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Ring Ruins and how to complete A Trip through History in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Ring around the village.

Link standing by a Ring Ruin in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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The Ring Ruins in Kakariko Village have transformed the once-quiet village into a tourist destination in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

One of those tourists has a task for you: the A Trip through History side quest. Completing A Trip Through History in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom might not reward you with the most lucrative treasures, but you do get some extra insight into Hyrule’s past - and what’s coming next.

Below you’ll find out where each Ring Ruin location is and how to get the stone slab text back to Bugut in Kakariko Village.

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How to complete A Trip Through History in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

The ruin in the village itself is blocked off until later on in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, when you’re completing the Sage of Light questline. A Trip through Time is the quest you can tackle at any point just by visiting each of the open ruins.

Speak with Bugut to start the quest, or to finish it if you explore the ruins first. He’s wandering around the center of Kakariko Village, usually between the Ring Garland stall and the general store. He wants to know what the inscriptions say on the stone slabs inside the broken ruins, but he’s terrified of heights. That’s where you step in.

Link taking on the A Trip Through History quest in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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The quest description might sound like you need someone on the Zonai Expedition team to translate for you, but someone’s already done the work. All you need to do is find the slab in three ruins, and read the translation on a workbench near the slab. The fourth ruin is a bit different, as you can’t actually get inside to read the translation.

Ring Ruins locations in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

You can visit the ring ruins in any order in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but the easiest one to start with is the southwestern ruin, since you can access them quickly from Makasura Shrine. Fast travel there, climb up the hill, and glide across to the ruins. You’ll see two elderly villagers arguing about offense and defense. If you spoke with the general store owner, you can listen to their argument as part of her quest, though it’s not required.

Map showing all of the Ring Ruin locations you need to visit in A Trip Through History in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
All of the Ring Ruin locations you need to visit in A Trip through History. | Image credit: Nintendo

This ruin has a set of blue Bokoblins camping out in the middle. Defeat them however you see fit, and head to the back of the ruins. Turn right at the campfire, and you’ll see the slab and translations in front of you.

Link at a Ring Ruins location in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Travel back to the shrine, and head east this time. Glide over the village, and follow the wooden walkway into the ruins.

Link standing at a Ring Ruins location in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Face north from these ruins, glide over to the cliff face near the woods, and follow the forest’s edge until you see a large set of scaffolding ahead. Glide over to it, climb up, and follow the walkway to the ruins.

Link exploring a Ring Ruins location in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Leave, and turn towards the village again. You’ll see Makasura Shrine ahead, and the forbidden ruins a bit closer. Turn right and head down the hill, avoiding the fence around the forbidden ruins until you reach the edge of the cliff, facing the giant Ring over the waterfall.

Link at a Ring Ruins location as he progresses through the A Trip Through History quest in Tears of the Kingdom.
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The slab isn’t in the ruin this time, so you don’t have to climb it. Instead, glide over to the scaffolding, and climb up it. It eventually leads you to a large, open platform with someone sleeping on the stone slab. You can’t wake them, nor do you need to. The translation is, as ever, on a table next to you.

Link standing by a translation he needs to progress through the A Trip Through History quest in Tears of the Kingdom.
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Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Ring Ruins rewards

After visiting the four accessible Ring Ruins in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, float back down to Kakariko Village, and speak with Bugut again.

He rewards you with three Thunderwing Butterflies, which you can mix with monster parts to create an elixir that increases your resistance to electricity. The only other reward is the translated stone slab lore, which sheds some light on past events in Tears of the Kingdom.

If you'd like to learn more about Link's adventure, visit our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough.