The Spring of Power is one of the most mysterious and legendary places in all of Hyrule. Its origins and purpose have become completely lost to the sands of time, and the current residents of Hyrule are now left to merely speculate about the legendary location.
While the Spring of Power will always remain a mystery to some extent, there are some secrets about the unique spring that you can solve in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
There are a number of reasons why you will definitely want to make sure this location is on your list of destinations. These include the ability to complete the Spring of Power side quest, the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine that is unlocked once the side quest is completed, and the fact that the Spring of Power is the location of Lost Memory #13.
So if you have been wandering about Hyrule aimlessly trying to discover the location of The Spring of Power, wander no further.
We will go over everything you need to know to find the Spring, complete the accompanying side quest, and we will also include tips on how to tackle the Major Test of Strength that awaits you in the Shrine.
Embarking on the Spring of Power Side Quest
The first inkling you will hear of the Spring of Power’s existence will likely be at the East Akkala Stable. There you will encounter an NPC named Nobo. Nobo is a very well-travelled individual with valuable insight regarding the tourist destinations that lie around the East Akkala Stable.
Speaking to Nobo allows you to pick her brain about several things, one being the places nearby that might be worth seeing. When you ask her about the nearby areas, Nobo points you toward the Spring of Power:
“Let’s see… if you go west of the stable, there’s a sacred place called the Spring of Power! “Offer the sacred article to the Spring of Power.” That’s what the legend says. Maybe it was part of a ritual the Princess of Hyrule Castle used to perform?”
Once you hear this important tidbit of information, your journey to find the Spring of Power will begin.
If you are having trouble tracking down our helpful friend Nobo, you can find her sitting outside the stable near the fire on nice days or wandering around the inside of the stable on rainy days. But no matter the weather, Nobo will be waiting for you somewhere around the East Akkala Stable.
Now that The Spring of Power is officially on your to-do list, you are ready to set off on your quest.
Finding the Spring of Power
Nobo informed us of the rough direction we should travel to find the Spring, and, lo and behold, she was right. If you bring up your map, you can see a strange circular body of water just west of the East Akkala Stable. That is your destination, the Spring of Power.
The entrance to the Spring of Power can be found hidden at the very back of Ordorac Quarry, which is not a good place to be. The entrance to the Spring is heavily guarded by three Guardian Skywatchers who are not there to beat around the bush.
These Guardian Skywatchers are fully prepared to smite you on sight. I don’t have a death wish, and I’m sure you don’t either. So, in my opinion, the best and easiest way to approach the Spring of Power is from the back. You can thank me later.
Check your steed of choice out from the stable, and take the road to the right of the stable. Follow the road through the small group of trees and down the hill a little until you reach a road sign.
Once you hit the road sign, turn right and ride alongside the trees until you see a small entranceway. You should be able to see the Guardian Skywatchers patrolling the area when you look down the path.
Although every fiber of your being is most likely telling you not to go towards the sentries, push the voice to the back of your mind and head off down the path. You might want to leave your horse here and go in alone, just in case one of the Guardian’s lasers hit your beloved companion. That would be absolutely devastating.
I have never killed a horse companion myself, but they don’t have unlimited HP, so it can happen. And I just don’t know if I could ever forgive myself if I instructed your horse to enter the Ordorac Quarry towards certain death. So in an effort to keep my conscience clear, this is my warning to leave your horse outside the Quarry.
Once you reach the end of the path, you will find yourself in Ordorac Quarry. As soon as you enter, turn right and stick to the wall. As long as you time it correctly and stay close to the wall, you should be able to sneak right past the patrolling Guardians completely unnoticed.
Keep sneaking along the right wall, and you will eventually come across a small opening covered in brown vines and leaves. How mysterious, right? This is the entrance to the Spring of Power. Clearly, no one has been here in about a century, so the opening has become entirely overgrown with plant matter.
Set the vines of fire with a fire arrow to clear the way so you can enter the Spring of Power. If you don’t have a fire arrow or a Flameblade, build a small fire near the entrance and take out a regular arrow. Dip the tip of your arrow into the flames, and voila! You just made yourself a fire arrow.
Lost Memory #13: Slumbering Power
If you have been following along with the tutorial, you have now successfully made it past the murderous Guardian Skywatchers and into the majestic Spring of Power. But before approaching the Goddess Hylia Statue, you might as well head toward the glowing spot near the center of the Spring to trigger Memory #13.
This memory shows Zelda’s struggles as she laments over praying every day for her powers to awaken to no avail. It’s a pretty sad memory, as you can really feel her anguish. Once you have collected the Lost Memory, you can feel free to approach the statue.
The Spring of Power Side Quest
Once you approach the towering statue of Goddess Hylia, it will awaken and provide you with your next mission:
You have done well to find this Spring. Offer Dinraal’s scale, received from the Red Spirit, to the Spring of Power. I, Goddess Hylia, will guide you.
The following mission is no easy task. Dinraal is one of the three dragons that dwell in the depths of Hyrule, and getting a scale from a dragon is never a walk in the park. Thankfully, Dinraal is friendly enough, so you don’t have to worry about your safety when setting off to collect one of his scales.
The easiest place to encounter the great dragon Dinraal is in the Eldin region. To get there are quick as possible, fast-travel to the Divine Beast Vah Rudania. If you haven’t unlocked Vah Rudania yet, the next closest shrine to Dinraal is the Gorae Torr Shrine just north of Death Mountain.
Hopefully, you have already completed the Death Mountain Divine Beast at this point because it will be a long walk for you otherwise. Once you fast-travel to the Divine Beast, climb up to the tip of the mountain and glide off into the distance.
You want to fly north to the very edge of the map, but you will have to fly south just a little bit first to get out of range of the Divine Beast. If you’re too close, the game will think you are trying to enter the Beast and teleport you right back to where you started.
Once you are out of Van Rudania’s range, turn around and start flying north to the edge of the map. Your destination is the Eldin Great Skeleton in the East Deplian Badlands. It is a long glide to reach the skeleton, and flying over the sea of lava takes a pretty long time.
It is a good idea to take breaks on the mountains below if you don’t have a lot of stamina, or stock up on some Swift Carrots and other stamina-increasing consumables to help you make the trip.
Once you reach the skeleton, land right on top of its head and make a fire. There is a group of monsters that have made their home inside the skeleton, so you can take them out and make a camp on the ground if you would prefer.
But the best vantage point you can get to the dragon is on the skeleton’s head, so you are probably better off ignoring the monsters and letting them go about their monstery business unbothered.
Dinraal only appears at 1.00 am. So depending on what time you arrive, you might want to build a fire and wait until nighttime. Waiting by a fire until nighttime wakes you up at about 10.00 pm, so you do still have a bit of a wait ahead of you.
Once it gets closer to 1.00 am, the wind will start to pick up. This is when you know to be on guard because Dinraal is coming.
Dinraal will appear to the east of where you are standing if you are on top of the skeleton and will fly directly over top of you. So when you see the dragon, get your bow and arrow out and wait until it passes overhead. When it does, hit Dinraal with an arrow.
Don’t worry. This is a massive and magical dragon, so your arrow won’t hurt it. If you hit your mark, a shiny yellow glow will appear on the impact site, and a dragon scale will fly off.
Jump off your spot on the skeleton, pick up your dragon scale, and fast-travel back to the East Akkala Stable before those monsters from earlier realize you’re there.
The Tutsuwa Nima Shrine
Once you get back to East Akkala Stable, head back down to the Shrine of Power. Stand in front of the Goddess Hylia Statue and place your dragon scale on the platform underneath the water just in front of the Statue.
As soon as you place Dinraal’s scale, a door just behind the Goddess Statue will begin to open, revealing the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine. The Tutsuwa Nima Shrine is A Major Test of Strength, which means it is one of the hardest combat challenges you can get in a Shrine.
The Guardian Scout inside is incredibly fast and extremely strong, so you are definitely going to want to make sure you are fully stocked up on strong weapons and armor before you head into the Shrine.
The strongest armor set you can equip before heading into any Test of Strength challenge is the Barbarian set. If you have the whole set equipped, it has an Attack-Up bonus, giving you the best chance you can get to defeat any challenge that comes your way.
Collecting The Barbarian Armor Set
Like most things in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it hasn’t been officially confirmed, but many believe that the Barbarian Armor Set once belonged to the ancient Zonai Tribe.
The armor’s description in the game states that it was once favored by an ancient war-like tribe from the Faron region. We don’t have a lot of information about Hyrule’s ancient history, or any, for that matter. But an ancient war-like tribe sounds like the Zonai to me.
It’s even further hinted at by the fact that all three pieces of the Barbarian Armor Set are found in the Labyrinth Shrines. All the carvings present on these labyrinths match those found on the ancient Zonai ruins across the Faron region, indicating they may have the same origins.
There are several of these labyrinths dotted around Hyrule, the origins of which are not explained whatsoever. Like all of the other Zonai Ruins in Breath of the Wild, they merely exist. Their meanings have been lost to time, just like the Shrine of Power has to the current people of Hyrule.
To find the Barbarian Helm, you have to find and complete the Tu Ka’Loh Shrine in the center of the Lomei Labyrinth Island. This labyrinth is just off the coast of Akkala in the top right-hand corner of the map.
The Barbarian Armor can be found after completing the Dila Maag Shrine, located in the depths of the South Lomei Labyrinth. The South Lomei Labyrinth is a great maze just east of the Gerudo Desert, you can’t miss it.
The Barbarian Leg Wraps are in the Qaza Tokki Shrine in the North Lomei Labyrinth, which is in the Tabantha region. You can spot it on the map just northeast of the Great Hyrule Forest.
All pieces of the Barbarian Armor Set can be upgraded at the Great Fairy Fountain using parts from some of the most fearsome beasts in Hyrule, like Lynels and Hinox, for example.
Even with the strongest gear in the game, the Major Test of Strength is still a great challenge. Parrying and Perfect Dodging your way to victory is the best way to take on the formidable Guardian Scout that guards the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine. Bomb arrows also can’t hurt.
You will recognize the Guardian Scout’s attack patterns from the other Guardians you will have defeated in the game. It cycles through regular melee attacks, spinning attacks, and laser attacks.
Once you’ve damaged the Guardian Scout enough, it will collapse down into a heap and start tracking you with its laser beam. Once it does this, you are going to have to deliver the final blows as soon as possible because once it starts firing its laser, it is very hard to come out of the Shrine in one piece.
Collecting Guardian Arrows
Getting some great weapons and armor and setting off to complete the Major Test of Strength that awaits you in the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine the old-fashioned way is what most gamers will do, but there is a shortcut you can take to complete the mission without even breaking a sweat.
And it’s so close to the Shrine’s location, too, so the temptation is strong.
If you want to complete the Major Test of Strength in a single shot, you will need a Guardian Arrow. You can collect these from the Ancient Akkala Tech Lab, which is only a hop, a skip, and a jump away from the East Akkala Stable.
If you haven’t done it yet, you will first need to complete the Robbie’s Request side quest to unlock the ability to purchase Guardian Arrows from the Ancient Akkala Tech Lab. This involves reigniting the Ancient Furnace named Cherry.
To reignite the furnace, you will need to locate the source of the Blue Flame. The Blue Flame you need to reignite the furnace in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab is just west of the lab, in a place called Tumlea Heights.
Along the way from the furnace to the Tech Lab, you will notice lanterns marking your path. Your mission is to carry the Blue Flame with a stick, lighting the lanterns along the way back to the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab.
Lighting the lanterns ensures you don’t have to go too far back to reignite your stick if your flame dies for whatever reason. Once you reignite Cherry, you will be able to purchase Guardian Arrows.
Guardian Arrows do come at a significant cost, however. A single Guardian Arrow will cost you 90 Rupees, an arrow, two Ancient Screws, and one Ancient Shaft.
These items can be collected from other Guardians you have defeated throughout your adventure and can sometimes be picked up by scavenging around dead Guardians.
Heading into the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine with one of these arrows in tow will secure you the win in one shot. Guardian Arrows are powerful weapons that can one-shot most enemies in the game, but they also obliterate any loot you would have received from killing them the old -fashioned way.
Guardians themselves are more immune to the Guardian Arrows, and in order to one-shot one you have to hit it with a Guardian Arrow directly in the eye. It is difficult, but not impossible. Guardians are the only enemy in the game that still provide loot after being killed by a Guardian Arrow.
So once you take down the enemy, you will then be free to pick up your loot of Guardian parts, including the weapons it was wielding, open the chest to collect a Flamespear, and head up to the Monk to complete the Shrine.
What Do You Get For Completing The Spring Of Power?
The Spring of Power side quest is a long and arduous journey, but one that you will be greatly rewarded for.
You get to collect Lost Memory #13, have a close encounter with Dinraal the dragon (which is extremely cool), complete the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine, collect the Guardian parts and weapons from the Guardian Scout as well as the chance to add a shiny new Flamespear to your arsenal.
If you completed Robbie’s Request to take a shortcut and defeat the Guardian Scout faster with a Guardian Arrow, you will also have unlocked the ability to shop at the Ancient Akkala Tech Lab.
The lab is an unlimited resource of Guardian Arrows and other amazing Guardian Gear you can purchase there to help you throughout the rest of your journey.
You also get to meet the nice NPC Nomo. She seems nice.
Spring of Power BOTW Guide: FAQs
Question: How Many Springs are there in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?
Answer: There are three Sacred Springs. The Spring of Power, the Spring of Wisdom, and the Spring of Courage. Each of the three Sacred Springs corresponds to a piece of the Triforce.
Question: Do All of the Sacred Springs Require Dragon Scales to Open?
Answer: Yes. Each Sacred Spring requires the scale of one of the great dragons that live in Hyrule.
Question: What is the Hardest Dragon Scale to Collect?
Answer: Naydra’s scale is the hardest to get. Naydra can be found at the peak of Mount Lanayru. Once you get there, you will notice the dragon is overwhelmed by malice. Cleansing Naydra of the malice that poisons her is one of the most difficult tasks in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it is by far one of the most epic moments in the entire game.
One Sacred Spring Down, Two More to Go
Hopefully, this guide was able to help you locate the Sacred Spring of Power, complete its accompanying side quest, defeat the Guardian Scout in the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine’s Major Test of Strength, and find Lost Memory #13.
All without having to step foot into the Ordorac Quarry. Well, for the most part, at least.
These Sacred Shrine quests are some of the most mystical and interesting missions that the game has to offer, so I do hope that by skipping the horror of heading straight through the Quarry, this process was a lot more enjoyable to complete for you.