Symin is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Symin is a Sheikah who can be found in Hateno Village at the Ancient Tech Lab. He is the assistant of Purah.


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According to Robbie's Memoirs, Symin was sent by Impa to aid Purah in her research. However Purah considered him to be useless and complained to Robbie and Jerrin in a letter she sent them. The Purah's diary reveals that Symin was involved in running tests on the anti-aging rune that was the cause for her childlike appearance.

After Purah ended up reverting to a six year old girl, she was forced to send Symin lit the furnace that powers their lab using Blue Flame from the large Ancient Furnace in Hateno Village which has been burning for 10,000 years. However he failed in this task according to Purah's diary as the rain put out his Torch, only intensifying Purah's view of his uselessness, to the point she attempted to relit the furnace herself, but ended up getting spotted by Karin one of the village children. As a result, neither Purah or Symin where able to relit the lab's furnace, forcing them to continue their research via gaslight.

If Link visits the lab before receiving Locked Mementos Quest from Impa, apparently embarrassed by her condition Purah will hided her true identity and pretend that Symin is the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab's director, when in reality it is Purah herself.


"I feel like Symin looks at me differently. Which irritates me. I got angry when he insisted on running my blood test for me."
Purah's Diary

Symin is very inquisitive and outspoken. He does not hesitate to interrupt Purah's conversations with Link and is generally interested in learning more about Link's Sheikah Slate. Unlike Purah, he is very tidy, as can be seen by his office and his bedroom on the second floor. Purah describes her assistant as "clumsy" in one of her diary entries. Symin has shown responsibility and his solicitude for Purah with his assistance during her failed experiments. He can typically be found examining the bookshelves in the back of the laboratory.

Physical appearance

As a Sheikah, Symin is wearing a typical Sheikah garb. He has a grey topknot hairstyle and grey neckbeard. His hair is pinned-up with two red hair sticks and a red ribbon. He also has brown eyes. Symin is of average height and stature.


Upon upgrading the Sheikah Sensor on Link's Sheikah Slate, Symin approaches Link, explaining the functionality of the newly acquired "Sheikah Sensor+" and asking him to hunt down three Sunshrooms. Accepting his request will begin a new side quest "Sunshroom Sensing".


Once Link completes the quest, Symin will become available as a merchant. Link can use these pictures to fill the Hyrule Compendium.

Picture Type Stock Price
Fauna Picture 80 100 Rupees
Enemy Picture 64 100 Rupees
Material Picture 29 100 Rupees
Weapon Picture 181 100 Rupees
Other Picture 4 100 Rupees

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