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Zelda Breath of the Wild Champions’ Ballad guide: Mah Eliya shrine walkthrough and puzzle solutions (EX Champion Mipha’s Song)

Secret Stairway above Lulu Lake

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

In this The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide, we’ll show you how to find Mah Eliya shrine above Lulu Lake east of Zora’s Domain. You’ll need to find this shrine as part of the EX Champion Mipha’s Song main story quest.

The Champions’ Ballad adds a new main story quest for you to take on after you’ve tamed all four Divine Beasts. The first stage of EX The Champions’ Ballad presents you with a new series of challenges on the Great Plateau. After that, you must complete a series of challenges for each of the Champions.

Finding the stone monument

To begin EX Champion Mipha’s Song, you must find the stone monument with hints to the three trial locations. The monument’s location was marked on your map when the One-Hit Obliterator split apart, but there are no nearby shrines.

Your destination is to the southwest of Zora’s Domain across the East Reservoir Lake. No matter where you warp, you’re going to have a bit of a walk (and swim and climb) ahead of you. Just keep heading toward the waypoint until you hear Kass’ accordion. (You might have to fight the natural human instinct to run away from accordion music.)


The stone monument displays three satellite-looking images of nearby. With a little detective work and your map (or just by looking at the image above), you’ll be able to find the approximate locations of your trials.

Chase rings of the waterfall

Questionable sentence structure aside, finding this shrine is pretty straightforward. Head to Mikau Lake and its two waterfalls just to the east of Zora’s Domain. Standing on the shore, you’ll see a glowing blue ring in the water.

Equip at least the Zora armor (or you can go for the full set) so you can swim up the waterfalls, and set off. You have a series of those rings to pass through, but they’re mostly in a straight line, and you’ll pass through the horizontal ones on the waterfall automatically. If you ever lose your way, there’s a ball of blue light that shoots to the next ring to help you reorient.

You’ll swim up both waterfalls at Mikau Lake. Then you have to make a short overland trip to Lulu Lake. There’s another few rings on the waterfall up to the top. You’ll hit the final ring while paragliding down to the ground.

Mah Eliya shrine

Before we start, please know that the solution to this shrine is complicated. There are probably a million ways to solve it and even more ways to collect the treasure chest. Our way is one that worked consistently for us, but it’s almost certainly not the only way.

  1. Use cryonis to create an ice block on the ground between the two long metal blocks.
  2. Climb up the ice block and on top of the metal blocks, then turn left. Around the corner, you’ll find another metal cube. Use magnesis to pull it out, then drop it to the floor below you.
  3. Slide the block under the left end of the metal block on the left.
  4. Use cryonis to create an ice block on the floor under the metal cube.
  5. Place another ice block on the wall under the right end of the block on the left — it should be one metal cube-height higher than the one on the right now.
  6. Use Magnesis on the metal cube to lift it out from under the left block. Put it under the right end of the block on the right.
  7. Lift the cube and the block up until you can slide the cube to the left so that it rests on top of the left block, but it’s still holding up the right block. (You’re basically creating stairs up to the exit.)
  8. Climb up the first ice block, jump to the third ice block, then climb up until you’re standing on top of your stairs.
  9. Before you reach the platform, turn around and look high on the wall behind you.
  10. The treasure chest remains out of magnesis range, but it’s not out of bomb arrow range. Shoot a couple up there to knock it down. (There’s probably a more elegant and less explosive way to get the chest down, but this way works.)
  11. Retrieve the durability up+ royal shield from the chest (wherever it landed), then return to the platform at the top.
  12. Go around the corner to the right to retrieve your Ruta emblem.