Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Shrines are small puzzle rooms that are scattered throughout the game's world.
Introduced at the start of the game as a means to unlock Runes - special abilities Link can use to manipulate objects to solve puzzles - they later reward Link with Spirit Orbs, which can be traded in for permanent Stamina and Heart Container upgrades.
While considered optional, visiting them will make your quest go much smoother, and are home to some of the best challenges in the game - so be sure to take the time to visit as many as you can.
If you're after help for the main game itself, then consult our Zelda: Breath of the Wild walkthrough and guide.
Shrine location maps for Zelda: Breath of the Wild
There are many Shrines throughout the game (120, to be exact) with every region containing a handful each. You can spot them from a distance by their characteristic red glow; not unlike the Towers that sprout up throughout the land, but closer to the ground.
Of course, some are harder to find than others, often appearing out of view or out of reach, and so accessing them can prove to be a puzzle within itself.
Once you have entered and completed its Trial, you will reward a Spirit Orb by their conclusion - used to trade for permanent Heart Containers and Stamina upgrades, which you can read about later in this article - as well as bonus Treasure, some of which is exclusive to that Shrine.
Below are maps for every region and their Shrine locations, as well as guides to Shrines we've found so far. Expect on-going updates to this as we continue to explore Hyrule's massive world.
Great Plateau region:
- Oman Au Shrine and Magnesis Trial solution
- Keh Nanut Shrine, Cryonis Trial, River of the Dead
- Ja Baij Shrine location and Bomb Trial solution
- Owa Daim Shrine and Stasis Trial solution
Dueling Peaks region:
- Bosh Kala Shrine and The Wind Guides You trial solution
- Hila Rao Shrine and Drifting trial solution
- Rahee Dee Shrine and Timing is Critical trial solution
- Shee Vaneer Shrine, Shee Venath shrine, and Twin Memories trial solution
- Ta'loh Naeg Shrine and Ta'loh Naeg's Teaching trial solution
- Ha Dahamar Shrine and The Water Guides trial solution
- Toto Sah Shrine and Toto Sah Apparatus trial solution
- Lakna Rokee Shrine location, Stolen Heirloom Shrine Quest, Flown the Coop
- Myahm Agana Shrine and Myahm Agana Apparatus trial solution
- Tahno O'ah Shrine and Secret of the Cedars Shrine Quest solution
- Jitam Sa'Mi Shrine on Mount Lanayru, free Naydra and Spring of Wisdom Shrine Quest
- Kam Urog Shrine, Cursed Statue Shrine Quest and Trial of Passage solution
- Dow Na'eh Shrine and The Three Boxes Trial solution
- Mezza Lo Shrine, Crowned Beast Shrine Quest and the Ancient Trifecta trial solution
- Chaas Qeta Shrine location and A Major Test of Strength trial solution
- Soh Kofi Shrine location and A Minor Test of Strength trial solution
- Sheh Rata Shrine, how to clear the thistles, and Speed of Light trial solution
- Daka Tuss Shrine and Sunken Scoop trial solution
- Ne'ez Yohma Shrine and Pushing Power trial solution
- Rucco Maag Shrine and Five Torches trial solution
- Muwo Jeem Shrine location and A Modest Test of Strength trial solution
- Shai Utoh Shrine and Halt the Tilt trial solution
- Kah Yah shrine and A Fragmented Monument shrine quest
Eldin and Death Mountain region:
- Mo'a Keet Shrine, Metal Makes a Path trial near Foothill Stable
- Qua Raym Shrine, A Balanced Approach trial solution
- Shae Mo'sah Shrine and Swinging Flames solution
- Daqa Koh Shrine and Stalled Flight trial
- Shora Hah Shrine location and Blue Flame trial solution
- Keo Ruug Shrine and Fateful Stars trial solution
- Mirro Shaz Shrine and Tempered Power trial solution
- Jee Noh Shrine and One the Move trial solution
- Daqo Chisay Shrine and The Whole Picture trial solution
- Suma Sahma shrine and Secret of the Snowy Peaks quest
- Ishto Soh Shrine and Bravery's Grasp trial solution
- Ya Naga Shrine and Shatter the Heavens trial solution
- Wahgo Katta Shrine and Metal Connections trial solution
- Rota Ooh Shrine and Passing of the Gates trial solution
- Kaam Ya'tak Shrine and Trial of Power solution
- Kaya Wan Shrine and Shields From Water trial solution
- Katah Chuki shrine location
- Namika Ozz shrine location
- Noya Neha shrine location
- Goma Asaagh shrine at the foot of Hebra Peak
- Sha Gehma shrine and Shift and Lock solution
- Hia Miu shrine location
- Mozo Shenno shrine and The Bird in the Mountains quest solution
- Shada Naw shrine and Red Giveaway solution
- Rok Uwog shrine and Power of Reach solution
- Lanno Koch shrine and Lanno Koch's Blessing solution
- Rin Oyaa shrine and Directing the Wind solution
- Maka Rah shrine at Lake Kilsie and Steady Thy Heart trial solution
- Dunba Taag shrine, Build and Release solution
- Gee Ha'rah shrine, snowball rolling gate puzzle and Tandem solution
More Shrine solutions soon!
How to trade Spirit Orbs for Heart Containers
Although you can cook new recipes to give you temporary Heart Containers and Stamina boosts, only collecting Spirit Orbs can you permanently increase their gauges.
Some villages will have a statue you can pray at, such as Kakariko Village, so warp to your favourite and visit and you'll be given the option to upgrade either health or stamina.
Thankfully, the choice isn't permanent. There is a special statue at Hateno Village that can allow you to transfer your Hearts to Stamina, and vise versa, at a 20 Rupee cost.
This is particularly useful when it comes to collecting the Master Sword, which requires a certain number of Hearts, and so transferring your spare Stamina - even temporarily - over to your Heart gauge can come in useful.
You can also get a full Heart Container from completing each of the four Divine Beasts, so playing just the main quest will give you upgrades. But if you want to max out everything, then you need to dig into Shrines.
Want more help? Our Zelda: Breath of the Wild walkthrough and guide steps to completing the game's main quests - including Divine Beasts Vah Ruta, Vah Rudiana, Vah Medoh and Vah Naboris - as well as how to find the Master Sword, Hylian Shield and all Captured Memories locations and Great Fairy Fountain locations, while our ongoing Shrines location maps hub explains where to find and solve the game's many puzzle rooms. We also have advice on how to beat Guardians, where to get easy Rupees, tame horses, find how to get cold resistance, fire resistance and heat resistance, and learn the most effective means of cooking with ingredients for bonus effects. We also have a DLC 1 guide, including all Tingle, Majora's Mask, Phantom, Midna outfit locations.
Other things to know about Shrines in Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Shrines have three colour schemes. Pure orange means it's unvisited and unsolved; half blue and half red means it's visited and an active fast travel point, but unsolved, and pure blue is visited and completed. The latter two are also shown on the map so you can track down which visited Shrines you've yet to complete.
- Beyond giving you a Spirit Orb, the best reason to visit a Shrine is to add it as a fast travel location on your map. Even if you don't finish the Shrine - maybe you don't fancy doing it there and then, or can't work out its solution - activating it will add it to your map regardless, so always pay a visit whenever you see one.
- No single Shrine is gated, and all can be completed as soon as you visit. Playing other Shrines may teach you ways of looking things in a certain way to solve puzzles - such as using fire in special ways - so if you are completely stuck, come back later after solving others.
- There is a reoccurring kind of Shrine named the Test of Strength, which sees you go one-on-one against a Guardian Scout in a variety of difficulties. It's wise to only fight III and IV difficulty Scouts later when you have better weapons and armour, but again, there's nothing to stop you beating them at any point in the game.
- As well as a Spirit Orb or Rune to collect, there is usually an optional and hidden treasure chest to find along the way. These tend to be just off the beaten path, so keep an eye out for distant platforms and other routes to take as you are exploring.
- Some Shrines have Shrine Quests attached. While you don't need to start these to access the Shrine, they will provide useful clues to their location.
Additional reporting by Chris Tapsell.