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The Zonai were a race mentioned in Breath of the Wild.[1]


The Zonai were an ancient, warlike tribe that once lived in what are now the Zonai Ruins of Faron Woods. They were a civilization which worshiped a water dragon,[2] and carved its visage into the area.[3][4] Along with these dragon statues, there are statues of boars and owls; these three together are said to represent the virtues of the Triforce.[5] It is also said that they were powerful magic wielders who mysteriously disappeared thousands of years ago.[6] The Thyphlo Ruins have the same architecture, implying they were Zonai-made as well. Similar ruins can be found scattered all across Hyrule, but never in as high a concentration as within the Faron Region. The exact relationship between the Zonai Ruins in Faron, the Thyphlo Ruins and Thundra Plateau of Central Hyrule, and the three massive labyrinths, North Lomei Labyrinth, South Lomei Labyrinth, and Lomei Labyrinth Island are unclear, but they all bear resemblance to the Zonai Ruins.[7]

In addition to these ruins, there are dozens of tall stone pillars with unknown purpose referred to as Zonai Towers scattered all across Hyrule.[8][9]

The spiral is the signature trademark of the Zonai tribe.[10] And their warriors once wore the Barbarian Set.[11]


The name "Zonai" is derived from the Japanese word  (mystery, puzzle), referencing their mysterious nature.[5]

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  1. Creating a Champion pg. 414
  2. "Faron Woods is a densely wooded area… There’s a lake there called the “Mouth of the Dragon,” or something… " — Meeshy (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "Ruins in the Faron Woods thought to be home to a mysterious ancient tribe. The Spring of Courage is found within."  (Creating a Champion pg. 359)
  4. "The home of the Zonai. They are thought to have worshipped a water dragon, since the area has many rock carvings dedicated to such a being. The stone structure surrounding the Spring of Courage bears the face of a large dragon, and this place must have been a sanctuary for the Zonai as well."  (Creating a Champion pg. 413)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "As we were in the process of creating the cities and people of every region of Hyrule, we thought that if we showed fragments of a civilization that collapsed long ago, it would make the world feel more real. That’s why we added Zonai relics throughout Hyrule. The ruins are primarily animal themed, but with the history of the Triforce from an ancient perspective in mind. The designs are symbolic—using dragons (courage), owls (wisdom), and boars (power). And, yes, their name is a pun. “Zonai” is a take on nazo, a word meaning “mystery” in Japanese."  (Creating a Champion pg. 342)
  6. "The Zonai themselves are spoken of in hushed whispers as strong magic wielders who disappeared thousands of years ago. The disappearance of the Zonai is one of Hyrule's greatest mysteries."  (Creating a Champion pg. 413)
  7. "These giant mazes were built long, long ago. They appear to have some similarities to the Zonai Ruins in Faron, but whether or not there is a connection between them is unknown. Regardless, both were constructed in areas that are inaccessible to the average person."  (Creating a Champion pg. 342)
  8. "These towers can be found looming above the surrounding terrain throughout the world. They are many times taller than any given individual, and their purpose is an utter mystery."  (Creating a Champion pg. 343)
  9. "The purpose of these towers is unknown. Some think that they may have been used for magical purposes, but that cannot be confirmed. They remain one of the things that lend Hyrule’s past an air of mystery."  (Creating a Champion pg. 413)
  10. "This spiral pattern seems to be the unique mark of the Zonai, and it can be seen throughout the land."  (Creating a Champion pg. 413)
  11. "This outfit was worn by the warriors of an ancient warlike tribe from the Faron region. The war paint brings out your inner strength and increases your attack power."  (Creating a Champion pg. 184)