Who are the Zonai in The Legend of Zelda?

Long gone, but not forgotten.

The Legend of Zelda series is home to many races and people, stretching across several games and worlds. While most will be familiar with Hyrulians, Gorons, Deku, and Zora, one that may be more mysterious are the Zonai. This may leave you wondering about the Zonai in The Legend of Zelda.

Everything we know about the Zonai Tribe in The Legend of Zelda

We do not know much about the Zonai Tribe. They were first introduced in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild but never actually seen. The only trace of them were ruins found throughout Hyrule, particularly in the Faron Woods and Faron Grasslands.

Who were the Zonai Tribe in Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

The Zonai Tribe was a prehistoric and ancient race of barbarians who settled around the Faron region, whose name comes from the large Zonai Ruins in Faron Woods. They were considered a savage tribe of warmongers and wielded powerful magical abilities. They were believed to worship a water dragon of some kind and constructed several structures with unique stone architecture.

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While the Zonai are never encountered in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, having long since vanished, their influence is throughout the game. Link encounters several ruins that bear their design, notably Zorai Ruins, North Lomei Labyrinth, South Lomei Labyrinth, and Lomei Labyrinth Island. Link can also obtain the Barbarian Set, a set of armor with Zonai Tribe designs.

Will the Zonai be in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

The Zonai are officially confirmed in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Defeating a Construct drops a Zonai Charge, which suggests that the ancient tribe creates these. Zonai structures are also seen throughout the world, which definitely shows their influence. The Sky Islands also have various Zonai structures as well.

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Justin has been diving into fantasy worlds since he can remember. He is a certified nerd who has a deep love of reading, writing, and hiking. He has been writing since his college days, but specifically in gaming for two years. His favorite games are The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Hollow Knight, Celeste, and Banjo Kazooie.
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