Shrine quests are special side quests in Zelda: Breath of the wild that usually have a secret or puzzle for you to solve and are important because finding all shrines in the game rewards you with the everyone’s favorite Green Tunic armor set/outfit. Many shrines in the game are plain in sight or discoverable by your Sheikah Slate radar. From time to time your radar will beep, but no shrine will be in sight. This is probably a site of a shrine quest with a puzzle to solve. In this guide we will list many of the shrine quests, where we started them and how we solved the riddles for them. We also have a separate guide for Kass Secret Shrines, type of shrine quests all given by Kass, the accordion playing bird person.
The Spring of Wisdom – Jitan Sa’mi Shrine – Frostspear
This is probably one of the first shrine quests you will get. It starts in Hateno village from a guy named Medda found in a field behind one of the houses. The really hard part of this shrine quest is getting on top of Mount Lanayru. Also, make sure you have at least 20 arrows with you if you are as bad a shot as I am. You will need some serious cold protection gear or food as well. You can check our guide for Zelda cold protection for details. If you follow the main road to the top you will have to fight many enemies along the way. I went around and reached the top having to avoid only 6-7 enemies on the road. Once you get to the top your goal is to shoot the red eye growths on the dragon’s body. Each time you shoot one of the eyes the dragon moves to another position on the mountain. Follow him and take out eyes. Once done you will get teleported to the Spring of Wisdom. You need to drop the Naydra’s scale you acquired into the waters of the spring to reveal the shrine (go into your inventory, click X on the scale, click A to add, B to exit, A to drop into water). You get Frostspear in the shrine for your efforts.
The Cursed Statue riddle solution – Kam Urog Shrine – Frostspear
This shrine quest starts in the Necluda region, north of Hateno tower (look at the screenshot for the exact location) and you get it from Dr. Calip. HE gives you the following riddle:
“When a dark light resides in the cursed
statue’s eyes, pierce its gaze to purge the seal
from the shrine.”
You have to wait for night (past 21:00 in-game time – you can make campfire and wait for night) and one of the statues at the location will have its eyes start glowing. Shoot it with an arrow to reveal the shrine.
Secret of the Snowy Peaks puzzle guide – Suma Sahma Shrine
You can start this one by reading a diary on top of the only snowy mountain top in the Gerude region (refer to screenshots for start location). The diary poses the next riddle:
“When the snowy mountain pedestal glows,
cast a cold shadow onto its core.”
Next to the house wreckage, in which the diary resides, are several small snowballs. You can roll them around the surrounding snow to make them larger. You will also notice two ponds of water next to the house. The smaller one is next to the edge of the hill and if you look over the edge you will see a shrine pedestal. Your goal is to wait for the sun to get into position to activate the pedestal and then roll the snowball into such position that it casts the shadow onto the center of the pedestal. Pedestal starts to glow 16:00 game time. It took a bit of tinkering to put the snowball into position (I had to use stasis rune to put it into the smaller pond), but if you save beforehand you should be able to do it in a few tries.
Kass Secret Shrine Quests
Several shrine quests are started by a bird person named Kass. You can come across him at several spots in Hyrule and he always gives you a riddle that you need to solve in order to uncover the shrine. Since there are several of these Kass specific secret shrine quests I decided to create a separate guide for them. Please check it out here.
We’ll add more shrine quests as we come across them so please make sure you bookmark this page, since we will be updating it frequently. If you have a specific shrine quest you are having trouble with leave a comment and we’ll try to find a solution asap.