Shrines are back in full force in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Unlike the Shrines from Breath of the Wild, these challenges have been built by the ancient Zonai and require the use of your new abilities and powers to conquer them. Some are simple tests of combat knowledge while others are the most complex undertakings, testing you on how far you can push certain parts of Link’s character kit and the new powers he now wields. One Shrine which may have some players scratching their heads is the Mayachin Shrine.
Located in a fairly early part of the game, Mayachin Shrine involves pairing several different unique devices to complete it. How these different parts work together is where some players may get stuck, especially if they’re attempting to get the additional chest in the Shrine.
Here’s how to complete the Mayachin Shrine puzzle in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
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Where to Find Mayachin Shrine
Mayachin Shrine is located in the Hyrule Field area of Tears of the Kingdom. It can be found to the South-West of Lookout Landing in a location called the Exchange Ruins.
One thing to note is that the Shrine is planted right next to the Hyrule Field Skyview Tower. Compared to the first Tower in Lookout Landing, this one is filled to the brim with enemies, including some much more dangerous ones. This means that the area immediately surrounding the Tower is also chock full of enemies roaming about the lands. As such, take care when trying to get to Mayachin Shrine.
Once you’ve made it, though, you can simply activate it and wander in.
Mayachin Shrine’s central mechanic is built around these strange Zonai stakes that Link can control using Ultrahand. The special property of these stakes is that you can push them directly into walls, floors or even other objects. They will ‘melt’ into anything you push them into, creating a new point where another object can be attached.
The main goal of the Mayachin Shrine in TotK is to use these stakes to knock a ball into a suspended target. At your disposal, you have the ball (which will fall from a slot in the ceiling), three Zonai stakes and a mechanism which flips 180 degrees when you whack its connected mechanism (the device to the right of Link in the image). The target will appear once you have stepped on the elevated button.
The solution to this part of the puzzle requires the use of one Zonai stake as well as the two bits of white stone dotted around the area. First, connect the stake to the device which flips around: there should be one flat side of the device that the stake can more easily slot into. After that, attach the two long rods to the stake so that they are all horizontal and all facing the same direction. This will essentially allow the flipper to act as a bumper that you use to hit the ball. With the right timing and enough force, the ball will be sent directly to the target.
Once you have assembled the bumper, make it so that the long side is facing towards the activation device. Make sure the path to the ramp on the left is completely clear of debris or other objects. Then, you simply need to wait until a new ball drops before activating the mechanism. the best way to tell when to hit the activation device is to look at the ground where the ball falls: there are 6 white lines and you should hit the device when the ball is between the third and fourth line.
If all goes well, the ball should hit the target and open the exit to the Mayachin Shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
If you want to go a bit further, there’s also the additional chest from the Mayachin Shrine. The chest itself is located parallel to the exit door, in a locked chamber that won’t open even if you hit the first target. Instead, you need to hit a second one hiding behind a stone panel attached to the ceiling by metal chains.
These chains cannot be broken and any attempt to brute force the ball past the panel will not work. What you need to do here is find a way to get the screen out of the way without breaking the chains.
To do this, grab one of the leftover Zonai stakes and wander over to the screen. Instead of sticking it into the panel, stick it into the bit of stone that the chains are connected to. Now, using Ultrahand, you need to attach the screen to the stake in a way that no longer obscures the path of the ball.
Doing this is a little bit finicky and figuring out the proper angle can take some time. Manage to pin it in place, though, and you’ll be completely home-free. Use the same bumper you made earlier to whack the ball into the second target. This time, wait for the ball to reach between the fifth and sixth lines before activating the device.
If all goes well, the door will open and the secret chest will be yours. This will drop an Energizing Elixir which, when consumed, instantly regenerates a third of your stamina bar.
That was how to complete the Mayachin Shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.