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Kyokugon Shrine location and walkthrough in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to complete the ‘Alignment of Circles’ puzzle

Kyokugon Shrine entrance behind a rock wall in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Johnny Yu (he/him) is a guides writer at Polygon. He has written about games such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Diablo 4, and Fire Emblem Engage.

Kyokugon is a shrine within The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s Great Plateau.

Our guide will help you find the Kyokugon Shrine location, solve its puzzles, and walk you through the “Alignment of Circles” puzzle to collect the chest and Light of Blessing.

When you’re done, our shrine locations page or interactive Hyrule map can direct you toward something else to do.


Kyokugon Shrine location

The Kyokugon Shrine is found inside of the Great Plateau Foothill Cave (-0833, -1489, 0027) within the Hyrule Field region. The exact coordinates for the Kyokugon Shrine are (-0710, -1550, 0006).

Great Plateau Foothill Cave location on the map of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Photo illustration: Johnny Yu/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

To reach the shrine, you’ll need to first enter the Great Plateau Foothill Cave, which is blocked off by rock walls. You’ll need numerous hammers or Yunobo’s sage ability to break your way through the rocks; there are two rock walls and they’re very thick. There are two Horriblins behind the first rock wall, so prepare yourself to shoot them down from the ceiling! After you defeat the two Horriblins, you’ll see two rock walls: a blue one on your right and a black one down the slope. Ignore the blue rock wall for now, and continue down the path to the black rock wall. Break the rocks to create an opening to find the Kyokugon Shrine inside.


Kyokugon Shrine walkthrough

The Kyokugon Shrine puts your brain to work to solve a “ball riddle” to complete the shrine.

Circle pits on the floor for in the Kyokugon Shrine in the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Photo illustration: Johnny Yu/Polygon | Source image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

1. Proceed up the stairs and walk to the edge of the path to find 10 bowl switches scattered around the room in a symmetrical pattern and four balls atop pedestals. We’ve associated each bowl switch with a number as shown in the image above to assist with the steps later on.

Four green circles on the ceiling of the Kyokugon Shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Photo illustration: Johnny Yu/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

2. Look to the ceiling to find four green circles.

3. Place a ball in each of the bowl switches that have a green circle above them — bowl switches 2, 4, 6, and 8.

4. Continue through the open gate to find the shrine’s exit, but don’t interact with it just yet! Inside this room, you’ll find the chest and a ball to your right.

The ceiling showing a green circle above the Kyokugon shrine exit in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

5. Look to the ceiling to find another green circle on the left side of the room.

6. Activate Ultrahand to find a loose tile on the floor below the green circle on the ceiling.

Bowl switch to open the chest gate in the Kyokugon Shrine in the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

7. Pry the loose tile out of the ground to find a bowl switch.

8. Place the ball from the right side of the room into the bowl switch to open the gate blocking the chest.

9. Open the chest to receive a hearty elixir.

10. Complete the shrine to receive a Light of Blessing.

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