If you’re scratching your head about how to get through Mayaumekis Shrine, fear not, because you’re not the only one! In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, using the switches inside shrines is not very intuitive. Frankly, it’s because they don’t look like switches.
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Complete Mayaumekis Shrine Guide – Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Video Guide
How to Get Through the First Gate in Mayaumekis Shrine (00:50 in the Video Guide)
To the right of the gate, there is a yellow statue beyond the iron bars: this is a switch. You need to shoot it with an arrow to open the nearby gate (you don’t need to fuse anything to your arrows). While simple to do, this is not easy to figure out.
These Switches Are Bad Game Design
Despite being visibly obvious, there’s no indication of how the yellow statues in shrines are meant to be used. In many previous Legend of Zelda games, like in Link’s Awakening, switches inside dungeons pretty much scream “Hit me!”
However, these small glowing obelisks look decorative and can easily be interpreted as mere lighting fixtures. There’s nothing that encourages players to hit them—which is especially important in a game that has weapon durability as a mechanic. Tears of the Kingdom, overall, is a game that’s pretty well polished—except in this (and some other) regards.
How to Get to The End of the Shrine (01:15 in the Video Guide)
Mayaumekis Shrine is pretty short; after the gate, there is only one large gap between the beginning and end of the shrine. Jump on the sails of the flying ships to leap high into the air. Then use the Paraglider to glide toward the platform on the far side of the shrine.
How to Get Through the Final Gate in Mayaumekis Shrine (02:18 in the Video Guide)
When you reach the platform at the end of the shrine, you’ll notice another gate blocking your way. This gate is large and horizontal, and the terrain implies that you need to jump on the sail of the flying ship below it to ascend into the enclosed part of the shrine.
To open this final gate, you need to jump on the sail of the flying ship next to the platform. As you rise into the air, aim through the iron bars surrounding the enclosed area. Here, you’ll see another yellow inactive switch. Once you hit it with an arrow, it turns green and opens the horizontal gate.
Afterward, use the sail of the flying ship below the enclosed area to reach the altar at the end of the shrine. Once you do, you’ll be able to collect the Light of Blessing to use for future health and stamina upgrades.
And that’s it! You’re done with Mayaumekis Shrine once and for all. Well, with the puzzles within anyway. You might need to use Mayaumekis Shrine’s location for future challenges, like getting back to this chain of sky islands or finding Tulin before entering the Wind Temple. Either way, you’re now free to leave this shrine and breathe in some fresh air.