A lot of of the story in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is told via flashback. At the start of the game you wake up from a 100 year slumber, and Link has no memory of what happened 100 years ago. It’s down to you to help him recover those memories — and only if you choose to do so.
Early on in the story you’ll be directed to visit staple Zelda character Impa in Kakaiko Village. Eventually she’ll give you a new quest to track down your missing memories from 100 years ago. You do this through looking at some photos Impa has downloaded on to your Sheikah Slate. If you press Minus and hit R from the map you’ll be able to see the photos. Head to any of the locations pictured in these photos and you’ll see a shining golden portal. Step into it and press A and Link will suddenly have an epiphany and you’ll unlock a scene from 100 years ago.
There are 12 photos initially, and once you’ve unlocked all 12 Impa will reveal a 13th and final memory to you.
Unlocked memories are put into a list of ‘Recovered Memories’ on the quest log. There are 18 total, with recovered memory 2, 4, 6 and 10 unlocked across the course of the storyline as you tackle each of the game’s Divine Beast dungeons. Recovered Memory 18 unlocks when Link finally pulls the Master Sword from its plinth — an act which is entirely optional. By completing all 18 memories you’ll have a complete picture of Breath of the Wild’s storyline.
Breath of the Wild: Where to find all the Missing Memories
Photo 1 (Memory 1) — Sacred Ground Ruins
The first photo on your Sheikah Slate in the top left corner of the photos page is easy to find but difficult to reach unless you’re careful. This memory is found right in front of Hyrule Castle Town. If you look on your map you’ll see Castle Town forms a sort of semi-circle around Hyrule Castle, and at the very middle of it a road leads out to a circular stone paved area. These are the sacred ground ruins, and this memory is here. Beware of Guardians when grabbing this memory, as they’re around this area and can one-shot you until the late game.
Photo 2 (Memory 3) — Lake Kolomo
The second of the photos on the Sheikah Slate (top row, second along) is found north of the Great Plateau where you start the game. If you teleport to the Oman Au Shrine on the edge of the Plateau and look straight north you’ll see a lake — this is Lake Kolomo, and the memory is overlooking Lake Kolomo towards the East, with the split-in-two mountain off in the far distance.
Photo 3 (Memory 5) — Ancient Columns
If you’ve seen our page on the Great Fairy Fountain of Tabantha you’ll know Piper Ridge well. If not, teleport to the Tabantha Tower at the top of Nero Hill and look straight South on your map. Before Tanagar Canyon you’ll find Rayne Highlands; on the far Eastern end of this mountain range is the Ancient Columns area and among it the Tena Ko’sah Shrine. This memory is pretty much exactly ourside this shrine.
Photo 4 (Memory 7) — Kara Kara Bazaar
The Kara Kara Bazaar is the setting for this fourth photo (top right) — and that’s located out in the Gerudo Desert in the far south east (bottom left) of the map. There’s only one path through to the desert, culminating in the Gerudo Canyon stable and the nearby Kay Noh Shrine. Follow the road out into the desert and you’ll find Kara Kara on the way — the memory is just near the road, overlooking the Bazaar.
Photo 5 (Memory 8) — Eldin Canyon
The fifth photo (middle left) is found on Eldin Canyon at the edge of Death Mountain, but it’s actually easier to approach from the west. Our advice is to start at the Woodland Tower, the tower just outside the Great Hyrule Woods and Lost Woods, and head East, climbing the mountains until you reach the approximate point. Use the view of the castle and the shape of it to determine the exact position. You’ll know when you’ve found it as there are some rocks in a ceremonial position in a flat area. Stay alert, as enemies hang out around here.
Photo 6 (Memory 9) — Irch Plain
For once this is a memory that isn’t entirely tinted with a sense of doom about it, but the scene in the photo is very different to the ruinous view of the castle we have now. Look in the north-western edges just beyond Hyrule Castle’s moat. Here, not far from the Monya Toma Shrine, is this memory — on Irch Plain, near a couple of smaller bodies of water.
Photo 7 (Memory 11) — West Necluda
This photo is pretty easy to identify thanks to its very iconic scenery — it’s overlooking the Bridge of Hylia, which of course is reminiscent to many of Twilight Princess. Look on your map at the northern mouth into Lake Hylia — here you’ll find Scout’s Hill. On the other side of the river from that larger hill is this memory, in the shadow of a tree.
Photo 8 (Memory 12) — Hyrule Castle
Well, this one is exciting! Hyrule Castle is technically the game’s final dungeon, of course, but you can go there any time. It has a dungeon style map as a result, but we’ve marked the exact position of this memory on the regular map so you can get your bearings. Avoid the guardians and climb or sneak your way to the left wing of the castle, where in one of the towers you’ll find Zelda’s room. On a bridge between Zelda’s room and another tower (Zelda’s study, it looks like) you’ll find this memory, the eighth (middle right) photo.
Photo 9 (Memory 13) — Spring of Power
The ninth photo downloaded for you (bottom left) depicts a shrine of sorts, and you can find this in Akkala, a little ways from where the story points you to the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab. You likely already discovered the East Akkala Stable and Katosa Aug Shrine, too — head West from those and look for a hole in the ground. There’s Ordorac Quarry sunk deep into the ground, and next to it is the Spring of Power, this memory’s location.
Photo 10 (Memory 14) — Sanidin Park Ruins
To the West of Central Hyrule’s Tower you’ll find Mount Daphnes (shout out to the King of Red Lions) — and to the west of that is Regencia River. On the other side of the River are the Nima Plains, and on the road leading through that plains is a park that has as structure that looks a little like a horseshoe (or an omega symbol). This is Sanidin Park. Grab this horse-themed memory here.
Photo 11 (Memory 15) — Lanayru Road East Gate
This memory is another easy one to find so long as you have a broad idea of where it is. In the far east of Hyrule slap bang in the middle of the map is Mount Lanayru. To the West of the mountain is one clear path that leads from near Kakariko right through to the mountain path. The path runs parallel to a body of water in the shape of a T. The memory is here, on the road, right near the foot of the mountain.
Photo 12 (Memory 16) — Hyrule Field
This one tripped us up for ages; look on the east side of Hyrule Field towards the vertical middle of the map for a place called Bottomless Swamp. Just above Bottomless Swamp is a small forest that runs along the Hylia River. Within this forest this final memory (bottom right in the photos page) is waiting for you.
The Final Picture (Memory 17) — Ash Swamp
Once you’ve returned to Impa with the 16 memories above, she’ll show you the picture for this final and vital memory. The memory is actually quite close to Kakariko, but is closest to the Duelling Peaks Stable and the Ha Dahamar Shrine. Just to the East of this shrine and ranch is Ash Swamp, and among the many defeated guardians sandwiched between the two bottom puddles this memory glows for the taking.
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Memory locations in the Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild are a very important thing for the player to find. Link lost his memories and finding these lost mementos is important in order to discover his past and uncover the story of how things are the way they are, but also, recovered memories take you on the path of finding one of the endings in the game (some would call it the true ending of the game). By recovering all lost memories you will truly set yourself up on being the hero Hyrule needs.
In the Adventurers log, right at the beginning of the game, you’ll see that there are 18 Memories that remain hidden and that you need to recover. As you play through the game, doing the main quest, you’ll go to Kakariko Village and talk to Impa. After you go to Hateno Ancient Tech Lab and finish what you have to do for Purah she will send you back to Impa and she will unlock 12 old camera photos on your Sheikah Slate. These pictures are from Zelda and they point to places that hold old memories that you can unlock. She gives you the Locked Mementos Quest and your task is to find these exact locations and unlock the long lost memories of Link and Zelda. Once you have found all 18 you will get the true ending of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
This guide will show you all locations of Memories in Zelda: Breath of the Wild and how to find them.
Recovered memory #1 – Photo 1 – Subdued Ceremony
Recovered memory #3 – Photo 2 – Resolve and Grief
Other memories are recovered as you do the main story quests and can’t be found otherwise.
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:
It’s all about these glowing portals for finding these Captured Memory points
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 – San > Where on earth is this horsey fellow hiding? This memory has a distinct equine theme
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.