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Tears Of The Kingdom: 10 Hardest Shrines, Ranked



The latest installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise, Tears of the Kingdom, has far exceeded the expectations of fans worldwide. With twice the amount of adventure and excitement than its predecessor, Breath of the Wild, gamers are in for a thrilling ride. The game offers three distinct world maps to discover, each packed with hidden treasures, challenging boss fights, and an impressive 152 shrines of light.

As with any Legend of Zelda game, Tears of the Kingdom will put your problem-solving skills to the test. The game features various shrines that require a mastery of skills, and sometimes even more hearts or stamina than you may have at the time. Here are the top ten most challenging shrines in the game that you won’t want to miss:

10. Oshozan-u Shrine

Located off the tutorial island, the Oshozan-u Shrine requires cold-resistant clothing or food to reach, or else Link will freeze to death. The shrine presents a formidable challenge that will put your mental abilities to the test. The Ultrahand ability, combined with logs and rockets lying around, will help you achieve your goals.

9. Igoshon Shrine

The Igoshon Shrine, situated on the way to the Water Temple, presents a novel challenge with its low gravity. You will have to calculate the distance for Link to jump while using Ultrahand, Recall, and Ascend cleverly to complete this shrine.

8. Mayachideg Shrine

Located in a tricky spot, the Mayachideg Shrine is one of the Proving Grounds shrines. Here, Link is stripped of all his equipment and must defeat various enemies using only what the shrine provides him with. The shrine features automated devices scattered around the arena, which can be challenging to navigate, but with a diverse toolset available, you can complete it in a variety of creative ways.

7. Jiukoum Shrine

Jiukoum Shrine is best left for later when you have mastered the Ultrahand ability and have a steady hand. The puzzle involves building various platforms to navigate different kinds of rails. The final section may cause a bit of confusion, but with such a diverse toolset available, you can complete the shrine in a variety of creative ways.

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6. Orochium Shrine

The Orochium Shrine features various difficult puzzles combined, which you can solve through trial and error. With Ascend, make a mental map of the labyrinth-like space and take your time planning your every move.

5. Zakusu Shrine

The Zakusu Shrine located near Mount Lanayru can only be revealed after completing the shrine-related quest. You will have to launch yourself into the air from the Skyview Tower and glide to a sky island southeast of it. The shrine’s tricky part is equipping a sled shield beforehand and snowboarding through a challenging area. You must deploy your glider before hitting the ground to succeed.

4. Mayaotaki Shrine

The Mayaotaki Shrine is located deep inside North Lomei Labyrinth and will have you solving puzzles on three different maps (sky, surface, and Depths). You can climb on top of the labyrinth, jump back down to the location of a hidden ladder, or go the traditional way, which may take some time, but the experience is worth it.

3. Mayaumekis Shrine

The Mayaumekis Shrine is one you will find by following the main story. You will have to use your bow and arrows cleverly to succeed. Make sure you stock up on arrows before attempting to complete this challenging shrine.

2. Sifumim Shrine

The Sifumim Shrine is found near Lurelin Village and will have you battling against various challenging constructs. All your gear will be removed, so you will have to use the provided tools and strip your opponents from their weapons.

1. Riogok Shrine

The Riogok Shrine is the most challenging of all the shrines in Tears of the Kingdom. You will have to use all of Link’s special abilities to solve various puzzles and take advantage of all the logs and items scattered around the area. Mastery of all skills is required to acquire the hidden chest of the shrine.

In conclusion, the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is an exciting and challenging adventure that will keep gamers entertained for hours on end. With its unique puzzles, hidden treasures, and boss fights, it is no wonder why this game has exceeded fans’ expectations.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has exceeded fans’ expectations, offering more than double the amount of fun than its predecessor, Breath of the Wild. There are three different world maps to explore, with lots of hidden treasures, dangerous boss fights, and 152 shrines of light to be found.


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Tears of the Kingdom would not be a Legend of Zelda game without challenging puzzles and shrines that will have the gears turning in your head. Some of these shrines may prove to be too much of a challenge if you visit them early on in the game, as they require mastery of skills — and sometimes, more hearts or stamina than you might have!



10 Oshozan-u Shrine

Oshozan-u Shrine beginning totk

Depending on which direction you take after jumping off the tutorial island, you may find yourself in front of the Oshozan-u shrine. Getting to it may prove challenging, as it requires cold-resistant clothing or food; otherwise, Link will freeze to death.

To complete the Oshozan-u shrine you will need to use your brains. The Ultrahand ability will allow you to take advantage of the logs and rockets lying around to complete your goal.

9 Igoshon Shrine

Link flying using a floating water orb at the Igoshon shrine

You can find the Igoshon Shrine on your way to the Water Temple. What makes the shrine quite challenging is the low gravity. If this is your first time experiencing it, it may take some time to get accustomed to it.

Not only will you have to calculate from which distance Link has to jump, but you will also have to use your abilities in a clever way. Ultrahand, Recall, and Ascend will play a huge role in the completion of this shrine.

8 Mayachideg Shrine

Link stripped from armour and weapons at the Mayachideg shrine

You will most likely get to the Mayachideg Shrine a bit later on your playthrough, as it is found in a tricky location. Although, if you have already found the South Akkala Stable, it is not far from there. Mayachideg is one of the Proving Grounds types of shrines. In other words, Link is stripped from all his equipment and has to defeat various enemies using whatever the shrine provides him with.

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Here, Link will have to use to his advantage the automated devices scattered around the arenas. It may sound easy, but the constructs are faster than you think, and your own devices can damage you if you’re not careful!

7 Jiukoum Shrine

TotK - Jiukoum Shrine Entrance

If you have been playing the game for hours and come across the Jiukoum Shrine, leave it for later. This puzzle requires mastery of the Ultrahand and a steady hand.

Jiukoum may be more frustrating and time-consuming than difficult, but it definitely needs a clear mind to complete. You will have to build various platforms to navigate different kinds of rails. The final section can be a bit of a head-scratcher, but with such a diverse toolset available, you’re able to complete this shrine in a variety of creative ways.

6 Orochium Shrine

TotK - Orochium Shrine Lasers

The Orochium Shrine will have you solving various difficult puzzles combined. Do not rush, and take your time planning your every move.

You can complete Orochium through trial and error. By using Ascend, make a mental map of this labyrinth-like space and do not hesitate to get caught in lasers (sometimes avoiding danger lasers can actually make the situation more confusing than it needs to be).

5 Zakusu Shrine

Revealing the Zakusu Shrine by jumping from a sky island

The Zakusu Shrine is located near the Mount Lanayru area but can only be revealed after completing the shrine-related quest. You will have to launch yourself into the air from the area’s Skyview Tower and glide to a sky island southeast of it.

You will find an altar from where you will have to jump through green light rings. The tricky part is, you will have to equip a sled shield beforehand and snowboard through a challenging area — just make sure to deploy your glider before hitting the ground!

4 Mayaotaki Shrine

Legend of Zelda tears of the kingdom Labyrinth mayaotaki shrine

The Mayaotaki Shrine is one found deep inside North Lomei Labyrinth. Labyrinths in Tears of the Kingdom are more complicated than in Breath of the Wild, as they have’ll have you solving puzzles on three different maps (sky, surface, and Depths).

Mayaotaki can be a bit easier to complete if you use a few tricks to get on top of the labyrinth and then jump back down to the location of a hidden ladder. If you decide to go the traditional way, it may take some time — but the experience is worth it.

3 Mayaumekis Shrine

TotK - Mayaumekis Shrine Exterior

The Mayaumekis Shrine is one you will find by following the main story. When you are helping Rito village get rid of the massive blizzard, you will find yourself ascending through floating rocks into the sky.

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On your way, you will come across the Mayaumekis Shrine. Finding it is not as challenging as completing it. Link will have to use his bow and arrows cleverly in order to succeed. If you do not have any arrows on you, you better return to the village and stock up.

2 Sifumim Shrine

sifumim shrine entrance totk

The Sifumim Shrine is the most challenging one among the Proving Grounds types. As the name suggests, you should not rush, but instead take your time and go with the flow. In this case, the flow of the water.

Sifumim can be found near Lurelin Village and will have you battling against various challenging constructs. Once again, all your gear will be removed, so you will have to use the provided tools and strip your opponents from their weapons.

1 Riogok Shrine

A Log Fusing Together Two Gears

The Riogok Shrine is the most challenging in Tears of the Kingdom as it will have you using all of Link’s special abilities. Not only that, but you will have to solve various puzzles, taking advantage of all the logs and items scattered around the area.

From using Ultrahand to fix gears and combing Recall and Ascend to reach the end goal, you will need mastery of all skills. If you want to acquire the hidden chest of the shrine, that will also need clever use of the surrounding logs.

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