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There is so much to do and see in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that it can be overwhelming. The world is so open and expansive that it’s easy to miss things throughout your adventure and possibly even run straight past an important side quest or Shrine.
If you’ve just made it to Hyrule Ridge or perhaps are thinking of making it the next stop on your adventure, you have come to the right place. Here I will walk you through everything you need to know about Hyrule Ridge, including how to make it to the top of Ridgeland Tower and how to complete every Shrine and side quest the region has to offer.
Key Notes Up Front
Hyrule Ridge is an area in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It lies West of Central Hyrule and South East of the Tabantha Frontier.
The map information for Hyrule Ridge can be collected by activating Ridgeland Tower. The area contains one Stable, 8 Shrines, and 4 Side Quests. There are also two rare horses that can be found in the region, one being the White Horse which is rumored to be a descendant of Zelda’s Mare, and the Lord of the Mountain, which occasionally appears on the peak of Mount Satori.
Places of Interest In Hyrule Ridge
- Rutile Lake
- Satori Mountain
- Washa’s Bluff
- Seres Scablands
- Mount Rhoam
- Ludfo’s Bog
- Thundra Plateau
- Lindor’s Brow
- Upland Lindor
The first thing you should do when you enter any brand-new area in Breath of the Wild is unlock the region’s Tower. That way, you can download the map information onto your Sheikah Slate for the whole region, so you can properly explore the area.
The Tower in Hyrule Ridge is named Ridgeland Tower, and it is not an easy one to ascend. All of the Towers in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offer some sort of challenge that you must overcome to reach the top. In the case of the Ridgeland Tower, it is surrounded by a body of water containing hordes of monsters armed with lightning-based weapons.
You really have to be tactical when taking on this challenge. Because there are so many enemies and they are all armed with some sort of electrical weapon, you can easily become overwhelmed. And everyone knows that electricity and water are never a good mix.
If there is one tip I could give you before you take on the Ridgeland Tower, it would be to make sure you stock up on plenty of arrows. Preferably ice arrows, so you can incapacitate enemies while you get rid of others, but any arrows would help you out incredibly on this mission.
There are lots of enemies here, and they are not afraid to electrocute you, so picking them off from a distance means you don’t have to get too close to them.
The road you will take to get to Ridgeland Tower depends on what direction you are coming from, but the closest Stables to Ridgeland Tower are Outskirt Stable and Serenne Stable.
If you’re coming from the Outskirt Stable, take the road to the North. If you’re coming from Serenne Stable, take the road to the South instead. You will find your way there regardless of what Stable you start at. Ridgeland Tower is just to the West of the road, so you can’t miss it.
As you approach the Tower, you will notice that there are several layers of enemies surrounding it. To begin with, there are a couple of camps of Lizalfos around the outside of the lake. Run around the Tower and pick these guys off first. Once you engage with the enemies, all of the monsters nearby will be alerted to your presence and rush you all at once, and you definitely want to avoid that.
I have cleared the enemies surrounding this Tower a couple of times, and the best way I found to do it was to circle the Tower, picking off all the closest enemies. So start with the Lizalfos, then start to focus on the swimming Lizalfos with your bow and arrows so the Wizrobes don’t notice you.
Once you’ve taken care of the swimming Lizalfos, you are free to set your sights on the Wizrobes. Wizrobes in Breath of the Wild are one of the more challenging enemy groups since they can turn invisible and are often out of reach of your sword, so focus on one at a time. If others notice you’re around and start to overwhelm you, freeze them with ice arrows to immobilize them.
The same large stone platforms that pepper Hyrule Ridge are found at the bottom of the lake surrounding Ridgeland Tower. Use these platforms to your advantage as you are picking off the enemies around the Tower.
You can’t swim and use your weapons at the same time, so these platforms give you a place to stand so you can slowly work your way closer. You can also make platforms with Cryosis in a pinch.
Hyrule Ridge Shrines
Now that you have successfully activated Ridgeland Tower and downloaded the map data, you can see what you’re working with in Hyrule Ridge. The area is massive and contains a total of 8 Shrines, 3 of which have special side quests to complete before you can explore them.
The Shrines are scattered all around Hyrule Ridge. And since Breath of the Wild is anything but linear, the order in which each person will find them is going to be different every time. But for the sake of this article, I have ordered them from North to South.
Maag No’Rah Shrine
Maag No’Rah Shrine is one of the easiest and most difficult Shrines at the same time. It’s a blessing Shrine, which means the task of finding it is so challenging that there is no further mission to complete inside the Shrine itself. Kind of like the Shrine you get as a reward for completing the Ceremonial Song side quest in Zora’s Domain.
So while there is no massive challenge to overcome inside the Shrine itself, finding the Maag No’Rah Shrine in the first place is pretty difficult. The Shrine is hidden behind a bombable wall on the side of a cliff and requires some serious detective skills to locate it.
If you have already unlocked Hebra Tower, the easiest way to get to the Shrine is to fast-travel to the top and then glide directly over the canyon to Lindor’s Brow. Along the cliff face of Lindor’s Brow, there is a small rocky platform with two ore deposits on it. That is your landing point.
The ledge itself looks rather obvious since it’s the only one of its kind on the cliff face, but if you are having trouble finding it, just look for the contrasting ore deposits.
Once you’re on the platform, get out either a bomb arrow or equip the bombs on your Sheikah Slate. There is a grey bombable wall just a little way down the cliff face to your right. Destroy that and glide inside to reach the Shrine.
Shira Goma Shrine
This Shrine is part of Champion Revali’s Song in the EX Champion’s Ballad DLC. To get to the location, fast travel to the Maag No’Rah Shrine. From there, head to the platform clearing that sits to the East of Upland Lindor.
There you will find a Rito named Mazli. When you speak to him, he explains to you that he has been stationed there to keep an eye on the great Dragon Dinraal, who has recently been acting strangely. Dinraal passes directly past that point in the valley, and, when he does, his horns glow with a strange blue light.
After Mazli tells you this, head to the nearby fire and wait until nighttime. Once the clock strikes 22.00, Dinraal will start to fly past. You can tell the dragon is on its way because it becomes extremely windy.
Catch one of the air currents with your glider to soar high up into the air and start to fly over to the dragon, taking care not to get hit by any of the fireballs that will be shooting off in your direction.
Shoot Dinraal’s glowing horns with an arrow to complete the side quest, and Shira Goma Shrine will begin to rise out of the ground.
Toh Yahsa Shrine
The next Shrine you will come across on your journey through Hyrule Ridge is the Toh Yahsa Shrine. This one is hidden smack bang in the middle of Thundra Plateau but won’t reveal itself until you have completed the Trial of Thunder side quest.
To trigger the side quest, all you need to do is enter the Thundra Plateau. You can spot Thundra Plateau on the map just West of Ridgeland Tower, so just fast travel to the top of the tower and glide over to get there easily.
As soon as you land, you will be greeted with the following message:
You who have reached this land of thunder, I present you with a trial.
When the four spirits have been settled in their proper places, they will guide you to the Hero’s trial.
The quest itself requires you to find the four glowing orbs and place them on their proper pedestals in the center of the arena. It sounds easy enough, and it is when you know how to do it, but it can be tricky to figure out on your own.
Two of the orbs are already in the arena, but you have to find the other two hidden in Thundra Plateau and figure out a way to get them inside the platform. The platform itself is a giant square arena surrounded by high walls that you can’t climb. Because as its name suggests, Thundra Plateau is ravaged by a constant thunderstorm that makes the walls too slick to climb.
Thankfully, though, there is still a way to send the orbs hurtling into the arena. The first orb is sitting at the very top of a giant dragon head statue, presumably created long ago by the Zonai. The massive pillar stands to the East of the arena.
Make your way over to the pillar and freeze the orb in time using Stasis. Then hit it with a few arrows. Ideally, you want to hit it with enough force that it flies across the water straight into the arena. That much force is hard to achieve with just arrows, though. So if you’re not confident that you can get it all the way across, just knock it off the top of the pillar.
Then you can pick it up and place it right on the edge of the cliff, Stasis it again, and give it all you’ve got with your strongest weapon to send it hurtling off into the arena.
The second orb requires the same tactic and can be found on top of a similar pillar to the North of the arena.
Once your orbs are inside the arena, head to the Eastern part of the island arena. There is a small section of land that has broken off and opened a way for you to climb up. Once you’re inside the arena, you still need to get the fourth orb. You will find it on top of one of the four pillars, and you can knock it down using the same Stasis method as before.
Once you have collected your four orbs, it’s time to put them in their proper places as you were instructed to by the mysterious voice. Each of the pillars has a symbol on it that corresponds to the orbs. Place each orb on the pillar that has the matching color and symbol, and, voila! The Toh Yahsa Shrine will appear.
Zalta Wa Shrine
This Shrine is the closest one to Ridgeland Tower and is a simple one to find. Fast travel to the Ridgeland Tower and glide to the road that lies to the East. You will find yourself in a barren area with large, overhanging rocks called the Breach of Demise. Follow the road to the South and then turn right. The Zalta Wa Shrine will be waiting for you along that road.
Shae Loya Shrine
Every Stable has a Shrine nearby that provides a perfect fast travel point, and the Tabantha Bridge Stable’s Shrine is the Shae Loya Shrine. Like most of the Stable Shrines, it isn’t hidden and doesn’t require any special methods to open. You just need to find it.
You can reach the Stable and its nearby Shrine by taking the road to the East of Ridgeland Tower. Turn right at the fork and continue past the Seres Scablands towards the Tabantha Great Bridge. You will most likely see the Stable first, which sits right on the side of the road just before the bridge. The Shrine is nestled in the hills right behind the Stable. You can’t miss it.
Sheem Dagoze Shrine
The Sheem Dagoze Shrine has its own special side quest to go along with it, called The Two Rings. To trigger it, fast travel to the Ridgeland Tower and travel down the road to the South toward Jeddo Bridge.
Once you’re close enough, you will be able to hear the familiar song of Kass ringing out through the hills. Follow Kass’s music to find him perched on top of a small mound. Talk to him to trigger his song and begin the side quest. Kass’s song goes like this:
When a single arrow threads two rings, the Shrine will rise like birds on wings.
Kass’s song refers to the ring-shaped rocks that you can see around the area. There are lots of them around, and not all of them match up. Your goal is to find two of these rings that line up so you can shoot an arrow through them and solve the riddle. Make sure you stock up on plenty of arrows for this one because you’re going to need them.
The ring you want to stand by is one of the ones at the back facing the bridge, and the ring you want to thread your arrow through is a smaller one on a rock that juts toward the road.
Mijah Rokee Shrine
This Shrine is a fun one to uncover and also includes its own little side quest called Under a Red Moon. To start the quest, head down to Washa’s Bluff. Once you get there, speak to Kass, who you will find perched on one of the big stone platforms.
Kass will sing you another song to start the side quest and give you the clues you need to solve it.
When the moon bleeds and the fiends are reborn. The Monks will invite you as they have sworn.
But first, you must stand on the pedestal bare. With nothing between you and the night air.
This is a tricky side quest to complete since it relies on a Blood Moon, which is pretty infrequent. You’ve got a few options here. You can either make a fire and wait until nighttime, hoping a Blood Moon appears, you could go to a Stable and sleep there until a Blood Moon appears, or, alternatively, you could just continue on your adventure, mark the spot on your map, and remember to come back next time the Blood Moon occurs.
That’s the solution I would suggest because the others could potentially use a huge amount of Flint or a huge amount of Rupees. But if you prefer to set your sights on one task at a time, you might prefer to just get it over and done with. However you do it, stand on the platform during the Blood Moon and get naked.
I’m not joking. The side quest does require you to take off all your clothes, all your weapons, and all your and armor to work. Once it does and you have successfully bathed naked in the moonlight of the Blood Moon, the quest will be complete, and the Shrine will appear.
Mogg Latan Shrine
The last Shrine in Hyrule Ridge brings you to the peak of Satori Mountain. It isn’t hidden and it doesn’t require any side quest to complete, but it does introduce you to one of the coolest areas in Breath of the Wild.
You may or may not have noticed Satori Mountain before, as it occasionally emits a glowing pillar of light that you can see from almost anywhere on the map. Whenever you see that light, head to the location to find the Lord of the Mountain. The Lord of the Mountain is a mythical mount in Breath of the Wild.
You can sneak up to it and tame it like any of the other horses, but it requires a lot of stamina and is easily one of the hardest mounts to tame in the game. It’s also the fastest mount in the game, with the max amount of stamina spurs. The spurs never run out either, and you replenish extremely quickly so you can sprint endlessly around the map.
Unlike the Stalhorses that die at 5.00 am every day, the Lord of the Mountain won’t disappear until you hop off. Unfortunately, though, you cannot board it at any Stable.
The Mogg Latan Shrine is easiest to find at night if the Lord of the Mountain is present because it quite literally has a neon sign saying ‘here I am’, but you can still find it at any other time by taking the road heading North from Outskirt Stable and climbing Satori Mountain.
Hyrule Ridge Side Quests
- Under a Red Moon
- The Two Rings
- The Trial of Thunder
- A Gift for the Great Fairy
- The Royal White Stallion (kind of)
Most of the side quests are completed while locating all of the Shrines in the area, which we have already discussed, but there is also a couple of other side quests around Hyrule Ridge. The first of which leads to one of the Great Fairy Fountains
A Gift For The Great Fairy Side Quest
To trigger this side quest, head to the Tabantha Bridge Stable in Hyrule Ridge. There is an NPC at the Stable named Toren, who will give you information leading to the Great Fairy Fountain:
They say that if you go to the top and look at the ground sometime in the afternoon, the Tower’s shadow will point to the Great Fairy Fountain!
The Tower Toren points you to is the Tabantha Tower, which takes us out of Hyrule Ridge. But Toren is found in the Hyrule Ridge region, so I felt it was important to discuss his quest. To get to Tabantha Tower, cross the Great Tabantha Bridge and continue down the road.
During the afternoon, the Tower’s shadow points towards Piper Ridge, which you would have passed through on your travels towards Tabantha Tower. If you stand at the top and look South, you will be able to see the location of the Great Fairy Fountain.
Glide down there and give her Toren’s life savings of 500 Rupees to restore her power. You will then be free to upgrade your armor there.
The Royal White Stallion Side Quest
The Royal White Stallion side quest is triggered at the Outskirt Stable in the Central Hyrule region, but you have to travel to Hyrule Ridge to complete it. To begin, speak to an NPC named Toffa, who while tell you of a pure white stallion rumored to be the descendent of Zelda’s horse. This will trigger the Royal White Stallion side quest.
The horse in question can be found on Safula Hill, South East of Satori Mountain. Before you head down there, make sure you have your hands on a stealth-boosting outfit like the Phantom Ganon set or the Stealth set from Kakariko Village.
The White Stallion is one of the rare horses in Breath of the Wild. They are harder to tame than your average horse, so you are going to need all the help you can get. It would also be well worth it to have some stamina-boosting consumables or elixirs as well so you can make sure you have enough stamina to calm it down.
Once you have successfully tamed the White Stallion, take it to the nearest Stable to board it. In this case, your best option would be to head back to Outskirt Stable.
Question: Is there any way to quell the storm on the Thundra Plateau?
Answer: To quell the storm, you must complete the Trial of Thunder side quest. So if you were hoping you could calm the storm to make that side quest easier, that’s unfortunately not a possibility.
Question: What is the next best place to explore after Hyrule Ridge?
Answer: The Tabantha Region is a great place to visit after Hyrule Ridge since it is the closest.
Question: Are there any other interesting places in Hyrule Ridge worth visiting?
Answer: The only places the Shrine quests and side quests don’t take you to in Hyrule Ridge are Mount Rhoam and the peak of Lindor’s Brow. They both have Korok seeds on top of them, so are well worth visiting.
Enjoy Your Travels Around Hyrule Ridge
And there you have it. That is a rundown of how to climb the Ridgeland Tower, along with every Shrine and every side quest Hyrule Ridge has to offer.
If you have followed this guide, you will have explored almost every nook and cranny in Hyrule Ridge and even ventured out to Central Hyrule and the Tabantha Region, leaving you very well-traveled. The only question left to ask is, what part of Hyrule will you explore next?