There are all kinds of shrines in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Some of them require a serious amount of brainpower to accomplish, while others are exclusively about smacking Zonai Soldier Constructs. But then there are those shrines that rely on a single gimmick, and once you figured it out, you may almost facepalm for not figuring it out sooner. One of those shrines is the Jonsau Shrine.
The shrine can be one of the very first Link encounters and involves a series of puzzles where understanding the laws of physics can come in clutch. As always, there’s also a chest you can get, which can be tricky – unless you decide to take the easy way out. Of course, you’ll read more about the easy way in this guide.
Here’s how to complete the Jonsau Shrine puzzle in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Curious about other shrines? Then check our guide on the even trickier Mayachin Shrine, or for something else entirely, head over to our Sahirow Shrine guide for a fun obstacle course. And of course, also check our other articles on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom!
Where to Find Jonsau Shrine
Jonsau Shrine can be one of the very first shrines you encounter. For me, it was the second – since I jumped down from Great Sky Island and headed northeast. It doesn’t involve any mountaineering or spelunking. It’s in plain sight, in the far north of the West Necluda and Lanayru Wetlands region, specifically in the middle of the Lanayru Wetlands.
Although it can be tricky advancing through this area early on, given that it’s pretty crowded with monsters, slowly and steadily advancing here shouldn’t be a problem. You can also easily get yourself a horse in this area. There are plenty nearby, and the area is very suitable to traverse on horseback.
The Jonsau Shrine is nicknamed the Deep Force Shrine, and it shows! This shrine is all about using the power of buoyancy to your advantage. When you enter the shrine, you’ll see a giant float on top of the water and a clear target above it. The goal is simple – launch the float high enough. Use the Ultrahand ability to drag the buoy underwater, line it up with the target, and let it go. It will launch up – onto the next area!
In the next section, you’ll meet a Zonai Soldier Construct which you will easily beat. Check the additional chest section below to get the chest in this area. It’s hidden deep below the water. If you’re just interested in completing the shrine, however, move on to the next section. Here you’ll get another buoy – this time in the shape of a rectangle. Give it the same treatment as the float in the first section, but make sure you align it vertically. That way, it will shoot out of the water, activate the switch, and allow you to move on.
The third section is by far the trickiest. You’ll see a float that you can launch as with the previous two challenges and a large platform above it with a large hole in it. On top of the platform, there is a wooden object blocking an elevator from falling. Line up the float directly below the opening in the platform to knock the wood out of the way, and free the elevator. Once it’s down, attach the float to the elevator with Ultrahand, and drag it down. The float and the elevator will fly up, giving you the exact opening you need! Rewind time using your Recall ability. Keep it below water for a while so you’ll have ample time to swim towards the platform and get on top of it. Then, launch yourself and glide to the end of the shrine!
In the second section of the Jonsau Shrine, there’s a very simple bonus chest that you can get. You can get it the easy way, or the hard way. The hard way involves attaching the chest to the float in the previous area and having it bounce up. Alternatively, the chest is totally within reach of your Ultrahand, so you can just drag it out of the water and claim a mighty Strong Construct Bow, which will certainly come in handy.
Great job on completing the Jonsau Shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom!