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Kyokugon Shrine location and solution for Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)

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Kyokugon Shrine is one of the few shrines in Tears of the Kingdom that can’t be easily found by just wandering around Hyrule. In fact, it’s one of the shrines that many players are likely to miss altogether. However, fret not. We’ll cover everything you need to do to find the shrine below and then how to complete each section for another Light of Blessing.

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How to get to Kyokugon Shrine in Tears of the Kingdom

Kyokugon Shrine is not an easy one to find as it’s hidden from the surface world of Hyrule. To begin, head directly south from Hyrule Field Skyview Tower until you reach the area on the map in the screenshot above, just north of the Forest of Spirits.

From here, Kyokugon Shrine is underground. Note that you aren’t heading directly for the shrine at this point. Aim for the “Great Plateau Foothill Cave” just to the northwest in the picture.

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You need to enter the Great Plateau Foothill Cave at the bottom of the cliff near the construction materials. To get into the cave, you’re going to need to destroy the rock walls that are blocking the entrance. There are rocks on the ground around the cave entrance that you can fuse to create a weapon capable of breaking the wall. You can also use items such as Bomb Flowers to break it down.

At the entrance, there are two walls to break through, so you may need to fuse multiple weapons to get all the way through.

Once you’re through the second wall, there are two Black Horriblins which are difficult to defeat for low-level players. They hit hard, so try to take them on one at a time. Once you’ve defeated the two Horriblins, there are two more breakable walls in this cave. Ignore the blue wall for now and create a hole through the black wall to walk through. The shrine will be on the other side of the black wall.

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How to complete Kyokugon Shrine

Finding the shrine was only half the battle. When you enter Kyokugon Shrine, you’ll see ten holes that can be activated. However, there are only four balls to use, so you can’t activate every hole in the shrine at the same time. The key here is to put the balls in specific holes, kind of like a code to open the door.

Start on the left side of the room and put the first ball in the front left hole pictured above. You’ll need to use Ultrahand to pick up and move the ball around.

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The next hole to activate is at the top of the stairs, close to the first one. Put the second ball in the hole at the top of the stairs. See the picture above for the exact placement.

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Next, we’re going to head towards the middle of the room. Take one of the two balls from this side of the room and place the third ball in the middle right hole. See the picture above for the exact location.

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The last ball goes in the hole in the middle section of the stairs on the righthand side of the room. Check the screenshot above for its location relative to the third hole.

When you head for the exit, don’t complete the shrine right away, as there’s a chest in the final room. Once again, you need to place a ball in a hole, but there are no obvious places in the room to do so.

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Use Ultrahand to reveal that one tile of the floor can be lifted. The tile you’re looking for is on the opposite side of the room to the locked gate. See the picture above for the exact tile.

Remove the tile by using Ultrahand to lift it up and out of place, and put the ball in the sunken hole. The door across the room will unlock, and you’ll get a Hearty Elixir from the chest, which can be very handy for boss battles around Hyrule. Once you have the chest, feel free to finish the shrine.

That’s it! Kyokugon Shrine is complete!


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