Zelda BotW Secret Shrine Quest Locations - riddle and puzzle solutions

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.

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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.

Update (Edited on January 15, 2018): A word of wisdom from our user Constince, to make it even more easier: You can actually just make a moderately large snowball, but small enough that you can still pick it up. Go over and stand near the edge while holding it above your head so that the shadow covers the center of the platform at 4 pm.

The Bird in the Mountains secret shrine solution – Mozo Sheno Shrine

When visiting Rito Village you may have come across a child Rito talking about her grandpa telling her a story about finding a SUPER important treasure in the belly of a snow-white birdie. The story goes as follows:

“Once upon a time, my grandpa stopped at a
big tree while he was climbing a big mountain
and looked below him to the northwest. When
suddenly he saw a HUGE snow-white birdie with its wings spread wide! …
… as he got a little closer to the snow-shite birdie, Grandpa saw
something SUPER important inside its belly!”

You need to climb to the top of Talonto Peak, north of Rito village, in the Hebra region. If you zoom the map on the mountain range you should be able to see the little black dot representing the tree you need to reach. Going up the mountain is somewhat dangerous because of all the moblins and other enemies, but you should be fine. Once you reach the peak you should see a tree with a piece of cloth wrapped around it. Climb to the top of the tree and look northwest. Down below you should see something that resembles a white bird with its wings spread. Glide towards it and in mid-flight I noticed a red shine coming from below the bird-like plateau. This is the shrine and you should be able to glide straight into it.

The Seven Heroines Secret Shrine Solution – Korsh O’hu

You start the Seven Heroines Secret Shrine quest by talking to Rotana in Gerudo Town. She’s in a house in the northwest of the town. You’ll have to climb a set of stairs, and you’ll see her facing some bookshelves. She’ll tell you about the temple to the east, near the entrance into Gerudo Desert, and she’ll give you a riddle to solve:

“When the symbols of the seven find their place, the blessed path will be revealed.”

The exact place you’re looking for is indeed east of Gerudo Town. If you look at the map to the southwest of Wasteland Tower, you’ll see a large circle at the bottom of the mountain. Zoom in, and you’ll see seven triangular shapes in a circle. That’s where you want to go. Beware the Divine Beast if you haven’t defeated it yet.

Once there, you’ll notice that the seven huge statues have basins in front of them, and you’ll notice metal spheres lying about. Examine the first statue on the right, and you’ll see that the sphere inside has a purple symbol that looks like a pause button. Check the statue’s foot, and you’ll see the same symbol. Your task is to place the spheres in their correct basins using Magnesis. Every statue has their symbol on them somewhere – on their forehead, chest, sword hilt or foot. However, you’ll probably notice that you’re lacking one sphere. That one is located on the hands of the statue with the broken sword. Check behind the statue to the left of that one, and use the ramps to climb all the way to the top of its head, then use your paraglider to fly over and get the missing sphere an complete the Seven Heroines Secret Shrine Quest.

You can follow up this quest with the Eighth Heroine side quest that you can get from Bozai, outside of Gerudo Town.

Recital at Warbler’s Nest puzzle solution – Voo Lota Shrine

You can get this quest after you defeat the divine beast in Rito village. Next to the shrine at the Rito village is a woman looking for her daughter (this starts a side quest). Go to Warbler’s Nest location and you will find the little chick that will give you the shrine quest. You need to find her 4 friends first. One is at the general store, one is on a ledge of the rock above the village, one is at a pond at the entrance to the village, and one is at the cooking pot. Recipe for Salmon Meunière is Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter and Hearty Salmon (you get all the ingredients from other kids and you can buy them at the general store as well). Once you round up the kids they will move to Warbler’s nest and start singing a song. You’ll notice that each sings a different pitched note. You need to stand on the central pedestal and use a Korok Leaf on the stone formations. Each formation has a number above it made out of little stones. You need to blow the leaf towards the center in the following order: 4, 5, 3, 1, 2. this reveals Voo Lota shrine.

The Ancient Rito Song Shrine puzzle solution – Bareeda Naag Shrine

You can’t get this shrine quest unless you defeat Van Medoh. Once you do so you will find a women on a platform during the day singing part of a song. After you talk to her you will get the quest and after speaking to her sister you get this song riddle:“The pride of the Rito, pillar in the sky,
its heart lights up when the sun is high.
The heart shines upon a path not whole,
but a warming flame can stir its soul.”

Rock above the Rito village throws a shadow in shape of a hearth past noon. The pedestal you can see on the other side of the canyon lights up at around 12:30 game time, when the hearth shaped shadow approaches it. You need to go there and light a torch and push B on your sonctroller so you hold the torch in front of you. The goal is for the torch’s flame to be right on the center of the pedestal. This all needs to happen between 12:30 and 13:30 game time and you will reveal Bareeda Naag Shrine.

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.