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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is home to 120 shrines (more if you have the DLC) spread across Hyrule. Some are difficult and some are easy. The Maka Rah Shrine probably falls somewhere in the middle. It’s not a shrine you can just walk up to, you have to do a little work to get to it.
With that in mind, the Maka Rah Shine is a good place for Link to begin his exploration into the Hebra Region. If you’re looking to 100% the game, there are also a few Korok Seeds, a Hinox, and a Lynel nearby.
But you came to learn how to get to and solve the Maka Rah Shrine, right? Keep reading and we’ll tell you all you need to know to check another shrine off your list!
Key Details Up Front
The Maka Rah Shrine is on the western bank of Lake Kilsie in the Hebra region of Hyrule. While Link can see the shrine if he peaks through a crack in a rock edifice, he can’t get to it without some creative maneuvering. Through the use of some bomb arrows and his glider, Link can get to Maka Rah and complete yet another shrine.
Maka Rah Location
While finding Maka Rah isn’t that much of a challenge, actually getting to it is another matter entirely. If you completed the Sha Warvo Shrine on your way to the flight range, then you have a head start on locating the Maka Rah Shrine.
The shrine sits northwest of the flight range, on the west bank of Lake Kilsie which is toward the western boundary of the Hebra region. Fast travel to the Sha Warvo Shrine, then make your way to the lake.
Once you’re there, look around for a wooden pier. You’ll see a boat tied to it. On the pier, look to the north and you should see a crack in the wall. Through that crack, you should be able to see a shrine glowing. That’s Maka Rah. Now you just have to get to it.
Getting to Maka Rah
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as shooting a bomb arrow at the crack and making your way in. You’ll have to look for an alternate route. Stand in front of the crack and look around. On a short slope nearby you’ll see a small mound of rocks you can destroy. Hit them with a bomb or a bomb arrow and a gust of wind will emerge.
Stand on the gust and glide upward. As you do, look to the east. You should see another pile of stones you can blow up. Head that direction, knock a bomb arrow, use bullet-time, and blow those suckers up. This will result in another gust of wind Link can use.
You’ll have to do this a few more times, so keep your eyes peeled for those small piles of rubble. They’ll take you in a counter-clockwise direction back toward the west bank of Lake Kilsie.
If you have bomb arrows, the whole process is a lot easier, but you can make it work using your Bomb Rune. Keep in mind that you might have to rest between each gust if you don’t have much stamina.
Once you’ve blown up the fourth pile of rocks, look back to the west. You should see a small opening near the top of the cliff. If you’re having trouble finding it, look for the torches on either side of the opening.
Uses the gust to glide over to the cliff, then jump down into the water. Follow that down through the cave and eventually, you’ll see the shrine. You’ll have to fight a few enemies on the way, so be ready for that. When you’re ready, it’s time to solve the Maka Rah Shrine.
Steady Thy Heart
Many shrines in Breath of the Wild have a theme. Some require the use of specific runes while others focus on elements (fire, wind, water). Steady Thy Heart is none of those. It is full of diverse rooms that require some skill and intellect to solve.
There are torches on both sides of the first gate you come to. Light the one on the left to open the gate. The beauty of Breath of the Wild is that the only limits to solving puzzles are your own imagination. I prefer to simply light a normal arrow, light it with a torch, then shoot it at the other one to get it lit.
In the next room, you’ll have to navigate your way across a rotating column. The challenge here is that it’s covered in spikes. Move forward when you can, just take your time. This is probably the easiest room in the shrine. Be patient and wait for the open path to rotate until its level before you proceed.
As you enter the following room, you’ll see a quartet of guardian Scouts hanging out. Fortunately, they’re just low-level scouts, so all you have to do is hit them a few times or shoot them with a few arrows. Nothing to it.
There are platforms in the far corners of this room. Use your Cyronis Rune to make blocks of ice that allow you to reach them. In the corner is a chest that has bomb arrows. The other platform opens the gate to the next section.
When you enter the next area, keep to the right side. It’s not immediately clear, but soon a giant metal ball will come rolling down the middle of the corridor, crushing the wooden crates that stood in your way. Now that your path is cleared, you can continue.
Climb up the slope but don’t continue following the path just yet. Turn around and you’ll see a rock you can blow up. Use bomb arrows or throw one of your bombs and detonate in mid-air. With the rock gone, you’ll see a metal chest. Use your Magnesis Rune to grab the chest, drag it down, and open it up. Inside is a diamond.
Continue following the path and look to the left. You’ll see another chest. Grab it to get an Ancient Core, then press the switch to open up the path to the ramp ahead. Don’t stand directly in front of the gate as large spiked metal balls will come bounding down the ramp straight at you.
Use your Magnesis Rune to grab one, then push it up the ramp. Any additional metal balls will get pushed out of the way. Once you’ve made it to the top of the ramp, the only thing left to do is speak to the monk and add another spirit orb to your collection.
Congratulations! You’ve now completed the Maka Rah Shrine!
Maka Rah Shrine is just one of many shrines scattered throughout Hyrule. Here are some frequently asked questions about Maka Rah and other shrines in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
Question: How Many Shrines are in Breath of the Wild?
Answer: There are a total of 120 shrines in Hyrule unless you purchase the DLC which adds an additional 16 shrines, for a grand total of 136.
Question: Do I Have to Complete all the Shrines?
Answer: No, you don’t have to complete all the shrines. In fact, you can beat the game without completing any of them. However, completing shrines is the main way to get spirit orbs, which are necessary to upgrade your health and stamina.
Question: What’s the Difference Between a Shrine and a Dungeon?
Answer: Shrines are generally shorter and less difficult than dungeons. They often have one specific puzzle that you need to solve in order to get the spirit orb.
Question: Do I Need Specific Weapons or Items to Complete a Shrine?
Answer: No, you don’t need any specific weapons or items. However, certain shrines may require the use of specific runes, such as the Magnesis or Stasis Runes.
Question: How do I get the Spirit Orb From Maka Rah Shrine?
Answer: To get the spirit orb from Maka Rah Shrine, you’ll need to complete the shrine by solving all the puzzles and defeating all the enemies. Once you’ve done that, speak to the monk at the end of the shrine to receive your reward.
Question: Where is the Shrine at the Bottom of Flight Range?
Answer: At the very bottom of the Flight Range is the Noe Rajee Shrine, which is part of the EX Champion Revali’s Song quest. This quest is only available as part of the DLC. Link must successfully hit four targets with his bow in a limited period of time to gain access to this shrine.
Another One Bites the Dust
There are shrines in Hyrule that take longer to locate or gain access to than the Maka Rah Shrine, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Link must do a little bit of exploring and solve a few riddles to gain access to and complete this shrine. However, it all pays off with several rewards (bomb arrows, diamond, ancient core), and of course, a spirit orb.
With the Maka Rah Shrine completed, Link can head out and explore the rest of the Hebra region. There are plenty of other shrines to find and enemies to find.