Statue of the Goddess
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The Statue of the Goddess is the massive statue that can be found watching over Skyloft. The statue is intended to resemble the goddess Hylia, the deity that fought off the Demon Tribe along with several other races that were assisting. This statue has a significant role throughout the story, from beginning to end. After the Wing Ceremony, Zelda gives the Sailcloth to Link here. Link also first receives the Goddess Sword from Inside the Statue of the Goddess, in addition to having his first encounter with Fi. It is also the place where he will put several tablets which will allow him to access various regions of the Surface. A similar Statue of the Goddess is found inside of the Isle of Songs. It appears whenever Link hits the Goddess Crest with a Skyward Strike.
It is later revealed that beneath the giant statue lies Sky Keep, Skyward Sword's final dungeon. Sky Keep is where the Triforce is kept, and it was sealed away by the goddess herself. Once all Triforce pieces are collected, Link and Fi will appear on top of the statue with the completed Triforce. Afterwards, the Goddess Statue will break off from Skyloft and descend into the Sealed Grounds, vanquishing Demise from the present. Once Demise is again defeated in the past, Link and Zelda appear on top of the statue yet again, this time with Link strumming the Goddess's Harp.
Breath of the Wild
There are many Statues of the Goddess in Breath of the Wild. A large Statue of the Goddess can be found in the ruins of the Temple of Time. When approached, Link can pray to it. If Link possesses four Spirit Orbs, he can trade them for either a Heart Container or a 20% increase in his Stamina Wheel.
Smaller statues can be found throughout Breath of the Wild in villages, such as Kakariko Village, and at Springs, such as the Spring of Wisdom. These smaller statues can be prayed at for the same choice of upgrades; however, Link cannot pray at the statues in the Springs until the associated Shrine Quest is complete.