How to reveal the hidden South Lanayru Sky Archipelago shrine in Tears of the Kingdom

It's all downhill from there.
Totk South Lanayru Sky Archipelago Hidden Zakusu Shrine Starting Point
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In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you’ll find numerous shrines dotting the landscape. Most of them are visible from all around, beacons alerting you to good loot. However, some of them aren’t nearly as obvious. You have to perform various feats to even learn they exist. Here is our guide explaining how to reveal the hidden South Lanayru Sky Archipelago shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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Tears of the Kingdom – how to reveal the hidden South Lanayru Sky Archipelago shrine

After you launch into the sky while activating Mount Lanayru Skyview Tower, you’ll start floating down toward the surface again. On the way, you are likely to notice the South Lanayru Sky Archipelago. If you glide over to it and investigate, you won’t find a lot to interest you, except for a half-ring that suggests a shrine waits nearby. However, it may not be clear quite how to enter it.

To reveal the hidden South Lanayru Sky Archipelago shrine, you need to ride a shield down a mountain. Near the point where you access the stone carving that hints at the existence of a shrine, look along a wall to your left. There are several shields. You should find two Zonaite Shields, as well as a Sled Shield. Their presence is a clue.

Totk South Lanayru Sky Archipelago Hidden Zakusu Shrine Shield Surfing

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Look nearby and you’ll discover a snowy trough extending from the far end of the archipelago, toward a half-circle of green light. Stand at the top of that slope and equip the Sled Shield. Hold the shield with the ZL button. While you hold it, press X to jump, and then quickly press A before you land. You’ll come down on your shield, which you can start riding down the slope.

When you pass through the first green ring, a point of light races toward the surface far below you. Drop after it, following that course. As you approach the ground, get as close as you can before using your paraglider. You will see another green ring ahead of you. If you simply hit the ground without gliding, you’ll crash and burn. If you glide too early, it will slow you down too much. Find the perfect balance. If you’re like me, you may require a few attempts to get it just right. In that case, just head back to the archipelago by way of Mount Lanayru Skyview Tower (or reappear there automatically if you died during your previous attempt).

After passing through the first ring on the mountainside, continue riding your shield downhill through several more of them. Veer left and right as needed, but you’re already through the trickiest part. When you pass through the last of the rings, you reveal the entrance to Zakusu Shrine.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on the Nintendo Switch.

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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.