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Oshozan-u Shrine location and walkthrough in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to complete the ‘Mallet Smash’ puzzle

Link stands in front of Oshozan-u Shrine, his breath freezing in the cold air of the Hebra Mountains in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Maddy Myers has run Polygon’s games section since 2020 as deputy editor. She has worked in games journalism since 2007, at Kotaku, The Mary Sue, and the Boston Phoenix.

Oshozan-u Shrine is a shrine within The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s Hebra Mountains region.

Our guide will help you find the Oshozan-u Shrine location, solve its puzzles, and walk you through the “Mallet Smash” challenge 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.


Oshozan-u Shrine location

The Oshozan-u Shrine is found within the Hebra Mountains region. Its exact coordinates are (-1404, 3677, 0288).

This shrine is on a hilltop, although it’s not a super-tall one. You can climb it if you’ve got the stamina (and cold-weather wear like the Snowquill Armor set) for the task. We opted to light a fire and throw in a Hylian pine cone, using the upward gust to paraglide up to the shrine’s entrance.


Oshozan-u Shrine walkthrough

As the puzzle name “Mallet Smash” suggests, you’ll need to construct a big mallet to hit a target in order to solve this shrine. Oshozan-u Shrine provides Link with a few tools to get the job done.

Link jogs around the first room in Oshozan-u Shrine, which contains a log, a rocket, a stone affixed to a slider on the wall, and a big yellow target on an adjacent wall Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

1. Walk down the steps into the first cavern. There are no enemies here — just some objects to use for solving this puzzle. There’s a wooden log and a rocket Zonai device on the ground. On the back wall, there’s a stone block affixed to a sliding track that aims towards a big yellow target on the adjacent wall.

2. Use Ultrahand to attach the log to the stone on the sliding track. You’ll want to angle the log so that one end of it is aimed towards the yellow target. Check out our picture for reference if you can’t figure out the right angle.

Link has used Ultrahand to glue a log to a stone on the wall that’s on a slider as part of a puzzle in Oshozan-u Shrine Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

3. Use Ultrahand to pick up the rocket, and attach it to the back end of the log.

Oshozan-u Shrine’s first cavern is solved as a log with a rocket affixed to it fires itself towards a yellow target on the wall Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

4. Hit the rocket to light it up, and watch the log shoot into the target. Once it hits, a gated doorway behind you will unlock. Head into the next cavern.

5. This next room has two more logs (one longer than the other), a rocket, and another big yellow target on the wall — as well as a huge, circular gear protruding from the wall adjacent to the target.

Link jogs around the second cavern in Oshozan-u Shrine, which contains two logs, a rocket, a gear on the wall, and a yellow target on an adjacent wall Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

6. Behind you, there’s a treasure chest up on a high platform with a divot in it. Use Ultrahand on the longer of the two logs, and balance it in the divot. Climb up the log to get to the chest. Inside, you’ll find a Zonaite bow.

Using Ultrahand, Link balances a log in a divot on a platform that has a treasure chest on top of it Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Link climbs up a log that’s been balanced in a divot on a platform that has a treasure chest at the top of it Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

7. Hop off the platform. Using Ultrahand, attach the longer log to the side of the stone gear. The weight of the log will cause the gear to turn.

After Link uses Ultrahand to attach a log to a gear in Oshozan-u Shrine, the gear rotates downward, accommodating the weight of the log Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

8. Time for more Ultrahand. Grab the smaller log and attach it to the end of the longer log at a perpendicular angle, like a little hammer. Or even a mallet ... for smashing!

Link uses Ultrahand to attach a smaller log to a larger log at a perpendicular angle, forming something that looks a bit like a mallet Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

9. Last but not least, use Ultrahand to attach the rocket to the short log at the end of your hammer. Hit the rocket to light it, and watch your mallet do its job.

Link stands back from his handiwork: Two wooden logs with a rocket on the end, affixed to a gear and poised to hit a yellow target in Oshozan-u Shrine Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Link’s constructed wooden mallet, attached to a rotating gear, hits its target with the help of a rocket Zonai device in Oshozan-u Shrine Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

10. The gates at the back of the room will open. Head on in to interact with the sigil and claim your Light of Blessing.

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