Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide - All Recovered Memory Locations
Breath of the Wild is the first voice-acted Zelda game, but its story is delivered almost entirely through flashback - and you need to unlock each memory. Here's where to find all of the Recovered Memories to learn the truth of 100 years ago.
Once you visit Impa in Kakariko Village and have all of the basic runes of your Sheikah Slate restored, she offers you a task and triggers a new main quest: you'll need to locate places you visited in the past in order to reawaken memories of 100 years ago. This is how much of Breath of the Wild's story is delivered, through lovely context-filled flashbacks. They're well worth viewing, though getting access to them can be a little bit frustrating depending on how much you like easter egg hunts.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Locked Memories Quest - where to find all the recovered memories
Impa will unlock 12 photos in your Sheikah Slate, and each points to a different part of the world. When visited each will trigger the awakening of a major event from 100 years prior for Link, offering important information.
There are 18 recovered memories total. Twelve are found through the Sheikah Slate, one is revealed to you when the other 12 have been found, and the others are given via story events. Here's how to get them all.
Recovered Memories #2, #4, #6, #10 and #18
As an important note, the second, fourth, sixth, tenth and eighteenth recovered memories will be awarded to you over the course of the game's main story - so don't worry about these. The eighteenth and last in particular is optional and will be revealed generally very late on (though as always with Breath of the Wild, it depends how you play) - it triggers if and when you pick up the Master Sword. They're not part of this main quest.
Subdued Ceremony / Photo 1 - Recovered Memory #1
This memory is the first photo on your Sheikah Slate and is is pretty easy to find - if you look on the map, there's a circular sort of place right in front of Hyrule Castle. This is the Sacred Ground Ruins. Head there and you'll find this memory - it's an interesting one, since it introduces you to some very key characters. There are a number of guardians around this area, so be careful when you go to grab this one, especially if you do it early on.
Recovered Memory #3 / Photo 2 - Resolve and Grief
This memory is the second photo on the Sheikah Slate. It's found just north of the plateau where you started the game. Look on the map for the area in Central Hyrule marked Hyrule Field. Zoom in - you'll find the Exchange Ruins, Aquame Lake, the Forest of Time and the Gatepost Town Ruins. The nearest landmarks are the Oman Au Shrine and the Great Plateau Tower - Lake Kolomo is slightly north from both of these. The memory overlooks Lake Kolomo, looking towards the Dueling Peaks - the route to Karariko.
Recovered Memory #5 / Photo 3 - Zelda's Resentment
This is the 3rd photo in the Sheikah Slate. You'll find this memory in the Tabantha area of the map. Just to the south of Piper Ridge (which is to the West of Tabantha Great Bridge), you'll find an area called Ancient Columns. There's a Shrine here - the challenging Tena Ko'sah Shrine. The memory spot is right in front of said shrine.
Recovered Memory #7 / Photo 4 - Blades of the Yiga
This memory is associated with the 4th photo in the Sheikah Slate. It's found at the Kara Kara Bazaar. Look at the Gerudo Desert on the map and then find Gerudo Town and Gerudo Desert Gateway. The Bazaar is at the halfway point between the two, and is difficult to miss. The memory trigger can sometimes be hard to see in the bright desert heat, but it's on the right side of the Bazaar when you look from the main shop.
Recovered Memory #8 / Photo 5 - A Premonition
This memory is the 5th on the Sheikah Slate and is found in the Eldin Canyon area, the area on the outskirts of Death Mountain. The closest recognisable landmarks are the Woodland Tower and Minshi Woods - this is to the east of those. It's also to the north and slightly to the east of Pico Pond and the Mirro Shaz Shrine. It's up on the hills overlooking Hyrule Castle.
Recovered Memory #9 / Photo 6 - Silent Princess
This memory is the 6th image on the Sheikah Slate and is found just north of Central Hyrule and Hyrule Castle, between Hyrule Ridge and the Great Hyrule Forest. The nearest landmarks are the Monya Toma Shrine and the Serenne Stable. Head a little south east from these; there are two small pools that are (if you zoom in) near Irch Plain.
Recovered Memory #11 - Shelter from the Storm / Photo 7
This memory overlooks Lake Hylia's enormous bridge, but is a little distance away. It's the 7th memory on the Sheikah Slate. It's found on a hill that's sandwiched between Scout's Hill and Deya Lake. These hills are marked on the map as the Hills of Baumer. If you look for Scout's Hill on the map, it's just the other side of the Hylia river.
Recovered Memory #12 / Photo 8 - Father and Daughter
This memory is a risky one to get - it's in Hyrule Castle, AKA the final dungeon of the game, of sorts. The thing is, you can explore Hyrule Castle any time without consequence so long as you don't go to Ganon's lair, though you do so at your own risk as deadly enemies are all over. There are multiple ways in, such as via swimming up waterfalls, going to the docks or gliding in from afar to avoid the attention of guardians or simply stocking up on health items and making a full-on assault. The castle itself is threatening and oppressive but also absolutely surviveable for a brief visit from early on.
Once inside, this memory is found on the Western side of the castle, high up. As far as I can tell you'll need to head outside and do at least a bit of dodging guardians. In a Western Keep sort of area look for a room you'll notice is Zelda's quarters - there's a diary written by her in here. Climb the wall to the second floor here and you'll notice a small walkway - the memory takes place here. Consult our images, as finding the exact room can be a challenge.
Recovered Memory #13 / Photo 9 - Slumbering Power
This memory is found in the Akkala Region. It's the 9th photo on the Sheikah Slate. Find the North Akkala Foothill - there you'll be able to see the East Akkala Stable and Katosa Aug Shrine. Head directly West from there towards North Akkala Valley and Ordorac Quarry. Nestled between these two is the Spring of Power, and this is where the memory is recovered.
Recovered Memory 14 / Photo 10 - To Mount Lanaru
You'll be able to find this memory, the 10th photo on the Sheikah Slate, up in the Safula Hill area to the west of Central Hyrule and east of Satori Mountain. Among this area is the Sanidin Park Ruins - once you get onto these high mountains look out for the ruins with a huge horse statue - this is where this memory is found.
Recovered Memory #15 / Photo 11 - Return of Calamity Ganon
This memory is the 11th on the page of memory photos in your Sheikah Slate. It's found in the shadow of Lanayru. To the West of the mountain you'll find Naydra Snowfield - this is actually really very useful, and the snowfield leads past Purifier Lake into Lanayru Promenade. It's between these points at Lanayru Road - East Gate that you'll find this memory to recover. Things got pretty bad, huh.
Recovered Memory #16 / Photo 12 - Despair
This memory is the final one, the 12th on the Sheikah Slate pictures. It's located just to the North-East of the Bottomless Swamp on the east side of Hyrule Field. If you look for some text on the map that says 'Hylia River' in between the Bottomless Swamp and the Kaya Wan Shrine and Wetland Stable, this memory is discovered right by this text in a small forested area.
Recovered Memory #17 - Zelda's Awakening
The final memory that isn't recovered naturally through story progression, this one isn't backed up by a photo. After recovering all of the other 12 memories in the Sheikah Slate photos, return to Impa. She will reveal this final memory location to you... and it's been under your nose since she first gave you back these memories.
Once she's shown you the image, head south from Kakariko, back over the bridge towards the Dueling Peaks Stable and Ha Dahamar Shrine. To the east of this is Fort Hateno, and between the two is the Ash Swamp area. The final memory is found in this location, the place where things came to a head 100 years ago.
12.1 Picture #1 - Subdued Ceremony
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- Sacred Ground Ruins
We began the Captured Memories Main Quest all the way back when we first visited Impa, and then later on our journey to Hateno Village. Now that we’ve uncovered a good majority of the overworld map, it’s now time to finally complete this quest and uncover much of the games backstory.
The first picture is located at the Sacred Ground Ruins within Central Hyrule, directly south of Hyrule Castle. The location is easily recognizable just by glancing at the map. Run over to the glowing yellow circle to reveal the memory.
12.2 Picture #2 - Resolve and Grief
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- Lake Kolomo
The second picture is also located just west of Lake Kolomo in Central Hyrule. It is found directly north of the Oman Au Shrine on the Great Plateau. Use that as a warp portal and then leap off the Great Plateau to the north.
The third picture is located at the Ancient Columns within the Tabantha region. It is located south of Tabantha Tower, and if you uncovered the Tena Ko’sah Shrine, the location is immediately to the west of it.
12.4 Picture #4 - Blades of Yiga
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The fourth picture is located at the Kara Kara Bazaar just northeast of Gerudo Town. It is located just east of the oasis.
The fifth picture is located at the Eldin Canyon, just west of the Eldin Tower, and more specifically just west of the Goronbi Lake. This is the first one where it is somewhat tough to find. The best way to reach this area is be warping to the Eldin Tower and then working your way westward. The location is surrounded by a few Lizalfos, and they are the only Lizalfos in this remote area. So once you see them, you know you are close. The actual circle is located on a higher plateau, so look for the high ground.
12.6 Picture #6 - Silent Princess
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- Irch Plain
The sixth picture is located at the Irch Plain, just northwest of Hyrule Castle. If you’ve uncovered the Ridgeland Tower that is the best place to warp to. The location is just northeast of the Ridgeland Tower, near a small body of water. There isn’t anything major in the main quest that is around this location, so it is quite possible that you have never ventured to this section.
12.7 Picture #7 - Shelter from the Storm
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The seventh picture is located in West Necluda, which is in the Dueling Peaks region. You can warp to the Great Plateau Tower and leap off the plateau to the east. If you follow the path eastward, you’ll see the Bosh Kala Shrine. The location of this picture is on the east side of this river, on the higher plateau and much further south. The area is distinguished by the two stone statues found here.
The eighth picture is located within Hyrule Castle itself, which makes it one of the hardest locations to reach. When looking at Hyrule Castle, you’ll see that there is a large spire, at the west side of the castle. This building is Zelda’s Study, and the location in question is on the bridge that connects that spire to the rest of the castle. There are multiple ways to approach this and a lot depends on your own character’s current ability.
If you are strong enough to take on the guardians along the way, this won’t be much of a problem. Alternatively, if you have a few Stamina upgrades, you can climb the spire itself, bypassing a lot of the traversing within Hyrule Castle.
There are a few different ways to approach the castle, but I think one of the better ways is from just northwest of the castle itself. You can Paraglider over and then swim to a low platform. From here, by either defeating or avoiding the guardians on the outskirts of the castle, you can reach the bottom of the spire. It’s not an easy trip, but I assure it can be done.
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The ninth picture is located at the Spring of Power in the Akkala region. The main quest guide does not take you into the Akkala region, so this might be uncharted territory for you. Additionally, reaching the top of the Akkala Tower to reveal the area is one of the more challenging endeavors in the game. You can warp over to the Lanayru Tower and then take the path north, that we originally took on our way to Goron City. Along the way, the path reaches a fork in the road and the road on the right leads to the Akkala region.
If you are following the main road, it splits off twice while in Akkala. Both times, take the pathway on the left. You will pass by the Akkala Tower and you can try to reach the peak if you’d like. If you want to bypass having to uncover the map, you can. The location of the Spring of Power is directly east of the center of Death Mountain. You can use that as a frame of reference when looking at your map. The Spring of Power is the only water based area in this immediate section of the map, so once you see water, you are close.
The tenth picture is located at the Sanidin Park Ruins in the Ridgeland Tower region. If you have yet to uncover the Ridgeland Tower region, no problem. Make your way to Central Hyrule and go to the southwest part of this region. Here you will find the Outskirt Stable and it you take the path to the west, you’ll cross the Manhala Bridge. Follow this path and it will come to a fork in the road. Take the path northward and follow it until you come to the Sanidin Park Ruins. It is easily distinguishable by the large horse statue.
The eleventh picture is located at the Lanayru Road – East Gate, in the Hateno Tower region. Warp on over to the Hateno Tower and begin traveling north and east. The actual gate is located near a stretch of water that looks like a wide Letter T on your map. It is located at the east edge of the water, just on the road near the archway.
The twelfth picture is located in Hyrule Field within the Central Hyrule region. It can be found just northeast of the Bottomless Swamp in a forest filled area. It is almost directly in the middle of the riverside and the Wetland Stables, if you’ve been to these locations. Everything in this forest kind of looks alike, so it’s hard to actually see where the picture is. Wander around the forest long enough in the area indicated on the map and you’ll find the glowing circle.
12.13 The Final Picture
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- Ash Swamp
After you’ve found all 12 pictures, finally return to Impa at Kakariko Village. After giving her the news, she will reveal that there is one final picture and it is half-a-days walk from the village. The final picture is located in the middle of the Ash Swamp in the Dueling Peaks Tower Region. Specifically, it is located just northeast of the Dueling Peaks Stable.
This area is completely filled with inactive Guardians. If you look at your map, this area has a handful of really small pounds. The location is located right in between the two small pounds that are at the southeast of this cluster.
After completing the quest, Princess Zelda will call out to you saying that she is within Hyrule Castle, and that it is now time for you to defeat Ganon.
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‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Captured Memories Guide – Help Link Remember
One of the main storyline missions in the new Zelda is the Breath of the Wild Captured Memories quest. Impa in the Kakariko Village gives you 12 photographs Zelda took with your Sheikah Slate and believes that revisiting those locations will unlock memories for Link.
These locations are scattered all over Hyrule and the memories they reveal are crucial to you understanding the overarching storyline of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. When you’re looking to unlock those memories, travel to the area you think it’s in, and then look out for the glowing golden markers that indicate you’ve reached the right patch. They look like this:
How to find all the Breath of the Wild Captured Memories
We won’t spoil the story fragments they reveal, but here is a handy guide to the Breath of the Wild Captured Memories locations across Hyrule. Obviously, though, this article comes with a MILD SPOILER WARNING for some of the locations and characters within Breath of the Wild.
Memory One – Sacred Ground Ruins
To access the first memory in your photo album, it’s actually right in front of Hyrule Castle. Teleport to the Central Tower and fly towards the semi-circular markings on the map and the point is glowing in the centre.
Memory Two – Lake Kolomo
The second memory is one of the easiest to discover in Breath of the Wild as it’s positioned near to the Great Plateau where you start your game. If you head to the west of Lake Kolomo, there’s a small path that leads towards the lake. Head to the end of it and then turn to your left. Look for a small ridge that juts up and the memory is right behind it.
Memory Three – Ancient Columns
Captured Memory number three is actually right near the Tena Ko’sah Shrine to the west of the Tabantha Bridge and Tabantha Stable. You’ll need to do a little climbing to get to it if you want to avoid the wandering beam of the ancient ones, but it’s worth it.
Memory Four – Kara Kara Bazaar
We actually stumbled across this one naturally on our journey to Calamity Ganon. It’s on the approach to the Kara Kara Bazaar as you move towards Gerudo Town to free Divine Beast Vah Naboris. It’s right down in the bottom left-hand corner of the map in that vast expanse of desert. It’s hard to miss if you follow the path to the Bazaar.
Memory Five – Eldin Canyon
In the shadow of Death Mountain is another of the Breath of the Wild Captured Memories, but it’s a very misleading clue. The actual location of the memory doesn’t actually give you a view of what you can see in the photograph above. Instead, look for an outcrop that you can see on the map above and you’ll see the glowing portal. Tricksy little Impa.
Memory Six – Irch Plain
To find this Captured Memory, teleport to the Monya Toma Shrine north of the Ridgeland Tower. After that, head slightly south-east to the pool of water shaped like a kidney. Keep your eyes peeled for a large tree standing alone like the one above and the portal will appear when you near the tree.
Memory Seven – West Nucluda
It’s easiest to access this seventh memory by heading to the Ja Baij Shrine on the Great Plateau, climbing the walls to the east and then gliding your way down to the strange bird-shaped Deya Lake. If you head to the west of the fattest part and climb the slopes a little, you’ll see this big tree just waiting for you.
Memory Eight – Hyrule Castle
This is one of the harder memories to access as it’s actually deep with Hyrule Castle. If you’re heading here to defeat Ganon, look out for the tall tower to the right of the main castle. Reach here and you’ll be able to run along the small walkway to reach the Captured Memory spot. However, actually getting here will be a treacherous road.
Memory Nine – Spring of Power
Up in the top right-hand corner of the map is the location of memory nine. Before the two paths join up again, there’s an almost brain-like watery patch on the map. It’s actually a worshipping area recessed into the land. You’ll find memory nine’s portal here before the goddess statue.
Memory Ten – Sanidin Park Ruins
Although it might look like a chess piece or an homage to Link’s faithful steed Epona, this memory is all about Zelda and her strength. In order to find out exactly what’s going on, you’ll need to travel east from the Mogg Latan Shrine to the horseshoe-shaped grey outline on the map near the Regencia River. You’ll spot the horse statue from a distance away.
Memory Eleven – Lanayru Road – East Gate
On the very right-hand side of the triangular lake east of Kakariko Village is a series of stone archways. If you head to the furthest one and make your way towards the lake, the memory trigger is right before the second archway.
Memory Twelve – Hyrule Field
If you head north from the Hila Rao Shrine and the crazy flower lady, you can follow the river on the left hand-side to a little woodland area. Head inland, following the path through the trees and you’ll notice a rocky outcrop. Near here on the path is the memory trigger, although we found it a little tricky to discover at first.
Impa and the Secret Captured Memories
If you return to Impa after you’ve unlocked all 12 memories, she’ll actually give you a clue to find the secret 13th memory. Finding this one will give you a secret scene during the game’s finale, so it’s worth finding.
Here’s where it’s located:
Secret Memory 13
As Impa mentions when she shows you the final photo, it’s not actually that far from Kakariko Village. It’s directly due south from there, right near the Duelling Peaks Stable. Keep your eyes peeled for a lot of Guardian Stalker corpses around the bottom two patches of water on Blatchery Plain. The Captured Memory location is right in the centre between these two pools.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wiki Guide
In order to find and view BotW Memories, you must search for the locations based on the visual clues in your Sheikah Slate Album. Pikango the painter, found at various stables and towns throughut Hyrule, can offer additional clues. He is found at the town or stable closest to the memory on the map. He will only be available during the day time.
Upon arriving at the correct destination, you'll find a glowing spot that will trigger the memory, unlocking it for you.
In addition to the 12 memories tied to photos in the Captured Memories Quest, there are 6 memories that will be found as the main story progresses.
Video Guide: Memory Locations
Below you can find out where all the BotW Memories can be found, including those that are unlocked during the main quest.
All Memory Locations can be seen on the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Interactive Map:
See below for descriptions of specific Memory locations.
Memory #1: Subdued Ceremony
The photo in question shows a location in Central Hyrule not far from Hyrule Castle itself. In fact, the location is just South of the castle, located in the spot known as the Sacred Ground Ruins, where a small pool of water surrounds a dais now patrolled by a Guardian. So long as you are quick and quiet, you should be able to reach the site of the memory in the center to trigger the flashback.
Memory #2: Revali's Flap
This memory - not attatched to Princess Zelda, can be obtained during the main quest - Divine Beast Vah Medoh. After speaking to the Elder of Rito Village, talk to Temba's wife in the next building who will point out the landing platform. This will trigger Link's memory of the champion Revali.
Memory #3: Resolve and Grief
The second photo in the album shows a lakeside location in Central Hyrule that’s not far from the Great Plateau. From the Plateau Tower, float down North to the large lake, and head along the West bank to find a small raised ridge. The place is largely clear of enemies so you shouldn’t have trouble getting to the memory location.
Memory #4: Daruk's Mettle
This memory - not attached to Princess Zelda, can be obtained during the main quest - Divine Beast Vah Rudania. After speaking with the boss of the village, Bludo, he'll point out the large carving of the champion built into the walls above Goron City. Seeing this will trigger a memory of Link's time with the Goron Champion.
Memory #5: Zelda’s Resentment
The third photo in the album depicts a shrine among ruins with the Divine Beast Vah Medoh circling in the distance. It’s located just across the Tabantha Great Bridge past the stable. After crossing the bridge, you need to climb the large ridge to the South and beware of the Moblins who make their home here until you reach the Tena Ko’sah Shrine, and you’ll find the memory right in front.
Memory #6: Urbosa's Hand
This memory - not attatched to Princess Zelda, can be found during the main quest - Divine Beast Vah Naboris. Once you've infiltrated Gerudo Town and spoken to the chief, Rjiu, get the Thunder Helm back from the Yiga Clan, and giving it back to Riju will trigger a memory of Link's time with the Gerudo Champion, Urbosa.
Memory #7: Blades of the Yiga
This fourth photo shows a desert oasis, and is located in plain sight on the road to Gerudo Town. Just stop by at the Kara Kara Bazaar, the oasis located before the town, and look around the water’s edge to find the memory.
Memory #8: A Premonition
The fifth photo depicts a shot of the area overlooking the Great Hyrule Forest, where the Woodland Tower stands in the present. It is located high in Eldin Canyon on the far Western edge of the mountains - just to the East of the Woodland Tower. You can find it by climbing to a peak West of the Goronbi Lake, and fight through Lizalfos to find a clear plateau with a ring of small stones overlooking the tower, and the memory is found just in front of the stones.
Memory #9: Silent Princess
The sixth photo in the album depicts a grassy field overlooking Hyrule Castle from the West side. The location is across the river from Hyrule Castle, to the Northeast of the Ridgeland Tower, just past the Royal Ancient Lab Ruins, where a large tree stands around pools of water. The memory can be found in front of the tree.
Memory #10: Mipha's Touch
This memory - not attached to Princess Zelda, is found during part of the Main Quest, Divine Beast Vah Ruta. After speaking with the Zora King, head down to the lower level to talk to Muzu, who will point out the statue of Mipha. Seeing it will cause Link to remember a memory of his time with Mipha, the Zora Champion.
Memory #11: Shelter from the Storm
The seventh photo in the album shows a shot of the Bridge of Hylia with the Gerudo Highlands in the far distance, putting the photo on the East bank. You can find it near the Northern end of the lake along the East side, just across the river from Scout’s Hill. Look for a large tree with two small statues sheltered underneath up on a small hill, and the memory location is nearby.
Memory #12: Father and Daughter
This eighth picture in the album depicts the entrance to Princess Zelda’s Room in Hyrule Castle seen in better times, and as such is one of the harder memories to locate.
Your best chance is to infiltrate Hyrule Castle from the West side, and look for a tall spire North of the gatehouses up on a high level to the side of the main castle itself.
If you can bypass the Guardians below, you’ll only have one Flying Guardian patrolling the tower to worry about as you make a dash for the walkway between the spire and collapsed room on the other side.
Memory #13: Slumbering Power
The ninth picture in the album shows a watery spring with a statue flanked by two trees - located in the Spring of Power, one of three mystical springs in Hyrule.
This spring in particular is located between the Akkala Highlands and Deep Akkala, just to the South of North Akkala Valley. Look around for a large pool of water and you’ll find the memory in front of the water’s edge.
Memory #14: To Mount Lanayru
The tenth picture in the album depicts a large statue of a horse that stands out pretty well. It’s found on the road going through Hyrule Ridge, West across the river from the Central Tower. Look for the road to the East of Satori Mountain to find the park at the top of a large hill, where the memory is found near the statue.
Memory #15: Return of Calamity Ganon
The eleventh picture in the album depicts a large gate on a road. This can be found up in the Lanayru pass that’s part of Lanayru Heights.
You can get here fairly straight forward by leaving Kakariko Village via the hills above, past the Great Fairy Fountain before finding a road on the right. This passage leads through the promenade that’s full of Bokoblins and ends with a Moblin guarding the East Gate, where you’ll find the memory by a large arch.
Memory #16: Despair
The twelfth and final picture in the initial album showcases a fairly generic looking forested road. This area is located on the Eastern banks of Central Hyrule, along the Hylia River. You can find this forested area North of the Bottomless Swamp, just down the hill and across the river from the Wetland Stable. Search around the small clearing in the forest to find the memory piece.
Memory #17: Zelda's Awakening
Location: Fort Hateno, Dueling Peaks
This memory is initially not listed in the Sheikah Slate's album, and requires you to find all of Zelda's other memories first. You can then see the picture of a large battlefield full of Guardians on Impa's wall. This is located not far from Kakariko Village, at the large wall called Fort Hateno that leads into Necluda. Look around the large battlefield and you will find the spot near the center by large pools of water.
Memory #18: The Master Sword
The last memory, while attached to Princess Zelda, has no picture in the Sheikah Slate album, and is instead part of the Main Quest - The Hero's Sword. Once you have located the Master Sword, you will need to successfully pull out the sword - which requires a minimum of 13 Heart Containers. Doing so will cause Link to see the final memory.
After finding any one of the memories, return to Impa in Kakariko Village and she will reward you with the Blue Champion Tunic.
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The Captured Memories quest can span the entirety of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There’s no timer, and it’s not a requirement to complete the game. But those who complete the quest will reap its rewards. Captured Memories deliver a significant amount of story — and they even answer some nagging questions. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find the locations of them all.
Since Captured Memories aren’t named, we’ll take them from left to right, starting at the top. The number on the image below corresponds to the section beneath it. For each photo, we include written directions and a gallery with multiple maps to help you get your bearings, no matter where you are. And for the most difficult one of all, we even made you a video.
1. Sacred Ground Ruins
Warp to the Central tower. You destination is through Central Hyrule, through Hyrule Field and finally to the Sacred Ground Ruins.
2. Lake Kolomo
Warp to Grand Plateau Tower and hop off the edge of the area, paragliding to Hyrule Field, toward Hyrule Castle. The location is on the banks of Lake Kolomo.
3. Ancient Columns
Warp to Tabantha tower in Hyrule. Head through Piper Ridge to the Ancient Columns. If you’ve unlocked the fast travel waypoint at Tena Ko’sah shrine, you can warp within yards of your destination.
4. Kara Kara Bazaar
Warp to the Wasteland Tower in the Gerudo Desert. Head along the road that leads to Gerudo Town. The Captured Memory is located on the edge of the pond in the middle of the bazaar.
5. Eldin Canyon
The Captured Memory is located in Eldin, between Eldin tower and Woodland tower. From Eldin Tower, head past Goronbi Lake. If you need to avoid the heat, just paraglide around the mountains. From Woodland tower, head into the mountains.
The Captured Memory is atop a peak shown in the gallery above. If you’re short on stamina, cook some food and elixirs that can restore it while you’re climbing.
6. Irch Plain
Warp to the Ridgeland tower. Cross the nearby road, and you’ll find this Captured Memory near a lake on the Irich Plain. You’ll be able to see this large tree even as you paraglide down from the tower. If you get disoriented, make sure that Hyrule Castle is on the horizon.
7. West Necluda
Warp to the Great Plateau tower and paraglide off (in the direction of the Dueling Peaks). Cross over Scout’s Hill, and be on the lookout for a tree with a rock at its base sitting on a hill.
8. Hyrule Castle
This is the most difficult Captured Memory to find, because it lives inside of the terribly dangerous Hyrule Castle. Approach the castle from the moat bank, using your paraglider to cross the water. The Hyrule Castle map is 3D, like the maps for the Divine Beasts, and you’re heading to the top of the tower as shown in the gallery above.
This is dangerous, no matter where you are in Breath of the Wild. Your best bet is sneaking in through a winding path. So we made a video to show you the way.
9. Spring of Power
Akkala tower is the closest, but it’s not really close to this Captured Memory. If you warp there, follow the road leading to the Akkala Highlands. Continue until you reach East Akkala Stable and Katosa Aug shrine. (Or, if you can just warp to the shrine, do that.)
Get a horse from East Akkala Stable and head into the grassy field. Check the maps in the gallery above to see your path. It’s not difficult or far.
10. Sanidin Park Ruins
Warp to the Central tower and head over Mount Daphnes and across the Regencia River. Head over the large hill in front of you, and you’ll find the horse statue at Sanidin Park Ruins on the far side.
11. Lanaryu Road - East Gate
This Captured Memory just isn’t by any tower, though near Lanaryu tower and Dueling Peaks tower. The Ta’loh Naeg shrine near Kakariko Village is a much better starting point.
Make your way up the hill and out of the village, as if you were heading to the Great Fairy Fountain. Go through that area and follow the path through the mountains to Lanaryu Road - East Gate, which is even conveniently named on your map. We’ve outlined the path in the gallery above.
12. Hyrule Field
Near Central tower and Dueling Peaks tower, you’ll find this captured memory on a path just off the bank of the Hylia River in the Bottomless Swamp area of Hyrule Field.
13. Blatchery Plain
After you find the 12 Captured Memories locations on your Shiekah slate, return to Impa in Kakariko village. She’ll tell you about a 13th and final Captured Memory and show you a picture on her wall that can guide you there. If it looks familiar, that’s because you probably visited the field of broken machines early in the game, as you first made your way to Hateno village.
Warp to Hateno tower. Your destination is over the Squabble river, in the field full of broken-down machines in front of Fort Hateno. See the map in the gallery above for the exact location, which is in the greater Blatchery Plain area.
You won’t find any great reward waiting for you, but be patient. Finding this 13th Captured Memory adds a scene to Breath of the Wild’s ending.