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.
More From Polygon
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide and walkthrough
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedrunners are taking down the game in less than an hour
- ToeJam & Earl is coming to Nintendo Switch
- Take a look at Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass
- Hands-on with Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer
What? That’s what they’re called. …Right?
SHODAN joins the Starbreeze family
This couldn’t have been made today
Everything coming to PS4 in March, PaRappa returns in April
The bowling minigame is your hotspot for rupee farming
“They need to be remembered”