Runes are special items in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They are functions added to the Sheikah Slate and Link can use them from it. Each of the four Remote Bomb, Magnesis, Cryonis and Stasis Runes are obtained from a Sheikah Monk upon completion of a trial in his Shrine found across the Great Plateau. Link upgrades the Sheikah Slate with a new rune ability by inserting it into a pedestal. After completing the quest "Locked Mementos" and obtaining the Camera Rune from the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab, Link can visit Purah to upgrade some of his runes to boost their effects.

List of Runes

Rune Description Shrine
Breath of the Wild Runes (Bombs) Remote Bomb Sphere Rune (Icon)Breath of the Wild Runes (Bombs) Remote Bomb Cube Rune (Icon)
Remote Bomb
"Detonate the explosive using a remote trigger."

"The force of the blast can be used to damage monsters or destroy objects. There are both round and cube bombs, so use what would be the best fit for the situation."

Ja Baij Shrine
Breath of the Wild Runes Magnesis Rune (Icon)
"Manipulate metallic objects using magnetism."

"Grab on to metallic objects using the magnetic energy that pours forth from the Magnesis Rune. Objects held in the magnetic snare can be lifted up and moved freely."

Oman Au Shrine
Breath of the Wild Runes Stasis Rune (Icon)
"Stop the flow of time for an object."

"Objects stopped in time will store kinetic energy. This stored energy will be expelled when the flow of time resumes. Making good use of the stored energy can move even the largest of objects. Take note of the time needed to recharge it."

Owa Daim Shrine
Breath of the Wild Runes Cryonis Rune (Icon)
"Create a pillar of ice from a water surface."

"Builds ice pillars that are very stable. These pillars can be used as stepping stones or as obstacles. Use Cryonis on an ice pillar to break it."

Keh Namut Shrine
Breath of the Wild Runes Camera Rune (Icon)
Taking and collecting pictures. "Locked Mementos" reward at Hateno Ancient Tech Lab
Amiibo Rune icon (Breath of the Wild)
Making appear a Treasure Chest containing a rare equipment piece and a random selection of common items such as ingredients, arrows, Rupees, etc.
Summoning Epona or Wolf Link.
Great Plateau, enabled after obtaining one of the first four runes

Purah's rune research

Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.

Main article: Purah

At some point during the Age of Burning Fields, Purah began working on a reverse ageing rune which she hoped would rejuvenate herself and the other elderly Sheikah, in order to to better help Link. Purah took the risk of testing it on herself. At first the results seemed promising, reversing her age by well over a hundred years in a short amount of time, but the process then became uncontrollable and Purah has been trapped in the body of a six year old girl. Purah was supposedly developing a rune to reverse or halt the anti-aging effects right around the time of Link's revival.

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