Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Orochium Shrine guide and walkthrough

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom orochium shrine
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The Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Orochium Shrine is one of the game's most confusing shrines, but there's actually a simple bit of info that can completely change the way you think about it - falling isn't always a bad thing, and it might be good to run into the red lasers sometimes. Sounds strange, but this idea is enough to crack the logic of the Orochium shrine, and a wiley player can be at the end in moments.

You might come across Orochium Shrine while passing through the Hebra region, perhaps on your way to check out one of the natural phenomenon in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Like every shrine in the game, it wants you to use a combination of Link's Zelda Tears of the Kingdom abilities in tandem with the various given items, both of which should help you traverse a puzzle minefield and arrive at the finish line. However, this one is a little different to parse, since it's slightly less intuitive. If you're stuck, here's how to complete the Orochium Shrine puzzle in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, so you can collect your Light of Blessing and continue on your quest.

How to do the Orochium Shrine in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Orochium Shrine ball pit

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Upon entering the shrine, walk straight ahead and note the concave hollow on your right. There's a smaller hollow in its center, and that's where you'll be placing a yellow glowing ball in order to open the grate and access the altar.

Facing straight ahead, open the doors in front of you with Ultrahand to see a bunch of lasers. Ignore them for now and go around the left-hand side of the doors instead. Defeat the construct you'll find here, and then use Ascend while standing under the overhanging platform above you.

Once up here, go up the ladder and crawl through the small gap in the wall at the top. You'll come to another gated-off area, so turn right and jump down to battle the construct at the bottom of the drop. Next, open the doors you'll find down here, and you'll see even more lasers.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom orochium shrine doors

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Crouch down to skirt around them safely, and fight the enemies waiting in the chamber just past them. You'll be able to see a little metal ball locked behind some bars. This is where the Orochium Shrine gets confusing: the door to get the metal ball is locked, so you need to head back to the red lasers you've just crouched through and run right into them.

This triggers the trap doors, but don't worry – you won't fall to your death, since it's just a short drop. Run to the end of this underground chamber, retrieve the key from the chest, then head back to where you dropped down. Ascend through the ground just before the laser traps, where the ceiling is slightly lower.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom orochium shrine emerging through the floor

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Now you can unlock the little jail cell and pick up the glowing ball. Carry it to the other end of the chamber and, still holding it, step onto one of the moving platforms on either side of the room. These will carry you up to where another concave hollow awaits, so place the ball into the smaller centre hole to lift the grate on your left. You'll find a set of Zonai wings with two fans attached, so grab it with your Ultrahand and place it gently on the scoop-shaped slope directly in front of you.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom orochium shrine Zonai wings

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Remove the ball from the hollow, attach it to your Zonai wings, then hit the fans with your weapon to take flight. Hit them again as soon as you've lifted off to slow the plane down, since you need to land next to the hollow you saw when you first entered the shrine. Try standing at the front of the wings to make sure it nosedives when you need it to, then jump off, detach the ball, and place it into the hollow. This will lift the grate and finally give you access to the Orochium Shrine Light of Blessing!

Where is the Orochium Shrine?

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom orochium shrine map location

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You'll find the Orochium Shrine near the first of the geoglyphs in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, over in the Hebra region. We've marked its location on the map above – it forms the left corner of an upside-down triangle connecting it to the Forgotten Temple and Mayausiy Shrine respectively. It's easier to find once you've got the Pikida Stonegrave Skyview Tower, so check out our guide on how to get all Skyview Towers in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom for a more detailed look.

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