Not to be confused with a Gossip Stone.
A Sheikah Stone is a reoccurring object in Ocarina of Time 3D, Skyward Sword, and Majora's Mask 3D. Their primary purpose is to aid Link in his quest with videos and hints. They are similar in appearance to Gossip Stones from the original Ocarina of Time. Sheikah Stones may give Link a vision of what he must do next in his quest, allowing them to be used as a sort of walkthrough.
Ocarina of Time 3D
In Ocarina of Time 3D, there are two Sheikah Stones. One of them is located right outside Link's House in Kokiri Forest, and the other is in the Temple of Time. In this game, Sheikah Stones give visions of actions that Link must take to progress in the game. They serve as hints that can offer guidance and solutions to tough puzzles if needed. In order to receive the visions, Link must crawl inside the Sheikah Stone and then select the vision he wishes to view in order to aid his quest. The visions are organized into categories. The vision is marked with the word "new" if Link has not yet seen it and a check mark if he has. The word clear means that Link has already completed that vision's puzzle. Helpful as they are, there are no Sheikah Stones in the Master Quest.
In Skyward Sword, Sheikah Stones look more like a Gossip Stone than the two in Ocarina of Time 3D. The primary Sheikah Stone can be found right next to the Sparring Hall in Skyloft after Link gets the Practice Sword. The Sheikah Stone introduces itself and explains that it can provide hints if Link gets stuck. In Hero Mode, the Sheikah Stone gives Link all the visions in their first encounter without Link having to unlock them throughout the game. A second Sheikah Stone can be found, temporarily, in Eldin Volcano during the Song of the Hero quest, while Link is briefly unable to return to The Sky.
Majora's Mask 3D
The Sheikah Stone in Majora's Mask 3D is the same as the Sheikah Stones in Ocarina of Time 3D. A Sheikah Stone can be found in the Clock Tower where Link meets the Happy Mask Salesman. Link can crawl into it to view visions to help him progress.
Cadence of Hyrule
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In Cadence of Hyrule, Sheikah Stones have a variety of uses. Interacting with them gives the player the option to switch characters or outfits, and will heal the player and open nearby caves or facilities when used for the first time. Playing the Lute will warp the player to any active Sheikah Stone. As long as the player is not in Permadeath Mode, the stones also serve as a spawn point upon death.
- ↑ "How do you do? I'm what you call a Sheikah Stone. Glad to meet you! I'm a stone of few words, so I'll get right to it. You're going to find yourself in puzzling circumstances as you make your way through this world. If you should find yourself stuck and you have no idea how to move forward, come see me. I've got nothing for you right now, but down the road when you're feeling stuck, the things I'll show you may just get you back on the right track. Good luck out there, friend!" — Sheikah Stone, Skyward Sword.
- ↑ "How do you do? I'm what you call a Sheikah Stone...but you knew that already, didn't you? I'm a stone of few words so I'll get right to it. I can see you're playing in Hero Mode, so clearly you've mastered all the puzzles out there before. I think that's pretty impressive! Tell you what, I'm going to go ahead and give you access to all the hints right from the start. If you ever get the urge to look over hints you've already seen, just come and see me. Good luck to you, friend!" — Sheikah Stone, Skyward Sword.