- "A symbol of courage given to those who have overcome the challenges of a shrine."
- — In-game description
Spirit Orbs are key items from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They are given to Link by Sheikah Monks when he completes a Shrine's trial. The Old Man requests Link to find the four Great Plateau's Shrines, collect the first four Spirit Orbs and return them to him. Link later obtains the paraglider as a reward and keeps these four orbs.
Spirit Orbs can be offered to the Hylia's Goddess Statues, like the one inside the Temple of Time. By praying in front of most of these statues, Link receives the choice of a Heart Container or Stamina Vessel if he offers four Spirit Orbs. As a result, this trade is valuable for increasing the capacity of Link's health gauge with another Heart Container, or Link's Stamina Wheel with a 20% extra part.
This choice can be undone after completing the side quest "The Statue's Bargain" at Hateno Village. Link can indeed retroactively trade to the Horned Statue a Heart Container or a Stamina Vessel, referred to as "essences", to increase the other by selling for 100 Rupees. Then he can purchase the "essence" of his choice for 120 Rupees.
There are a total of 120 Spirit Orbs obtainable from the 120 Shrines of the game. Once all gathered, the side quest "A Gift from the Monks" is unlocked and the armor set, comprising the Cap, Tunic and Trousers of the Wild and corresponding to the Breath of the Wild Hero's Clothes, appears in front of the giant Goddess Statue located inside the Forgotten Temple. The Spirit Orbs all feature Hylia's Goddess Crest in their center.