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As Link makes his way through Hyrule in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, he’ll encounter challenging puzzles, riddles, and shrines. The Keo Ruug Shrine, which resides in the Korok Forest. While the shrine itself takes some time to complete, getting there is half the battle.
If you’re familiar with Ocarina of Time, you know that getting through the Lost Woods can be a challenge. The same is true for Breath of the Wild. But instead of listening to the music to know which direction to go, you have to pay attention to which way the wind is blowing. Literally.
Personally, I like the way Breath of the Wild handles the Lost Woods. Getting lost in the fog is a great touch, and the surrounding trees are just creepy enough that you feel like you’re legitimately in a place called “The Lost Woods.” The aesthetics and music give off the vibe that it’s not a place you want to get lost because you might never make it out again.
Once you’ve made it through, a new shrine awaits. Our Keo Ruug Shrine guide will tell you how to get to the shrine itself and then complete it while grabbing another spirit orb in the process.
Key Details Up Front
The Keo Ruug Shrine is located in the heart of Korok Forest. This area is hidden from outsiders who wish to gain access. To get to the shrine, Link must first find a way to navigate the Lost Woods, which is a challenge all on its own.
Getting to the Lost Woods
The fastest way to find the Lost Woods is to unlock the Woodland Tower. This is located north of the Woodland Stable. Just keep following the path north, and you’ll run directly into the tower. Or, if you’ve already unlocked it, you can just fast travel to it.
The problem is that there’s a vast stone skull on top of Woodland Tower, which essentially forces you to keep following the path. Glide down and continue on the path north. Eventually, Link becomes surrounded by fog. The entrance to the Lost Woods is just ahead. You’ll know you’re there when you see a section of stone wall with an arched gate.
Getting Through the Lost Woods
Walkthrough, the gate, then look to the right. You should see a lantern-lit with a small fire. Pay attention to where the embers are going. The wind is blowing them in a certain direction. Follow the embers. If you follow them correctly, you’ll wind up in between two lanterns. The Lost Woods will take you back to the beginning if you don’t.
Leaning up against one of the lanterns is a torch. If you don’t already have one, grab it. You’re going to need it. (Technically, you can use anything that can carry a flame, but the game gives you a torch, so you might as well use it.)
Use the lantern to light the torch, then once again watch the direction in which the embers are moving. The wind blows them the way you should go. Follow it. Remember to keep the wind at your back and always move in the direction of the embers.
As you follow the flowing embers, remember to take your time. The wind will change direction every once in a while. When it does, make the necessary adjustments and continue to follow the embers. If at any time you wander too far off course, the Lost Woods will teleport you back to the beginning.
If you can successfully navigate your way through the Lost Woods by following the embers, you’ll wind up in a clearing. Continue to follow the path, which is clearly marked by the two rock enclosures on each side. Eventually, Korok Forest will show itself.
Link will be greeted by Korok lining the path and will eventually run into Hestu. He’ll also have a chance to speak with the Great Deku Tree, who will share some important information with him.
However, we want to find and complete the shrine. Head to the right of the Great Deku Tree, and you’ll run into it. Activate the fast travel, so you don’t have to mess with the Lost Woods again.
Solving the Keo Ruug Shrine
The Keo Ruug Shrine is labeled as Fateful Stars, which you’ll see upon entering the shrine itself. There’s not much to this shrine. It’s mostly counting and moving orbs around. Here’s how to solve this shrine:
Solving the Keo Ruug Shrine is straightforward. The key is to count the number of constellations you see on the wall in front of you. Then, put an orb in the corresponding container. That’s all there is to it.
Stand on the platform in the middle of the room. Look up at the wall in front of you, and you’ll notice it’s filled with constellations.
On the left and right of the platform, you’ll see a pair of columns that go from the front of the room to its back. All the columns have five rows. If you look at the left and right walls, you’ll see lights lining them. These lights represent numbers from one to five.
You’ll see a constellation on the wall at the head of each column. So, the lights on the left and right walls correspond to the number of constellations on the high wall you looked at earlier.
That’s pretty much it. You need to look at the high wall and count how many of each constellation there are. Then, place an orb in the correct container. Find the constellation at the head of the column and then put the orb in the container that has the correct number of lights.
You’ll need to put the balls in the following containers, from left to right:
- First column, fifth row
- Second column, third row
- Third column, first row
- Fourth column, second row
Once all the orbs are in the correct container, the door will open. Head down the stairs, but don’t go to the monk yet. If you turn to the right, there’s another gate with more constellations on the wall. While you don’t have to solve this one to finish the shrine, a treasure chest sits behind bars.
To solve this one, place the orbs in these containers:
- First column, fourth row
- Second column, second row
- Third column, second row
- Fourth column, first row
The door will open when the final orb is in place, giving Link access to the treasure chest. Within it is a Knight’s Claymore. Head over to the monk, speak to it, and grab your spirit orb!
That’s it! You’ve now solved the Keo Ruug Shrine.
Shrines are a unique and fun part of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about shrines.
Question: What are the Different Types of Shrines?
Answer: There are three types of shrines in Breath of the Wild: Main, Side, and Shrine Quest.
Question: What are Shrine Quests?
Answer: Shrine Quests are special shrines that require solving a puzzle or completing a task in order to access it.
Question: How Many Shrines are in Breath of the Wild?
Answer: There are 120 shrines in Breath of the Wild.
Question: What is Inside a Shrine?
Answer: Shrines typically contain a spirit orb and a treasure chest.
Question: What is the Reward for Completing a Shrine?
Answer: The reward for completing a shrine is typically a spirit orb. However, some shrines offer special rewards such as weapons or armor.
Question: What is the Purpose of Shrines?
Answer: Shrines are meant to test a player’s ability to solve puzzles and complete tasks. They also offer a sense of exploration and discovery.
Question: Do I Have to Complete All of the Shrines?
Answer: No, you don’t have to complete all of the shrines. However, doing so will net you a sizable reward.
To the Stars!
The Keo Ruug shrine is a test of counting and moving orbs around. It’s not difficult, but it can be confusing if you’re not paying attention. The key is to remember the number of constellations on the wall, then put the orbs in the corresponding container.
That’s all there is to it! Another spirit orb down. Head back to Hyrule, keep exploring, and collect all 120!